Totally for Teens

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Totally for Teens
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Title card
Format Comedy
Created by Derrick Beckles
Sabrina Saccoccio
Starring Derrick Beckles
Leo Fitzpatrick
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 1
Production
Executive producer(s) Derrick Beckles
Vernon Chatman
Ari Fishman
Running time 12 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Adult Swim
Picture format 16:9 HDTV
Original airing January 19, 2011 (2011-01-19)

Totally for Teens (also known as The Best of Totally for Teens or Totally 4 Teens) is an American television series created by and starring Derrick Beckles for Cartoon Network's late night programing block, Adult Swim.

The pilot episode for Totally for Teens eventually aired on Adult Swim's "DVR theater" on January 19, 2011. It is currently unknown if Totally for Teens will be picked up for further episodes. However, it was recently revealed that the concept for the series was re-developed and a new series will air in 2013 and will be produced by Abso Lutely Productions. ALP was responsible for three other Adult Swim series: Check it Out! with Dr. Steve Brule and The Eric Andre Show and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. ALP also did the IFC Series Comedy Bang Bang.

Production[edit]

Filmed in Brooklyn, New York,[1] the pilot episode for Totally for Teens was written and produced by Derrick Beckles, who also starred in it.[2] Produced alongside Ari Fishman (a producer on The Daily Show from 2000-2005) and directed by Chris Grismer, Totally for Teens ran for approximately 12 minutes, and was released on January 6, 2009.[1] It has not been aired, and its future status remains unknown. However, Comedy Central has shown interest in the show, and Beckles has been contacted by several actors interested in working with him if it were to be picked up.[3] Totally for Teens has had regular screenings at Street Carnage's "Monster Island",[4] and Derrick has played it on comedy tours.

Summary[edit]

Described as a low quality, live-action retro after school show,[5] Totally for Teens is a parody of shows marketed for the teen demographic, which utilizes "teen lingo" and "teen styled" wardrobes.[6]

In an interview with the Tea Party Boston, Beckles himself describes the Totally for Teens and his role in it as being "this teen show that never existed; basically I’m trying to give these teens the worst set of ethics and morals possible."[3] The show features several clips from various vintage footage, one of which is a rap duo Riff Raff, who perform a song "D-I-S-E-A-S-E", which is about practicing safety against the contraction of AIDS in front of their classroom as part of an assignment, from a 1987 educational film.[7] It also stars Leo Fitzpatrick as a cross dressing drug dealer, named "Mookie". Derrick is shown holding a lit cigarette, despite his opposition in real life as part of the Truth.com campaign, and in show as he attempts to dissuade a teenage boy against smoking. Street Carnage itself has called Totally for Teens a "warped teen show meets hyperactive video editing meets equal parts obnoxiousness and genius".[4]

Cast[edit]

Name Character(s)
Derrick Beckles Himself
Leo Fitzpatrick Mookie
Ted Shumaker Announcer
Marlee Roberts Christian Teen

Pilot episode[edit]

# Title Original air date Production
code
1 "Pilot" January 19, 2011 101
The show begins with advertisements from "Drastic Pickles", which are pickles marketed for teens. Host Derrick appears in front of an audience of children, and begins by announcing what will precede over the course of the recording, which includes a performance by Good Charlotte. His first guest is the teen pop sensation Teen Insecurity, a girl modeled after the pop princess archetype. Upon interview, Teen Insecurity's negative perception of herself manifests into a floating flaming head. It features a skit with the 1991 Miss Teenage North America Pageant contestants, who act out buying and using drugs in an effort to inform the teens of potential death by "drugacide". This leads to one contestant to becoming ill, and forces the other girls to seek out "good drugs" to fight off the effects of "bad drugs" by contacting their friend Mookie, who promptly leaves. Later in the show, Derrick confronts a teenager interested in smoking by revealing to him the kind of person he would become by choosing to smoke or not to, and the teenager embarks on a existential journey with both of his future selves. The pilot ends with the fictional quadriplegic musician Broken Promises' song playing over the credits.

Release[edit]

Totally for Teens was released on DVD as part of Adult Swim in a Box on October 29, 2009,[8] on an extra DVD of Adult Swim pilots, along with Cheyenne Cinnamon and the Fantabulous Unicorn of Sugar Town Candy Fudge, Korgoth of Barbaria, Welcome to Eltingville, and the pilot episode of Perfect Hair Forever. The pilots DVD was re-released alone in June 2010.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Totally for Teens". IMDb. 1990–2010. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Medley, Mark (July 10, 2010). "Terrible is Gorgeous: the found-video movement that displays an ‘authentic affection’ for the detritus of popular culture". National Post. National Post Inc. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Rohr, Matt (May 29, 2010). "Derrick Beckles Works It All Out: TV Carnage invades BLVD". Tea Party Boston. Retrieved 25 September 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b McInnes, Kyle (January 6, 2009). "Pinky Made a T.V. Show". Street Carnage. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  5. ^ Latchem, John (October 20, 2009). "Adult Swim in a Box (DVD Review)". Home Media Magazine. Questex Media Group LLC. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  6. ^ Azevedo, Jeremy (November 2, 2009). "Adult Swim In A Box". Crave Online. Evolve Media Corp. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  7. ^ Hatcher et al., p. 13.
  8. ^ Emily (December 5, 2009). "Adult Swim – Adult Swim In A Box DVD Set". Freshness Magazine. Creative Corp. Company. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  9. ^ Adult Swim Pilots DVD overview at adultswimshop.com

Sources[edit]

  • Hatcher, RA; Hughes, MS (Nov–Dec 1988). "The truth about condoms". SIECUS report (U.S. National Library of Medicine) 17 (1-8). ISSN 0091-3995. OCLC 112602410. 

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