Hemlock Grove (TV series)

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Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove Titlecard.jpg
Season 1 title card
GenreHorror
Thriller
Drama
Supernatural drama
Mystery
FormatSerial drama
Created byBrian McGreevy
(based on his novel)
Developed bySeries:
Brian McGreevy
Lee Shipman
Written byBrian McGreevy
Lee Shipman
StarringFamke Janssen
Bill Skarsgård
Landon Liboiron
Dougray Scott
Penelope Mitchell
Freya Tingley
Composer(s)Nathan Barr
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Eli Roth
Charles H. Eglee
Eric Newman
Michael Connolly
Lee Shipman
Brian McGreevy
Dan Paige
Location(s)Toronto, Ontario
Running time45–58 minutes
Production company(s)Gaumont International Television
ShineBox SMC
DistributorNetflix
Broadcast
Original channelNetflix
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original runApril 19, 2013 (2013-04-19) – present
External links
Website
 
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Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove Titlecard.jpg
Season 1 title card
GenreHorror
Thriller
Drama
Supernatural drama
Mystery
FormatSerial drama
Created byBrian McGreevy
(based on his novel)
Developed bySeries:
Brian McGreevy
Lee Shipman
Written byBrian McGreevy
Lee Shipman
StarringFamke Janssen
Bill Skarsgård
Landon Liboiron
Dougray Scott
Penelope Mitchell
Freya Tingley
Composer(s)Nathan Barr
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Eli Roth
Charles H. Eglee
Eric Newman
Michael Connolly
Lee Shipman
Brian McGreevy
Dan Paige
Location(s)Toronto, Ontario
Running time45–58 minutes
Production company(s)Gaumont International Television
ShineBox SMC
DistributorNetflix
Broadcast
Original channelNetflix
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original runApril 19, 2013 (2013-04-19) – present
External links
Website

Hemlock Grove is an American horror thriller television series for Netflix from executive producer Eli Roth, developed by Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman, and is a production of Gaumont International Television. It is based on McGreevy's novel Hemlock Grove, which was released on March 27, 2012.[1] Hemlock Grove premiered April 19, 2013, with all 13 episodes made available for online viewing.[2] The show takes place in Hemlock Grove, a fictional town in Pennsylvania.

On June 19, 2013, Netflix renewed Hemlock Grove for a second season of 10 episodes to air in 2014.[3] On July 18, 2013 Netflix earned the first Primetime Emmy Award nominations for original online only web television for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2013. Three of its web series, House of Cards, Arrested Development and Hemlock Grove, earned nominations.[4]

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Season 1 (2013)[edit source | edit]

The series is set in the town of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania. The town is a mixture of extreme wealth and poverty, as the closing of the town's steel mill many years earlier caused many to lose their jobs. The town's main sources of employment are now the Hemlock Acres Hospital and Godfrey Institute for Biomedical Technologies. Run by the powerful Godfrey family, the Institute is rumored to conduct sinister experiments on a daily basis. The town's rumor mill turns even more twisted when two teenage girls are brutally killed, their bodies left for unsuspecting people to find the next day. Peter Rumancek, a 17-year-old Romani, is suspected of the crimes by some of the townsfolk and is also rumored to be a werewolf. While he is secretly a werewolf, he is not the killer, and, along with the heir to the Godfrey estate, Roman, he sets out to solve the mystery.

Development and production[edit source | edit]

In December 2011, Deadline.com reported that Netflix and Gaumont International Television were finalizing a deal for a 13-episode series order for Hemlock Grove.[5] The project was officially announced in March 2012.[6] Eli Roth serves as an executive producer and will direct the pilot.[5][7] Deran Sarafian, who signed on in mid-March as an executive producer/series director, directed six episodes.[8][9]

After McGreevy pushed for the series to be filmed in the Pittsburgh area, production was expected to start in early June 2012 and last until November.[10][11] In mid May, Gaumont International Television pulled out of Pennsylvania in favor of production at the Cinespace Film Studios in Toronto.[12] The move came about after Gaumont management had a misunderstanding on how the Pennsylvania Film Tax Credit program works.[13] Filming began on July 13, 2012 in Port Perry, Ontario; a small town about 40 miles (63 km) northeast of Toronto that has been transformed to look like the American town of Hemlock Grove.[14]

The budget for the first season of Hemlock Grove is reportedly about $45 million.[13]

Filming took place in Toronto at St Clair and Yonge at the Deer Park United Church and in Hamilton, Ontario at Hamilton Cemetery. Hemlock Grove High School was filmed at Ursula Franklin Academy/ Western Technical Commercial School in Toronto. It was also filmed in Oshawa at the Parkwood Estate.

Casting[edit source | edit]

In March, Netflix announced that Famke Janssen and Bill Skarsgård would star in the series, Janssen as Olivia Godfrey and Skarsgård as her son, Roman Godfrey.[6] In early April 2012, it was revealed that Peter Rumancek would be portrayed by Landon Liboiron.[15] On April 4, Penelope Mitchell was cast as Roman's cousin, Letha Godfrey.[16] Freya Tingley was cast as Christina Wendall on April 10.[17] On April 12, Dougray Scott was announced as Dr. Norman Godfrey, Olivia's brother-in-law and Letha's father.[18] On July 2, Lili Taylor was cast as Peter Rumancek's mother, and Kandyse McClure was cast as Dr. Chasseur.[19][20] Aaron Douglas was cast as Sheriff Sworn on July 8.[21] In late July 2012, Kaniehtiio Horn joined the cast as Destiny Rumancek.[22]

Music[edit source | edit]

The music for Hemlock Grove is composed by Nathan Barr.[23]

Reception[edit source | edit]

Viewership[edit source | edit]

After its opening weekend, Netflix announced that "Hemlock Grove was viewed by more members globally in its first weekend than was House of Cards."[24]

Critical reception[edit source | edit]

Hemlock Grove has received generally mixed to negative reviews from critics, with a Metacritic score of 46/100.[25] David Hiltbrand of the Philadelphia Inquirer said that the show "manages to be lush, gross, frightening, and ridiculous--all at the same time."[26] Tom Gliatto of People Weekly reviewed the series positively, with a score of 75 out of 100: "The acting is good, especially Bill Skarsgard and Landon Liboiron.... I like the show's languid, dreamlike beauty, but horror fans may be less patient." Jessica Shaw of Entertainment Weekly gave the series a B+.[27] CNet reports that Netflix users have rated the series a 4/5.[28]

On the other hand, Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times called Hemlock Grove "terrible",[29] and Alison Willmore of IndieWire, "a mess".[30] [31] [32] Patrick Smith of The Daily Telegraph said that Hemlock Grove was "corny and emphatically less profound than it thinks it is", giving it two out of five stars overall.[33]

Accolades[edit source | edit]

Hemlock Grove has two nominations for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music and Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects at the 65th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.[34]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ Event Coverage: Eli Roth & Brian McGreevy Talk Hemlock Grove
  2. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (January 9, 2013). ""Hemlock Grove" Eli Roth's Gothic Thriller Developed by Brian McGreevy & Lee Shipman Available Only on Netflix April 19". Deadline.com. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ Seat42f. "Hemlock Grove Renewed". Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Stelter, Brian (2013-07-18). "Netflix Does Well in 2013 Primetime Emmy Nominations". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  5. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (December 12, 2011). "Netflix Nears Order For Eli Roth Horror Drama 'Hemlock Grove' From Eli Roth And Gaumont International Television". Deadline.com. Retrieved July 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Only on Netflix: Premier Horror Suspense Director Eli Roth Reanimates the Gothic Novel With "Hemlock Grove"". The Futon Critic. March 21, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  7. ^ WonderCon Interview: Eli Roth On Hemlock Grove's Werewolf Transformation, Italian Horror Connection & Mainstream Gore
  8. ^ WonderCon 2013: HEMLOCK GROVE Panel Recap Featuring Eli Roth and Famke Janssen
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 16, 2012). "Deran Sarafian Signs With WME, Joins 'Hemlock Grove' As Executive Producer". Deadline.com. Retrieved July 5, 2012. 
  10. ^ Owen, Rob (March 28, 2012). "More on 'Hemlock Grove,' the TV series". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  11. ^ Owen, Rob (May 9, 2012). "Author Brian McGreevy pulled to have 'Hemlock Grove' series filmed near Pittsburgh". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  12. ^ Vlessing, Etan (June 4, 2012). "Hemlock Grove shoot books Toronto’s Cinespace stage". Playback. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b Owen, Rob (May 12, 2012). "TV series pulls plug on filming here". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  14. ^ Hall, Chris (March 16, 2012). "Film crews to return to Port Perry". durhamregion.com. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  15. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (April 3, 2012). "Terra Nova's' Landon Liboiron Joins Netflix's 'Hemlock Grove' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 5, 2012. 
  16. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 2, 2012). "Series 'Hemlock Grove', Pilots 'Malibu Country' & Louis CK/Feresten Add To Casts". Deadline.com. Retrieved July 5, 2012. 
  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 10, 2012). "Latarsha Rose, Omari Hardwick Join 'Mary Jane'; Freya Tingley To 'Hemlock Grove'". Deadline.com. Retrieved July 5, 2012. 
  18. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 12, 2012). "Dougray Scott To Star In Netflix's 'Hemlock Grove'". Deadline.com. Retrieved July 5, 2012. 
  19. ^ Roots, Kimberly (July 2, 2012). "Exclusive: Six Feet Under Vet Lili Taylor Joins Netflix Thriller Series Hemlock Grove". TVLine. Retrieved July 5, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Kandyse McClure Joins Cast Of 'Hemlock Grove'". Deadline.com. July 2, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2012. 
  21. ^ Netflix Castings: ‘House Of Cards’, ‘Hemlock Grove’
  22. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (March 16, 2012). "'18 to Life' Alum to Play Gypsy Witch-Prostitute on Netflix's 'Hemlock Grove' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Nathan Barr to Score Eli Roth's 'Hemlock Grove'". filmmusicreporter.com. July 8, 2012. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  24. ^ Netflix says more members watched ‘Hemlock Grove’ on first weekend than ‘House of Cards'
  25. ^ "Critic Reviews for Hemlock Grove Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  26. ^ A teen scarefest that looks like a big-screen movie
  27. ^ 'Hemlock Grove' review: Gory Netflix series has beating heart
  28. ^ Whitney, Lance (2013-04-19). "Netflix kicks off latest original series 'Hemlock Grove'". CNET. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  29. ^ McNamara, Mary (April 19, 2013). "TV review: 'Hemlock Grove' wallows in its own fake guts". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  30. ^ Willmore, Alison (April 19, 2013). "Netflix's New Series 'Hemlock Grove' is a Ramshackle, Sometimes Interesting Mess of Supernatural Themes and Teen Angst". IndieWire. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  31. ^ Dante D'Orazio of The Verge said the show was "universally panned" on account of its "poor acting, slow plot development, and ... style that's off-key."
  32. ^ D'Orazio, Dante (April 19, 2013). "Netflix's 'Hemlock Grove' arrives amidst storm of negative reviews". The Verge. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  33. ^ Smith, Patrick. "Hemlock Grove, Netflix, review". The Daily Telegraph. 
  34. ^ Hemlock Grove

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