Hollywood is a funny old place. People don’t like to say too much about what really goes on sometimes. Which makes this fascinating interview on After Ellen with Michelle Abbott and Kathy Greenberg – the people who really created The L Word – all the juicier for its sheer rarity. Since everyone’s being so candid, we too played a short-lived role in the creation of The L Word.
“After Ellen: Back to the collective consciousness, the lesbian zeitgeist. As you pointed out… it’s unlikely that the show would’ve made it past the notes-on-a-napkin stage if it weren’t for the people you knew…
Michelle Abbott: That’s true. … We sat on the idea for a while, until one day Ilene called Kathy and said that she was approached by Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey about doing a lesbian TV show. But theirs was a campy Charlie’s Angels-ish version, as I recall.”
It wasn’t that campy, but a dramedy about a group of lesbians that Jacquie Lawrence, the head of development in our UK office, had come up with. So we all joined forces and were actually there for the Showtime pitch. Blow me if they didn’t buy it in the room. That never happens.
We knew it was too good to be true. And – at least for our involvement – it was.
M’s the word!