Ask (September 29, 2009)


Question: I have just started watching The L Word and fell completely in love with it and now I find that its ended! I had heard that maybe there would be a movie and I had some great ideas, but am by no means a professional. I just have a good imagination. I want to send Ilene Chaiken my ideas, but have no idea what the best way to do that is. If you can help that would be great.

Shaleen, OR

Answer: Back in July, our own Trish Bendix attended the BlogHer conference in Chicago. Trish reported that one of the many panelists there was L Word creator Ilene Chaiken, who talked about a possible L Word movie and some of the challenges and victories she experienced in the making of the historic Showtime series.

Trish also told us about a Chaiken revelation: "After initially admitting that she wanted to be the one dictating where her characters would go with The L Word, she realized viewers wanted to see their own stories told, and that became more important than having one person holding all of the power."

Given her new-found interest in viewer input and with the The Real L Word looming on the horizon, now might just be the perfect time to share your thoughts with Ms. Chaiken. I don’t have her personal email, but Chaiken does have a Twitter account.

Let the pitching begin!

Question: Do you have any info on Rachel Shelley (The L Word) having her baby? This seems to be quite the secret. She was featured in a magazine when she was pregnant, but I guess it was never followed up by that same magazine.


Rachel Shelley

Answer: I’ve been trying to track down the answer to your question for weeks, and finally came across the newly relased information via The Official Rachel Shelley Fansite. The site is reporting that Shelley gave birth to a girl September 8 (two weeks late) at 12:57 a.m.

In the August 2009 issue of the British lesbian magazine Diva, Shelley wrote an article, "Stand By for the First Batch of L Word Babies," documenting the baby boom that has taken place among cast and crew since the show wrapped in March 2009. The new moms (and moms-to-be) include Sarah Shahi (Carmen), whose first child, William Wolf Howey, was born on July 9, Angela Robinson (writer-director-producer) welcomed a new baby with her partner Alex Kondracke over the summer, Erin Daniels (Dana), gave birth to a son, Ely Dashiel Uettwiller, on August 1, and Meredith McGeachie (Tonya) is due to deliver a baby in November.

Speaking of Angela Robinson, the very first issue of her new DC Comic The Web, debuted on September 23.

The Web

Robinson co-wrote the story with John Rozum, and it follows the adventures of "the selfish rich-boy hero the Web, and the mysterious-undying Hangman."

Now that’s she’s firmly established in the comic world, could someone please arrange for an Angela Robinson/Batwoman sit-down?

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