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‘The L Word’ Sequel Underway At Showtime

13 July 2017 7:50 AM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Showtime is currently working on a sequel of its hit lesbian drama The L Word. The L Word Sequel Underway Co-creator Ilene Chaiken will executive produce the new season with a new writer and producer with ties to the lesbian community. Sources also say that original stars Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moenig, and Leisha Hailey will executive produce and appear in […]

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How MGM Birthed ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ for TV

12 July 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The journey that “The Handmaid’s Tale” took from page to screen is a prime example of how MGM Television aims to compete in the scripted TV arena against its larger studio competitors.

Steve Stark, MGM’s president of television production and development since 2011, shepherded “Handmaid’s” through multiple networks and two showrunners before the series became a triumph for Hulu earlier this year. MGM has the resources of a major studio but takes a boutique approach in development, as it also demonstrated with its unconventional approach to the TV adaptation of FX’s “Fargo.”

“There’s a producing component to what we offer (talent) that is important. We don’t rush,” Stark told Variety. “It’s like we’re doing features in television. We don’t mind taking our time to make it right. We’re a more nurturing place in that way.”

The development of “Handmaid’s” began not long after Stark joined MGM in »

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‘Empire,’ ‘Star’ to Cross Over in Fox Fall Premiere Event (Video)

12 July 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“Empire” and “Star” are about to make beautiful music together. The two Fox series will have a mini-crossover on Sept. 27, when the latter’s Carlotta (Queen Latifah) guests on original hit hip-hop soap opera. Afterward, Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollett) will return the favor for “Star.” Here’s the broadcast network’s description, per a Wednesday media release: On an epic night of music and drama, Carlotta comes face-to-face with Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), Lucious (Terrence Howard) and Jamal, as the worlds of “Empire” and “Star” collide. Also Read: 'Empire' Boss Ilene Chaiken Renews Fox Deal The event begins with the »

- Tony Maglio

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Leather vests at the ready! The L Word is coming back

12 July 2017 4:32 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Soapy, sexy and ridiculously fun, the groundbreaking Lgbt drama is getting a reboot – but how will Shane, Bette and the camp-trashy gang fare in the age of online dating and Trump?

When The L Word first appeared in 2004, it was entirely new and different. Lgbt stories on television had mostly been subplots up to this point, hungrily consumed by an audience of people desperate for any scraps of representation, but The L Word was all about them. It took what Queer As Folk did for gay men in Manchester and applied it to absurdly glamorous women in Los Angeles. It was soapy, explicit, entertaining and, at times, as infuriating as the season-two-onwards theme tune. By the time it saw out its sixth and final season in 2009, you got the sense it had reached the end of the line, having taken the bizarre decision to bump off Jenny and coast off »

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‘The L-Word’ Sequel Series On The Way To Showtime

12 July 2017 12:02 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Hollywood Reporter are reporting that a sequel series to The L Word is on the way to the Showtime network. The original series wrapped eight years ago, but according to the report creator Ilene Chaiken will executive produce a new sequel season along with Jennifer Beals, Kate Moennig and Leisha Hailey, who all return to connect a younger ensemble to the brand.

The L Word followed the lives and loves of a group of lesbians and bisexuals in Los Angeles. The characters date, get into committed relationships, consider having families, hook up, break up, question their sexuality, stay in the closet, come out or sleep around — sometimes all of the above.

The trade reports that Showtime is ‘looking for someone with ties to the lesbian community to document how their relationships, lives and experiences have evolved — as well as what has and hasn’t changed since the show launched »

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'The L Word' Sequel in Works at Showtime, Search Still on for Showrunner

11 July 2017 12:20 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Less than a decade after The L Word completed its original run in 2009, the groundbreaking Showtime series is staging a comeback in the form of a sequel – with a few familiar faces in the mix.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer Beals (Bette), Kate Moennig (Shane) and Leisha Hailey (Alice), three of the series' original stars, will return for the revival project both in front of and behind the camera (all three will exec produce).

Series creator Ilene Chaiken will also lend a hand in the vision of the new series as an executive producer, »

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We Might Be Getting More “L Word”

11 July 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

The L Word

Everyone’s favorite “Lez Girls” could be returning to the small screen. According to Variety, Showtime is developing a sequel to the “The L Word,” the Ilene Chaiken-created drama series about a close group of lesbians living in Los Angeles. Should the project get the official go-ahead, it would focus on a new group of characters and their relationships. However, original “L Word” stars Jennifer Beals, Kate Moennig, and Leisha Hailey — who portrayed core characters Bette, Shane, and Alice, respectively — would executive produce the new series.

Beals, Moennig, and Hailey would also turn up in the sequel series as their original characters “as a point of connection from the prior series to the new one,” Variety notes. “Other characters from the original series may also appear in the new version.” No word on whether Laurel Holloman — one half of the iconic will they/won’t they couple Bette and Tina — is involved.

Chaiken is expected to serve as Ep on the “L Word” sequel while maintaining her current role as showrunner of Fox’s “Empire.”She recently inked a new deal with 20th Century Fox Television, one that will see her develop new projects for the studio in addition to her showrunning duties. It was reportedly Chaiken who came up with the idea for the sequel.

The L Word” aired on Showtime from 2004 to 2009. It is rumored to be partially based on Chaiken’s own experiences as a lesbian discovering herself in La. Over the course of its six seasons, the series explored Lgbtq themes like coming out, bisexuality, transitioning, and being a lesbian in an institution that doesn’t accept you, like the military. “The L Word” also featured universal storylines that felt revolutionary because they were finally presented from a gay woman’s perspective: cancer diagnoses, professional ups and downs, breakups, family conflict, and grief.

While the show received criticism for its narrow portrayal of lesbianism — most of the original characters were femme, privileged, and white — and drew mockery for its soapiness, it set a precedent for depictions of gender identities, feminism, and intersectionality on television. If you enjoy series like “Orange Is the New Black” and “Transparent,” you can thank Chaiken and “The L Word” for blazing that trail.

We Might Be Getting More “L Word” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

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‘The L Word’: Why A Sequel to the Beloved Lesbian Drama Would Be a Win-Win For Showtime

11 July 2017 10:29 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There are more Lgbtq characters on television today than anyone could have imagined when “The L Word” premiered in 2005, so how is it possible that there’s only one show with a predominantly gay cast? While “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has unleashed jam-packed viewing parties and wild drag shows on gay bars across the country, gone are the days of the weekly lesbian potluck, when women gathered around the TV to visit their fantasy world of a lesbian-filled Los Angeles — one where straight people were the side characters for once.

Fire up the grill and get your quinoa salad recipes ready: “The L Word” might be returning to TV.

Read More: Lgbt Superheroes: Why ‘Wonder Woman’ Could’t Be The Lesbian Avenger We Still Need

According to reports from Variety, Showtime is developing a sequel to Ilene Chaiken’s wildly successful lesbian drama, which aired for five seasons from 2004- »

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‘The L Word’: Why A Sequel to the Beloved Lesbian Drama Would Be a Win-Win For Showtime

11 July 2017 10:29 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

There are more Lgbtq characters on television today than anyone could have imagined when “The L Word” premiered in 2005, so how is it possible that there’s only one show with a predominantly gay cast? While “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has unleashed jam-packed viewing parties and wild drag shows on gay bars across the country, gone are the days of the weekly lesbian potluck, when women gathered around the TV to visit their fantasy world of a lesbian-filled Los Angeles — one where straight people were the side characters for once.

Fire up the grill and get your quinoa salad recipes ready: “The L Word” might be returning to TV.

Read More: Lgbt Superheroes: Why ‘Wonder Woman’ Could’t Be The Lesbian Avenger We Still Need

According to reports from Variety, Showtime is developing a sequel to Ilene Chaiken’s wildly successful lesbian drama, which aired for five seasons from 2004- »

- Jude Dry

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The L Word Sequel Series Is in Development at Showtime

11 July 2017 10:04 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Who's ready for more The L Word? Showtime is reportedly readying a return to the groundbreaking lesbian drama eight years after the series went off the air, with a sequel series in development. THR reports that creator Ilene Chaiken (who's currently working as showrunner on Empire) is attached to the project as an executive producer, alongside original stars Jennifer Beals (Bette), Kate Moenig (Shane) and Leisha Hailey (Alice).  Should the sequel move forward, the trio of characters would appear to help introduce fans to a new ensemble of women, with the series following their lives, loves and tribulations. With Chaiken tied up at Empire, a search is underway for a new writer to serve as »

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‘The L Word’ Sequel Series in the Works at Showtime With New Characters

11 July 2017 9:55 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Showtime is building a sequel to the influential 2004 drama series “The L Word” with a few of the original cast members returning in some form. Former series stars Kate Moennig and Leisha Hailey, along with co-creator Ilene Chaiken confirmed the news on their respective Twitters. “Cat’s outta the bag!” Moennig wrote, while Hailey exclaimed, “Happy Birthday To Me!!” Series star Jennifer Beals, who played Bette, Moennig, who played Shane and Hailey, as Alice, are expected to serve as executive producers on the new series. Also Read: Hollywood Celebrates Gay Pride 2017: Miley Cyrus, Matt Bomer and The Babadook (Photos) So far, »

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The L Word Revival Eyed at Showtime

11 July 2017 9:15 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The L Word is getting the R Word.

Showtime is developing a revival of its seminal lesbian-themed drama series, which ran on the premium cabler from 2004 to 2009, TVLine has confirmed. Three of the original series’ stars Jennifer BealsKate Moennig and Leisha Hailey are expected to reprise their respective roles as Bette, Shane and Alice as well as serve as exec producers.

Per Deadline, the trio would be “surrounded by a new ensemble of women, with the sequel following their lives, loves and tribulations.”

L Word creator Ilene Chaiken (who now runs Empire) will serve as an Ep on the revival should it move forward. »

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‘The L Word’ Sequel Series in Development at Showtime

11 July 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The L Word” could be coming back to television.

Sources tell Variety that Showtime is developing a sequel series to the show that aired from 2004 to 2009. Many original cast members are attached to the reboot in producing and acting roles.

Based on the original series, the reboot of “The L Word” would center around a new ensemble of women, following their lives, loves and tribulations. However, if the project is greenlit, stars Jennifer Beals, Kate Moennig and Leisha Hailey are expected to serve as executive producers and appear in the series with their characters as a point of connection from the prior series to the new one. Other characters from the original series may also appear in the new version.

Showtime declined to comment.

The L Word” was created by Ilene Chaiken, who will serve as an executive producer on the Showtime revival. She will remain showrunner on Fox’s “Empire” and continue to develop projects for »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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'The L Word' Sequel in the Works at Showtime

11 July 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Showtime is ready to revisit The L Word.

Eight years after wrapping the show's six-season run, the premium cable network is developing a sequel to the groundbreaking lesbian drama.   

A search is underway for a new writer to serve as showrunner and bring a fresh take to the project. Sources note Showtime is looking for someone with ties to the lesbian community to document how their relationships, lives and experiences have evolved — as well as what has and hasn't changed since the drama launched in 2004.

Series creator Ilene Chaiken, who recently renewed her overall deal »

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“Empire” Showrunner Ilene Chaiken Renews Contract with 20th Century Fox

7 July 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

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Ilene Chaiken will continue ruling her “Empire” — so to speak. The showrunner of the Lee Daniels-created soap opera has extended her contract with 20th Century Fox Television. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chaiken will keep running “Empire” while developing original projects for Fox under the multiyear deal.

“Ilene has done an extraordinary job running ‘Empire,’ which is not only the №1 drama on our air, but one of the most creatively ambitious and wildly entertaining series on any network,” stated Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Fox Television Group chairmen and CEOs. “She’s a talented writer who somehow manages to walk the tightrope of being both a great leader and a team player simultaneously.”

Chaiken is best known as the creator of “The L Word,” Showtime’s pioneering drama about a tight-knit group of lesbians in Los Angeles. She served as executive producer on the series, which aired from 2004 to 2009, and wrote many of its scripts. Chaiken helmed several “L Word” eps as well.

The GLAAD Media Awards honored Chaiken with the Davidson/Valentini prize in 2008 for her work on “The L Word.”

Chaiken penned the original script for “The Handmaid’s Tale” for Showtime. The adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel ended up going to Hulu, and Bruce Miller rewrote the script and took on showrunning duties. Chaiken is still credited as an executive producer on the critically-acclaimed feminist series but is not directly involved in its creative development.

Reality showThe Real L Word: Los Angeles,” Showtime doc “L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin,” and ABC drama“Black Box” are among Chaiken’s other credits.

Season 4 of “Empire” will air Wednesdays this fall on Fox.

“Empire” Showrunner Ilene Chaiken Renews Contract with 20th Century Fox was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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‘Empire’ Boss Ilene Chaiken Renews Fox Deal

6 July 2017 12:29 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“Empire” showrunner Ilene Chaiken has renewed her overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television.  Under the new multi-year arrangement, Chaiken will maintain her role on Fox’s top-rated drama while working to develop new series. “Ilene has done an extraordinary job running ‘Empire,’ which is not only the No. 1 drama on our air, but one of the most creatively ambitious and wildly entertaining series on any network,” said Fox Television Group chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman in a statement.  Also Read: 10 Major Cliffhangers This Season, From 'Stranger Things' to 'The Good Place' (Photos »

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‘Empire’ Showrunner Ilene Chaiken Re-Ups Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

6 July 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Empire showrunner Ilene Chaiken is staying in business with 20th Century Fox TV, signing a new multiyear overall deal with the studio behind Fox’s flagship drama series. Under the pact, she’ll continue at the helm of Empire, and also develop projects of her own for the studio. "Ilene has done an extraordinary job running Empire, which is not only the number 1 drama on our air, but one of the most creatively ambitious and wildly entertaining series on any network," said… »

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'Empire' Showrunner Ilene Chaiken Renews Overall Deal With Fox

6 July 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Ilene Chaiken is staying put.

The Empire showrunner has renewed her overall deal with producers 20th Century Fox Television. Under the new multiyear pact, she will continue to serve in her current position on the Fox hip-hop drama while also developing new projects for the studio.

"Ilene has done an extraordinary job running Empire, which is not only the No. 1 drama on our air, but one of the most creatively ambitious and wildly entertaining series on any network,” Fox Television Group chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman said in a statement. "She's a talented writer who somehow manages »

- Lesley Goldberg

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‘Empire’ Boss Ilene Chaiken Re-Ups With 20th Century Fox Television

6 July 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Empire” showrunner Ilene Chaiken has re-upped her overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, Variety has learned.

Under the new multi-year deal, Chaiken will continue her duties at the helm of “Empire” and will also develop new projects for the studio.

Terms of the new deal were not disclosed. Chaiken last signed with 20th Century Fox TV in 2015, just months after “Empire” debuted on Fox.

“Ilene has done an extraordinary job running ‘Empire,’ which is not only the number 1 drama on our air, but one of the most creatively ambitious and wildly entertaining series on any network,” commented Fox Television Group chairmen and CEOs, Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “She’s a talented writer who somehow manages to walk the tightrope of being both a great leader and a team player simultaneously.”

“Empire” is heading into its fourth season this fall. The family hip-hop drama, led by Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, first »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Emmys 2017: TV’s Top Showrunners Pick Their Favorite Shows

21 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Every awards show reflects the tastes of its voting pool. The Golden Globe Awards are voted on by obscure journalists from outlets no one has ever heard of. The People’s Choice Awards are voted on by people.

But the Emmys are voted on by the group whose opinion is most trusted by the folks who make television — other folks who make television. Those are the individuals who understand not only that making a great piece of television is hard, but also why it’s hard.

Showrunners, being the persons in charge, are the TV professionals who have the most holistic view of the craft. »

- Variety Staff

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