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The 'Real' L Word

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Anyone who was a fan of lesbian series The L Word (and managed to stick with it from the good times right through to its painfully bizarre final season) will be intrigued to hear its creators have made a reality series. The Real L Word debuts on Showtime on Sunday night, US time. This is how it's being sold: Following the enormous success of The L Word, executive producer Ilene Chaiken has teamed-up with Magical Elves (Project Runway, Top Chef, Last Comic Standing) to bring you the sizzling, groundbreaking reality series, The Real L Word. Follow a group of six lesbians in their daily lives at work and play in Los Angeles, and you'll quickly learn that real life is even more compelling than fiction. Of course, the women are all utterly smokin' hot. And everyone knows hot lesbians sell. Just look at the website graphic above, where you are confronted by images of the women nude, with their naughty bits covered by graphics of shadowy palm trees. So let's meet the ladies: MIKEY, Producer of LA Fashion Weekend The wild wizard behind the fashion show curtain. Tatt'ed up and cruisin' into downtown from her Van Nuys pad on one of her custom-built motorcycles, everyone knows when Mikey has entered the Cooper Building. When not preparing for LA Fashion Weekend, she's marketing and promoting her designer clients - from model auditions and fittings, to drinks, meetings and photo shoots. Unfortunately, her non-stop workweek leaves Mikey with little time to spend with her makeup artist fiancé - let alone come to an agreement with her on wedding plans. Indeed, this Culver City, CA native has lots to juggle in the next few months... and we can't wait to watch it all undress, er, unfold.   TRACY, Film and TV development executive Beyond her smoking hot looks, Tracy is a hip chick, doing her thing -developing blockbusters during the week while skating and hanging with friends on the weekend. With a touch of earthiness and easy charm, she's recently out and on the scene. Tracy is every girl's dream, except maybe for her mother, who's having a hard time dealing with Tracy's sexuality. Will Tracy be able to reconnect with her mom while juggling a new relationship that comes with its own complicated family dynamics?     ROSE, Real estate advisor This sexy Latina was the inspiration for Papi's character on The L Word. She's a heartbreaking Lotharia trying to shake old habits and be in a serious relationship... but she isn't sure she trusts herself just yet. Fortunately, she has a very supportive family who would love to see her settle down with her girlfriend of seven months — whom they all adore. But Rose is altar-skittish and may be too wild to be tamed by one flame. She might be old-fashioned, but will a taste for excitement and the good life keep this self-described player from being able to commit?   NIKKI, Rep/manager/producer             This super stylish, highly successful, alpha type-A with the cute West Hollywood house was married for a short time in her early twenties to a man before she came out on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." She later won a GLAAD Award for her appearance and has never looked back. Nikki is proud to be called a "barracuda" in the industry. When she's not representing a fierce list of A-list directors and talent, this only child spends her free time shopping — and most recently, wedding planning with her fiancée, Jill. She may be a perfectionist, but she's not above crying it out — so long as no one is looking.       JILL, Writer The girl next door wears running shoes by day and heels by night. Jill is open and welcoming, but steer clear when college football is on because she goes Wolverine over her alma mater, Michigan. This Jersey girl is very close to her family and has their full support. Once insecure about her "sexual fluidity," she is now excited to show off her "normal and beautiful life." Jill is the girl all the guys want, but only one girl has.   WHITNEY, Special effects artist The untamed lover of life. With savvy street smarts and a wild edge, Whitney is an absolute handful. And it doesn't take long to pick up on the passion for women that gets her into trouble... a lot of trouble... especially with straight girls. While Whitney may be the best friend you'll ever have, she's the self-professed worst girlfriend. She's "...always looking for love, but losing to lust."   Don't you love it how none of them have last names? All in all, it seems The Real L Word will be sexy, smutty and trashy – and probably about as much of a reflection of the majority of real lesbian life as The L Word original, or that Metro article. Aside from the fact I like women, I imagine that lifestyle-wise I have about as much in common with these LA lesbians as I do with gay penguins at Bremerhaven Zoo. But that aside, do I want to watch it anyway? Hell yes! Who knows if it will make it to New Zealand TV ... but I guess that never stops anyone from watching a TV series anymore. Check out afterellen.com's review of the show A behind the scenes look at the new lesbian reality show The Real L Word is below: Jacqui Stanford - 20th June 2010    

Credit: Jacqui Stanford

First published: Sunday, 20th June 2010 - 3:20pm

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