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The Latest ‘The L Word’ Revival Casting Update

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Jennifer Beals

Each new press release brings us closer to the TV event of 2019. We are referring, obviously, to The L Word: Generation Q, the Showtime series that will matter more than all other Showtime programming that has ever existed. We already know that Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig and Leisha Hailey are back, still living the lesbian high life in Los Angeles, only now their paths will cross with fresh faces played by Arienne Mandi (Baja), Leo Sheng (Adam), Jacqueline Toboni (Easy) and Rosanny Zayas (Orange is the New Black). And just announced, the cast expands with Olivia Thirlby (Juno) and our favorite lesbian stand-up comic Fortune Feimster (The Mindy Project), as well as Lex Scott Davis (The First Purge) and Sophie Giannamore (Transparent).

We also finally have a premiere date, and it’s as though Showtime heard us refer to this revival as “Lesbian Christmas” and decided to make it so: the eight-episode series drops Sunday, Dec. 8. Thank you, Ms. Santa.

We, as a people, need and deserve more romantic comedies than studios have been giving us lately. The world is overrun with superheroes instead of meet-cutes, and we consider this to be a movie-based hate crime. It’s so dire out there that sometimes we find ourselves watching those terrible Hallmark films just so we can have a taste. Coming soon, then, to quench our desire, is Can You Keep A Secret? Based on the best-selling novel by Sophie Kinsella, this story’s meet-cute is more like a meet-terrifying, when a young woman (Alexandra Daddario, so good in the underrated We Have Always Lived in the Castle) spills all her secrets to a man (Tyler Hoechlin, Everybody Wants Some!) on a plane when they think they’re going to crash. When they don’t die young, she learns that he’s her new employer. Along for the romantic turbulence is Kimiko Glenn from Orange is the New Black, and her Orange co-star, Laverne Cox, who, based on her IMDb roster of upcoming projects, is currently from pretty much everywhere and everything. Hurry up, movie, and teach us to laugh at love again.

Romeo San Vicente is counting the days.

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