A.N.T. Farm

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A.N.T. Farm
A.N.T.Farm.png
FormatTeen sitcom
Musical show
Created byDan Signer
Starring
Theme music composerToby Gad, Lindy Robbins, China Anne McClain, Lauryn McClain, and Sierra McClain
Opening theme"Exceptional", performed by China Anne McClain
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes62 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Camera setupVideotape (filmized);
Multi-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)
Broadcast
Original channelDisney Channel
Picture format480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original runMay 6, 2011 (2011-05-06) – March 21, 2014 (2014-03-21)
External links
Website
 
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A.N.T. Farm
A.N.T.Farm.png
FormatTeen sitcom
Musical show
Created byDan Signer
Starring
Theme music composerToby Gad, Lindy Robbins, China Anne McClain, Lauryn McClain, and Sierra McClain
Opening theme"Exceptional", performed by China Anne McClain
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes62 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Camera setupVideotape (filmized);
Multi-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)
Broadcast
Original channelDisney Channel
Picture format480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original runMay 6, 2011 (2011-05-06) – March 21, 2014 (2014-03-21)
External links
Website

A.N.T. Farm is an American sitcom which originally aired on Disney Channel from May 6, 2011 to March 21, 2014. It first aired on May 6, 2011, as a special one-episode preview and continued as a regular series starting on June 17, 2011.[1] After airing as the preview of the series, the pilot episode "transplANTed" later re-aired after the series finale of The Suite Life on Deck.[2] The series was created by Dan Signer, a former writer and co-executive producer of The Suite Life on Deck and creator of the YTV series Mr. Young. In mid-November 2010, Disney Channel greenlighted the series,[3] with production beginning in early 2011.[4] The first promo was released during the premiere of Lemonade Mouth.

Taking place in San Francisco, the series stars China Anne McClain, Sierra McCormick, and Jake Short as middle-schoolers in a gifted program at their local high school called the "Advanced Natural Talent" or "A.N.T." program.

Plot[edit]

A.N.T. Farm revolves around Chyna Parks (China Anne McClain), an 11-year-old musical prodigy, who has just become the newest A.N.T. (Advanced Natural Talents) in the A.N.T. program at Webster High School in San Francisco, California. On her first day, she meets Olive Doyle (Sierra McCormick), an odd girl who has a photographic memory, and Fletcher Quimby (Jake Short), an artistic genius (but otherwise quite dim) who falls deeply in love with her when they first meet. They soon become her best friends at the high school. They proceed to go on multiple adventures, using their talents to their advantage. Before Chyna meets Olive and Fletcher, she meets Gibson (Zach Steel), the counselor, tutor, and therapist of the A.N.T. Farm, who is a strange, goofy guy who isn't the brightest person. The school's "it" girl, Lexi Reed (Stefanie Scott), is one of the teenagers who thinks the ants are little kids at Webster. She proceeds to bully Chyna, thinking of her as competition in being the star of the school. Chyna's bumbling older brother, Cameron (Carlon Jeffery), attempts to avoid Chyna in high school as much as he can, afraid she will be an embarrassment to him. Lexi's best friend Paisley, (Allie DeBerry) and Chyna, Olive, and Fletcher's friend Angus (Aedin Mincks) share major recurring roles on the series.

Season 3 takes place at a boarding school instead of at Webster High School held by a big technology company, Z Tech, ran by Zoltan Grundy (Dominic Burgess[5]). The series ended with Fletcher (Jake Short) winning an art fellowship in New York City.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Disney Channel announced on November 11, 2010 that they had greenlighted the show for production, which began in early 2011.[6] The show was first conceived when Dan Signer, creator of the show, saw China Anne McClain. "The girl had so much confidence. She can nail a joke. She can sing. She can play instruments. It's like China was some sort of child prodigy [...] And that's when it hit me: Why not build a show around a child prodigy? Someone who's got all of this natural talent & ability, but is still challenged when she's sent off to high school at the age of 11?" Signer said in an interview.[7] After the first few episodes of the show were shown, Disney Channel bumped up their order of episodes for the show from 13 episodes to 26 episodes for the first season.[7] On November 19, 2011, the series was renewed for a second season, which would start filming in early December.[8]

Casting[edit]

Sierra McCormick was cast after an audition where she continually talked about tigers. Dan Signer stated "And as I heard her continually talking about tigers, I thought 'That's just how Olive would sound,' because Olive is a fast talking, intelligent student whose talent is memory. Which is how Sierra got that part."[7] Jake Short was the last of the three core characters to be cast. Caroline Sunshine was originally cast as Lexi and Stefanie Scott as the role of Tinka Hessenheffer in Shake It Up!, but Dan Signer decided that Sunshine would be better as Tinka and Scott as Lexi, so the two switched roles. Sunshine, however, would later guest star in the episode "some enchANTed evening".

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Lexi ReedOlive DoyleChyna ParksFletcher QuimbyCameron Parks
The season 1 and 2 main characters of A.N.T. Farm: (from left to right) Lexi Reed, Olive Doyle, Chyna Parks, Fletcher Quimby, and Cameron Parks. Can also use cursor to identify.

Recurring characters[edit]

Special guest stars[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired (U.S. dates)
Season premiereSeason finale
125May 6, 2011 (2011-05-06) (preview)[10]
June 17, 2011 (2011-06-17) (premiere)[1]
April 13, 2012 (2012-04-13)
220June 1, 2012 (2012-06-01)April 26, 2013 (2013-04-26)
317May 31, 2013 (2013-05-31)[11]March 21, 2014 (2014-03-21)

Special episodes[edit]

TitleTypeAir date
"America Needs TalANT"Special episodeNovember 25, 2011
"chANTs of a Lifetime"Special episodeNovember 23, 2012
"trANTsferred"Special episodeMay 31, 2013

Songs[edit]

List of songs in A.N.T. Farm
TitlePerformerEpisodeSoundtrack
"Exceptional"China Anne McClainAll episodes (opening credits) and influANTcesA.N.T. Farm
"Dynamite"China Anne McClaintransplANTedA.N.T. Farm
"My Crush"China Anne McClainreplicANTA.N.T. Farm
"Unstoppable"China Anne McClainmanagemANTA.N.T. Farm
"Calling All the Monsters"China Anne McClainmutANT farm and mutANT farm 2A.N.T. Farm
"Beautiful"China Anne McClainAmerica Needs TalANTA.N.T. Farm
"DNA"China Anne McClaincreative consultANTDisney Channel Play It Loud
"Dancin' by Myself"China Anne McClainfANTasy girl and ANTswersDisney Channel Play It Loud
"I Got My Scream On"China Anne McClainmutANT farm 2Make Your Mark: Ultimate Playlist
"Go"McClain SisterschANTs of a lifetimeGo - Single
"How Do I Get There from Here"China Anne McClainchANTs of a lifetimeMake Your Mark: Ultimate Playlist
"Stars Aligning"China Anne McClaintrANTsferredN/A
"Turn Back the Clock"China Anne McClainpast, presANT, and futureN/A
"Wild Card"China Anne McClainuncanny resemblANTsN/A
"Silent Night"China Anne McClainsilANT nightN/A
"Do Your Own Thing"China Anne McClain and Roshon Feganthe New York experiANTsN/A

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

The sneak preview of the series garnered 4.4 million viewers on its premiere night, ranked as TV's No. 1 Telecast in Total Day among Tweens 9-14 (441,000/1.8 rating) and was also TV's No. 1 Telecast among Kids 6-11 (544,000/2.2 rating).[12] Its lead-in, the series finale of The Suite Life on Deck, received 4.6 million.[12]

The episode "The PhANTom Locker", is currently the most watched episode of the series, scoring 4.6 million viewers.,[8] But on Friday, August 5, 2011 a random episode scored 4.9 right after the Phineas and Ferb Across the 2nd dimension.[13] It did better than its lead-in Wizards of Waverly Place, which earned 4.1 million viewers.[8]

In Australia the episode "transplANTed" delivered 80,000 viewers.[14] In the United Kingdom the same episode had 321,000 viewers[15] and the episode "participANTs" garnered 240,000 viewers.[16]

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
2011J-14's Teen Icon AwardsIcon To TomorrowChina Anne McClainA.N.T. FarmNominated
2012Nickelodeon Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite TV ActorJake ShortWon
Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a TV series – Supporting Young ActressStefanie ScottWon
Best Performance in a TV series – Guest Starring Young Actress Ten and UnderFrancesca CapaldiNominated
Best Performance in a TV series – Recurring Young Actress 17–21Allie DeBerryNominated
2014NAACP Image Awards[17]Outstanding Performance in a Youth/ Children’s Program – (Series or Special)China Anne McClainA.N.T. FarmWon

Broadcast[edit]

In Canada, the show had a preview on May 23, 2011, with the premiere on June 24, 2011.[18] In New Zealand, it premiered on August 15, 2011, and in Australia on the same day, as well on Seven Network on May 19, 2012.[19] It previewed on September 16, 2011, and premiered on October 7, 2011, in the UK and Ireland.[20] In Singapore it was released on October 7, 2011,[citation needed] and in South Africa on December 10, 2011.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gorman, Bill (May 12, 2011). "A.N.T. Farm To Premiere June 17 On Disney Channel USA". TV by the numbers. Retrieved May 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Disney Channel and Disney Junior May 2011 Program Highlights" (DOC). The Walt Disney Company. April 22, 2011. Retrieved April 22, 2011 - March 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ Hibberd, James (November 11, 2010). "Disney Orders Live Action Comedy 'Ant Farm'". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 13 November 2010. Retrieved December 17, 2010. 
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 11, 2010). "Disney Channel Picks Up Comedy 'A.N.T. Farm' To Series". Deadline.com. Retrieved January 5, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Weisman, Jon (October 2, 2012). "Disney Channel renews 'A.N.T. Farm'". Variety. Archived from the original on October 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Disney Channel Greenlights Live-Action Comedy Series "A.N.T. Farm"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved May 8, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c "Dan Signer talks about developing the Disney Channel's newest hit, "A.N.T. Farm"". Jim Hill Media. June 21, 2011. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c Seidman, Robert (June 27, 2011). "Friday Cable Ratings: TNT Movie, 'American Restoration' Lead Cable; 'Smackdown' Steady + "A.N.T. Farm", "Phineas and Ferb" & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  9. ^ TV Guide
  10. ^ "A.N.T. Farm: Cast & Details". TV Guide. Archived from the original on December 5, 2011. "Premiered: May 06, 2011, on Disney" 
  11. ^ Bibel, Sara. "'A.N.T. Farm' Season Three to Premiere Friday, May 31 With a Special One-Hour Episode". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Friday's Series Finale of "The Suite Life on Deck" and Sneak Peek of "A.N.T. Farm" Stand as TV's Top 2 Telecasts in Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14
  13. ^ TV by the Numbers
  14. ^ "Pay TV Ratings Week 34". tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Top 10 12-18 September 2011". barb.co.uk. 
  16. ^ "Top 10 3-9 October 2011". barb.co.uk. 
  17. ^ Couch, Aaron (February 22, 2014). "NAACP Image Awards: The Winners". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  18. ^ "Canadian website". 
  19. ^ "Australian website". 
  20. ^ "UK Website". 
  21. ^ "South African website". 

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