Hiccups (TV series)

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Hiccups
Hiccups.jpg
Title card
Genre Sitcom
Created by Brent Butt
Starring Nancy Robertson
Laura Soltis
David Ingram
Emily Perkins
Paula Rivera
Brent Butt
Country of origin Canada
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Brent Butt
Laura Lightbown
David Storey
Location(s) Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel CTV
The Comedy Network
Original run March 1, 2010 – August 28, 2011
External links
Website

Hiccups is a Canadian television series created by Corner Gas star Brent Butt, who is also the writer, show runner and executive producer of the program.[1] The series was produced by Laura Lightbown and David Storey and airs on CTV and The Comedy Network. The pilot was shot in late March 2009 with the rest of the series to begin shooting in September 2009. The show premiered on CTV on March 1, 2010; the same night as Dan for Mayor, a series starring fellow Corner Gas alumnus Fred Ewanuick.[2][3][4][5][6] Hiccups returned for a second season on May 30, 2011 at 8pm ET.[7][8] CTV has not renewed Hiccups and Dan for Mayor for a third season.[9]

Synopsis[edit]

The series stars Nancy Robertson (a Corner Gas co-star) in the role of Millie Upton. Millie is the successful author of a series of children's books about characters called "Grumpaloos". Millie has anger management issues, which are referred to as "hiccups," giant outbursts and could be described as a giant fit of depression. These outbursts are immediate, so they are prone to happen at any time. After being told that she needs some help controlling her anger issues, Millie finds a man named Stan Dirko (Butt), whom she hires as her life coach. Stan is significantly underqualified for his profession, which Millie never notices.

Characters[edit]

  • Nancy Robertson as Millie Upton, a neurotic, emotionally unstable children's author who is often happy but quick to anger.
  • Laura Soltis as Joyce Haddison, Millie's publisher. Joyce is a serious, thriving business person surrounded by colourful characters.
  • David Ingram as Taylor Rymes, Millie's literary agent. Taylor is a slick, smooth-talking, conceited guy who is more interested in women than his job.
  • Emily Perkins as Crystal Braywood, Crystal is a spoiled, sarcastic rich girl who strongly dislikes her job as a receptionist for Joyce.
  • Paula Rivera as Anna Dirko, Stan's loveable wife who is a professional gardener.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 13 March 1, 2010 June 28, 2010
2 13 May 30, 2011 August 28, 2011

DVD release[edit]

Entertainment One released Season One on DVD in Region 1 on January 11, 2011.[10]

Reception[edit]

Rob Salem of the Toronto Star stated that, "What the network may perceive as Hiccups' greatest asset turns out to be its greatest liability. Butt's appearance onscreen – which he was, I gather, reluctantly persuaded to do by the network – is a distraction from this singular showcase for his wife's considerable comedic skills."[11]

Canadian ratings[edit]

Seasonal ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Viewers (100'000s) Rank
1 Monday 8:00PM March 1, 2010 June 29, 2010 2010 9.72 #1[12]

Episodic ratings[edit]

# Episode Viewers
(millions)
Rank
(Week)
1 "Millie, Meet Stan" 1.90 15[13]
2 "Strata's Fear" 1.16[14] n/a
8 "Watch and Learn" 0.49[15] n/a
10 "Model Patient" 0.30[16] n/a
13 "You Schmooze, You Lose" 0.50[17] n/a

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Presenter Award Work Result
2010 Gemini Awards[18] Best Photography in a Comedy, Variety, Performing Arts Program or Series Anton Krawczyk Nominated
2011 Canadian Comedy Awards[19] Best Performance By a Female - Television Nancy Robertson - Hiccups Nominated
Leo Awards[20] Best Music, Comedy, or Variety Program or Series Brent Butt, David Storey, Laura Lightbown, Nancy Robertson, Arvi Liimatainen Won
Best Direction in a Music, Comedy, or Variety Program or Series James Dunnison Won
Best Screenwriting in a Music, Comedy, or Variety Program or Series David Moses Won
Best Picture Editing in a Music, Comedy, or Variety Program or Series Lisa Binkley Won
Best Performance or Host(s) in a Music, Comedy, or Variety Program or Series Nancy Robertson Won
2012 Leo Awards[21][22] Best Music, Comedy, or Variety Program or Series Brent Butt, Nancy Robertson, David Storey, Laura Lightbown, Arvi Liimatainen Won
Best Screenwriting in a Music, Comedy, or Variety Program or Series Brent Butt Nominated
Best Performance or Host(s) in a Music, Comedy, or Variety Program or Series Nancy Robertson Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CTV Orders New Comedy Pilot From Brent Butt" (Press release). CNW Group. October 2, 2008. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ "'Gas' leads to 'Hiccups' for comedian and TV star Brent Butt". The Canadian Press. CP24. October 2, 2008. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Strategic stability: CTV and 'A' Fall 2009 schedules announced". Bell Media. June 2, 2009. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ "All-new original CTV programs 'Hiccups,' 'Dan for Mayor' and 'The Bridge' to premiere in March". CTV. February 2, 2010. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ "All-new original CTV programs 'Hiccups,' 'Dan for Mayor' and 'The Bridge' to premiere in March". CTV. February 2, 2010. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Second season to premier May 30th 2011 at 8pm ET". Channel Canada. May 9, 2011. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ "'Corner Gas' creator Brent Butt puzzled by Gemini snub". CTV.ca. 2009-08-26. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  8. ^ "CTV Announces Industry-Leading 2010-2011 Canadian Television Package". StockMarketsReview.com. 2010-06-03. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  9. ^ "CTV axes 'Hiccups,' 'Dan for Mayor,' 'So You Think You Can Dance Canada'". The Canadian Press. September 13, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  10. ^ Lambert, David (December 23, 2010). "Hiccups - The Canadian Comedy Comes to DVD in Mid-January". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  11. ^ Still a few Hiccups, Toronto Star, 01 March 2010, http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/television/article/773102--salem-still-a-few-hiccups-to-overcome
  12. ^ Jun 01 2010 (2010-06-01). "TV, eh? » Ratings: Most-watched for 2009-10". Tv-eh.com. Retrieved 2010-08-05. 
  13. ^ "Top Programs – Total Canada (English) March 1 - March 7, 2010". BBM.ca. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  14. ^ Brioux, Bill (2010-03-10). "TV Feeds My Family: House Call Bad Medicine for Hiccups, Mayor". Tvfeedsmyfamily.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2010-08-05. 
  15. ^ Brioux, Bill (2010-04-21). "TV Feeds My Family: Hockey Hammers Hiccups, Dan For Mayor". Tvfeedsmyfamily.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2010-08-05. 
  16. ^ "TV Feeds My Family: Break No Boost for Hiccups, Dan For Mayor". Tvfeedsmyfamily.blogspot.com. 2010-06-08. Retrieved 2010-08-05. 
  17. ^ Jun 30 2010 (2010-06-30). "TV, eh? » Ratings: Hiccups, Dan For Mayor get 1/2 million for finales". Tv-eh.com. Retrieved 2010-08-05. 
  18. ^ "2010 Winners - 25th Annual Gemini Awards". Tribute.ca. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Nominees". Canadian Comedy Awards. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  20. ^ "2011 Leo Awards Official Winners by Program". Leo Awards. June 7, 2011. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  21. ^ "2012 Leo Awards Official Winners by Program". Leo Awards. May 20, 2012. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  22. ^ "2012 Leo Awards Official Nominees by Program". Leo Awards. May 4, 2012. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 

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