Childrens Hospital

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Childrens Hospital
Childrenshospital.png
Title card
FormatSitcom
Created byRob Corddry
Developed byRob Corddry
Jonathan Stern
David Wain
StarringMalin Åkerman
Lake Bell
Rob Corddry
Erinn Hayes
Rob Huebel
Ken Marino
Megan Mullally
Henry Winkler
Zandy Hartig
Brian Huskey
Narrated byLake Bell
Malin Åkerman
Erinn Hayes
Theme music composerAmy Miles
Composer(s)Matt Novack
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes58 (TV) 10 (Web) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Rob Corddry
Jonathan Stern
David Wain
co-executive producer:
Rich Rosenthal
Running time11 minutes
Production company(s)The Corddry Company
Abominable Pictures
WB Studio 2. 0.
Warner Bros. Television
Williams Street
Broadcast
Original channelTheWB.com (2008)
Adult Swim (2010–present)
Picture format16:9 HDTV
Original runWeb series release:
December 8, 2008
Television series debut:
July 11, 2010 – present
Chronology
Related showsNTSF:SD:SUV::
Newsreaders
External links
Website
 
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Childrens Hospital
Childrenshospital.png
Title card
FormatSitcom
Created byRob Corddry
Developed byRob Corddry
Jonathan Stern
David Wain
StarringMalin Åkerman
Lake Bell
Rob Corddry
Erinn Hayes
Rob Huebel
Ken Marino
Megan Mullally
Henry Winkler
Zandy Hartig
Brian Huskey
Narrated byLake Bell
Malin Åkerman
Erinn Hayes
Theme music composerAmy Miles
Composer(s)Matt Novack
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes58 (TV) 10 (Web) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Rob Corddry
Jonathan Stern
David Wain
co-executive producer:
Rich Rosenthal
Running time11 minutes
Production company(s)The Corddry Company
Abominable Pictures
WB Studio 2. 0.
Warner Bros. Television
Williams Street
Broadcast
Original channelTheWB.com (2008)
Adult Swim (2010–present)
Picture format16:9 HDTV
Original runWeb series release:
December 8, 2008
Television series debut:
July 11, 2010 – present
Chronology
Related showsNTSF:SD:SUV::
Newsreaders
External links
Website

Childrens Hospital is a satirical American comedy television series and web series that lampoons the medical drama genre, created by and starring actor/comedian Rob Corddry. The series began on the web on TheWB.com with ten episodes, roughly five minutes in length, all of which premiered on December 8, 2008.[1] Adult Swim picked up the rights to the show in 2009 and began airing episodes in 2010.[2]

The storyline centers on the staff of Childrens Hospital, a children's hospital named after Dr. Arthur Childrens. The hospital sporadically (and usually without reason) is mentioned as being located within Brazil, despite making virtually no effort to conceal that the series is shot in Los Angeles, California. Corddry is part of an ensemble cast portraying the hospital's doctors, which also includes Lake Bell, Erinn Hayes, Rob Huebel, Ken Marino and Megan Mullally. Malin Åkerman and Henry Winkler joined the cast for season two. Previously recurring Zandy Hartig and Brian Huskey were upped to series regulars in season five.

In 2012 and 2013, the series won a Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Special Class – Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Program.[3]

Synopsis[edit]

Childrens Hospital is a product of TheWB.com. Its webisodes are about 4–5 minutes long, each narrated by mainly Dr. Cat Black (Lake Bell) in Season 1, and by Dr Valerie Flame (Malin Åkerman) in Season 2. The show mocks such medical dramas as St. Elsewhere, House, Grey's Anatomy, General Hospital, Private Practice, Chicago Hope, ER, and Scrubs.[4]

Broadcasting[edit]

Though Comedy Central made a competing offer, the show was picked up by Adult Swim after Corddry decided the comedy style was not suited for the half-hour format Comedy Central wanted. Adult Swim offered half-hour or fifteen minute time slots, and Corddry chose the latter. The original season one webisodes began airing on Adult Swim on July 11, 2010, in groups of two with a new faux-commercial in between the groupings of two webisodes. The channel then debuted the newly produced season two episodes which began airing on August 22, 2010.[2]

On September 1, 2010 Childrens Hospital began airing on the Canadian television channel G4. In Winter 2013, the show began airing on MuchMusic[5] In Australia Childrens Hospital premiered on cable on Comedy Channel on January 26, 2011,[6] and on the ABC's free-to-air channel ABC2 during May–June 2013.

Cast and characters[edit]

The series revolves around the medical staff of Childrens Hospital, featuring an ensemble cast. Within the series, "Childrens Hospital" is a television medical drama, with the real-life actors portraying the actors on the show-within-a-show. For example, Rob Corddry portrays Cutter Spindell, the actor who plays Dr. Blake Downs.

These actors receive top billing in the credits:

Recurring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Production[edit]

During the first three seasons, portions of the show were filmed in North Hollywood Medical Center, the same former hospital used for filming Scrubs and several other movies and television programs.[7] As a parody of the live episode Ambush of ER, the season two finale (aired November 7, 2010) was promoted as a live broadcast.

Related projects[edit]

The mock television advertisements presented with the Adult Swim broadcasts of Childrens Hospital season one would tie into future Adult Swim programs, with a series pickup of crime procedural parody NTSF:SD:SUV:: (National Terrorism Strike Force: San Diego: Sport Utility Vehicle) reported in November 2010,[8] and Chris Elliott starring in Eagleheart, which premiered in February 2011. The fictional health drink Nutricai was prominently featured in the Eagleheart episode "Double Your Displeasure."

In June 2011, Rob Corddry revealed that Newsreaders, the fictional news magazine featured in the world of Childrens Hospital, was picked up for development into its own program.[9] In May 2012, Adult Swim announced Newsreaders as part of its series programming for the 2012–13 broadcast season, with former The Daily Show co-executive producer Jim Margolis serving as showrunner, developing Newsreaders with creators Wain, Corddry, and Jonathan Stern.[10] The show premiered January 17, 2013.[11][12]

Corddry has stated that the cast and creative team of Childrens Hospital are working on doing a movie together, separate from Childrens Hospital, with a different story and characters.[9]

Ratings[edit]

Despite the low ratings compared to other cable television series, Childrens Hospital still has received its highest ratings to date on its new midnight (Eastern Time) slot. On Friday, it pulled in 525,000 viewers while Sunday yielded 551,000 (in the 18–34 demographic).[13] Since then, it has once hit the 900,000 mark. Since the start of the third season, the show has been pulling in over 1 million viewers per episode.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Childrens Hospital release info". IMDB.com. July 18, 2010. Retrieved July 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Alex Weprin (October 21, 2009). "Web Series 'Children's Hospital' Jumping to Adult Swim". Broadcasting and Cable. Retrieved July 18, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Childrens Hospital – Awards & Nominations". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ Aaron Barnhart (December 6, 2008). "In Childrens Hospital, Rob Corddry has the RX". Kansas City Blog. Retrieved October 14, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Childrens Hospital Tuesday and Wednesday 11E/8P on MUCH". MuchMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  6. ^ "The official home of Comedy". The Comedy Channel. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  7. ^ Sandra Kofler (July 12, 2010). "Rob Corddry Spoofs Hospital Dramas With ‘Childrens Hospital’". Wall Street Journal. 
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 23, 2010). "Adult Swim Picks Up Crime Drama Parody Series With 12-Episode Order". Deadline. PMC. Retrieved July 19, 2011. "The network has handed a 12-episode order to Paul Scheer's NTSF:SD:SUV:: which, as the title suggests, is a parody of the ubiquitous genre of crime procedurals. […] The project leapfrogged the pilot stage, going from the clip, directed by Eric Appel, straight to series." 
  9. ^ a b Morgan, Sam (June 23, 2011). "Checking In With 'Childrens Hospital': Interview With Rob Corddry". Hollywood.com. Archived from the original on January 25, 2013. Retrieved July 19, 2011. "We’re writing a Childrens Hospital movie. It will have nothing to do with the show. It’s really just the same cast and creative team." 
  10. ^ "Adult Swim Announces Largest Programming Schedule Ever for 2012–13" (press release). Adult Swim. May 16, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  11. ^ Newsreaders: Series Teaser. Adult Swim. November 20, 2012. Retrieved November 23, 2012. "A new spinoff of Childrens Hospital is happening and answers all of your questions about everything, because it's an interview show and that's what it's about. Watch the series premiere January 17th on Adult Swim!" 
  12. ^ "Shows A-Z – newsreaders on adult swim". The Futon Critic. Retrieved January 18, 2013. "Premieres Thursday, January 17 […] TIME SLOT: thursdays from 11:59 PM-12:15 AM EST" 
  13. ^ CH Midnight New RatingsBumpWorthy.com (accessed September 16, 2010)

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