Grammy-nominated lesbian artist Kehlani will be guest starring in The L Word: Generation Q season 3, but and her role could have a big impact on the show. The third season of Showtime’s Generation Q will likely air in late 2022 and is currently in production. The L Word: Generation Q will mark Kehlani’s first acting gig, allowing the singer to branch out and show off a different side of herself.
Kehlani, who uses she/they pronouns, has shared that they are a fan of both the original series, The L Word and its reboot, Generation Q, which brought back fan-favorites Bette Porter, Alice Pieszecki, Shane McCutcheon, and Tina Kennard along with a new generation of stars. She even posted on Instagram about wanting to be on the show in 2021 and now that time has come. The first two seasons saw a blending of the past and present, with more diverse LGBTQ representation and plenty of drama, but it’s unclear where Kehlani will fit into The L Word: Generation Q season 3.
Kehlani didn’t reveal whether they would be playing themselves or an original character, but they’ll be joining a star-studded list of previous guest stars including Rosie O’Donnell, Megan Rapinoe, and Roxane Gay. Rapinoe and Gay both played themselves as guests on Alice’s fictional talk show, while O’Donnell guest starred as Tina’s fiancée Carrie, who will likely return in The L Word: Generation Q season 3. However, with Alice going on her book tour in the third season, if Kehlani is playing herself, The L Word: Generation Q showrunner Marja-Lewis Ryan and creator Ilene Chaiken will have to find a new way to introduce her. Rapinoe and Gay also didn’t announce their roles until their episodes aired, so it’s likely that the singer will be playing an original character, offering great potential for how they will be introduced and what connection they will have to the main characters.
In The L Word: Generation Q season 2 finale, Finley went to rehab for her alcohol use disorder, Alice found a potential engagement ring in Tom’s bag on the flight to the first stop of her book tour, Dani was arrested on charges of criminal contempt of court and Tina showed up on her Bette’s doorstep following the breaking off of her engagement with Carrie. A press release from Showtime said, “what results of all these complex affairs of life and love will be revealed in season three.” If The L Word: Generation Q season 3 picks up where last season left off, the core group of characters would be somewhat separated, at least temporarily, with Finley at rehab and Alice on her book tour, allowing for a change of scenery and even more ways that Kehlani’s character could be introduced.
Whatever role Kehlani will play in The L Word: Generation Q season 3 is sure to further shakes things up. On the Instagram post that announced Kehlani’s participation in the show, fellow Generation Q cast member Jillian Mercardo, who plays Maribel, commented “they aren’t READY.” Ready or not, viewers will have to wait until later in the year to see just how Kehlani will impact the show when they show up.
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