‘The L Word: Generation Q’ Season 3: Everything We Know So Far

It’s only been a few days since the conclusion of The L Word: Generation Q Season 2, but fans are already missing it. From Ilene Chaiken, Kathy Greenberg, and Michele Abbott, the show follows the lives and loves of a group of friends in Los Angeles who are also part of the LGBTQ community. It was spun off from the 2004 series The L Word and launched on Showtime in 2019.

This season, everyone dealt with new changes and challenges in their lives. Whether it was Bette (Jennifer Beals) and Tina (Laurel Holloman), Shane (Katherine Moennig) and Tess (Jamie Clayton), or Sophie (Rosanny Zayas) and Finley (Jacqueline Toboni) all of them were in situations that tested their mettle. It sets up the next season to be one of the most interesting. But has The L Word: Generation Q Season 3 even been approved? Find out.

[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for The L Word: Generation Q Season 2 finale.]

The cast and crew of Showtime's 'The L Word: Generation Q' posing on the red carpet at an event
The cast and crew of ‘The L Word: Generation Q’ including Stephanie Allynne, Arienne Mandi, Jacqueline Toboni, Katherine Moennig, Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Sepideh Moafi, Rosanny Zayas, and Leo Sheng | Amy Sussman/Getty Images

What happened in ‘The L Word: Generation Q’ finale

The second season of Generation Q took viewers on a rollercoaster of emotions all the way up to the finale. In the episode, titled “Last Call,” Carrie (Rosie O’Donnell) called off her wedding to Tina; Finley agreed to go to rehab; Tess left Shane to be with her mother; and Dani (Arienne Mandi) got arrested for skipping out on a court appearance. But it wasn’t all bad.

The episode also saw Alice (Leisha Hailey) discovering an engagement ring in Tom’s (Donald Faison) jacket; Gigi (Sepideh Moafi) introducing Dani to her family; Angelica (Jordan Hull) getting closure with her donor; and Tina showing up on Bette’s doorstep (though that might be considered bad to non-Tibette fans).

When will ‘The L Word: Generation Q’ return?

As of writing, Showtime has not revealed the fate of the show, which isn’t unusual given that it just wrapped its latest season.

Part of the decision to either renew or cancel the series will depend on the viewership numbers. TV Series Finale tracked the show’s performance this season, reporting it “averaged a 0.01 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 74,000 viewers in the live+same day ratings.” That’s a 74% drop in the demographic and a 64% decrease in viewership in live and same-day ratings in comparison to the first season. But there appeared to be an uptick in ratings toward the end of the season.

TSF writer Telly Vulture believes it performed well enough to get renewed. If it does, a 2022 return seems possible, taking into account the time it usually takes to write, film, and edit a show. But again, nothing has been confirmed just yet.

Early conversations about a third season have reportedly occurred

Though the show has yet to be renewed, it appears there have been some talks about a third season. Katherine Moennig (Shane) told Collider in an interview published in October that she, specifically, has had “preliminary conversations” about what she would want to happen next regarding her character. “So far, there’s mutual agreement,” she explained. “If there was an issue, I would throw down for it.”

If Generation Q is renewed, expect to see Moennig, Beals, Hailey, Holloman, Zayas, Toboni, Mandi, Moafi, and Moafi all back, among others.

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