Showtime Renews ‘L Word’

Jan 12, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Showtime has picked up its lesbian-themed drama “The L Word” for a third season, making the announcement before next month’s premiere of the show’s second season.

The announcement was made by Robert Greenblatt, Showtime’s president of entertainment, at the Television Critics Association’s semiannual press tour.

“It wouldn’t be a TCA if we didn’t pick up something early,” Mr. Greenblatt joked, a reference to last July’s early renewal of “Huff.”

Mr. Greenblatt also officially announced three new series: “The Cell,” a one-hour drama about a terrorist network in Los Angeles, “Brotherhood,” a one-hour drama about two brothers in Rhode Island and “Barbershop,” a single camera, half-hour comedy based on the film franchise.

Mr. Greenblatt also confirmed that the upcoming fifth season of “Queer As Folk” would be the last. Showtime Chairman and CEO Matt Blank hinted the series would go to syndication. “You will see ‘Queer As Folk’ elsewhere,” Mr. Blank said, noting the series has 85 episodes.