Showtime sets last L Word

By Tim Surette

Mar 10, 2008

There's no denying that Showtime took a major gamble in 2004 when it decided to run The L Word--an open-minded drama about a group of Los Angeles-based lesbians and bisexual women--during a time when the nation was wavering in a "blue state/red state" mindset.

Four years later, the show continues on, conservatives be damned. Showtime today announced that it has renewed The L Word for a sixth season, but that it will be the series' last.

"We are enormously proud of the legacy of The L Word, a groundbreaking series that well surpassed its niche as a gay show," said Robert Greenblatt, president of entertainment at Showtime. "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."

Showtime says that the audience will once again play an important part in guiding the show's plotlines, with series creator Ilene Chaiken saying that the sixth season will be even more interactive (without saying how).

The L Word stars Mia Kirschner, Jennifer Beals, Pam Grier, Marlee Matlin, and Cybill Shepherd. The cast is currently in negotiations to re-sign with the show.

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  • fe678 Oct 04, 2008

    that really sucks ha.. they say series usually ends with the 7th season, how come theyll end L Word with 6th, and with only 8episodes? its a good movie!! i dont want to watch it then because its a gay show but then when i did, i began to love it and i always end up asking for more.. theyre ending up a good show..

  • GIASROSE Jun 18, 2008

    HOW CAN U GET RID OF THE BEST THING ON TV? :( I AM SO IN LOVE WITH THIS SHOW. I AM MORE ADDICTED TO IT THAN ANY OTHER SHOW BEFORE. PLEASE TELL ME TIBETTE CAN STAY TOGETHER, AT LEAST, GIVE US THAT!!!!! PLEASE :) AND PLEASE TELL ME A LESB. SHOW WILL COME OUT AFTER THIS IS OVER. OTHERWISE WE WILL HAVE NOTHING AGIAN. :(

    I LOVE U TIBETTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ROSE

  • 4Super2natural0 Mar 25, 2008

    thats it! tv is dead folks! all these shows being pulled early or ending even though they shouldn't! why is it ending? are the girls tired of doing this show? if thats the case fine, but if its not then wtf! this is a great show and it can go on still for another season or two. i don't get it! all my shows are ending and now i am refusing to turn on my tv! very sad sad day

  • Ppunkinseed Mar 19, 2008

    Babyitsfact, I think they meant to say 6 Seasons later. The way seasons are calculated these days makes no sense to me but I am sad that they are taking this show off. It's a great show and I felt the same when Queer As Folk ended. Hopefully, Showtime will bring us another good series. They are pretty good for that.

  • starr23x3 Mar 19, 2008

    I can not believe that The L Word is being finalized. So many other crap shows on sho time that need to go and the one that has touched so many different lives in a positive way is what you are going to finalize. Sure wish you would think this over this is a bad idea. The only reason I have showtime is for The L Word. Extremely Disappointed and Sad. Oh and a season is 12 shows not 8 thats a low blow to all the fans too.... Y'all bumm me out

  • TLGangie87 Mar 19, 2008

    i really love this show. it is so sad to think that it is going to end. actually, it has become a part of my life...

  • spiritlakes Mar 17, 2008

    This is sad for myself and my life partner of 28 years. This show and the people in it meant alot to us . Loved it soory to see it go

  • ShandyOC Mar 15, 2008

    that sucks. but i hope shenny will finally get together now. lol. please

  • ccderbygrl Mar 15, 2008

    I think this sucks....I love this show and I think it hits home in a lot of ways for a lot of different people. I think this show should never end...If you are running out of ideas, there are plenty of real life lesbian life styles to pull ideas from....Please think about his a little more before doing this...Your breaking my heart here!

  • ACFAIRCLOTH Mar 14, 2008

    This SUCKS!! I love the L word. And only 8 episode in the last season? COME ON!!!

    That's not right! If you are going to end it then at least give us a full season. Very sad!!

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