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Posted Thursday 8/09/18 at 2:00PM EDT
13 Reasons Why cast expected to receive major raises for Season 3
The first table read for the third season is scheduled today, and Deadline reports that negotiations with the eight core cast members were ongoing as of last night. Of all the cast members, Dylan Minnette is seeking the highest pay raise, to $200,000 per episode.
Posted Monday 7/30/18 at 12:49AM EDT
Netflix defends 13 Reasons Why's Season 3 renewal
“We felt we owed it to the characters as much as to the fans,” Netflix's vice president of original series Cindy Holland told critics, explaining last month's renewal. She pointed out that 13 Reasons Why is one of the streaming service's most popular shows.
Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 8:37PM EDT
Surprise releases are suddenly all the rage on TV
From UnReal's fourth and final season that was released today with no advance warning to Sacha Baron Cohen's Who Is America?, which was officially announced less than a week before its premiere, TV networks and streaming services are finding that surprises releases generate buzz. Netflix did something similar in May when it released Arrested Development and 13 Reasons Why with just a few weeks of advance notice. But don't expect the surprise release trend to continue working. "If everyone starts to take that approach, the wow factor will fade quickly, and the fanfare about each surprise will overshadow the others," says Jen Chaney. "Pop music has already been wrestling with this problem, having been inundated with so many surprise releases over the past few years that it’s hard to process or appreciate one before another comes along. It’s easy to imagine the same issue arising in TV. The most important thing a good series can do these days is stand out and seem fresh, but an unexpected arrival can only help a show do that as long as every other show isn’t doing the same thing."
Posted Saturday 7/07/18 at 10:36AM EDT
HBO adds an end card to Sharp Objects due to its sensitive content
The final broadcast version of the eight-part HBO drama series starring Amy Adams has added the following message at the end: "If you or someone you know struggles with self-harm or substance abuse, please seek help by contacting the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 1-800-662-HELP (4357).” Recently, Netflix did something similar with 13 Reasons Why, providing viewers with options for getting help.
Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 10:21PM EDT
A psychiatrist warns: Netflix teen shows are at war with psychiatry
"Granted," says Harvard Medical School-affiliated Dr. Meredith Gansnger, "the battle’s in my head, and I may be the only one who knows of its existence, but I can still say with certainty that I am not the only mental health professional unnerved by Netflix’s continued attempts at portraying adolescent psychiatric illness with little apparent regard to the accuracy of these depictions. Since January 2017, I’ve felt as though I’ve been playing whack-a-mole with Netflix programs about teenage mental illness: 13 Reasons Why, Atypical, To the Bone, and The End of the F***ing World. Try as I might, I can’t seem to find my patients, actual teenagers with psychiatric illness, in these portrayals."
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 6:44PM EDT
Why Netflix's 13 Reasons Why Season 3 renewal is a bad idea
"No matter how many reasons there might be to renew it, there are always more reasons why not," says Andy Swift, who calls the third season pickup unnecessary and shortsighted. "But I’m not just opposed to a third season," he says, "I’m also concerned about what it will bring. In an effort to retain viewers, shows often feel the need to 'top' themselves with each new season, but what does that mean for 13 Reasons Why? If it means more gratuitous scenes ... you can count me out."
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 1:56PM EDT
Netflix renews 13 Reasons Why for Season 3
Netflix released a video announcement confirming a third season, with creator Brian Yorkey set to return as showrunner. As previously reported, Katherine Langford will not be back for Season 3.
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 11:47PM EDT
13 Reasons Why was still exploiting the teen audience it aimed to support in Season 2
Source: The Muse
The Netflix teen drama didn't "make up for its own shortcomings" in its second season, says Maria Sherman. "13 Reasons Why demands that viewers take an additional step to educate themselves and provide awareness for issues the programming itself fails to tackle meaningfully and, instead, paints sexual assault and acts of suicide in a gratuitous light. There’s being sensitive to horrifying depictions of real-life atrocities, and there’s being sensitive to the damages those images can cause on an impressionable audience. 13 Reasons Why lacks the nuance essential to navigating this terrain." Sherman notes that creator Brian Yorkey has said he wanted to raise awareness with his explicit male rape scene. "I don’t disagree with him," she says, "but when the means of creating 'awareness' is exploitative towards those it seeks to support—in this case, victims of sexual trauma—it’s time to take another trip to the drawing board."
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 2:14PM EDT
Nielsen: 13 Reasons Why returned to 6 million viewers
The Season 2 premiere was watched by an average of 6 million viewers in the first three days of its release, according to Nielsen estimates.
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 7:45PM EDT
13 Reasons Why's Katherine Langford confirms Hannah won't be part of Season 3: "It definitely felt like time"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
"I think coming back this season was challenging because it was playing her but not really her," Langford tells EW. "The challenge was when you tell a character’s story so fully, and then you have to come back as a version of her that’s filtered through other people’s eyes; that required a lot of trust. I guess if I could put Hannah’s life into season 1 and then say it was kind of like being in purgatory for season 2, and then being able to officially say goodbye to her. It definitely felt like time."
Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 2:17PM EDT
Parents TV Council urges Netflix to cancel 13 Reasons Why because it's a "ticking time bomb"
“Netflix has delivered a ticking time bomb to teens and children who watch 13 Reasons Why,” said Tim Winter, president of the conservative watchdog. “The content and thematic elements of the second season are even worse than we expected. We would have liked to have 13 reasons for hope and redemption following the graphic suicide of the lead female teen character, but rather than providing a path forward, the season only provides cause for despondency.” ALSO: Creator Brian Yorkey almost cut out a #MeToo scene but his female colleagues convinced him to leave it in.
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 10:30PM EDT
Why 13 Reasons Why's dramatic Season 2 ending is dangerous
Bringing up serious issues and turning it into a storytelling device is irresponsible, says Hanh Nguyen, adding that "a show simply can’t treat them as plot devices or for their entertainment value. While the initial premise may have dealt with the aftermath of Hannah’s suicide, the show has been off book this season, and therefore must start to lead instead of running to catch up with its troubled characters."
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 1:13PM EDT
13 Reasons Why creator defends Season 2's brutal and graphic rape scene
"The fact is that, as intense as that scene is, and as strong as are or reactions to it may be, it doesn’t even come close to the pain experienced by the people who actually go through these things," Brian Yorkey tells Vulture. "When we talk about something being “disgusting” or hard to watch, often that means we are attaching shame to the experience. We would rather not be confronted with it. We would rather it stay out of our consciousness. This is why these kinds of assaults are underreported. This is why victims have a hard time seeking help. We believe that talking about it is so much better than silence.”
Posted Monday 5/21/18 at 1:08PM EDT
Did 13 Reasons Why go too far with a brutal and graphic scene?
Source: The Daily Beast
Fans of the Netflix series expressed outrage on Twitter over a graphic and disturbing scene in Season 2. Other viewers praised the scene for shedding light on something that's rarely depicted. "My issue with the scene is independent of its graphic nature," says Kevin Fallon. "It’s the fact that it seems narratively exploitative, a random act of violence used to set up the final scenes of the episode and the cliffhanger that leaves things open for what is sure to be a 13 Reasons Why season three." The episode was preceded with a warning that it contained depictions that "some viewers may find disturbing. It is intended for mature audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.”
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
13 Reasons Why's second season feels unnecessary, with too many episodes that run too long
Season 2's problem is that at takes on new sides to the story that fly in the face of how the characters related to each other in Season 1, says Jen Chaney. "It’s one thing to offer new perspectives on a complicated narrative," she says. "It’s a whole other thing to add layers that drain the emotional logic out of what we saw before." Cheney adds that Season 2 is "biting off more narrative than viewers can comfortably swallow. There are too many episodes, and every one is 15 minutes longer than it needs to be. At times, I was wading through this show rather than watching it. (When I got to the finale and saw that it was 70 minutes long, I let out an internal scream.) To its credit, 13 Reasons Why takes the concerns of young adults seriously. But it also heightens and exaggerates them for dramatic effect, which can make all those mined-from-the-real-world worries seem like the stuff of soap operas."
- Season 2 jumps through too many hoops to keep Katherine Langford prominent even though Hannah's story was told last season
- Season 2 sacrifices the momentum associated with Season 1's structure
- 13 Reasons Why is still relevant: No teen drama tackles dark themes this well
- 13 Reasons Why delivers a satisfying, self-aware season after a slow start
- Negative reviews of Season 2 are missing the point
- Read the disclaimer warning some viewers not to watch Season 2
- Season 2 features a punk-influenced sound in response to the teens being a bit angrier
- Showrunner Brian Yorkey explains why Season 2 isn't a response to the #MeToo movement