Chasing the Saturdays

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This article is about the documentary of the band. For the band's EP, see Chasing the Saturdays (EP).
Chasing the Saturdays
ChasingTheSaturdayslogo.jpg
Genre Documentary
Format Reality
Created by Peter Engel
Albert Spevak
Developed by
  • Perry Dance
  • Ted Iredell
  • Peter Loraine
  • Jay James
Starring
Theme music composer The Saturdays
Opening theme "Somebody Else's Life"[1]
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Albert Spevak
  • Jay James
  • Perry Dance
  • Peter Engel
  • Peter Loraine
  • Ted Iredell
Camera setup Single
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Comcast Entertainment Studios
Broadcast
Original channel E!
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run January 20, 2013 (2013-01-20) – May 14, 2013 (2013-05-14)
External links
Series website

Chasing the Saturdays is an American reality documentary television series that follows the English-Irish girl group The Saturdays. The series premiered on January 20, 2013, at 10 pm ET/PT on E!.[2]

On May 14, 2013, it was reported that the show would not be returning for a second season. However, a representative for The Saturdays stated that the series was only commissioned for one season and although the series won't be returning, a Christmas special is a possibility.

On June 1, 2013, 4Music revealed an advert which announced that the show should premiere on their channel soon. Another advert then revealed the show would premiere on 13 June 2013 at 9pm.

Premise[edit]

The series chronicles the lives of the group who, after scoring a string of hits in their native United Kingdom, attempt to strike it big in the United States through their signing with Mercury Records, as they prepare to promote their first American album release. In addition, the series details the personal and private lives of each of the five members.

Production[edit]

The series was ordered by E! president Suzanne Kolb,[3] who said "The Saturdays are a pop phenomenon with magnetic appeal and tremendous talent, and we are excited to capture their next chapter as they win over the hearts and playlists of America," adding that "'Chasing The Saturdays' is a perfect addition to E!'s popular Sunday night reality block, which continues to deliver can't miss original programming to viewers year-round."[4]

Cast[edit]

Cast member Notes
Main cast
Frankie Sandford Prior to being in The Saturdays, Frankie was in a group called S Club Juniors with Rochelle. She is engaged to footballer Wayne Bridge[5] and their first child, Parker Bridge, was born on 18 October 2013.
Mollie King Mollie King is the only single member from the group.
Rochelle Humes Rochelle Humes is the second youngest, but tallest in the group. Prior to being in The Saturdays, she was in S Club Juniors with Frankie. She is married to JLS star Marvin Humes[6] Rochelle and Marvin confirmed the arrival of their first child, a girl named Alaia-Mai, on May 20, 2013.[7][8]
Una Healy Una is the oldest member of the group. She has a daughter called Aoife-Belle[9][10] with husband Ben Foden.[11]
Vanessa White Vanessa is the youngest member of the group.[12] Her boyfriend's name is Gary.
Supporting cast
Peter Loraine Peter Loraine is the manager of The Saturdays.
Ben Foden Ben is a rugby player. He is the husband of Una and the father of Aoife-Belle.
Aoife-Belle Foden Aoife-Belle is the daughter of Una Healy and Ben Foden.
Marvin Humes Marvin Humes is a singer and is in a boy band called JLS. He is Rochelle's husband[6] and they confirmed the arrival of their first child, a girl named Alaia-Mai Humes, on May 20, 2013.[7][8]
Victoria Sandford Victoria Sandford is Frankie's sister

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
Season premiere Season finale
1 10 January 20, 2013 (2013-01-20) March 25, 2013 (2013-03-25)
No. Title UK air date U.S. air date U.S. viewers UK viewers
1 "UnitedSatsofAmerica" February 3, 2013 (2013-02-03) January 20, 2013 (2013-01-20) 914,000[13] 72,000[14]
The Saturdays arrive in the U.S.
2 "SatsCriesandVideotape" February 10, 2013 (2013-02-10) January 21, 2013 (2013-01-21) 600,000[15] 62,000
Vanessa is the centre of attention when her arguing between her and her boyfriend affects the band while they produce a music video for the group's first U.S. single.
3 "SatsontheBeach" February 17, 2013 (2013-02-17) January 27, 2013 (2013-01-27) 617,000[16] 107,000
Vanessa and Frankie help Mollie move past a previous relationship by introducing her to a new guy, while Rochelle's money spending habits worry Una.
4 "DeepFriedSats" February 24, 2013 (2013-02-24) February 10, 2013 (2013-02-10) 371,000[17] N/A
The group hangs out with The Wanted at the L.A. County Fair. Frankie has a panic attack prior to a club performance.
5 "SatsandtheCity" March 3, 2013 (2013-03-03) February 17, 2013 (2013-02-17) 497,000[18] 73,000
Una and Vanessa bond while out on the town and Rochelle finds out some shocking news.
6 "HomeSweetSats" March 10, 2013 (2013-03-10) February 18, 2013 (2013-02-18) 432,000[19] 124,000
The group goes back to London but an unexpected injury might delay their return to the United States. Frankie sets up a date for Mollie.
7 "KeepCalmandSatsOn" February 17, 2013 (2013-02-17) March 4, 2013 (2013-03-04) 292,000[20] 98,000
Una is unsure whether to stay in London with her injured husband or fly back to Los Angeles. Frankie gets a surprise offer from Glamour magazine.
8 "SatsandTats" February 3, 2013 (2013-02-03) March 11, 2013 (2013-03-11) 179,000[21] 114,000
The group celebrates their first Halloween in America. Frankie and her sister get matching tattoos.
9 "SatsontheRox" February 3, 2013 (2013-02-03) March 18, 2013 (2013-03-18) 162,000[22] 121,000
With their first headlining concert in America coming close, the group is unexpectedly hit with some nerve racking news and vocal issues.
10 "SatsForever" February 3, 2013 (2013-02-03) March 25, 2013 (2013-03-25) 101,000[23] 135,000
The Saturdays get ready for their upcoming album release but Rochelle has to take an unplanned trip home.

Reception[edit]

Viewing figures[edit]

Upon its premiere in the United Kingdom, Chasing The Saturdays became that week's number-one most watched show on E! with 72,000 viewers, having 10,000 more viewers than Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami.[14]

Critical reception[edit]

The show received mixed reviews from television critics. Entertainment Weekly said: 'The Saturdays sounded like a cross between the Spice Girls and approximately 487 random auditioners for American Idol. Their harmonies are fine; their stage wiggling was charmingly sloppy; the songs sounded not so much pre-fab as flabby.'[24] The New York Daily News gave the show 3/5 stars: "What seems to come easy is the frilly part of the girl group thing. They clearly work hard on looking stylish, the way their audiences would dream about. They also lead gossip-friendly lives. We don't learn a whole lot more about them, but then, most fans aren’t looking for complex biography.[24]

On May 14, 2013, it was reported that the show would not be returning for a second season.[25][26] However, a representative for The Saturdays stated that the series was only commissioned for one season and although the series won't be returning, a Christmas special is a possibility.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Corner, Lewis (January 22, 2013). "The Saturdays preview new track 'Somebody Else's Life' - listen". Digital Spy. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ Baysinger, Tim (October 29, 2012). "E! Greenlights Series Following British Pop Group The Saturdays". Multichannel News. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ "E! orders reality series following The Saturdays". TBI Vision. October 30, 2012. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ "The British Invade American Pop Culture in New E! Series Featuring Music Sensation The Saturdays" from The Futon Critic (October 29, 2012)
  5. ^ http://instagram.com/p/X168zAHB5Q/
  6. ^ a b Marvin Humes and Rochelle Wiseman wedding closes Blenheim Palace (July 27, 2012). bbc.co.uk. Accessed August 18, 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Marvin, Rochelle Humes Welcome Baby Girl". MTV UK. May 20, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Merriman, Rebecca (May 20, 2013). "'Overjoyed' Rochelle And Marvin Humes Welcome Baby Girl Alaia-Mai". Entertainmentwise. 
  9. ^ "Una Healy Gives Birth". contactmusic. March 13, 2012. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Una Healy reveals baby choking scare". RTÉ. April 2, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  11. ^ Betiku, Fehintola (June 29, 2012). "The farewell kiss... Una Healy and Ben Foden say an emotional goodbye as they prepare to walk down the aisle". Daily Mail. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  12. ^ Saturday Fight Fever Daily Star. March 4, 2009. Retrieved January 1, 2012.
  13. ^ "Sunday's Cable Ratings: "Real Housewives of Atlanta" Continues Demo Reign". The Futon Critic. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "Top 10 Programmes — E!". BARB. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Monday's Cable Ratings: "Pawn Stars" Tops Viewers, "Teen Mom 2" Leads Demos". The Futon Critic. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Sunday's Cable Ratings: "Real Housewives of Atlanta" Leads Viewers, Demos for Bravo". The Futon Critic. Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Sunday's Cable Ratings: "Walking Dead" Return Demolishes the Competition". The Futon Critic. Retrieved February 12, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Sunday's Cable Ratings: "Walking Dead" Holds Off NBA All-Star Game". The Futon Critic. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Monday's Cable Ratings: "Pawn Stars," "WWE Raw" Nab Top Spots". The Futon Critic. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Monday's Cable Ratings: USA's "WWE Raw" Claims Top Three Spots". The Futon Critic. Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Monday's Cable Ratings: "WWE Raw," "Pawn Stars" Claim Top Spots". The Futon Critic. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Monday's Cable Ratings: Heat/Celtics on ESPN, "WWE Raw" on USA Top Charts". The Futon Critic. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Monday's Cable Ratings: "WWE Raw" Lays Claim to Top Spots in Demos, Viewers". The Futon Critic. March 27, 2013. 
  24. ^ a b "'Charmingly sloppy... not so much pre-fab as flabby': The Saturdays get a mixed reception as new U.S. reality TV premieres". Daily Mail. January 21, 2013. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  25. ^ Moyes, Stephen (May 14, 2013). "The Saturdays' TV show canned". The Sun (News UK). Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  26. ^ "'Chasing The Saturdays' Axed Stateside But Christmas Special Is In The Works, Says Report". The Huffington Post UK. May 15, 2013. 
  27. ^ Duncan, Amy (May 15, 2013). "Chasing The Saturdays show axed leaving girl band’s US dreams in tatters". Metro. DMG Media. 

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