Gigolos, Polyamory returning to Showtime, but Real L Word becoming a documentary

Showtime’s sexual reality series Gigolos and Polyamory have been renewed for a fourth and second season, respectively, but The Real L Word won’t be back in its current form after three seasons. Instead, it’ll become “a stand-alone documentary” about lesbians in places other than New York or Los Angeles.

Showtime President David Nevins told TV critics Saturday that Gigolos, which follows male prostitutes–I mean, escorts–in Las Vegas, “is the cornerstone of our late-night franchise.” And he later told critics off-stage that The Real L Word “is an important franchise,” but said it will change again:

“I want to change up the show and probably not continue it in exactly the same form. I’ve been talking a lot with [executive producers Dan [Cutforth] and Jane [Lipsitz] and Ilene about exploring sort of L Word culture, lesbian culture in places outside of New York and L.A., places where the subculture is not so defined and it’s maybe not so easy. And I think we’ll do a Real L Word documentary. We did the scripted show, did an ensemble reality show, and now it’s probably going to become a stand-alone documentary this year. But I think it’s an important franchise for us. It could be one-part, be two parts, they’re diving in doing research right now.”

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John Rocker

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Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

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