‘I Ship It’ Creator Yulin Kuang on Moving to The CW for Season 2 and Opinionated Fans

Collider | 8/23/2019 | Christina Radish
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From creator Yulin Kuang and based on the 2014 digital short of the same name, the musical comedy series I Ship It (which started out on CW Seed and is now airing its second season on The CW) follows Ella (Helen Highfield), a fangirl and aspiring writer who writes fan-fiction for her favorite TV show, Superstition, while dreaming of doing the real thing. After delivering a flower order to the showrunner of the series, Ella jumps at the chance to get herself a job as a writer’s assistant, quickly quitting her job at a boutique shipping agency to live out her fantasies.

During this 1-on-1 interview with Collider, executive producer/writer/director Yulin Kuang talked about wanting to make a series that could provide escapism and happiness, what inspired the original idea for I Ship It, completely changing things up for Season 2, going from fangirl to fan fiction writer to creator of her own material, navigating network notes from The CW, dealing with the opinions of fans, how much her own life inspired her main character, why she created a show bible for the show within her show, how the musical element came about, developing Jade Palace for New Line, and where she’d like to take her career next.

Collider - Show - Fun

Collider: This show is so delightful and so much fun!

YULIN KUANG: My general philosophy is that there’s two types of media in the world. There’s the version where everything is awful, so watch this, in order to be ready for fights to come. And then, there’s the version that’s escapism and happiness. I think you definitely need both, but I definitely feel I’m more the second one.

Idea - Something - Awhile

How did I Ship It originally come about? What was it that sparked the initial idea? Was it something that you’d been thinking about for awhile?

KUANG: This project...
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