In the new mystery series Twisted, teen Danny (Avan Jogia) returns home after five years in juvie. The outcast tries to reunite with his best friends (Maddie Hasson and Kylie Bunbury) and smooth things over with his mom (Denise Richards). But when a classmate is found dead, Danny becomes the prime suspect. Creator and executive producer Adam Milch explains why we should get looped in to Twisted.
TV Guide Magazine: I have time to watch one more show. Why should it be yours?
Adam Milch: Because it's a dark, exciting, twisty-turny mystery that's also an emotional, relatable character-driven teen drama. And it's funny.
TV Guide Magazine: Who should be watching?
Milch: Anyone who likes being addicted to a television show. Anyone who's had a friend from long ago come back into his or her life and complicate it. And my mother, because she has to.
TV Guide Magazine: What happens if we don't watch your show?
Milch: The ratings tank and hundreds of people lose their jobs. Do you want to be responsible for that?
TV Guide Magazine: Give us the formula for Twisted.
Milch: The relatable teen angst of My So-Called Life mixed with the compelling small-town love triangle of Dawson's Creek cross-pollinated with the thrills and laughs of Scream and the dark edge of Heathers. Plus, it's a classic murder mystery, so I guess Agatha Christie?
TV Guide Magazine: What's the best thing anyone has said or written about your show?
Milch: Twitter and Facebook seem very excited.
TV Guide Magazine: What's the worst thing?
Milch: Silence is the only bad thing. I'm excited for people to have opinions about it, good or bad.
TV Guide Magazine: Who was right?
Milch: No one and everyone. There is no right or wrong. I'm just thrilled to have created something that is worthy of people watching it and having good and bad opinions. It's a lifelong dream. With that said, people who like it are right.
TV Guide Magazine: Finish this sentence: If you like _______, you'll love our show.
Milch: If you like an exciting serialized mystery teen drama that makes you have to watch the next episode immediately after finishing the previous one, you'll love our show.
TV Guide Magazine: Come up with a premise for the spin-off.
Milch: Juvie: The Prequel to Twisted explores Danny's time in juvenile detention from ages 11—16. It's Oz meets Dead Poets Society meets Girl, Interrupted, but with boys.
TV Guide Magazine: What credit of yours would you prefer we forget?
Milch: According to IMDb, I was apparently an assistant on Margot at the Wedding, but that's not technically true, so forget that one, I guess.
TV Guide Magazine: Tell me something about your amazing cast.
Milch: They aren't just individually talented and yes, amazing, but they as a group have that elusive quality that makes any TV show work: chemistry.
TV Guide Magazine: With what show would you like to do a crossover episode?
Milch: Game of Thrones, because I'd like to see how the Twisted characters survive in that brutal world. I think they'd do well. They're very resourceful.
TV Guide Magazine: How will Twisted change the face of TV as we know it?
Milch: I can't think of another show on TV right now with such an ambiguous lead character. He'll keep you guessing every week, wondering whether he's a hero or a villain, what he's thinking, what he's capable of, who he is. And he's a teenager. And he's funny. And he's sexy and smart. I definitely think if people watch the show, this character has the potential to truly fascinate.
TV Guide Magazine: If you weren't producing this show, on what series would you most like to be an executive producer?
Milch: Parenthood, because it makes me cry every episode, and I want to know how they do that.
TV Guide Magazine: Pick a show and start a fake feud.
Milch: Parenthood, because it makes me cry every episode, and I'm sick of it. Stop manipulating my emotions, Parenthood!
Twisted airs Tuesdays, 9/8c, on ABC Family.
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