Youth & Consequences

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Youth & Consequences
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Genre
Created byJason Ubaldi
Written byJason Ubaldi
Starring
Composer(s)
  • WAZ
  • Jamie Jackson
  • Al Sgro
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Jesse Hara
  • Tom Spriggs
  • Anna Akana
  • Jason Ubaldi
  • Nicholas Pepper
  • Mark Gordon
  • Blair Singer
  • Wendy Stanzler (ep. 1 & 2)
CinematographyJohn Wakayama Carey
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time26–34 minutes
Production company(s)The Mark Gordon Company
Release
Original networkYouTube Red
Picture format4K (UHDTV)
Original releaseMarch 7, 2018 (2018-03-07)

Youth & Consequences is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Jason Ubaldi and starring Anna Akana, Sean Grandillo, and Piper Curda. It premiered on March 7, 2018, on YouTube Red. Executive producers included Ubaldi and Akana, alongside Mark Gordon, Nick Pepper, Blair Singer, Tom Spriggs and Jesse Hara. On June 30, 2018, Akana confirmed on her Twitter account that the series would not return for a second season.

Premise[edit]

Youth & Consequences follows "powerful teen trendsetter Farrah Cutney, who is the queen of Central Rochester High struggling to keep her place in the firmament of power as rivals rise all around her".[1]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

  • Mike Gray as Ilo Hampton
  • Moses Storm as Hook
  • Marcia Cross as Principal Cowher
  • Sumalee Montano as Kate Cutney
  • Brando White as Will
  • Ashley Parker as Hannah
  • Karan Brar as Dipankar Gosh
  • Abigail Snarr as Kendra
  • Melanie Nelson as Superintendent Moorehead
  • Allie Rae Treharne as Hope
  • Jennifer Grzybowski as Lynn
  • Austin Grant as Tripp
  • Cary Elwes as Joel Cutney
  • Gabriel Eckert as Gabe
  • Tristan B. Johnson as Jack
  • Darien Willardson as Brandon Swain

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"The Hanging Chadwick: Part 1"Wendey StanzlerJason UbaldiMarch 7, 2018 (2018-03-07)
2"The Hanging Chadwick: Part 2"Wendey StanzlerJason UbaldiMarch 7, 2018 (2018-03-07)
3"Gender Fluidity"Anya AdamsJason UbaldiMarch 7, 2018 (2018-03-07)
4"Wednesday Night Lights"Anya AdamsJason UbaldiMarch 7, 2018 (2018-03-07)
5"Narc-ish"Tessa HoffeJason UbaldiMarch 7, 2018 (2018-03-07)
6"Tiger Strong"Tessa HoffeJason UbaldiMarch 7, 2018 (2018-03-07)
7"Crotch Riot"Kimberly McCulloughJason UbaldiMarch 7, 2018 (2018-03-07)
8"The Fall From Grace"Kimberly McCulloughJason UbaldiMarch 7, 2018 (2018-03-07)

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On October 18, 2017, it was announced that YouTube had given the production a series order to consist of a first season of eight half hour episodes. Anna Akana and Jason Ubaldi began developing the series with YouTube in January 2017 through its partnership with the Sundance Institute. Ubaldi created and wrote the series, with Akana executive producing. The Mark Gordon Company is producing the show, with Gordon signed on to executive produce alongside Nick Pepper, Blair Singer, Tom Spriggs and Jesse Hara. Singer will serve as the series' showrunner and Wendey Stanzler is set to direct the pilot episode.[2][3] On June 30, 2018, series lead Anna Akana confirmed on her Twitter account that the series would not return for a second season.[4]

Casting[edit]

Alongside the initial series announcement, it was reported that Akana would play the series' lead role of Farrah Cutney. Other actors set for the main cast include Sean Grandillo, Katie Sarife, Kara Royster, Sophie Reynolds, Piper Curda, and Savannah Jayde. It was also announced that Marcia Cross would join the cast in a recurring capacity and Cary Elwes would appear in a guest role.[2][3] On December 19, 2017, it was announced that Moses Storm had joined the series in the recurring role of Hook.[1]

Filming[edit]

Production for the first season took place in Ogden, Utah between August and September 2017. Scenes taking place at school were filmed at Ogden High School. It was reported that if further seasons of the show were produced then filming would occur at the school during summer months only.[5]

The Ogden School District received $67,500 for letting the production film at Ogden High School. The payment was set to be split, with $37,500 going to the district and the rest going directly to the high school.[6]

Music[edit]

The series' score was composed by husband-wife composing duo Waz and Jamie Jackson, known as WAZ-Jackson. The pair spent three months working on the show from October to December 2017. The composers have mentioned how showrunner Jason Ubaldi managed to create characters with multiple dimensions. Wanting to reflect that, Waz and Jackson decided to write the score in such a manner as to support all of those layers through an array of different musical genres. Given that much of the show takes place in a high school, they used the driving energy of a marching band drumline to keep the momentum going from scene to scene. They also used modern electronic percussion, vibes, and mellotron to keep the show's sound youthful and quirky. When heartfelt moments would occur in the storyline, they were supported by ethereal piano, synth, and electric guitar pieces. Unlike other series that WAZ-Jackson have scored, Youth & Consequences was ordered straight-to-series. This meant that while they were developing the overall musical sound for the show in the pilot episode, they were also sent episodes 102 and 103 as well. Given that the composing process for the show was moving at such a rapid pace the duo brought Al Sgro on board to help with the score.[7]

Release[edit]

Marketing[edit]

On January 13, 2018, the series' producers appeared at the annual Television Critics Association's winter press tour during a panel discussion of the show. Akana was reported as having said, "I think the thing that drew me to the script the most was that her motivations to the audience are never really clear. Jason did a beautiful job of using the Mean Girls construct for you to kind of wonder, 'Is she self-serving or is she actually serving an agenda that's for other people?' I think that's the beauty of the complexity in a high school story — is that people's motivations aren't necessarily purely selfish or purely for someone else."[8]

On February 7, 2018, YouTube released the first clip from the series and a collection of still images.[9] A few days later on February 12, the series' first teaser trailer was released[10] and a few days after that YouTube released the full-length trailer and announced a premiere date of March 7, 2018.[11]

Premiere[edit]

On February 28, 2018, the series held a screening event in Los Angeles, California.[12]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

In a positive review, Common Sense Media's Joyce Slaton praised the series saying, "Circling around a power-hungry school clique, this teen dramedy is intriguing, mean-spirited and entertaining all at once." She went on to say, "The unkindness and less-than-positive messages may convince parents to keep this one on the do-not-watch list. But as a sort of dark high school-set Dangerous Liaisons, Youth & Consequences hits the mark and may soon make converts of new viewers. "[13]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2018 Streamy Awards Acting in a Drama Anna Akana Won [14][15]
Drama Series Youth & Consequences Nominated [14][16]
2019 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Digital Drama Series Youth & Consequences Pending [17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Petski, Denise (December 19, 2017). "'Cobra Kai' Casts Vanessa Rubio; Moses Storm In 'Youth & Consequences'". Deadline. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Jarvey, Natalie (October 18, 2017). "YouTube Red Sets Cast for Mark Gordon-Produced 'Youth & Consequences'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Weiss, Geoff (October 18, 2017). "Anna Akana To Headline YouTube Red Teen Dramedy 'Youth & Consequences' - Tubefilter". Tubefilter. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  4. ^ Akana, Anna [@AnnaAkana] (June 30, 2018). "Unfortunately we didn't get renewed!" (Tweet). Retrieved July 17, 2018 – via Twitter.
  5. ^ Burleson, Anna (August 17, 2017). "Web series filming at Ogden High School for several weeks". Standard-Examiner. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  6. ^ Burleson, Anna (August 22, 2017). "Ogden schools get $67,500 payment for filming crew's use of Ogden High". Standard-Examiner. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  7. ^ Moore, Dan (February 28, 2018). "Composing duo WAZ-Jackson talks scoring upcoming Life Sentence and Youth & Consequences - Nerd Reactor". Nerd Reactor. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  8. ^ Blyth, Antonia (January 13, 2018). "YouTube 'Youth & Consequences' Star Anna Akana: Young Vloggers Are Too Focused On Fame — TCA". Deadline. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  9. ^ Keene, Allison (February 7, 2018). "Exclusive: First 'Youth & Consequences' Clip Reveals Anna Akana's YouTube Red Series". Collider. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  10. ^ Rearick, Lauren (February 14, 2018). "This New TV Show Is Perfect for Every "Mean Girls" Fan". Teen Vogue. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (February 15, 2018). "'Youth & Consequences' Trailer: Anna Akana Takes Control In YouTube's Teen Dramedy". Deadline. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  12. ^ "YouTube Red Originals Series "Youth & Consequences" Screening Event". Getty Images. February 28, 2018. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  13. ^ Slaton, Joyce. "Youth & Consequences - TV Review". Common Sense Media. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  14. ^ a b Ramos, Dino-Ray (September 25, 2018). "Streamy Awards Unveils Nominations; YouTube Named Distribution Partner". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  15. ^ Schaffstall, Katherine (October 22, 2018). "Influencer Campaign - Streamy Awards 2018: Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  16. ^ Haring, Bruce (October 21, 2018). "Streamy Awards Honor 24 Winners In Prelims To 8th Annual Event". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  17. ^ Mistretta, Amy (2019-03-20). "2019 Daytime Emmy Award Nominations Announced". Soaps.com. Retrieved 2019-03-21.

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