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The L Word - Sequel in Development at Showtime with Jennifer Beals & More to Return *Updated*



Marja-Lewis Ryan Tapped as Showrunner

SHOWTIME(R) NAMES MARJA-LEWIS RYAN SHOWRUNNER AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF "THE L WORD" SEQUEL

Ilene Chaiken, Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig And Leisha Hailey To Executive Produce Series Revival

LOS ANGELES - November 20, 2017 - SHOWTIME has named Marja-Lewis Ryan (The Four-Faced Liar, 6 Balloons) as showrunner and executive producer of the upcoming sequel to the hit series THE L WORD, which is currently in development at the network. Series creator Ilene Chaiken will serve as executive producer, along with Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig and Leisha Hailey, who all starred in the original series.

"Ilene and the original L Word made me believe that my voice mattered," said Ryan. "I am beyond excited for the opportunity to usher in the next generation of diverse queer people. I couldn't imagine a better time to make this show."

Ryan wrote and directed the upcoming film 6 Balloons (starring Abbi Jacobson and Dave Franco) and is penning the reboot of Splash starring Channing Tatum and Jillian Bell, as well as Buried Bodies for Noah Hawley and Fox Searchlight. She is an award-winning playwright (One In The Chamber) and her adapted play The Four-Faced Liar won multiple awards including Outstanding First Narrative Feature at L.A. Outfest. She also co-starred in and co-produced the film.

SHOWTIME announced in July that it was in development on a sequel to THE L WORD, which ran on the network from 2004-2009. Beals, Moennig and Hailey will appear on the series as their original characters as a point of connection from the prior series to the new one. They will be surrounded by a new ensemble of self-possessed LGBTQIA characters experiencing love, heartbreak, sex, setbacks and success on the east side of L.A.
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The L Word - Sequel in Development at Showtime with Jennifer Beals & More to Return

Showtime is ready to revisit The L Word.

Eight years after wrapping its six-season run, the premium cable network is developing a sequel to its groundbreaking lesbian drama.

A search is under way to find a new writer to serve as showrunner and bring a fresh take to the project. Sources note Showtime is looking for someone with ties to the lesbian community to document how relationships, their lives and experiences have evolved today — as well as what has and hasn't changed since the drama launched in 2004.

Chaiken will be joined by original series stars Jennifer Beals (Bette), Kate Moennig (Shane) and Leisha Hailey (Alice), who all will exec produce. Should the sequel move ahead, the trio would appear on the reboot with their respective characters helping to connect to what is said to be a new ensemble of women, with viewers following their lives, loves and tribulations. Other characters from the original series — which included fan favorite Erin Daniels (Dana), Laurel Holloman (Tina), Mia Kirshner (Jenny), Sarah Shahi (Carmen) and Pam Grier (Kit) — may appear in a potential new version.

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