The L Word is getting all Twin Peaks on us for its sixth and final season. Showtime has announced that the drama--centered on a group of lesbian friends and set in Los Angeles--will be killing off one of its main characters at the start of its January 18 premiere. We know who the unlucky victim is, so read no further if you're afraid of spoilers!
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."
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It isn't uncommon to see CBS populated with ruthless serial killers who have little to no regard for justice or human life. Shows such as CSI, Cold Case, and Criminal Minds are often centered around crack teams of investigators trying to put serial killers on the loose behind bars.
Now it appears that the network may be adding one more serial killer to its mix, but this time he's the centerpiece. Showtime's Dexter, the series starring Michael C. Hall as a murderous antihero (and forensic scientist for the Miami Police Department), may get bumped up into CBS' programming schedule along with other programs from the pay-cable network, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Showtime is part of the CBS Corporation.
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TNT has decided that CSI and Law & Order shouldn't own the market on television spin-offs. The basic-cable network is looking at spinning off its bit hit The Closer, says The Hollywood Reporter.
There are no details on the project yet, which is currently going by the tentative name The Fixer. The thought is that the show could either feature an existing character or branch out with an all-new crew, like other locale-specific procedurals.
In The Closer, Kyra "one degree of Kevin Bacon" Sedgwick stars as a Los Angeles police deputy assigned to big-time cases. The show is currently in its fourth season.
At the summer TCA press tour, Showtime announced that fans hadn't heard the last of The L Word, even though the show was given an end date next year. Showtime is spinning off the lesbian drama, but details had been mum until now.
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Showtime's lesbian drama The L Word will be back for a fifth season.
The cable network has ordered 12 new episodes of the series, which centers on a group of lesbians in Los Angeles. Production will begin in the summer for an early 2008 debut. Deals are in place with the principal actors.
The L Word, recently nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for outstanding drama series, began its fourth season Jan. 7. Season-to-date, the show is averaging 310,000 viewers per first-run episode (down from season three's 370,000), though the network gives every episode multiple plays throughout the week and offers them on-demand.
The launch of OurChart.com, a social networking site that grew directly out of the series, along with the L Word virtual 3D world Second Life, have raised the show's profile, said Robert Greenblatt, Showtime's entertainment president.
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Brian Graden, the force behind the programming on MTV, VH1, and CMT, is launching a new network on Thursday, June 30. Logo will make history as the first gay-oriented network available without special order, and it will initially appear in about 10 million American homes with digital cable.
Graden grew up in rural Illinois and attended Oral Roberts University, where he struggled to "make it" with his college band, the Ozones. Once it became obvious that the Ozones were not headed for stratospheric success, Graden moved on and earned an MBA from Harvard University. The resulting combination of business and liberal arts education gave him the range of tools necessary to become one of the most creative and accomplished television executives.
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