Marja-Lewis Ryan landed a dream job. The 34- year-old acts as writer/showrunner of Showtime’s fall sequel to its 2004-09 lesbian drama,The L WordThe revival, which shoots this summertime in Los Angeles, will include the return of original characters Bette (Jennifer Beals), Alice (Leisha Hailey), and Shane (Katherine Moennig). Says Ryan, “Getting the opportunity to compose where their lives would be in 10 years, there’s this aspect of fan fiction that I got to satisfy– and the other authors in the space did, too.” Expectations are high, both inside the writers’ space and out, however Ryan feels supported by the returning cast members and original developer Ilene Chaiken, all of whom are executive producers. Plus, she senses the revival’s higher need. “Not to get extremely dark, but at any time I see a newspaper article about a kid like you or me who kills themselves, the concept that this show is not on the air is, I think, hazardous,” admits Ryan. “I simply think about the little Marjas, enjoying themselves, seeing themselves, and being all right. So it’s larger than me. It’s larger than my ego.”
EW has a special take a look at a script page forThe L Word: Generation Q, annotated by Ryan, which introduces new faces in friendly exes Dani and Micah. “My pitch was ‘Take what the program was and make it a lot more inclusive,’ so Dani is cis, Micah is trans,” says Ryan. And while she’s mum on plot details, she does reveal the brand-new series will now primarily take place on the east side of Los Angeles rather of West Hollywood, and reflect the modern-day LGBTQ world. In regards to the initial characters, Ryan will only provide some unclear clues. Teases the showrunner, “You know, Bette and Tina (Laurel Holloman) had a kid, who would be like 16 now. So, that’s really enjoyable.” And could we see the return of Alice’s famous chart? “Let’s see if I can say it without saying anything: I think it’s essential to remain real to the characters and I did my best to show the advancement of what that might appear like in 10 years,” states Ryan.
On the other hand, fans of another precious series,Friday Night Lights, will likewise observe Ryan’s intentional tribute in the scene above. She explains: “I’m a substantial fan. All I’ve ever wished to do is makeFriday Night LightsNow I get to make, like, the queer version. No football. It’s, like, gay sex rather of football.” Goal.
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