Inside a cramped writers room in a Hollywood office building, a team of overage teenagers was debating how a Los Angeles high schooler might carry on a conversation with a counselor about being the victim of domestic violence.
"I'm not sure the character's reaction would be hesitation so much as defensiveness," one said.
"Yeah, I think she'd be, like, 'You don't understand! I'm his girlfriend! I want to make him happy!" another chimed in.
This is how Hulu's popular teen soap "East Los High" gets made. In these quarters, telenovela meets after-school special, spawning story lines that had laptop and cellphone screens fogged up in its first...