Showtime Confirms "L Word" Spinoff Details at TCA Press Tour
At the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour yesterday, Showtime president Robert Greenblatt released a few details about the pilot for the L Word spinoff, a drama series set in a women's prison and tentatively titled The Farm.
The pilot has been shot, Greenblatt told reporters (including AfterElton.com's Michael Jensen, who reported back to us), but Showtime execs have not yet seen it cut together.
The spinoff is "a substantially different show" from The L Word, Greenblatt said, and includes only a few lesbian characters among the cast:
"The spinoff is anchored by Leisha Hailey," he told reporters, confirming what Hailey and Chaiken stated publicly a few months ago. "So I guess I've given it up. She's the one that ends up going to jail."
But, Greenblatt cautioned, "it's a big cast of characters ... there's three guest stars in the pilot, and whether or not those characters would continue in the series is — you know, we don't know yet."
Greenblatt confirmed that the three guest stars are Famke Janssen, Laurie Metcalf, and Melissa Leo, as we speculated last week.
When a reporter commented that the spinoff sounded like "a female version of Oz" — HBO's critically acclaimed drama about a men's prison that ran from 1997 to 2003 — Greenblatt agreed, saying "that's not a bad description." But he believes it has a slightly lighter tone:
Showtime will make a decision in the next few months about whether to pick up the series.
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