The L Word Reboot Gets New Look And New Name

Credit: Showtime

It’s the way that we live and love! Showtime has officially announced that the upcoming The L Word revival has a new look and a name. Fans of the original series need not fear, as it is only a slight name change. The network announced Wednesday (May 22) that the new series will be called The L Word: Generation Q.

After receiving an order for eight episodes in January, fans of the original series (myself included) have been eager to learn more about the new series. More importantly, fans are excited see their old favorites back in action. Stars of the original series Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig, and Leisha Hailey will revisit their roles as Bette, Shane, and Alice, respectively. Fans will catch up with the women and learn how their lives have changed since the show ended a decade ago. Even more exciting, we will find the women befriending “a new generation of self-possessed LGBTQIA characters experiencing love, heartbreak, sex, setbacks and success in Los Angeles,” according to Showtime.

For anyone worried about a new series not aligning with the original, series creator Ilene Chaiken is on board once again and will executive produce. Marja-Lewis Ryan will executive produce and serve as show runner for the follow-up series.

“This revered show was both entertaining and impactful when it originally ran on Showtime,” says Showtime president Gary Levine, “and we are confident that our new version will do that and more in 2019.”

I find myself cautiously optimistic for Generation Q and most certainly will tune in as soon as it airs. If there is one good thing that came from the lackluster series finale, it is that at least Jenny Schecter will not be in this reboot. (Please don’t pull a Will & Grace!)

The L Word: Generation Q is set to premiere this fall. If you cannot wait until then to get your fix, catch up on the original series on Netflix (US), or listen to one of my favorite podcasts, The L Word Made Me Gay.

Abby Bertrand