Julie and the Phantoms

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Julie and the Phantoms
Julie and the Phantoms (American TV series) Title Card.png
Genre
Created byDan Cross & David Hoge
Based onJulie e os Fantasmas
by Paula Knudsen, Tiago Mello, and Fabio Danesi
Starring
Music byDavid Lawrence
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Kenny Ortega
  • Dan Cross
  • David Hoge
  • Michel Tikhomiroff
  • Fabio Danesi
  • George Salinas
  • Jaime Aymerich
Producer(s)
  • Jameson Parker
  • Thierry Tanguy
Production location(s)Burnaby, British Columbia
CinematographyJon Joffin
Editor(s)
Running time24–38 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Cross Hoge Productions
  • 5678 Productions
  • Mixer Films
  • Crossover Entertainment LLC
  • Brightlight Pictures
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseSeptember 10, 2020 (2020-09-10)

Julie and the Phantoms is an American musical comedy-drama television series created by Dan Cross and David Hoge that was released via streaming on Netflix on September 10, 2020. The series is based on the Brazilian television series Julie e os Fantasmas.[1]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Madison Reyes as Julie Molina, a high school musician who is struggling to make music after the death of her mother but accidentally summons the spirits of a deceased band from the 90s
  • Charlie Gillespie as Luke, a singer and the lead guitarist of the Phantoms
  • Owen Patrick Joyner as Alex, the Phantoms' drummer
  • Jeremy Shada as Reggie, the bass player of the Phantoms
  • Jadah Marie as Flynn, Julie's best friend
  • Sacha Carlson as Nick, Carrie's boyfriend
  • Savannah May as Carrie, Julie's nemesis and former friend

Recurring[edit]

  • Cheyenne Jackson as Caleb Covington, a famous ghost who owns the Hollywood Ghost Club
  • Carlos Ponce as Ray Molina, Julie's father
  • Sonny Bustamante as Carlos Molina, Julie's younger brother
  • Alison Araya as Aunt Victoria, Julie's aunt and Ray's sister-in-law
  • Marci T. House as Mrs. Harrison, Julie's music program teacher
  • Booboo Stewart as Willie, a fellow ghost who becomes Alex's love interest

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On April 9, 2019, Kenny Ortega signed a multi-year overall deal with Netflix, including production of Julie and the Phantoms. Ortega executive produced the series alongside Dan Cross, David Hoge, George Salinas, and Jaime Aymerich. Cross and Hoge also serve as showrunners. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of Crossover Entertainment and Mixer Entertainment.[2] On August 26, 2020, an official trailer was released[3] and the series was released on September 10, 2020.[1]

Casting[edit]

On July 21, 2020, upon series premiere date announcement, Madison Reyes, Charlie Gillespie, Jeremy Shada, Owen Patrick Joyner, Jadah Marie, Sacha Carlson, and Savannah May were cast in the starring roles while Booboo Stewart, Cheyenne Jackson, Carlos Ponce, and Sonny Bustamante were cast in recurring roles.[1][4][5]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for the series began on September 17, 2019 and ended on December 14, 2019 in Burnaby, British Columbia.[6]

Music[edit]

A soundtrack was released on September 10, 2020, alongside its series debut on the streaming service.[7]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Wake Up"Kenny OrtegaTeleplay by : David Hoge & Dan CrossSeptember 10, 2020 (2020-09-10)

It's 1995, the band Sunset Curve is performing "Now or Never" at a soundcheck before performing later at the Orpheum in Los Angeles. Three of the bandmates go get "street dogs" while the fourth bandmate, Bobby, stays back to talk to Rose, a pretty young bartender. Luke, Alex, and Reggie eat "street dogs", which turn out to be rancid causing their deaths. Now 25 years later, a teenager named Julie Molina is unable to play music since her mother's passing a year prior, which results in her dismissal from her school's music program. While going through her mother's stuff in her family's garage studio, she finds a Sunset Curve CD and listens to it. Playing the CD summons the three deceased Sunset Curve members as ghosts. Julie freaks out. The band thinks they died last night but Julie shows them an article stating they died 25 years ago. Later that day, Julie sits down at her mother's piano and plays a song her mother wrote for her. Unbeknownst to her, the boys watch her play, incredulous that the person who can see them is a talented musician as well.

Songs: "Now or Never" - Sunset Curve; "Wake Up" - Julie.
2"Bright"Kenny OrtegaDavid Hoge & Dan CrossSeptember 10, 2020 (2020-09-10)

After Julie plays the piano and sings for the first time in a year, the ghosts are shocked at her talent and consider asking her to join the band. Meanwhile, to help sell their house, Julie's dad, Ray, takes photos of the house and studio, but studio photos depict white orbs. Julie's little brother, Carlos, suspects the orbs may be ghosts. The boys teleport to the beach where more is learned about the backgrounds of their families. To cheer up his bandmates, Luke wishes for his guitar, which then appears in his hands revealing to the guys that their instruments are connected to their souls. They then play "This Band is Back". Later, Luke convinces Julie to play a song in front of the music teacher, but she is reluctant. At the schools' Spirit Rally, Julie and Flynn's rival, Carrie, performs "Wow" with her group "Dirty Candy." As the rally ends, with encouragement from the guys, Julie gets on stage and begins to perform the song, "Bright", a song Luke wrote. When Julie sings, the band suddenly appears on stage playing their instruments and the band realizes they can be seen. When the song ends the band vanishes leaving everyone speechless.

Songs: "This Band is Back (Reggie's Jam)" - Sunset Curve; "Wow" - Dirty Candy; "Bright" - Sunset Curve & Julie.
3"Flying Solo"Paul BeckerSean W. Cunningham & Marc DworkinSeptember 10, 2020 (2020-09-10)

When the band vanishes, Julie is bombarded with questions. Someone asks her if the band was a hologram and Julie says yes. Julie is then accepted back into the music program by the principal. Flynn then questions Julie, who continues to lie about the band. After school, Julie lets her dad know that she got back into the music program. In the studio, Alex is panicking about his ghost life, but Luke and Reggie think this is their second chance because with Julie, they can be the band they never got to be. Overwhelmed, Alex goes for a walk to clear his head and is run over by Willie, a skateboarder who is also a ghost. Willie observes that Alex is new to being a ghost and answers Alex's many questions. Back at the studio, Luke and Reggie find lyrics in Julie's room, which they use to create a song. Julie walks in and they invite her to join the band, but she can't think of anything other than Flynn. She later finds Flynn, about to egg Julie's window, and tells her the truth. At first, Flynn doesn't believe her, but Julie then performs "Flying Solo" and the band becomes visible to Flynn.

Songs: "Flying Solo" - Sunset Curve & Julie
4"I Got the Music"Kenny OrtegaNora SullivanSeptember 10, 2020 (2020-09-10)

The episode opens with Julie in high spirits as she sings and dances while entering her high school where she is joined by other students in a big dance number. But, did it actually happen or was it a dream? Willie takes Alex to a closed museum to try and loosen him up. As the boys and Julie collaborate on a new song, Julie tells them about the music of Trevor Wilson which shocks the boys as they discover Trevor is really their former band mate Bobby, who stole their music and credited it for his own, which has made him rich and famous. The boys poof out to haunt Trevor. As part of their revenge against Trevor, the guys want to be visible so they ask Willie for help. Willie takes them to The Hollywood Ghost Club to meet Caleb Covington, a ghost with strong powers.

Songs: "I Got the Music" - Julie with high school students
5"The Other Side of Hollywood"Kenny OrtegaDavid Hoge & Dan CrossSeptember 10, 2020 (2020-09-10)

Caleb Covington introduces Luke, Alex, and Reggie to the wonders of The Hollywood Ghost Club. The boys are mesmerized by the elaborate musical production numbers. Meanwhile, Flynn DJs at the high school dance where Julie and the Phantoms are to perform later. Reggie learns about the Star Wars movies made after 1995 and is despondent.

Songs: "The Other Side of Hollywood" Caleb Covington and the Hollywood Ghost Club orchestra and dancers.
6"Finally Free"Kristin HanggiSean W. Cunningham & Marc DworkinSeptember 10, 2020 (2020-09-10)

At Julie's dance class, the boy's lacrosse team coach forces the team to join it to improve their mobility so they can win a game. Nick and Julie become dance partners. Luke signs up the band for a local talent contest. The boys lose track of time and show up after the dance ends making Julie angry. She accuses Luke of being selfish. Alex and Reggie show Julie he isn't by taking her to Luke's parents house where Luke visits frequently since his death. Julie has a change of heart and helps the boys practice a new song for their performance. However, Julie's father finds out Julie missed three of her classes and a calculus test when she overslept so he grounds her. Julie disobeys her day and sneaks out of her bedroom to make their performance. When Julie arrives at the talent show venue, she sees Dirty Candy performing on stage with a special guest joining them. A talent scout is impressed by Julie and the Phantoms and as she introduces herself to the band, Julie's father shows up and orders her home.

Songs: "Finally Free" - Julie and The Phantoms; "All Eyes On Me" - Dirty Candy;
7"Edge of Great"Kabir AkhtarNora Sullivan & Leilani DownerSeptember 10, 2020 (2020-09-10)

Carlos has become a junior ghost hunter. Reggie helps to show Carlos ghosts are real. Reggie hangs out with Ray. Even though Ray knows he interrupted the meeting of the talent scout and the band, he agrees to throw a party at their house so the band can perform. Luke flirts with Julie under the guise of discussing what song to perform at the party. Nick interrupts them as he is nervous about their dance performance. As Nick and Julie perform their dance number, Julie imagines it is Luke she is dancing with. Alex catches Willie spying on him and confronts him, but Willie does not explain why he showed up. As the episode ends, Willie explains what is happening to them due to Caleb's curse and what they need to do to cross over.

Songs: "Perfect Harmony" - Julie and Luke; "Edge of Great" - Julie and The Phantoms
8"Unsaid Emily"Kabir AkhtarLeah KeithSeptember 10, 2020 (2020-09-10)

While Alex is The Orpheum, he reminisces about the night he, Luke, and Reggie died. Willie poofs in and apologizes to him about introducing them to Caleb. Nick has a crush on Julie. Julie visits Luke's parents to give them the song, Unsaid Emily, which Luke wrote about his mother. Julie hopes that by doing so it will help Luke. Luke tells Julie that the band has unfinished business that they need to complete before they can cross over. While Julie is sad she may never see them again, she helps them to come up with a plan to play The Orpheum.

Songs: "Unsaid Emily" - Sunset Curve
9"Stand Tall"Kenny OrtegaDavid Hoge & Dan CrossSeptember 10, 2020 (2020-09-10)

Willie helps the band become the opening act for Panic at the Disco at The Orpheum. The guys use their ghost powers to help the talent booker to book them as a replacement for the original opening act. Alex is emotional as he thanks Willie for his help and for defying Caleb's order to stay away. At home, Carrie watches a video on her computer of Julie and the boys playing which her dad, Trevor, sees and realizes the band is his dead Sunset Curve bandmates. As the boys prepare to poof to The Orpheum to join Julie, Caleb appears and intervenes by transporting them to The Hollywood Ghost Club and forces them to perform with him and his orchestra. As show time approaches, Julie becomes anxious when the guys don't appear. A sign is given to Julie that she is meant to perform. As she begins performing, Alex first appears, then Reggie with Luke being the last one to poof in. At the end of the performance, the guys poof out and seemingly cross over, but do they?

Songs: "You Got Nothing to Lose" - Caleb; "Stand Tall" - Julie and the Phantoms

Reception[edit]

Caroline Framke of Variety wrote, "Sure, their ghost adventures become very silly, very quickly. But who cares! Julie and the Phantoms is just fun and adorable enough for none of that to really matter."[8]

For the series, review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 92% based on 24 reviews, with an average rating of 8.08/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "With catchy tunes and just the right amount of ghost jokes, Julie and the Phantoms is a fun, feel-good show that proves a perfect showcase for newcomer Madison Reyes."[9] Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 77 out of 100 based on 7 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Pedersen, Erik (July 21, 2020). "'Julie And The Phantoms': Cast, Premiere Date & Promo For Kenny Ortega's Netflix Musical Comedy". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  2. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (April 9, 2019). "Kenny Ortega Inks Multi-Year Netflix Deal, Sets 'Auntie Claus' Movie; 'Julie And The Phantoms' Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  3. ^ Nemetz, Dave (August 26, 2020). "Julie and the Phantoms Trailer: A Shy Teen Makes Sweet Music With a Band of Cute Ghosts in New Netflix Musical". TVLine. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  4. ^ Ng, Philiana (July 21, 2020). "Meet the Stars of Netflix's 'Julie and the Phantoms,' a New Musical Series With a Ghostly Twist (Exclusive)". ET. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  5. ^ "Shows A-Z - Julie and the Phantoms on netflix". The Futon Critic. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  6. ^ "DGC BC Production List" (PDF). Directors Guild of Canada. December 13, 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 15, 2019. Retrieved August 20, 2020.
  7. ^ "Julie and the Phantoms: Season 1 (From the Netflix Original Series)". Amazon Music. September 10, 2020. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  8. ^ Framke, Caroline (September 8, 2020). "'Julie and the Phantoms' Brings 'Scooby Doo' Vibes to a 'High School Musical' Successor: TV Review". Variety. Retrieved September 9, 2020.
  9. ^ "Julie and the Phantom: Season 1 (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 19, 2020.
  10. ^ "Julie and the Phantoms: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved September 14, 2020.

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