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Posted Tuesday 10/16/18 at 7:23PM EDT
Netflix boasts how it boosted the Instagram follower counts of its stars
The streaming service unveiled a chart showing how its stars like 13 Reasons Why's Katherine Langford and Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo and Finn Wolfhard's Instagram follower counts soared into the millions thanks to starring on Netflix shows. "When our service helps our talent develop huge fan bases (from small followings to over 10 million Instagram followers), we can attract the best talent in the world. This explosive growth in popularity is a good indicator that our shows and stars are breaking out around the planet," Netflix said in a shareholder letter.
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 3:56AM EDT
13 Reasons Why producers noticed "eerie" parallels with the Kavanaugh hearings
Executive producer Kristel Laiblin first noticed the similarities, saying the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford reminded her of Season 1. “When Dr. Ford was explaining what happened to her in that room, six people that day said, ‘I kept thinking of that scene with Jessica on your show in Season 1,'” she said. “And me too — and that’s all I can picture when I see (Ford) and their teen pictures. All I can think of is, that hallway, that room, those people. And Mark Judge, Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford. And it was eerie.” ALSO: 13 Reasons Why's Anne Winters wants to see the show tackle abortion in Season 3.
Posted Friday 9/07/18 at 5:04PM EDT
13 Reasons Why promotes Brenda Strong and Timothy Granaderos
They will become series regulars in Season 3 of the Netflix teen series. Strong recurred as Bryce's mom in Season 2. Granaderos recurred as Monty in Seasons 1 and 2.
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 10:40PM EDT
13 Reasons Why stars score major pay raises for Season 3
The core eight stars of the Netflix high school drama will each get a raise as filming for Season 3 begins. Deadline reports Dylan Minnette will be the highest-paid actor, earning $200,000 per episode. The other seven core cast members will earn $135,000 an episode, with their salary going up to $150,000 if the show is renewed for Season 4.
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.