“The L Word” Reboot Is In The Works At Showtime

The new series would include several beloved cast members, as well as new faces.

After a lot of speculation, The L Word is officially coming back to television—but with some changes.

The beloved lesbian drama aired on Showtime from 2004 to 2009, and fans have been clamoring for more ever since. BuzzFeed reports Ilene Chaiken will serve as the executive producer of the reboot, but she has her hands full as the showrunner of Empire. So producers are looking for a new writer to take the reins in creating a new, more modern world for a new ensemble cast to inhabit.

Don’t worry—Bette (Jennifer Beals), Shane (Kate Moennig) and Alice (Leisha Hailey) are coming back, too. Hailey, Moennig and Beals will also serve as executive producers.


If greenlit, the series would use familiar cast members as points of connection with new ones, expanding the L Word universe. Other L Word alum in talks to appear in the reboot include Laurel Holloman, Sarah Shahi, and Pam Grier, as well as Erin Daniels and Mia Kirshner, whose characters were actually killed off.

In June, Chaiken and several L Word stars vague-tweeted about a reunion, sparking rumors of a relaunch. But it turned out to be an Entertainment Weekly photoshoot.

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The sheer excitement those rumors generated inspired Showtime to consider reviving the show.

“We talk about it all the time,” Chaiken told EW about a sequel series. “When we went off the air in 2009, I think a lot of people thought, Okay, the baton is passed now, and there will be lots of shows that portray lesbian life. There’s really nothing. It feels like maybe it should come back.”

Trish Bendix is a Los Angeles-based writer.