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Showtime Renews The L Word Sequel, Shameless


Showtime has ordered a second season of The L Word: Generation Q, while also revealing that an 11th and final season of Shameless will debut this summer.

The sequel to the groundbreaking drama series The L Word, Generation Q currently airs Sundays at 10 p.m. Season one wraps January 26. “The L Word: Generation Q took our original series that was revered and reinvigorated it for a new generation and a new era,” said Gary Levine, president of entertainment at Showtime Networks. “The result has been a show that appeals to all generations for its relevance, its fearlessness, its emotion and its fun. I can’t wait to see what Marja, along with Ilene and this talented ensemble, will deliver for season two.”

Showtime also picked up a second season of the critically acclaimed comedy series Work in Progress. Created and written by Chicago improv mainstays Abby McEnany and Tim Mason and co-written by Lilly Wachowski (The Matrix), the series stars McEnany as a fictionalized version of herself whose misfortune and despair unexpectedly lead her to a vibrantly transformative relationship.

With regard to upcoming premieres, season five of the hit drama series Billions will debut on May 3 at 9 p.m., while the second season of the comedy Black Monday is slated to launch with back-to-back episodes on March 15 at 10 p.m. The third season of The Chi, which will feature creator Lena Waithe (Queen & Slim, Boomerang) in a multi-episode arc, rolls out starting July 5 at 10 p.m. The new series Penny Dreadful: City of Angels has been scheduled for an April 26 debut at 10 p.m. The Emmy-winning documentary series VICE gets underway on Showtime platforms as of March 29, with weekly episodes on Sundays.

Showtime has also revealed its upcoming documentary slate, which features Love Fraud, from Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing, who make their first foray into episodic television; The Trade, from Matthew Heineman, about Central Americans on an odyssey to the U.S.; and The Longest War, from Greg Barker and Homeland‘s Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon. Also on the slate are Kingdom of Silence (previously titled House of Saud), a political thriller from Alex Gibney, Rick Rowley and Lawrence Wright, and The Kingmaker, from Lauren Greenfield.

Showtime’s hit comedy Shameless will wrap up its run with an 11th season this summer. The show, which originally premiered in winter 2011, ranks as the network’s number one comedy, its longest-running series and has the youngest-skewing audience of any Showtime series. “The characters of Shameless have brought Showtime viewers more laughs and tears and pure enjoyment than any program in our history,” said Levine. “While we are sad to bid the Gallaghers farewell, we couldn’t be more confident in the ability of showrunner John Wells, his writing team and this great cast to bring our series to its appropriately Shameless conclusion.”

About Kristin Brzoznowski

Kristin Brzoznowski is the executive editor of World Screen. She can be reached at [email protected]


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