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For EW’s very special LGBTQ issue, we reunited the cast of one of the most progressive series of the last 20 years: Showtime’s The L Word. The drama, which ran from 2004-09, was about a group of successful lesbian friends in Los Angeles and quickly established itself with bold story lines, including television’s first regular transgender character, Max (Daniela Sea).
But since the series went off the air, there hasn’t been another lesbian-led series aside from Orange Is the New Black. With so many series getting the reboot treatment (Will & Grace, The X-Files), should The L Word return? The cast and co-creator Ilene Chaiken think so.
Ilene Chaiken: There’s certainly a chance. We talk about it all the time. When we went off the air in 2009, I think a lot of people thought, “Okay, the baton is passed now, and there will be lots of shows that portray lesbian life.” There’s really nothing. It feels like maybe it should come back.
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Mia Kirshner (Jenny): Another generation is beginning to watch the show, and there’s such a hole in terms of the landscape of what’s on television and what we’re capable of doing. There’s so many other stories to tell that it’s crazy that this show doesn’t exist.
Katherine Moennig (Shane): And wouldn’t it be interesting to see where we all wound up?
Jennifer Beals (Bette): Bette has a walker, obviously.
Moennig: Shane’s on Metamucil.
Leisha Hailey (Alice): Our country is so polarized right now and the political landscape is such a mess. We need shows that are about community and acceptance.
Kirshner: And the power of friendships.
Watch more from the cast in the video above.