The L Word final season is upon
us, and it's a killer.
Showtime's groundbreaking drama
about a group of lesbian and bisexual women in Los Angeles as they
struggle in their day-to-day lives surprised when it premiered in
January 2004 by appealing to both gay and straight audiences.
The show arrived hot on the heels of
Showtime's hit gay series Queer As Folk.
L Word was the first episodic
drama to feature an all-lesbian cast. Additionally,
over the years the show has addressed many difficult subjects
affecting GLBT people, including gay civil rights, closeted
celebrities, depression, and transgender issues.
For its final
curtain call, creator Ilene Chaiken has turned to murder. In the
first two minutes of the sixth season, the show's most conflicted
character, Jenny Schecter (Mia Kirshner), is killed. But fans will
need to watch the final eight episodes to find out the murderer's
Speaking to The
Futon Critic, Chaiken said the murder mystery sub-plot will “frame”
the final season, but not overpower it.
“We tease every
show with another motive,” she said. “There's one character at
the beginning of each show who comes forward with the motive of the
moment. This would be my reason for killing Jenny.”
But an upcoming L
Word spinoff where Alice Pieszecki (played by Leisha Hailey)
lands in prison for murder has left longtime fans scratching their
heads. The new series, reportedly called The Farm, is set in
a women's prison and includes both lesbian and straight characters.
“If the new show
goes on the air, it will be connected to the Who-Killed-Jenny
storyline,” Chaiken told Entertainment Weekly, “and I
would say that that's what Alice is in prison for. I don't know that
she actually killed Jenny.”
Another surprise is
the return of five former characters – Tim (Eric Mabius), Peggy
Peabody (Holland Taylor), Marina (Karina Lombard), Ivan (Kelly Lynch)
and lovable Carmen (Sarah Shahi) – in the final episode.
(Flashdance) and Cybill Shepherd (The Last Picture Show,
Moonlighting) star in L Word. Its final season
premieres Sunday, January 18 at 9PM.
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