The L Word
- 6 Seasons
The L Word is a television drama series produced in America that was originally shown on Showtime's cable network. Created by Ilene Chaiken, executive producer, the show was written by Chaiken, along with Rose Troche, Guinevere Turner and Cherien Dabis. Other producers of the show included Larry Kenmar and Steve Golin. Originally titled Earthlings, a slang term rarely used for lesbians, the series portrays the lives of a tight group of lesbian, transgender and bisexual characters in the Los Angeles and West Hollywood area of Southern California, from 2004 to 2009. In addition to Los Angeles, the show was also filmed at Coast Mountain Films Studios in in Vancouver, British Columbia. The main cast that appeared in Seasons 1 through 6 included: Jennifer Beals as Bette Porter; Laurel Holloman as Tina Kennard; Leisha Hailey as Alice Pieszecki; Mia Kirshner as Jenny Schecter; Katherine Moennig (cousin of actress Gwyneth Paltrow) as Shane McCutcheon; and Pam Grier as Kate "Kit" Porter, the only straight character in the main cast. The pilot introduced a love triangle and coming out story that involved Tim Haspel and just arrived girlfriend, Jenny Schecter with Marina Ferrer. Marina owns a neighborhood cafe, The Planet, and is in Tina and Bette's close circle. Also introduced is Shane McCutcheon, a very sexualized, androgynous looking hairstylist. Bisexual and girly journalist, Alice Pieszecki also appears, as does pro tennis player, Dana Fairbanks, who still happens to be in the closet. The show debuted on January 18, 2004 in the U.S. Bette Porter and Tina Kennard are introduced, in a seven year relationship desiring a child. Tina experiences a miscarriage after artificial insemination. Bette enters into an affair with minor character, Candace Jewell, played by Ion Overman. She also had a relationship with Yolanda Watkins. Dana falls for the sexually ambiguous sous chef, Lara Perkins, whose sexuality becomes clear after they meet unexpectedly in a locker room. A Best Actress Satellite Award was given to Laurel Holloman in 2006 for her portrayal of Tina Kennard. The show was also nominated by Satellite for Best Drama Television Series. Ossie Davis, who appeared in Season Two won an Emmy Award nomination posthumously for Guest Actor in a Drama for his portrayal of Kit and Bette Porter's father. The show also garnered multiple nods from the GLAAD Media Awards. Actresses Pam Grier and Jennifer Beals both received repeated nominations at the NAACP Image Awards.