Showtime’s ‘The L Phrase’ Is Formally Getting A Sequel

Fifteen years after “The L Phrase” broke contemporary floor for its portrayal of lesbian ladies on tv, a much-anticipated sequel is formally within the works. 

In keeping with The Hollywood Reporter, Showtime executives confirmed plans for a revival of the collection on Thursday on the Tv Critics Affiliation’s winter press tour in Los Angeles. 

Although particulars have been scarce, the brand new model is meant to be a sequel to the six-season Showtime authentic, which adopted a gaggle of queer ladies dwelling within the Westside of Los Angeles and aired from 2004 by 2009. Unique stars Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig and Leisha Hailey have reportedly signed on to reprise their roles and function government producers. 

Screenwriter Marja-Lewis Ryan, whose credit embody “Empire” and “The Handmaid’s Story,” will function showrunner and government producer alongside Ilene Chaiken, creator of the unique collection. 

The brand new model, which has apparently been in growth since 2017, is slated to comprise eight episodes and air by the yr’s finish. 

“Marja has introduced her distinctive and up to date imaginative and prescient to ‘The L Phrase’ and blended it fantastically into the material of Ilene’s groundbreaking collection,” Gary Levine, Showtime’s co-president of leisure, informed Selection. “This revered present was each entertaining and impactful when it initially ran on Showtime, and we’re assured that our new model will do this and extra in 2019.”

Beals rapidly expressed her pleasure for the undertaking on Twitter. 

Equally, actress Sarah Shahi ― who had a recurring function on the collection ― informed reporters on the Tv Critics Affiliation winter press tour that she’d fortunately seem within the sequel if she’s requested. 

“The women have been speaking to me about it, and my involvement was mentioned very closely that I might be in it,” she stated, based on Deadline. “[‘The L Word’] was my first massive gig. I didn’t actually know what I used to be getting into till after, and I began talking with ladies and getting letters … about how impactful it was.”

Information of “The L Phrase” sequel arrives weeks after Bravo introduced plans for a brand new model of the seminal present “Queer as Folks,” which centered on a gaggle of homosexual mates. 

Although many followers bear in mind “Queer as Folks” because the five-season Showtime collection that ran from 2000 by 2005, Bravo’s take will apparently hark again to the 1999 British iteration.