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'The L Word' Returns, Rebooted For 'Generation Q'

The original Showtime series portrayed the lives of LGBTQ women in LA. Show creator Ilene Chaiken and returning star Jennifer Beals say the show has changed — along with the LGBTQ community.
L-R: Actors Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey and Katherine Moennig reprise their original roles in The L Word: Generation Q. The rebooted series also welcomes plenty of new cast members. Source: Hilary B. Gayle

The Showtime series The L Word depicted the multi-layered lives of a tight-knit group of LGBTQ women in LA. Groundbreaking in its day, it tackled issues of love and relationships — and sex — between women in a way that TV had rarely before seen.

When the series went off the air in 2009, thoughts of a reboot periodically resurfaced. But it was President Donald Trump's election in 2016 that lit a fire in one of the original stars, Jennifer Beals.

"We decided to get together and back — to give visibility to the community that was about to get hit by this divisive administration."

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