It’s a good day to be a fan of The L Word, as it was announced by Deadline that Showtime is in the process of developing a sequel to The L Word, the network’s hit lesbian drama series, eight years after the final episode. So far it’s been revealed that a few of the series’ original stars — Jennifer Beals (Bette), Kate Moennig (Shane), and Leisha Hailey (Alice) — will reappear in the sequel, which leaves us questioning whether Laurel Holloman will also make an appearance as Tina.
Laurel Holloman may appear in the revamped series as well, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In addition to Holloman, the reboot may also potentially re-cast Erin Daniels as Dana, Mia Kirshner as Jenny, Sarah Shahi as Carmen, and Pam Grier as Kit. Supposedly, the show will feature another ensemble of women who are also connected to the series’ originals.
The L Word, which follows a close-knit group of lesbians as they live, love, and learn in the heart of Los Angeles, was originally created by Ilene Chaiken and ran for six seasons on Showtime from 2004 to 2009. Deadline reports that Chaiken will serve as executive producer for the series, though she “won’t have hands-on involvement” since she’s also executive producing Empire.
As exciting as it is, the return of The L Word shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Just last month, the original cast reunited for Entertainment Weekly’s special LGBTQ+ issue in celebration of Pride Month. When Chaiken was asked about the possibility of a reboot, she responded saying there’s “certainly a chance.” She went on:
“We talk about it all the time. 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.”
So yes. This is definitely happening, and it looks like a good amount of the original cast is on board. Fingers crossed that we'll all of the original ladies reunited on screen once again — including Holloman.