|Created by||Michelle Lovretta|
|Developed by||Jay Firestone, Prodigy Pictures Inc.|
|Theme music composer||
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||53 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||44 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Prodigy Pictures Inc. in association with Shaw Media (Showcase)|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original run||September 12, 2010– present|
Lost Girl is a Canadian supernatural crime drama television series that premiered on Showcase on September 12, 2010. The series was created by Michelle Lovretta and is produced by Jay Firestone and Prodigy Pictures Inc., with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund (Canada Media Fund), and in association with Shaw Media. It follows the life of a bisexual Succubus named Bo, played by Anna Silk, as she learns to control her supernatural abilities, help those in need, and discover the truth about her origins. Following good ratings and positive reviews, it was renewed for a second season on November 12, 2010 (two months after its premiere); a third season on December 9, 2011; and a fourth season on February 28, 2013.
In Australia, Lost Girl premiered on Sci Fi Australia on July 14, 2011. In the United Kingdom (UK and Ireland), it premiered on Syfy on September 1, 2011. In the United States, it premiered on Syfy on January 16, 2012.
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Plot
- 3 Cast
- 4 Development and production
- 5 Creator
- 6 Showrunner
- 7 Episodes
- 8 International broadcast
- 9 Broadcast special
- 10 Webisodes
- 11 Home media and digital distribution
- 12 Motion comics – Comic book – Mobile game
- 13 Social media
- 14 Reception
- 15 Awards and nominations
- 16 Contests
- 17 References
- 18 External links
Episodes begin with a cold open; followed by the opening credits showing the top four main actors, series creator and show title, accompanied by the Lost Girl Theme song. Over the top of the credits and theme song is the voice-over monologue by the protagonist, Bo (Anna Silk), summarizing her story:
|“||Life is hard when you don’t know who you are. It’s harder when you don’t know what you are. My love carries a death sentence. I was lost for years. Searching while hiding. Only to find that I belong to a world hidden from humans. I won’t hide anymore. I will live the life I choose.||”|
The Lost Girl Theme song was composed by Jody Colero, Marco DiFelice and Benjamin Pinkerton.
Total episode running time is 44 minutes, including opening credits and fade to black closing credits roll. Starting with Season Three, 30 seconds that would have otherwise been cut from the episodes for Syfy (United States) were preserved by substituting the original opening credits with credits superimposed over the first scene of each episode.
"It’s kind of tough growing up thinking that you might have a shot at being prom queen and find out that you're part of some ageless secret race that feeds on humans." (1.02)
Bo is a Succubus who grew up in an adopted human family, unaware of her non-human nature and of the Fae world she descended from. She began to feel "different" when she entered puberty and didn't know she was not normal until she accidentally killed her high school boyfriend by draining his life energy during her first sexual activity. When she told her parents what had happened, they broke the news to Bo that she had been adopted (see "Raging Fae"). Not knowing what she was and what she had done, Bo hated herself and ran away from home, exchanging her previous life for one without family or friends, moving from place to place and assuming a false identity whenever she killed again.
In the first episode, Bo saves a young human woman, Kenzi, from a rapist who had surreptitiously drugged her with a "roofie" in her drink. The two quickly become friends and Kenzi decides they should team up to create a Fae/Human detective agency. Confronted by the Fae leaders of the local territory with a demand for her to choose a side – either "Light" or "Dark" – Bo declares herself neutral, deciding instead to side with humans after Kenzi risked her life to find out where Bo had been taken by force and what they were doing to her. Most of the Fae considered Bo an unknown entity that should either be eliminated as a risk to their secret existence or exploited for their benefit. Throughout the season, Bo learns more about the Fae world and herself while she searches for information about her origins. Along the way, Bo also develops romantic relationships with both Dyson, a Light Fae wolf shapeshifter and police detective; and Lauren, a human doctor and scientist in servitude to the Light Fae.
- Recurring characters: The Ash, The Morrígan, Vex, Aife.
"I can be more powerful than all other Fae. Everyone will kneel at my feet. There will be no more Dark and no more Light. There will be only me." (2.08)
Bo faces personal challenges with Dyson after she found out in Blood Lines that he had lied to her about knowing who her birth mother was and that he had been Trick’s undercover agent, then later about his lost feelings of passion for her; and with Lauren when their relationship becomes complicated after The Morrígan informed Bo in "It's Better to Burn Out Than Fae Away" that Lauren had a girlfriend. At the same time that she is coping with these turmoils, a villainous and evil ancient enemy of the Fae, the Garuda, is awakened and reappears with the intent to destroy the truce between Light and Dark Fae, and reignite the Great War between them. The new Ash, Lachlan, recruits Bo to be his champion in the battle against the Garuda and she agrees on the condition that he regard her as a partner, not as his servant. Bo learns in Into the Dark that she is not only Trick’s maternal granddaughter, but deduces that she has inherited some of his Blood Sage powers: if her blood comes into contact with someone’s open wound, it can enslave and bind the recipient to her will (the same power that her mother, Aife, used to create male slaves). She uses her blood power to unite her team in the final battle against the Garuda.
- Recurring characters: The Morrígan, Vex, Lachlan, Ciara, Nadia, Ryan Lambert, Nate, Nain Rouge, The Garuda, The Norn, Val Santiago.
"One hair from someone she loves. Two from someone she trusts. And three from her own head. Put them in the bottle and the Druid will do the rest." (3.10)
With Fae society in upheaval, Bo finds herself facing further changes and challenges as former ally Hale becomes the acting Ash – trying to forge a new balance between Light and Dark by appointing a Valkyrie aligned with the Dark Fae, Tamsin, as Dyson's new detective partner. Meantime, Tamsin is a secret agent working for two separate clients: The Morrígan, who wants to build a case against Bo so that she can execute her; and as a mercenary for someone who wants to entrap Bo. Matters become complicated when Kenzi is kidnapped by a crazed Kitsune who assumes her identity and deliberately sows distrust in the relationships between Bo and those closest to her; just as Bo must prepare for and go through an evolutionary Fae rite of passage that forces her to explore her past and future. Danger escalates when a human scientist convinces a despondent Lauren to join him in conducting scientific research in his private laboratory – all the while deceptively concealing his intent to harness Fae genetics for himself with the use of her expertise. The third season culminates with Bo being engulfed by black smoke and disappearing into thin air, presumably whisked away by her mysterious and powerful biological father (who may be "The Wanderer" that recurred throughout the season's story arc).
- Recurring characters: The Morrígan, Vex, Tamsin, Stella, Dr. Isaac Taft, Aife.
- Anna Silk as Bo Dennis: A Succubus, she has the power to absorb the life force (the "chi", or Qi) of humans and Fae by drawing it out through their mouths. She feeds from chi intake; and heals from the absorption of chi, and from the energy created by sexual encounters. She can also seduce and manipulate humans and Fae with the touch of her skin. Though at first she could not feed without killing her sexual partners, with Lauren’s help she learned to control her sexual drive and chi-drawing powers so that she could have sex with both Fae and humans without injuring or killing them. She can only go a few days without feeding before the hunger overcomes her. Absorbing the chi of Faes can increase her strength; however, although Fae are stronger than humans and can better endure her feeding on them, she can drain their chi and leave them comatose or dead. She is best friends with Kenzi and is romantically involved with both Lauren and Dyson. When Lauren's life was threatened in "Death Didn't Become Him", a strange and extremely powerful alternate persona emerged from her, which drained the chi from multiple individuals at a distance of several meters and she then declared that "there will be no more dark or light, only me." In the first season, Bo finally meets her birth mother, Aife, who is also a succubus. Towards the end of the second season, she learns that Trick is her maternal grandfather and that she is named after her grandmother, Ysabeau. In the third season, Bo willingly entered into a monogamous relationship for the first time in her life when she asked Lauren to be with her.
- Ksenia Solo as Kenzi: A Human and Bo’s best friend and sidekick, declared as Bo's "property" and pet to allow her to participate within Fae society. She suggested Bo use her neutrality and bewitching powers to her advantage to become a private investigator, with her as partner. Kenzi ran away from home and lived on the streets and underground for a long time before meeting Bo. A pickpocket and scam artist with a long rap sheet, she can speak Russian fluently and possesses excellent street-smarts. Her family is apparently highly connected with the local government as well as to organized crime. Despite their differences, she and Bo quickly became close friends, with Bo choosing humanity rather than Fae in "It's a Fae, Fae, Fae, Fae World", after Kenzi risked her life to find out where Bo had been taken by Dyson and Hale, and called out to Bo to help her break out of a spell she had been put under during the trial by the Fae to determine alignment with Light or Dark. She has a vast wardrobe of various clothing and wigs to change her appearance at will. Kenzi and Hale became friends, with her frequently teasing or assisting him; and by the third season she had also endeared herself to Vex. Her character is the show's comic relief.
- Kris Holden-Ried as Dyson: A Wolf-Shapeshifter and homicide detective in the human police force. He is 1,500-years old, very strong, possesses a sharp sense of smell, and is acutely knowledgeable about Fae politics. A member of the Light Fae, his true allegiance is to Trick rather than The Ash. He fell in love with Bo while under orders from Trick to keep an eye on her, and is best friends with Hale, his Light Fae detective partner. In the Season One finale, he involuntarily sacrificed his love for Bo when he offered his wolf to the Norn in return for her giving Bo the strength to defeat her maniacal mother, Aife; but the Norn – who demanded his wolf the first time he asked a favor from her in "Brother Fae of the Wolves" – realized that his wolf was no longer what he valued most and took his love for Bo and ability to love anyone else again instead; leaving him with the memory of their relationship but unable to feel his passion for her. He has since made efforts to remain friends with Bo, which was initially awkward when Bo couldn't understand why he had become distant (until Bo came to terms with his detachment and declared to Kenzi in "Can't See the Fae-Rest" that her former relationship with Dyson was all over). After being reunited with his old love, Ciara, they began a relationship which was hampered by Dyson's reluctance to reveal his encounter with the Norn and what he had lost in the exchange; however, he eventually admitted to her that he had offered his wolf but it had cost him his being able to love anyone. His ability to love was restored by the Norn after Kenzi threatened to mutilate and cut down her Sacred Tree in "Into the Dark".
- Zoie Palmer as Dr. Lauren Lewis (a/k/a Karen Beattie): A Human owned by The Ash as his property, she serves as a doctor and scientist for the Light Fae. She had an instant attraction to Bo during their first meeting and hence fell in love with her. She has extensive knowledge of the different types of Fae and their abilities. In the first season, she helped Bo learn how to control her powers so that she could have sex with both Fae and humans without hurting or killing them. It was later revealed that she had a human girlfriend, Nadia, who fell into a coma after contracting a mysterious virus while in the Congo with her. In exchange for her servitude, The Ash offered Lauren access to the Light Fae's laboratory and resources to find a cure for Nadia's condition. Lauren learned from Lachlan in "Masks" that she had been tricked by the previous Ash: he ordered a Dark Fae Shaman to curse Nadia into a coma so that he could induce Lauren into accepting bondage to him and use her scientific and medical expertise to benefit the Fae. After Bo (unbeknownst to Lauren) removes the curse, Lauren and Nadia reunite; but their relationship is soon shattered when it is revealed that Nadia had been infected by the Garuda and he could control her mind and body. Bo is forced to kill Nadia when she threatens Lauren's life, leaving Lauren devastated. Grieving, Lauren seeks comfort in Bo and the two grow closer emotionally. In the Season Two finale, Lauren relinquishes her chance for freedom from the Light Fae to stay with Bo, despite encouragement from Dyson to leave while she could. In the first episode of the third season, "Caged Fae", Bo asked Lauren to be with her in a monogamous relationship together. However, in "Delinquents", Tamsin visited Lauren to furtively carry out one of her mercenary tasks, and intentionally provoked Lauren by telling her that she and Bo had kissed without Bo feeding from her (not knowing that the kiss was caused by Trick and Stella touching the Dawning invitation machine at the moment they shared a first kiss in "Fae-ge Against The Machine", which made the machine spark, and propelled Tamsin towards Bo to kiss her). In consequence, Lauren felt betrayed by Bo and inadequate for satisfying Bo's succubus desires, and told Bo that she needed to take a "break" from the relationship. As time passed, however, Bo began to become concerned that it might not be a temporary separation. In the third season, a part of Lauren's past is disclosed and we learn that her "real" name is Karen Beattie and that she is a fugitive wanted by the International Criminal Offences and Criminal Intelligence Bureau. In addition to English she is also fluent in Spanish, French and Swahili.
- Rick Howland as Fitzpatrick "Trick" McCorrigan: The Bartender and owner of the only Fae pub in town, The Dal Riata, which is neutral ground where Light and Dark Fae can freely socialize and find sanctuary. Trick is very powerful: he is a Blood Sage and can alter fate by writing it with his blood. Once known as the Blood King, he forced the truce and wrote the decrees that ended the war between Light and Dark Fae, and is on equal terms with the Fae Elders. Compared to other Fae, who have contempt for humans, he is tolerant and often fond of humans, even trading away his most prized possession to help save Kenzi's life in "Food for Thought". He respects Lauren and when necessary seeks her opinion and expertise with matters involving Fae. Trick is extremely reluctant to use his blood powers as it can have unforeseen consequences: in "Blood Lines", his writing a culmination where Aife’s maternal instincts emerge and stop her from hurting and killing Bo not only left him weakened and wounded from the loss of blood, but in "Lachlan's Gambit" he told Lachlan that it had awakened the Garuda. Near the end of the second season, he revealed to Bo that he was her maternal grandfather.
- K. C. Collins as Hale Santiago: A Siren and Dyson's colleague as another Light Fae undercover agent in the human police force. He can pacify, control, and kill humans and Fae alike with his whistling; in addition, he can cure pain and heal wounds with it. He is the son of the leader of one of the three most powerful and wealthiest Light Fae clans, the Clan Zamora, but despite his family's social status he makes his own way in life, preferring to create his own connections and leverage (although he allowed Bo and Kenzi to use his high-class social contacts when they needed to infiltrate an upper-crust Fae event). Hale became good friends with Kenzi, with an undercurrent of mutual attraction gradually developing between them. He helped save Kenzi's life by using his siren's whistle to cauterize her wound in the Season Two finale. In the third season, he became the acting Ash after Lachlan's death.
- Emmanuelle Vaugier as Evony Fleurette Marquise: The Morrígan. The ruthless, cunning, and vengeful leader of the local Dark Fae, she can melt and dissolve flesh with her touch. She is a "leanan sídhe" and runs a talent agency in the human world, where she represents young musicians and artists while stealing their lives in exchange for talent on a famous level. (Original Pilot; Season 1, 2, 3)
- Paul Amos as Vex: a Mesmer. A sadomasochist Dark Fae with a sarcastic and raunchy sense of humor, he can control people's actions against their will, including forcing them to kill themselves or commit murder. Vex is a favorite of the Dark Elders and has a 'like-hate' relationship with The Morrígan, serving as her hit man. He played a pivotal role against the Garuda when Bo recruited him for her team and he used his powers to delay the Garuda from using Trick's blood to reverse the Blood Laws and reignite a war between Light and Dark. (Original Pilot; Season 1, 2, 3)
- Rachel Skarsten as Tamsin: a Valkyrie. Dyson's new detective partner after Hale became the acting Ash. A mercenary and bounty hunter working for the Dark Fae, she is not pleased with being forced to work with a Light Fae partner. She is building a case against Bo for attacking and feeding on a member of the Dark Fae, and rendering him unconscious. Initially, she has no problem showing her distaste for Bo or Dyson's infatuation with her, but develops an attraction and respect for Bo, to the point of questioning her own loyalties. (Season 3)
- Clé Bennett as The Ash: leader of the Light Fae. He wanted Bo to choose alignment with the Light, and ordered Lauren to find a way to distract Bo so as to prevent her from attacking and killing Vex – which could have jeopardized the peace between the Fae clans and given The Morrígan a reason to execute Bo. He is badly injured in an assassination attempt by Bo's mother, Aife, and left in a comatose state on life support by the end of Season One. (Original Pilot; Season 1)
- Inga Cadranel as Aife (aka Saskia): a Succubus and Bo's birth mother. She is the daughter of Trick, the Blood King, and Ysabeau. After rebelling against the truce imposed between the Light and Dark Fae and killing a Dark Elder, she was delivered to the Dark Fae for execution. Instead of being put to death, she endured many centuries of imprisonment, torture, and rape by a Dark King before she was able to escape. She masterminded a suicide bombing that killed most of the Light Fae Elders and critically injured The Ash. (Season 1, 3)
- Vincent Walsh as Lachlan: The Ash. He won the position of The Ash in a stag hunt after the previous Ash was left comatose. He is a stickler for rules and a commanding leader who does not hesitate to assert his authority, punish insubordination, and do away with anyone who threatens the Light Fae and the secret existence of the Fae. He was revealed to be a Nāga, having violently lost his other heads for their venom. The Nāga has the power to kill the Garuda with its venom; but with the loss of his other heads, Lachlan knew he could not defeat his ancient enemy and before facing him in a fight to the death he had Lauren draw his venom so that she could turn it into a weapon for Bo to kill the Garuda with. (Season 2)
- Lina Roessler as Ciara: known as a Fairy Queen. The warrior daughter of a Fairy and Scáthach with powers of lightning-fast velocity, she taught the art of war to Dyson and his wolf-shapeshifter pack. A past love of Dyson, they are reunited after the passage of centuries and become romantically involved; but although she was in love with Dyson, he was unable to respond in kind after The Norn took his ability to love anyone. While she is initially treated frostily by Bo and Kenzi, Bo eventually comes to consider her a friend. She is killed by the Garuda when she shifts in front of Bo to protect her from the thrust of his sword. (Season 2)
- Kate Trotter as The Norn: an Ancient with the power to grant one's strongest desire in exchange for that which they hold dearest. When Bo was fighting her mother, Aife, Dyson sought her intervention, for the second time in his life, and offered her his wolf in return for transferring his strength to Bo; but due to a subtle error by him in which she realized that his wolf was no longer what he valued most, she tricked him and took his love for Bo and ability to love anyone else again. She returned Dyson's love passion after Kenzi threatened to cut down her Sacred Tree with a chainsaw. (Season 1, 2)
- Anthony Lemke as Ryan Lambert: a Dark Fae Loki. He is a wealthy playboy who amassed a fortune as an inventor, alchemist, and high price supplier of rare items. He crashed Bo’s birthday party to give her an engraved bracelet that, she later learned, could protect her from a species of Fae. Without her knowing at the start that he was a Dark Fae, the two of them became lustful lovers after Bo's relationship with Dyson ended, and her romance with Lauren interrupted when Nadia was released from her coma. (Season 2)
- Hayley Nault as the Nain Rouge: a divine Fae spirit that likes to observe tragic events and materializes as a young girl. The Nain Rouge appeared to Bo when unexplained Fae deaths began to occur and gave Bo a vision wherein she was the cause of Trick’s death. When the reemergence of the Fae’s ancient enemy, the Garuda, began to create strange events in nature, the Nain Rouge answered Bo’s call to show herself and told Bo that for her to defeat the Garuda she needed to build a united team of Light and Dark Fae. (Season 2)
- Raoul Trujillo as The Garuda: an ancient and fiendish powerful enemy of the Fae. The Garuda transforms into a gigantic fiery eagle, and can possess and control its victims. Its source of food is anger and rage, and can only be killed with the venom of a Nāga. When the Blood King (Trick) wrote the truce and Blood Laws that ended the Great War between Light and Dark, the Garudas dwindled as they starved to death until only one was left, remaining dormant for eons. When Trick used his blood powers to stop Aife from hurting and killing Bo, it revived the Garuda, which then came in search of Trick to force him into using his blood to repeal the Laws and reignite the war between Light and Dark. He was killed by Bo with Lachlan's venom. (Season 2)
- Shawn Doyle as Dr. Isaac Taft: a psychotic human scientist and Fae hunter. He appeared at Lauren’s apartment delivering a research award after she failed to attend the special presentation ceremony. Dr. Taft deceptively courted Lauren until, after several failed attempts, he convinced her to join him in performing cutting edge medical research in his private laboratory. He knew about the Fae and Lauren’s involvement with the supernatural race, and wanted her expertise about them to inflict cruel revenge against the Fae after his brother was beheaded by one and he was blamed for the crime. Taft kidnapped Dyson to extract his DNA for use on himself, but Lauren secretly sabotaged the DNA transplant and turned him into a human-Cabbit hybrid. He was killed and eaten by Dyson. (Season 3)
- Deborah Odell as Stella Nashira: a Lodestar. She was recruited by Trick to mentor Bo in her preparation for the tests she had to face during The Dawning. She and Trick fall in love and leave together for Scotland in the season finale. (Season 3)
- Athena Karkanis as Nadia: Lauren's human girlfriend. She accompanied Lauren to the Congo as a photographer and while there The Ash caused her to be stricken by a mysterious illness that left her in a coma – thereby manipulating Lauren into pledged servitude to him and the Light Fae. Bo is forced to kill her when she becomes possessed by the Garuda and attacks Lauren, threatening her life. (Season 2)
- Aaron Ashmore as Nate: Kenzi's boyfriend. Kenzi and Nate used to be neighbours when she was six years old and they met again by coincidence sixteen years later when he answered the ad for a musician gig at Bo's surprise birthday party. Kenzi broke up with him when the Garuda’s threat was most imminent and could have endangered his life. (Season 2)
Development and production
On November 16, 2008, Prodigy Pictures issued a press release that they had been commissioned by Canwest (Canwest Global Communications Corp.) to produce a pilot for Lost Girl, a drama about a young woman with supernatural powers. The pilot was to be written by Michelle Lovretta who had previously written for the Canadian television series Mutant X. Principal photography was completed in February 2009.
On August 13, 2009, Canwest issued a press release announcing that the Showcase television channel, a subsidiary of the main company, had given the green-light for a 13-episode, one-hour supernatural drama series: "A drama loaded with mystery, romance and intrigue, Lost Girl focuses on the gorgeous and charismatic Bo – a Succubus with heart. While Succubi are inhuman women who seduce and feed off their human partner’s sexual energy, Bo is not your average Succubus. Raised in secret by humans, Bo tries to survive in the human, modern world without giving in to her instinctive urge to kill. Refusing to embrace her supernatural clan and its strict regimes, Bo uses her feminine wiles – along with some help from her friends – to fight for the underdog. All the while, she is on a very personal mission to unlock the secrets of her origin and find her birth mother...Leading the Lost Girl cast is Anna Silk (Billable Hours, Being Erica) as Bo. The gang of monster misfits and human helpers includes Kristen Holden-Reid (The Tudors) as Dyson, an inhuman cop involved in a love/hate relationship with Bo – he absolutely hates how much he loves her. Two-time Gemini Award winner Ksenia Solo (Renegadepress.com) stars as Kenzie, Bo’s street-smart and fiercely loyal human best friend. The cast also includes Rick Howland (Bon Cop, Bad Cop) as Trick, a friendly saloon keeper with something to hide...Lost Girl will also offer a cross platform experience to viewers. Production is currently underway on the development of an interactive website, graphic novel and downloadable video game."
On April 6, 2010, Prodigy Pictures reported that "principal photography is underway for 13 one-hour episodes of the new original Canadian fantasy-noir series, Lost Girl. Filming will take place at a West Toronto soundstage and on location in the vicinities of Toronto and Hamilton until June 25, 2010. The series is set to air on Showcase in the fall...Lost Girl follows supernatural seductress Bo (Anna Silk), a Succubus who feeds on the sexual energy of mortals...Bo’s succubus nature tangles her in a sexy, romantic love-triangle with Dyson (Kris Holden-Reid), a shape-shifting Fae and homicide detective, and Lauren (Zoie Palmer), a human doctor who has found a way through science to help give Bo the sexual self-control she’s been aching for. Navigating this complicated life with Bo is her human confidante and street-smart survivor, Kenzi (Ksenia Solo)...Writers include Michelle Lovretta; Peter Mohan; Jeremy Boxen; Emily Andras; and Pamela Pinch...A companion website for the series is being produced concurrently and will launch with the show to give viewers an unprecedented, interactive experience." The series was aimed for a September 2010 release date.
As part of the promotion of the series, an official site was opened at the beginning of August 2010 at www.lostgirlseries.com. It contained a short trailer for the series and a summary of information on the show and its characters. On August 20, 2010, "Lost Girl: The Interactive Motion Comic" was released as a lead-in to the series. On the same date, a press release indicated that Lost Girl cast and crew would be making an appearance at Fan Expo Canada in Toronto on August 27–29, 2010, where they would be answering questions about the show and have promotional items available for audience members as well.
Showcase renewed Lost Girl for a second season on November 12, 2010, announcing "record-breaking ratings" and the "number one scripted series for Adults 25-54 across all specialty channels" in Canada.
Production on thirteen episodes for Season Two began on May 17, 2011, with filming taking place at a Toronto soundstage and at locations in and around the city until September 22, for a targeted Fall 2011 premiere.
On May 18, 2011, Syfy (U.S.) announced that it had acquired 26 episodes (Season One and Season Two) of Lost Girl from Prodigy Pictures.
Showcase announced in a July 7, 2011, press release that the Season Two premiere would be on September 4, 2011, and that an additional nine episodes had been ordered to make the season a total of 22 episodes. The order for more episodes was made public two weeks before the first appearance of Lost Girl cast and producers at San Diego Comic-Con International.
The United States debut of Lost Girl on January 16, 2012, was announced by Syfy on December 12, 2011; with the last episode of Season One (1.13) on April 9 followed by Season Two (2.01) on April 16, 2012.
Prodigy Pictures announced the start of principle photography on Season Three on April 17, 2012, with the season premiere slated for Fall 2012.
Syfy confirmed the January 14, 2013, U.S. premiere of Season Three in a general press release on November 12, 2012. The following day (November 13), Showcase announced the Canadian premiere date of January 6, 2013.
Midway through Season Three, Showcase announced the renewal of Lost Girl for a fourth season on February 28, 2013, citing consistent delivery of "stellar ratings" and a "cornerstone series" for the network. Later on the same day, Syfy announced it had renewed Lost Girl for a fourth season containing thirteen episodes, and premiering in 2014.
On May 31, 2013, Prodigy Pictures and Showcase announced that filming had begun on thirteen episodes for Season Four, with an expected premiere in Fall 2013; followed with a start of production announcement by Syfy on June 4, 2013.
Showcase announced its 2013 Fall schedule on July 11, 2013, with Season Four premiering on November 10, 2013, and its Sunday night broadcast changing from a 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. time slot.
As a lead-in to the premiere of Season Four, Showcase announced the streaming of a four-part original "webisodes" series on its Lost Girl website, with the first episode released on October 13, 2013.
Syfy announced the January 13, 2014, premiere of Season Four on November 22, 2013, with the show's Monday broadcast schedule changed from 10 p.m. to 8 p.m.
In a 2011 interview for The Watercooler, Michelle Lovretta described her reaction to being asked to create Lost Girl: "When Prodigy (our studio) asked me to create a show about some kind of bisexual superhero who uses sex as part of her arsenal, my first thought was "hell, yes!"...The challenge was to create a fun, sex-positive world that celebrates provocative cheesecake for everyone, without falling into base stereotypes or misogynistic (or misandristic) exploitation along the way...Bo has lots of sex, with men, women, humans, Fae, threesomes... and she’s still our hero, still a good person worthy (and capable) of love, and that’s a rare portrayal of female sexuality...It’s also rare to have a female lead who is so honestly sexual, without judgment...I think the single element I will remain proudest of is just that we’ve been able to create and put out into the world a sex positive universe where a person’s sexual orientation is unapologetically present and yet neither defines them as a character, nor the show as a whole...I felt it was crucial to also demonstrate that sex and romance aren’t the only ways that Bo measures a relationship’s worth, to give the show balance...Fans may have noticed that Kenzi clarified her hetero orientation at the end of ep 101...That line was necessary because...I was determined to protect their platonic-yet-epic BFF-ness, so I made sure it was written in as canon. Partly, this was to debunk the gay-panic cliche that bisexual people sexualize everyone, and are incapable of platonic friendship. But there was another, simpler and more personal reason: I think friendship is the fifth element...So, hidden in amongst all the romance and cleavage and threesomes, the Lost Girl Bo and Kenzi relationship is my own little love poem to all the BFFs out there who do it right.""
Series creator Michelle Lovretta teamed with industry veteran Peter Mohan to co-showrun Season One. Lovretta and Mohan left (on good terms) after the first season to pursue other opportunities, and the Season Two showrunner role was split between Lost Girl writer Jeremy Boxen and another industry veteran, Grant Rosenberg.
Emily Andras was initially offered the position of showrunner for the second season, but was unable to accept due to pregnancy. Upon returning from maternity leave, she was given the position effective Season Three. In an interview for The Huffington Post after the announcement by Syfy that it had renewed the show for a third season, Andras described what direction she would like to see Lost Girl go in the future: "Into a world where a bisexual protagonist is non-news. I'm so proud of the comedic ambitions of Lost Girl, that it's dedicated genre [fare] that doesn't take itself too seriously, but I also love exploring the shades of gray; the moral ambiguity of characters who may live forever and their relationships with mortals who will not." In a December 2012 interview with the Writers Guild of Canada, Andras detailed the flow of the Lost Girl showrunner title, followed with a second interview in the guild’s magazine, Canadian Screenwriter. In an interview with SpoilerTV, she addressed the fervor of the show’s fandom. On March 10, 2013, after the Showcase broadcast of Fae-ge Against The Machine, Emily Andras participated in a special live Question & Answer session on Doccubus.com with fans of the show and of Bo & Lauren. In the Q&A, Andras also discussed the selection of Zoie Palmer for the role of Dr. Lauren Lewis, the theme of death, and the love triangle between "the wolf" and "the doctor".
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|Season premiere||Season finale||Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|1||13||September 12, 2010||December 12, 2010||April 24, 2012* (Canada)
October 23, 2012 (US)
|February 25, 2013 (UK)||November 23, 2011|
|2||22||September 4, 2011||April 1, 2012||November 13, 2012||September 9, 2013 (UK)||September 19, 2013(Australia)|
|3||13||January 6, 2013||April 14, 2013||November 19, 2013||March 3, 2014(UK)||December 5, 2013(Australia)|
|4||13||November 10, 2013||N/A||N/A||N/A|
* released without DVD region-encoding
The series premiered on Syfy in the United States on January 16, 2012, after Syfy purchased the rights to Season One and Season Two from Prodigy Pictures on May 18, 2011. Syfy aired both seasons back-to-back, with the end of Season One on April 9, 2012, followed by the start of Season Two on April 16, 2012. Season Three premiered on January 14, 2013.
Lost Girl ConFAEdential, a special roundtable discussion about the previous two seasons and characters, aired on Showcase before the premiere of Season Three on January 6, 2013. Moderated by Jay Firestone, Executive Producer of Lost Girl, it featured (in order of introduction): Rick Howland ("Trick"), Zoie Palmer ("Dr. Lauren Lewis"), Anna Silk ("Bo"), Kris Holden-Ried ("Dyson"), Ksenia Solo ("Kenzi"), and K.C. Collins ("Hale").
The premiere of Season Four was preceded by Lost Girl: An Evening at the Clubhouse, a one-hour special featuring cast-on-cast interviews, webisode footage and a sneak peek. During the pre-show, cast reflected on both the past and upcoming seasons, revealed behind-the-scenes stories, and responded to fan questions.
A series of four webisodes streamed on the Showcase website were created as a promotional lead-in to the premiere of Season Four in Canada, with the first installment released on October 13, 2013.
Home media and digital distribution
On October 12, 2011, Prodigy Pictures and Showcase announced on the show’s official Facebook page that episodes of Lost Girl had become available for purchase and download from iTunes Canada. Episodes later became available for purchase on iTunes U.S.
In Canada, Entertainment One, Ltd. released the DVD of Season One on April 24, 2012. On November 13, 2012, Berkshire Axis Media released Season Two in Canada on DVD and Blu-ray. In Region 4, Universal Sony Pictures released Season One on DVD in Australia on November 23, 2011, and Season Two on September 19, 2013. In the United States, Funimation released the uncut episodes "not seen on Syfy" on DVD and Blu-ray with Season One on October 23, 2012, followed by Season Two on November 13, 2012. The DVD and Blu-ray of Season Three was released by Funimation in Region 1 (U.S. and Canada) on November 19, 2013.
Motion comics – Comic book – Mobile game
As a promotional prequel to the show’s premiere on September 12, 2010, Showcase released a six-chapter series of interactive motion comics, Lost Girl: The Interactive Motion Comic, on its Lost Girl website. The comics introduced users to Bo, the heroine of Lost Girl, and other characters in the show. The first chapter premiered on August 20, 2010, and all chapters were later made available for downloading.
To promote the show's United States premiere on Syfy in January 2012, a limited edition comic book, Lost Girl: Prologue, was distributed during the Lost Girl panel on July 22, 2011, at San Diego Comic-Con 2011.
On April 14, 2013, Showcase released Lost Girl: The Game, a free interactive mobile game app for iOS and Android devices. The release of the game coincided with the Season Three finale. Syfy launched the game on April 22, 2013, to correspond with the conclusion of the season in the United States.
On January 6, 2013, Showcase and Prodigy Pictures held the first Lost Girl live tweeting event during the broadcasts of the Lost Girl ConFAEdential pre-show special and the Season Three premiere on Showcase, with Anna Silk, Ksenia Solo, Zoie Palmer, Rick Howland, and K.C. Collins.
The live tweeting event was repeated on January 14, 2013, during the U.S. premiere of Season Three on Syfy, with Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried, Ksenia Solo, Zoie Palmer, Rick Howland, K.C. Collins, and Paul Amos.
Ratings for the 9 p.m. series premiere on September 12, 2010, was over "400,000 viewers (2+)" and "another 184,000 (2+)" for the episode rerun at 10:40 p.m., making Lost Girl the "highest-rated Canadian scripted series premiere of all time on Showcase."
In Canada, Rob Salem of the Toronto Star described the show as one that "definitely bears watching". Vladislav Tinchev, writer for the German site Serienjunkies wrote that the series would benefit from "revealing more background information about the represented world," rather than spend time on "clumsy action scenes". But Tinchev pointed out that "Lost Girl is not lost at all, and has immediately won the audience and entertains them well. And there is nothing wrong with that, because TV series need not be world-shaking events."
In anticipation of its United States premiere, Brian Lowry of Variety wrote: "At first glance, Lost Girl looks like another one of those Canadian imports picked up mostly for financial reasons. The pilot, however, proves unexpectedly fun—a sort of diluted version of True Blood... but the show has wit, style and an enticing lead in the leather-clad Anna Silk." Writing for The New York Times, Mike Hale said: "Like other fantasy-tinged shows on Syfy and USA, it offers the minor pleasures of formulaic fantasy and weekly puzzle solving, though in a cheaper-looking and less original package than usual...." In a post-premiere review for The Huffington Post, Mauren Ryan wrote: "No one can say there's been a dearth of genre-tinged programs on television in recent years. The vampire boom of the mid-aughts was followed by the zombie bonanza of the last couple of years; all in all, we're awash in various undead and otherworldly creatures...But one of the reasons Lost Girl has made such a big impression on me...is because the Syfy show does what so many genre programs fail to do these days: It has fun with its premise...But don't expect Lost Girl to be perfect: Bo's universe can seem constricted at times, the weekly clients and monsters aren't always interesting and occasionally the storytelling has abrupt moments. But my occasional complaints have been overwhelmed by my growing appreciation of what creator Michelle Lovretta has done with this light drama: She's created a Hero's Journey with a self-confident woman — a succubus, no less — at the center of it...Lovretta has done something subversively impressive with Lost Girl. She's built a whole show around the idea of a woman who is learning just how much she can or should take from others, and how much she can rely on herself."
The pairing of Bo and Lauren became popularly referred to as "Doccubus" after fans of the couple combined "Doctor" Lauren Lewis with Bo's "Succubus" species (i.e. Doc+cubus) to create the alias.
Episodes broadcast by Syfy in the United States are edited from their original 44:00 minutes to allow more time for commercial advertisements. In Season Two, the decision to cut eight seconds of an emotive scene between Bo and Lauren from "Scream a Little Dream" created controversy among LGBT fans of the show, resulting in the network being accused of insensitivity and censorship. Lost Girl producers responded to the backlash by issuing a public statement on the show's Facebook page explaining that the edits were done in-house, and not by Syfy, for "timing and not content." As noted by Dorothy Snarker writing for AfterEllen: "With so little representation of gay relationships on TV, every little touch matters." After this experience, beginning with Season Three, the traditional opening credits accompanied by the Lost Girl Theme song were replaced with all opening credits superimposed over footage of the first scene, sparing 00:30 seconds from being edited out of the episodes for Syfy (U.S.).
In a Slate magazine 2012 year-end list of 15 favorite television shows that are a pleasure to watch, Lost Girl (on Syfy) was named "Number 1" on the list, and hailed as "Sexy, snarky, and Canadian."
"Lauren Lewis" was chosen "Number 1" by AfterEllen in its November 2013 survey of The Top 25 Lesbian/Bi Characters on TV (Right Now). "Bo" was named "Number 7" in the list.
Awards and nominations
Directors Guild of Canada 2011 Nominated DGC Craft Award Production Design - Television Series Ian Brock For the episode "Vexed" Sound Editing - Television Series Tom Bjelic John Laing James Robb Alex Bullick For the episode "Dead Lucky".
Gemini Awards 2013 Nominated Canadian Screen Award Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Fiction Program or Series Ian Brock For the episode "Something Wicked This Fae Comes". Best Writing in a Dramatic Series Emily Andras For the episode "Into the Dark". Best Achievement in Casting Lisa Parasyn For the episode "Barometz. Trick. Pressure". Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series Ksenia Solo For the episodes "The Girl Who Fae'd With Fire/Truth and Consequences".
Gemini Awards 2011 Won Gemini Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series Ksenia Solo
Leo Awards 2013 Nominated Leo Best Direction in a Dramatic Series David Winning
WorldFest Houston 2012 Won Gold Award Television and Cable Production - Directing - Television David Winning (director)
|2013||Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Fiction Program or Series||Ian Brock (for "Something Wicked This Fae Comes")||Nominated|||
|2013||Best Writing in a Dramatic Series||Emily Andras (for "Into the Dark")||Nominated|||
|2013||Best Achievement in Casting||Lisa Parasyn (for "Barometz. Trick. Pressure.")||Nominated|||
|2013||Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series||Ksenia Solo (for "The Girl Who Fae'd With Fire/Truth and Consequences")||Nominated|||
|2011||Production Design – Television Series||Ian Brock (for "Vexed")||Nominated|||
|2011||Sound Editing – Television Series||Alex Bullick, James Robb, Tom Bjelic and John Laing (for "Dead Lucky")||Nominated|||
Gemini Awards (Incorporated into Canadian Screen Awards as of 2013)
|2011||Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series||Ksenia Solo||Won|||
|2011||Best Cross-Platform Project – Fiction||Zandro Chan, Jay Firestone, Lui Francisco, Tigh Walker||Nominated|||
|2011||Best Writing in a Dramatic Series||Michelle Lovretta||Nominated|||
|2011||Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series||David Greene csc||Nominated|||
|2011||Best Achievement in Casting||Jon Comerford, Lisa Parasyn||Nominated|||
|2013||Best Direction in a Dramatic Series||David Winning (for "Midnight Lamp")||Nominated|||
|2012||Television and Cable Production – Directing – Television||David Winning||Won|||
|2011||Best Couple of 2011||Bo and Dr. Lauren Lewis||Won|||
|2013||Top TV Couple of 2013||Bo and Lauren||Won|||
|2013||Girl on Top 2013 (Favorite TV Leading Ladies)||Zoie Palmer||Won|||
|2013||2013 Golden Remote Awards – Best Couple||Bo and Lauren, Lost Girl||Won|||
|2012||Favorite TV Drama||Lost Girl||Won|||
|2012||Favorite TV Actress||Anna Silk||Won|||
|2012||Hottest Hookup in Film/TV||Bo and Lauren (Lost Girl)||Won|||
|2012||Favorite Fictional Lesbian Couple||Bo and Lauren (Lost Girl)||Won|||
|2013||Best Lesbian/Bi Character Ever||Lauren Lewis (Lost Girl)||Won|||
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