‘L Word’ spinoff dead at Showtime

04.03.09 8 years ago

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Showtime has reportedly trimmed its pilot field, ruling out an “L Word” spinoff as well as a comedy starring Matthew Perry.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, only a pair of pilots remain in contention for Showtime slots. 

One is “Possible Side Effects,” a dramedy about the pharmaceutical industry from writer-director Tim Robbins, starring Josh Lucas. Also in the running is “Ronna and Beverly,” from Jessica Chaffin, Jamie Denbo and “Weeds” creator Jenji Kohan.

That means that on Wednesday and Thursday, the creative teams behind the “L Word” spinoff, which was set to star Leisha Hailey, and “The End of Steve,” featuring Perry, were informed that their shows weren’t going forward. “The End of Steve” will be shopped to other cable networks.

The “L Word” spinoff would have focused on Hailey’s Alice character and would have taken place in a prison. The pilot was shot in December, the month before the premiere of the sixth and final season of “The L Word”

Showtime’s problem is an embarrassment of riches. The premium channel already has new upcoming seasons of “The Tudors,” “Californication,” “Dexter,” “Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union,” “Weeds” and “Secret Diary of a Call Girl.” “United States of Tara” is about to complete its first season and a second season has already been ordered. Also set to premiere is “Nurse Jackie,” a new dark comedy featuring Edie Falco. 

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