Liv and Maddie

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Liv and Maddie
Liv and Maddie Logo.png
Genre Family/Teen sitcom
Created by
  • John D. Beck
  • Ron Hart
Starring
Opening theme "Better in Stereo", performed by Dove Cameron
Composer(s)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 27 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • John D. Beck
  • Ron Hart
  • Andy Fickman
  • Betsy Sullenger
  • John Peaslee
Producer(s)
  • Linda Mathious
  • Heather MacGillvray
  • Greg A. Hampson
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s)
Broadcast
Original channel Disney Channel
Original run July 19, 2013 (2013-07-19) – present
External links
Official website

Liv and Maddie is an American teen sitcom created by John Beck and Ron Hart and produced by It's a Laugh Productions for Disney Channel. The series stars Dove Cameron as two identical twins with entirely different personalities, with Liv being a girly-girl who was an actress in Hollywood for four years and Maddie being a tomboy with an affinity for sports. The series revolves around Liv readjusting to normal family life after production on her successful television program, Sing It Loud!, ended. Liv and Maddie began production in April 2013 with a pilot episode aired on July 19, 2013 after the premiere of the Disney Channel Original Movie Teen Beach Movie.[1] The first promo for the series was seen on Friday, June 28, 2013, after the premiere of Disney's Mickey Mouse Shorts.

On January 13, 2014, Disney Channel renewed Liv and Maddie for a 13-episode second season slated to premiere in Fall 2014.[2] The second season was later expanded to 24 episodes.[3] The first season ended on July 27, 2014, and the second season began on September 21, 2014.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Liv and Maddie was created by John Beck and Ron Hart, and is produced under a joint venture by Beck & Hart Productions, Oops Doughnuts Productions and It's a Laugh Productions.[4][5] Beck and Hart are a production/writing team whose credits include According to Jim, Hey Arnold!, and Shake It Up!. The show is also executive co-produced by Andy Fickman (She's the Man), Betsy Sullenger (You Again) and John Peaslee (8 Simple Rules).[6] Originally, the pair had shopped a script of a project called Bits and Pieces, which featured a blended family similar to shows like The Brady Bunch and Step by Step.

Casting[edit]

Casting took place during the spring of 2012,[7] however, only a pilot episode was produced. The show followed Jodie Sullenger (Kali Rocha), mother of Alanna (Dove Cameron) and Sticky (Joey Bragg), who marries Pete Fickman (Benjamin King), father of Crystal (Cozi Zuehlsdorff) and Brody (Tenzing Norgay Trainor), and all six adjusting to life under the same roof.

Eventually, Disney chose to change the concept of Bits and Pieces into one about a pair of twins.[8] Instead of hiring a new cast, production chose to keep who they had already hired and film a completely new pilot. The story now focused on Dove Cameron playing dual titular roles, with the same parental units and brothers. Lead billing for Cozi Zuehlsdorff was later dropped to guest star. The family name of "Rooney" was picked because of Sullenger's enjoyment of the Pittsburgh Steelers who are owned by the Rooney family.[8]

Music[edit]

A full version of the Liv and Maddie theme song, Better in Stereo, was recorded by Cameron and released as a promotional single by Walt Disney Records on October 15, 2013.[9] A music video was filmed and aired on Disney Channel the night of October 29, 2013.

In the pilot episode "Twin-A-Rooney", Liv shows Maddie a clip from the Sing It Loud! finale in which Liv's character, Stephanie Einstein, sings a cover of On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons. A full version of the song was recorded by Cameron and was released as a promotional single by Walt Disney Records on August 27, 2013.[10]

In the episode, "Fa La La-A-Rooney", Liv performs the classic Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! during the Steven's Point Holiday Spectacular. A full version of the song was recorded by Cameron and is included on Holidays Unwrapped, a holiday album released by Walt Disney Records on October 15, 2013.[11]

In the episode, "Song-A-Rooney", Liv performs a song entitled "Count Me In". A full version of the song was recorded by Cameron and was released as a promotional single by Walt Disney Records on June 3, 2014.[12]

In the episode, "New Year's Eve-A-Rooney", Liv performs a song entitled "You, me and the Beat".A full version of the song was recorded by Cameron and was released as a promotional single by Walt Disney Records on December 2, 2014.

Plot[edit]

Liv Rooney (Dove Cameron) has just come home to Stevens Point, Wisconsin[13] after a four-year stint in Hollywood filming a popular television program, Sing It Loud!, that just finished its run, to the open arms of her parents, brothers, and twin sister, Maddie (also played by Cameron). The pair had hoped to resume their relationship from before Liv left, but instead have grown into opposing personalities with different interests. Liv has become very girly and enjoys any time someone mentions her former career, whereas Maddie has become a tomboy perfecting her basketball skills and is the captain of her basketball team. They have two brothers: Joey (Joey Bragg), the typical awkward teen, and Parker (Tenzing Norgay Trainor), a confident and clever child. Rounding out the Rooney clan is their mother Karen (Kali Rocha), the school psychologist, and their father Pete (Benjamin King), Maddie's basketball coach, both of whom are anxious to now care for all their children under one roof. Some events take place at Ridgewood High, the high school where the three elder Rooney children attend and both parents work.

Cast and characters[edit]

Joey Parker Karen Pete Maddie Liv
Main characters of Liv and Maddie. From left: Tenzing Trainor as Parker, Joey Bragg as Joey, Dove Cameron as Liv and Maddie, Kali Rocha as Karen, and Benjamin King as Pete. (Use cursor to identify)

Main characters[edit]

  • Liv Rooney (Dove Cameron)[6] is one of a pair of identical twins and the eldest child of the Rooney family, and is older sister to Joey and Parker. Liv left the family at the age of 11 and starred for four years on a popular television program, Sing It Loud!, to which she continually refers. After Sing It Loud! ended, Liv was offered more roles in other shows and movies, but decided to come home instead because she missed her family and wanted to see them again. Liv is a sophomore at Ridgewood High School. When Liv and Maddie celebrate their Sweet 16 in Sweet 16-A-Rooney, Karen states that Liv is 6 minutes older than Maddie being born at 11:56PM, but on a different day than Maddie. Liv's siblings affectionately call her "Hollywood". In Flashback-A-Rooney, it was revealed by Karen that Liv's full name is "Olivia".[14] In Skate-A-Rooney, it is referenced that in-between seasons of Sing It Loud!, Liv filmed a movie called The Skateboard Bandit. It is shown that Liv shares the personality quirks of her mother, Karen, as seen in Shoe-A-Rooney when the pair reveal their affinity for shoes. At the end of Season 1, Liv began production on Space Werewolves, a film adaptation of a fictional graphic novel series of the same name. Liv stars as Tristan Lycanth in the film adaptation; although the protagonist of the story was originally a boy in the novels, Liv was picked for the role because of her acting career on Sing It Loud! and the role of Tristan was changed from a boy to a girl.
  • Maddie Rooney (Dove Cameron)[6] is one of a pair of identical twins and the second eldest child of the Rooney family, and is older sister to Joey and Parker. Like Liv, Maddie is a sophomore at Ridgewood High School. Maddie is captain of the girl's basketball team of Ridgewood High, and is equally diligent to her team captain duties as her studies. Her catchphrase is "Bam! What?!" Maddie's main love interest is Diggie, captain of Ridgewood High's boy's basketball team. She is sometimes called Mads by Diggie and Willow, such as in Slump-A-Rooney and Shoe-A-Rooney. In Sleep-A-Rooney, it was revealed by Willow that Maddie's full name is "Madison".[15] It was revealed again by Karen in Flashback-A-Rooney.[16] It is shown that Maddie shares the personality quirks of her father, Pete, as seen in Dump-A-Rooney when the pair show their competitive side while preparing for a 2-on-2 basketball tournament. In Space-Werewolf-A-Rooney Maddie injures her leg and is unable to play basketball. In Pottery-A-Rooney, Maddie tries taking up the new hobby of pottery; however, it does not work out, and she ends up going back to basketball. In Helgaween-A-Rooney, Karen uses hypnotherapy to try to get Maddie over her fear of using her injured knee to shoot a three-pointer, but Maddie instead has a nightmare that she and Liv have a triplet named Helga. Maddie becomes the new sensei for Parker's karate class in Hoops-A-Rooney.
  • Joey Rooney (Joey Bragg)[6] is the middle child of the Rooney family. He is the middle brother to Liv and Maddie and older brother to Parker. Joey is a freshman at Ridgewood High School. Parker affectionately calls him "Munch". Although close in age to his older twin sisters, only a school year younger as a freshman, Joey is perceived as immature, awkward, and somewhat of a brainiac. Joey has a close relationship with his younger brother, Parker, especially in pranking or being manipulative, but with Liv and Maddie's assistance, there is hope for growth. He and Artie are bitter rivals. In Sweet 16-A-Rooney, it is revealed that his full name is "Joseph".[17] In Helgaween-A-Rooney, Joey and Parker use a magic amulet to clone themselves so they can sneak out for the night (they wanted to see a haunted house magic show), but then the clones try to cook and eat the parents. In the same episode Karen tries her hypnotherapy on Joey to make him feel ready to take on the world, but all Joey can say is "Ooey, ooey, ooey!"
  • Parker Rooney (Tenzing Norgay Trainor)[6] is the youngest child of the Rooney family, and is the youngest brother to Liv, Maddie, and Joey. Parker is a 5th grader at an unknown school. Parker is an intelligent and clever child with growing "playground buzz" who does karate and is somewhat manipulative. He is not a troublesome child, but somewhat of a trickster, as shown in Fa La La-A-Rooney when he swindles money from Joey in order to purchase an expensive toy he suspects no one would give him. In Kathy Kan-A-Rooney, one of Parker's dojo buddies, Splat, caught Parker watching Linda and Heather, a show about two girls who are besties. It is eventually revealed that other dojo buddies including Splat watch the show too, and the group all go to Parker's house and watch the show together and enjoy it.
  • Karen Rooney (Kali Rocha)[6] is married to Pete, and is the mother of Liv, Maddie, Joey, and Parker. She is the school psychologist for Ridgewood High, and later the vice principal as of Season 2. Karen often uses her knowledge of family psychology at home, sometimes forming family meetings and sharing her "punching pillows". In Sweet 16-A-Rooney, it is revealed that Karen had kept secret that the twins, Liv and Maddie, were born near midnight and technically have separate birthdays. In Helgaween-A-Rooney, it was revealed that both Maddie and Joey have been hypnotized by Karen.
  • Pete Rooney (Benjamin King)[6] is married to Karen, and is the father of Liv, Maddie, Joey, and Parker. He is the coach of the girl's basketball team for Ridgewood High. Pete enjoys bringing competition into the home, often wearing his whistle and pushing Maddie to improve her basketball ability. Pete shows typical father characteristics such as his misunderstandings of his daughters' emotional development and shares his sons' creative mentality.

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Diggie (Ryan McCartan) is Maddie's main love interest. Diggie is captain of the boy's basketball team of Ridgewood High School, and is perceived as confident and strong. Diggie affectionately calls Maddie simply as "Rooney", although in the pilot, he calls her "Rooney classic" to distinguish her from Liv. In Move-A-Rooney, Diggie finally expresses his feelings toward Maddie after she tells him they are moving. Diggie is also seen as a mentor for Joey when it comes to anything related to being "cool". Diggie is also the manager of the local frozen yogurt shop.
  • Willow (Jessica Marie Garcia) is a teammate and best friend of Maddie's. She plays center, and often exclaims that she "Doesn't go down!" She and Maddie share a special high-five. Willow's only weakness is her overwhelming crush on Joey, as seen in Slump-A-Rooney, when she misdirects a love note to be from him.
  • Stains (Bridget Shergalis) is a teammate and friend of Maddie's. She is a petite girl with a hearty appetite. She gets her name because her clothing gets inadvertently dirty in each episode she appears in. She has a recurring tendency to rub the side of her nose with her thumb whenever she gets involved in a scheme, as seen in Team-A-Rooney when the team rallies against Principal Fickman, in Sweet 16-A-Rooney, when she helps plan a surprise party for Maddie, and Shoe-A-Rooney, when she has to take over for Maddie in a game because Maddie was too busy obsessing with her new shoes. She also has a habit of ending each sentence with "man". This habit includes when referring to Maddie and her other teammates.
  • Artie (Jimmy Bellinger) is a classmate and proclaimed nemesis of Joey's. The pair are often competitive in proving who is smarter than the other, with Joey usually falling short. In Moms-A-Rooney, it is revealed that Artie has a crush on Joey's famous sister, Liv. He is also a sci-fi fanatic, showing up at a promotional event for Space Werewolves. In BFF-a-Rooney, his last name was revealed to be Smalls.
  • Ocean (Cozi Zuehlsdorff) is Liv's first friend from school and a very positive girl. She first appeared in Steal-A-Rooney. In the episode, Maddie organized for Ocean to befriend Liv since Liv felt that people only liked her because she is famous. Later, Liv realizes that the whole friendship was a set up by Maddie and she gets temporarily upset. But after sometime, she realizes that Ocean likes her genuinely and become good friends. Ocean is of a bohemian-style family, lives on a sunflower farm, and has limited use of technology, thus not knowing of Liv's former television career before befriending her. Ocean loves the environment, school, and learning. She and Liv take a German language course together.
  • Skippy Ramirez (Allen Alvarado) is Joey's childhood friend who reemerged as a professional skateboarder, "The Masked Shredder". The pair are suddenly classmates at Ridgewood High, and were once in charge of guarding the school mascot, Paulie the Porcupine.
  • Evan (Carter Hastings) is one of Parker's "dojo buddies", and presumably his best friend. Evan is an underhandedly polite child, whose mother (an unseen character) is perceived as mildly overprotective. A year younger than Parker, the pair tend to get into difficult situations with Parker often protecting Evan, as seen in Slump-A-Rooney when Parker helps Evan stand up to his mother. Evan also helped Karen "reprogram Parker" in Shoe-A-Rooney when Parker tried to avoid having to do chores by pretending to be incapable.
  • Principal Fickman (Larry Miller) is the principal of Ridgewood High. He is close to his mother and somewhat stern when it comes to school related matters, as seen in Team-A-Rooney when he had cut the girl's basketball team's budget.
  • Johnny Nimbus (Kurt Long) is the local television weatherman who is often selected to host various events around town.

Guest stars[edit]

  • Dwight Howard as Bernard, Joey's short-lived personal trainer. He is apparently good at basketball, and Maddie decides to pair with him instead of Pete in the 2-on-2 tournament. Pete feels pushed aside and pairs with Diggie instead. Maddie, in turn, feels betrayed and apologizes to her father. Bernard eventually partners with Diggie, and the pair win the tournament.
  • Laura Marano as Fangs, a girl raised by wolves who penned a book about her experience. She was invited to Stevens Point by Liv in an effort to teach her how to act like a wolf in preparation for Liv's audition for Space Werewolves.
  • Piper Curda as Kathy Kan, a Korean pop star who comes to Wisconsin to study Liv to prepare for the Korean version of Sing It Loud!. She quickly becomes good friends with Liv, and they get along well. Kathy presumably goes back to Korea at the end of the episode.
  • Kel Mitchell as Q-Pop, a hip-hop dance instructor. Maddie and Diggie decide to try more adventurous things, and choose to take up hip-hop dancing. When Joey expresses his own interest, Maddie tells him to take the class instead. Maddie soon feels left out and the three take the lessons together.
  • Raquel Castro as South Salamanaca, Liv's co-star from Sing It Loud!. She was invited to Stevens Point by Liv for a short visit and to meet Liv's family and friends. At the party, Maddie tells Diggie to be kind to her, but mistakens Diggie and South's friendliness for flirting, and South later apologizes.
  • Anne Winters as Kylie Kramer, a troublesome student and classmate of Liv's. When Maddie tells Liv to start befriending other students, Ocean is pushed upon her, but Liv tries to embrace her wild side and befriends Kylie. Maddie follows the pair as they skip school at the mall, but gets caught mistakenly as Liv who was pressured into stealing sunglasses.
  • Samm Levine as Chambers, the manager of the "Happy Carrot" juice bar. Joey gets a job at the juice bar in an effort to help pay the bill for his new cell phone. Joey is so engrossed in the phone, that Chambers eventually fires him citing the endangerment of the customers.
  • Gabrielle Elyse as Skylar, Joey's one-time crush. During Ridgewood High's Screamfest, Maddie tells Joey to try talking to girls in costume to heighten his self-esteem for when he talks to girls on a regular day. Inadvertently, he unknowingly begins flirting with Liv instead.
  • Connor Weil as Miller White, Liv's ex-boyfriend from Hollywood. He came to Stevens Point to attended a competition. When he discovers that Liv is a guest judge, he breaks up with her in an effort to not skew the votes, but in an attempt to get back together, he inadvertently talks to Maddie who eventually cuts off his signature ponytail.
  • Ella Anderson as Jenny Keene, a young girl who won a contest to sing with Liv at the Stevens Point Holiday Spectacular. Prior to their performance, the pair would rehearse together and Liv taught her how to embrace the limelight. Eventually, Liv felt she was being outshined by the seven-year-old, and the pair struggled to share the stage. In the episode, Fa-la-la-A-Rooney, Liv and Jenny sing a duet of "Up on the House Top" by Benjamin Hanby.
  • Dorie Barton as Bree, the actress who portrayed Liv's mother on Sing It Loud! When Liv discovers that she was not invited to Maddie and Karen's mother-daughter weekend, she calls Bree and the pair join them. Bree appears to be "too Hollywood" and runs away when she finds Liv covered with leeches, allowing Karen to care for her ailing daughter.
  • Marla Maples as Amy Becker, the high school girlfriend of Pete's. While attending Pete's high school reunion, Karen meets Amy for the first time and feels that Pete settled on marrying her instead of his former flame. Eventually, Karen apologizes for her actions.
  • Garry Marshall as Vic DeFazerelli, a three-time Oscar-winning director who was hired to direct Liv in the Space Werewolves movie at a nearby studio in Wisconsin rather than Hollywood.
  • Dove Cameron as Helga, a figment of Maddie's imagination who was seen in Helgaween-A-Rooney as Liv and Maddie's triplet. In the episode, Maddie wishes she had not been born a twin while wearing a magic amulet, and thus Helga was born. Helga was truly ruthless, making people into her slaves and forcing them to do stuff for her or else. Later Maddie tries to wish she was a twin again but instead of getting rid of Helga, the wish gets rid of Liv. Then Helga eats the amulet because it had hummus on it. Maddie wishes for her family to be normal again, and wakes up from her nap realizing it was all just a dream.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
First aired Last aired
1 21[18] July 19, 2013 (2013-07-19) (preview)[19]
September 15, 2013 (2013-09-15) (premiere)[20]
July 27, 2014 (2014-07-27)[21]
2 24[22] September 21, 2014 (2014-09-21)[21] TBA

Marketing[edit]

Brand marketing promotion from Liv and Maddie still continues strongly, with ACCO Brands under the Day Dream brand featuring 2015 wall calendar, and Disney D'Signed clothing line from selected retailers Target and Kohl's. Footwear retailer Payless ShoeSource to conduct Liv and Maddie-themed character footwear based on the show.

Broadcast[edit]

Liv and Maddie airs worldwide on Disney Channel. The series was previewed on July 19, 2013 on Disney Channel in the United States and Family Channel in Canada. It officially premiered on September 15, 2013 and September 20, 2013 in the United States and Canada respectively.[23] In the UK and Ireland, the series was previewed on October 7, 2013 and later premiered on November 8, 2013.[24][25] In Australia and New Zealand, the series simply premiered on October 11, 2013.[26] It premiered in Southeast Asia on January 10, 2014[27] and on March 8, 2014 in South Africa.[28]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Female Breakout Star Dove Cameron Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards Mexico International Program Liv and Maddie Nominated

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Beck, John D. (September 12, 2014). "Why haven't we got 21 episodes for season 2:(" we have 24.". Retrieved September 13, 2014. 
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  20. ^ "Disney Channel's New Family Comedy "Liv and Maddie" Premieres Sunday, September 15". Disney press release via Futon Critic. July 16, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
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  28. ^ "What's On Disney ZA". Disney.co.za. March 4, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 

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