TV Critic’s Corner

Latest series revival: ‘The L Word’

Laurel Holloman (left) and Jennifer Beals in the original “The L Word.”
Laurel Holloman (left) and Jennifer Beals in the original “The L Word.”David Gray

The revivals continue. Next stop: “The L Word,” whose new eight-episode season will go into production this summer and premiere later this year. Alas, it will not premiere on March 8, 2019, the date marking exactly 10 years since the original series had its finale.

The reboot of the show, which was co-created by Ilene Chaiken, Kathy Greenberg, and Michele Abbott and ran for six seasons, will find Jennifer Beals (Bette), Katherine Moennig (Shane), and Leisha Hailey (Alice) moving to Silver Lake for more melodrama and self-exploration. But a lot has changed for LGBT people during the past decade, and the show will usher in a new cast of younger characters to explore them. The original characters’ lives will be intertwined with those of the new characters, forming a large new ensemble.


One thing new showrunner Marja-Lewis Ryan made clear in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter this week: She will include trans characters, and — unlike the original series — they will be played by trans actors. Will she bring back characters from the dead, notably Mia Kirshner’s Jenny, in the way that the “Roseanne” revival (now “The Conners”) did? “I would say that nothing is off the table,” Ryan said, “except I don’t do sci-fi.”

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.