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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 Thursday 1/17/19 at 6:19PM EST
Netflix says You is on track to be watched by 40 million member households, but should we trust their viewership figures?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The streaming service revealed some viewership data on You, Sex Education, Elite and Bodyguard. Netflix said both You -- which attracted about 1 million viewers on Lifetime -- and Sex Education are each on pace to be watched by 40 million member households within a month. But as The Hollywood Reporter notes, "the numbers for You and Sex Education are projections from Netflix, and they don't correspond directly with Nielsen ratings for traditional TV." Netflix also said Bodyguard was watched by 10 million households, while Elite was viewed by more than 20 million households. As James Poniewozik points out, we don't really know the details of Netflix's viewership numbers. "I'm not saying that streaming services' self-reported numbers are false," tweeted Poniewozik. "They may be 100% right! They may not. They may be true but cherrypicked. They may be true with an asterisk. We don't know--which is the point. But just to be clear: 40 million households watching a TV show--without explanatory context--implies that it is more popular than any TV show since the height of the three-network era before cable. Which, if a Lifetime show did that, congrats! Or maybe there is further context!"
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 Wednesday 1/02/19 at 10:27AM EST
Shay Mitchell reveals she suffered a miscarriage
The You star and Pretty Little Liars alum reflected on her difficult 2018 in a New Year's Day Instagram Story.
Posted Monday 12/03/18 at 5:56PM EST
Greg Berlanti on You's move from Lifetime to Netflix: "This just feels like a really great story to tell with the Netflix model"
"It was always built to be extremely binge-able," executive producer Berlanti says of the Penn Badgley-led psychological thriller that Lifetime renewed before reneging on a second season. Berlanti says the move makes sense since You is considered a Netflix original outside of the United States. When did he find out that Lifetime was backing out of You? "A little before it became public," he tells Vulture. "But I think the stars have aligned for the show in that there was no pause for us creatively. We had been full steam ahead for season two. We just switched tracks to Netflix, and I think that’s healthy and good for the show." Berlanti doesn't expect changes now that You is no longer on a cable network with commercials: "The show will stay fundamentally the same. Yeah, we can take a few things to the next level, but I do think that we have been telling the story we set out to tell. This is the exact level of crazy we want to be at going into season two."
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 11/12/18 at 10:33AM EST
You boss explains the shocking Season 1 finale
Source: Entertainment Weekly
"Everything is on the table," says executive producer Sera Gamble. "If there is a better way to get there, we would do it. We wanted to make sure that we went on the whole journey, because there are all of these little openings and possibilities for other endings."
Posted Saturday 10/13/18 at 3:11AM EDT
TV has built a world where white males are the protagonists of the story, from CBS crime procedurals to antihero dramas
The fall of Les Moonves and the recent premiere of Lifetime's You -- which attempts to subvert the white male viewpoint -- have helped to hammer home the point that a lot of television has been told from the white male point of view. "Straight white men in America are taught that they are the protagonist of the story from birth. Their number includes me — I’ve always intuitively understood myself as the protagonist too," says Todd VanDerWerff. "And this mindset has only become more ingrained in the past 20 years. Under Moonves, CBS became America’s most powerful network, but also went from broadcasting shows like Murphy Brown and Designing Women to mostly being a place where women were corpses, whose murders were solved largely by steely, determined men, with occasional help from quippy female sidekicks." VanDerWerff adds that "over the past 20 years, no network has had a worse record of telling stories centered on characters who aren’t straight white men than CBS, a trend the network has only finally broken this fall. What does it say about a culture when by far its most popular television network is dominated by shows where women serve primarily as support systems, quirky comic relief, and victims?" Antihero shows like Mad Men, The Sopranos, Breaking Bad and The Shield have also helped fuel the narrative that white males can take whatever they want. "The best antihero dramas of the early 2000s, like the best great films of the ’70s, were cautionary tales, deeply moral stories about how, in some ways, the men at the center of them stood in for an America — or at least a white male America — that couldn’t stop gobbling up everything it saw," says VanDerWerff. "The shows suggested, always, that even if their protagonists didn’t get their comeuppance onscreen, it was coming, unless they could change their ways. Only a handful of those protagonists, most notably Mad Men’s Don Draper, eventually came close to doing so. But even now, these shows leave open the question of just how we’re supposed to grapple with the idea that many viewers will always see them as instruction manuals, or as validation of dangerous ideals. What are the takeaways for an audience that doesn’t want to dig into the moral and ethical nuance of The Sopranos and just wants to see Tony whack more enemies, or that believes Skyler White is the true villain of Breaking Bad?"
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"