Hit lesbian drama THE L WORD is to be axed after its sixth and final season airs in 2009.
The show, which focuses on a group of Los Angeles-based friends and boasts a cast including Jennifer Beals and Pam Grier, debuted in 2004 and was the first lesbian primetime show on U.S. television.
Even though the sixth season will be its last, executives at American cable channel Showtime have decided only to film eight episodes of the show – just over half of what is usually ordered by the broadcaster.
But series creator and executive producer Ilene Chaiken insists The L Word will live on via the Internet.
She says, “This is by no means the end of The L Word. The brand and the social network community, OurChart.com, will continue to live and be a destination for lesbians everywhere and a lasting tribute to what ‘The L Word’ has accomplished.
“It has been a privilege to do this series and tell these stories and have these characters in my life and to share them with the show’s passionate fans.
I am thrilled that Showtime has given us this final opportunity to conclude this journey we have all taken together.”