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Wonderfalls
Wonderfalls.jpg
Promotional photo. Left to right: Neil Grayston, William Sadler, Diana Scarwid, Tracie Thoms, Tyron Leitso, Katie Finneran, Caroline Dhavernas, Lee Pace
GenreComedy-drama
Fantasy[1][2]
Created byBryan Fuller
Todd Holland
StarringCaroline Dhavernas
Katie Finneran
Tyron Leitso
Lee Pace
William Sadler
Diana Scarwid
Tracie Thoms
Opening theme"I Wonder Why the Wonderfalls" by Andy Partridge
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Bryan Fuller
Todd Holland
Tim Minear
Location(s)Ontario, Canada
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)Living Dead Guy Productions
Walking Bud Productions
Regency Television
20th Century Fox Television
Broadcast
Original channelFox
Picture formatEDTV
Original runMarch 12 – December 15, 2004 (2004-12-15)
 
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Wonderfalls
Wonderfalls.jpg
Promotional photo. Left to right: Neil Grayston, William Sadler, Diana Scarwid, Tracie Thoms, Tyron Leitso, Katie Finneran, Caroline Dhavernas, Lee Pace
GenreComedy-drama
Fantasy[1][2]
Created byBryan Fuller
Todd Holland
StarringCaroline Dhavernas
Katie Finneran
Tyron Leitso
Lee Pace
William Sadler
Diana Scarwid
Tracie Thoms
Opening theme"I Wonder Why the Wonderfalls" by Andy Partridge
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Bryan Fuller
Todd Holland
Tim Minear
Location(s)Ontario, Canada
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)Living Dead Guy Productions
Walking Bud Productions
Regency Television
20th Century Fox Television
Broadcast
Original channelFox
Picture formatEDTV
Original runMarch 12 – December 15, 2004 (2004-12-15)

Wonderfalls is a comedy-drama television series that was broadcast on the Fox television network in 2004.

The show centers on Jaye Tyler (Caroline Dhavernas), a recent Brown University graduate with a philosophy degree, who holds a dead-end job as a sales clerk at a Niagara Falls gift shop. Jaye is the reluctant participant in conversations with various animal figurines — a wax lion, brass monkey, stuffed bear, and mounted fish, among others — which direct her via oblique instructions to help people in need.[3][4]

TV Guide included the series in their 2013 list of 60 shows that were "Cancelled Too Soon".[5]

Production history [edit]

The series was an American production, filmed in Niagara Falls, Ontario and Toronto, Ontario (standing in for Niagara Falls, New York and environs),[2][6] and with several Canadian actors cast in lead roles (including the show’s star). It was created by Bryan Fuller and Todd Holland and executive produced in partnership with Tim Minear. Originally scheduled to debut in the fall of 2003, its premiere was delayed until early 2004. When it finally debuted in March 2004, Wonderfalls received positive reviews from critics,[7][8][9] but had trouble attracting viewers. The pilot episode, "Wax Lion", received a higher Nielsen rating when it was repeated the Thursday after its premiere, and the show was moved from a Friday night time slot to Thursday.[10] There was little notice or promotion of the time change, and the show was subsequently canceled after airing the fourth episode. A fifth episode was advertised but never aired.[11]

Despite its cancellation Wonderfalls developed a loyal fan base. A campaign spearheaded by fans (and an accompanying website) was launched, and several members of the cast and crew visited the site and encouraged the grassroots support.[12][13]

Immediately after the show's cancellation, its producers attempted to interest other networks, including The WB, in picking up the series and some episodes were shown in theatres in Los Angeles during the summer of 2004 in order to raise support for the series.

Post-cancellation[edit]

Wonderfalls was aired by the digital cable network Logo in the summer of 2005. The same summer, the British network Sky1 picked up Wonderfalls and aired the series to completion, though not in the original intended episode order.

The Museum of Television and Radio held a two-day screening of the entire series on January 29 and 30, 2005.[14]

20th Century Fox released the complete series DVD set on February 1, 2005. The DVD set includes all 13 episodes; six commentary tracks by creators Todd Holland and Bryan Fuller, and actors Caroline Dhavernas and Katie Finneran on "Wax Lion", "Crime Dog", "Lovesick Ass", "Safety Canary", "Cocktail Bunny" (with Scotch Ellis Loring) and "Caged Bird"; a behind-the-scenes documentary, an examination of the show's visual effects, and a music video produced for the theme song, "I Wonder Why the Wonderfalls" by Andy Partridge.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Recurring characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Fox aired the first four episodes out of sequence, although the episodes were produced in a different order than was intended for broadcast. The order below is how they are presented on the DVD release.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProduction
code
1"Wax Lion"Todd HollandStory by: Todd Holland & Bryan Fuller
Teleplay by: Bryan Fuller
March 12, 2004 (2004-03-12)1AHM79
Jaye, an Ivy-league educated, underachieving retail employee, begins hearing voices from toy animals, who tell her to do things. 
2"Pink Flamingos"Todd HollandGretchen J. Berg & Aaron HarbertsApril 1, 2004 (2004-04-01)1AHM01
The voices tell Jaye to help a disliked high school classmate organize their high school reunion. 
3"Karma Chameleon"Marita GrabiakTim MinearMarch 19, 2004 (2004-03-19)1AHM10
Jaye helps a young woman who is down on her luck until she begins assuming Jaye's identity. 
4"Wound-Up Penguin"Todd HollandLiz W. GarciaMarch 26, 2004 (2004-03-26)1AHM12
When Jaye encounters a nun who has lost her faith, she shares her experiences with the talking animals with the nun who tries to perform an exorcism on her. 
5"Crime Dog"Allan KroekerKrista VernoffJuly 23, 2004 (2004-07-23)1AHM02
When their illegal housekeeper is deported, a cow creamer's urging sends Jaye and Aaron to Canada to bring her back. 
6"Muffin Buffalo"Craig ZiskGretchen J. Berg & Aaron HarbertsJuly 23, 2004 (2004-07-23)1AHM05
Jaye is finally listening to the voices and hates that her actions are causing people to see her as a hero. Without any prodding from the animals, Jaye befriends a shut-in from the trailer park after she inadvertently hurts his feelings. 
7"Barrel Bear"Jamie BabbitTim Minear & Bryan FullerOctober 27, 2004 (2004-10-27)1AHM03
Jaye helps the first woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel to regain some of her celebrity, until another woman shows up saying that she actually went over the Falls in that barrel. 
8"Lovesick Ass"Todd HollandDan E. Fesman & Harry VictorNovember 3, 2004 (2004-11-03)1AHM04
Worried that she isn't sane enough to enter a relationship, Jaye deflects Eric's advances while they work together to help a Russian mail-order bride whose prospective husband turns out to be a 13-year-old boy. 
9"Safety Canary"Peter LauerLiz W. Garcia & Alexander WooNovember 17, 2004 (2004-11-17)1AHM06
Jaye is determined to turn her and Eric's first date into their last when she begins to realize that she is a maneater like both Mahandra and Aaron say. Kellie Waymire guest starred in this episode; she died shortly after filming, and the closing credits begin with the dedication "In memory of Kellie Waymire."[15] 
10"Lying Pig"Peter O'FallonKrista Vernoff & Abby GewanterJuly 25, 2004 (2004-07-25)1AHM07
While Eric's wife Heidi tries to win him back, Jaye tries to listen to the voice and stay out of the situation, even though it is difficult for her. 
11"Cocktail Bunny"Todd HollandBryan FullerJuly 25, 2004 (2004-07-25)1AHM08
Upset that the voices told her to let Eric go back to Heidi, Jaye is looking for a reason to suspect Heidi of wrongdoing. She misreads the signs that the voices give her, which lead to her alienating Eric. 
12"Totem Mole"Jeremy PodeswaHarry Victor & Dan E. FesmanDecember 8, 2004 (2004-12-08)1AHM09
While visiting an Indian reservation, Jaye encounters the spirit of a holy woman, who she thinks can help silence the animal voices forever. 
13"Caged Bird"Michael LehmannKrista VernoffDecember 15, 2004 (2004-12-15)1AHM11
A bank robber takes Jaye, Sharon, and some of the gift shop employees hostage just as Jaye and Eric are supposed to meet to say a final goodbye. 

An alternate version of the first episode "Wax Lion" exists. It features Kerry Washington playing Mahandra and Adam Scott playing Aaron. On the DVD commentary, the creators state that both actors had to be replaced because they could not commit to future episodes. The ending also omits Gabriel telling Jaye that he is going to marry the nurse (the scene was added because the network wanted the Gabriel subplot resolved, even though the creators disliked the scene).

Planned episodes[edit]

Although the show's creators had intended for the 13 episodes of Wonderfalls to tell a standalone story, they discussed plans for second and third seasons in an interview and episode commentaries featured on the 2005 DVD release of the series. Among the projected storylines mentioned on the DVD:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dillard, Brian J. "Wonderfalls [TV Series]". Allmovie. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Wonderfalls". British Film Institute. London. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ Hofstede, David (2006). ''5000 Episodes And No Commercials: The Ultimate Guide to TV Shows on DVD 2007'', Back Stage Books, ISBN 0-8230-8456-6, p. 331. Books.google.com. Retrieved June 16, 2010. 
  4. ^ Datlow, Ellen, et al. (2005). ''The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eighteenth Annual Collection'', Macmillan, ISBN 0-312-34194-6, p. xxxix – xl. Books.google.com. Retrieved June 16, 2010. 
  5. ^ Roush, Matt (June 3, 2013). "Cancelled Too Soon". TV Guide. pp. 20 and 21
  6. ^ Wonderfalls Tour — Guide to filming locations seen on the show
  7. ^ Tim Goodman (March 12, 2004). "Trinkets are Spirit Guides in Fox's Brilliant 'Wonderfalls', ''San Francisco Chronicle'', March 12, 2004". Sfgate.com. Retrieved June 16, 2010. 
  8. ^ Heffernan, Virginia (March 12, 2004). "Orders Come From a Talking Lion (Made of Wax), ''New York Times'', March 12, 2004". Nytimes.com. Retrieved June 16, 2010. 
  9. ^ Joy Press (February 24, 2004). "Press, Joy. "Guided by Voices", ''Village Voice'', February 24, 2004". Villagevoice.com. Retrieved June 16, 2010. 
  10. ^ Perebinossoff, Philippe, et al. (2005) ''Programming for TV, Radio, and the Internet: Strategy, Development, and Evaluation'', Elsevier, ISBN 0-240-80682-4, p. 277. Books.google.com. Retrieved June 16, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Cancellation notice from". Tim Minear. April 3, 2004. Retrieved June 16, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Save Wonderfalls". Save Wonderfalls. Retrieved June 16, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Save Wonderfalls — Thanks from Bryan Fuller". Archived from the original on June 3, 2004. 
  14. ^ "Marathon Screening of Wonderfalls!". January 11, 2005. Retrieved December 19, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Safety Canary". Wonderfalls. Event occurs at 43:12.

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