The road to adulthood is messy, imperfect, and unkind. Media depictions of adolescence tend to rule these realities out, or otherwise forgoes depicting representation of this demographic at all. But the truth is, sanitizing the experience does not hide the mistakes and many questions that will inevitably be made along the way.Continue reading “‘Inbetween Girl’ Shows How Maturity Sometimes Means Accepting Your Mess”
Today, Universal just announced that they are moving forward with a new SYFY series called Astrid and Lilly Save the World.
To star in the show, SYFY has tapped two rising stars, Filipina Canadian actress Jana Morrison will play Astrid, and coming with her for the ride is fellow Canadian singer/songwriter/actress Samantha Aucoin.Continue reading “New SYFY Series ‘Astrid and Lilly Save the World’ Stars Jana Morrison and Samantha Aucoin”
Never Have I Ever returns this week for its sophomore season, and it seems like our protagonist, Indian American teenager Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), has not learned her lesson from last season on how to be a better person. As shown in the trailers, the second season starts with Devi having to deal with two romantic suitors — Paxton Hall-Yoshida (Darren Barnet) and Ben Gross (Jared Lewison) — and attempting to juggle them both. Of course we know it will lead to heartbreak for the trio and leaves Devi in a really difficult place trying to make things right. There were many times I felt aggravated watching Devi make mistake after mistake and felt like she was never really growing as a person. The thing is, nobody is perfect and as annoying as Devi is when mistakes are made, Never Have I Ever still finds a way to make it as charming and relatable as possible.Continue reading “‘Never Have I Ever’ Charms as it Deals with Grief and Growing Up”
Get ready to fall in love with the next best DJ in The Disney Channel’s Original Movie Spin.
Directed by Manjari Makijany, the film follows Indian American teen Rhea who lives a pretty normal life that revolves around her eclectic group of friends, Molly, Watson and Ginger, her after-school coding club, her family’s Indian restaurant, and her tight-knit, multi-generational family, which includes her father Arvind, younger brother Rohan and her grandmother Asha.Continue reading “Get Ready to Meet the Family in The Disney Channel Original Movie ‘Spin’”
The Kissing Booth 3 stars Joey King, Joel Courtney, Jacob Elordi, Taylor Zakhar Perez, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Meganne Young, and Molly Ringwald. The hit Netflix trilogy is based on The Kissing Booth books by Beth Reekles. The new film will begin streaming on August 11. Check out the new trailer and images that Netflix has released below!Continue reading “Watch the Official Trailer for Netflix’s ‘The Kissing Booth 3’”
Netflix has just shared the poster for The Kissing Booth 3, which stars Joey King, Jacob Elordi, and Joel Courtney. It reads, “The end of an era. The beginning of everything else.” Are you ready to see how the beloved Netflix trilogy ends? Mark your calendars for August 11.Continue reading “Take a Look at the Official Poster for Netflix’s ‘The Kissing Booth 3’”
Credit where credit is due, Disney Channel has been making really good strides to tell multicultural and diverse stories for the past decade or so, arguably more than we see in most Hollywood films. Looking back at movies like Johnny Tsunami, or cartoons like American Dragon: Jake Long and Proud Family, and even more recent shows like Andi Mack, and you can’t help but give them props for casting POCs as leads and actually making those leads’ cultures central to the stories they’re trying to tell. And their upcoming movie, Spin is no exception.Continue reading “Trailer for Disney Channel’s ‘Spin’ Drops the Beat”
With the events from last season of Never Have I Ever, we last left Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) making out with Ben (Jaren Lewison) in the car post-scattering her dad’s ashes in the ocean. Paxton (Darren Barnet) was also trying to get ahold of Devi to tell her how he really felt about her. This season, we see Devi trying to figure out her feelings for the two.Continue reading “‘Never Have I Ever’ Season 2 Trailer Ups the Stakes”
HBO Max’s hit show Genera+ion is finally coming back this Pride month! Season 1 is finishing up its second half, starting with episode 9 today!
The NOC got to talk to some of the cast in anticipation of the second half’s premiere, including Lukita Maxwell, aka Delilah herself! Delilah had one of the most shocking and tear-jerking plotlines during the first half of the season, and I got to (virtually) sit down and talk with Lukita about it as well as what we can expect to see when the show returns.Continue reading “Lukita Maxwell on That Shocking ‘Genera+ion’ Finale”
The NOC is celebrating Pride month as loud as we can, and as part of that celebration, I got to sit down (virtually of course) with Nathanya Alexander, one of the stars of Genera+ion! Nathanya plays Arianna, the bold and perhaps a little too honest member of the gang.Continue reading “Nathanya Alexander on How ‘Genera+ion’ Speaks to Gen Z”
June 16 marked the two year anniversary of HBO’s hit drama, Euphoria. The first season debuted in June 16, 2019 and the season finale followed in August. To hold fans over until season 2, the show returned with two special episodes that aired in December 2020 and January 2021. The talented cast includes Zendaya, Hunter Schafer, Jacob Elordi, Algee Smith, and Sydney Sweeney.Continue reading “Zendaya Teases the Return of HBO’s ‘Euphoria’”
“Hostile Witness” shows events from (approximately) October 3rd, 1993, 1994, and 1995. For the remainder of this recap, we will be getting into heavy spoilers; so only continue reading if you’ve seen episode 1×10 of Cruel Summer.Continue reading “NOC Recap: The ‘Cruel Summer’ Season Finale Wraps Everything Up and Then Blows It All Up Again”
HBO Max’s Gossip Girl premieres on July 8, but that hasn’t stopped the icon from giving us some new content as we continue to count down the days. Jordan Alexander, Eli Brown, Thomas Doherty, Tavi Gevinson, Emily Alyn Lind, Evan Mock, Zion Moreno, Whitney Peak, and Savannah Lee Smith will be bringing the new generation of New York private school teens to life, which includes getting spotted by Gossip Girl.Continue reading “‘Gossip Girl’ Has Spotted Some New Faces”
“Proof” shows events from (approximately) August 30th, 1993, 1994, and 1995. For the remainder of this recap, we will be getting into heavy spoilers; so only continue reading if you’ve seen episode 1×08 of Cruel Summer.Continue reading “NOC Recap: ‘Cruel Summer’ Episode 8 Reveals Some Shocking and Interesting Missing Events to the Story”
My earliest memories of my elementary and middle school Scholastic Book Fairs saw massive collections of R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps, loads of nonsensical ’90s tech, and the burgeoning mystery genre before it really took off in young adult literature. Super hero graphic novels were almost nonexistent for kids and teenagers in school spaces in the late ’90s and early 2000s, so it goes without saying that best-selling author Justin A. Reynolds (Opposite of Always) and Eisner-nominated artist Pablo Leon’s Miles Morales: Shock Waves is a gift to the teen in me.Continue reading “Scholastic’s ‘Miles Morales: Shock Waves’ is Exactly What My Inner Teen Needed”
Oh, high school.
For a lot of us, it was both the best time of our lives, and a waking nightmare. But that’s part of what makes the high school experience so interesting to look back on, and why shows like Genera+ion are so entertaining.Continue reading “Here’s the Trailer & Key Art for HBO Max’s ‘Genera+ion’ Returning June 17”
Kuhoo Verma and Victoria Moroles star in the Hulu Original film, Plan B. The upcoming teen comedy was directed by Natalie Morales and written by Prathi Srinivasan and Joshua Levy. Plan B premieres on May 28!Continue reading “NOC Interview: Kuhoo Verma and Victoria Moroles Discuss Hulu’s ‘Plan B’”
Love, Victor season 2 returns just in time for Pride Month!
We last left season one with Victor (Michael Cimino) coming out in front of his entire family. We didn’t get to see his parents’ reaction, but now, we open season two with the aftermath of coming out. The popular teen dramedy returns with newly out of the closet Victor entering his junior year at Creekwood High.Continue reading “‘Love, Victor’ Returns Just In Time For Pride Month”
Nathaniel Ashton portrays Ben on Freeform’s newest hit drama. I got to speak with the actor about all things Cruel Summer, including episode 6, “An Ocean Inside Me,” so beware: we will be getting into spoilers. New episodes of the psychological thriller air Tuesdays at 10 PM EDT/PDT on Freeform and are available the next day on Hulu.Continue reading “NOC Interview: Nathaniel Ashton Talks Being Ben on ‘Cruel Summer’”
Universal Pictures has finally released the trailer to the anticipated film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen. Ben Platt returns to reprise his Broadway role as the troubled teen, Evan Hansen.Continue reading “‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Film Adaptation’s Emotional Trailer Will Be Found Here”
“As The Carny Gods Intended” shows events from (approximately) July 29th, 1993, 1994, and 1995. For the remainder of this recap, we will be getting into heavy spoilers; so only continue reading if you’ve seen episode 1×05 of Cruel Summer.Continue reading “NOC Recap: ‘Cruel Summer’ Episode 5 is a Tangled Web of Twisted Games”
Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut plays Ashley Wallis in Freeform’s highly anticipated new drama, Cruel Summer. Ashley Wallis is Kate’s stepsister and Rod’s daughter. I got to speak with the actress all about the series and episode 4, “You Don’t Hunt, You Don’t Eat,” so beware: we will be getting into spoilers. New episodes of the series air Tuesdays at 10 PM EDT/PDT on Freeform and are available the next day on Hulu.Continue reading “NOC Interview: Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut on Everything ‘Cruel Summer’”
It’s about time we have a sex-fueled teen adventure comedy starring an Asian woman, particularly a South Asian woman. Most of the tween/teen shows have been surrounded by East or Southeast Asian leads and South Asians teens not getting their chance to be horny. Sure, we have Netflix’s Never Have I Ever, which is excellent, but that seems to be it. Also, depictions of South Asian teens have been stuck in a bubble where they are always the straight-laced high school girl who does want to get in trouble, but in the end, decides not to act on it.Continue reading “Hulu’s Teen Sex Comedy ‘Plan B’ Trailer Has Women of Color Leading the Charge”