‘The L Word: Generation Q’ Trailer Is Here And There Are Latinas Playing Latinas
We all knew Showtime was creating a sequel series to “The L Word,” the first-ever primetime television series that starred actual lesbians, but we didn’t know it’d air so soon. Earlier this week, Showtime released an extended trailer for “The L Word: Generation Q” along with the news that the iconic second installment would air on Dec. 8.
The show is set to take place ten years later and represents a new generation of queer women. As iconic as West Hollywood is to the LGBTQ+ community of Los Angeles, our generation knows that Silver Lake is where you can really let your armpit hair grow out and find young love. Oh, and you can’t have a show set on the East Side of Los Angeles without a crew of Latinas to adequately represent the culture.
We can expect our favorite lesbians to return to the show, and we love how their lives have developed.
Jennifer Beals returns as Bette Porter, who, of course, is running for Mayor of Los Angeles, ensuring that “The L Word” will remain true to its nature as a political platform for LGBTQ+ issues. Kate Moening is forever Shane McCutcheon and is continuing to thrive as a hairdresser. Leisha Hailey will play Alice Pieszecki, who has fully blossomed into the bisexual talk show host we all knew she’d become.
Then, there’s the new generation of queer. Rosanny Zayas will be playing Sophie Suarez, a TV producer.
You might recognize her from Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” as Daisy. Otherwise, this is Zayas’ breakout role. Zayas is Dominican, and by the looks of her Instagram, is struggling to be a Latina de las islas in California. In a selfie with a friend, Zayas posted, “the only Dominicans in Cali!!!!! Where are theyyyy!!!! I’m a little kid lost in the giant supermarket of California!!”
Arienne Mandi will be playing Dani Nuñez, a Public Relations Executive.
According to Deadline, Dani will be a “powerful and calculating PR executive whose ambition is only tested by her conscience.” We love a strong Latina. Mandi is best known for her lead role in the indie feature film “Baja.” She’s also appeared on “Hawaii Five-0,” “NCIS,” and “NCIS: LA.”
We can also expect Freddy Miyares, made famous in Netflix’s “When They See Us,” to appear in five episodes.
Miyares will play José Garcia, “a charming and kind artist who is trying to move on from his complicated past.” Meanwhile, Carlos Leal, best known from “Better Call Saul,” will have a recurring role as Rodolfo, “a strong-willed, manipulative CEO who strives to provide what he thinks is best for his family.”
Oh, and remember Bette and Tina’s daughter, Angelica?
While it looks like Tina won’t be making a reappearance in the show, we’ll get to see Angelica navigate the world as a strong-willed teenager. Angelica, who goes by “Angie” now, will be played by Jordan Hull. We’re waiting at the edge of our seats to see how the showrunners clean up the mess Tina left behind. #TeamBette
Needless to say, the gay Internet is having a moment.
We have an air date now, you guys! We’re already planning the premiere watch party. The trailer gave us all a glimpse into the lives that our veteran lesbians went on to make for themselves. So, that’s emotional. “I’M CRYING, LITERALLY CRYING, THERE ARE TEARS RUNNING DOWN MY FACE,” tweets one Leticia. To top it off, the new cast seems to actually represent the undeniable Latinidad of Los Angeles. “Yah, I’m getting chicana #TheLWord vibes #LatinxWomxnMagic,” tweets ‘Kween’.
For those of us who started to peek open the closet door because of “The L Word,” enjoying its sequel will be a reclamation of the experience.
Thankfully, Hollywood has since gifted the queer Latinx community FX’s “Pose,” Starz’s “Vida,” and Pop!’s “One Day at a Time.” No matter how “The L Word” lives up to the current high bar, we have mad respect.
You can watch “The L Word: Generation Q” on Sunday, December 8 at 10pm ET/PT, only on Showtime.
The series will be a mere eight episodes long, in comparison to the twelve to thirteen episodes granted per season of the original. The sequel series is being executive produced by Marja-Lewis Ryan, famous for her work on “The Four-Faced Liar” and “6 Balloons.” Original series creator Ilene Chaiken continues to play a major hand in the production of its sequel.