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The L Word: Generation Q has just been renewed for a second season

Lily Wakefield January 15, 2020
The L Word: Generation Q

Stephanie Allynne, Arienne Mandi, Jacqueline Toboni, Katherine Moennig, Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Sepideh Moafi, Rosanny Zayas and Leo Sheng attend the premiere of Showtime's The L Word: Generation Q. (Amy Sussman/Getty)

The LGBT+ community has collectively breathed a sigh of relief as the The L Word: Generation Q has been renewed for a second season.

The reboot of the original recently returned to screens, bringing back original characters Bette (Jennifer Beals), Alice (Leisha Hailey) and Shane (Katherine Moennig), alongside a swathe of younger cast members.

It’s been ten long years since the end of the show’s original run, but after a decade of waiting The L Word‘s revival has not disappointed fans.

It has corrected some mistakes made in its first run, such as better trans representation and trans characters being played by trans actors, and has found a balance between fresh storylines and throwbacks.

Showtime announced on Monday (January 13) that the new series would air later this year, and this time would have 10 episodes instead of eight.

Jennifer Beals, who plays Bette Porter, posted a picture of herself standing in the snow in hiking gear on Instagram, and wrote: “The L Word has been picked up for a second season, you say? Ten episodes? Oh, my! Might be time to make my way off the mountain and get back to work.”

Katherine Moennig, who plays Shane McCutcheon, tweeted that the renewal of The L Word: Generation Q was down to the fans, adding: “It’s all because of you.”

But The L Word was not the only LGBT+ show renewed by Showtime. At the same time, the network announced that it would also be renewed the comedy series Work in Progress, created by self-described “fat, queer dyke” Abby McEnany.

Jeremy Blacklow, director of entertainment media at GLAAD, told NBC that the success of both shows proves “there is an audience for these stories, and it’s only getting bigger”.

He continued: “Showtime has a long and incredible track record of allowing queer people to tell their own stories. When this happens and networks trust LGBTQ creators, the result is authentic and impactful content that truly reflects the lives of the LGBTQ community.

“It’s also a huge victory that both shows have prominent characters who are trans men, played by actors who are also trans men, a part of our community that is so often erased.”

More: Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig, leisha hailey, Showtime, The L Word Generation Q

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