Showtime is bringing back The L Word, but not as a television series…it’s coming back as a documentary. Showtime’s president David Nevins said, “I want to change up the show and probably not continue it in exactly the same form. I’ve been talking a lot with (executive producers Dan (Cutforth) and Jane (Lipsitz) and Ilene about exploring sort of L Word culture, lesbian culture in places outside of New York and L.A., places where the subculture is not so defined and it’s maybe not so easy. And I think we’ll do a Real L Word documentary. We did the scripted show, did an ensemble reality show, and now it’s probably going to become a stand-alone documentary this year. But I think it’s an important franchise for us. It could be one-part, be two parts, they’re diving in doing research right now.”
I actually think the show coming back as a doc is a great idea. I felt like the reality series ruined the brand. The scripted L Word was so good compared to the reality version. I felt like the reality version had potential, but the casting was never right, and it was very city-centric (LA/New York)–so it wasn’t as well represented as it could be. If they can do the doc right, I think a lot more people will be inclined to watch vs. the forced drama we see on reality series.