Showtime Announces “The Real L Word: Los Angeles” Reality Series

Showtime has greenlit nine episodes of a reality TV version of their hit lesbian drama The L Word.

Led by L Word creator Ilene Chaiken and reality producers Magical Elves, the new reality series will follow six lesbians in Los Angeles as they go about their lives.

Showtime’s pick-up of the series is contingent on the casting, which has not yet been completed.

“Even though we concluded our sixth season of The L Word on Showtime this past March," Chaiken explained to Variety, "I believe we are not nearly finished telling our L Word stories."

Many L Word fans, some of the actresses, and two of the show’s co-creators were angered or disappointed by the murder-mystery focus of the last season, the finale in March, and some of the bizarre information revealed about the characters in the post-finale online "interrogation tapes." In July, Chaiken revealed at a conference on blogging that she is writing a script for an L Word feature film that will address some of these issues, and alluded to other projects in the works.

Her initial L Word spin-off idea — a women-in-prison drama called The Farm — was passed on by Showtime earlier this year.

Chaiken will executive produce The Real L Word: Los Angeles along with Magical Elves’ Jane Lipsitz and Dan Cutforth. Magical Elves has produced episodes for several other reality series, including Project Runway, Top Chef: Masters, and Treasure Hunters.

"We love to tell authentic stories about complex characters and feel like this is an area that has yet to be explored in reality television," said Lipsitz about Magical Elves’ involvement in the The Real L Word: Los Angeles.

The reality series is slated to debut sometime in 2010.

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