The previously announced online spinoff of The L Word will revolve around Leisha Hailey’s Alice, Showtime announced today.
Ilene Chaiken, creator and exec producer of The L Word, will write and produce the pilot, which will shoot in December.
A shortened sixth and final season of The L Word will debut in January, with the series’ finale setting up the premise for the spinoff. No details have yet been given around the spinoff’s premise, which will initially debut online, with the potential to move to television.
At the end of the fifth season, the once-bisexual Alice was contemplating breaking up with her girlfriend Tasha (Rose Rollins), and was aggressively pursuing a role in TV journalism.
Alice (Leisha Hailey, right) with Tasha (Rose Rollins)
In-between shooting The L Word, Hailey has been busy promoting her new rock band, Uh Huh Her, which recently released its first album, Common Reaction.
Hailey with Uh Huh Her bandmate Camila Grey
Alice has been a central character on Showtime’s lesbian drama since it debuted in 2004. Much of the speculation among fans about which character would lead the spinoff has pointed to Alice Pieszecki as the most likely choice, given the character’s overall likability, Hailey’s availability, and the fact that she is openly gay (she recently became the new spokeswoman for lesbian cruise company Olivia).
Hailey’s popularity with lesbians — she topped AfterEllen.com’s 2007 Hot 100 and came in fifth in 2008 — and the cross-over appeal of her music makes her a natural choice for the spinoff.
“I’ve never really ever stepped back and thought about [how being openly gay has affected my career],” she told AfterEllen.com in a recent interview. “It’s just who I am, and I think that I’ve been rewarded in that way because I just live my life openly and honestly. I think good things have come my way because of it.”
Stay tuned for more details about the spinoff as it unfolds.
Get more info about the lesbian series on our main L Word page, and about Hailey’s band