If we weren’t excited enough, “The L Word” has gifted us an early holiday present: lesbian icon Rosie O’Donnell will guest star in season two.
The announcement was made last night on Instagram. Although details are pretty minimal at the moment, The Wrap reports that O’Donnell will play Carrie, “a brash and kind-hearted public defender who is thrust into Bette’s life and quickly gets under her skin.” She’ll be joined by Donald Faisson (“Clueless,” “Scrubs”) and Griffin Dunne (“I Love Dick”) who will appear as guest stars.
In addition, Jordan Hull, who appeared in season one as Bette’s daughter, Angie, has been updated to series regular.
But it’s news of O’Donnell’s hire that’s got the lady-loving audience over the moon. On Twitter, the announcement has garnered over 7,000 views, with many fans speculating that O’Donnell’s Carrie might be a possible love interest for Bette (played by Jennifer Beals), which was not exactly welcome news for those holding out hope for a Bette/Tina reconciliation (although their parting in season one didn’t exactly leave much hope for “Tibette”).
O’Donnell, who came out publicly at a charity benefit in 2002, has frequently guest-starred in queer-inclusive shows including “Will & Grace” and “Queer As Folk.”
“The L Word: Generation Q” recently began production on Season 2, which is expected to be released sometime next year. No word yet on just what O’Donnell’s story arc will be — or if a romance with Bette is in Carrie’s future — but we’ll have plenty of time to speculate before the premier!