The L Word: Generation Q has officially announced two entire characters who’ll join Bette and Tina and Alice when they move to the eastside of Los Angeles for their fall reboot on Showtime. Over at Entertainment Weekly, showrunner Marja-Lewis Ryan unveiled an annotated page from a Gen Q script and some details about the new series. The new kids are Dani (cis, PR person) and Micah (trans, climate scientist), just a couple of exes who are now best friends. Also, in addition to the returning characters you’re expecting, here’s a returning character you’re not: Bette and Tina’s little baby angel Angelica, who’s a fully grown teenager now. Ryan says writing that whole thing was “really fun.”
Remember when Bette and Tina almost burned down their house when Angie was at Disneyland with Kit and they had sex while the stir-fry was still cooking on the stove? Remember that time Dawn Denbo released a bunch of rats at the Planet and Angie peeped them and thought they were dogs? Remember that time Angie got her hands on that gun? Remember when they wheeled Jenny Schecter’s dead body right into the living room in front of Angie’s precious face?! Bette and Tina were terrible parents! I hope she’s seeing a therapist and I hope it’s not Dan Foxworthy.
Ryan also told EW:
“Getting the chance to write where their lives would be in 10 years, there’s this element of fan fiction that I got to fulfill — and the other writers in the room did, too… Not to get super dark, but any time I see a news story about a kid like you or me who kills themselves, the idea that this show is not on the air is, I think, harmful. I just think about the little Marjas, watching themselves, seeing themselves, and being okay. So it’s bigger than me. It’s bigger than my ego.”
When Generation Q proclaimed that it was going to for real be called Generation Q, Riese noted that the show was casting “two trans male roles, one of which is for an Asian-American actor, as well as for a white female character identified as a ‘late 20s-early 30s former Olympic Swimmer’ who is ‘charming, youthful and sweet.’ She’s also supposed to be tall.”
Oh, one other important character is apparently coming back: Alice’s chart.