13 Reasons WhyLatest News and Opinion
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"
"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?
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
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 6:17PM EDT
Netflix cancels 13 Reasons Why premiere event after Santa Fe High School shooting
Season 2 of the teen Netflix series, which premiered today, includes a storyline on a thwarted school shooting. Netflix decided to cancel an event tonight celebrating the Season 2 premiere after a 17-year-old allegedly opened fire this morning at a high school in southeast Texas, killing nine students and one teacher. "Our hearts are with the victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting, and with all victims of gun violence. In light of today's tragedy, we are canceling the 13 Reasons Why S2 premiere event tonight," said Netflix in a statement. Season 1 of the controversial series set up a few threads revolving around gun violence that were to be continued in Season 2.
Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 1:23PM EDT
13 Reasons Why introduces a very dramatic Season 2 trailer
When the second season of the Netflix teen series premieres on May 18, it'll be a courtroom drama -- in addition to being a high school soap opera, suicide revenge fantasy and conspiracy thriller.
Posted Thursday 5/03/18 at 12:55PM EDT
Stranger Things, 13 Reasons Why and Riverdale lead MTV Movie & TV Awards nominations
This Is Us, which led last year's nominations with four nods, was completely shut out this year.
Posted Thursday 5/03/18 at 12:55PM EDT
13 Reasons Why releases "super intense" Season 2 photos
The first look pictures include the trial from the upcoming season, premiering May 18.
Posted Tuesday 5/01/18 at 1:51PM EDT
13 Reasons Why will not have another suicide in Season 2
Serial sexual assault will be at the center of the second season, says creator Brian Yorkey.
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 8:42PM EDT
13 Reasons Why Season 2 arrives on May 18
Watch the polaroid-filled Netflix "Date Announcement."
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 6:42AM EDT
13 Reasons Why is poised for a Season 3 pickup
While the teen series hasn't been formally renewed, it has secured the high school it films in for another season of filming.
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 11:33PM EDT
13 Reasons Why actor Ross Butler, 27, explains why he waited until his mid-twenties to start dating
“I think you need to take time to focus on yourself, especially in your early- to mid-20s,” Butler, who also starred on Riverdale, tells Cosmopolitan. “I wanted to be emotionally set and get my career going before I got into anything serious.”
Posted Wednesday 4/04/18 at 5:25PM EDT
Parents TV Council urges Netflix to delay 13 Reasons Why's second season
The conservative watchdog group commended Netflix for the steps it's taking to help parents and teens after comissioning a Northwestern University study on the show's affects on its young viewers. But the PTC urged Netflix to take additional safeguards and to not release Season 2 until "experts in the scientific community have determined it to be safe for consumption by an audience that is comprised heavily of minor children."