‘You’ is a psychological thriller television series that initially aired on Lifetime, first premiering on September 9, 2018. Netflix made the show available internationally on December 26, 2018. However, the show only managed to attract limited viewership on Lifetime but has become a raging hit on Netflix. The show has been created by Greg Berlanti, known for his work on ‘Riverdale’, and Sera Gamble, known for her work on ‘Supernatural’. The series is entirely based on the 2014 novel of the same name, written by Caroline Kepnes.
The Penn Badgley-starer has wowed and engulfed the audience in anticipation with its psychologically thrilling storyline and cast. The show is produced by Berlanti Productions, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Horizon Television, and A+E Studios. Ryan Lindenberg, Adria Lang, and Jason Sokoloff are the acting producers, while Marcos Siega, Gina Girolamo, Les Morgenstein, Sarah Schechter, Sera Gamble, Greg Berlanti, and Lee Toland Krieger serve as the executive producers of the show.
The series centers around a clever bookstore manager who falls for a woman who walks into his store and develops obsessional tendencies, being forced to fall back on his internet know-how to try and make her fall in love with him. As we already mentioned, the series has an excellently strong international fan base. However, what is even more remarkable is the fact that critics have absolutely loved the show, praising it for the drama and trashy entertainment, while at the same time, outlining the dangers of social media. It is the kind of show that is likely to get under your skin and remain there for some time. Moreover, the show has also been praised for juxtaposing the romantic industrial complex that glamorizes certain traits and characteristics of love, with the darker side that exists to it.
You Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of ‘You’ includes the actor of ‘Gossip Girl‘-fame Penn Badgley as the main protagonist of the series, Joe Goldberg, who is a bookstore manager obsessed with an aspiring writer and attempts to deftly eliminate every obstacle that comes his way in his quest to win her love. Elizabeth Lail of ‘Once Upon a Time’ comes in as Joe’s crush, Guinevere Beck. She is part of the MFA program at NYU and catches Joe’s attention. There are several other supporting characters who appear in the show, but the main story revolves around these two, and the others just add more flavor to the thrilling tale.
In the upcoming season, Badgley will be reprising his role as Joe. Lail will not be returning, after her character (spoiler alert) is killed by Joe at the end of the initial season. Instead, the cast will almost be entirely new in the upcoming season as the story is likely to shift to Los Angeles, instead of taking place in New York. The new faces are Victoria Pedretti, known for playing the character of Nell in ‘The Haunting of Hill House‘, plays the role of Love Quinn, a health guru unsatisfied with her job as she is an aspiring chef. She is disenchanted with social media and happens to be grieving when she meets Joe and senses he has lost someone as well. Other members include James Scully of ‘Heathers’ fame playing the role of Love’s troubled brother, Forty Quinn. Jenna Ortega known best for her role in ‘Jane the Virgin‘ appears in the role of Ellie Alves, a street smart teenager. Ambyr Childers, known for her performance in ‘Ray Donovan‘, returns to play Candace, Joe’s ex-girlfriend. She will feature much more prominently here. Carmela Zumbado appears as Delilah Alves, an investigative reporter with a nose for the truth. It appears as though we are in for another thrilling season as we see how Joe copes with his actions and the transition to a new place.