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'The L Word' Sequel Will Premiere on Showtime By the End of 2019

The L Word

It's the mid-aughts all over again!

Showtime has decided to say the word again -- The L Word.

The iconic early-aughts lesbian drama The L Word is heading back to Showtime with an eight-episode order, The Hollywood Reporter writes. The show will premiere on your various screens sometime in 2019.

The series' original stars Jennifer Beals (Bette), Katherine Moenig (Shane) and Leisha Hailey (Alice) will executive produce and reprise their roles from the original series. The series will also introduce a new lineup of queer women living in LA. The sequel was first announced in 2017, and the show will premiere a decade after the original series ended its run in 2009.

Several other characters from the series, including Tina, Jenny, Carmen, and Kit may appear in the new season.

Original series creator Ilene Chaiken is to set to executive produce the revival alongside playwright and screenwriter Marja-Lewis Ryan, who will also serve as showrunner. Chaiken also executive produces Fox's Empire and Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale.

The L Word debuted in 2004, a year before Showtime's Queer as Folk ended after five seasons. Queer as Folk was itself an adaptation of the British show of the same name. Queer as Folk is currently getting the reboot treatment over at Bravo. Russell T. Davies, the creator of the original U.K. series, is set to helm the Bravo reboot.

The show, set in West Hollywood, California, received several awards and nominations during its run, including a best actress Satellite Award for Laurel Holloman and a outstanding guest guest actor in a drama series Emmy for Ossie Davis. A spin-off of the show, The Farm, was planned after the series ended, but Showtime passed.

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