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.