Suburgatory

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Suburgatory
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GenreSitcom
Satire
Created byEmily Kapnek
StarringJane Levy
Jeremy Sisto
Ana Gasteyer
Rex Lee
Carly Chaikin
Allie Grant
Chris Parnell
Alan Tudyk
Cheryl Hines
Narrated byJane Levy
Opening theme"Pleasant Nightmare" by Alih Jey
Composer(s)Jared Faber
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Emily Kapnek
Michael Fresco
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Piece of Pie Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Picture format720p (HDTV)
Original runSeptember 28, 2011 (2011-09-28) – present
External links
Official website
 
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Suburgatory
Suburgatoryintertitle.png
GenreSitcom
Satire
Created byEmily Kapnek
StarringJane Levy
Jeremy Sisto
Ana Gasteyer
Rex Lee
Carly Chaikin
Allie Grant
Chris Parnell
Alan Tudyk
Cheryl Hines
Narrated byJane Levy
Opening theme"Pleasant Nightmare" by Alih Jey
Composer(s)Jared Faber
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Emily Kapnek
Michael Fresco
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Piece of Pie Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Picture format720p (HDTV)
Original runSeptember 28, 2011 (2011-09-28) – present
External links
Official website

Suburgatory is an American sitcom television series created by Emily Kapnek, airing on ABC. The series premiered on September 28, 2011, airing on Wednesday nights at 8:30/7:30 Central following The Middle.[1] The title is a portmanteau, thought up by former CNN Senior Producer Linda Keenan, of the words "suburban" and "purgatory". On May 10, 2012, the show was renewed for a second season,[2] which is scheduled to premiere October 17, 2012.[3]

Contents

Premise

The series follows George Altman, a single father who decides to get away from New York City to the suburbs so he can give his teenage daughter, Tessa, a better life. However, their move to the suburbs has the daughter wondering if they just entered the world of The Stepford Wives after they see how "perfect" their new locale is, right down to the neighbors who welcome them into the cul-de-sac.

Cast

Main cast

Recurring cast

Production

The series first appeared on ABC's development slate in October 2010.[4] On January 14, 2011, ABC placed a pilot order, written by Emily Kapnek and directed by Michael Fresco, who also serve as executive producers.[5][6] The half-hour comedy is produced by Warner Bros. Television.

Casting announcements began in February 2011, with Jane Levy the first actor cast, playing the role of Tessa Altman, a Manhattan teen who has been raised for the last fifteen years by a single father, George. Tessa dreads the idea of ​​living in the suburbs.[7] Next to join the series was Alan Tudyk in the role of Noah Werner, George's college buddy and a dentist who moved to the suburbs some years earlier.[8] Allie Grant then joined the series as Lisa Shay, a socially awkward girl at school who befriends Tessa.[9] Jeremy Sisto and Carly Chaikin followed with Sisto playing George Altman, Tessa's architect father who moves her from Manhattan to the suburbs, and Chaikin playing Dalia Royce, Tessa's neighbor who quickly becomes her nemesis at school.[10] Cheryl Hines was next cast in the role of Dallas Royce, a well-to-do housewife and the mother of Dalia. She tells George that her absentee husband (Jay Mohr) "travels a lot".[11] Rex Lee was the last actor cast, playing Mr. Wolfe, Tessa's clueless high school guidance counselor. He was originally a guest star but was upped to a series regular after the pilot.[12] Saturday Night Live (SNL) alumna Ana Gasteyer plays the Altmans' domineering neighbor, Sheila Shay, whom they vainly try to avoid. Fellow SNL alum Chris Parnell plays Fred, her husband, who toes the line. The Shays have two children: Lisa, who is Tessa's closest thing to a friend, and Ryan (Parker Young).

On May 13, 2011, ABC ordered the pilot to series, to air in the fall of the 2011–12 United States network television schedule.[13][14] Suburgatory premiered on September 28, 2011 and currently airs on Wednesday nights at 8:30/7:30 central following The Middle.[15] After initially ordering 11 episodes, ABC picked up Suburgatory for a full season on October 13, 2011.[16] On December 16, 2011, it was announced that Alicia Silverstone would have a recurring role as Eden, a potential love interest for single father George. This will mark the second time Silverstone and Jeremy Sisto have worked together, since first working on the 1995 American comedy film, Clueless.[17][18][19]

On March 23, 2012, ABC announced that the series was renewed for the 2012–2013 television season.[20] It will air after Modern Family, on 9:30/8:30 central timeslot replacing the new series The Neighbors which was originally scheduled to air in that timeslot.[21]

Theme song

The theme song, "Pleasant Nightmare", was written by Jared Faber and Emily Kapnek and is sung by Alih Jey.[22] The theme song is slightly different in episode 22 (the last episode of season 1).

Location and setting

The series takes place in the fictional town of Chatswin.[23] According to the onscreen map animation displayed in the opening credits, the true location of the town is in southern Westchester County, an affluent suburban county north of New York City. The 914 area code would also indicate it is in Westchester County. [24] In episode 13, George Altman enters his zip-code as 10805, which is a postal code in New Rochelle, New York. [25]

The series takes its title from Suburgatory: Twisted Tales from Darkest Suburbia, a book by former CNN Senior Producer Linda Keenan, based in part on her experiences after she moved from New York City to three affluent suburbs, the first of which was in Westchester County. The book, released on October 11, 2011, thirteen days after the show premiered, is described on the front cover as "The Title behind the ABC Sitcom".[26]

Critical reception

The show has been met with generally positive reviews, with an initial score of 70 out of 100 from Metacritic.[27] "Kapnek manages to make a show that is both satiric and emotionally engaging", said David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle, "two varieties of comedy [that] don't always work well together."[28] On the other end, Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times blasted the show. "[It] begins with a tenuous premise, uses it to leap to an inaccurate dichotomy and supports that with tired, unfunny stereotypes."[29]

Ratings

The debut episode did well, scoring a 3.3 among the 18–49 demos with 9.81 million viewers tuning in.[30] Later episodes of the show have been performing well, with steady ratings so far during its first season. As of January 12, 2012, the show's viewership has averaged 8.7 million.

SeasonTimeslot (ET)# Ep.PremieredEndedTV SeasonRankViewers
(in millions)
DatePremiere Viewers
(in millions)
DateFinale Viewers
(in millions)
1Wednesday 8:30 pm22
September 28, 2011
9.81[31]
May 16, 2012
5.35[32]2011–2012#71[33]7.25[33]
2Wednesday 9:30 pmTBA
October 17, 2012[3]
TBA
TBA
TBA2012–2013TBATBA

Awards & nominations

Suburgatory was nominated for a 2012 People's Choice Award for "Favorite New TV Comedy", but lost to 2 Broke Girls.

YearAwardCategoryRecipients and nomineesOutcome
2012People's Choice AwardFavorite New TV ComedySuburgatoryNominated
Critics' Choice Television AwardsBest Comedy Supporting ActressCheryl HinesNominated

International broadcasts

The series has been picked up in Canada by Citytv, where it is simulcast with the ABC broadcasts.[34] In Latin America the series premiered on October 31, 2011 on Warner Channel.[35] In the Republic of Ireland the show began broadcasting on RTÉ Two from March 21, 2012[36] airing Wednesdays at 19:00. In Spain, it premiered on Cosmopolitan TV on January 13, 2012.[37] The series began airing on GO! in Australia on February 5, 2012. It premiered in Serbia on Serbian HBO Comedy on February 27, 2012, the Serbian name of the show is Čistilište u predgrađu.[38] It also premiered in Poland on Polish HBO Comedy, on February 27, 2012, as Podmiejski czyściec (Suburban Purgatory).[39] The show began airing in New Zealand on TV2 on February 14, 2012. In the UK, Suburgatory started airing on Channel 4's digital channel E4 from 17 July 2012.[40] For Germany, ProSiebenSat.1 has picked up the series and will start airing it on Wednesday nights beginning on August 29.[41] It is also shown in Denmark on TV2 Zulu.

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