It’s been a few months since we’ve had some L Word Reboot gossip (I think the last thing we heard is that Jenny might come back from the dead?) and I don’t know about you lezzies, but the radio silence left me feeling wildly, wildly, alarmed.
Is it not happening? Why haven’t I heard any more news? I’ve panicked to myself, fueled with fear that something will go wrong and it won’t happen and I’ll be deprived yet another decade of a lesbian show.
So you can imagine that my fragile heart was extremely pleased to find out via Variety that “The L Word” reboot has actually gone ahead and chosen a showrunner, Marja-Lewis Ryan! And she seems extremely cool, which is vital, as a showrunner oversees the entire creative direction of a series, and has full authority over the writing staff.
So who is Marja-Lewis Ryan? Glad you asked. According to IMDB, Ryan, wrote and directed the film “6 Balloons” (starring Dave Franco and Abbi Jacobson) slated to hit theaters next year, and according to Variety is writing “The Splash” reboot, (you know the cult-classic Mermaid movie!). She also wrote the screenplay for the 2010 feature “Four-Faced Liar.”
Ryan is as excited as we are. “Ilene [Chaiken] and the original ‘L Word’ made me believe that my voice mattered, I am beyond excited for the opportunity to usher in the next generation of diverse queer people. I couldn’t imagine a better time to make this show,” she told Variety.
So what about our girl Ilene Chaiken? The godmother of Lesbian TV, Ms. Chaiken will be executive producing the reboot, alongside cast members, Jennifer Beals (Bette), Kate Moennig (Shane) and Leisha Hailey (Alice). Beals, Moennig and Hailey will all appear in the reboot, as well, to connect the two shows together.
So there you go, ladies. A lovely little nugget of lesbian gossip to sustain you over the long holiday weekend.
And hey! Now us lez writers know who to stalk on Twitter, when we’re looking for that ~staff writer~ position on “The L Word” Reboot (the most coveted gig in town). Ryan better put her twitter on private right now. Hell hath no fury like a lesbian in pursuit of a full-time lez job. Just saying.