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From star-crossed lovers to scorching relationships, the romance genre in popular culture has covered all the bases when it comes to examining this fascinating human feeling.
The romance genre has something beautiful to offer every reader, from the grandiose majesty of epic romance to the lighthearted flirting of romantic comedy to the dark fascination of forbidden love.
So what happens when you take romantic fiction and add a dash of comedy? It’s the ideal combination of two of the most widely appealing themes: love and humour. It’s a winning mix that makes us care about the characters and the story and makes us want them to find happiness together.
To All the Guys I’ve Loved Before, based on Jenny Han’s best-selling novel, became an instant hit with audiences because of its charming dialogue, humorous misunderstandings, and endearing characters.
The trilogy of cinematic adaptations for the books, a beautiful and balanced combination of romance and healthy family-friend connection, regrettably came to an end in 2021.
In 2023, thanks to the franchise’s popularity and fans’ desire to see more of the beloved youngest Covey sibling, a spin-off series titled XO, Kitty will debut.
While the last chapter of the trilogy centered on Lara Jean’s (Lana Condor) and Peter’s (Noah Centineo) decision to stay together despite the hardships of long-distance relationships, so too will the central topic of Kitty’s tale in the series revolve on this universal human experience.
XO, Kitty Release Date
With the success of the final film in the trilogy upon its February 2021 release, it was revealed in March of that year that a spin-off series based on To All the Boys would be created, with episodes running for a total of one hour and focusing on romantic comedies.
The Netflix spinoff series was given the go-ahead in October, making it the streaming service’s first live-action adaptation of a Netflix original feature. XO, Kitty’s premiere date is set for May 18, 2023, with all 10 episodes debuting at the same time two years later in the same month.
See what high school Kitty is getting into on Netflix, and while you’re at it, binge-watch the entire trilogy of All the Guys that’s only available on the streaming service.
What Is XO, Kitty About?
If we’re being really honest, we’ve watched Kitty go from a 9-year-old clever matchmaker to an even wittier adolescent, so it’s no surprise that she and her search for love are the focus of one of my most anticipated releases of the year.
Kitty’s really charming love interest Dae was first presented to readers in the third book of the To All The Guys I’ve Loved Before series, Always and Forever, which is set several years after the events of XO, Kitty.
Kitty asks a cute random person in Seoul to take a family photo for them while they’re there for spring break.
She is so taken aback by the adorableness of Kitty and Dae’s encounter that she stutters her way through the introductions. While many were let down by the film’s lack of focus on their love, XO, Kitty promises to make amends.
A lot has happened in the four years since we last saw the youngest Song Covey sister, but by far the most noticeable difference is the increased vitality of Kitty’s central character.
Kitty, determined to make her mark, is leaving her hometown of Portland, Oregon to attend KISS, the Korean Independent School of Seoul, which was also Kitty’s mother’s alma mater.
Kitty’s long-distance partner of several years, Dae, also happens to be a KISS student. Yet when it comes to your own heart, even our favorite love specialist finds that things aren’t as cut and dried as they previously were.
Who Is in the Cast of XO, Kitty?
Anna Cathcart, who previously won over fans as Kitty Covey, is returning to the role. Kitty was an instant hit with moviegoers once she made her debut in the film.
Kitty was the one who drove Lara Jean’s letters to her crushes, but she was also a tremendous supporter of both Lara Jean and Peter, and now that they’re both in XO, Kitty’s ready to make her own romantic dreams come true, just as her sister did.
Choi Min-Yeong, who was originally cast as Ho-Young Jeon, will now play Kitty’s long-distance lover, who, unlike Kitty-the Potterhead, is not a huge Harry Potter fan.
This will be Choi’s first US Netflix series, while he has been in several well-known K-Dramas such as Itaewon Class, Chicago Typewriter, and the most recent Twenty-Five Twenty-One.
The 2018 film Love, Simon inspired the spinoff series Love, Victor, in which Anthony stars. Jocelyn Shelfo plays Madison, while Michael K. Lee plays Professor Lee.
Yunjin Kim plays Jina. Kitty’s father Dan Covey and stepmother Trina Rothschild, played by John Corbett and Sarayu Rao, will return in some capacity, albeit to what extent is unclear from the first trailer given the series’ predominantly international setting.
Who Is Making XO, Kitty?
The half-hour episodic series is being developed by Awesomeness and ACE Entertainment for Netflix. Jenny Han, who penned the source novels, is also the show’s creator, writer, and executive producer, together with Siobhan Vivian.
Sascha Rothchild and Matt Kaplan join Han as the show’s executive producers; Rothchild also serves as showrunner. Jennifer Arnold (Emily in Paris), Jeff Chan (The Summer I Got Beautiful), Pamela Romanowksy (Riverdale), and Katina Medina Mora (The Originals) are just a few examples of successful television series directors (Emily in Paris).
When And Where Can You Watch XO Kitty?
The international premiere of XO, Kitty will take place on May 18, 2023, as announced by Netflix on March 22. Only Netflix will provide the series for streaming.
There are ten episodes in Kitty’s debut season on XO. Each episode lasts for around half an hour. The directors of the episodes include Jennifer Arnold (Emily in Paris), and Jeff Chan Jennifer Arnold.
Netflix also shared the footage and details about the premiere, along with eight stills from the episode.