The L Word Generation Q Season 2: Everything We Know

The L Word: Generation Q Season 2 premiered on August 6th, and this is absolutely everything we know about what to expect! Information below is perpetually updated and is organized from newest piece of information to oldest. Be careful, there are spoilers inside some of the photo galleries!

Latest Update: 10/21/2021

Be warned that photos of future episodes might contain subtle spoilers!

Recap and Podcast From Episode 210 “Last Call”

New Photos from 210 “Last Call”

  • (L-R): Leisha Hailey as Alice and Katherine Moennig as Shane in THE L WORD: GENERATION Q “Last Call”. Photo Credit: Paul Sarkis/SHOWTIME.
    (L-R): Leisha Hailey as Alice and Katherine Moennig as Shane in THE L WORD: GENERATION Q “Last Call”. Photo Credit: Paul Sarkis/SHOWTIME.

Recap and Podcast From Episode 209 “Last Dance”

New Photos from 209 “Last Dance”

  • (L-R): Leisha Hailey as Alice, Katherine Moennig as Shane and Jamie Clayton as Tess in THE L WORD: GENERATION Q “Last Dance”. Photo Credit: Liz Morris/SHOWTIME.
    (L-R): Leisha Hailey as Alice, Katherine Moennig as Shane and Jamie Clayton as Tess in THE L WORD: GENERATION Q “Last Dance”. Photo Credit: Liz Morris/SHOWTIME.

Recap and Podcast from 208, “Launch Party”

New Photos from 208 “Launch Party”

  • (L-R): Donald Faison as Tom and Leisha Hailey as Alice in THE L WORD: GENERATION Q “Launch Party”. Photo Credit: Paul Sarkis/SHOWTIME.
    (L-R): Donald Faison as Tom and Leisha Hailey as Alice in THE L WORD: GENERATION Q “Launch Party”. Photo Credit: Paul Sarkis/SHOWTIME.

Recap and Podcast from 207, “Light”

New Photos from 207 “Light”

  • (L-R): Jennifer Beals as Bette and Vanessa A. Williams as Pippain THE L WORD: GENERATION Q “Light”. Photo Credit: Liz Morris/SHOWTIME.
    (L-R): Jennifer Beals as Bette and Vanessa A. Williams as Pippain THE L WORD: GENERATION Q “Light”. Photo Credit: Liz Morris/SHOWTIME.

Recap and Podcast from 206, “Love Shack”

New Photos from 206 “Love Shack”

  • (L-R): Leo Sheng as Micah, Sepideh Moafi as Gigi and Arienne Mandi as Dani in THE L WORD: GENERATION Q “Love Shack”. Photo Credit: Liz Morris/SHOWTIME.

Recap and Podcast From 205, “Lobsters, Too”

New Photos From 205 “Lobsters, Too”

  • Rosanny Zayas as Sophie in THE L WORD: GENERATION Q “Lobsters, Too”. Photo Credit: Liz Morris/SHOWTIME.

Recap and Podcast From 204, “Lake House”

New Photos From 204 “Lake House”

  • (L-R): Leo Sheng as Micah and Jordan Hull as Angie in THE L WORD: GENERATION Q “Lake House”. Photo Credit: Liz Morris/SHOWTIME.

Recap and Podcast From 203 “Luck Be a Lady”

New Photos From 203 “Luck Be a Lady”

  • (L-R): Jennifer Beals as Bette and Sepideh Moafi as Gigi in THE L WORD: GENERATION Q ÒLuck be a LadyÓ. Photo Credit: Liz Morris/SHOWTIME.

New Season 2 Trailer

Recap and Podcast From 202 “Late To The Party”

Press Stills From 202:

  • Jacqueline Toboni as Finley in THE L WORD: GENERATION Q “Lean On Me”. Photo Credit: Liz Morris/SHOWTIME.

Recap and Podcast From 201 “Late To The Party”

Press Stills From 201:

  • (L-R): Rosanny Zayas as Sophie and Leisha Hailey as Alice in THE L WORD: GENERATION Q “Late to the Party”. Photo Credit: Liz Morris/SHOWTIME.

The L Word Generation Q Season 2 Episode Titles Are Here

The L Word: Generation Q posted a graphic sharing the season’s episode names, and they are:

201: Late to the Party
202: Lean On Me
203: Luck Be a Lady (also the title of Episode 406 of the original series)
204: Lake House (reminiscent of Episode 503, Lady of the Lake!)
205: Lobsters, Too (likely a throwback to Episode 303, Lobsters)
206: Love Shack
207: Light
208: Launch Party
209: Last Dance (which was the title of Episode 311, which was the one with Dana’s funeral and them spreading the ashes in the ghost waterfall? This is upsetting)
210: Last Call

Trans Latina Actress Carolina Gutierrez Is Booked For Three Episodes of L Word Generation Q Season 2

Carolina will be playing “Marissa,” who meets Nat at an event in the first episode.

The Full Length L Word Generation Q Season 2 Trailer Is Here

Our long drought is over and we FINALLY HAVE A FULL LENGTH TRAILER FOR SEASON TWO!! In it you will find everything ranging from the adorable (Bette, Alice, and Shane doing drunken karaoke? Yes please!) to the hotttt (confirmation of a Bette/Gigi hook up! We cannot wait until August!). There was so much to cover that our TV Team broke down the entire trailer, shot by shot, in a separate post which you can find right here.

Showtime Will Release New L Word Generation Q Episodes To Subscribers Two Days Early

Showtime has announced that they will release new episodes of “The L Word: Generation Q” on its streaming services two days prior to their airing on linear TV — meaning streaming subscribers and those who subscribe through a pay-TV cable package will be able to watch on Friday nights. This apparently will “give it some breathing room” when other tentpole shows, like Billions, are added to Sunday’s linear schedule on September. I’m honestly not sure what that means!

According to Digiday, “Showtime picked “The L Word: Generation Q” as the show to give to streaming audiences early, in part, because it has a committed fanbase of viewers likely to seek it out on streaming.” Apparently over 30% of the show’s audience tuned in via streaming, which is on “the high end.”

The L Word Generation Q’s Season 2 Premiere Date is August 6th and the L Word Generation Q Season 2 Teaser Is Here

Multiple sources, including an inside source of our own and cast member Jacqueline Toboni, had seemingly confirmed an August 8th premiere date, but Showtime has since confirmed an August 6th premiere date on their social channels, which are also sporting new show art! The L Word Generation Q Season 2 Trailer has also dropped.

The L Word: Generation Q will premiere on Friday night rather than a Sunday night but then will shift to its regular spot on Sunday nights.

L Word Generation Q Filming Wrapped on May 25th

TV Line has heard rumors that “you can count on a summertime premiere” for the show, and then we heard that it was August 8th, and then Jacqueline Toboni said “see you August 8” on her instagram so this date feels pretty solid.

The L Word Generation Q Season 2 filming wrapped on May 25th, with additional wrap photos popping up on the instagrams of Kate Moennig, Leisha Hailey, Jamie Clayton and Jennifer Beals. The week prior, Jillian Mercado and Arienne Mandi wrapped their filming for Season 2.

It Looks Like Alice is Becoming An Author in Season Two

A recent instagram post from Leisha Hailey shows Alice on the beach with Tom (Donald Fasion) who is described as “a successful book editor with an effortless sense of humor.” Another social media post features Alice at the red carpet premiere for “Don’t Ask Alice” and the logo on her step-and-repeat behind her looks very much like a publisher’s imprint!

Tina’s Fiancée Carrie, Played by Rosie O’Donnell, Will Feel Weird Meeting Tina’s Friends

In an interview with (former Autostraddle writer!) Jess Rotschild on her podcast “Deep Dives and Hot Takes,” Rosie O’Donnell spoke about her upcoming role on Season Two The L Word Generation Q as Carrie, Tina’s Fiancée, a “down-to-earth lawyer with no frills.” Rosie said when she first saw the original series, she was confused: “where are all these high fashion lesbians who travel in packs?”

“It’s been really interesting to see… how do you make a Rosie O’Donnell fit into The L Word?” Rosie told Jess. She said her role as Tina’s Fiancée will entail “meeting all of her group and feeling like the outside and like I don’t have the right clothes and they’re never gonna accept me. And they’ve written that beautifully.” She feels intimidated by Bette Porter “shows up looking like a fashion magazine and I’m there trying to make sure my stomach isn’t showing.” She said the role has allowed her to look through all her self-esteem issues, “and when they find out I have some 12-step going on or some demons in my past or … not taking care of myself. They put it all in there.”

Rachel Shelley aka Helena Peabody Will Appear in The L Word: Generation Q Season 2

Rachel Shelley, who has been editing/producing Kate and Leisha’s Pants Podcast and in Season One was shown texting Shane on her birthday, is returning for at least one episode, according to imdb, who has her on the roster for episode 203. I hope this is an in-person thing and not like, a voice mail? (Hat tip to the.ash.silver, who noticed the news first!) (UPDATE: They seem to have cut this cameo ’cause the whole season has completed and she did not show up)

Vanessa Williams is Playing Pippa, an Artist Bette is Obsessed With

According to Variety, veteran actress Vanessa Williams has been cast in a recurring role in The L Word: Generation Q Season 2! Williams will be playing Pippa Pascal, described by Variety as “an incendiary artist who’s been out of the public eye for almost 20 years — until Bette becomes determined to track her down.” You might know Vanessa Williams from a million things from New Jack City to Candyman (she’s also starring in this year’s sequel to the cult classic, directed by Nia DeCosta, which we should’ve had by now but thanks Covid for ruining so much about my entertainment life!) to Soul Food: the TV Show. So… Pippa is an artist, she’s hot, it’s a reoccurring role, she’s roughly Bette’s age…. and anyone who remembers Jodi Lerner can see what might be cooking up here!

Filming Is Happening Now

The L Word Generation Q Season 2 started filming in December and is set to wrap in May. Season One cast members Jennifer Beals, Kate Moennig, Leisha Hailey, Rosanny Zayas, Arienne Mandi, Leo Sheng, Jacqueline Toboni, Jamie Clayton, Sepideh Moafi, Jordan Hull, Stephanie Allyne and Jillian Mercado have all posted or appeared in pictures from the set.

Rosie O’Donnell is playing Tina’s fiancée, Carrie

In December, it was announced that O’Donnell will be playing Carrie, “a kindhearted public defender who is thrust into Bette’s life and quickly gets under her skin” on Season 2 of The L Word Generation Q. O’Donnell has since taken pictures and posted TikToks from the set of the show. Eagle ears recognized that “Carrie” was the name of Tina Kennard’s fiancee. Rosie returned home in mid-February, so her run is probably just a few episodes. Jennifer Beals has tagged photos of herself and Rosie as #bettesworstnightmare.

Angie Porter-Kennard Might Be Meeting Her ?!Half-Sister?!

According to IMDB, Brook’Lynn Sanders, a teenage actress, has acquired the recurring co-star role of “Kayla Allenwood” in The L Word Generation Q Season 2. People who know too much about The L Word will recognize “Allenwood” as the last name of Marcus Allenwood, the artist who gave his sperm to Bette and Tina so that they could make a baby. Also, Angie is a series regular now so there will be so much more of her in general!

Donald Faison Will Play Tom, Alice’s Book Editor?

The Scrubs star will be appearing as a successful and funny book editor who is working with Alice on something. Perhaps that something… is a book?

Alice Has a (New?) (Old?) Show Called “The Chart”

ID 8: A poster from Alice’s talk show set. The Statue of Liberty is shown with her dress showing her left nipple over a green background. The text at the top reads “The Chart

via Leo Sheng on Instgram

Leo Sheng recently did a “Season 2 Photodump” and one of the pictures featured what is described as “a poster from Alice’s talk show set” with “logos for where to stream Alice’s show (within the world of Gen Q).” “The Chart” was, of course, the name of Alice’s truly terrible KCRW radio show from Seasons 2 + 3 of the original series in which she basically told everybody in Los Angeles about the sexual liaisons of all of her closest friends, and then was sad about Dana for a long time. Anyhow! Will The Chart be a podcast or a TV show? Do people call podcasts “streaming”? But also, the headphones on the boob statue? Wow, so many possibilities here.

Cops and Detectives Will Be Present in The L Word Generation Q Season 2

There seems to be a few characters described as cops or detectives and none of them are named Tasha Williams. If this is about Bette defending Angie from that guy trying to attack her on the stairs after the play then I swear to G-d I will scream into every throw pillow in the Los Angeles metro area. (With a mask on.)

Tina is Back

Tina’s fiancee Carrie being part of the show is a pretty solid hint that Tina’s returning to our lives and so are the photos of her on set and in table reads!

Bette’s Returning to the Art World

Griffin Dunne (I Love Dick, Girls) is set to guest star as Isaac, a big international art dealer who builds a relationship with Bette. There’s also the aforementioned Pippa. Furthermore there are a few other art-related characters already slated to exist, including a few artists, another recurring male international art dealer, an art assistant and an “art enthusiast.”

Shane and Tess Will Have “Complicated Dynamic” in The L Word Generation Q Season 2

On the PANTS podcast, Kate Moennig was like, working with Jamie is “reminiscent of the original show” and also all of Jamie’s scenes are with Kate and also their characters have a “complicated dynamic” in which they “challenge each other.” “We’re definitely like an It’s Complicated,” said Jamie. “It’s Complicated, totally, Facebook Status 100%,” Kate said. “It’s complicated. Are we giving anything away? I don’t think so.”

Dani and Gigi Look Great … Together?

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  1. “Will The Chart be a podcast or a TV show? Do people call podcasts “streaming”?”

    Well it’s of course, going to be a *video* podcast. Alice had already brought us a classic of the genre with “Alice in Lesboland” and now she’s bringing the medium back.

  2. Hello, I just wanted to say that this story just appeared in my google assistant feed thing which is the first time EVER that an AS article has appeared there for me, which is kind of ridiculous.

    Anyway, I hope this indicates the SEO is working! At least until Good Housekeeping gives us their hot take.

  3. Thank you for all of this! I’ll keep checking back to learn new things (and hopefully boost the SEO).

    But for real, if there’s anything we can do to help knock Good Housekeeping off their pedestal please let us know!!

  4. I think Angelica and Jordi will be in a minor car accident nothing really bad but probably like because one of them were drinking or something maybe that’s the reason for the cops I don’t know just saying.

  5. I think Angelica and Jordi will be in a minor car accident nothing really bad though
    probably because one of them were drinking maybe that explains the cops I don’t know just a thought.

  6. I think Angelica and Jordi will be in a minor car accident nothing really bad though
    probably because one of them were drinking maybe that explains the cops I don’t know just a thought.

  7. I know nothing about SEO, but assume that AS folks would come to the site directly for this kind of content instead of wasting time on a search. I can think of no other satisfactory explanation.

  8. I know the answer to the question. The Aloce Show is no more, but a streaming likes Alice enough to give her a show. If I had to guess The Chart is either her new interview show or a The Ellen Show type show(from the 90s). Most podcasts in my experience don’t say “All episodes are streaming now,” because episodes aren’t released all at once. On the other hand, they are usually dropped all at once on services like Hulu & Netflix.

  9. If Betty and Dani don’t end up together, the the show will a complete DISAPPOINTMENT!

    The show doesn’t have the exciment of original show…boring, boring, BORING.
    Give the lesbians something sexy in season 2!

  10. Relatable content. Who among us would not feel weird meeting these super rich and fashionable lesbians and trying to find something to talk about with them? It’s like they’re from another planet tbh

    • right even the “gen young and scrappy” crew lives in the most gorgeous group house w/private bathrooms pools etc that I’ve ever seen. I

      I’m just saying that when I was in my early 20s everywhere I lived had a pest issue and one of my roommates would hang her menstrual blood art in communal spaces without checking in with anyone first.

      but also almost all tv has class fantasy portrayed as middle.working class so this is not Lword only problem.

  11. oh boy wats a comin in august 8th god help us tibetters i noticed that tasha williams was a character name of rizzoli and isles stars angie harmon and sasha alexander who played jane and maura if i am correct so it looks like all change then if alice is gonna be an author and i agree about the chat show alice was apart of in series 2 of the ogs that was dreadful i think they should have kept alice talk show in series 1 gen q i liked that there was so need to change it that could have been a focal point but hey ho marja does it again with her crap and yes its good bette will go back to the art world thats her home apart from tina that is lol i would have thought the trailer will be out soon though

  12. I’ve waited 15 long years for the wardrobe department to discover felted wool suiting for Bette, and I am relieved I can close out my 30s with this closure. Incidentally, it’s the last square she needed for Capricorn BINGO.

  13. Does anyone know if 9 pm of the youtube stream of S2 E 1 premiere is californian time guess so , since its shot in california.. Hope its viewable in germany , cause a lot of time due to our data rules a lot of american content isnt viewable.
    I dont have wlan at home so i need to put my laptop to the nearest wlan hotspot which is a laundromat,oh my…😆

    Also does any german know whetlre to catch the rest of the show @ german streaming channels yet?

  14. Ugh, the stills from episode 8 make me worried that the bizarre plot twist will be…Bette + Shane? I remember an audio clip teaser for this season with Bette saying “I think I’ve always loved you” and the “always” implies it’s someone she’s known for a while. I enjoy watching them as characters but I don’t want them to date, that feels weird.

    • Ooooh now that I see your comment, that still totally could imply that! Ya think they’d at least have an open relationship, thus solving so many of both of their problems in the original? If not, watching them cheat on each other would suck. I’m way more excited re Bette and Pippa, but I suppose this would give us something to shout at the screen about

    • Came to comment on that still too! I think Tess has really been the only character who saw Finley’s chaos throughout the series, so I’m really hoping she can give more insights to Sophie.

          • Yeah I’m also thinking intervention and very nervous as to how that’ll go – maybe Finley has gotten to the point where she realizes she needs help, but she might still be in the “shove it down” mentality and feel hurt instead.

            Sophie and Finley’s still also make me nervous – I always forget the downsides of shipping a couple on this show. It’ll never be smooth sailing.

          • I see that, but I also think they often crop and select stills from scenes that hint at drama without actually giving away how the narrative unfolds. And narratively, I don’t see why everyone would be gathered to comfort/support Sophie if Finley weren’t involved… for all we know she storms off, etc., and these capture the moments after.

            And Em Drobs, yes: there was a very brief sweet moment of peaceful satisfaction in/after 206, and then it was like the pit of my stomach dropped out. I think the lack of announcement regarding a third season is making me feel even more like a lot of hanging (I mean, within the superfluous fictional world of this show!) on these final 3 episodes.

  15. I’m guessing the still of Sophie and Tess means that Finley has finally crashed and burned. Finley’s struggles have kind of been brushed aside but she clearly has addiction, self esteem, and probably some identity issues she needs to work out. I don’t care what the internet says; I’m all in on Gigi and Dani.

    • Sure aren’t. Every time she’s on the screen I have to fight the urge to boo while her character finds new ways to center herself within everyone else’s experiences. And I’m a masc-of-center ADHD queer too, so don’t start Sinley shippers!

    • you’re not only one for sure. didn’t like her from the first episodes. I know that she had to have hard childhood but it shouldn’t be apology for her behavior.
      maybe it’s because I want to be far away from adults who act like kids and wanted be treated like that all the time in real life too.
      like no responsibility whatsoever

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