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Posted Tuesday 1/22/19 at 3:55PM EST
Penn Badgley reached out to a You viewer after he called out her tweet, resulting in fans attacking her
In a Today interview this morning, Badgley said his tweets two weeks ago responding to You fans who were romanticizing his character were "tongue and cheek." Badgley said he reached out to one You fan after he highlighted her tweet, saying: "I just wanted to check in and be like, 'Hey, I didn't realize...'" He added: "I was having fun, they were having fun, and I think what's funny is that people kind of jumped on the Joe train and were trolling her and it's like, 'No, wait! That's not what I intended at all.'"
Posted Tuesday 1/22/19 at 9:46AM EST
Greg Berlanti: You went from the least-watched to the most-watched TV show I've ever worked on
Source: The New York Times
“I’ve never had an experience that has been this delayed in television before,” says the mega-producer of You's massive success on Netflix after flailing on Lifetime. “The fact that it was rewarded by people actually watching made us feel we’re not crazy. We actually did make something that was really enjoyable and fun and a real ride for the audience.” He adds: It went from being one of the least-watched shows I’ve ever worked on and been most proud of — and I’m choosing to take Netflix at their word on this — to being the most-watched show I’ve ever worked on in 20-something years of being in the business."
Posted Saturday 1/19/19 at 6:13AM EST
Will You's massive Netflix popularity mark a major turning point for TV?
Source: The Washington Post
You becoming a smash hit on Netflix after barely generating buzz on Lifetime "is perhaps the most stark example yet of the iron grip Netflix has on younger viewers, and a fascinating case study for where the increasingly fractured future of TV is headed," says Emily Yahr. She adds: "For one thing, it shows basic cable channels that rely on scripted content are in for a uniquely tough road ahead. They don’t offer easy binge-watching like streaming services; they don’t have news or sports like broadcast networks; they can’t be R-rated like premium channels; and they don’t have the budget to cast, say, Julia Roberts (Amazon Prime’s Homecoming) or Emma Stone (Netflix’s Maniac). Plus, as former network executive Tom Nunan said, even if they could afford a major movie star, who knows whether their audience would watch?" Variety TV critic Daniel D'Addario perhaps put it best when he tweeted earlier this week: "The more I think about it, the more I think You flailing on Lifetime and being treated by the viewing public as a Netflix original is going to be remembered as a major turning point in what will shortly be a contraction of the TV industry." Penn Badgley, in an email to The Washington Post, says he wasn't stunned by differing reactions: "We’re grateful to Lifetime for being the gateway to getting the show made. We wouldn’t have been able to make the show without them, as far as I can tell,” Badgley said. “There is no sense of bewilderment that the show had one reaction while it was on Lifetime and another when it went to Netflix. The difference in viewership is obvious, and it’s indicative of so many different things, not the least of which is the way young people consume media.”
- Netflix removes the "shame-stink" of shows from female-oriented channels like CW, Lifetime and Freeform: "One thing Netflix clearly does is remove the shame-stink that still frustratingly afflicts channels targeted at moms, girlie-o’s and teens," tweets Emily Nussbaum. "(Girlie-o’s being a demographic category I just invented for all young or young-ish people who like funny arch warm neon things.) There have been a bunch of good & ambitious & entertaining shows on Lifetime, the CW, Freeform, ETC. but it’s way easier to get an audience to watch them en masse when they appear to be screening in a psychic multiplex."
Posted Wednesday 1/16/19 at 2:04PM EST
Millie Bobby Brown deletes her defense of Penn Badgley's creepy You character after backlash
“He’s not creepy. He’s in love with her, and it’s okay," the 14-year-old Stranger Things star said on her Instagram Stories. "So I’m obsessed with it, I’m binge-watching it, absolute banger, Netflix.” In another video, she said: "I know everybody’s going to say, ‘Uh, he’s a stalker, why would you support that?; No, like, he’s in love with her. And it’s just like, just watch the show and don’t judge me on my opinion.” Brown later deleted her Instagram Stories after criticism that she was romanticizing and normalizing abusive behavior.
Posted Wednesday 1/16/19 at 5:17AM EST
You's point is to showcase Penn Badgley as being hot, despite his objections
Source: The Cut
"When I first saw Badgley’s tweets telling fans not to get too horny over him, honestly my first thought was: 'Welp, too late,'" says E. J. Dickson. "As Joe, Badgley exudes the rumpled, self-effacing charm of a young John Cusack, or a pre-Esquire profile Miles Teller. (The fact that Joe is prone to wearing shirts that show off his chest hair doesn’t hurt, either.) He’s undeniably sexy, and that’s precisely the point: were he even slightly homelier, it’s unlikely that Beck would look past the myriad red flags that pop up like Whack-a-Moles during their first few dates together. Hot, charming people have a hell of a lot more privilege than bumbling, non-charismatic fuggos." Dickson adds: "In a twisted way, this dynamic makes You one of the first great romance stories of the post-#MeToo era. In light of the cultural conversation we’re having about consent and boundaries, we’re slowly coming to terms with the idea that obsession isn’t the same as infatuation, harassment isn’t the same as persistence, and wanting to save someone isn’t the same as loving them. And if Penn Badgley showing his chest hair is enough to help us do away with these problematic ideals once and for all, then so much the better." ALSO: You captures the hell of dating as a straight woman.
Posted Saturday 1/12/19 at 7:05AM EST
Lifetime's You is finally a buzzworthy show now that it's on Netflix
Source: The Ringer
The Penn Badgley-starring psychological thriller is the latest recipient of the Netflix bump. Even though You premiered on Lifetime on Sept. 9, it only began generating a lot of buzz after it was made available on Netflix on Dec. 26. That's why Badgley has spent the past few days responding to Twitter users who are wrongfully romanticizing his psychopathic character. In fact, You's ratings were so lackluster on Lifetime that a second season was unsustainable, which is why it will become a Netflix original series for Season 2. "It’s the exact same show, just on a different platform—and apparently, way more popular," says Alison Herman. You follows in the footsteps of shows like Breaking Bad and Riverdale that have found a larger audience on Netflix. Yet, says Herman, "as Netflix’s hold on our attention, and therefore the cultural conversation, has intensified, the relationship between networks and streaming has evolved from a mutually beneficial symbiosis into something more complicated...Why watch something live for the sake of a water cooler that doesn’t exist anymore when you know you can simply wait it out and take a show in on your own schedule?" Herman adds: "Lifetime’s role in bringing You to air seems fated to become a distant footnote in the show’s Wikipedia page and is already on its way to being buried under an avalanche of screenshots. A show skewering New York City millennials already feels more at home on an account five of them are sharing a password to than an old-school TV channel. In the process, You has become yet another data point in just how much power Netflix holds over the viewing habits of 2019 audiences, particularly younger ones."
Posted Thursday 1/10/19 at 1:34PM EST
Penn Badgley urges his fans to stop romanticizing his creepy You character
Source: ET Canada
Badgley has been responding to Twitter users who've expressed lust for his character, pointing out that he's a creepy murderer. ALSO: Badgley refused to make his You character "less creepy."
Posted Saturday 12/22/18 at 1:51AM EST
Penn Badgley calls out "privileged-a** white" actors who take on roles that should go to marginalized actors
Source: BuzzFeed News
“In reality, we have basically, like, privileged-a** white people playing everybody, and so we need to stop that," the You star tells Pink News when asked about controversies over non-trans actors taking on trans roles and white actors playing non-white roles. "In theory, in a totally just society, yeah, anybody can play anybody and that would be great,” he says. "But that’s not the world we live in. We live in a world that does not recognize virtually anyone outside of the white male or the beautiful white woman who has to be an object of desire and affection.”
Posted Monday 12/03/18 at 1:18PM EST
You jumps to Netflix for Season 2 after Lifetime reneges on its renewal
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Lifetime renewed the Penn Badgley psychological thriller stalker drama for a second season more than a month before its Season 1 premiere. The early renewal was due in part to You winning a Season 2 tax credit to move production from New York to Los Angeles. But Season 1 had a disappointing 611,000 live total viewers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "the lackluster ratings, paired with the fact that Lifetime did not own the Warner Horizon Scripted Television-produced drama, made a second season unsustainable for the cable network." Since Netflix already streamed You reruns, the streaming service has decided to pick it up as an original series. "Lifetime had an incredible experience working with Greg Berlanti, (showrunner) Sera Gamble and the entire team on You for season one," Lifetime said in a statement. "We wish the cast and crew the best as the series continues on at Netflix and can’t wait for the opportunity to work with the creative team again."
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 8:51PM EDT
Penn Badgley: When I said "I’ve literally been molested," I didn't mean I was actually molested
The Lifetime You star clarified his comments to The Daily Beast over the weekend, in which he said: "I’ve definitely been, I mean I don’t want to sound sensationalist, but I’ve literally been molested—just in the literal sense of the word—by many people in the moment." Badgley explained in a statement released to People magazine: "The point of my comment was not to confess a personal trauma. I was speaking about the way emotional and physical boundaries are violated for someone in the public eye, who is seen as an object of desire."
Posted Saturday 9/08/18 at 12:54AM EDT
You is a vicious thrill of a show whose only flaws are a lousy title and a badly timed premiere date
Source: The New York Times
"Lifetime’s new stalker drama, You, has two major flaws: Its name is near impossible to use in conversation or to Google in any meaningful capacity, and it is premiering Sept. 9 as part of the fall TV season rather than a few months ago, when it could have been the steamy summer show we needed," says Margaret Lyons of the new series starring Penn Badgley. "Other than that, You, based on Caroline Kepnes’s novel, is a vicious thrill; smart and mean in all the right ways, with a devilish sensibility and a clever, inviting pessimism, like the friend who wants you to sit in the back with her and make jokes. You rolls its eyes at trying-to-be-cool people the same way actual cool people do."
- Enjoyably unnerving, You offers a covert and compelling study of modern dating
- It's unclear if You is good, but it's absolutely bonkers in the way it teeters back and forth between tones
- You seems to be taking the “throw in so many plots that viewers won’t mind the bad ones” approach -- and it kinda works
- You recalls the sparky sensation of UnReal's first season, and the ways in which it was not built to last
- You would be more incisive if it forced genuine discomfort on viewers
- You was tailor-made for the #MeToo era
- Co-creator Sera Gamble and You novel author Caroline Kepnes wanted to hook viewers with a scene reminiscent of a Matthew McConaughey/Kate Hudson romcom
- Penn Badgley wanted to make sure You wasn't "this wildly irresponsible, escapist fantasy at the perfectly wrong time"
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 1:45PM EDT
Lifetime renews You starring Penn Badgley and Shay Mitchell ahead of series premiere
The Greg Berlanti-produced psychological thriller on obsession based on the Caroline Kepnes novel has been picked up for a second season. Season 1 premieres on Sept. 9. ALSO: Badgley says You is a social experiment/litmus test in wake of the #MeToo movement.
Posted Tuesday 4/10/18 at 1:35PM EDT
Penn Badgley plays an obsessed man seeking love in You official trailer
Based on Caroline Kepnes' novel, Badgley's upcoming psychological thriller TV series is described as a 21st century romantic story that asks the question "What would you do for love?" You premieres on Lifetime September 9.
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 3:05PM EDT
Lifetime is more than doubling its number of Christmas-themed movies as it tries to keep up with Hallmark Channel
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The cable network is expanding from six Christmas season movies last year to 14 this year, with a movie starring Toni Braxton as its centerpiece. Last year, Lifetime aired movies such as A Very Merry Toy Story, which re-teamed Holiday in Handcuffs stars Mario Lopez and Melissa Joan Hart.
Posted Friday 10/20/17 at 4:11AM EDT
Penn Badgley now thinks it’s “cool” that "I'm Gossip Girl"
Badgley declined to take part in Vanity Fair’s 10-year anniversary oral history of Gossip Girl that was published in August, and has previously expressed unhappiness with his association with The CW series. But in a new interview with TV Line, Badgley changed his tune. “You know what’s funny? I think I got that show the least out of anyone who was a part of it. I have to just admit that,” he says. “But I’m happy to wear that crown, so to speak. Like, yeah, OK. I’m Gossip Girl. That’s cool. I think the most honest thing I can say about it is that it’s very hard for anyone to have that much perspective about themselves.” ALSO: Blake Lively reacts to Jennifer Lawrence wanting to play Serena van der Woodsen.