More Love! More Longing! More Lust! SHOWTIME’s acclaimed provocative series THE L WORD® returns for a fifth season in January, 2008 with special guest star Cybill Shepherd and series regular Marlee Matlin back on board. In addition, series regular Rose Rollins returns as a U.S. soldier returning to Iraq, a follow-up to her award-winning, controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” storyline Twelve new episodes are set to begin production this summer in Vancouver.
For the fifth season, Shepherd will reprise her role as ‘Phyllis Kroll,’ Executive Vice Chancellor at a university who discovers her sexuality late in life, while Matlin returns as sculptor ‘Jodi Lerner,’ who is engaged in a torrid affair with Bette (Jennifer Beals). Rose Rollins plays Iraq war veteran ‘Tasha,’ whose war-themed storyline earned the series a Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) Award earlier this year.
THE L WORD® stars Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Katherine Moennig, Laurel Holloman, Mia Kirshner, Daniela Sea and Pam Grier.
THE L WORD®, which premiered its fourth season on January 7th, is one of SHOWTIME’s most popular series, generating a large and loyal audience, as well as critical praise for its provocative, sexy storylines, the principal cast and for being a magnet for celebrated directors and guest stars. Premiering Sundays at 10 p.m. PT/ET with several multi-plays during the week and available on the ever-growing SHOWTIME ON DEMAND, the groundbreaking series follows a group of Los Angeles-based friends as they navigate careers, families, friendships, inner-struggles and romantic entanglements. Since its debut in January 2004, THE L WORD® has become part of American popular culture, spawning dedicated fan websites and blogs, along with ancillary products such as THE L WORD®-branded perfume, jewelry and books.
THE L WORD® is executive produced by Ilene Chaiken through her production company Little Chicken Inc. The series was created by Chaiken and Kathy Greenberg & Michele Abbott and is being distributed internationally by MGM International Television Distribution, Inc.