WIGS (www.watchwigs.com and www.youtube.com/wigs), the No. 1 channel for scripted drama on YouTube, announced today the return of two of its most acclaimed series, BLUE, starring Julia Stiles (The Bourne Ultimatum), and LAUREN, starring Troian Bellisario (PRETTY LITTLE LIARS) and Jennifer Beals (THE L WORD, Flashdance). The channel also is announcing new series PALOMA, written and directed by Stiles, and starring Grace Gummer (Gigantic, Margin Call).
Returning with 26 all-new episodes, Season Two of BLUE will debut Friday, March 15 (9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT) on WIGS, with the release of the first seven all-new episodes. More new episodes will be made available on Fridays: March 22, March 29 and April 5. The award-winning series stars Stiles as the title character, a single mother trying to protect her son from the consequences of her secret career as an upscale escort. Written and directed by WIGS co-creator Rodrigo Garcia (Albert Nobbs, IN TREATMENT) BLUE also features Mark Consuelos (ALL MY CHILDREN), Holly Robinson Peete (MIKE & MOLLY, HANGIN' WITH MR. COOPER), Uriah Shelton (THE GLADES), Kathleen Quinlan (Apollo 13), Carla Gallo (BONES, MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE) and James Morrison (REVENGE, 24). Karen Graci is co-writer on the series. Watch the Season Two trailer for BLUE below:
Season Two of LAUREN, scheduled to return with all-new episodes in spring of 2013, will continue to explore the consequences of dealing with sexual assault in the military. Troian Bellisario and Jennifer Beals will return as “Lauren” and “Major Jo Stone,” respectively. The series also features Bradley Whitford (THE WEST WING), Raymond Cruz (LOS AMERICANS), Sean Harmon (NCIS), Mykelti Williamson (JUSTIFIED, 24, Forrest Gump), Justine Ezarik (YouTube channel iJustine) and Sarah Jones (VEGAS, ALCATRAZ) who will be reprising her self-titled role as a military veteran from WIGS series Kendra. WIGS co-creator Jon Avnet (Black Swan, Fried Green Tomatoes, Risky Business) directed the 12 new episodes of the series, which is written by Writers Guild of America award nominee Jay Rodan.
New four-episode series PALOMA, also set to debut this spring, is written and directed by Stiles, marking her second WIGS project. PALOMA stars Gummer as a young woman dealing with the unpredictability of relationships, both in romance and in the workplace. The series also features Rhys Coiro (ENTOURAGE) and Garret Dillahunt (RAISING HOPE).
“We’re very excited about bringing Season Two of BLUE to the WIGS channel,” said Avnet. “Rodrigo’s work on BLUE with Julia Stiles is filled with surprises. LAUREN, starring Troian Bellasario and Jennifer Beals, again, digs much deeper into the characters and the impact this assault has on the lives of ‘Lauren’ and her fellow soldiers. Jay Rodan followed up on his WGA-award-nominated script with more powerful drama. I very much enjoyed having the opportunity to direct these screenplays with these actors.”
Added Garcia, “We’re looking forward to hearing what fans think of the new installments of these series but are hoping to introduce them to new viewers as well. The inability for content to ‘become old’ is one of the qualities intrinsic to the platform that drew Julia Stiles to WIGS. As a writer, director and actress on the channel, she is a huge advocate for us and we’re truly blessed to have her amongst our talented cast and crew on both BLUE and PALOMA.”
“The consumer feedback has been inspiring, and we expect this season to be even more spectacular than the first,” said Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, Senior Vice President, Multi-Platform Programming at FOX. “We’re thrilled to be supporting Rodrigo Garcia and Jon Avnet as they continue to trailblaze with this important endeavor.”
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