That’s Mayor Bette Porter to you! Or is it? Either way, the first teaser trailer for The L Word: Generation Q is here, and it kicks off with Jennifer Beals’s iconic Bette Porter running to be the mayor of Los Angeles. In addition to original character Bette, Leisha Hailey returns as Alice, and Katherine Moennig is back as the lovable lothario Shane, who, from the trailer, appears to remain the queen of hookups.
The high-energy trailer doesn’t give much away except Bette’s political aspirations, the fact that Alice appears to have her own talk show (and is as witty as ever), and Shane has moved back from somewhere else. The other noticeable plot point is that the new series appears primarily set in Los Angeles’s Silver Lake neighborhood as opposed to West Hollywood, where the original series, which ran for six seasons from 2004 to 2009, was set. The new eight-episode season drops December 8.
Screenwriter and playwright Marja-Lewis Ryan (The Four-Faced Liar) is the showrunner who's shepherding a new generation of LGBTQ people into the world of characters who once congregated at the fictional café The Planet.
As far as new characters, and there are plenty, the trailer gives almost nothing away, but there's been enough casting news to gather some sort of idea about who they are.
Among the new denizens of the L Word universe is Jordi, "a rebellious teen with absent parents," who will be played by trans actress Sophie Giannamore (Transparent), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The squad also includes “kind-hearted Rebecca, who often finds herself attracted to the wrong kind of women.”Juno's Olivia Thirlby (who is bisexual) has been cast to play her. Lesbian stand-up and costar of The Mindy Project Fortune Feimster joins the cast as Heather, "an aspiring comedian who lacks boundaries," THR reports.
Lex Scott Davis of The First Purge and the Training Day TV series will play Quiara, "a sensual lead singer whose international travels bring her back to L.A."
Mandi plays Dani Nùñez, a public relations executive who is “powerful and calculating." Sheng, who costars in Rhys Ernst’s controversial movie Adam, plays Micah Lee, “a soft-spoken adjunct professor forced to confront his fear of vulnerability.” Meanwhile, Toboni plays Sarah Finley, an assistant reconciling her sexual identity with her religious background. Zayas plays Sophie Suarez, a TV producer who subverts her own needs to those of others.
Other recent casting announcements included that Stephanie Allyne (who is married to Tig Notaro and appeared in One Mississippi) was cast as Nat, “a sweet therapist who is struggling to co-parent with a hostile ex-wife and her live-in girlfriend.” And Queen Sugar's Brian Michael, who is trans, was cast as Pierce Williams, “a buttoned-up, fastidious, expert political strategist and a veteran of LA politics."
Soon after it was confirmed in January that the show was moving forward, original cast member Sarah Shahi, who played the beloved Carmen, said she would be joining the reboot.
Other original L Word characters, including Tina (Laurel Holloman), Dana (Erin Daniels), and Jenny (Mia Kirshner), may also return for the reboot, although there’s no indication yet of how the writers will handle reincorporating Dana and Jenny, who were killed off in the original series.
Watch the teaser below.