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‘You’ Season 2 Moving to Netflix from Lifetime


Fans of TV distribution switches, voiceovers from psychopathic obsessives, and Penn Badgley’s face are getting a nice Christmas present: “You” Season 2 is coming to Netflix.

The streaming service announced that the Greg Berlanti/Sera Gamble-developed Lifetime series based on the Caroline Kepnes novel of the same name would be continuing with a Season 2 made directly for Netflix, rather than through the cable network.

“You” stars Penn Badgley as Joe, an unassuming bookstore manager who begins an unhealthy obsession after a chance encounter with Beck (Elizabeth Lail), a customer. The audience can hear Joe’s thoughts and twisted rationales as he ingratiates himself with Beck’s inner circle and makes some dangerous leaps in logic and legality in order to clear a path to steal her affections. The series also featured a later-season role from John Stamos as Beck’s therapist.

The series was renewed for a Season 2 earlier this summer, before the show premiered in the beginning of September. The move to Netflix is understandable in part due to Berlanti’s existing relationship with the platform, which also distributes the Berlanti-produced “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.”

As Indiewire’s Liz Shannon Miller wrote in her positive A- review of the series back in September, “It speaks to the thing that’s all too true in life: the hero of a story might, from a different perspective, really be a villain. The more we get to know about Joe, the more we know to be afraid of him, but we also see where he’s coming from. It’s dangerous… but sometimes, danger can be an exciting thing. It’s all too easy to get hooked.”

To celebrate the announcement, Netflix released a new trailer for the series:

For those who may have missed the series’ 10-episode first season of “You,” it will be available to Netflix subscribers on the platform beginning December 26.

‘You’ Moves From Lifetime to Netflix for Season 2


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.”

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.

“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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‘Stargirl’: Anjelika Washington Joins DC Universe Series in Mystery Role


The “Stargirl” galaxy is expanding, with Anjelika Washington joining the DC Universe streaming service show as a series regular, it was announced Friday.

Though Washington’s role is being kept under wraps for now, she will play a “familiar” DC Comics character, according to series executive producer and writer Geoff Johns. Washington joins Brec Bassinger, who was cast as the title character in September.

“Anjelika Washington is a bright, funny and unbelievably talented actor and I’m thrilled to have her join the cast alongside Brec,” said Johns in a statement. “We’re withholding the character she’s playing for now, but it’ll be one familiar to DC Comics fans!”

“Stargirl” follows high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore (Bassinger), who inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to stop the villains of the past. The show will feature a new take on the Justice Society of America, DC Comics’ first superhero team created by editor Sheldon Mayer and writer Gardner Fox in 1940. The team has since been rebooted several times, most notably for a 2006-2011 version written by Johns that featured Stargirl as a mentor to other young heroes — including Johns creations Cyclone and Lightning.

From Berlanti Productions and Mad Ghost Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, “Stargirl” is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns and Sarah Schechter. Johns, who created Stargirl for DC Comics in 1999 as a tribute to his late sister, is writing the first episode.

Washington previously starred opposite John Hawkes in the Amazon pilot “The Legend of Master Legend,” guest-starred this year on Showtime’s “Shameless” and the CBS series “Young Sheldon,” and appeared in the Go90 web series “Versus.”

She’s repped by Innovative Artists and Haven Entertainment.

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‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’: Why the CW Underdog Is Television’s Most Delightful Series


This fall, “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” star Dominic Purcell offered a withering indictment of the first season in an Instagram post — namely, that it “sucked.” This was not an uncommon opinion of the series when it initially launched in 2016. But it meant something coming from Purcell, who still plays Mick Rory on what has become, in Season 4, the most flat-out enjoyable show on television.

However, Purcell clarified that while the first season of the time travel adventure show “was a dud” and he “wanted off it,” the second season season was “a genius master stroke” by the writers, who realized they could “have fun with it.”

Much like Purcell, fans have come to embrace the beautiful strangeness of “Legends.” It’s just one of the 14 series on which uber-producer Greg Berlanti currently has his name, but the only one that brings together a revolving door of lower-tier characters drawn from DC Comics and seemingly random genre elements for some pure goofy fun. While the series technically belongs to the same universe as “Arrow,” “The Flash,” and “Supergirl,” it stands out from all those shows simply because, since the end of Season 1, everything has gone nuts.

This year, “Legends” will be sitting out the annual high-profile crossover that brings together the rest of the DC/CW universe — instead, “we will essentially be crossing over with ourselves,” according to showrunner Keto Shimizu. Star Caity Lotz told TV Line that it’s going to be “insane” — which is legitimately saying something with this series, which has been insane from the outset.

[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers up to “Legends of Tomorrow” Season 4, Episode 1, “The Virgin Gary.”]

On “Legends of Tomorrow,” an episode about what happens when Helen of Troy gets accidentally transported to 1930s Hollywood just isn’t crazy enough, so on top of that, two characters also swap brains and one of them ends up hitting on Hedy Lamarr. An episode-long tribute to Steven Spielberg’s “E.T.” also made time to recreate the “Good Morning” tap number from “Singin’ In the Rain.” After a major character dies in Season 3, the rest of the team goes through grief therapy with a puppet. (Oh, and the “therapist” is a doppelgänger version of a former teammate of theirs from an alternate Earth.) It all makes exactly the right amount of sense.

“Legends of Tomorrow” cast the two stars of Fox’s “Prison Break” as series regulars, and then had Wentworth Miller’s character say, “This isn’t my first prison break” in an episode. A giant gorilla travels back in time to kill a young Barack Obama, and it’s not even the most bizarre element of that episode, entitled “Guest Starring John Noble as Himself,” which does in fact feature “Lord of the Rings” star John Noble as himself. And any attempt to explain what happens in the Season 3 finale is basically impossible, except to note that the GIFs involved are flat-out bonkers.

While Purcell may not have loved his time on the show initially, the series had an anarchist bent from the beginning, bringing together an eclectic mix of characters that included criminals, assassins, a science professor, and two people reincarnated from Egyptian times who had hawk powers. But Hawkman and Hawkgirl weren’t that fun, in the long run, and were written off the show at the end of Season 1, as part of the show’s ongoing belief in reinvention. As producer Phil Klemmer said at the beginning of Season 3 during the Television Critics Association press tour, “every season was meant to feel like a fresh, crazy start.”

This has meant an ongoing commitment to introducing new elements as the show continues, with Season 4 incorporating the character of wizard John Constantine (Matt Ryan, reprising his role from the canceled NBC series after previous appearances on both “Legends” and “Arrow”) as a more regular presence. This comes as the show also brings in other weird curveballs, which the show uses as a chance to acknowledge with a cheeky aside to an iconic CW series: “People do like the supernatural,” Ray (Brandon Routh) observes.

DC's Legends of Tomorrow -- "The Virgin Gary" -- Image Number: LGN401b_0382b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary, Tala Ashe as Zari, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave and Nick Zano as Nate Heywood/Steel -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Caity Lotz, Tala Ashe, Dominic Purcell, and Nick Zano in “Legends of Tomorrow.”

Dean Buscher/The CW

Season 4, which premiered Monday, brought the gang to Woodstock, introduced a murderous unicorn, and cast Biff from “Back to the Future” as Nate’s (Nick Zano) dad. It also continued the show’s lovely commitment to exploring these characters and their lives, which remain authentic despite the backdrop of time travel and various other strangeness.

The show succeeds not only because the writers are having a crazy amount of fun writing it — it’s that they’re not having fun for fun’s sake, and that this never compromises an affection for “Legend’s” unique ensemble, which relishes its characters for their quirks. It’s also openly progressive: Like the rest of the DC/CW universe, the show features LGBT characters, but in particular here bisexuality — male and female — is as ingrained in the fabric of the universe as the characters’ superpowers.

Above all else, “Legends of Tomorrow” proves that a show can enjoy wild plot twists while delivering empathetic storytelling that keeps viewers engaged. It might take a few episodes of “Legends” to settle into its rhythms and appreciate what it has pulled off — a show being made by people who hope you enjoy watching it as much as they enjoy making it.

Plenty of other comic book-inspired shows have the market cornered on the grim and gritty approach (even if those in the Netflix/Marvel universe might be on the brink of vanishing right now). Meanwhile, “Legends” is worth relishing, for everything it’s achieved and everything it might bring us in the future.

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Greg Berlanti, Shawn Levy Team Up to Produce Film Adaptation of Hit Musical ‘Be More Chill’


Greg Berlanti’s shingle Berlanti Productions and Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps Entertainment have been brought on to produce a film version of the Broadway-bound musical “Be More Chill.”

“Be More Chill” asks the question, what if popularity came in a pill? Would you take it, no questions asked? According to the show’s website, in “Be More Chill,” achieving the “perfect life” is now possible thanks to some mysterious new technology — but it comes at a cost that’s not as easy to swallow.

It follows a bullied high school junior Jeremy Heere, who feels like an outcast and tries to improve his social status. With a father who is so depressed he won’t even put on pants, Jeremy is persuaded to take a pill called a SQUIP that will help make him cool. The pill has a computer chip that embeds itself into the brain and tells kids what to do. The pill works, but leads to issues of conformity, mind control and Mountain Dew.

The musical, which is headed to Broadway with opening night set for March 2019, has become a sensation among young audiences since the regional production’s cast album went viral and the off-Broadway production sold out.

The book for the musical, based on a novel by Ned Vizzini, was written by Joe Tracz, with music and lyrics by Joe Iconis.

For the film adaptation, setting the project up at a studio will be the next step.

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TV Drama ‘Kung Fu’ From Albert Kim, Greg Berlanti Lands at Fox


Fox has given a put pilot commitment to the drama “Kung Fu” from writer Albert Kim and Berlanti Productions.

The hour-long procedural centers on a young Chinese-American woman who inherits her father’s kung fu studio, only to discover it’s actually a secret center dedicated to helping members of the Chinatown community who have nowhere else to turn.

With the help of a former star pupil — a smart and driven ex-Marine — she vows to continue the school’s mission, and in the process discovers things she never knew about her cultural background and family’s heritage… including a connection to a legendary ancestor.

Kim, who most recently served as executive producer on Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow,” will write the pilot and executive produce alongside Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter.

The project hails from Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions.

Kim is represented by ICM Partners and attorney Jeff Frankel. Berlanti and Schechter are represented by WME and attorney Patti Felker.

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