Showtime’s docu-reality series The Real L Word was renewed for a third season last fall, and now the cable network is ready to reveal the show’s premiere date and, more importantly, the details on the season’s cast, which EW has here exclusively in the form of the official cast photo, as well as cast bios and a video teaser below.
The Real L Word returns to Showtime with new episodes on Thursday, July 12, at 10 p.m. Just like last year, there are cast changes. Claire, Francine, and Sajdah — regulars last year — have been jettisoned in favor of new mainstays Sara and Lauren in Los Angeles and Kiyomi, Somer, and Amanda, the trifecta representing show’s new expansion into New York City. Past cast members Whitney, Romi, and married couple Cori and Kacy will return.
Series creator Ilene Chaiken had this to say when the third season was announced: “We think it’s time to throw down and invite the women of New York to join in and demonstrate the claims they’ve lobbed at us these past few years…that New York’s women have something more to say about lesbian life, something that isn’t being said by our Los Angeles ladies. Bring it on, Brooklyn!”
Catch a video teaser of the upcoming season — as well as full, official cast bios — below:
LOS ANGELES CAST:
Whitney (activist and party promoter)
Whitney, the resident celesbian, is still the untamed lover of life. An undeniable woman magnet, her life is a complicated web of friends and exes…and exes who are friends. By far the biggest complication is Sara — the temptation Whitney just can’t seem to resist — despite her friends’ warnings. Due to her ever-growing fan base, Whitney has put her special effects makeup projects on hold and has been focusing on appearances and promoting her monthly girl party, Juicy.
Will Sara finally tame Whitney’s heart? This stylist and go-go dancer has been through the wringer with Whitney, yet they only seem more intertwined because of it. Sara is considering making the move to the Big Apple but is not sure what that will do to her and Whitney’s relationship.
Kacy (director of marketing production) and Cori (project manager)
Married since July of 2008, Kacy and Cori have been focusing their efforts on starting a family. But navigating the confusing, scary, and often expensive path of conception hasn’t been easy for this young couple.
Romi (jewelry designer)
A woman constantly on the go, Romi’s sobriety has given her the clarity and focus to develop and promote her jewelry line, Casa Por Vida. But she isn’t stopping there; Romi is also exploring opportunities in the music industry and nurturing a hosting career. Once the closest of friends and occasional lovers, Romi has had a falling out with Whitney, and she believes Sara is at the center of it. Will Romi be able to steer clear of the drama by continuing to focus on her career and ever-changing love life?
Lauren (CEO of jewelry company)
Claiming L.A. as the hub of the lesbian scene in America, Lauren and her friends are having a great time in the middle of it all. A committed bachelor, Lauren is anxiously awaiting the move from NYC of her best friend with benefits, Amanda. But when Amanda arrives in Lauren’s home, it’s hard to keep her emotions at bay as this non-couple navigate their relationship.
NEW YORK CAST:
Kiyomi (rock band front woman)
Kiyomi is the ultra-cool, heartbreaking rock star at the center of Hunter Valentine. A natural leader, Kiyomi is extremely stubborn and fiercely committed to the band that she believes is on the brink of making it big. Along with band mates Laura, Vero, and Somer, Kiyomi is trying to balance a relationship at home with the demands of a rock star lifestyle.
Somer (rock band rhythm guitarist)
Somer is having trouble trying to live a “normal” life, including domestication, babies and, property with her new wife, yet still stay on the adrenaline-and-whiskey-infused rock star train that is her all-lesbian punk band. Since angsty Somer was voted by friends as “most likely to break a bottle at a bar,” it’s easy to see her conundrum. The newest member of Hunter Valentine is still struggling to figure out where she fits in this band of alpha females, but insists on having fun while she’s doing it.
Amanda (PR/real estate/socialite)
Amanda’s making the move to the West Coast to reunite with her BFF and partner in crime, Lauren. At home in high society, Amanda won’t hesitate to call out anyone who doesn’t make the grade. A true New Yorker at heart and known as a high-energy jetsetter, Amanda finds it difficult to jibe with the relaxed SoCal attitude.
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