‘You’ Moves From Lifetime to Netflix for Season 2

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Instead of coming back to Lifetime for its second season (despite being renewed by the cable network before it even debuted in September), Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble’s new drama “You” will return on Netflix.

No premiere date has been set for Season 2 of the Penn Badgley-led series. The first year of the drama will be made available on the streamer Dec. 26.

“Lifetime had an incredible experience working with Greg Bertlanti, Sera Gamble and the entire team on ‘You’ for season one,” a spokesperson for the cable network said in a statement to TheWrap Monday. “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.”

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Though Lifetime is losing that scripted series, the cable network notes it has new show “American Princess” set for 2019 and plans to ramp up its original movie slate.

Here’s the official description for the show’s first season: From executive producers/writers Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble, and based on Caroline Kepnes’ best-selling novel of the same name, “You” is a 21st century love story about an obsessive, yet brilliant twentysomething who uses the hyper connectivity of today’s technology to make the woman of his dreams fall in love with him. “What would you do for love?” When a brilliant bookstore manager crosses paths with an aspiring writer, his answer becomes clear: anything. Using the Internet and social media as his tools to gather the most intimate of details and get close to her, a charming and awkward crush quickly becomes obsession as he quietly and strategically removes every obstacle — and person — in his way.

Season 1 starred Badgley, Elizabeth Lail, Luca Padovan, Zach Cherry and Shay Mitchell and special guest star John Stamos.

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“You” is executive produced by Berlanti, Gamble, Sarah Schechter, Leslie Morgenstein, Gina Girolamo and Marcos Siega. The series hails from Berlanti Productions, Man Sewing Dinosaur and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television.

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How Penn Badgley’s ‘You’ Stalker Became a ‘Twisted’ Version of His ‘Gossip Girl’ Character

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Lifetime’s “You” is a twisted stalker thriller that takes its cues from romantic heroes of the past and will have viewers questioning the behavior of every nice guy they’ve ever encountered.

In the drama from co-creators Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble, Penn Badgley takes the nice-guy character that he embodied so effectively on “Gossip Girl” to its most warped extremes. The man trying to win the affections of a woman becomes an obsessive, manipulative, menacing nightmare. But to the outside world, he’s the same lonely boy just trying to get the girl.

“Yesterday we were at an interview and [Badgley] called this character the meta-progression of Dan Humphrey, which is hilarious,” Gamble said in an interview with TheWrap. “[Both characters are] people who are slightly outsider, observing even more intensely than other people realize. In that sense there’s certainly a through-line.”

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But beyond Badgley’s involvement, the two shows could not be more different. While the teen drama “Gossip Girl” fully bought into the ideas of romance and male heroism, “You,” based on the novel by Caroline Kepnes, dissects them, revealing their most toxic and harmful outcomes.

The story at the center of “You” is told from the perspective of Penn Badgley’s character, Joe Goldberg, a charming, seemingly harmless book store clerk who instantly develops an obsession with Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail), a young writer who just wanted to buy a book. His behavior quickly escalates from creepy to dangerous as he tries to manipulate her into a relationship.

“There’s something so addictive and sticky and conflicting about being inside Joe Goldberg’s head, in the book,” said Gamble. Like the source novel, “You” is told primarily from Joe’s point of view, heavily employing voiceover narration to delve into Joe’s psyche.

And as viewers hear more and more of the character’s innermost thoughts, Dan Humphrey won’t be the only one called to mind.

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“Joe has a twisted mind, but he’s not operating with alien concepts. He watched the same shows that you did, he read the same books,” said Gamble. “He internalized what it means to be a ‘good man’ and a romantic hero, and he’s willing to swing a hammer at someone’s head to protect the woman he loves.”

In the era of #MeToo, when the longstanding dynamics between men and women are being closely examined and called into question, “You” feels “eerily timely,” as Gamble puts it.

But Kepnes’ novel was published long before men like Harvey Weinstein and Louis C.K. were publicly disgraced, and Gamble’s show was already in production by the time the movement began in earnest.

“This is not a new conversation in the world,” she said. “This treatment of women in the world, and the problematic stuff between the genders that’s at the forefront of the #MeToo movement, that’s been going on since long before any of us were born. I just wanted to be a part of a show that tackles it in an interesting way.”

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Expect those ideas to be mined even further in the show’s second season, which was picked up by Lifetime months ahead of Sunday’s series premiere. Based on the second book in the series by Kepnes (“I think she’s got a third on the way too, but I don’t want to pressure her too much”), the show will move to Hollywood for its next outing.

“I want to get to see inside characters, so I can try to understand where they’re coming from, why things happen the way they do,” Gamble said.

“These cultural ideas are toxic for all of us. They’re hurting all of us. It’s not like men are just hanging out and everything is perfect for them. This is hurtful all the way around.”

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“You” premieres on Lifetime Sunday, Sept. 9 at 10/9c.

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Greg Berlanti’s ‘You’ Gets Season 2 Renewal From Lifetime Ahead of Series Premiere

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Lifetime has handed an early renewal to the psychological thriller “You,” the network announced on Thursday.

The news comes more than a month ahead of the series premiere of the drama co-created by Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble.

Starring “Gossip Girl” alum Penn Badgley and “Once Upon a Time’s” Elizabeth Lail, the series follows an obsessive, yet brilliant twentysomething who uses the hyper-connectivity of today’s technology to make the woman of his dreams fall in love with him. It is set to premiere on Lifetime on Sunday, Sept. 9.

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“You,” an adaptation of the Caroline Kepnes novel of the same name, hails from Berlanti Productions and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television and A&E Studios. Berlanti, Gamble, Sarah Schechter, Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo serve as executive producers.

The California Film Commission announced last month that a potential second season of the drama, produced by Warner Horizon Scripted Television, would receive $6.1 million in tax credits for relocating production from New York to California, setting the stage for Thursday’s announcement.

In addition, Lifetime also revealed Thursday that it had ordered two spinoffs of the reality series “Married at First Sight.” Produced by Kinetic Entertainment, “Married at First Sight: Honeymoon Island” and “Married at First Sight: Happily Ever After” are slated to premiere this fall.

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Lifetime’s All-Women Showrunners Talk Creating a Safe Workplace in the #MeToo Era

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Lifetime’s scripted programming slate boasts the notable achievement of being made up entirely of shows created by and run by women, and in the #MeToo era, those women say it makes a difference in the work environment.

“We absolutely have created a safe space in our writers room, on our set and with our actors,” said “UnReal” showrunner Stacy Rukeyser at the Television Critics Association press tour on Sunday. “[But] when you’ve got a couple hundred people working on a show, stuff comes up.

“I am really proud of the way that we have handled things, and our studio and our network have been incredibly supportive,” she said.

Rukeyser was appearing on a panel alongside the network’s other female showrunners and creators, including “UnReal” co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, “Mary Kills People’s” Tara Armstrong, “You” showrunner Sera Gamble and “American Princess” creator Jamie Denbo.

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“There’s such a spectrum of behavior that we’re talking about. The illegal acts that are being exposed, it’s easy to know what to do about those,” Rukeyser said. But when it comes to the less clear-cut cases, things get tricky.

“Dan Harmon’s apology, for example, I thought was incredible because he was willing to talk about how he feels about women in general. And he said, ‘None of this would have been possible if I had any respect for women,’” Rukeyser said. “And I was shocked by that, so grateful that he was saying it out loud, because now at least we can start from a place of truth.”

Echoing Rukeyser, Gamble said that it’s not just objectionable actions, but people’s attitude toward women in general — and its cumulative effect over time — can have a silencing and ostracizing effect.

“It’s really the microaggressions,” she said. “The small ways that things are over explained, the way credit is dispensed in a room. I think there are small slights that happen in unevolved rooms and places, and over time that does wear people down. It silences them.”

But Gamble cautioned that “unconscious bias is something that’s not limited to any one gender. And I think this movement has to go so far beyond women.”

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“The men are nervous, and I’m so sorry that they are, but there’s a consciousness that’s coming with a pre-thought situation,” Denbo said, noting that women tend to be more tentative in offering their opinions or otherwise asserting themselves in the workplace.

“We have been thinking before we speak for a really long f–ing time, so maybe it’s your turn?”

When asked what specific steps they’ve taken on their shows to create a work environment safer and more comfortable for women, Rukesyer said she views it as her obligation to lift up others in the business.

Shapiro said “UnReal” has instituted a policy in its writer’s room that calls for all voices to “amplify each other,” meaning young, new voices are given their due and credit is assigned appropriately.

“I believe that when you foster that vibe in a room, you just get the best work,” added Armstrong.

Denbo, for her part, will take a different approach on her show: “We’re just going to install a policy where you jack off before you come to work. Never at work.”

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Lifetime has ordered psychological thriller “You” to series, the network announced Thursday.

“‘You’ is the most twisted love story ever,” said Liz Gateley, EVP and Head of Programming for Lifetime, in a statement. “A romantic thriller centered around a relationship between two people that gets taken too far, the series explores the line between passion and obsession. In the amazingly talented hands of Greg and Sera, we know this project will be special.”

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