‘I Ship It’ is a musical comedy series that airs on CW Network. The show is a unique addition to the repertoire of CW as it boasts of an innovative and fresh concept. It deals with what we call fandom culture. The lead characters of the show are two musicians who are steeped into fandom culture, and when they start a band, their songs also reflect their passion for the same.
Yulin Kuang is the creator of ‘I Ship It’. The series is produced by New Form Productions. Kathleen Grace, Melissa Schneider, and Kuang herself are serves as the executive producers of the show. The main inspiration behind the show is a 2014 short film of the same name made by Kuang.
The series first aired in 2016, but due to certain unspecified delays, the release of the second season kept getting pushed back, and finally, the network has announced its release in 2019. Here is everything we know about the upcoming season of the show:
I Ship It Cast: Who is in it?
Helen Highfield as Ella is the lead actor of the show. She has also been a part of shows like ‘Criminal Minds‘ (2005-), and ‘Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life’ (2016). Ella forms her band with her boyfriend Tim played by Riley Neldam. Just like Highfield, Neldam can also be seen in ‘Criminal Minds’. He has played a minor role in the series ‘The Catch’ (2016-2017).
Yasmine Al-Bustami as Sasha, Marissa Cuevas as Kayla, Ethan Peck as Saxon, and Jacqui Calloway as Denver are other important characters in the series. Denver and Sasha are the ones who join Ella and Tim to form their band and participate in the local Battle of the Bands.
I Ship It Plot: What is it about?
‘I Ship It’ is a musical comedy which follows the lives of a couple, Ella and Tim. Ella works at a boutique shipping shop but is an aspiring singer and writer. The story starts when Ella discovers that a Battle of The Bands competition is about to be held in their town and that her ex-boyfriend has registered his band for the event. Ella enters the competition just to get the better of him and show him she is far more talented than what he ever gave her credit for. Ella and Tim also write their own songs, which are prominently based on fan culture and fan theory. They write songs on their favorite movie or tv show characters. This type of music is known as nerd rock because of obvious reasons. Though the band is successful at the Battle of Bands competition, they disband because of personal pressures, an occurrence which is quite common for many bands that form and die out without making it big. The last episode of the first season is thus ably titled ‘Probably Should Have Seen This Coming’.
The second season picks up from where season 1 ends. We see that Ella continues her day job at the boutique shop, and is now an aspiring writer writing fanfiction for a show called ‘Superstition’. She is still in a relationship with Tim who now lives in the apartment adjacent to hers and Ella shares her apartment with her friend Winnie (played by Jazz Raycole). Things take an interesting turn for Ella when Sasha (Yasmine Al-Bustami), her actress friend, places an order with Ella’s company to deliver an item to the showrunner of ‘Superstition’.
Not ready to miss an opportunity to be on the sets of her favorite show, Ella agrees to deliver the order herself. She goes to the set and quickly manages to impress one of the writers with her extensive knowledge about the show and convinces him to hire her as his personal assistant. Having found her true calling, Ella quits her job at the boutique store. Then, the story takes us places where Ella’s fangirl world collides with her reality as she keeps living in close contact with the show which she loves so much.
Overall, the actors are backbone of the show. The writing is bit cliched and the tropes a bit overused. What makes the show stand out, though, is its unique subject matter: exploration of fan culture. For that alone, it deserves a watch.
I Ship It Season 3 Release Date: When will it premiere?
I Ship It Season 2 premiered on April 10, 2019. In fact, it was scheduled to release sometime in 2017 or early 2018. But due to undisclosed reasons, the release date kept getting pushed back. Fans on social media kept asking Highfield and other actors when the season was coming out but none could provide a satisfactory answer. Finally after all the hurdles, second 2 of the show was released. For those interested, the ten half-an-hour episodes of the first season can be watched on the app CW Seed.
As far as the next season goes, we don’t have an official announcement yet. Though since the show is low-budget, there’s a good chance that the show will come back for another season. Our best guess is that if the show does get renewed, I Ship It Season 3 can release sometime in 2020. We will update this section as soon as we hear more.
I Ship It Trailer:
While we wait for news on season 3, check out the season 2 trailer to refresh your memories. You can check out all the episodes of the show on CW Seed.
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