Alumna Ashley Lyle '07 Is Co-Creator of Showtime's New Series 'Yellowjackets'
BY Angeline Dimambro, October 8, 2021
Alumna Ashley Lyle ’07 (CC ’02) is the co-creator of Yellowjackets, a new Showtime series that will premiere on November 14, 2021. In addition to being the co-creator of the series, Lyle also serves as co-writer and executive producer.
Yellowjackets is the saga of a wildly-talented high school girls soccer team who become the (un)lucky survivors of a plane crash deep in the remote northern wilderness. The series chronicles their descent from a complicated but thriving team to savage clans, while also tracking the lives they’ve attempted to piece back together nearly 25 years later, proving that the past is never really past and what began out in the wilderness is far from over. Showtime describes the show as “equal parts survival epic, psychological horror story and coming-of-age drama.”
The series stars Oscar and Emmy nominee Juliette Lewis, Emmy nominee Christina Ricci, Melanie Lynskey (Castle Rock), and Tawny Cypress (Unforgettable). Additional stars include Ella Purnell (Sweetbitter), Samantha Hanratty (Shameless), Sophie Thatcher (Prospect), Sophie Nélisse (The Book Thief), Steven Krueger (The Originals), Jasmin Savoy Brown (The Leftovers), and Warren Kole (Shades of Blue). Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body, Girlfight, Æon Flux) directs the pilot episode.
Watch the trailer for the series below and tune in on November 14, 2021 at 10:00 pm ET for the premiere on Showtime.
Born in New Jersey, Ashley Lyle received her MFA from Columbia University in 2007 and has since worked on multiple award-winning TV shows. Alongside her husband and writing partner Bart Nickerson, she wrote on the first three seasons of The Originals, on season three of Narcos, as well as season one and two of Narcos: Mexico. The two served as writers and co-executive producers on the first season of AMC's Dispatches From Elsewhere with Jason Segel. She currently lives in Los Angeles.