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Five teen dramas to watch after 'Euphoria'

By Annie Martin
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Five teen dramas to watch after 'Euphoria'
Lucy Hale will play the title character in the "Riverdale" spinoff "Katy Keene." File Photo by Christine Chew/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Fans of Euphoria have the Gossip Girl reboot, Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene and other teen dramas to look forward to as they wait for Season 2 of the HBO series.

Euphoria, starring Zendaya, Hunter Schafer and Jacob Elordi, concluded its first season Sunday with a tense and visually stunning finale. The episode marked series-high ratings for the show, with 530,000 viewers during its initial airing and a total of 1.2 million viewers after replays and viewing on HBO GO/NOW.

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Euphoria, based on the Israeli miniseries of the same name, made headlines throughout its run for its graphic nudity and depiction of sex and drug use among teenagers. The series was renewed for a second season in July.

Here's five other teen dramas to watch in the meantime:

'13 Reasons Why'

Netflix will release a third season of13 Seasons Why this month. The series is based on the Jay Asher novel of the same name and is developed by Brian Yorkey.

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The show premiered in 2017, with the first season following high school student Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) as he uncovers the reasons behind his friend Hannah Baker's (Katherine Langford) suicide. Season 2, released in 2018, addresses the legal and emotional ramifications of Hannah's death.

Netflix released a trailer for Season 3 this month showing a murder mystery unfold in the wake of Bryce Walker's (Justin Prentice) death.

13 Reasons Why's graphic depiction of suicide and rape has caused concern among some viewers, prompting Netflix to cut Hannah's suicide scene from Season 1 in July. Researchers have also suggested the show has led to a spike in youth suicides in recent years.

13 Reasons Why Season 3 is scheduled for release Aug. 23. The series was renewed this month for a fourth and final season.

'Elite'

Netflix is developing a second season of its Spanish-language teen drama Elite. The series is created and written by Carlos Montero and Darío Madrona. The first season came out in October.

Elite follows Samuel (Itzan Escamilla), Nadia (Mina El Hammani) and Christian (Miguel Herrán), three friends from working class families who receive scholarships to the exclusive private school Las Encinas. The trio befriend Marina (María Pedraza), her brother Guzmán (Miguel Bernardeau) and other students from elite families.

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The second season will feature new characters played by Jorge Lopez, Georgina Amorós and Claudia Salas.

Elite depicts sex, drugs and murder among teens. Netflix released a teaser for the new season, which arrives Sept. 6.

'Looking for Alaska'

Looking for Alaska is an upcoming Hulu miniseries based on the John Green novel of the same name. Gossip Girl executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are developing the adaptation.

Hulu gave the show an eight-episode limited series order in May 2018. The adaptation will star Charlie Plummer as Miles "Pudge" Halter, Kristine Froseth as Alaska Young, Denny Love as Chip "The Colonel" Martin and Jay Lee as Takumi Hikohito.

Looking for Alaska follows Miles (Plummer) as he attends Culver Creek Preparatory High School for his junior year. He befriends Chip (Love) and Takumi (Lee), and falls in love with the troubled Alaska (Froseth).

Green's novel was controversial following its publication in 2005 for its use of language and depiction of sex and alcohol use among teenagers. Green said on Reddit in 2018 that he was happy with the adaptation.

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"The truth is, I am excited and I think it will be really good," the author said. "Josh and Stephanie really know television ... [and] I feel like they're going to tell the story while also letting you see more of life at Culver Creek, and more of Alaska from her own perspective instead of just Pudge's deeply flawed one."

Looking for Alaska premieres Oct. 18 on Hulu.

'Katy Keene'

Katy Keene is an upcoming spinoff of the popular CW teen drama Riverdale. The show is based on the Archie Comics character of the same name, who will be played by former Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale.

The new series is a musical drama that follows four young people -- Katy (Hale), an aspiring fashion designer, Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), a singer-songwriter, Jorge Lopez (Johnny Beauchamp), an aspiring Broadway performer, and Pepper Smith (Julia Chan), an it girl interested in fashion -- as they pursue their dreams in New York City.

Katy Keene received a series order in May. The CW released a first official trailer for the show Sunday that shows Katy competing for a promotion and Josie meeting Alexander Cabot (Lucien Laviscount), a record label CEO.

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Riverdale, which stars KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes and Cole Sprouse, will return for a third season Oct. 9 on The CW. Executive producer Michael Grassi said Sunday at the TCA summer press tour that fans can expect a Riverdale-Katy Keene crossover.

"I think it's very likely that we will be seeing some familiar faces from Riverdale crossing over to our Katy Keene show and our New York world and we're excited about that," Grassi said.

Katy Keene is expected to launch in the 2019-20 television season.

'Gossip Girl'

Gossip Girl, based on the Cecily von Ziegesar book series, is getting a reboot. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed in July that HBO Max, an upcoming streaming service from WarnerMedia, gave the show a 10-episode, straight-to-series order in July.

The original TV series starred Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Ed Westwick, Chace Crawford and Penn Badgley, and had a six-season run on The CW from 2007 to 2012. The show follows a group of privileged teenagers living on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Original executive producers Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Josh Safran will return to produce the reboot, which takes place eight years after the original series and features new characters. Schwartz said Sunday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that the new Gossip Girl will seem "tame" compared to Euphoria.

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"It won't feel button-pushing just for the sake of being able to do it," Schwartz said. "You don't ever want it to feel gratuitous or something that you're doing just because. Luckily, we'll be airing post-Euphoria so anything we do will seem tame by comparison. I don't think we'll be that controversial."

The original Gossip Girl depicted sex, eating disorders and drug and alcohol use among teenagers. The show promoted itself with a line from a critical review that called it "Every parent's nightmare."

The Gossip Girl reboot has yet to announce casting and a premiere date.

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