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The L Word - Sequel Series Ordered by Showtime; Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig, Leisha Hailey, Sarah Shahi Returning

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Showtime has officially ordered The L Word sequel to series. Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig, and Leisha Hailey will return as their original characters in the sequel series per Showtime's press release. Sarah Shahi, who played Carmen, the love interest of Shane (Katherine Moennig) is also eyeing a return per The Hollywood Reporter. Shahi, who is recurring on Showtime's City on a Hill, was at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour to reveal she will be part of the sequel to The L Word. The capacity of her return is unknown. Deadline mentions the deal is not done though Shahi is ready to return.


Marja-Lewis Ryan, Ilene Chaiken, Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig And Leisha Hailey To Executive Produce Revival

Scheduled To Premiere In Late 2019

LOS ANGELES – January 31, 2019 – Celebrating the 15th anniversary of the original’s premiere, SHOWTIME has announced an eight-episode order for a sequel to its groundbreaking hit series THE L WORD, scheduled to premiere by the end of 2019. Marja-Lewis Ryan (The Four-Faced Liar, 6 Balloons) serves as showrunner and is executive producing with series creator Ilene Chaiken and original series stars Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig and Leisha Hailey. The announcement was made today by Gary Levine, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc., at the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour.

“Marja has brought her unique and contemporary vision to THE L WORD and blended it beautifully into the fabric of Ilene's groundbreaking series,” said Levine. “This revered show was both entertaining and impactful when it originally ran on SHOWTIME, and we are confident that our new version will do that and more in 2019."

THE L WORD originally ran on SHOWTIME from 2004-2009. In this revival, Beals, Moennig and Hailey will star on the series as their original characters alongside a new generation of self-possessed LGBTQIA characters experiencing love, heartbreak, sex, setbacks and success in L.A.


"It was discussed [that] my involvement [would be] very heavily [that] I would be in it. I intend to keep it that way and so does Showtime," Sarah Shahi told The Hollywood Reporter.

"Whatever she's doing, I feel like she's definitely still pining away for Shane," she said. "For Shane, Carmen would be the one that got away. But I think that was a big game-changer for her. I'm not sure if she's still DJing or not but definitely something in the music-art world."

"['The L Word'] was my first big gig," Shahi added. "I didn't really know what I was stepping into until after, and I started speaking with women and getting letters…about how impactful it was. It kind of put me on this path of, now everything I do, I want it to have meaning and to touch people [like that]."

Casting is ongoing for The L Word, per Showtime, and no deal has been done. Stay tuned.


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