It has been fifteen-years since Showtime premiered the first episode of “The L Word,” and the network is bringing the series back. This week, Showtime announced that the network has ordered eight-episodes of the show, which will be a sequel to the original hit. There’s also another “Shameless” season on the way, and a new series with Bryan Cranston.
The new show is scheduled to premiere by the end of 2019 according to the network. Marja-Lewis Ryan (The Four-Faced Liar, 6 Balloons) will serve as showrunner and is executive producing with series creator Ilene Chaiken and original series stars Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig and Leisha Hailey. The announcement was made today by Gary Levine, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc., at the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour.
“Marja has brought her unique and contemporary vision to THE L WORD and blended it beautifully into the fabric of Ilene’s groundbreaking series,” said Levine. “This revered show was both entertaining and impactful when it originally ran on SHOWTIME, and we are confident that our new version will do that and more in 2019.”
“The L Word” originally ran on Showtime from 2004-2009. In this revival, Beals, Moennig and Hailey will star on the series as their original characters alongside a new generation of self-possessed LGBTQIA characters experiencing love, heartbreak, sex, setbacks and success in L.A.
Showtime also announced that Oscar nominee and Emmy, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Tony Award winner Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) has signed on to star and executive produce the new Showtime limited series “Your Honor.”
The series is a legal thriller that rips through all strata of New Orleans society. Cranston will star as a respected judge whose son is involved in a hit-and-run that leads to a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices. The 10-episode limited series will be executive produced by Emmy nominees Robert and Michelle King (The Good Fight, The Good Wife). Peter Moffat – whose Criminal Justice served as the basis for The Night Of – serves as showrunner, executive producer and will write multiple episodes, including the first episode.
According to the network, “Your Honor” will go into production later this year in New Orleans. The announcement was made today by Gary Levine, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc., at the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour.
“Peter, Michelle and Robert have crafted an original thriller with gut-wrenching suspense, raw emotion and moral complexity,” Levine said. “And we are simply ecstatic that Bryan Cranston, one of the planet’s finest actors, shares our enthusiasm and has agreed to play the lead. I can’t wait to shoot YOUR HONOR and show it to the world!”
“Your Honor,” produced by CBS Television Studios in association with King Size Productions, is being adapted from the Israeli series Kvodo, created by Ron Ninio and Shlomo Mashiach, produced by Ram Landes and airing on the country’s Yes TV. Liz Glotzer (The Good Fight, Castle Rock, The Shawshank Redemption), Alon Aranya and Rob Golenberg (Hostages, Betrayal) of Scripted World and James Degus will also serve as executive producers.
“Shameless” just hosted the premiere of the second half of season nine, and the network has already confirmed a new season. The renewal will make Shameless the longest running series ever on the network.
Season 10 will mark the return of television’s favorite dysfunctional family The Gallaghers that will include series stars Oscar nominee and Emmy and SAG Award winner William H. Macy, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky, Emma Kenney, Christian Isaiah and Cameron Monaghan.
Showtime stated that production on season 10 will begin in 2019.
“The Gallaghers are a force of nature, and they are coming back, Levine said. “Shameless, with its ever-growing fan base, is like no other show on television. We are thrilled it will live on with its unique blend of love and larceny on Showtime.”
Added executive producer John Wells: “All of us on Shameless are delighted that we get to tell more wonderful Gallagher stories – and thankful to Showtime for their continued support. We can’t wait to get back to work with this extraordinary cast.”
Season nine of Shameless resumed in January with Fiona (Rossum) at a low point and Debbie (Emma Kenney) taking on more responsibility in keeping the family afloat, while Frank (Macy) enjoys the honeymoon period of his relationship with Ingrid (guest star Katey Sagal) before reality interferes. Lip (Jeremy Allen White) and Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) dive deep into new, complicated relationships, as Kev (Steve Howey) and V (Shanola Hampton) realize they are in over their heads with their latest family plans.
Created by Paul Abbott, Shameless is produced by Bonanza Productions in association with John Wells Productions and Warner Bros. Television. Developed for American television by John Wells, the series is executive produced by Wells and Nancy M. Pimental.