H8R

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H8R
H8Rseriespromotion.jpg
Promotional image for H8R.
Genre Reality
Created by Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey
Presented by Mario Lopez
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6 (2 unaired)
Production
Executive producer(s) Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey
Jeremy Spiegel
Mike Fleiss
Mario Lopez
Camera setup Film; Multi-camera
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) Warner Horizon Television
Broadcast
Original channel The CW
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run September 14 – October 5, 2011 (2011-10-05)

H8R (a texting abbreviation for Hater) is an American television series for The CW. The hour-long series, hosted by Mario Lopez, premiered Wednesday, September 14, 2011. Due to low ratings, the show was canceled by the network on October 6, 2011, after broadcasting four episodes.[1]

Premise[edit]

The program featured celebrities confronting someone critical of their success, career, lifestyle, or fame while attempting to win them over and convince them that their animosity was misdirected.[2]

Production[edit]

H8R was first announced to be in development on January 24, 2011.[3]

The pilot episode—which was broken into different segments upon airing[4][5]—featured television personalities Kim Kardashian and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi confronting people from the general public who were critical of their success. On May 16, 2011, Deadline revealed that The CW was planning to order the project to series.[6] With the disclosure of The CW's 2011–12 schedule, it was announced the series would air on Wednesday nights at 8:00 pm Eastern/7:00 pm Central as a lead-in to America's Next Top Model.[7][8]

In July 2011, The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss joined the series as an executive producer.[9] The series premiered on Wednesday, September 14, 2011.[10] The show had more than 20 celebrities lined up for the first season, including Janice Dickinson, Levi Johnston, Kat Von D, and Barry Bonds. Had the series not been canceled, the producers had hoped to book Sarah Palin, Joan Rivers, Mel Gibson and Lady Gaga for future episodes.[11]

On October 6, 2011, the series was cancelled by the network.[1] It was suggested they would be burned off during the summer season, but this never came to be, and two episodes remain unseen to audiences.[12]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception for H8R was extremely negative,[13][14][15] and a number of critics cited the show's questionable morality in tracking negative anonymous internet commenters whose comments, under normal circumstances, would not have brought them into the spotlight for "bullying" a celebrity.

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
1 "Snooki" September 14, 2011[10] 1.29[16]
Snooki & former star of The Bachelor, Jake Pavelka.
2 "Episode 2" Eva Longoria 1.03[17]
Actress Eva Longoria of Desperate Housewives & Scott Disick of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
3 "Kim Kardashian" September 28, 2011 1.37[18]
Kim Kardashian & Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis.
4 "Maksim Chmerkovskiy" October 5, 2011 1.07[19]
Dancing with the Stars dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy & WWE wrestler The Miz.
5 "Selena Gomez" Unaired N/A
Former Disney Channel star Selena Gomez.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Seidman, Robert (October 6, 2011). "H8R Canceled by CW". TVbytheNumbers. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ Bricker, Tierney (May 16, 2011). "The CW to pick up reality series 'H8R' hosted by Mario Lopez". Zap2it. Retrieved August 16, 2011. 
  3. ^ Hibberd, James (January 24, 2011). "The CW reality project pairs haters with celebrities -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 16, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Episode 1". H8R. Season 1. Episode 1. 2011-09-14. The CW.
  5. ^ "Episode 3". H8R. Season 1. Episode 3. 2011-09-28. The CW.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 16, 2011). "CW To Pick Up New Reality Series 'H8R' That Pairs Celebrities With Their Haters". Deadline.com. Retrieved August 16, 2011. 
  7. ^ Matt Webb Mitovich (2011-05-19). "The CW's Fall Schedule: Sarah Michelle Gellar Back on Tuesdays, Nikita Makes Move". TVLine.com. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  8. ^ "THE CW ANNOUNCES 2011-2012 SCHEDULE". The CW (official website). May 19, 2011. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  9. ^ Semigran, Aly (July 13, 2011). "'The Bachelor' creator Mike Fleiss on board for the CW's 'H8R'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 16, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Seidman, Robert (June 20, 2011). "The CW Network Announces Fall 2011 Premiere Dates". TVbytheNumbers. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  11. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (August 4, 2011). "The upcoming celebrity reality series, hosted by Mario Lopez, has a dream list that includes Joan Rivers, Mel Gibson and Lady Gaga.". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  12. ^ Mitovich, Matt (October 6, 2011). "The CW Doubles Up on Ringer, Says Later to H8R". TV Line. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  13. ^ Chaney, Jen (14 September 2011). "‘H8R’: This alleged antidote for celeb snarkery only incites more rage". The Washington Post. The Washington Post Company. 
  14. ^ Fienberg, Daniel (14 September 2011). "MARIO LOPEZ PLAYS ANTI-ROBIN HOOD TAKING DIGNITY FROM THE WEAK AND RESTORING IT TO THE STRONG". HitFix.com. 
  15. ^ Holmes, Linda (6 October 2011). "What The Disastrous 'H8R' Teaches About Popular Redemption Stories". NPR. 
  16. ^ Wednesday Final Ratings: 'America's Got Talent' Finale Adjusted Up; Plus 'Up All Night,' 'Free Agents' 15 Min. Ratings, TV By the Numbers, September 15, 2011
  17. ^ Wednesday Final Ratings: 'The X Factor,' 'Modern Family,' 'The Middle,' And Others Adjusted Up; 'Revenge' Adjusted Down, TV By the Numbers, September 22, 2011
  18. ^ Wednesday Final Ratings: 'X Factor,' 'Survivor,' 'The Middle,' 'Modern Family,' 'CSI,' 'L&O:SVU' Adjusted Up; 'Happy Endings' Adjusted Down, TV By the Numbers, September 29, 2011
  19. ^ Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Modern Family,' 'The Middle,' 'Up All Night' Adjusted Up; 'Revenge,' 'Happy Endings,' 'Raising Hope' Adjusted Down, TV By the Numbers, October 6, 2011

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