Monday, March 09, 2009

I'm really going to miss The L Word

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Everyone eventually fell victim to the appalling Jenny (Mia Kirshner, left), including Helena (Rachel Shelley) and Tina (Laurel Holloman), seen here in the sixth-season opener, "Long Night's Journey Into Day."

"Sure, there are things that we could have done better. Some stories were successful and some less successful, but you don't get any do-overs. I just stand by the stories we told, and the most important thing I can say is that we did our very best. We were always trying to do our best and tell good stories to be true to the characters and entertain the audience."
-- Ilene Chaiken, lead creator and executive producer of The L Word

by Ken

A colleague passed along an interview that Washington Blade reporter Amy Cavanaugh did with Ilene Chaiken today, the morning after her Showtime series The L Word, which told lots of good stories about the lives of a group of women in Los Angeles, ended its six-season run.

It's a nice, sensible interview, which suggests that Chaiken and her team accomplished very much what they set out to. I think the above quote is not only a great answer (to the question "Do you have any regrets with various plotlines over the seasons?"), but a really great attitude.

I watched The L Word faithfully these six seasons, not because I was hungry for stories about lesbians, but because the producers and writers and actors made me care about the characters -- even that monster Jenny. (After all, we actually got to see her turn into that monster! It was fascinating to see how, to the end, she managed to believe that her behavior was sincerely well-motivated. At the same time, however it happened, I'm sure glad that in the end she got hers!)

I'm not saying I think the show should have gone on. Probably it was ended at a good point, and with a pretty good farewell episode. What I am saying is that will really miss the show.

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At 6:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ken: This is off the subject, but someone has posted the Rachmaninoff 3rd piano concerto with Horowitz and Mata in its entirety and in pretty good quality, for the time, on You Tube. It's an amazing 45 minutes of great musicianship. Hope you and your readers enjoy.


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