Shows like Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars have hooked millennial audiences with gorgeous, well-dressed casts, and gasp-worthy, soapy plot twists, but all that self-serious drama is getting turned on its head in the new parody series Filthy Preppy Teen$. The satire actually aired its first iteration as a short on Adult Swim in 2013 under the slightly different title Filthy Sexy Teen$. While some plot points have carried over from the 2013 short (a straight male student pretending to be gay for popularity, a student who transforms into a monster), the cast for the 2016 series has largely changed — notable cast members from the original short Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) and Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) are replaced by new stars like Max Carver (The Leftovers) and Dylan Gelula (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt). The only main cast members still in place are Hannah Kasulka as the female lead and Chris Parnell, who makes a smaller appearance. Filthy Preppy Teen$ comes from the minds of Paul Scheer, Jonathan Stern, and Curtis Gwinn, who have all collaborated before on the police procedural parody series NTSF:SD:SUV. For Scheer and Stern in particular, this is the latest in a long line of parody series: Scheer created The Real Hotwives franchise and the Total Request Live parody Scheer-RL, while Stern was behind The Bachelor parody Burning Love and the medical drama satire Childrens Hospital. Although Gwinn co-created the original Filthy Sexy Teen$ short, he’s gone on to produce more dramatic series such as The Walking Dead and The Leftovers.
Filthy Preppy Teen$ will be one of the handful of original series to premiere on the new streaming service Fullscreen, which is launching Tuesday, April 26. Directed at a 13-to-30-year-old demographic, Fullscreen aims to incorporate social media and unique search options to draw the more technologically-engaged younger audience. Other notable Fullscreen originals include Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart’s reboot series Electra Woman & Dyna Girl and the self-shot docu-series My Selfie Life. Get your first look at the dramatic, wacky world of Filthy Preppy Teen$ with its first trailer below. The series will premiere Tuesday, April 26 on Fullscreen.
We love Malese Jow. She’s beautiful, confident and an incredibly talented actress. You probably recognise her from The Vampire Diaries or The Social Network, but Malese has been acting since she was just six years old. Her first job? Barney. Another notable big break? Bratz. We asked her how that led to other roles. “Bratz was a great experience! I had actually gotten pretty far for the role of “Jade”, but that obviously didn’t work out. Our director Sean MacNamara apparently saw something in me and still wanted to make me a part of the film. It was a validating moment in my career that I was very grateful for.”
Since then, she’s gone on to be in a number of TV shows and films, and you can currently find her on not one, but two shows, The Flash and Filthy Sexy Teen$. We spoke to her about her role as Linda on The Flash, her embarrassing experiences on set and her love for Nashville (the show and the place!) She’s so busy with her projects, it’s a wonder that she gets much chill time so when she does, it’s no surprise that she likes to take it easy. “On days off I usually love to have leisurely mornings with coffee and maybe a book. Spending time with the people I love. Something music related too like writing songs or going out to see live music.”
Taylor Magazine: Tell us about how you got into acting! Has it always been a passion of yours?
Malese Jow: Yes, it’s definitely always been a passion of mine! From a very young age I knew that I loved performing and entertaining people. I’m lucky enough to have a very supportive family that allowed me to start cultivating my dream as a kid.
Taylor Magazine: Would you say your current role as Linda on The Flash is more adult than some of your previous characters? What should we be expecting from her?
Malese Jow: Linda is definitely more mature. It’s been refreshing finally playing my age — and a confident and fun character to boot! She is so endearing to me and a joy to portray. This season Linda is definitely thrust right into the middle of the meta human world that she didn’t even know existed before. She becomes a vital role in helping team Flash, so we get to see her step up to the plate and a little out of her comfort zone.
Taylor Magazine: Like Linda stepping out of her comfort zone, have you encountered any difficulties in getting to where you are?
Malese Jow: For sure, of course I’ve encountered difficulties. Every career comes with it’s own obstacles — especially if you’re starting from the bottom. But obviously it’s been nothing too devastating and I’m very blessed to have had a steadily progressing career thus far. My ultimate goal is longevity.
You can check out the rest of Malese’s interview with Taylor Magazine by clicking HERE.
Welcome to Malese Jow Fan; your premier fan resource for the latest news, photos & more on the talented Malese Jow. Malese is best known for her recurring roles as Linda Park/Dr. Light on The CW's The Flash, Anna in The Vampire Diaries, and as a series regular on the short lived series Star-Crossed. You can see Malese this summer when she joins the second season of MTV's fantasy series. The Shannara Chronicles.
The Shannara Chronicles (2016-)
Airing: July 2017 (MTV)
Malese as Mareth Ravenlock Plot: Set thousands of years in the future, the story follows three heroes, Elf-Human hybrid Wil, Elvin Princess Amberle, and Human Rover Eretria, as they embark on a quest to stop an evil Demon army from destroying the world.