Showtime announced four new series regulars for “The L Word: Generation Q,” which is set to premiere later this fall. The names added to the cast list include Arienne Mandi, Leo Sheng, Jacqueline Toboni, and Rosanny Zayas. These four actors will star as the new generation of LGBTQ+ characters, who will join original series stars and executive producers Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig, and Leisha Hailey.
Executive produced by showrunner Marja-Lewis Ryan, original series creator Ilene Chaiken, Kristen Campo, and Steph Green (pilot), the series is set to begin production in Los Angeles this summer. The first season currently has an eight episode order.
The show serves as a sequel to the groundbreaking drama series “The L Word,” which originally ran on Showtime from 2004-2009. The new series continues to follow the intermingled lives of Bette Porter (Beals), Alice Pieszecki (Hailey) and Shane McCutcheon (Moennig), along with the new characters, as they experience love, heartbreak, sex, setbacks and success in L.A.
According to Showtime, Dani is a powerful and calculating PR executive whose ambition is only tested by her conscience. Micah is an earnest, soft-spoken adjunct professor who is forced to confront his fear of vulnerability. Sarah “Finley” is a charming but unfocused assistant who struggles to reconcile her sexual orientation with her religious upbringing. Sophie is a TV producer who guards her heart and is quick to put other people’s needs before her own.
Mandi was cast as the lead of the independent feature “Baja.” On the small screen, she has appeared on several series, including the CBS series “Hawaii Five-0,” “NCIS” and “NCIS: LA.” She will next star in the second season of “In the Vault.” Sheng was cast in the role of Ethan in the feature film “Adam,” an official selection of the 2019 Sundance International Film Festival, as well as OutFest and Stonewall 50, that is slated to be released in theaters this summer. Toboni can be seen in “Easy” and has had supporting roles in the independent films “Liked” for director Marja-Lewis Ryan, and “The Bygone.” Most recently, she wrapped production as the lead in the indie feature “The Stand at Paxton County.”
Zayas has been seen in recurring roles on “The Code,” “Elementary,” “Instinct” and “Orange is the New Black.” On the film side, she will next be seen opposite Patricia Arquette and Angela Bassett in Cindy Chupack’s upcoming independent film, “Otherhood.” She starred in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for the Public Theater (Shakespeare in the Park).
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