Liv and Maddie

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Liv and Maddie
Liv and Maddie Logo.png
Format Family/Teen sitcom
Created by
  • John D. Beck
  • Ron Hart[1]
Starring
Opening theme "Better in Stereo", performed by Dove Cameron
Composer(s)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 16 (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 sitcom created by John Beck and Ron Hart and produced by It's a Laugh Productions for Disney Channel. It stars Dove Cameron playing identical twins. The series began production in April 2013 with a pilot episode aired on July 19, 2013.[1][2] The first promo for the series was seen on Friday, June 28, 2013, after the premiere of a Disney's Mickey Mouse Shorts.

On January 13, 2014, Disney Channel renewed Liv and Maddie for a 13-episode second season slated to premiere Fall 2014.[3]

Plot[edit]

Liv Rooney (Dove Cameron) has just come home to Stevens Point, Wisconsin[4] 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 have unfortunately grown into opposing personalities. 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 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, 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)[2] is one of a pair of identical twins and the eldest child of the Rooney family, and is older sister to Joey and Parker. When the pair celebrate their Sweet 16, Karen states that Liv is 6 minutes older than Maddie being born at 11:56PM, but on a different day than Maddie. Prior to coming home, Liv finished production on a popular television program, "Sing It Loud!", to which she continually refers to, and adjusting back to home life is more trying than she hoped. Her siblings affectionately call her "Hollywood". Her catchphrase is "Dazzleberry" and she has a knack for creating words, such as "Frustrapointing". In Skate-A-Rooney, it is referenced that in-between seasons, Liv filmed a movie called "The Skateboard Bandit". Liv took the form of Maddie in Twin-A-Rooney to try to land Maddie a date to the dance.
  • Maddie Rooney (Dove Cameron)[2] 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. When the pair celebrate their Sweet 16, Karen states that Maddie is 6 minutes younger than Liv being born at 12:02AM, but on a different day than Liv. 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. In Sleep-A-Rooney, it was revealed by Willow that Maddie's full name is "Madison."[5] In Switch-A-Rooney, Maddie took the form of Liv to help her impress fans of Space Werewolves, since Maddie was herself already well versed in and also a fan of the series, while Liv again took the form of Maddie, to help her pass a driving test.
  • Joey Rooney (Joey Bragg)[2] is the middle child of the Rooney family. He is the middle brother to Liv and Maddie and older brother to Parker. 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. In Sweet 16-A-Rooney, it is revealed that his full name is "Joseph."[6]
  • Parker Rooney (Tenzing Norgay Trainor)[2] is the youngest child of the Rooney family, and is the youngest brother to Liv, Maddie, and Joey. Parker is an intelligent and clever kid 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 gift him.
  • Karen Rooney (Kali Rocha)[2] is married to Pete, and is the mother of Liv, Maddie, Joey, and Parker. She is the school psychologist for Ridgewood High School. 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.
  • Pete Rooney (Benjamin King)[2] 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 School. Pete enjoys bringing competition into the home, often wearing his whistle and pushing Maddie to better her basketball ability. Pete shows typical father characteristics such as his misunderstandings of his daughters' emotional development and shares his sons' creative mentality, despite his disappointment that neither of his sons possess any apparent athletic abilities.

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Willow (Jessica Marie Garcia) is a teammate and best friend of Maddie's. She plays the 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.
  • 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". In Move-A-Rooney, Diggie finally expresses his feelings toward Maddie after she tells him they are moving.
  • Artie (Jimmy Bellinger) is a classmate of and proclaimed arch 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.
  • Johnny Nimbus (Kurt Long) is the local television weatherman who is often selected to host various events around town.

Minor characters[edit]

  • Stains (Bridget Shergalis) is a teammate and friend of Maddie's. She is a petite girl with a hearty appetite, and whose clothing gets inadvertently dirty in each episode.
  • Ocean (Cozi Zuehlsdorff) is Liv's first friend from school. 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.
  • Skippy Ramirez (Allen Alvarado) is Joey's childhood friend who reemerged as a professional skateboarder, "The Masked Shredder". The pair are suddenly classmates at Rigewood High School, and were once in charge of guarding the school mascot, Paulie the Porcupine.
  • Evan (Carter Hastings) is a one of Parker's "dojo buddies". Evan is an underhandedly polite child, whose mother (an unseen character) is perceived as mildly overprotective.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
Season premiere Season finale
1 21[7] July 19, 2013 (2013-07-19) (preview)[8]
September 15, 2013 (2013-09-15) (premiere)[9]
TBA

Production[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.[10][11] 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). Originally, the pair had shopped a script of a project called "Bits and Pieces", which features a blended family similar to shows like The Brady Bunch and Step by Step. Casting took place during the spring of 2012 [12] and only produced a pilot episode. 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.[13] 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 so picked because of Sullenger's enjoyment of the Pittsburgh Steelers who are owned by the Rooney family.[13]

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.[14] A music video was filmed and aired on Disney Channel the night of October 29, 2013.

In the episode "Twin-A-Rooney", Liv shows Maddie a clip from the Sing It Loud! finale in which Liv's character 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.[15]

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.[16]

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.[17] In the UK and Ireland, the series was previewed on October 7, 2013 and later premiered on November 8, 2013.[18][19] In Australia and New Zealand, the series simply premiered on October 11, 2013.[20] It premiered in Southeast Asia on January 10, 2014[21] and on March 8, 2014 in South Africa.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Newcomer Dove Cameron Lands Dual Roles in Upcoming Disney Channel Sitcom ‘Liv and Maddie’". TVbytheNumbers. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Liv and Maddie". Disney Channel Medianet. 2013. Archived from the original on June 3, 2013. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ Philiana Ng (January 13, 2014). "Disney Channel Renews 'Liv and Maddie' (Exclusive)". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Skate-A-Rooney". Liv and Maddie. Season 1. Episode 6. October 13, 2013. 00:36 minutes in. Disney Channel.
  5. ^ "Sleep-A-Rooney". Liv and Maddie. Season 1. Episode 3. September 22, 2013. 09:58 minutes in. Disney Channel.
  6. ^ "Sleep-A-Rooney". Liv and Maddie. Season 1. Episode 9. September 22, 2013. 10:20 minutes in. Disney Channel.
  7. ^ Ng, Philiana (January 13, 2013). "Disney Channel Renews 'Liv and Maddie' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Episode Title: (#01) "Twin-A-Rooney"". Futon Critic. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ "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. 
  10. ^ "'Live and Maddie' (TV Series) - Company Credits". IMDB. 
  11. ^ "Oops Doughnuts Production (Official)". Facebook.com. 
  12. ^ "Disney Channel Casting Starring Roles for New Comedy Series 'Bits and Pieces'". FilTelevisionAuditions. 
  13. ^ a b Disare, Monica (September 15, 2013). "Steelers fanatic behind Disney's new show 'Liv and Maddie'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  14. ^ "iTunes - Music - Better in Stereo (From "Liv and Maddie") - Single by Dove Cameron". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  15. ^ "iTunes - Music - On Top of the World (From "Liv and Maddie") - Single by Dove Cameron". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Disney Holidays Unwrapped - Only at Target : Target". target.com. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Liv and Maddie: Home - family.ca". family.ca. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Liv and Maddie". disney.co.uk. Disney Channel UK. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Liv and Maddie on Disney HD at 5:50pm October 7th, 2013". digiguide.tv. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Liv & Maddie". disney.com.au. Disney Channel TV Australia & NZ: The Official Disney Channel Television Site. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Liv and Maddie - Disney Channel Asia". youtube.com. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  22. ^ "What's On Disney ZA". Disney.co.za. March 4, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 

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