“Save the Last Dance,” “10 Things I Hate About You,” and the Jason Bourne film series actress, Julia Stiles, is returning for a role most people missed; YouTube actress, according to The Atlantic on March 5. On March 6 Fox released a press release announcing Stiles will return to her fans in the form of a YouTube series on the WIGS channel; which is the equivalent of the Lifetime channel for YouTube. “Blue” is focused on the “double-life” story of an escort named Blue, played by Julia. The press release also announced that Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) “entered into a multi-year pact with WIGS.” This partnership will allow for greater recognition of the YouTube channel.
Stiles’s character is a single mother who works in a cubicle during the day. At night she “moonlights as a prostitute” for extra income. Like anyone would in the business; the two lives are kept separate. There are twelve episodes produced so far, many of which carry a “50 Shades of Grey” theme where the men want to act out certain BDSM style encounters. However, WIGS wants to point out that this is “fairly low-key and sub-R” because the main focus is on Blue and how she manages her life. The end of the series left-off with her son catching her in a web of lies. Season two promises to pick up where that left off as well as show Blue facings some "real-life" issue.
According to YouTube, WIGS is the “#1 channel for scripted drama…bringing high-end, original series, short films, and documentaries, all starring female leads." Season one went largely unnoticed in mainstream media; until Stiles and her supporting actors starting discussing it in interviews. Entertainment Weekly published an article in their March 8 edition titled, “The New Face of YouTube” which discusses how production companies are taking to YouTube in the same manner self-published authors take to Amazon Kindle.
Supporting actors include Uriah Shelton, David Harbour, Joel McKinnon Miller, James Morrison, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Kathleen Quinlan, and Sarah Paulson.
Season two of “Blue” begins March 15 with twenty-six all new episodes. Episode one will be released at 9 a.m. EST. For more information check out the WIGS website.
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