Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Who Run The L

So I guess we should talk about this new “The L Word” reboot showrunner news. As we already knew, The Chaiken will executive produce but would not have time to return as showrunner. So a search ensued and the lesbian powers that be picked filmmaker and actress Marja-Lewis Ryan. If you’ve ever seen the indie film “The Four-Faced Liar” (and, given every gay woman’s proclivity toward watching every lesbian movie ever – even the very, very, cough, “Bar Girls,” cough, bad ones – you probably have) you will know her work. Her IMDB page is a little sparse since her 2010 film debut. But that is about to change with big things besides her TLW gig coming up. She wrote and directed a movie with “Broad City” star Abbi Jacobson and that other Franco Dave Franco called “6 Balloons” coming to Netflix soon. And she has been tapped to write the screenplay for the gender-swapped “Splash” remake starring Channing Tatum as a merman.

So what can we expect from her revival of “The L Word?” Hard to say. I recall liking “The Four-Faced Liar” well enough. Though, to be perfectly honest, I can’t remember it all that well. My only concern is that her body of work so far has not been, shall we say, diverse. Like all her stars have been white. Like very, extremely white.

Considering diversity, and or its lack thereof, has been one of the continued dings on “The L Word” it’s an interesting choice. To be honest I would have loved to see Angela Robinson take the helm. Or maybe they could have stolen Dee Rees away from film.

Still Ryan said in a statement that she was, “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.”

So that’s encouraging. Thoughts, feelings? And, for real, do you remember “The Four-Faced Liar” better that I do?


AK ALASKA said...

I was struck by my pathos & interest Four Faced evoked. Firstly the big city NY dating scene is totally foreign to me. Secondly, main character was the one I remembered (not by name but due to her wisdom & personality which came across on screen).
I am hoping new Lword will be fun & interesting with lots of SKIN.
Please Jenny, STAY DEAD!

Carmen SanDiego said...

Good luck to her because No matter what people are gonna complain about enough representation

Panty Buns said...

I'll be waiting with bated breath!
Will we get to see the return of (Twitter handles)
@Leisha_Hailey ?
@KateMoennig ?
@RachelShelley ?
@HollandTaylor ?
@KateMoennig ?
@iKarinaLombard ?
@onlysarahshahi ?
@clementinesford ?
@MsMiaKirshner ?
@jenniferbeals ?
@turnerguinevere ?
@laurellholloman ?
@Erincdu ?
@L_L_S ?
@Rollins_Rose ?

I PRAY that Marja-Lewis Ryan doesn't kill off any more lesbian characters. I felt devastated when Ilene killed off Dana Fairbanks and again when she killed off Jenny. Maybe I'm in the minority, but I wanted to see Jenny defy death, unzip her body bag to find Marina standing there.
Regardless I am super-eager to see more The L Word episodes and seasons. Movies and television need more lesbian happy endings.
I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!

Alex said...

I'm still hopeful despite the news, hoping it would be more compelling this time. Simply better than the previous one. My only wish to the tv gods and TPTB, please get Mackenzie Davis! For the love of Dana and Mr. Piddles, I want to see Yorkie again. A more excellent incarnation or version of the beloved character and alive this time.