“L Word: Generation Q” Cast Reacts To Show’s Cancellation With Love, Gratitude, Cute Pics and Some Light Shade

Yesterday afternoon we as a community were forced to face a grim reality: Showtime was cancelling The L Word: Generation Q after three seasons. In the ensuing hours, cast members have been posting on their social media accounts to mourn its loss and also sometimes to provide interesting commentary on the show!

Jacqueline Toboni (Finley) wrote that she “love[s] the show and the people it brought into my life” and also thanked watchers for their support, promising to post Behind-the-Scenes photos all day. She has followed through on that promise and it has been pretty adorable! Here’s one of those posts, which I have chosen obviously because the only thing cuter than Finley and Sophie is Jacqueline and Rosanny:

Leo Sheng (Micah) also posted on his instagram account, adding: “I have been forever changed by Micah Lee, by the fans of this show (returning & new), and by the people I have met along the way…. I wish I could express just how grateful I am for the last 4 years; the opportunities I’ve had, the messages you have sent, the stories you’ve shared. The landscape of trans representation & visibility on screen continues to evolve so rapidly, and I am so eternally honored to have played a part in it.”

Rosanny Zayas (Sophie) posted a carousel expressing “nothing but love, respect and absolute gratitude.”

Arienne Mandi (Dani) posted “love you all” in her carousel, along with another that said “thank you for everything.”

Jordan Hull (Angie) has been posting memories in her stories, writing, “I grew up on this show. The cast are my family. Thank you all.” In a grid post, she added, “Endless love for the family I’ve made on this show. I’m the luckiest queer in the world to be raised by a bunch of queer superstars.”

Jennifer Beals and Jordan Hull sitting on a couch together with a banjo

Jamie Clayton (Tess) posted a little tribute to Tess on her stories:

post from Jamie Clayton reading: "I'll love you forever Tess Van De Berg"

Heidi Sulzman, who joined the cast in Season Three as a delightful love interest for Carrie, also posted that the show was “a hell of a lot of fun while it lasted’:

Stephanie Allynne wrote, “thank you for having me and for introducing me to Nat Bailey who proved life can be full of commitment, freedom, confusion, disappointment, risk, new experiences, and the beauty of things coming full circle. it was a pleasure to play a character who used a humidifier, was committed to her nightly hand cream routine, wore Theory and loved sex, orgies, and polyamory.”

Former Autostraddle calender model Carmen LoBue also published a few tributes to the show on their instagram feed, writing, “I love these humans so much. It’s a privilege and an honor to share space with y’all!”

And finally, Kate Moennig (Shane) wins the Soft Shade award for this one!! We love to see it!!

"Shane, it was an absolute pleasure to see you again. You will always mean more to me than just being a sex addict who doesn't know anything about non-monogamy. To the fans of he show, I love you all."

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  1. It’s bittersweet. I was hoping that they could redeem themselves.Things were just getting a little chaotic just like that one ex that you sometimes watch just to see how things are playing out.

  2. You should have left the original Lword cast 40 and up and let Lword Generation Q be a spin off with the younger cast that way you would have something for everyone to watch because when you lost Bet and Tina you lost the show I believe they would have done better separately because they were breaking couples up to easily just when you got used to them and trying to have Shane wanna be was a bad idea there’s nothing like the original. The show is well needed you just need better writers I hope you find the funding the ratings would sky rocket just like the original that’s why all ages still watch straight or gay.

  3. The cast BTS photos really warmed my cold, cold heart (and made me all the more mad for the actors that they strung them along for several months).

    Kate’s story though: get it, girl. I don’t usually listen to Pants but in one episode around the finale it seemed pretty clear how frustrated she was about the writing for (and evident lack of understanding of) her character.

    • Surprised the show lasted as long as it did. It was pretty bad. I kept watching because of Bettina and rbh wlw storylines are lacking these past few years. I was desperate!!

  4. The confluence of Marja’s chronic headass syndrome and TiBette fans making damn near ransom demands were the death knell of this series. The assignment is not hard – you make a soapy, messy drama with beautiful people wearing bizarre things.

    The writers room did not understand the assignment.

  5. Didn’t watch the third season, but I’m sad to see the show go (again). There were too many characters and not enough episodes in which to develop them. I liked the idea of a multigenerational cast, but the problem is that most people were invested in the OGs and not the newbies, and the writers kept trying to get them all to interact with each other in ways that made the show seem fragmented. They should have introduced audiences to an entirely new cast of characters instead of bringing in one established group and one new group and trying to force connections between them.

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