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THE MISSELTHWAITE ARCHIVES Exclusive: Showrunner Aileen Sheedy chats about the series, the fans and more!

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Calling all Misselthwaite fans!

Are you already missing Mary, Callie and the Sowers since the series ended its run last week?

Don’t despair, because showrunner Aileen Sheedy was kind enough to talk to us about such thrilling tales as what it was like shooting at the mercy of the elements in Oregon, how the Cat Cam came to fruition, Mary and Declan’s future and the fans’ reactions, representation, and the experience of women filmmakers in a male-dominated field.

Inspired by other internet sensations like The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Classic Alice, Aileen Sheedy and her team set out to adapt The Secret Garden with a modern twist — not just by updating the story, but by ambitiously diversifying filming styles in the series to expand the Misselthwaite universe beyond the “vlog” tradition.

It turned out to be innovative in more ways than one. Not only did the glade become a character of its own, thanks to the stunning cinematic episodes, but the story choice reflected Sheedy’s own desire to feature women in starring roles in front of and behind the cameras.

“[It’s an issue] that I feel I have to address consciously because otherwise I’d only be contributing to the problem,” she says of her creative philosophy driving Misselthwaite, and it shows. Frustrated by the old boys’ club culture of traditional film sets, the director made a deliberate decision here to develop a story by women, for women, predominantly featuring women, which she plans to continue in her future endeavors. (Fighting patriarchy and turning the tide in show business, one series at a time!)  Given how we here at TYLL are especially dedicated to highlighting female-centric stories, we’re thrilled to celebrate productions like Misselthwaite for that reason.

The result is a unique take on a childhood classic, which isn’t at all short on production values or compelling drama. Click below to read the full interview and learn what it was like to build the show from the ground up — almost literally — and what influenced the production’s storytelling.

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Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

Check It Out! THE MISSELTHWAITE ARCHIVES

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Hey folks! We know our special features have been MIA over the summer. We’re slowly getting back into the swing of things, and easing our way into the fall season with a bit of a revival! 

I’m going to be upfront: until now, I have never watched a transmedia-based show. Unlike our resident social media guru Cassidy (who’s already given YouTube smash hits some love on this site), I’m a complete web series novice. (I know, I fail as a millenial.)

That is, until now. I recently caught up with one such production, and managed to mainline its entire season just in time for its run to wrap up!

Show: The Misselthwaite Archives

Original Premiere Date: January 2015

Status: Currently finishing its first season.

Time Slot: The series is updated on Wednesdays and Fridays by 9am PST, and will be airing its finale this coming week. (So you better binge now to catch up!) You can find all episodes on its YouTube channel, and extra content on its website.

Nels
Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

CLASSIC ALICE Books 8+ Preview

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Literary webseries are special.

Normally, they are modern-day adaptation of a classic you either love or have read (at school or for fun). It’s more than just a five-minute video: there’s the added element of seeing the social media interaction, tying you up between video postings.

Yet, you know the basic beats of the story because the internet gives you unlimited access to a detailed synopsis; a lot of the expectation comes from wondering “How are they going to adapt this?” and guessing what each episode will cover.

Classic Alice, however, is different and that’s why I love it.

… is a young graduate student that has been way too passionate about television ever since she was little. While she insists she doesn’t have a specific type of show, they all usually have strong but flawed lady characters, some derivation of the stubborn friends-in-love/friends-to-lovers trope, and they all make her yell at her tv a lot. She just wishes she had more hours in the day so she could actually write about this.
You can usually find her on Twitter, Tumblr, and at cassidy at thankyoulizlemon.com

CHECK IT OUT: Classic Alice

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Am I cheating for including a webseries here? Maybe, but Classic Alice has great ladies and is written and produced by women as well. Plus, it lasts almost as much as a short season of a cable show would!

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Created by: Kate Hackett

Starring: Kate Hackett (Alice Rackham), Tony Noto (Andrew Prichard), Elise Cantu (Cara Graves)

Original “Premiere” Date: March 4, 2014

Status: Finished “Book 7.” They’re trying to fund Books 8+!

… is a young graduate student that has been way too passionate about television ever since she was little. While she insists she doesn’t have a specific type of show, they all usually have strong but flawed lady characters, some derivation of the stubborn friends-in-love/friends-to-lovers trope, and they all make her yell at her tv a lot. She just wishes she had more hours in the day so she could actually write about this.
You can usually find her on Twitter, Tumblr, and at cassidy at thankyoulizlemon.com

Is there a VERONICA MARS spinoff coming your way?

Be still my heart!

Well, not quite.

If you haven’t heard, last week CW Seed (what a name) announced they were airing a web series called Play It Again, Dick starring Neptune’s own Dick Casablancas (Ryan Hansen), beginning September 16. In it, Hansen tries to parlay the success of the Veronica Mars movie into his own spinoff, with some familiar faces gracing our screens.

You can watch that here:

Now, TV Line has added some stills to its photo gallery for the show. Are you intrigued? I know I sure am!

What is going on here?! / Courtesy CW

What is going on here?! / Courtesy CW

Also, is CW Seed an unfortunate channel name, or what?

Nels
Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.
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