When Lifetime's new drama You returns for its second season some time in 2019, it will be with one major change: it won't be on Lifetime. The Penn Badgley/Elizabeth Lail-starrer moves to Netflix beginning with season 2, becoming a Netflix global original. The first season of the psychological thriller is set to premiere on the streaming service on December 26; currently, Netflix airs the series outside of the U.S. as a Netflix original.
Originally renewed for a second season ahead of its September premiere, You received strong reviews but wasn't able to attract a wide audience through Lifetime. The cable network also shifted its programming focus to original movies and away from original scripted series – though the network is open to series spinoffs from well-received movies. Developed by Sera Gamble and Greg Berlanti based on the book by Caroline Kepnes, You would be a natural fit for Netflix for two reasons: the streaming service is already an international partner on the series (with Deadline Hollywood reporting a possible move to Netflix was a factor in the second-season renewal); and the serialized storytelling approach to the series lends itself to a streaming/binge service.
A Netflix Original Series, You is the riveting and hypnotic story of Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley), an obsessive yet brilliant New Yorker, who exploits today's technology to win the heart of Beck (Elizabeth Lail) amid the growing suspicions of her best friend Peach (Shay Mitchell). Joe transforms himself from stalker to boyfriend while doing whatever it takes to eliminate all obstacles standing in his way — even if it means murder. Set in today's 24/7 hyper-connected world, You explores how vulnerable we all are to stalking and manipulation online and in real life.
The freshman season of You starred Badgley, Lail, Mitchell, Luca Padovan, and Zach Cherry, with special guest star John Stamos. Berlanti Productions, Man Sewing Dinosaur, and Alloy Entertainment produce in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Greg Berlanti, Sera Gamble, Sarah Schechter, Leslie Morgenstein, Gina Girolamo, and Marcos Siega executive produce.