Network orders 12 more episodes

Showtime still loves “The L Word.”

Feevee cabler has greenlit a fifth season of the femme-centric sudser. Twelve episodes have been ordered, with production set to start this summer for an early 2008 debut.

Showtime entertainment prexy Robert Greenblatt noted “L Word” remains “a signature franchise” for the cabler, as well as one of the net’s most popular series.

With Showtime’s launch of OurChart.com, a social networking site that grew directly out of the skein, and the show’s growing popularity in online virtual world Second Life, “This series goes well beyond the boundaries of a mere television show,” Greenblatt added. 

In addition to “L Word,” Showtime has also ordered additional seasons of “Dexter,” “Weeds” and “Brotherhood,” all set to return later this year.

“The L Word,” which premiered in January 2004, is exec produced by Ilene Chaiken through her production company Little Chicken Inc.

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