2012 isn’t looking so good for lesbian television shows.
Lip Service creator Harriet Braun confirmed the cancellation of the Glasgow-based show on January 12, much to the dismay of fans who rallied on Twitter with petitions to keep the show going. However, it could not be saved.
Fortunately, two of the stars have moved from Scotland to America so not all is lost. Lara Fraser (Cat) has been cast in Homeland and Ruta Gedmintas in Do No Harm on NBC.
The fate of The Real L Word is a little shaky, though it has more hope than Lip Service.
Showtime President David Nevins told AfterEllen that producers Diane Lipsitz, Dan Cutforth and Ilene Chaiken are not working on season 4 of the show because they are looking to do a more documentary type of show representative of a different, less obvious version of lesbian life in America.
“The Real L Word is an important franchise and we actually have some ideas of how we may — I want to keep the franchise going,” Nevins said. “I want to change up the show and [it's] probably not going to continue in exactly the same form. But I’ve been taking about [it] with Dan and Jane and Ilene about exploring sort of L Word culture, lesbian culture in places where — not New York, L.A. — places where the subculture is not so defined and it’s maybe not so easy.”
She added, “I think we’re likely to make a documentary that will feel like a real L Word documentary. We’ve done the scripted show, we’ve done the ensemble reality show, and now it’s probably going to become a documentary this year. It’s an important franchise we’d like to continue.”