Screenwriter and playwright Marja-Lewis Ryan was named the showrunner and executive producer of the rebooted series The L Word at Showtime. The sequel to The L Word is currently in development at the premium cable network.
The L Word creator Ilene Chaiken will also executive produce alongside Ryan as well as Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig, and Leisha Hailey, who all starred in the original series.
“Ilene and the original L Word made me believe my voice mattered, Ryan said. “I am beyond excited for the opportunity to usher in the next generation of diverse queer people. I couldn’t imagine a better time to make this show.”
Ryan wrote and directed the upcoming film 6 Balloons, starring Abbi Jacobson and Dave Franco, and is penning the reboot of Splash, starring Channing Tatum and Jillian Bell, and Buried Bodies for Noah Hawley and Fox Searchlight. Ryan has won several awards for her work, which includes the L.A. Drama Critics Circle award for best writing and best production for her play One in the Chamber, and Outstanding First Narrative Feature at L.A. Outfest for her adapted play The Four-Faced Liar. She is repped by UTA, Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment, and attorney Tara Kole.
It was announced in July that Showtime was working on a new installment of The L Word, which ran on the premium cable network for six seasons between 2004 and 2009. The show followed the trials and tribulations of a group of lesbian friends in Los Angeles. The new series will focus on a new group of women, but Beals, Moenning, and Hailey will make an appearance as their original characters to connect the two shows.