I’ll admit it, friends. When rumors started swirling about an L Word reboot or sequel, I didn’t think it would really happen. But yesterday, I was pleasantly proven wrong when Showtime announced that the groundbreaking show would be back, with some of the things that made the original great (cast members Jennifer Beals, Kate Moennig, Leisha Hailey and Sarah Shahi) and some fresh blood including new showrunner Marja-Lewis Ryan. One of the important things about this sequel that hasn’t been addressed enough is that the original leads, are all over the age of 40, with the exception of Shahi who is 39. Featuring a cast of characters that are not only queer, but also out of their 20s and 30s is a big deal. New cast members will be added, who will likely land in their 20s and early 30s, but we don’t often get to see such a broad age range of queer women talking, laughing, loving, breathing, etc on-screen.
Naturally, I wanted to find out what you all were thinking about this huge announcement. Many of you were super geeked, while some were flat out uninterested. Then there were those who just really wanted to make sure Jenny was still dead. (Don’t be surprised if you haven’t seen the last of Jenny Schecter, people.) Here are a few tweets with your thoughts on this sequel.
excited for it!!! I’ve been praying to lesbian Jesus for a new L Word or lesbian centeric show for years. L Word was on before social media & live tweeting blew up. The viewing parties in are local queer spaces (bars) are how many of us found our queer community.
— Annette Miller (@trihardannette) January 31, 2019
I’m curious as to see how they will update the show. won’t work in today’s world of queer media. A lot has changed in 15 years since the show started. the whole “it’s about a certain group of friends” thing probably won’t work in today’s queer media. :).
— Stacy Jill Calvert (@stacyjill) February 1, 2019
I’m excited! Loved the original and I’m happy some of the OG cast are coming back. The community has progressed in a lot of way since the show ended and I hope to see the inclusion of that.
— Chrys Nieves (@ChrysWithaWhy) January 31, 2019
I’m here for this reboot!! And I have full faith in @katemoennig @Leisha_Hailey and @jenniferbeals as executive producers to bring truth, realism , and representation for all and I think the general consensus is to leave Jenny’s story line as it was..dead!
— StormEarper (@StormEarper) February 1, 2019
Full of trepidation but Carmen coming back gives me hope. I’m hoping they just ignore Jenny’s death either by never mentioning it or retconning that it never happened.
— Andy (@Andersien) January 31, 2019
I loved The L Word when I was younger and wasn’t out yet.
I’m excited for either new characters or seeing some of the same characters.
I never felt personally represented by the show but it was so great to see lesbians just living their lives. We need more of that.
— Sarah – The one (@iBrockely) January 31, 2019
Honestly…I’m really, REALLY jazzed. As much as the original series was a (really attractive) train wreck, it certainly had its moments. Plus, I really love Bette Porter. The world could use more Bette Porter. pic.twitter.com/nIUsrzf2mT
— Maggie Jacqueline (@unsaltysaltines) February 1, 2019
Will be happy if we have 1) healthy relationships 2) a more diverse cast + diverse queer characters 3) helena – rachel shelley ♡
— Cate Fantandras (@caramelhotchock) February 1, 2019
Sceptical. Original played around with expectations to the extent that I stopped caring about who was currently ”good” or ”evil” or the storylines. And Jenny? Honey, no… Mostly watched b/c Jennifer Beals swoonworthiness. TV has changed, they will have to do better this time
— ClillaryHinton (@ClillaryHinton1) February 1, 2019
I think it’s great as many of us, were practically babies when it came out so we need a modern version of it whilst the people who watched it when it came out will get an update on it. It works for all 🙂
— Andy Herrera (@crashbrokenhand) February 1, 2019
I’m cautiously excited. Hoping that new (hopefully more diverse) writers/show runners will right the problematic stuff of the original. I hope more awareness will make for a better, more inclusive show. That said, I’m hoping Bette is as politically involved as she was back then.
— Jenny (@jennylonussen) February 1, 2019
Never saw the first one, not sure if we’ll watch the new one. Maybe it’s bc we are older (I’m 48), but it appears to us like the series is lacking a good representation of “real” lesbians. How about some larger and/or butchier women?
— DecentDocent (@Jandjpalms) January 31, 2019
Meh im more like let it stay in the past. Def needs better writing, better structure and development. Shane was just cringy and alice was annoying ill take a look i guess.
— Heartlines (@Taco_Lima) January 31, 2019
They should do a Dallas and pretend everything that happened after Dana’s death was a dream. Then bring Dana back!
— jbvixtrola (@jbvixtrola) January 31, 2019
If the writing and character development is as inconsistent as the original, then no thank you. pic.twitter.com/KPjToeG5mY
— Ellen Mac (@ellenmcannar) January 31, 2019
I’m very excited. I remember watching it when i was 14 being very confused about my sexuality. When Alice was talking about beibg bi it all just clicked and i felt instantly free. I want this feeling for a new generation of people
— Rebecca Woods (@LLovelessLover) January 31, 2019