the greenhouse the greenhouse In the original version of "The Greenhouse," two rival student houses compete against one another. (Photo: Screenshot)

Netflix sneak peek: New teen series hopes to capitalize on old theme

'The Greenhouse' is about gifted teens, a boarding school and a mystery.

What is it about gifted teens in boarding schools? It's such a common story idea, but we seem to go for it every time. "Gilmore Girls." "The Magicians." Harry friggin' Potter! Maybe we all just secretly want to go to Hogwarts.

A new Netflix show is capitalizing on this theme. "The Greenhouse" actually started as a popular Israeli show for young teens, which Nickelodeon has already turned into a show for the U.K. Now, Netflix is adapting it for an American audience.

The show was about a couple of teens whose lives change after their mother's space-shuttle ride ends in disaster. They move to an elite boarding school for gifted future leaders, where they compete with other students, deal with betrayal, find romance and new friends and stick together.

But wait, there's more: there's some sort of mystery going on at this elite school. We don't know what this mystery is, of course, since that's sort of the thing about mysteries. But it has something to do with a secret plot and saving the world.

While the original series takes place on the shores of Israel's Sea of Galilee, the American version will be set near the Pacific Ocean in Southern California. It'll be produced by Giora Chamizer, who created the original Israeli series, and Paula Yoo, who has worked on “The West Wing.”

This is part of a growing effort by Netflix to expand its portfolio for young teens.

“With roughly half of our 75 million members regularly watching kids content, we’re happy to expand our original slate with these ... great series," said Andy Yeatman, director of Global Kids Content for Netflix.

“We know kids love Netflix and that’s in part because they never really outgrow us. We program and recommend new TV shows and movies from preschool through their teen years and into adulthood.”


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