Bette feels guilty about lying to Angie. Some unexpected news throws Shane for a loop while Alice, Gigi and Nat find common ground. Dani and Sophie deal with a bombshell dropped on them by Dani’s father. Finley bonds with Tess while Micah grows closer to José.
Episode title: “Labels”
Release date: January 5, 2020 at 10pm
Cast: Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig, Leisha Hailey, Arienne Mandi, Sepideh Moafi, Leo Sheng, Jacqueline Toboni, Rosanny Zayas
Set over ten years after the events of The L Word, The L Word: Generation Q follows an ensemble cast of friends, the majority of whom are lesbians. The series relocates from its original setting of West Hollywood, California to Silver Lake, Los Angeles.
The series starts over ten years after the death of Jenny Schecter. Bette Porter is running for Mayor of Los Angeles to succeed Eric Garcetti, but her electoral position is threatened during a live press conference. Alice, now with her own successful talk show, is in a relationship with therapist Nat and struggles to mother Nat’s kids and get along with Nat’s ex-wife, Gigi, who is also the kids’ biological mother. The original L word characters reunite after Shane moves back to Los Angeles after selling her hair salons in Paris and New York. The new generation members are Dani, Sophie, Micah, and Finley. Dani Núñez, a PR executive for her father’s company, is girlfriend of one of Alice’s show writers, Sophie Suarez, who works with Finley, Alice’s personal PA. Their flatmate, Micah Lee, is an adjunct college professor who is crushing on their new neighbor.
Despite celebrating good news, Dani reveals her new job as Bette’s new PR manager and Sophie is upset for not having been consulted. Alice’s network is annoyed with her last guest star, and they hire a man to help keep things “on brand”. Finley has moved in with a reluctant Shane, and it is revealed that the Planet is now a typical “man” sports bar. Alice tries to be a better stepmom to Nat’s kids with Shane’s help, and has a heart-to-heart with Gigi. Bette talks to local LGBTQ+ youths to talk about issues of homelessness, and must meet someone from her past for damage control. Shane is served with divorce papers, and Micah finally takes José on a date.
A sequel to The L Word was confirmed to be in development by Showtime on July 11, 2017. Marja-Lewis Ryan was confirmed as showrunner and executive producer on November 20, 2017; original L Word series creator and showrunner Ilene Chaiken will serve as executive producer, with Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig, and Leisha Hailey also serving as executive producers. The L Word:Generation Q will consist of eight episodes. It premiered on December 8, 2019.
In anticipation of the show, several LGBTQIA outlets have created special programming, such as Autostraddle’s podcast To L & Back: An L Word Podcast; two episodes of Ru Paul’s podcast, Ru Paul: What’s the Tee? (one of which is a conversation with L Word producer and cast member Kate Moennig); an episode of Margaret Cho’s podcast, The Margaret Cho, featuring comedian Fortune Feimster who will appear in The L Word as a guest star; and Cameron Esposito’s podcast, Queery, in which she interviews original L Word creator Ilene Chaiken .
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