Showtime has ordered a third season of reality series The Real L Word. While seasons one and two focused exclusively on L.A.’s lesbian community, season three will introduce women from the New York scene while also featuring the return of key “fan favorite” cast members. “We’re excited and gratified to be picking up the stories of our most beloved season 2 cast members at some truly major and life-altering junctures, and we think it’s time to throw down and invite the women of New York to join in and demonstrate the claims they’ve lobbed at us these past few years…that New York’s women have something more to say about lesbian life, something that isn’t being said by our Los Angeles ladies,” says creator and executive producer Ilene Chaiken. “Bring it on, Brooklyn!” Casting for new cast members will begin shortly, with production on the nine-episode third season slated to begin in Los Angeles and New York in early 2012. While The Real L Word has been a marginal ratings performer for Showtime, the renewal reaffirms the network’s commitment to the LGBT community which has had strong ties to Showtime going back to the days of Queer As Folk and The L Word.