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Ilene Chaiken, Empire Executive Producer, Gives Details About the Most Explosive Episode Yet

Since Empire premiered Jan. 7, its ratings have increased each week. Last week over 12 million viewers tuned into the FOX drama centering around a hip-hop entertainment company. One of the most beloved stories centers around Jamal (Jussie...Show More Summary

'Empire' Boss Explains Olivia's Entrance, Lucious' Season-Long Drive, Triggers for Andre

THR checked in with Ilene Chaiken midway through the hip-hop drama's first season. read more

'Empire' Showrunner Breaks Down What to Expect From Fox's Hip-Hop Drama

Ilene Chaiken talks with THR about how the Lee Daniels drama balances story and music as well as how the complicated family dynamic will play out going forward read more

Op-ed: These Lesbians Will Break Your Heart

While Ilene Chaiken's earlier series depicted the lives of lesbians in glamorous L.A., her latest project is her realest yet. read more

Out In The Deep South

Emily Shire applauds the Showtime documentary L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin, which premieres tonight, for presenting an overlooked side of lesbian life in America: The film – produced by Ilene Chaiken, who also did The L Word – acknowledges that for all the immense good that came from television portrayals of lesbians, these shows […]

Showtime Orders 'L Word' Documentary From Ilene Chaiken

"L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin" will premiere in August and reteams Chaiken with the producers behind "The Real L Word." read more

Ilene Chaiken Boards New Fox Series ‘Empire’ As Showrunner

The L Word creator Ilene Chaiken has joined Fox’s newly picked up series Empire as executive producer/showrunner. The soapy family drama, set in the world of a hip-hop empire, was written by The Butler team of Danny Strong and Lee Daniels and directed by Daniels. Show More Summary

'Sherlock Holmes' Kelly Reilly to Star in ABC Limited Series 'Black Box'

She'll play a neuroscientist in the 13-episode drama from Amy Holden Jones, Ilene Chaiken and Bryan Singer. read more

Bryan Singer, Ilene Chaiken Drama Gets Series Order at ABC

"The Black Box" hails from "The Relic" and "Mystic Pizza" writer Amy Holden Jones. read more

ABC Gives 13-Episode Order To Drama ‘The Black Box’ From Amy Holden Jones, Bryan Singer, Ilene Chaiken, Oly Obst & Bold Films

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that ABC is finalizing deals for a 13-episode, straight-to-series order to The Black Box, a drama project written by The Relic and Mystic Pizza scribe Amy Holden Jones. She is executive producing with The L Word...Show More Summary

Ilene Chaiken on the 'Grittier' Evolution of 'The Real L Word'

The executive producer talks with THR about wanting to tell a story about communities where being openly gay isn't safe and do something with an impact. read more

Odette Annable & Bruce Greenwood To Star In ABC’s Pilot ‘Venice’ Directed By McG

Odette Annable (Breaking In) and Bruce Greenwood (The River) have been cast in ABC‘s Romeo & Juliet-esque drama pilot Venice. Written by Byron Balasco, directed by McG and executive produced by Ilene Chaiken,  Venice is a soap about the haves and the have-nots of California’s most seductive city, Venice. Show More Summary

'The L Word's' Jennifer Beals and Ilene Chaiken Reteam for 'Venice' Pilot

2 years agoLGBT / Lesbian : SheWired.com

Since The L Word bid its final farewell in March of 2009, its star Jennifer Beals has starred in the short-lived The Chicago Code, and signed on for CBS’s The Widow Detective, which appears to have been shel read more

Jennifer Beals To Star In ABC Pilot ‘Venice’ Helmed By McG, Ilene Chaiken To Showrun

EXCLUSIVE: It is an L Word reunion on ABC’s Romeo & Juliet-esque drama pilot Venice. The Showtime series’ star Jennifer Beals has signed on for a lead in Venice, while creator/executive producer Ilene Chaiken has come on board as executive producer/showrunner. Show More Summary

‘Real L Word’ To Continue As Documentary

After making a transition from a scripted drama to a reality series, Ilene Chaiken’s L Word franchise is about to undergo another format metamorphosis, becoming a documentary. “The Real L Word is an important franchise,” Showtime’s entertainment president David Nevins said after the network’s executive session at TCA. Show More Summary

Showtime's 'The Real L Word' Likely to Return as Documentary

Showtime entertainment president David Nevins tells reporters that the Ilene Chaiken series would grow to explore lesbian culture where it's "not so easy." read more

'L Word' Creator Ilene Chaiken Sells Crime Drama to CBS

2 years agoLGBT / Lesbian : SheWired.com

The driving force behind The L Word andThe Real L Word Ilene Chaiken has sold a crime drama about a San Francisco-based game developer who consults on anti-crime task force, according to The Hollywood Reporter. read more

'L Word' Creator Ilene Chaiken Sells Crime Drama to CBS (Exclusive)

She'll write and produce "Solve for X" alongside Eric and Kim Tannenbaum. read more

Watch: Romi Klinger and Ilene Chaiken Talk Bisexuality

2 years agoLGBT / Lesbian : SheWired.com

In an otherwise lackluster season of The Real L Word Romi (Klinger) has kept the discussion of her bisexuality alive and well, first dating her ex boyfriend Jay, dumping him for her ex girlfriend Kelsey and ditching Kelsey for her ex boyfriend Dusty. Much of the season premiere focused on Romi's coming out to her friends as in a relationship with a man. read more

Ilene Chaiken on The L Words, Lesbian Representation and Bisexuality

2 years agoLGBT / Lesbian : SheWired.com

Showtime’s The Real L Word wraps its third season and the creator – who, of course, gave the world The L Word – gave an in-depth interview The Huffington Post’s Noah Michelson about both shows, LGBT representation on television, bisexuality and much, much more. read more

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