Between (TV series)
|Created by||Michael McGowan|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||12 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Picture format||1080p (16:9 HDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital Plus 5.1|
|Original release||May 21, 2015 – present|
Between is a Canadian science fiction drama television series which debuted May 21, 2015 on City. Created by Michael McGowan, the series stars Jennette McCurdy as Wiley Day, a pregnant teenage daughter of a minister living in the small town of Pretty Lake, which is coping with a mysterious disease that has killed everybody over age 21.
The series is a co-production between City and Netflix, which distributes the series outside of Canada as a Netflix Original Series. The series was renewed for a second season on July 8, 2015, which premiered on June 30, 2016.
Between is the story of a small town and surrounding rural area under siege from a mysterious disease that has wiped out everybody aged 22 and older. The series also explores numerous themes: the power vacuum that results when the government quarantines a 10 square mile zone and leaves the inhabitants to fend for themselves; the desire of inhabitants to escape, ignoring that they will spread the deadly disease to the entire planet; and the effect of hormonal teenaged/young adult angst becoming the guiding force for an entire community.
Cast and characters
- Jennette McCurdy as Wiley Day
- Jesse Carere as Adam Jones
- Ryan Allen as Gord
- Justin Kelly as Chuck Lott Jr.
- Kyle Mac as Ronnie Creeker
- Jack Murray as Mark
- Brooke Palsson as Melissa Day
- Stephen Bogaert as Charles Lott Sr., Chuck's father
- Samantha Munro as Stacey
- Rick Roberts as Clarence Jones, Adam's father
- Steven Grayhm as Liam Cullen (season 2)
- Percy Hynes White as Harrison (season 2)
- Mercedes Morris as Renee (season 2)
- Shailyn Pierre-Dixon as Frances (recurring season 1, main season 2)
- Jordan Todosey as Tracey (recurring season 1, main season 2)
- Rosemary Dunsmore as Minister Miller (season 2)
- Pascal Langdale as Dexter Crane (season 2)
- Krystal Nausbaum as Amanda
- Jim Watson as Pat
- Jesse Bostick as Felix
- Shailene Garnett as Ms. Symonds
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||6||May 21, 2015||June 25, 2015|
|2||6||July 1, 2016||July 1, 2016|
The series was originally set for a season of six one-hour episodes, co-produced and financed by City and Netflix as part of a collaboration deal. The series represents the first major television solo starring role for McCurdy.
Production of season 1 began on October 20, 2014. City aired an exclusive preview of the series during their broadcast of the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, and the series premiered on May 21, 2015.
Jesse Carere was promoted to managing director for season 2. Production of season 2 began in January 2016, with six one-hour episodes like the first season. The series shot though March 11, 2016, with two new characters, Lium (played by Steven Grayhm) and Renee (played by Mercedes Morris).
Between the Lines
As an accompaniment to the show, a web series called Between the Lines has been released, featuring eight two-minute webisodes. The web series follows the character Amanda as she interviews students at Pretty Lake High as an assignment for the school’s yearbook. The series begins pre-outbreak, and continues throughout the quarantine and ensuing chaos, taking an in-depth look at a different character each week. The first installment of the web series was posted on May 22, 2015, with new webisodes made available every week on CityTV.com, after each TV episode broadcasts. The season 2 edition of the web series, a six-part video diary kept by Wiley and Adam, became available on June 23, 2016.
In addition, season 2 includes an after-show web component called Inside Between, hosted by Jim Watson and streaming live (then remaining available) on CityTV.com's Between page, directly following each TV episode's initial broadcast on City.
Per the collaboration deal, the series airs terrestrially on City, and streams on Shomi in Canada and Netflix internationally. It is the first series originating from Canada to air on Netflix from its inception.
Episodes air on a week by week basis on City, on Thursdays at 8 PM Eastern Time. During season 1, they were later added on week by week basis on Netflix, for international viewing at 11:30 PM Eastern. Season 1 was added to Netflix's Canadian service one year after its Shomi debut. For season 2, all six episodes were released on Netflix on July 1st, 2016, outside of Canada.
Between's season 1 ratings on City pulled a combined 3.2 million viewers, reaching roughly 10% of the Canadian population. The show performed at 31% in the desirable 18–34 age demographic, significantly above the channel average of 19% for the demographic.
Brian Lowry of Variety called Between "an utterly ho-hum addition to Netflix's original lineup". Keith Uhlich of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "It's the end of the world as they know it, and viewers won't care." Mike Hale of The New York Times called it a "familiar ensemble soap opera with conspiracy-theory embroidery". Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times wrote, "The town is lovely, the premise solid if overfamiliar, but the script lacks both depth and tension (big problem), and McCurdy is one of the few cast members who can act." Kevin P. Sullivan of Entertainment Weekly rated it C− and criticized the show's writing. Joshua Alston of The A.V. Club rated it C+ and wrote that the series lacks a compelling hook.
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