After a lot of whispering and rumors, 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. 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.
Fans will be happy that Bette (Jennifer Beals), Shane (Kate Moennig) and Alice (Leisha Hailey) are coming back, too. Hailey, Moennig and Beals will also serve as executive producers.
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.
Other stars from the original series are also believed to be making an appearance.
The groundbreaking original series aired from 2004 and went on to win a number of GLAAD Media Awards for “bringing lesbian characters to the forefront of television.” Sarah Kate Ellis, the GLAAD president and CEO, recently said, “The past few years have seen lesbian and queer women characters in television killed off in shockingly high numbers. It is refreshing and exciting to see GLAAD Media Award-winning ‘The L Word’ returning to television where it can tell nuanced, entertaining, and beautiful stories of a largely underrepresented community.”