Kyle XY

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Kyle XY
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Kyle XY intertitle
Genre Science fiction
Teen drama
Created by Eric Bress
J. Mackye Gruber
Starring Matt Dallas
Jaimie Alexander
Marguerite MacIntyre
April Matson
Kirsten Prout
Chris Olivero
Jean-Luc Bilodeau
Bruce Thomas
Narrated by Matt Dallas
Theme music composer Michael Suby
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 43 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Eric Tuchman
David Himelfarb
J. Mackye Gruber
Chris Bender
J.C. Spink
Richard Heus
Eric Bress
Producer(s) Julie Plec
Charlie Gogolak
Curtis Kheel
Running time 44 minutes
Production company(s) ABC Studios
ABC Family Original Productions
Kyle XY Productions
BenderSpink Productions
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Broadcast
Original channel ABC Family
Original run June 26, 2006 (2006-06-26) – March 16, 2009 (2009-03-16)
External links
Website

Kyle XY is an American television series with a science fiction premise and mystery-drama style produced by ABC Family. The central character is a teenage boy (Matt Dallas) who awakens naked in a forest outside Seattle, Washington, with no more knowledge or abilities than a newborn and no belly-button. He is taken in by a family and given the name Kyle. The series follows Kyle as he tries to solve the puzzles of who he is and why he has no memory before that day. Although set in present-day Seattle, the series was filmed in the Vancouver, British Columbia, area.

The show premiered June 26, 2006, on the ABC Family cable channel. Episodes were also broadcast on the ABC network the first season, but only for part of the second season, after which it could only be seen on ABC Family.

After the 10-episode debut season on ABC Family during Summer 2006, news reported a total of 23 new episodes were ordered for the second season, which started on June 11, 2007, with rebroadcasts on ABC beginning on June 15, 2007.[1] The second season’s 13th episode, "Leap of Faith", aired on Monday, September 3, 2007; the remaining 10 began airing on January 12, 2008.

The German version was aired December 8, 2007.[2] The show started its second season in the UK on Monday, September 3, 2007, and on April 5, the first season was broadcast in France on M6. On October 5, 2007, TV Guide reported that ABC family had renewed Kyle XY for a third and final season of 10 episodes, which began airing on January 12, 2009.

On January 31, 2009, ABC Family announced that Kyle XY would not return for a fourth season.[3][4] The season finale of the show aired on Monday, March 16, 2009, at 9/8c on ABC Family, leaving several unresolved dramatic cliffhangers. Following the last episode, writer Julie Plec revealed what had been planned for further seasons.[5] She also noted that the season three DVD would contain a "mini wrap-up" feature for the series.[6] The "wrap-up" is called "Kyle XY: Future Revealed", with the writers and actors explaining their plans for future episodes and what would have ultimately happened in the series.

Season 1[edit]

A boy wakens in the woods, naked and covered in pink goo. He is completely innocent even though his mind works at a mile a minute. When he wanders into the nearby city he is detained by police and sent to a juvenile detention center as a John Doe. A psychologist (Nicole Trager) is sent for by the center to deal with his extensive amnesia (he doesn't remember a thing before waking in the woods) and she becomes his foster mother. With the boy's assistance they decide a name for him, Kyle. He is brought to the Trager's home to settle in, gaining an entire family and learning to speak. As the summer progresses he begins to learn how to function in society and shows enhanced physicality, senses and intellect. Repressed memories begin to seep through and when he sees or remembers anything of import to him he makes a picture of nearly snapshot quality with pointillism. Of particular interest is a neighbor girl (Amanda) who becomes his first crush. He isn't very sure of how to act with her having seen the relationship attempts and fumbles of his foster siblings. When school begins he has difficulty on the first day but soon makes a place for himself in spite of a negative vice principal. He continues to have run-ins with a creepy security guard who has the family under surveillance, Tom Foss. Eventually he learns that Foss is trying to protect him from a murky past involving a highly secretive company (Zzyzx) and a grad student who has been missing for over twenty years (Adam Baylin). After Kyle and Foss rescue each other in an assassination attempt by Zzyzx he leaves with a supposed birth family, Julia and David Peterson, and is brought to see the reclusive Baylin.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Kyle and the Trager family. Left to right: Stephen, Lori, Kyle, Josh, and Nicole.

Ratings[edit]

Kyle XY was ABC Family channel’s highest rated original series from June 2006 to July 2008. The show lost its reign when the series premiere of The Secret Life of the American Teenager brought in 2.8 million viewers. According to the same press release, Kyle XY received a household rating of 2.1 and reached 2.6 million viewers.[7] The repeat showing of the first episode on sister broadcast network ABC had more than 5.2 million viewers.[8] Several news sources said low ratings is one of the reasons for the series' cancellation.[3][4]

The third and final season premiere (in a new time slot, with high-viewership lead-in The Secret Life of the American Teenager) was 1.5 million total viewers, down 33 percent from the Season 2 opener,[4][9] and most ABC Family shows significantly outperformed the show.[4] The second episode slid to 1.426 million viewers.[10]

Episode list[edit]

Season Episodes Start Date End Date
Season 1 10 June 26, 2006 August 28, 2006
Season 2 23 June 11, 2007 March 17, 2008
Season 3 10 January 14, 2009 March 16, 2009

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations for Kyle XY
Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Outcome
2006 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer Series Kyle XY Nominated
2007 Choice TV Show: Drama
Choice TV: Breakout Matt Dallas
TCA Award Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming Kyle XY Won
Artios Award Best Children's TV Programming Robert J. Ulrich, Eric Dawson, Carol Kritzer, Wendy O'Brien, Coreen Mayrs and Heike Brandstatter (Canadian casting) Nominated
Saturn Award Best Actor in a Television Program Matt Dallas
Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series Kyle XY
2008 Best Actor on Television Matt Dallas
Best Supporting Actress on Television Jaimie Alexander
Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series Kyle XY
GLAAD Media Award Individual Episode (in a Series without a Regular LGBT Character) For episode "Free To Be You and Me" (Season 2, Episode 7)

Novels[edit]

There are currently two novels based on the series, both from author S. G. Wilkins. The first, Kyle XY: Nowhere to Hide, concerns Kyle's first Halloween, while the second, Kyle XY: Under the Radar, concerns the school's presidential election, with Kyle as a candidate.

Novel # Title Pages Release Date
Novel #1 Kyle XY: Nowhere to Hide 192pag. August 30, 2007
Novel #2 Kyle XY: Under the Radar 189pag. January 1, 2008

Soundtrack & music[edit]

Kyle XY: The Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released May 22, 2007
Genre Alternative rock, Pop, pop rock
Label MySpace Records

On May 22, 2007 a soundtrack for Kyle XY was released. It was released on the same day as the release of the first season. Track listing is as follows:

  1. "Hide Another Mistake" – The 88
  2. "Nevermind the Phonecalls" – Earlimart
  3. "Surround" – In-Flight Safety
  4. "I'll Write the Song, You Sing For Me" – Irving
  5. "Wonderful Day" – O.A.R.
  6. "Bug Bear" – Climber
  7. "Honestly" – Cary Brothers
  8. "So Many Ways" – Mates of State
  9. "Middle Of the Night" – Sherwood
  10. "Alibis" – Marianas Trench
  11. "It’s Only Life" – Kate Voegele
  12. "3 A.M." – Sean Hayes
  13. "Born On the Cusp" – American Analog Set
  14. "Will You Remember Me (Lori's Song)" – April Matson
  15. "Alley Cat (Demo)" – Sherwood (iTunes Bonus Track)

The music supervisor for the show is Chris Mollere. Michael Suby wrote the opening theme, and most of the score and cues. Neither the theme nor any of the score appear on the soundtrack CD.

Music from Kyle XY

Home video releases[edit]

Box sets[edit]

DVD[edit]

Season Set details DVD release dates Special features
Region 1[14] Region 2[15] Region 4[16]
Kyle XY: The Complete First Season – Declassified
  • Discs: 3
  • Episodes: 10
May 22, 2007 August 4, 2008 December 3, 2008
  • Alternate Premiere
  • Extended Season Finale
  • Kyle XY Declassified - "Kyle File" Secrets Are Revealed In An Immersive Feature
  • Audio Commentaries - With Matt Dallas, April Matson and Writer Julie Plec
Kyle XY: The Complete Second Season – Revelations
  • Discs: 6 / 4 (R4)
  • Episodes: 23 / 13 (R4)
December 30, 2008 Unknown March 11, 2009
  • Alternate Ending - Witness How Kyle and Jessi Could Have Ended Up After Their Last Fight
  • Deleted Scenes - 27 Never-Before-Seen Moment (12 on Region 4)
  • Livin' with the X's: A Remarkable Insider's Special Follows Actors Matt Dallas and Jaimie Alexander Behind the Scenes and on the Set
  • Facing the Future - Take a Peek at the Upcoming Drama, Romance and Secrets of Season Three (Region 4 only)
  • Audio Commentaries: Featuring Cast, Writers and Producers
  • The Science of Kyle XY (Region 1 only)
Kyle XY: The Complete Second Season – Full Disclosure
  • Discs: 3
  • Episodes: 10
N/A N/A November 4, 2009
  • Audio Commentaries
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Science of Kyle XY
Kyle XY: The Complete Third Season – Final Season
  • Discs: 3
  • Episodes: 10
December 22, 2009 Unknown Unknown
  • Kyle XY: Future Revealed - The Essential Fan's Guide to Latnok Uncovers the Truth Behind Kyle and Jessi's Past and Offers a Glimpse Into Their Future
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentaries - Featuring Writer and Executive Producers

International syndications[edit]

Country Network
Arab League Arab World Fox Series, MBC Action,[17] MBC Persia
 Argentina Syfy (Latin America)
 Australia Fox8
 Bangladesh STAR World
 Belgium RTL TVI (French-speaking part of the country) and 2BE (Dutch-speaking part)
 Belarus AXN Sci Fi, TNT (Russia)
 Brazil Sci Fi Channel Brazil (Portuguese subtitles), SBT (Portuguese dubbing)
 Bulgaria Fox Crime
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sci Fi Channel
 Canada Space, YTV
 Chile Syfy (Latin America)
 China CCTV, STAR World
 Colombia Syfy (Latin America)
 Costa Rica Syfy (Latin America)
 Croatia Sci Fi Channel
 Cuba Telerebelde
 Estonia Kanal 2
 France M6, W9
 Finland Nelonen
 Germany ProSieben
 Greece ANT1
 Hungary TV2
 India STAR World
 Indonesia STAR World
 Iran MBC Persia
 Ireland RTÉ 2, 3e
 Israel Hot Zone, Yes Stars Base
 Italy Fox, Italia 1
 Kazakhstan AXN Sci Fi
 Japan Sci Fi Channel, Universal Channel, Disney Channel Japan
 Latvia TV6
 Malaysia TV3, STAR World, NTV7, Syfy Universal (Asia)
 Mexico Syfy (Latin America)
 New Zealand TV2
 Nicaragua Sci Fi Channel
 Norway TV 2 Zebra
 Pakistan STAR World
 Peru Syfy (Latin America)
 Philippines Studio 23, STAR World, Sci Fi, AXN Beyond
 Poland TVP1, AXN, AXN Sci-Fi, SciFi Universal
 Portugal MOV, Panda Biggs
 Russia AXN Sci Fi, TNT (Russia), Disney Channel (Russia)
 Romania Kanal D
 Singapore MediaCorp Channel 5, Star World, Syfy Universal (Asia)
 Slovakia Markíza
 Spain Cuatro, Syfy Universal (Spain), MTV (Spain)
 Sri Lanka STAR World
 South Africa Vuzu
 Sweden Kanal 5
  Switzerland TSI 1
 Taiwan STAR World
 Thailand STAR World, Syfy Universal (Asia)
 Turkey TNT, Dizimax
 The Netherlands RTL 5
 United Kingdom BBC Two, BBC Switch, LIVING, Trouble
 Venezuela Syfy (Latin America)
 Vietnam VTC7 - Today TV, VTV1
 Georgia 1TV
 Nigeria DVD
 Ukraine Novyi Kanal
 Serbia Fox Crime

Alternate reality game[edit]

Kyle XY as a series also features an alternate reality game where the players are "invited" to help solve the mystery of who Kyle really is. The Mada Corporation website[18] is the game's rabbit hole — the introduction to the game universe. By clicking on "Our Jobs" in the menu, the gamer is taken to an anti-Madacorp Blog, where clues are left for revealing the truth about Kyle. It has been removed since the premiere of Season 2 and the Mada Corporation Website has been completely re-done to act as a real working website. The game also makes use of the website for a group called "The Latnok Society" and a brand new clue tracker room, which is more interactive than the previous one.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Extended second season for 'Kyle XY'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2007-05-09. 
  2. ^ Shows A-Z - kyle xy on abc family | TheFutonCritic.com
  3. ^ a b Ausiello, Michael. "ABC Family Pledges More 'Greek,' 'Lincoln Heights,' Cancels 'Kyle XY'." January 31, 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d "Kyle XY: ABC Family TV Show Cancelled, No Season Four." TV Series Finale.com January 31, 2009.
  5. ^ "Writer/co-producer Julie Plec answers questions about the 'Kyle XY' finale". ABC Family. 2009-03-07. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  6. ^ "Kyle XY will "mini" wrap-up on season three DVD". CliqueClack TV. 2009-09-11. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  7. ^ "Millions of viewers tune-in to discover who is 'Kyle XY'" (PDF). ABC FamilyNet. 2006-06-27. Retrieved 2006-07-02. [dead link]
  8. ^ Becker, Anne (2006-07-03). "Kyle XY Scores High in Double Play". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2006-07-11. 
  9. ^ Hibberd, James. "'Kyle XY' Debut Disappoints; 'Real Chance' Soars." The Live Feed. January 13, 2009.
  10. ^ Seidman, Robert. "Obama Inauguration, WWE RAW and Burn Notice Lead Weekly Cable Viewing." TVByTheNumbers.com January 27, 2009.
  11. ^ "'Kyle XY' Music Guide to 'It Happened One Night'". ABC Family. Retrieved 2009-01-13. 
  12. ^ "'Kyle XY' Music Guide to 'Psychic Friend'". ABC Family. Retrieved 2009-02-02. 
  13. ^ "'Kyle XY' Music Guide to 'Electric Kiss'". ABC Family. Retrieved 2009-02-02. 
  14. ^ Region 1 DVD box sets:
  15. ^ Region 2 DVD box sets:
  16. ^ Region 4 DVD box sets:
  17. ^ "RCRD Schedule on the MBC Action Website". 3 October 2011. 
  18. ^ Mada Corporation website (fictional)

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