Lemonada Media Announces New Original Podcast “Here Lies Me,” the Network’s First Fictional Series
Award-winning podcaster and author Hillary Frank wrote and produced this dark and funny YA story set in middle school, performed by a dynamic cast of teens and adults
Episodes 1 & 2 will premiere on November 3rd
Listen to the trailer HERE
LOS ANGELES, CA (October 15, 2021) — Lemonada Media, the podcast network that makes life suck less today announces their newest podcast, “Here Lies Me.” The show is the first scripted series presented by Lemonada and is about the horrors of growing up in a seemingly perfect town with a dark side. Set in the absurd world of middle school, this immersive podcast is full of rich characters and relationships and dives into the way human beings deal with hard situations. The series is written and produced by award-winning podcaster and author Hillary Frank (The Longest Shortest Time).
With a sharp, witty tone that will appeal to fans of PEN15, Big Mouth, and Stranger Things, “Here Lies Me” tells the story of 13-year-old Noa, a shy and witty misfit, as she endures the horrors of living in an affluent New England town with a dark side. It’s the first day of eighth grade, and “The Olivias” are already icing her out. A kid who calls himself God is all over her, and she keeps unintentionally ending up the center of attention. Worst of all… now someone’s dead. To uncover the truth, Noa joins forces with two unlikely allies: the crush-worthy new kid and the wokest girl in school.
Periods, crushes, eight grade and… murder… the line between bully and victim is murky, and the only thing Noa knows for sure is that middle school will bury you.
The cast of “Here Lies Me” includes a lineup of real teens, as well as comedians such as June Diane Raphael (Grace & Frankie), W. Kamau Bell (United Shades of America), Michael Chernus (Orange is the New Black), and Rob Huebel (Transparent). Asking big questions about harassment and feminism, as well as shedding light on the genuine teenage experience, “Here Lies Me” is a sound-rich, emotionally resonant 8-episode series that will appeal to both teens and adults.
“I wanted to make a show about middle school that depicts adolescence with the intensity, darkness, and absurdity that kids experience when they’re going through it. Lemonada has given me the freedom to run wild with that idea — and to make the show as edgy and weird as I believe middle school really is,” said Hillary Frank, writer and producer of the show.
“Lemonada was so excited to work with the goddess of podcasting herself, Hillary Frank, to present our first fictional series,” shared Lemonada’s CEO and co-founder, Jessica Cordova Kramer.
“When I heard ‘teen actors,’ I knew exactly where to look! The very best actors I’ve ever worked with were at The High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, TX, where I taught theatre for many years,” added Stephanie Wittels Wachs, Lemonada’s chief content officer and co-founder. “The kids were out of school due to COVID and hungry for an opportunity to get on stage, so the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.””
The first two episodes of “Here Lies Me” from Lemonada Media will be available on all major podcast platforms on Wednesday, November 3rd. Subscribe to listen HERE.
ABOUT LEMONADA MEDIA
Lemonada is a podcast network founded in 2019 by Jessica Cordova Kramer and Stephanie Wittels Wachs. The company’s podcasts share an unfiltered version of the human experience in a time of increasing polarization, in an effort to make life suck less. Lemonada provides a robust advertising platform, one that is nonpartisan and deeply engaging, with uniquely amiable host-read ads. For sponsorship opportunities, contact: email@example.com. For press inquiries, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT HILLARY FRANK
In 2010, Hillary started “The Longest Shortest Time,” a podcast about the surprises and absurdities of raising other humans. The show was named one of the 50 Best Podcasts by The Atlantic and TIME and won several awards, including two from the Third Coast International Audio Festival and two Webby awards. Hillary has been a regular contributor to This American Life and reported stories for Studio 360, Marketplace, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend America. In 2004, she co-edited an award-winning series for Chicago Public Radio. She has written and illustrated three young adult novels, and her latest book is Weird Parenting Wins: Bathtub Dining, Family Screams, and Other Hacks from the Parenting Trenches.