The L Word: Generation Q hits screens next month, and it has been revealed that the series will kick off with a bloody period sex scene.
The reboot of the iconic lesbian drama the L word, which premiered 15 years ago and aired from 2004 to 2009, will air on December 8 on Showtime.
Although details on the new show have been few and far between, we do know that Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig and Leisha Hailey will be reprising their respective roles as Bette Porter, Shane McCutcheon and Alice Pieszecki, alongside a swathe of younger cast members.
It was also hinted in the trailer that Bette would be running for mayor of Los Angeles and Alice would have her own talk show.
But now a review by Variety has revealed that the first scene of The L Word: Generation Q will show “explicit, bloody period sex”, suggesting that the show will be pushing boundaries as much as it did it 2004.
Although the original show was groundbreaking, there were some glaringly problematic storylines, for example the disastrous portrayal of trans man Max Sweeney.
According to Variety, the reboot is learning from its past mistakes and “tries hard not to fail” the new trans character of Micah. It adds, however, that trans women “remain as frustratingly marginal on Generation Q as they were on The L Word.”
Other details revealed are that Angelica, Bette and Tina’s daughter, will reappear in the show as a teenager and Shane, although “filthy rich”, will be going through a divorce.
Creator Ilene Chaiken previously revealed the upcoming revival was spurred into life when Donald Trump won the Presidency in 2016.
Steph & Kristen
They’re Steph & Kristen. You may know them (or not) from The Amazing Race Canada S4. In the past 6 months they have somehow managed to get on the show, pull out a win, quit jobs, and now they plan on seeing as much of the world as possible. They also plan on documenting their crazy adventures along the way.
Ahead of the big-budget Charlie’s Angels reboot set to drop this fall, Kristen Stewart has unequivocally stated that there was a time in the movie industry when she was told that being open about her sexual identity was hindering her ability to land big box office roles.
“I have fully been told, ‘If you just, like, do yourself a favor, and don’t go out holding your girlfriend’s hand in public, you might get a Marvel movie,'” Stewart told Harper’s Bazaar UK. “I don’t want to work with people like that.”
Stewart became a box office phenomenon in the late aughts starring in the Twilight movies while also building a solid portfolio of performances in indies including The Runaways, Into the Wild, and Adventureland. By 2013 she began to be more open with her female partners. In 2015 she answered questions about her sexuality by saying, “Google me. I’m not hiding.” Shortly after Donald Trump was inaugurated, she very pointedly said in the opening monologue of the show that Trump wouldn’t like her because, “I’m, like, so gay, dude.”
While Stewart doesn’t appear to be starring in a Marvel movie any time soon, she has garnered critical acclaim in art-house films including Clouds of Sils Maria (for which she won the César, the French equivalent of the Oscar), Certain Women, Personal Shopper, and Seberg. She’s also got two potential blockbusters on her hands with Charlie’s Angels and the action thriller Underwater.
Regarding why she began to be open about her relationships, she told Harper’s Bazaar, “I think I just wanted to enjoy my life. And that took precedence over protecting my life, because in protecting it, I was ruining it.”
“Like what, you can’t go outside with who you’re with? You can’t talk about it in an interview?” she added.