EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Series Pilot Headed To YouTube Red

The streaming service continues its quest for prestige programming.

If, like us, you loved 2016 coming-of-age comedy Edge of Seventeen, you’ll be at least curious about this news. YouTube Red (the paid part of YouTube) has ordered a pilot for a TV version of the film, to be written by Annabel Oakes (Transparent, Atypical) and executive-produced by the film’s writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig.

The show is currently being described as a “spinoff,” but none of the original cast will return. YouTube says the show will “subvert standard teen show tropes” as it follows a high-school student and her best friend through the trials and tribulations of being a high school student and a teenager. 

I can’t thinking that, given the quality of Edge of Seventeen, its TV adaptation deserves better than YouTube Red. The service has yet to produce a true breakout hit, instead leveraging the personalities and trends that make ordinary YouTube stars and channels so successful. That said, I’ve heard decent things about its Karate Kid spinoff Cobra Kai, and the service did buy Bodied, one of my favourite films of 2017, so maybe I need to be a little less judgemental about it.

And after all: the YouTube audience is largely made up of teens, i.e. the natural audience for Edge of Seventeen. So maybe YouTube’s a good home for it. Provided those teens pay for Red, of course.