YouTube Red Sets Cast for Mark Gordon-Produced 'Youth & Consequences'
Marcia Cross and Cary Elwes will guest-star in the teen dramedy, which stars Anna Akana.
YouTube Red has tapped a roster of young talent for its upcoming teen dramedy Youth & Consequences.
The eight-episode series, which YouTube star Anna Akana and creator Jason Ubaldi brought to the service earlier this year through its Sundance Institute | YouTube Creators Intensive, stars Akana, the creator of go90's Miss 2059, as Central Rochester High power broker Farrah Cutney, who will stop at nothing to maintain her power as her rivals rise. Joining Akana on the cast are Sean Grandillo (The Real O'Neals), Katie Sarife (Girl Meets World), Kara Royster (Pretty Little Liars), Sophie Reynolds (Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything), Piper Curda (I Didn't Do It) and Savannah Jayde (Cassandra French's Finishing School).
Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives) will guest-star in a recurring role as Central Rochester High's Principal Cowher and Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride) will guest-star as Joel Cutney.
Akana and Ubaldi began developing Youth & Consequences with YouTube in January 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 the uber-producer signed on to executive produce alongside Nick Pepper, Blair Singer, Tom Spriggs and Jesse Hara. Singer is serving as showrunner on the series, and Wendey Stanzler (You're the Worst) directed the first episode.
"We are thrilled to partner with The Mark Gordon Company, who have created some of the most charismatic and complex characters on television," YouTube global head of original content Susanne Daniels said Wednesday in a statement. "Their powerful storytelling, combined with this talented cast, is going to draw viewers into this riveting high school drama as these teens deal with the consequences of their decisions."
Added Gordon: "Youth & Consequences is a vivid, captivating series featuring layered characters and storylines that keep audiences guessing. We are proud to have assembled an incredibly talented and accomplished cast, and to partner with YouTube Red, which will be the ideal platform to bring this project to viewers who will surely identify with its universal theme of navigating the dramatic challenges of high school."
Youth & Consequences will debut on YouTube Red, the video-sharing website's $10-per-month subscription service, in 2018. It will join a slate of youth-centric programming such as rom-com series Single By 30, reality series Escape the Night and sci-fi film The Thinning. Other projects coming to YouTube Red include Doug Liman's Impulse, Step Up: High Water and Cobra Kai.
Akana is repped by UTA, The Coronel Group and Jackoway Tyerman. Grandillo is repped by APA. Sarife is repped by Innovative Artists and Link Entertainment. Royster is repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Myrna Lieberman Management. Reynolds is repped by Don Buchwald & Associates and Randy James Management. Curda is repped by APA and Curtis Talent Management. Jayde is repped by Abrams, Grandview and Ginsburg Daniels. Cross is repped by Gersh and manager John Carrabino. Elwes is repped by APA and Link Entertainment.