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Last night, Awkward.‘s supersized season premiere proved double the pleasure, double the stun with a couple pregnancy scares, a death, lots of Jamara canoodling, and one truly unfortunate YOLO-inspired tattoo on Matty’s upper thigh.
Beau Mirchoff, who plays Matty, and Molly Tarlov (the show’s main mean girl Sadie) told EW that last night’s episodes were just the tip of the iceberg for the show, which will chronicle the gang’s junior year in season 3. Though Mirchoff and Tarlov acknowledged their characters will find themselves in some unexpected places over the next 18 episodes, there’s one predictable outcome that will comfort fans: Matty will be showing off his six-pack as much as possible. Read on…
When Awkward. wrapped up last September, the gang had finished their sophomore year: Jenna (Ashley Rickards) had resolved her mommy issues and DTR’d with Matty (Beau Mirchoff). Jenna’s BFF Tamara (Jillian Rose Reed) and ex-boyfriend Jake (Brett Davern) were sparking en route to a European class trip with TMI-prone guidance counselor Valerie (Desi Lydic), who’s been putting the pal in Vice Principal since an unexpected promotion. And, for just a moment, it seemed all would be well in Palos Verdes. Not so fast!
Tonight’s season opener (a two-episode kickstart to this year’s supersized 20-episode run) is called “Cha-Cha-Cha-Changes” for a reason. “A lot has changed, and a lot will change,” Rickards tells EW. “Last season was about change, and this season is deciphering if that change is the change you want. It’s figuring out ‘Where does the past fit into the present, and where does the future work with where I am now?’”
Series creator Lauren Iungerich agrees that season 3 will see the teens embarking on a more introspective phase of their lives. “This season is junior year, where you start to think about college. It’s the Thursday night of high school,” she says. “You have to start really thinking about your future. So this season is really examining ‘Who do I want to be?’ With that comes a lot of complication for Jenna and the rest of the characters.” READ FULL STORY »
Bonjour and welcome to the first webisode of the third season of Awkward. The show’s season premiere is still days away (April 16), but MTV is down with the many youths, and EW staffers, who love the show, and is releasing a series of short clips to hype the new episodes.
In the first, we learn that school counselor Val is back from a “whirlwind tour of Europe” (she brought back a straw hat!) and is excited to give a group of incoming freshman the same treatment. Except this tour mostly just involves Val caring, like, a lot about the social lives of her students. Remember that lunch table where Jenna, Ming, and Tamara all sit?
Fun fact: There’s a lot of cringing. Are stripes-vest combos in? Follow (period) me (period).
Anthony Michael Hall is going back to high school.
The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles actor is joining MTV’s Awkward. He’s coming on board the show’s third season for a multi-episode arc. Hall will play Mr. Hart, “a sadistic creative writing teacher that pushes the students out of their comfort zones.” We’re told there’s a method to Mr. Hart’s madness that will have a major impact this season.
Hall is considered a great fit for the show given Awkward has been frequently compared to John Hughes’ 1980s comedies.
And that’s not all. Nolan Funk (Glee) has also just been added to show’s cast in a multi-episode arc. He’ll play a confident new prep school transfer to Palos Hills.
Awkward doesn’t have a return date yet, but given the success of the show, MTV is doing 20 episodes this season instead of the usual 12.
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The wait is finally over Awkward. fans! Jenna (Ashley Rickards) listened to her heart and chose SPOILER her first love Matty (Beau Mirchoff) over Jake (Brett Davern) in last night’s season two finale. Her head (and inner dancing queen) wasn’t too happy with the decision. Now that the love triangle has dissolved, what does it mean for the series at large? Well, here’s what you can expect from season three. You’re welcome.
The big question on MTV’s comedy Awkward has always been: Team Matty or Team Jake? And that big debate for Jenna (Ashley Rickards) will still be front and center in the show’s season finale, titled “The Other Shoe,” which is set to air tonight.
EW has an exclusive clip from the finale, which finds Jenna playing what appears to be a harmless game of Spin the Bottle. It’s harmless, of course, until she takes her spin. “While I was past my prime to play, it seemed fitting given all the spiraling I’d done throughout the year,” Jenna explains in the clip.
Of course, the game doesn’t help Jenna with any choice between her two boys, Jake (Brett Davern) and Matty (Beau Mirchoff), as it points just between them. But, she makes it clear she knows what she wants: “The bottle didn’t know what I wanted, but I did.” The episode’s logline teases that Jenna has indeed made her decision about which boy she wants to be with, but as you might imagine, something goes wrong that “leaves Jenna questioning if getting everything she wants is really what she needs.” Watch the teaser clip here:
MTV has been red hot in the scripted arena, with buzzy entries such as Teen Wolf and Awkward. And the teen network isn’t just resting on those shows. Next up: The Inbetweeners, a story adapted from a popular British format that follows a group of middling teens in high school. EW has an exclusive first look at the series, via the first two minutes of the pilot, which can be viewed below.
To be more specific, The Inbetweeners chronicles the lives of those kids who aren’t on top or bottom of the social ladder — but the ones who are right in the middle and, yes, may even be more invisible than the lowly nerds. MTV describes the show as such: “The Inbetweeners takes a comedic look at a group of teenagers navigating high school and charging into adulthood the way everyone does…by taking one step forward and three steps back.”
MTV is signing on for more Awkward.
The network is renewing the scripted comedy for a supersized third season. Awkward will return with 20 episodes — nearly double the order for its first and second season.
The show’s second season has averaged 1.8 million viewers a week, up 6 percent from its first season. Plus star Ashley Rickards recently received a nomination for a Critics Choice Television Award for best comedy series actress.
The second season of MTV’s Awkward kicked off two weeks ago, and the show is on a roll.
Jenna (Ashley Rickards) is as conflicted as ever when it comes to her romantic life. Jake (Brett Davern) is still, as Davern puts it, “captain oblivious.” Matty (Beau Mirchoff) isn’t ready to get tossed aside quite yet even after being shot down by Jenna. And fan-fave Saddie (Molly Tarlov) is, well, ever Sadie-like.
And the fun is just beginning, according to Awkward cast members Davern, Mirchoff, and Tarlov, who stopped by EW HQ to talk about the rest of the season and answer some fan questions in the latest Spoiler Room video edition.
Click below to watch their answers and learn which cast member “runs hot.” (#needscontext)
The delightful MTV teen comedy Awkward returns for it’s second season tomorrow night, and EW was recently on the set for the filming of the season’s fifth episode, which we can reveal featured — no joke — a hot tub scene. Since Awkward is an MTV show, it figures that there’d be a hot tub, right?
But more than just producing one of Awkward‘s signature awkward moments, the aforementioned scene fittingly featured the three characters everyone is dying to know more about: Jenna (Ashley Rickards), Matty (Beau Mirchoff), and Jake (Brett Davern), who have been entangled in a raging love triangle since the show launched.
So, where do we find the threesome when the show returns tomorrow? Viewers will just have to wait and see for exact details, but EW gathered a little bit of scoop about what to expect. “Fans should be excited about season 2 because the love triangle gets more intense, the mom-and-daughter storyline gets more intense, Jenna’s more of an ‘everygirl’ instead of the underdog this year, and we tackle a lot of issues that you guys will be interested to see,” Rickards told us. “I can tease that we are going to have a faith episode. I can tease that there will be much more Clark [Joseph Haro]. And I can tease that I will be in the show.”
What else can you look forward to? Check out the below video interviews for scoop from Awkward creator and executive producer Lauren Iungerich, as well as most of the cast, including Rickards, Mirchoff, and Davern.
Yes, my two-week vacation to the motherland (Texas) was just the refresher I was hoping for before getting into the thick of all the exciting things happening here at EW this summer — like set visits, Comic-Con, general tomfoolery. My highlights? Reigning supreme in my very first Penny Can tournament, cuddling puppies, and getting my mother addicted to The Vampire Diaries. (“Awww! He met her first!” — mom, re: the finale). But now it’s back to work! So enjoy the return of Spoiler Room.
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