Gigantic (TV series)

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Gigantic
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Genre Comedy-drama
Created by Ben Wolfinsohn
Debby Wolfinsohn
Starring Grace Gummer
Tony Oller
Ryan Rottman
Jolene Purdy
Malcolm David Kelley
Gia Mantegna
Opening theme "Dizzy From the Ride" by Alex Roots
Composer(s) Robert ToTeras
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 18[1] (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Marti Noxon
Dawn Parouse Olmstead
Cinematography Greg Harrington
Camera setup Single camera
Running time 30 minutes
(with commercials)
Production company(s) Reveille Productions
Grady Twins Productions
Pacific Bay Entertainment
Distributor TeenNick Originals
Broadcast
Original channel TeenNick
Original run October 8, 2010 (2010-10-08) – April 22, 2011 (2011-04-22)
External links
Website

Gigantic is an American comedy-drama television series that aired on the TeenNick TV channel. The series is the first scripted show for the channel since its rebranding from The N in September 2009. It premiered on October 8, 2010.[2]

On April 19, 2011, cast member Tony Oller announced on his Twitter account that series would not be renewed for a second season.[3] The show's final episode aired on April 22, 2011.

Premise[edit]

Gigantic revolves around 17-year-old Anna Moore (Grace Gummer) and her younger brother Walt (Tony Oller), teens who live the lives of Hollywood "it" kids as the children of famous movie star couple John and Jennifer Moore. Anna and Walt have recently returned to Los Angeles after living in Australia for the past two years while their parents were shooting a movie. The series takes a fictional look at the complicated lives of children of Hollywood celebrities, giving an insider view of the glitz, glamour, and A-list parties of Tinseltown. It exposes the life behind the tabloids and gossip blogs, while exploring the difficulties of growing up with superstar parents.

Two stars of the series are real-life children of Hollywood celebrities. Grace Gummer is the daughter of Meryl Streep, and Gia Mantegna is the daughter of Joe Mantegna. Plans for the series include celebrity cameo appearances.[4] Oller's character was written to be a musician and he will be performing in several episodes. In real life, Oller is a singer, musician and composer. In 2012, Oller and Kelley joined up to form the pop duo MKTO.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Grace Gummer portrays Anna Moore, a seventeen-year-old aspiring journalist and actress. She is the eldest daughter of Hollywood actors John and Jennifer Moore. Anna has feelings for Joey, and the two attempted a short-lived relationship upon her return to Los Angeles.
  • Tony Oller portrays Walt Moore, Anna's sixteen-year-old brother and musician who doesn't date actresses. Walt hopes for a relationship that doesn't involve anything to do with his status as the son to Hollywood A-listers.
  • Ryan Rottman portrays Joey Colvin, an average guy who has feelings for Anna. However, during Anna's time living in Australia, Joey had a fling with Lulu. Nearly a year later, Lulu returns and reveals they have a son.
  • Jolene Purdy portrays Piper Katins, Anna's best friend who develops feelings for her family therapist.
  • Malcolm David Kelley portrays Finn Katins, Walt's best friend and Piper's adoptive brother.
  • Gia Mantegna portrays Vanessa King, Anna's frenemy and an aspiring actress.

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Helen Slater portrays Jennifer Moore, Anna and Walt's mother who is a famous Hollywood actress.
  • Patrick Fabian portrays John Moore, Anna and Walt's father who is also one of Hollywood's A-list actors.
  • Skyler Day portrays Maggie Ritter, Walt's girlfriend. Walt soon finds out she is studying to be an actress.
  • Laurel Holloman portrays RaeAnne Colvin, Joey's mom.
  • Emma Caulfield portrays Sasha, Piper's stepmother.[5]
  • Bianca Collins portrays Lulu Khandan, Vanessa's friend and Joey's former fling. She has a son who was "adopted" by her parents in order to hide the truth from the media.
  • AJ Lamas portrays Simon Mcrae
  • Ben Milliken portrays Russell, Anna's old Australian boyfriend

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod. code
1-2 "Pilot" Angela Robinson Marti Noxon October 8, 2010 (2010-10-08) 101-102
Anna and her family move to Hollywood and a secret her friend has causes problems. Anna and Joey have a horrible night together and Walt meets a girl who likes him for who he is.
3 "Black and White and Red All Over" John Stuart Scott Bert V. Royal October 15, 2010 (2010-10-15) 103
Piper looks for a blogger. Anna gets a great opportunity to advance her career.
4 "Cas' Girls Are Not So Easy" John Stuart Scott Stacy Rukeyser October 22, 2010 (2010-10-22) 104
Not wanting to drive Joey away, Anna starts to back off of him. Meanwhile, Vanessa and Jen bond over lunch.
5 "An Awesome Night of Awesomeness" Rick Rosenthal David Holstein October 29, 2010 (2010-10-29) 105
Anna and Joey go on their first date. Walt puts on a concert.
6 "Perfect Complications" Rick Rosenthal Meg LeFuave & John Michael Morgan October 29, 2010 (2010-10-29) 106
Anna tries to get info about Vanessa.
7 "All In" Jamie Babbit Bert V. Royal November 5, 2010 (2010-11-05) 107
Joey plays poker to earn money and Piper wants Hugh back.
8 "The Town of No" Barnet Kellman Stacy Rukeyser November 12, 2010 (2010-11-12) 108
Anna has to make a choice about her schooling.
9 "Dottie P." Sandy Smolan David Holstein November 19, 2010 (2010-11-19) 109
Maggie starts work on Vanessa's movie, and John takes Joey and Russel on a bonding trip.
10 "Bye, Bye Baby" Michael Grossman Nina Colman November 19, 2010 (2010-11-19) 110
Joey tells Anna the truth, and Vanessa is fired by her agent.
11 "Zen and the Art of Getting Over It" Jerry Levine Bert V. Royal March 11, 2011 (2011-03-11) 111
Anna soothes her aching heart with new hobbies; Piper questions her true feelings for Peter.
12 "Carpe Diem" Fred Savage Meg LeFuave & John Michael Morgan March 11, 2011 (2011-03-11) 112
Finn and Piper search for information about their stepmother; Anna and Russell play a game of Truth or Dare?.
13 "Scramble" Fred Savage Dave Holstein March 18, 2011 (2011-03-18) 113
Anna must choose between Russell and Joey; Anna unexpectedly bonds with Vanessa; Piper tries to keep her father's secret.
14 "Back to Normal" Joanna Kerns Meg LeFuave & John Michael Morgan March 25, 2011 (2011-03-25) 114
The Moores plan a cozy family dinner; Anna and Joey reunite; Piper plans to include her father's secret boyfriend in a family dinner.
15 "The Hell Just Happened" Bob Berlinger Dave Holstein April 1, 2011 (2011-04-01) 115
Anna's mother hopes to reconcile with her daughter; Maggie must choose between Walt and her career.
16 "The Joy of Contrition" John Stuart Scott Bert V. Royal April 8, 2011 (2011-04-08) 116
Walt is excited when he hears from a music producer; Anna and Piper set off a brawl at a party; Vanessa resorts to reality television.
17 "Food Stylist Girl" Gil Junger Marti Noxon April 15, 2011 (2011-04-15) 117
The paparazzi wreaks havoc on Joey, Anna and Piper's lives; Walt teaches Vanessa about songwriting.
18 "Things That Haven't Happened Yet" Dennie Gordon Stacy Rukeyser April 22, 2011 (2011-04-22) 118
Anna grows tired of her parents' wariness about Joey; Piper wants her father to come out at the Moore's premiere.

Development and production[edit]

Gigantic has been in the works at Nickelodeon since 2007.[6] The series was created by the brother and sister team of Ben and Debby Wolfinsohn, who wrote, cast and directed a pilot episode in 2005.[7] It wasn't until 2007 that development began when Reveille Productions joined forces with The N to work on the series. In early 2009, Marti Noxon and Dawn Parouse joined the project as showrunners. Nickelodeon green-lit the series with a 13 episode order in May 2009.[8] Production began in October 2009, with the episode order increased to 18.[9] The series is filmed in the Los Angeles area.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.teennick.com/shows/gigantic/episode-guide
  2. ^ "Teennick Gets Gigantic with New Series About Hollywood "It" Kids, Premiering Friday, Oct. 8, at 10 P.M. (ET)". The Futon Critic. September 29, 2010. Retrieved October 8, 2010. 
  3. ^ Final week of #gigantic people. - Tony Oller Twitter account
  4. ^ Barrett, Annie (May 15, 2009). "The N picks up Hollywood 'it' kid dramedy 'Gigantic'". Entertainment Weekly. Time. Retrieved March 25, 2010. 
  5. ^ [1], Twitter, October 13, 2009. Accessed November 4, 2009. "I am working with marti noxon again on her new show Gigantic."
  6. ^ "MTVN's Noggin and The N Channels to Split into Two Separate 24-Hour Services, Dec. 31, '07". The Futon Critic. August 13, 2007. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Ben and Debby's Timeline Behind Gigantic". Stop Following Me Productions website. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 14, 2009). "The N picks up 'Gigantic'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Nickelodeon's TeenNick Commences Production on New Original Series 'Gigantic'" (Press release). Nickelodeon. November 4, 2009. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 

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