Based on the best-selling books by Jay Asher, Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why is perhaps one of the most talked about, controversial shows in recent memory, and now Netflix has decided to renew the hit teen drama for a second season after much speculation as to how the show’s writers and producers would plan on continuing the story.
As per a report from Deadline, a 13-episode second season is set to premiere in 2018 and will “pick up in the aftermath of Hannah Baker’s death and the start of the characters’ complicated journeys toward healing and recovery.” Early this morning, executive producer Selena Gomez took to social media to share the news with a short teaser trailer, along with the caption, “Their story isn’t over. Season 2 of #13ReasonsWhy is coming.”
The first season of 13 Reasons Why, a hit with both critics and audiences, follows teenager Clay Jensen as he returns home from school one day to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Enclosed within the package are cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush, who tragically committed suicide just two weeks earlier. On the tapes, Hannah chronicles the thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life, and why Clay might be one of them.
The show, which stars Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Kate Walsh, Brian D’Arcy, Derek Luke, Brandon Flynn, Justin Prentice, Alisha Boe, Christian Navarro, Miles Heizer, and Tommy Dorfman, drew a vast amount of controversy over its graphic depictions of suicide and sexual assault, resulting in more content warnings for viewers. However, Gomez, as well as the rest of 13 Reasons Why‘s cast and crew, have been quick to defend the show and its touchy subject matter.
How do you feel about Netflix renewing 13 Reasons Why for a second season? As someone who wouldn’t necessarily call themselves a big fan of television, I absolutely loved the first season and am thrilled to see how they decide to continue this intriguing, yet heart-wrenching story. The show shines a light on two very important topics that people are normally somewhat afraid to talk about, and I’m thrilled that it impacted people the way it did and prompted them to begin discussing these issues. Let us know your thoughts by leaving a note down below in the comments section.
Gaten Matarazzo’s new hidden camera ‘prank’ show for Netflix sounds extremely ill-advised
In a truly baffling, very ill-advised move, Netflix announced today that they’ve ordered to series a new “epic hidden-camera prank show” called Prank Encounters hosted by Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo.
While none of that right there sounds particularly troubling, it’s the so-called “terrifying and hilarious” plot of the show that has stirred up quite a bit of discourse on social media today, and rightfully so.
According to the show’s official logline, Prank Encounters “takes two complete strangers who each think they’re starting their first day at a new job. It’s business as usual until their paths collide and these part-time jobs turn into full-time nightmares.”
Frankly, I don’t even know where to begin with this shit and I could probably write a thousand words about what a Bad Fucking Idea™ this show is, but, for my sake and yours, I’ll keep my thoughts here short, sweet, and to the point: playing “pranks” on jobless people who think they’ve finally found employment for the “entertainment” of others is insanely mean-spirited and everybody involved with this project should be absolutely ashamed of themselves.
TV prank shows always have been and always will be pretty dumb, but this is just the worst of the worst right here and it’s bizarre to think that Netflix, which generally puts some fairly decent original content, thought this would be a good idea to begin with, and I truly hope the controversy Prank Encounters seems to have already sparked will make them rethink their most unfortunate decision to greenlight this garbage idea of a show.
UPDATE (10:00 p.m. PT, 6/17/19): A Netflix spokesperson reached out to Silver Screen Beat on Monday night with the following statement: “The pranks in Prank Encounters are spooky, supernatural, and over the top, and everyone had a great time. All participants came in with the expectation this was a one-day, hourly gig and everyone got paid for their time.”
Please give Meryl Streep a damn Emmy for her scream in the ‘Big Little Lies’ season 2 premiere
The season 2 premiere of Big Little Lies aired on HBO last night and it gave us this amazing clip of Mary Louise (Meryl Streep) screaming her fucking lungs out as Celeste (Nicole Kidman) and the twins look on in complete and utter horror. It’s a truly incredible and surprising moment in a season premiere that, while completely fine, was otherwise pretty uneventful, and the Television Academy needs to give Meryl her damn Emmy immediately.
Denis Villeneuve, director of ‘Dune’ the movie, will now direct ‘Dune’ the TV series for WarnerMedia
As if directing his own feature film adaptation of Dune wasn’t already enough, Denis Villeneuve has reportedly just signed on to direct the pilot episode for the upcoming series Dune: The Sisterhood, “a female-focused take” on Frank Herbert’s beloved sci-fi novel, according to THR.
Written by Jon Spaihts, the series will take place in the same universe as the book and “explores the future through the eyes of a mysterious order of women: the Bene Gesserit,” which is going to be fucking amazing because the Bene Gesserit are easily one of the most interesting aspects of Dune and most definitely deserve their own thing.
The report from THR continues: “Given abilities by their mastery of the body and the mind, the Bene Gesserit expertly weave through the feudal politics and intrigue of The Imperium, pursuing plans of their own that will ultimately lead them to the enigmatic planet Arrakis — known to its inhabitants as Dune.”
Oh, and hey, we even have a quote from Villeneuve himself: “The Bene Gesserit have always been fascinating to me. Focusing a series around that powerful order of women seemed not only relevant and inspiring but a dynamic setting for the television series,” the director said in a statement.
No word yet on when we can expect to see Dune: The Sisterhood hit WarnerMedia’s streaming service, but I’d imagine it’s going to be quite some time as I’m sure Villeneuve will be knee-deep in his work on the feature film version of Dune for at least part of the foreseeable future.