L Word Generation Q Season 3 Promises Fletcher and “Returning Characters” From the OG Series

We are all very excited for the upcoming debut of The L Word Generation Q Season 3, which will debut on Showtime on November 18th. Here’s everything we know about the show so far!

L Word Generation Q Season 3 Is About Finding “The One”

A new Entertainment Weekly exclusive revealed some new tidbits of information about Season Three, as well as some stuff we already knew, like Kehlani’s appearance on the show as Ivy, who is “re-entering the world of dating after having a baby” and falling for “an unavailable woman.” (Earlier releases indicate that woman is Alice)

Furthermore, The L Word: Generation Q is “all about finding the one in season 3” and will include “some returning characters from the original series.” We already knew that Tina was coming back, but they did say characterS, plural, so! As for Bette and Tina, Marja Lewis-Ryan told Entertainment Weekly: “With so much history between them, they’re forced to answer: Would it be different this time around or is it too little too late?” 

Fletcher Joins Guest Stars List for Season 3

Fletcher announced on twitter today that she has gotten herself a new trailer… ON THE SET OF THE L WORD GENERATION Q! A stunning next move after creating so much lesbian drama this summer!

First Clip of Gen Q Season 3 Shows What Happened After Bette Opened the Door For Tina

Showtime has released its very first look at Season 3, in perhaps a desperate bid to extract the lesbian population from  TikTok drama and place us back where we belong: Bette and Tina drama.

Carrie (Rosie O’Donnell) is Upped to Series Regular and May Have a Sex Scene

On The Howard Stern Show on September 12th, Rosie O’Donnell told Howard she’s a series regular on The L Word: Generation Q‘s Third Season and that she will, probably, have a sex scene, directed by none other than L Word Sex Scene God Shane McCutcheon.

“They said it’s a sex scene,” Rosie told Howard, “and I told them when I took the job I’m not doing a sex scene but the women who are there, they’re so smart and they’re young and they’re in their 30s and 40s and they’re writing this incredible stuff.”

While still uncertain about shooting the scene, Rosie related that Kate Moenning is directing the episode and has assured Rosie there’ll be an intimacy coordinator. According to IMDB it appears that Katherine O’Keefe, a queer intimacy coordinator who has worked on Vida, For All Mankind and Grey’s Anatomy, will be doing the intimate honors for Generation Q’s third season.

On August 30th, Rosie O’Donnell posted a TikTok from set on August 30th, saying she was “in her Carrie hair” and had just shot a scene at a bowling alley. “I love it here,” Rosie said. “People are so nice. Everyone! The crew, the cast, the drivers. Yesterday we did a scene in the bowling alley and today all of my thigh muscles hurt. Or, I should say, both of my thigh muscles hurt.”

Margaret Cho and Joey Lauren Adams Will Guest Star in Season 3, Jamie Clayton Upgraded to Regular

In addition to announcing its premiere date this morning, Deadline has announced that Jamie Clayton has been upped to a series regular for Season 3, which comes as a surprise to all of us who thought she was already a series regular in Season Two. Furthermore, a number of guest stars are joining the program, including Joey Lauren Adams (Chasing Amy), the legendary Margaret Cho (you know Margaret Cho!!) and Joanna Cassidy (Brenda’s Mom on Six Feet Under). They also have new details about Kehlani’s previously announced guest role:

…comedian Margaret Cho… will play herself as a guest host on the Alice talk show; Joey Lauren Adams (Chasing Amy) as Taylor, a salt-of-the-earth barista with a secret passion; Joanna Cassidy (Six Feet Under) as Patty, Tess’ mom and a former Las Vegas showgirl now suffering from multiple sclerosis and dementia; and singer Kehlani as Ivy, a makeup artist and young parent who heads up Alice’s glam team and falls for the wrong person.

L Word Generation 3 Season Three Premiere Will Stream November 18, 2022

Today it was announced on Instagram that the third season of L Word Generation 3 will be streaming on Showtime starting November 18, 2022 and will premiere on the network grid on November 20th.

The post also contained a lot of cryptic notes, such as a list of names that includes Carrie (Tina’s ex), Pippa (Bette’s… ex?), Ivy (?) and Skye (?), the indication that perhaps “someone gets married” (which could involve pictionary or patriarchy?) and a nod to the existence of time itself: LAST YEAR? LATER? QUEERER?. Other notes reference the concept of “fucking your ex” and “i wanna f u on my livestream” and also a drawing of a person with curly hair, TBD.

Kehlani Will Be Guest-Starring in L Word Generation Q: Season 3

We don’t know much, but we know that legendary queer musician Kehlani has now gone from binging The L Word Generation Q to guest-starring in an episode!

On the evening of July 26th, Kehlani teased a “big announcement” on their instagram story, sharing a picture of themselves in front of a trailer, covering the name of the show on the door. That show is, we now know, The L Word Generation Q Season 3.

Honestly guys I feel like Season Three is gonna be really great!!!!

L Word Generation Q Season 3 Production Has Begun!

Season 3 of The L Word Generation Q began production the week of June 9th, and everybody’s having a great time taking fun pics from set!

Look at Kate Moennig and Jordan Hull in suits and shiny shoes!!??!

Look at these ladies heading out on a road trip?!?!

On June 10th, we got new set pics from Jamie Clayton, Kate Moennig and Leo Sheng:

L Word Generation 3 Season 3 filming: Kate Moennig and Jamie Clayton, Leo Sheng and Jillian Mercado, Kate Moennig and her makeup artist

On June 6th, Leo Sheng uploaded an “obligatory boomerang on day one of s3 for @ShoTheLWord.” On June 8th, Leisha Hailey posted a photo from set starring herself, hair/makeup artist Christy Tagatac, actor/screenwriter Chris Renfro and makeup artist Angel Radefeld-Wright:

Laurel Holloman also posted photos from set.

Laurel Holloman instagram post from the set of The L Word Generation Q

L Word Generation Q Season 3 Assembles Its Writers Room

Marja Lewis-Ryan has posted an instagram photo of the writer’s room for The L Word Generation Q Season 3 and once again it appears that I am somehow not in it. However, many others are!

L Word Generation Q’s Season Three Writing Team Is:

Nova Cypress Black: Non-binary writer, arts educator and poet, 2021 Outfest Screenwritng Lab Fellow, 2021 Hillman Grad Mentee, Damn Write Originals Screenwriter. Nova posted some pics of their move to LA on Instagram, including a shot next to their nameplate as Staff at The L Word Generation Q, and Lena Waithe commented “proud.” SO!

Melody Derloshon: Producer of The L Word Generation Q since Season One, has previously been credited with writing one episode each season, previous projects include Cougar Town and Telenovela.

Allie Romano: Writer and story editor on The L Word Generation Q since Season One. Previously worked as a Staff Writer on The Upshaws and a writer’s assistant on The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistence. Associate Producer on Marja Lewis-Ryan’s film 6 Balloons (2018).

Marie Tomisato: Screenwriter/Director. Formerly a Production Assistant on the horror film Scare Us. Is producing a short called Internal.

Nina Kim: Comedy writer. Formerly a Writer’s Production Assistant on Nancy Drew and Shondaland’s Sunshine Scouts and a showrunner’s assistant on Netflix’s Dead to Me. Formerly selected for Viacom’s Writers Mentoring Program. Semifinalist at the 2020 Austin Film Festival. (Also went to the University of Michigan, just like me and also Leo Sheng and also Jacqueline Toboni!)

Alison Levering Wong: Comedy Writer and Actor. Formerly a Staff Writer for One Day at a Time and Paramount’s Rise of the Pink Ladies. Also worked as a producer at Buzzfeed Motion Pictures and as a staff writer for Disney Television Animation and has performed her comedy all over the place!

María Renée Prudencio: Bolivian writer and actress known for The Last Call (2013), The Eternal Feminine (2017) and Club Sandwich (2013).

The last two are Courtney Nicole and Leah Couvelier, and I can’t find much information on either of them, besides that Leah was in a movie called Realm of Shadows in 2022.

The Cast Attends 33rd Annual GLAAD Awards

Everybody looked amazing!!!

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 02: (L-R) Katherine Moennig, Leisha Hailey, Rosanny Zayas and Jacqueline Toboni attend the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards on April 02, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JC Olivera/Getty Images)

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 02: (L-R) Leo Sheng and Jordan Hull attend The 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton on April 02, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for GLAAD)

L Word Generation Q Season 3 Is Coming

In February, Showtime announced that they had renewed the series for a third season that would debut later this year. There will be ten episodes, and Leisha Hailey, Kate Moennig, Arienne Mandi, Leo Sheng, Rosanny Zayas, Jacqueline Toboni, Sepideh Moafi, Jamie Clayton, Jennifer Beals and Jordan Hull are all presumably returning to the show.

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  1. Absolutely amazing beautiful woman ☺️ I love the show you enlightened my journey through out everything else that is going on in our chaotic world 🌎 positive energy vibes
    Thank you 💖😊💖😊💖

  2. Mon commentaire à moi est que je suis en Amour avec cette émission, les actrices sont très jolies et formidables dans chacune de leurs rôles. Ces histoires de chaque Femme montre bien notre réalité. J’espère qu’elle serons tous de retour. Bravo de penser à nous en continuant cette merveilleuse série.

    • Why do you even have to comment negatively at all? This is for people who love the show and appreciate all the characters in all their beautiful parts. It makes it richer, more meaningful and adds to the reality of our lives. I happen to have friends that are Trans, so I find what you said to be offensive.

    • This really reminds me of those studies where people watching crowd scenes in movies perceived the percentage of women in the crowd as much larger than it actually was (can’t find the specific study but this article discusses the same phenomenon across other types of media) https://health.howstuffworks.com/mental-health/human-nature/perception/how-17-equals-496-the-amazing-multiplying-women.htm

      It also calls to mind the common refrain among conservative viewers that “gays are taking over tv;”“every show thinks it has to have a gay character now;” “unnecessary, not everyone wants to see that;” “ridiculously overrepresented;” “sick of these shows pushing the gay agenda on us;” etc. I often wonder what the ideal amount of gay representation would look like to those viewers. Would they find it more pleasant to return to the tv landscape of the 80s or 90s? (Maybe not; idk who else remembers the 90s lol but I remember similar comments back then about how gay ppl were taking over media with movies like The Birdcage or Ellen’s sitcom after she came out — those little crumbs we had at the time must have seemed very excessive to them after decades of gays on screen being so rare!) Seeing these sentiments applied to trans characters or actors on tv today is kind of hilarious to me given how few trans ppl are actually on tv, but not surprising — when any minority begins to get more screen time than the crumbs they had before, it’s almost always perceived by the majority (particularly conservatives) as extreme/excessive. For those unhappy with the current amount or trans or nonbinary representation on screen, what would the preferable amount be? I want to guess zero? But that’s just a guess, I can’t speak from that POV since I would prefer to see more diverse characters as we move forward, not fewer; and I’m hopeful that is what will unfold as more people come out as trans, gay, lesbian, bi, queer, intersex, asexual, questioning, all those identities that exist irl but are still relatively rare onscreen. I mean, Hallmark just put out their first movie with a lesbian in a co-starring role(!) and poster features this femme, blonde, gender conforming lesbian standing with a man so it initially looks like she’s part of a straight romance until you read the fine print. Like, that marketing team clearly strove to present the character as non-threatening as possible — and there are still SO many negative comments complaining about how “everything has to be gay now.” So fun how many people wish they never had to see us lol. In conclusion, I can’t wait til Hallmark includes their first trans character in 2062 and it would also be pretty rad to see the L word I incorporate a second trans storyline, or at least give a fourth trans actor a cool part to play. For a group that’s apparently so overrepresented, trans actors actually don’t get a ton of work, and there are some really talented artists out there! Would love to see Alexandra Billings pop up!

    • Unfortunately we got word Vanessa Estelle Williams will not be returning. So I don’t give a damn about this show anymore. They treatment of black characters is so disappointing and disrespectful.

  3. I Absolutely cannot wait for the next season to make its appearance, L WORD is the best series EVER,please never stop producing it, and if possible try to get the seasons out faster for us folk that hate to have to wait a year for the next binge!! Thank you for an awesome series!!

  4. Could season three be worse than season two? Let’s see, but impossible to get different results with a showrunner who gave disastrous interviews when the second season was finished. We deserve better stories (at least make sense of them), better writing, better dialogue. Despite the the diacritical marks that mark our identity (me as a biracial girl, afrolatina, queer), it is sad and embarrassing to see the way we are represented on this show.

    • Whew I agree with you. The stories were awful. But more than that, so was the acting (with a few exceptions, ahem the OGs, Gigi, and of course Rosie). But also, while I think they should be more inclusive and embrace diversity, the way they’re doing it is very transparent and almost patronizing. Like that’s the focus instead of the storytelling. (Don’t get me started on the pointless and cringe poker scenes with Lena Waithe). Why can’t we have organic diversity, great storytelling, and good acting? We deserve.

  5. The problem with this show is that we can’t feel emotionally connected with these characters and, consequently, with this couples. Objectively, what stories were we told on season two? I don’t know. Season two was a non-story, a non-narrative. Everything seemed so soulless, lifeless that it’s hard for anyone watching to hold on to it. Stories don’t make sense, they don’t happen. More than seeing my color (I’m a black trans), my body, I would like to feel through these characters, to be moved by them and for them. I feel nothing. Worse thing is watching something that you created a lot of anticipation because they sold the premise that this show was made for us and not feeling anything about it.

    • This is how I feel too— just can’t connect emotionally. (Though I didn’t with the original show either tbh.) I’m not sure how to pinpoint what it is about the show that I find inaccessible? I connected so much more deeply to Work in Progress, even though the Gen Q characters are way closer to my demographic.

  6. Here’s a “stunning”concept. Not ” all” or some stories will match or coincide with our lives. Having s preconceived perception of ” what ” should” …problem solved..solved. you watch to disagree or complain….don’t watch.

    • When people say they can’t connect emotionally, they’re not demanding that these stories be exactly like our lives or our experiences. I think they’re referring to the power of storytelling to move us and engage us with characters. We are not asking for biographies, but more human stories that captivate us. If we LGBTQ+ can’t talk about our opinions (positive or negative) about a show, why do a show about us? Can’t we demand better stories? There are currently better shows about lgbtq+ people precisely because in the past lgbtq people dared to talk about what they don’t like in representations about the community. PP have to listen, learn and always improve. We deserve it.

  7. Ummmmmm I fear that trolls have found the online forums. We hate seeing ourselves rep’ed bc it’s ‘not deep enough’ like yeesh it’s better than nothing. And it’s not bad this q version! I was a bit harshy mccarsherson back in the day but I think we were critical and our critiques were answered in many ways. I look forward to many more seasons. Ps let Tibette finally end. Amen.

  8. Ummmmmm I fear that trolls have found the online forums. We hate seeing ourselves rep’ed bc it’s ‘not deep enough’ like yeesh it’s better than nothing. And it’s not bad this q version! I was a bit harshy mccarsherson back in the day but I think we were critical and our critiques were answered in many ways. I look forward to many more seasons. Ps let Tibette finally end. Amen.

  9. I’d love to see more age diversity in the Writer’s Room. I feel like one of the problems Gen Q faces stems from not including voices of OWLS. And while this doesn’t at all mean that the current Writers Room is lacking in experience and knowledge, I maintain that it could benefit from a wider age range.

  10. All I wish for the new season is not to have Bette and Tina get back together. I’m just like… so done with their will they / won’t they deal. And I’m probably in the minority here but I want more Rosie O’Donnell?? I didn’t love how depressing her character ended up but I love her acting/presence and getting some more masc vibes and chubby representation on the show. The celesbian guest stars were such a fun part of the original show and I wanna see like Tig Notaro, Roberta Colindrez, Tessa Thompson, Lea Delaria, Alexandra Billings, a return of Holland Taylor maybe with Sarah Paulson this time?? I like when couples play couples haha

  11. When someone else uses the username you went by elsewhere- ugh!

    …but anyway, Tibette as a relationship- super unhealthy. Though as fiction- I can’t help but want to watch them. Laurel herself kind of annoyed me with what she said about not creating memes with her artwork. I thought she was taking herself way too seriously, but whatever.

    I liked Carrie- I know she wasn’t a huge hit around here. I’ve been reading the recaps since back in the day & will continue doing so. Super fun! Onward…

  12. I’m sorry, I just, Rosanny Zayas in that GLAAD photo !! 😯 I’m used to her character, who primarily wears what I think of as like… grown up toddler chic? but woah

  13. The only thing I ask for this season is for Bette and Tina to understand that they are great as co-parents, but are ultimately happier with other people… AMEN!
    I want to see Bette with someone else so baaaad…

    • Am I the only lesbian in the world who wants to see them get their acts together “together”? Maybe some older queer writers could delve into the issues that face older lesbians/older women who are in relationships that are measured in decades.

      Just a suggestion from a soon-to-be 75 year-old. Overall, I absolutely love the show.

  14. Kehlani’s guest starring??? They really know how to reel me in. I’m ready to enjoy whatever this mess of a show (affectionate, mostly) has to offer next season.

    Crossing my fingers that they don’t roll out any more minor Black characters just to unceremoniously kill them off to advance a silly lil piece of plot though!

  15. Ugh, no more Jaime Clayton please. The flattest character on television. She delivers lines with all the emotion and skill of a 5th grader forced to do a school theater project.

    Not to mention, in a show of questionable story arcs, hers is one of the most random and unneeded. Is she struggling to remain sober? Who knows who cares, they ditched that story! Is her character a transwoman or a cis woman? Who knows, who cares the writers never thought to work that out! What is the deal with her mom who exists for some unknown reason? Hey! stop asking questions, there are no answers here, just bad acting and zero chemistry with Shane!

    Season 3 better let Shane free to be an interesting character again and hide Tess somewhere in the background, because that show has enough problems, it doesn’t need such a worthless character.

  16. Tina’s ex? Did Carrie and Tina break up???? I truly can’t recall and have been under the assumption they’re still together, but this update is throwing me for a loop. What else don’t I remember? Do I have to re-watch season 2?!

    • As fun as it is to watch the OG cast, for me, it’s like, these are not people I would ever want to spend time with in real life. Carrie bowling, on the other hand, sounds like a good time, and I know she’d buy the pizza.

  17. I know I’m not supposed to love Bette and Tina… But I came of gay age during the OG series and they were the hottest thing I’d ever seen, and I love them. J.Beals is still so gorgeous. And I know they’re awful together, and as someone currently in the co-parenting amicably divorce process, I hope to never emulate them. But… *watches elevator scene*

  18. I haven’t seen season 1 or 2 (though I’ve read a few of the more entertaining recaps). I think i watched like one episode, maybe when it first came out? Didn’t seem like my jam, so it wasn’t worth paying for showtime for. However, for whatever reason I’m feeling like giving season 3 a try. Do I need to watch any episodes from 1 or 2 to get the gist before season 3, or should I just wikipedia it? (I’ve seen the OG L Word) Open to recommendations for which episodes are must sees (or must read the recaps)!

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