The final season of the Showtime gay show The L Word will come to a close tonight ending six seasons of what creator and executive producer Ilene Chaiken calls a groundbreaking series that well surpassed its niche as a gay show. In the episode Last Word, the girls will reportedly find themselves in a situation with the law, while Sergeant Duffy (Lucy Lawless) investigates Jenny's (Mia Kirshner) death, where someone will take the fall.
It has been a privilege to do this series and tell these stories and have these characters in my life and to share them with the show's passionate fans, says Showtime Entertainment president Robert Greenblatt, adding that he is proud of the show's legacy. "The title of the show became part of the lexicon, and the breadth and reach of the characters and storylines are a testament to the talent of Ilene Chaiken and her incredible cast.''
The L Word, which started out in January 2004 as a series about lesbians in an upscale Los Angeles-area city of West Hollywood, California, will wrap up its run with a two-hour show starting 9/8pm tonight, including a look back through the memorable moments as well as exclusive interviews with Chaiken in the first hour.
To the fans of The L Word who'll miss the show, the series has spawned a so far still untitled spin-off that will follow Alice (Leisha Hailey). Famke Johnson, Laurie Metcalf, and Melissa Leo will join Hailey in the pilot, set to premiere later this year.
The L Word also stars Jennifer Beals, Laurel Holloman, Katherine Moennig, and Pam Grier. The show generally received praise for affording lesbians with their obvious and modest representational need. It was also seen as less exploitative than its male counterpart Queer As Folk, which also ran in Showtime.
Catch the Last Word tonight at 8/9pm on Showtime.