By Kimberly Nordyke 1 hour, 30 minutes ago
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) -
"The L Word" is set to
take its final bow. Showtime has renewed the lesbian drama for
a sixth and final season, which will make it one of the premium
network's longest-running series.
Eight episodes have been ordered, targeted to go into
production in early summer for an early 2009 premiere.
While past seasons generally have consisted of 12-13
episodes each, Showtime executives and series creator/executive
producer Ilene Chaiken believed that eight additional episodes
were creatively what was needed to wrap up the story lines.
"The L Word" follows a group of Los Angeles-based friends
as they navigate careers, families, friendships, personal
struggles and romantic relationships. The series became the
first lesbian primetime drama on television when it debuted in
January 2004. Its stars include Jennifer Beals and Mia
Chaiken, who created the series with Kathy Greenberg and
Michele Abbott, said the show will live on, interactively.
"This is by no means the end of 'The L Word,"' she said.
"The brand and the social network community, OurChart, will
continue to live and be a destination for lesbians everywhere
and a lasting tribute to what 'The L Word' has accomplished."
She added that fan input will play a part in wrapping up
the series' story lines, noting the role that viewer input has
played in the past.
"The L Word," which received a GLAAD Award for best drama
series, also has a big following in virtual world Second Life
and has spawned such branded products as perfume, jewelry and
books. The Season 5 finale is set to air March 23.