Disney+ has given the green light to a new German show, Pauline, about a pregnant teen who falls in love with the devil. As in Lucifer. Satan himself. I…couldn’t make this up if I wanted to. No, this is not an April Fool’s prank. According to Deadline, it’s legit.
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Deadline reports, “Pauline follows the eponymous protagonist, an 18-year-old who accidentally becomes pregnant – from a one-night stand. With school stress, the climate crisis and the downfall of society weighing heavily on her mind, something she doesn’t need at all right now is catching feelings, especially not for her one-night stand Lukas, who, as it turns out, is the devil himself.” There’s a lot to unpack there.
It feels a bit like Netflix’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, except with more teen pregnancy and less battling of good vs. evil. In fact, I take that back. Comparing it to the Sabrina reboot feels like an insult to Netflix’s show which, despite the amount of Satan in it, is a pretty good show. This just feels like some writer somewhere was pranking a team of studio execs, and it got approved anyway.
The show is written by Sebastian Colley and produced by Philipp Käßbohrer and Matthias Murmann, who combined on 2019’s How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) for Netflix. The show’s trio of directors will be Arabella Bartsch, Alma Buddecke, and Facundo Scalerandi. Sira-Anna Faal as Pauline and Ludger Bökelmann as Lukas will star in the series.
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“For a long time, the series has been and still remains a project very close to our hearts,” said Käßbohrer and Murmann. “We’re thrilled that Disney+ loves this coming-of-age story as much as we do and that we’ve now been able to begin filming with such an amazing cast and crew.” A…coming of age story. Because every teen girl gets pregnant and then falls in love with Satan….right?