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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 Friday 6/08/18 at 11:16PM EDT
It costs $40 to dine at West Hollywood's Saved by the Bell-themed restaurant
The recently opened Saved by the Max is more than double the size of a similar pop-up restaurant that opened in Chicago two years ago. “I’m going to be popping in sporadically and showing up in full costume and character,” said Ed Alonzo, the magician and actor who played Max on the teen comedy. “Seeing me in the actual diner, dressed as Max, is very surreal for people."
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 10:08PM EDT
Freeform's Marvel teen series Cloak & Dagger offers a more conceptual aspect to the superhero story
The Marvel series about teenagers connected by their superpowers is more than just a moody teen drama, says Charles Pulliam-Moore. "Unlike a lot of Marvel’s other television shows, Cloak & Dagger is relatively light on the traditional comic book-y action, and because of that, the show instead focuses on a more conceptual aspect of their superpowers," he says. "When Tyrone and Tandy make physical contact with other people, they’re able to glimpse into their souls and see either their darkest fears or brightest hopes. Though the kids don’t initially understand what they’re doing, in time they come to use that particular aspect of their abilities to move through the world as more understanding, empathic people."
- Unlike other Marvel series, Cloak & Dagger challenges its white audience to look critically at preconceived views about the relationship between race and class
- Cloak & Dagger doesn't rush itself, a gutsy move for a weekly teen series hoping to capture the short attention span of young viewers
- Cloak & Dagger finds its identity and gives viewers a reason to invest after a rocky start
- Stars Aubrey Joseph and Olivia Holt recount their very unusual audition
- Executive producer Joe Pokaski explains how the characters, first introduced in 1982, were made relevant in 2018
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 Friday 6/01/18 at 11:47PM EDT
13 Reasons Why was still exploiting the teen audience it aimed to support in Season 2
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 5/23/18 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 Wednesday 5/23/18 at 2:17PM EDT
The Baby-Sitters Club may make a TV comeback
Plans are afoot to bring Ann M. Martin’s iconic fiction book series back to television. Her novels were originally adapted for HBO by Scholastic in the early 1990s. According to Deadline, "storylines of the episodic half-hour will focus on the entrepreneurial girls’ ventures and friendships, maneuvering the launch and success of their business while staving off competition and overcoming various growing pains along the way."
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 10:30PM EDT
Saved by the Bell ended 25 years ago today
Zack Morris, Kelly Kapowski, Jessie Spano, A.C. Slater and Samuel "Screech" Powers and Lisa Turtle graduated from Bayside High School on May 22, 1993 -- three days after the Beverly Hills, 90210 characters graduated from West Beverly Hills High.
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 Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
Zoey 101: Where is the cast now 10 years after the end of Nickelodeon tween show?
See how Jamie Lynn Spears and her co-stars have grown since the May 2008 series finale.
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 1:30PM EDT
Hailee Steinfeld's Edge of Seventeen is set to get a YouTube Red spinoff
The acclaimed 2016 coming-of-age film starring Steinfeld as a teenage outcast and Woody Harrelson as the teacher she confides in will be rebooted with a whole new cast for a YouTube Red pilot.
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 5:09PM EDT
The Inbetweeners stars reunite
James Buckle, star of the late 2000s coming-of-age British sitcom, tweeted a picture with the (joking?) caption: "Inbetweeners series 4 pre production meal."
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:57AM EDT
YouTube Red picks up action comedy pilot Wayne
On the 10-episode series, Sing Street star Mark McKenna plays a 15-year-old who is joined by his crush, played by Big Time Rush alum Ciara Bravo, on a gritty and bloody dirt bike journey "to take back the 1978 Pontiac Trans Am that was stolen from his father before he died."
Posted Thursday 4/19/18 at 1:54PM EDT
Hulu's PEN15 will have two 30-somethings play 13-year-old versions of themselves
Hulu has given a straight-to-series order for The Lonely Island-produced PEN15 -- as in "penis" -- starring adults Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle as middle school outcasts in the year 2000, surrounded by actual 13-year-olds. Erskine and Konkle, who also created the series, describe PEN15 as middle school as it really happened.
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Netflix has a first look at The Innocents, the British teen supernatural series
The Innocents follows a teenage runaway couple, one of whom has the ability to shape-shift. It premieres Aug. 24.