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More lesbian drama? Showtime hopes to revive The L Word

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The L Word is back

Bette, Alice and Shane may have more drama ahead. No word yet on Jenny, Tina and Kit.

The L Word may be coming back to television. Showtime hopes to revive the popular lesbian drama, which last aired in 2009.

The Hollywood Reporter announced the pay cable channel is developing a sequel to the popular lesbian drama that aired for six seasons. Series creator Ilene Chaiken will return as executive producer.

A search is underway to find a new showrunner since Chaiken is not available. Chaiken currently serves as the showrunner of the series Empire. It is hoped the new showrunner will have a fresh take on the characters and how their lives may have changed since they were last seen eight years ago.

Original series stars Jennifer Beals (Bette), Kate Moennig (Shane) and Leisha Hailey (Alice) are all committed to reprising their characters and will all serve as executive producers.

Other actors from the original series may return for the sequel, but are not yet signed. Laurel Holloman (Tina), Mia Kirshner (Jenny) and Pam Grier (Kit) played main characters for all 72 episodes of the show’s run.

Debuting in 2004, The L Word was the first American drama series to revolve around lesbian characters. The series was hailed as groundbreaking for its realistic portrayal of the lesbian community, just as the series Queer as Folk was hailed for its portrayal of gay men.

If Showtime opts to revive The L Word, it will be the latest in a string of recent reboots. A revival of Twin Peaks is currently airing, while Will & Grace are due back in the fall along with Roseanne. Full House was recently revived as Fuller House.

The Hollywood Reporter also said that Netflix is pondering a revival of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, while the creators of Queer as Folk have indicated they are also interested in reviving that series.