Get ready, because The L Word is officially coming back to network TV. Showtime just used an announcement at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour to announce that the network has greenlit an eight-episode season of the groundbreaking series. In even better news, the reboot is set to premiere by the end of 2019. The potential of a reboot was first announced in July 2017, but little was known about when or if the series would actually return. The reboot comes nearly 10 years after the conclusion of the original series, which ended in 2009 after six seasons.
The original series creator, Ilene Chaiken, is coming back as an executive producer, and screenwriter Marja Lewis-Ryan will serve as showrunner. So far, Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, and Katherine Moennig are signed on to bring Bette, Alice, and Shane back to life. The original series was a groundbreaking portrayal of lesbian lives when much of LGBTQ media focused mostly on gay men. The series also received criticism for its treatment of trans issues, but the reboot seeks to represent what has and has not changed in the LGBTQ community since the original series ended.
“Marja has brought her unique and contemporary vision to The L Word and blended it beautifully into the fabric of Ilene’s groundbreaking series,” Gary Levine, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks, told Deadline. “This revered show was both entertaining and impactful when it originally ran on Showtime, and we are confident that our new version will do that and more in 2019.” If you just can’t wait for the reboot, you can catch the original series on Netflix.