Chozen

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Chozen
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Genre Animated sitcom
Created by Grant Dekernion
Voices of
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
Running time 19–21 minutes
Production company(s) Rough House Pictures
Floyd County Productions
FX Productions
Broadcast
Original channel FX
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original run January 13 – March 31, 2014 (2014-03-31)
External links
Website

Chozen was an American animated sitcom, which debuted on January 13, 2014, on FX and which was created by Grant Dekernion.[1][2]

On May 14, 2014, FX canceled Chozen after only one season.[3]

Plot[edit]

Chozen (voiced by Bobby Moynihan) is a gay white gangsta rapper on a quest to rebuild his career after being released from prison.[2]

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Phillip "Chozen" Cullens - A 28 year old, white, gay rapper. Framed for crimes he did not commit, he survived a 10-year prison sentence. Upon his release, he sets out to reclaim what is his. His music and lyrics take aim at the stereotypes of machismo and misogyny that are synonymous with rap music. Adding to the challenge of an already lofty set of goals, Chozen is ten years behind in areas crucial to a successful music career, such as technology and pop-culture in general.
  • Crisco - A struggling rapper in his late twenties. Crisco previously worked entertaining children with positive rap lyrics. He is largely a gigolo, living rent-free as long as his girlfriend is sexually satisfied.
  • Ricky - A DJ and fellow rapper who works alongside Crisco performing at kids' birthday parties. His catchphrase is finishing his sentences with "...and shit". He still lives at home (although he claims he lives in a separate unit).
  • Tracy Cullens - Chozen's college-aged sister. She had dreams of being an Olympic gymnast, now attends classes at Palm View University. She is the only character who calls her brother by his given name. Chozen moves in with her when he's released from prison. Tracy is disgusted and embarrassed by nearly everything her brother says and does, including making passes at male classmates, farting in public and masturbating while watching movies.
  • Troy - A stereotypical gamer and nerd. Troy is a college student who gets picked on by other students. He wants to ask Tracy out but he can't summon the courage to do so and competes against Ricky for her attention. Crisco and Ricky offer to help him lose his virginity the same way Ricky did, with a legendary (now middle-aged) Hispanic prostitute.
  • Hunter - An openly gay college student attending Palm View. He is Chozen's former lover. Hunter constantly pursues a real relationship while Chozen desires only sex, and avoids anything involving emotions and feelings. Hunter is gullible and naïve. He leaves Chozen in the episode "Boy's Night."
  • Idris "Phantasm" Florentine - The reigning top rapper of the hip-hop world. He is the target of Chozen's hostility. Phantasm was a former member of Chozen's crew until he got fed up with his clean image. He framed Chozen for his own illegal activities, sending Chozen to prison and sparking his own rise to the top.
  • Jameson Z. "Jimmy" Cromwell - A 39-year-old former roadie and pyrotechnics maker, now a member of Chozen's crew. A perverted, skinny metalhead. He has since embraced the digital realm and makes his own voyeurism videos for the Internet, such as cheerleader cleavage and panty shots and women's diving team accidents (which captures both the porn demographic and the fans of "epic fail" videos).

Other[edit]

  • Jamal St. Clair - A black, gay inmate with a violent streak. Chozen's first lover. He was arrested by authorities for helping run Napster though he claims he also set a man on fire. A brutally sadistic man, he attempted to remove Chozen from his crew which escalated to a fight. Jamal redeems himself and saves Chozen from violating parole by attacking the cops. He was shot and killed by the police when escaping arrest, ironically the black officer whose nose he broke was the one who fired first.
  • Brooklyn Chan - The Asian-American Sneakerhead who owns the store "Laced". Chan operates his business via his smartphone. He offered Chozen's crew a gig when he heard they ran with Phantasm. But Chozen and Jamal's fist fight resulted in his store being looted.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Chozen was announced as the first original series pick-up for FXX, FX's spin-off network that launched in 2013,[2] but was later reassigned to FX where it aired after Archer on Monday nights.[1]

The series was a collaboration between the producers of Eastbound & Down and the producers of Archer.[1]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Written by Original air date Production code U.S. viewers
(million)
1 "Pilot" Grant Dekernion January 13, 2014 (2014-01-13) XXCZ01001 0.94[4]
An aspiring rapper tries to get his life back on track after being released from prison.
2 "Love & Bottlerockets" Grant Dekernion January 20, 2014 (2014-01-20) XXCZ01002 0.69[5]
When Chozen suspects Tracy's boyfriend is cheating on her, he takes matters into his own hands.
3 "Beef" Brian Ash January 27, 2014 (2014-01-27) XXCZ01003 0.61[6]
A surprising job offer reunites Chozen with an old enemy.
4 "Da Director" Christian Lander February 3, 2014 (2014-02-03) XXCZ01004 0.69[7]
Tracy and Chozen collaborate on a video while Ricky and Crisco attempt to get Troy laid.
5 "Laced" Willie Block & Jake Emanuel February 24, 2014 (2014-02-24) XXCZ01005 0.56[8]
An old flame from prison comes between Chozen and the band as they prepare to perform at an exclusive party.
6 "I'm With the Contraband" Story by: Brian Ash & Michael Jonathan Smith
Teleplay by: Brian Ash
March 3, 2014 (2014-03-03) XXCZ01006 0.49[9]
Chozen launches an underground, anything goes bar at the university.
7 "Family Weekend (or How Gary Got His Groove Back)" Shelby Fero March 10, 2014 (2014-03-10) XXCZ01007 0.61[10]
A campus visit turns into an unforgettable night for Chozen and Tracy's parents.
8 "Boy's Night" Ryan Shiraki March 17, 2014 (2014-03-17) XXCZ01008 0.49[11]
Chozen and Hunter hit the hottest club in town, while Ricky and Crisco try to get exposure for their new song at a strip club, where Crisco reunites with a high school hottie with an embarrassing secret and Ricky becomes the sub to a brutal dominatrix.
9 "In A Pickle" Mike Rowe March 24, 2014 (2014-03-24) XXCZ01009 0.53[12]
Chozen and his crew are picked to be the newest cast members for a kids' show, but while Crisco and Ricky are enjoying the perks of being kiddie show stars, Chozen and Ricky stumble upon the show runner's sinister plot to keep Chozen from being a music star.
10 "The Battle of Broken Spear" Christian Lander March 31, 2014 (2014-03-31) XXCZ01010 0.45[13]
At the summer's biggest music festival, Chozen confronts his past and goes head-to-head with Phantasm.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "'Chozen' Is FX's New Animated Gay White Rapper - Premiere". Rolling Stone, December 16, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Danny McBride-Produced Animated Comedy 'Chozen' Gets Series at FXX". The Hollywood Reporter, June 6, 2013.
  3. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 14, 2014). "'Legit' Canceled by FX After Two Seasons, 'Chozen' Canceled After One". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Ratings - Monday's Cable Ratings & Broadcast Finals: CBS Tops Charts with "Mike & Molly," "How I Met Your Mother"". TheFutonCritic.com. 2014-01-13. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  5. ^ "Ratings - Monday's Cable Ratings & Broadcast Finals: CBS Comedies Top Viewers, Demos". TheFutonCritic.com. 2014-01-20. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  6. ^ "Ratings - Monday's Cable Ratings & Broadcast Finals: "How I Met Your Mother's" 200th Episode Tops Charts". TheFutonCritic.com. 2014-01-27. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  7. ^ Bibel, Sara (February 4, 2014). "Monday Cable Ratings: 'Love and Hip Hop' Wins Night, 'WWE Raw', 'Single Ladies', 'Teen Wolf', 'Switched at Birth' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  8. ^ Yanan, Travis (February 25, 2014). "Monday's Cable Ratings & Broadcast Finals: "The Voice" Returns on Top in Viewers, Demos". The Futon Critic. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  9. ^ Yanan, Travis (March 4, 2014). "Monday's Cable Ratings & Broadcast Finals: "The Voice" Holds Top Spot in Viewers, Demos". The Futon Critic. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  10. ^ Yanan, Travis (March 11, 2014). "Monday's Cable Ratings & Broadcast Finals: "The Voice," "The Bachelor" Claim Top Spots". The Futon Critic. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  11. ^ Yanan, Travis (March 18, 2014). "Monday's Cable Ratings & Broadcast Finals: "The Voice" Holds Off "DWTS" in Demo Race". The Futon Critic. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  12. ^ Yanan, Travis (March 25, 2014). "Monday's Cable Ratings & Broadcast Finals: "DWTS" Tops Viewers, "The Voice" Leads Demos". The Futon Critic. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  13. ^ Yanan, Travis (March 31, 2014). "Monday's Cable Ratings & Broadcast Finals: "How I Met Your Mother" Goes Out on Top in Demos". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 

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