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The L Word reboot is here and queer women cannot contain themselves

Maddie Jones November 23, 2017

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 06: (L-R) Actors Marlee Matlin, Katherine Moenning and Laurel Holloman attend the season 5 premiere party for "The L Word" at The Factory on January 6, 2008 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)

It was announced back in July that the L Word would be making a return to screens.

The groundbreaking show, which followed the lives and loves of a group of Los Angeles lesbians, ran for six seasons from 2004 and 2009.

After a long few months of anticipation over who would be the overseeing the production of the show, it has been confirmed that screenwriter and playwright Marja-Lewis Ryan will be the showrunner.

 

Marja Lewis Ryan (Getty)

Its dedicated fanbase had some intense reactions when news broke that the Showtime series would be making a return.

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When the news came out that the series was looking for a showrunner, a number of queer female writers volunteered as tribute.

Bisexual author Roxane Gay tweeted Showtime soon after the renewal was announced saying, “Dear @Showtime I will be a writer on this for you.”

Comedian Cameron Esposito expressed also her interest to be involved.



However, the decision was made this week that Marja-Lewis Ryan will be the showrunner and cast members have voiced their support.

Ryan wrote and directed the upcoming film 6 Balloons, starring Abbi Jacobson and Dave Franco, and is currently writing the reboot of Splash starring Channing Tatum and Jillian Bell, as well as Buried Bodies for Noah Hawley and Fox Searchlight.

So far, we know that Ilene Chaiken is also executive producing, along with Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig and Leisha Hailey, who all starred in the original Showtime series.

Now that the showrunner has been announced, fans are getting really, really excited for the resurrection of the L Word.

It’s safe to say, we are definitely ready.

However, the rumour mill is out on what exactly will happen after the dramatic climax to the final episode of the series in 2009 (WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW)

When upstart author Jenny Schecter was killed at the end of the last series, a question mark was left over which of the L Word crew pushed her into Bette and Tina’s pool.

After a deluge of fan theories, the cast spoke about the controversial ending, with Katherine Moenig, who played lesbian lothario Shane saying that she’d prefer to denounce the ending.

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“I just want to pretend that [season] 6 didn’t happen, and just cap it at five,” said the star to Entertainment Weekly.

“The show wasn’t about that, so let’s cap that and end it at five, because the show wasn’t about a death. That wasn’t what this whole show was about,” she added.

“I’m not sure that it was the best choice,” said L Word director Ilene Chaiken.

“I loved the stories we told, but to do a murder mystery maybe was off-topic for us. But it was a metaphor. Jenny brought us into this world. Jenny is going to take us out of this world. It never so much mattered to me, and I realized it matters to the fans. When you tell a story, you owe it to the fans, but to me, it was just a way to talk about this journey that we’ve all been on together and where we are now,” she added.

More: Gay, l word, leisha hailey, lesbian, LGBT, Queer, reboot, Roxane Gay, Showtime, Television, US

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