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The L Word creator Ilene Chaiken is developing a spinoff of Showtime’s

popular lesbian drama series. The news was announced by Showtime president Bob Greenblatt during the cable channel’s TCA Press Tour presentation on Friday. The new show will follow one of the series’

current characters, and its storyline will most likely be introduced during the series’ final season, with the finale leaving the door open for the spinoff. Chaiken will then keep the storyline going in an online format so that it’ll be ready if Showtime indeed opts to order the spinoff to series. Greenblatt wouldn’t say which character would be spun off, though he added that the actress in question doesn’t even know about the possible series yet.

In other Showtime news, Greenblatt announced that the network had picked up Edie Falco‘s new dramedy series, tentatively titled Nurse Jackie. Falco plays a New York City nurse who struggles to be a good person. The trailer shown during Showtime’s presentation hinted at a provocative spin on a typical medical drama, with Falco creating another indelible character.

Also looking quite promising is The United States of Tara, a comedy executive produced by Steven Spielberg (and based on his own idea) and written by Diablo Cody (Juno). Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense) plays a mother and wife who struggles with multiple personalities, while John Corbett (Sex and the City) is her patient husband.

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