Blue Mountain State

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Blue Mountain State
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Blue Mountain State intertitle
Also known as BMS
Genre Comedy Sport
Created by Eric Falconer
Chris Romano
Developed by Tom Lulu
Written by Peter Schmitz
Directed by Eamon Carty
Creative director(s) Robert Urban
Presented by James Cody
Starring
Opening theme "Hell Yeah" by Rev Theory
Country of origin United States
Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 39 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Chris Romano
Producer(s) Eric Falconer
Editor(s) Noah Grubler
Location(s) Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Running time 20–21 mins
Production company(s) Falconer/Romanski Logo
Varsity Pictures
Lionsgate Television
SGF Entertainment Inc.
Broadcast
Original channel Spike
Picture format 1080i HDTV
Original run January 11, 2010 (2010-01-11)  – November 30, 2011 (2011-11-30)
External links
Website

Blue Mountain State is an American comedy series that premiered on Spike on January 11, 2010. The series producers include Chris Romano and Eric Falconer, and it is produced by Lionsgate Television. The series is about a fictional university, Blue Mountain State, and its football team, "The Mountain Goats." It portrays certain aspects of American university life, including football, sex, binge drinking, drugs, wild partying, and hazing.

In February 2012, it was reported that Blue Mountain State would not be renewed for a fourth season.[1] On April 8, 2014, The BMS Movie was announced and a Kickstarter launched on April 15, 2014. The Kickstarter campaign reached its goal of $1.5 million on May 11, 2014.

Cast[edit]

Name Portrayed by Position Seasons
1 2 3
Main Cast
Alex Moran Darin Brooks Quarterback Second String Starter; Capt. (1–3)
Kevin "Thad" Castle Alan Ritchson Linebacker Starter; Capt. Starter; Capt. (4–13)
Craig Shilo Sam Jones III Running Back Starter
Radon Randell Page Kennedy Quarterback Starter
Sampson "Sammy" Cacciatore Chris Romano Team Mascot Billy, The Mountain Goat
Mary Jo Cacciatore Frankie Shaw Cheerleader Cheerleader
Denise Roy Gabrielle Dennis Craig Shilo's girlfriend Student
Martin "Marty" Daniels Ed Marinaro Head Coach Head Coach
Recurring Cast
Larry Summers Omari Newton Defensive Back Starter
Jon Jon Hendricks Kwasi Songui Assistant Coach Assistant Coach
Donald "Donnie" Schrab Rob Ramsay Center Starter
Harmon Tedesco James Cade Placekicker Starting Kicker
Travis McKenna Stephen Amell Quarterback Starter
Kate Meghan Heffern Cheerleader Cheerleader
Debra Simon Denise Richards Daniels' Ex-wife Team supporter
Marcus Gilday Anthony Lemke Offensive Coordinator Offensive Coordinator

Main[edit]

  • Alex Moran (Brooks): A Junior starting quarterback, acting Captain, from Cheyenne, Wyoming. He was the first 10,000 yard passer in Wyoming High School history. Unlike the rest of the characters, Alex does not see college football as a stepping stone for the NFL and is content to spend his days as a back-up player and a life as an "Average Joe" once he graduates from college. Instead, he is dedicated to having as much fun as humanly possible while in college, which includes getting drunk and having sex. In the second season finale he begins dating Mary Jo, but this ends once she turns out to be a lesbian. He lives at the Goat House with Thad and Sammy, who use it also as a frequent place to hold parties. As of Season 3, Alex holds the school passing touchdown record for a single game with 7 touchdowns, a record previously held by John Elway. His junior year he became starting quarterback. He wanted to be red shirted at first, then he saw the perks of being Blue Mountain State's starting quarterback so he decided to keep his role. After episode 4 of season 3 "The Peak" he realizes that he can go far in football. He decides that he should work towards playing in the NFL.
  • Sammy Cacciatore (Romano): The team mascot (Billy, The Mountain Goat Mascot) from Cheyenne, Wyoming and Alex's roommate, childhood friend and Mary Jo's half brother. He's constantly searching for girls and excuses to get drunk, with his drinking often leading him into misadventure. He lives in a closet at the Goat House with Thad and Alex. Sammy is often used by Thad to conduct favors and chores to keep his old closet at the Goat House.
  • Kevin "Thad" Castle (Ritchson): A Senior linebacker/team captain from Connecticut. Despite his status as a two time consensus All-American and team record holder for most tackles in a game (a game which he was subsequently ejected from for calling referees "butt faces[2] "), Thad often annoys his teammates due to his bullying and high strung antics when things do not go his way. However, he harbors a great love for his team and understands what it takes to be a leader in desperate situations, which garners respect from his comrades despite his behavior. His father died in the military while deployed to Bosnia, where he had an affair resulting in Thad's attractive half-sister, Alma, of whom he is overly protective. He is also heavily prone to engage in excessive homoerotic behavior, especially in the hazing rituals of freshman players. His dedication to the team and willingness to sacrifice anything to ensure the team wins prompted coach Marty Daniels to name him Captain at the beginning of his sophomore year. This is the only time Daniels ever named someone so young captain. Thad lives at the Goat House with Alex and Sammy. His nickname "Thad" came from a childhood lisp that he came to embrace after some kids at school made fun of him for the way he said "sad."
  • Radon Randell (Kennedy) (Starring Season 2) : Radon was the new freshman starting quarterback from Detroit, Michigan whose talent is matched only by his outrageous behavior and huge ego. He apparently served time in prison, and once stated he played football at Rikers. Radon also has a hyperbaric chamber in his dorm room, which he uses for his own entertainment. In the 3rd season premiere, it is said that Radon has a permanent shoulder injury that will no longer allow him to play football.
  • Craig Shilo (Jones) (Starring Season 1) : A running back from Columbus, Ohio. National High School Player of the Year, Craig Shilo was the team's star freshman player. Unlike his teammates, Craig is rather straight-laced and committed to his ultra-manipulative girlfriend Denise, with whom he breaks up when he finds out she cheated on him with other men, including a man from her marketing class whom she tells Craig is an NFL scout. It is revealed by the coaches in the Season 2 premiere that Shilo has apparently transferred to University of Georgia, but Alex corrects them and states he has transferred to Georgia Tech (his character being written out due to Jones' major drug-related arrest).
  • Denise Roy (Dennis) (Starring Season 1) : Denise is Craig Shilo's high school girlfriend. A former homecoming queen and star business student at Blue Mountain State, Denise is a cold and calculating figure who only wants to marry Craig for his money, and withholds sex to make him play better, all the while sleeping around behind his back (having three-ways with two other women and sleeping with a guy from her marketing class). She was often at odds with Alex Moran, who sees through her facade.
  • Mary Jo Cacciatore (Shaw) (Starring Season 2, Recurring Season 3) : Mary Jo is Sammy's younger sister. She is slightly ditzy and interested in Alex, whom she has known since childhood. She is a cheerleader, though the other girls do not like her due to her laziness and coming to practice drunk. In the second season she had sex with Alex Moran in the drunk tank's elevator. In the third season, she becomes a lesbian and it is implied that she had slept with Debra.

Recurring[edit]

Special cameo appearance[edit]

Seasons[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Sneak preview Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2
1 13 N/A January 11, 2010 March 30, 2010 October 5, 2010 August 22, 2011
2 13 October 16, 2010 October 20, 2010 January 19, 2011 September 13, 2011 N/A
3 13 September 17, 2011 September 21, 2011 November 30, 2011 February 4th, 2013 N/A

Reception[edit]

Metacritic gave the series 38 out of 100, from the four reviews it collected.[3] Brian Lowry of Variety found that "Blue Mountain embraces that (crude comedy) aspect of Spike's mandate over all else – putting the bodily function/semi-nudity cart before the sitcom horse."[4] Lowry also stated that, "(Spike) has simply made this too-blue "Mountain" into a comedic molehill."[4] Mark A. Perigard of the Boston Herald gave the series a favorable review saying, "Blue is also frequently funny in a raunchy American Pie way. It's a college comedy in which the guys want to get wasted and laid, in whatever order." Joe Walljasper of the Columbia Daily Tribune describes the series as appealing to those who viewed the film Porky's and "felt that the jokes were a little too high-brow.".[5]

In its first season, the show averaged 949,000 viewers in its first six episodes while improving on the time slot by 165% among men 18–24.[6] In its second season, its premiere drew a 1.34 rating in Men 18–34, up 34% compared to the first season average and was ranked No. 2 in its timeslot. Over the season it showed significant ratings growth compared to season 1, delivering a +33% increase in Men 18–34, +50% in Men 18–24, and +14% in Men 18–49.[7] Season 3 of Blue Mountain State started airing on September 21, 2011 on Spike.[8]

The show has gathered a small cult following after it was released on Netflix.[citation needed] Fans of the show often start petitions and Facebook pages to make Spike bring the show back for a fourth season. Many members of the cast, especially Page Kennedy, hinted at a reunion project in the month leading up the announcement of the film. Kennedy made Vines and tweeted with show stars Darin Brooks, Alan Ritchson, Frankie Shaw, Chris Romano and Sam Jones III.

Filming locations[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

The series premiered on Spike on January 11, 2010 in the United States.[9] In Australia and New Zealand the series airs on MTV Australia and MTV New Zealand respectively, beginning April 22, 2010.[citation needed] The series began airing in the United Kingdom April 18, 2010 on MTV.[citation needed] MTV Germany and Viva (TV station) also broadcast the series with great success in Germany and The Netherlands. MTV Brasil began airing the series August 3, 2010.[10] The show also began airing on The Score in Canada in October 2011.

Season 3 began airing September 21, 2011 on Spike at 11 pm.[11]

Spoofs[edit]

In numerous episodes, Blue Mountain State spoofed on famous movies or television shows.

Feature Film[edit]

In March 2013, Ed Marinaro stated in an interview with Class Act Sports that he was working on a Blue Mountain State film. He continued to hint on Twitter at some 'behind-the-scenes' work being done on said movie.[12] In early March 2014, Page Kennedy started hinting at Blue Mountain State reunion project on Instagram, Vine and Twitter along with Darin Brooks, Kelly Kruger, Alan Ritchson, Sam Jones III, Frankie Shaw and Romanski.

On April 8, 2014, Blue Mountain State: The Movie was officially announced. To help make the announcement, Alan Ritchson, in character as Thad Castle, made a fake video featuring Jimmy Kimmel (the Kimmel footage was from a 2013 interview with Kanye West).

On April 15, the production launched a Kickstarter campaign, much like the hugely successful 2013 campaign by Veronica Mars to get the cancelled show made into a feature film. The project's goal was to raise $1.5 million by May 15 in order to fund the film. There were rewards for donating to campaign, such as personalized tweets from the cast (for donating $10), shot and pint glasses with the BMS logo ($20), and a speaking role in the film (for a $10,000 donation).

On May 11, 2014, the Kickstarter goal of $1.5 million was reached. On May 15, 2014 the Kickstarter campaign ended, with the final funds raised being $1,911,827 from 23,999 backers.[13]

On September 28, 2014, Lev L. Spiro was announced as the director of BMS: The Movie.[14] The film will start filming in November 2014 in Charleston, South Carolina.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vlessing, Etan (February 21, 2012). 293110 "Lionsgate's 'Blue Mountain State' Cancelled By. Spike". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Thad Castle bio". Spike TV. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Blue Mountain State". Metacritic. Retrieved February 10, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Lowry, Brian (January 11, 2010). "Blue Mountain State". Variety. Retrieved February 10, 2010. 
  5. ^ Walljasper, Joe. "TAKE TWO: An alternative look at the day in sports". Columbia, Missouri: Columbia Daily Tribune. Retrieved February 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ Umstead, Thomas (February 26, 2010). "Spike's `Blue Mountain State' Scores Second Season Pickup – high school Football-Themed Series Averaging Nearly 8 Million Viewers". Multichannel News. Retrieved March 1, 2010. 
  7. ^ "'Blue Mountain State' Renewed By Spike For A Third Season". TV by the Numbers. zap2it.com. April 27, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Season Three of "Blue Mountain State" Kicks-Off on Spike Wednesday, September 21". TV by the Numbers. zap2it.com. August 31, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Spike TV Takes to the Field With New Original Scripted Comedy Series Blue Mountain State". TV by the Numbers. zap2it.com. December 9, 2009. 
  10. ^ "MTV Brasil estreia a série Blue Mountain State". Portal MTV. March 10, 2011. Retrieved April 20, 2011. 
  11. ^ FlaxDana (June 21, 2011). "Blue Mountain State Season Two Coming To DVD". SpikeTV. 
  12. ^ Satriano, David (October 19, 2012). "Ed Marinaro tells Class Act Sports exclusively that he is working on a ‘Blue Mountain State’ Movie". Class Act Sports. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  13. ^ https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/773106364/blue-mountain-state-the-movie
  14. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dYp-m_god8
  15. ^ https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/773106364/blue-mountain-state-the-movie

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