Milo Ventimiglia, James Frey to Debut New Series on Verizon's Go90 (Exclusive)

Milo Ventimiglia - P 2015
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Milo Ventimiglia - P 2015

'Relationship Status' follows the lives of 30 young people in New York and Los Angeles as they navigate love and friendships.

Verizon's go90 will become the home of a new scripted series about love and friendships from digital network StyleHaul and executive producers James Frey and Milo Ventimiglia

Relationship Status will premiere this spring exclusively on the streaming video app. The dramedy will use the lens of social media to follow the interweaving lives of 30 some young people living in New York and Los Angeles. Among those starring are Shawn Ashmore (X Men: Days of Future Past) and Ventimiglia (Heroes). 

Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum (Mistresses) will direct from a script by Celine Geiger (The Lying Game). Full Fathom Five's Frey and Todd Cohen and DiVide Pictures' Ventimiglia and Russ Cundiff are producing alongside StyleHaul

Ventimiglia explains that the series has a fluency in digital and delves into what it's like to connect with people in the modern age of online dating, mobile phones and social networking. "There was a moment when I first read the script where I honestly felt like Celine had a window into my own life," he says. "The stories she was telling and the interwoven moments were plucked out of my different relationships and my own digital life." 

Because of the nature of the stories that Relationship Status will tell, Ventimiglia adds that it was meant for a digital platform like go90. He says he hopes to release the entire series at once to allow people to watch it in one sitting or to view episodes multiple times to catch all the ways that the many characters are connected.

"It had to be on digital," he says. "Ten or 15 years ago it would have been an independent film, but nowadays there is no shortage of places to show and tell your stories. That's exciting." 

The expansive cast also includes Emma Bell (The Walking Dead), Molly Burnett (Days Of Our Lives), Patrick Carlyle (A To Z), Emrhys Cooper (Vanity), Brant Daugherty (Pretty Little Liars), Brett Davern (Awkward), Willa Fitzgerald (Scream), McKinley Freeman (Hit The Floor), Andy Gala (New Girl), Michael Galante (Aquarius), Evan Gamble (The Vampire Diaries), Mimi Gianopulos (Baby Daddy), Nicholas Grava (The Mentalist), Julianna Guill (Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce), Kristen Gutoskie (Containment), Christine Ko (BFFs), Zoe Levin (Red Band Society), Alexa Losey (How To Survive High School), Missy Lynn (Vanity), Jes Macallan (Mistresses), Mekenna Melvin (Chuck), Tony Oller (The Purge), Alexis Rhee (Dr. Ken), Adam Rose (Veronica Mars), Brandon Mychal Smith (You’re The Worst), Karrueche Tran (Vanity), YouTube star Sam Tsui, Rita Volk (Faking It) and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks). 
"Celine's script does a phenomenal job of capturing the hilarity and complexity of dating in the digital age," said StyleHaul chief content officer Mia Goldwyn. "We’re thrilled to partner with Full Fathom Five and DiVide as well an extremely talented group of actors to bring this story to life on go90 platform."


Added Frey: "The effect the digital era has had on all of our relationships — how it conveniences them, complicates them, confuses them — is something I’ve wanted to explore through story for some time, taking full advantage of the very tools the story examines to tell the tale." 
Since launching in October, go90 has struck deals for exclusive content from a number of digital producers including StyleHaul, Funny or Die, Maker Studios and Endemol Beyond. The free, ad-supported app will also soon receive original content from Warner Music Group and Sony.