Real L Word’s Second Season Will Definitely Suck Less Than The First

Alright you bitch-ass motherfuckers who got all pissed off when we provided some helpful suggestions for how to make The Real L Word better. ‘Cause guess what — much like being gay will get better for all the young queers of the Midwestern Hinterlands, The Real L Word will get better for all the young queers of the Midwestern Hinterlands who get Showtime. IT GETS BETTER WATCH ME DO THIS BACKFLIP.

At the TCA Panel, which is some kind of fancy event for teevee shows to show & tell what they’re gonna be up to next year, Showtime President David Nevins was asked why Showtime renewed The Real L Word despite bad ratings. He said “I think there is an interesting version of the show that we didn’t quite get last year. I think we can make the show feel more Showtime, more premium and exclusive. We’re going to make some real cast changes. We’re going to focus it somewhat around Whitney and her friends, who I found are the most authentic, young 20-something lesbians in Los Angeles. And I think we can do a better job at sort of capturing that sub culture.”

I admit I’ve been pleased by this development as I was among probs a lot of humans who thought the show would be better if it focused on an actual social group rather than on five disconnected stories (though, that being said, now that the cast is all friends it would probably be way better). So um, hurrah!

Trish Bendix at AfterEllen reported from the TCA Panel:

Considering the Showtime reel they played at the beginning of the session focused only a few seconds of The Real L Word, and they were of the infamous “strap-on” scene between Whitney and Romy [sic], this gives a pretty good idea of what he means by “more Showtime, premium and exclusive.” This means more sex, and Whitney and friends were the only ones allowing the cameras into the bedroom.

In conclusion, I will probably still hate it, just like I hate every reality teevee show and most other teevee shows in the world, and you will hate/love me for hating it, but regardless you will be very, very amused by the graphics. Nikki & Jill read this graphic out loud at their wedding you guys, true story.

I might even go so far as to say that I am not dreading it. Looking forward to it? Possibly.


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  1. Though I’m a secret fan of Whitney and her brothel of brunette beauties, I was kind of hoping to see Tracy, Stamie, and the kidlets. Maybe they’ll make cameos?

    • Nina,
      According to the their website, Stamie K and her kids will not be on the next season of the Real L Word. She said because of scheduling conflicts. She was not speaking for Tracy, but just herself and her kids.

  2. fuck trlw —

    would pay money to watch Riese do back flips in her bra–
    but that’s just me….

  3. Hey, we’ll get recaps!
    And I genuinely liked Whitney, even though I thought she was fucked up, and I would probably be friends with her, and would want to bone her if I was, but wouldn’t because that would be fucked up.

    So yeah, I’m thinking her introspection process on how she “handled” things with girls probably got put on hold once she was told she was going to be the focus of the new season.

    Still, I’d not bone her, but want to.

  4. I’d rather watch paint dry than be subjected to another episode of this show. If Whitney is “authentic” then unicorns exist, TuPac is still alive and hanging out with Elvis, and Santa is busy working on building me the perfect girlfriend for Christmas next year.

  5. Dear Tory I couldn’t agree more…”If Whitney is “authentic” then unicorns exist”
    So now we must ride the unicorn into the lion the witch and the Whitney wardrobe and hope she goes Narnia’s

  6. The only thing I care about right now is whether or not Tracy will be there. If anyone knows/finds out about that, please let me know. ASAP. It’s super important to me for whatever strange reason that I think all of you actually understand.

  7. Why do I read this as Ilene Chaiken won’t be a part of season two? If there is a god.

    Even though Whitney’s hair looks like ass, focusing on her and her group of friends sounds good…it will be like Laguna Beach or The Hills…but with strap-ons.

    But I guess this means we won’t get to see the 2nd Annual LA Fashion Weekend???

  8. I had heard that Rose was not going to be on the second season as well. I would like to see more diversity on the show and hopefully this may happen. I think of all the ladies. Whitney and Stacy were the most popular, I would like the show to focus on that. Also I would love to see Nat Garcia on the show.

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