Why Most Won’t Remember Penn Badgley and Milo Ventimiglia’s Steamy Series

by Jeremy Spirogis
Penn Badgley and Milo Ventimiglia

There’s a world the place the star of You, Penn Badgley, and America’s favourite TV dad from This Is Us fame, Milo Ventimiglia, exist. The two starred alongside each other in a short-lived collection, Bedford Diaries. However, most received’t. Here’s why.

The ‘Bedford’ Diaries’ aired for one season

Penn Badgley and Milo Ventimiglia
Tom Fontana, Penn Badgley, Jamie Hooper, and Milo Ventimiglia attend GIANT Magazine and Rugged Land Books launch occasion for Matthew Modine’s ‘Full Metal Jacket Diary’ | Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan by way of Getty Images

Way again in 2005, The CW aired Bedford Diaries for one entire season earlier than calling it quits. The collection adopted a gaggle of faculty college students who take the category “Sex and the Human Condition.”

The task all college students should observe is to maintain a video diary. Professor Jake Macklin (Matthew Modine) challenged stereotypes about intercourse and bought college students to query beliefs about their very own sexuality.

The CW is understood for is usually risque content material. Riverdale, Dynasty, and extra have taken mainstream PG to the restrict at occasions. However, Bedford Diaries didn’t appear to hit the mark for many followers of each Penn Badgley and Milo Ventimiglia.

Ventimiglia performed Richard Thorne


Ventimiglia’s half in Bedford Diaries is a far cry from his not profitable stint on This Is Us. After his long-running function of Jess Mariano on Gilmore Girls ended, The CW had Ventimiglia in thoughts for the a part of Richard Thorned in Bedford Diaries.

The character? A former “bad boy” who turned his life round after his girlfriend, Natalie, jumped off a roof and survived. Richard labored on the faculty newspaper as an editor however after getting sober, he’s nonetheless haunted.

Variety described the function as a “cynical and acerbic to cynical and alcoholic, solely with out the [Gilmore Girls] appeal.” Yikes.

Badgely starred as Owen Gregory


In Badgley’s case, his character, Owen, joins the category as a freshman pre-med main. His older sister, Sarah (who was having an affair with the professor), can be within the class. This made all of the intercourse speak mega-uncomfortable.

Per Variety, “Owen is willing to forgo his man-slut ways to woo Natalie (Corri English), the campus head case.” Seeing as Natalie was already connected to Richard, you possibly can already see the place this triangle was headed.

Thank goodness Gossip Girl was on the best way, proper?

Reviews for the collection had been harsh


As you possibly can already guess, Bedford Diaries aired solely eight episodes and was not renewed. While casting was nice, and the premise had legs, reviewers took problem with the believability and extra.

Rotten Tomatoes scored the collection with 13 p.c, whereas Common Sense Media gave a two out of 5 stars.

“I felt dirty even before the premiere had ended, and found myself wishing I was back with the WB college drama that got away, the much funnier, sexier, and more soulful Felicity,” one reviewer commented.

Another was a little bit extra blunt saying, “Viewers looking for intelligent programming will be sorely disappointed.”

Ironically, each Badgley and Ventimiglia are seeing a resurgence of Bedford Diaries content material on social media. Fans, who appear to like the singular season, have doubtless realized their fondness for each actors and traveled deep into their IMDb resumes to catch up.

To be truthful, season three of You will probably be a scorching minute and Jack Pearson’s place on This Is Us has turn into fewer and farther between, so who can blame them?

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