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Teenage writer and ‘Genera+ion’ cast: Not all teen dramas are the same

Teenage writer and ‘Genera+ion’ cast: Not all teen dramas are the same

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LOS ANGELES, March 11 (UPI) -- The new HBO Max drama Genera+tion, which premieres Thursday, follows a tradition of HBO teen dramas like Euphoria and We Are What We Are. All three portray diverse groups of high school teenagers, but Genera+ion cast members, and its 19-year-old co-creator, Zelda Barnz, told Television Critics Association members it's a mistake to lump the three shows together. Justice Smith said the teenage protagonists are the only similarities the shows have in common. Smith, 25, plays Chester, an openly gay teenager who gets in trouble at school for dressing too provocatively. Advertisement "These are all very different stories, but we're in a new zeitgeist now where we're accurately depicting what adolescent life is like," Smith said on a TCA Zoom panel. "I'm also grate...