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Showtime chief says second season of “The Real L Word” will focus on Whitney and her friends the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour wraps up its two-week run in Pasadena.

It’s been a busy time but it’s such a great opportunity to get the lowdown on all the new shows and to be able to interview the stars, show-runners and network executives.

Yesterday, we had a session with David Nevins who is Showtime’s president of entertainment. He announced that two of my faves Nurse Jackie and United States of Tara will return with new seasons on March 28 and that Lisa Kudrow’s Web Therapy will air sometime in the second quarter or in the summer.

And good news for Dexter fans: ratings are better than ever and Nevins believes the show has several more seasons left in it.

But let’s get down to the really important news: the second season of The Real L Word. It will return to the air in the summer but with some changes:“I felt like there’s life in that idea,” Nevins said. “First of all, this network has had a long relationship with gay and particularly lesbian audiences that I think is important to protect. … I think there’s an interesting version of that show that we didn’t quite get at last year. I think we can make this show feel more Showtime, more premium and exclusive. I think we are making we are going to make real cast changes. We’re going to focus it somewhat around Whitney and her friends, which I found were the most, sort of, authentic, you know, young 20 something lesbians in Los Angeles. I think we can do a better job of, sort of, capturing that subculture and go deeper.”

“So it definitely seemed worth doing a second season,” he added. “I think we’ve got really good producers, and Ilene Chaiken. … So I think everyone is sort of sometimes, with those reality shows, you get it right year two.”

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