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Showtime passes on 'L Word' spinoff (whew!) and Matthew Perry series (sniff!)

Apr 3, 2009, 05:00 PM | by Annie Barrett

Categories: 'The L Word', Hell to the no!, Television

Showtime has decided to pass on two anticipated series: End of Steve, starring Matthew Perry as a local afternoon talk show host, and The Farm, Ilene Chaiken's L Word spin-off that would follow Alice (Leisha Hailey) into a state prison. I'm miffed about End of Steve because to me, "dark comedy" + "Matthew Perry" = "delight." But I'm not too hung up on the no-go for The Farm -- Alice's relationship with Tasha sort of beat the "Alice in prison" idea to death already. (It eventually got better! But still.) And I'd rather wait for a brilliant new series about lesbians than another one from the same showrunners responsible for making The L Word so laughably bad a lot of the time. Press play below for part 1 of Autostraddle.com's hilarious compilation of some of the biggest WTF? moments from The L Word. At this point, I seriously crack up at even a glimpse of Max.

Are you upset that we won't get to see Alice in (ball and) chains or Matthew Perry looking 29 types of befuddled? Maybe Showtime should have combined these pilots into an actual talk show hosted by Leisha Hailey and Matthew Perry. Agggghhh make this happen!

Moxie Sat, Apr 4, 2009 at 04:48 PM EST

That makes me sad. I was looking forward to seeing Leisha in another series!

Cee Sat, Apr 4, 2009 at 11:15 AM EST

Oh, that's so sad about End of Steve. Even though everyone hated Studio 60, I loved it, almost purely for Matthew Perry's dark, sarcastic character. I definitely agree with your "dark comedy + Matthew Perry = delight" equation and hope he gets another project on air soon...I could use a weekly dose of him in my life!

Carlos Balbás-Espín Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 08:43 PM EST

We're left to mourn the 'End of Steve' before it even began... Ain't that freaking ironic?

Allison Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 08:36 PM EST

That video was hilarious, and yes, The L Word was oftentimes terrible. Especially that p*ss-poor excuse of a series finale. Whatevs. So no, I'm not sorry The Farm didn't get picked up; was hoping for that, actually. I am bummed about Matthew Perry's series though. Hopefully he will find a series and a network worthy of his diverse talents. And my fingers are crossed for a decent series about lesbians, but I don't think Illene Chaiken is the one to bring it.

MzKiKi Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 06:41 PM EST

Can't say i'm upset about "The Farm" not being picked up. I was looking forward to watching it until the non-ending "The L Word" producers left us with as a series finale. The finale left me feeling like it wasn't so much as a finale as it was an attempt to get the audience hyped for the new show. They gypped the fans and took us for granted, so in a way, not being picked up serves them right. Besides, Alice's character grated on my last nerve, and i doubt that i could've sat through shows centered around her. I was rooting for Tasha to leave her. All in all, "L Word" was still one of my favorite shows and i will miss it. The Max storyline was one i liked, even though it turned out to be ugly. Max was courageous and honest, and Daniela Sea played the hell out of him. I Why the negative feelings about that character ? A theme of the show was 'sexuality is fluid', yet fluidity seemed to be met with contempt by lesbian viewers. Helloo..diversity ? Treat others as u want to be treated.

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