One 'L' of a Finale! SHOWTIME Renews THE L WORD(R) for 6th & Final Farewell Season
Last Eight Episodes of First-Ever Lesbian Primetime Drama To Premiere in
LOS ANGELES, March 10 -- SHOWTIME has renewed the
critically- acclaimed, groundbreaking lesbian drama THE L WORD(R) for a
sixth and final season, it was announced today by Robert Greenblatt,
SHOWTIME's President of Entertainment. One of the network's longest running
series, THE L WORD(R) will culminate early next year in eight final
episodes, marking the end of an era chronicling the lives of these iconic
characters who have played a pivotal role in changing cultural perceptions
of lesbians and the transgender community on and off screen. Production
will resume in early summer.
"It has been a privilege to do this series and tell these stories and
have these characters in my life and to share them with the show's
passionate fans," says Ilene Chaiken, creator and executive producer of THE
L WORD(R). "I am thrilled that SHOWTIME has given us this final opportunity
to conclude this journey we have all taken together."
"We are enormously proud of the legacy of THE L WORD(R), a
groundbreaking series that well surpassed its niche as a gay show," said
Greenblatt. "The title of the show became part of the lexicon, and the
breadth and reach of the characters and storylines are a testament to the
talent of Ilene Chaiken and her incredible cast. We have a strong tradition
of shows that move beyond the stereotypes of lesbian and gay characters,
and we are grateful to everyone involved with THE L WORD(R) who contributed
to its legacy."
"THE L WORD(R) has been such an important franchise for SHOWTIME," adds
SHOWTIME Chairman and CEO, Matthew Blank. "We look forward to an
outstanding finale season next year and know this show will live on in
many, many ways."
THE L WORD(R)'s large and loyal audience has played an unprecedented
role in propelling the plotlines throughout the show's five year history.
Chaiken indicates that the final season will be even more interactive, with
fan input guiding the season to its climactic conclusion. "This is by no
means the end of THE L WORD(R)," she adds. "The brand and the social
network community, OurChart.com, will continue to live and be a destination
for lesbians everywhere and a lasting tribute to what THE L WORD(R) has
In its five seasons on SHOWTIME, THE L WORD(R) generated an avid
audience, as well as critical praise and GLAAD Award recognition for its
provocative, sexy storylines, the principal cast and for being a magnet for
celebrated directors and guest stars. The groundbreaking series follows a
group of Los Angeles-based friends as they navigate careers, families,
friendships, inner struggles and romantic entanglements. Since its January
2004 debut, the series has become part of American popular culture,
spawning its own social networking site (OurChart.com), huge popularity in
Second Life, dedicated fan websites and blogs, along with ancillary
products such as THE L WORD(R)- branded perfume, jewelry and books.
THE L WORD(R) is executive produced by Ilene Chaiken through her
production company Little Chicken Inc. The series was created by Chaiken
and Kathy Greenberg & Michele Abbott and is being distributed
internationally by MGM International Television Distribution, Inc.
Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS
Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME(R),
THE MOVIE CHANNEL(R) and FLIX(R), as well as the multiplex channels
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BEYOND(R), SHOWTIME NEXT(R), SHOWTIME WOMEN(R), SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE(R) and
THE MOVIE CHANNEL(R) XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD(R), THE MOVIE
CHANNEL(R) HD, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND(R) and THE MOVIE CHANNEL(R) ON DEMAND.
SNI is also an owner and manager of SUNDANCE CHANNEL(R), a venture of NBC
Universal, Robert Redford and SNI. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a
joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution. All SNI feeds
provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes
sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a
pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV(R).
SOURCE Showtime Networks Inc.