Make It or Break It
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|Make It or Break It|
|Created by||Holly Sorensen|
Candace Cameron Bure
|Theme music composer||Michael Baiardi (as Michael Suby)|
|Opening theme||"Make It or Break It" by Michael Suby|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||48 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Holly Sorensen
|Producer(s)||Kevin C. Slattery
Maria L. Melograne
Lori Jane Coleman
David A. Simmons
The American Training Center (season 3)
The Rocky Mountain Gymnastics Training Center (season 1-2)
Roy H. Wagner
|Camera setup||Film; Single-camera|
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Super Delicious! (pilot only)
Pirates' Cove Entertainment
ABC Family Original Productions
|Distributor||Disney-ABC Domestic Television|
|Original channel||ABC Family|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Original run||June 22, 2009– May 14, 2012|
Make It or Break It (aka MIOBI) is an American television teen/family drama series that focused on the lives of teen gymnasts who strived to make it to the Olympic Games. The series was inspired by Touchstone's 2006 teen comedy-drama film Stick It. It premiered on ABC Family on June 22, 2009, with 2.5 million viewers. The show was picked up for an additional 10 episodes on July 27, 2009, which started airing on January 4, 2010, bringing the total number of episodes in the first season to 20. In January 2010, the show was renewed for a second season, which premiered on June 28, 2010 at 10 pm. Starting on July 13, 2010, new episodes aired following Pretty Little Liars. Internationally, the show aired on E4 in the United Kingdom, Zee Café in India, Fox8 in Australia, ABC Spark in Canada, RTM2 in Malaysia, and on TV2 in New Zealand. The show's second season resumed after a six-month hiatus on March 28, 2011. The series was renewed for a third and final season on September 16, 2011, which premiered on March 26, 2012. It was announced on April 26, 2012, that the series had ended and the third season would be the final season. The series finale aired on May 14, 2012.
Make It or Break It was created by Holly Sorensen who, along with Paul Stupin and John Ziffren, served as the show's executive producers. The stunt doubles were former elite, Olympian or NCAA champion gymnasts.
In season one premiere, Payson Keeler (Ayla Kell), Kaylie Cruz (Josie Loren), and Lauren Tanner (Cassie Scerbo) are elite-level gymnasts. They train at one of the best gyms in the country, the fictional "Rocky Mountain Gymnastics Training Center" (or "The Rock") in Boulder, Colorado, in hopes of winning gold at the 2012 Olympics in London. The girls have been best friends and teammates for years. They are joined by newcomer Emily Kmetko (Chelsea Hobbs), an untrained gymnastics phenom plucked from obscurity after her mother, Chloe (Susan Ward), convinces coach Marty Walsh to observe her.
The girls' futures are thrown into turmoil when their head coach, Marty Walsh (Erik Palladino), is blackmailed out of his job at The Rock by Lauren's father, Steve, and is forced to move to The Rock's rival gym in Denver, taking Lauren and other gymnasts with him. It is revealed later that Kaylie's mother (Rosa Blasi) and Marty were having an affair, and he left to keep the secret from being exposed. Marty tells Steve he is in charge from now on and will do things his way. After weeks without a coach, Marty is replaced by Sasha Belov (Neil Jackson), a former Olympic champion with a strict coaching style.
While Payson appreciates Sasha's experience and drive, the other girls chafe at his demanding style. Emily tries to hide the fact she has to work to support her family, fearing this news could jeopardize her scholarship. Summer, Steve Tanner's assistant, is now his girlfriend. Lauren struggles with this fact, feeling as if Summer is trying to replace her mother or is after her father's money. Kaylie hides her relationship with Carter Anderson, another gymnast at The Rock. Lauren is hiding the fact that she has lost her virginity to Carter from Kaylie, while trying to get him to go out with her. Payson has back problems and tries to conceal this from her parents and Sasha because she is desperate not to lose her chance to become National Champion and beat her rival, Kelly Parker (Nicole Anderson). Though Lauren warms up to Summer, the differences in Steve and Summer's beliefs result in a break-up. In the first midseason finale, the girls compete at the National Gymnastics Championships. Lauren engages in various schemes to improve her chances, but Kaylie receives the title of National Champion, beating Kelly Parker. After a fall on the uneven bars, Payson fractures her spine and is told she can never do gymnastics again. Kaylie, Lauren, and Emily all receive spots on the National Team.
As season one resumes, Payson deals with what seems to be the end of her gymnastics career and dreams. Summer and Sasha begin a relationship, and Emily and Payson get closer. Payson undergoes cutting-edge surgery to fix her spine. Although the operation is successful, she does not want to return to gymnastics, fearing she will re-injure herself. Meanwhile, the three Rock girls find an enemy in the head of the National Gymnastics Committee, Ellen Beals (Michelle Clunie), who prizes obedience to her authority and feels threatened by The Rock girls' independence. Emily wrestles with her desire to be an Olympic gymnast and her love for Damon, a coworker at The Pizza Shack where she works. Carter is allowed back in The Rock and finds support from Lauren after she learns he is living in his car, having been kicked out of the home by his father, who does not support his gymnastics career. Payson's father is laid off from his job and has to accept another one far from Boulder.
Payson's mother, Kim takes over managing The Rock, as the girls are shut out of the National Team. Kaylie and Emily are kept back from a USA vs. China meet. To get The Rock girls recognized as being international standard, The Rock holds a private meet between them and the Chinese National Team. Ellen Beals pressures Kaylie not to compete, telling her she might lose and damage her profile. Ellen also blackmails Emily, telling her if she competes she will have her scholarship revoked after Ellen finds out about Emily's job at the Pizza Shack. Working together, the girls get five medals, more than the U.S. National Team got in Beijing.
In the second season, the girls are joined at The Rock by superstar male gymnast Austin Tucker (Zane Holtz). Payson refuses to accept her body has changed since her injury and is encouraged to petition to the National Team by Ellen Beals against the advice of Sasha, who thinks she is not ready. Her petition is denied, and she is heartbroken until Sasha convinces her to return, hoping to revitalise her career by transitioning her into being an artistic gymnast. Payson, whose previous style emphasized power over grace, is skeptical but comes around and finds herself romantically attracted to Sasha. She impulsively kisses him, but he pushes her away. The Kmetko family struggles financially with the loss of Emily's scholarship, until Steve Tanner secretly organizes a private scholarship to fund her training, after beginning a relationship with Chloe. When Emily finds out where the money is coming from, she refuses to accept the charity. Chloe secretly begins work as a bartender in a strip club. Emily's brother begins to have seizures because his prescription has not been refilled. Discovering problems with their insurance and not having money to pay for the medication, Emily steals the medication and is arrested.
Lauren finds the tape of Sasha and Payson's kiss in the practice camera. In an effort to get rid of Sasha and have Summer get back with her father, she leaks the first part (showing only the kiss) to Ellen Beals and deletes the later part (showing Sasha pushing Payson away). This results in Sasha being dismissed and Steve Tanner becoming president of The Rock. Summer is behind Sasha and does not believe he would act inappropriately. Sasha and Summer break up because though Sasha respects Summer's values, he does not share them. Newly minted national champion Kaylie struggles with the demands of her position and develops an eating disorder. Her parents refuse to believe it, but Austin tries to convince Kaylie that she needs help. In the midseason finale, the girls compete at trials for the World Championships. Payson confronts the gymnastics committee, asking them to accept her as an artistic gymnast. Police arrive to take Emily away, as she has missed her court hearing. Kaylie collapses while competing and is rushed to the hospital. All four girls make the Worlds Team.
When Season Two returns, the girls cope with the loss of Sasha Belov. After breaking down, Kaylie admits to having an eating disorder and seeks treatment. Austin supports her, and they begin a relationship. Emily is forced to wear an ankle monitor due to her probation after being caught stealing. The other girls train for the World Gymnastics Competition, a task made harder by the presence of their arch enemy, Kelly Parker, at The Rock. Sasha returns after the girls track him down in Romania, and Lauren starts to like him better as he begins coaching her directly. While in recovery, Kaylie offers her mother's old recording studio to Emily's boyfriend Damon, who has been struggling to make an album in order to impress his new record label.
After Emily witnesses Kaylie and Damon singing together at the Pizza Shack, she imagines Damon is unfaithful and breaks up with him. Emily learns that she is pregnant, and Damon is the father. After members of the NGO try to persuade her to have an abortion, she insists that they have controlled her life for too long. She ignores their suggestion, and she keeps the baby. After informing Damon of the baby, she insists that being teen parents together will be perfect. Emily returns immediately to pack but is interrupted by Kaylie. Kaylie tells her that after Damon and Emily broke up, Damon kissed Kaylie. Feeling betrayed, Emily leaves to live with her godmother in Las Vegas without telling Damon. Eventually, Damon finds Emily and decides to be there for her.
Summer and Steve Tanner become engaged. A new gymnast, Max (Josh Bowman), comes to The Rock, attracting the attention of Lauren and Payson. Though Max seems more interested in Payson, she is more focused on her dream. Lauren pursues him past the point of ridiculousness. She assures Payson that Max is her new boyfriend; Max denies this. Max, Austin, and Payson help Kaylie train in secret, as they try to convince Sasha that Kaylie is ready to compete at Worlds. In the wake of Emily's departure, Kelly Parker becomes closer to Kaylie, despite the scheming of her stage mother (Kathy Najimy). Kaylie offers her comfort as Kelly's mom is only supportive of Kelly's fame and fortune. Kelly steals Kaylie's journal and is instructed by her mother to give it to Ellen Beals. The night before Worlds, Kelly returns the journal and admits to stealing it. This causes Kaylie's new trust in Kelly to falter. Summer finds out that Lauren sent in the kiss cam video and calls off the wedding, as she wants nothing to do with Lauren or Steve Tanner. Max tells Austin he does not think he can have a relationship with Payson because he is bisexual. He goes on a drive with Lauren, and they get into a car accident. Lauren is fine, but Max breaks his collarbone. Payson wants to go pro so she can earn money to help support her family, as they are struggling with debt after Payson's medical bills and training, but her parents do not want her to forfeit her eligibility for a college scholarship. Payson tells Max she loves him and begs him to forget she said anything when his feelings are not confessed to her. In the season finale, the four girls lead the team to the World Competition in Rio de Janeiro, where they win team gold.
When Season Three opens with Payson, Lauren, and Kaylie heading to the American Olympic Training Center as they prepare for the London 2012 Olympics. They deal with a new coach and teammates, including upcoming gymnasts. An uninvited gymnast, Jordan Randall, convinces Coach MacIntire to let her train with the group, causing tension. Coach Mac pairs up the girls, forcing Kaylie to live and work with Kelly Parker and Lauren to work with Payson. They eventually become close friends. Kelly is not good enough for the Olympics and leaves gymnastics. Payson has a new romance with Rigo (Tom Maden). Payson finds out that Lauren has an irregular heart beat, but Lauren has heart surgery. Austin does not make the Olympic Team and blames Kaylie. Jordan reveals that a former coach, Coach Keagan, molested her when she was young. Desperate to ensure her spot on the team, Wendy drugs Kaylie with a cold medicine containing a banned substance. After Austin and Kaylie reunite, then Lauren, Payson, and Jordan tell the NGO that they are boycotting Olympic tryouts unless Kaylie is allowed to perform. Lauren discovers the secret Wendy has been hiding and exposes her, getting Wendy kicked out. The series finale culminates with the four girls, Payson, Lauren, Kaylie, plus Jordan, being chosen to represent the U.S. in the Olympics.
Cast and characters
Main cast and characters
|Payson Keeler||Ayla Kell||Season 1-3|
|Kaylie Cruz||Josie Loren||Season 1-3|
|Lauren Tanner||Cassie Scerbo||Season 1-3|
|Summer van Horne||Candace Cameron Bure||Season 1-2; recurring Season 3|
|Sasha Belov||Neil Jackson||Season 1-2; recurring Season 3|
|Steve Tanner||Anthony Starke||Season 1-2; recurring Season 3|
|Kim Keeler||Peri Gilpin||Season 1-2|
|Emily Kmetko||Chelsea Hobbs||Season 1-2|
|Chloe Kmetko||Susan Ward||Season 1-2|
|Coach McIntire||Dondre Whitfield||Season 3|
|Damon Young||Johnny Pacar||Season 1-2|
Recurring cast and characters
|Ronnie Cruz||Rosa Blasi||Season 1-3|
|Alex Cruz||Jason Manuel Olazabal||Season 1-3|
|Mark Keeler||Brett Cullen||Season 1-3|
|Kelly Parker||Nicole Anderson||Season 1-3|
|Carter Anderson||Zachary Burr Abel||Season 1-2|
|Razor||Nico Tortorella||Season 1-2|
|Ellen Beals||Michelle Clunie||Season 1-2|
|Rebecca "Becca" Keeler||Mia Rose Frampton||Season 1-2|
|Leo Cruz||Marcus Coloma||Season 1|
|Nicky Russo||Cody Longo||Season 1|
|Martin "Marty" Walsh||Erik Palladino||Season 1-2|
|Austin Tucker||Zane Holtz||Season 2-3|
|Mary Jane "MJ" Martin||Marsha Thomason||Season 2|
|Darby Conrad||Meagan Holder||Season 2|
|Max Spencer||Joshua Bowman||Season 2|
|Jordan Randall||Chelsea Tavares||Season 3|
|Wendy Capshaw||Amanda Leighton||Season 3|
|Rigo||Tom Maden||Season 3|
|Jake||Russell Pitts||Season 3|
U.S. Nielsen ratings
The following is a table with the average estimated amount of viewers per episode, each season of Make It or Break It on ABC Family.
|Season||Timeslot (ET/PT)||# Ep.||Premiered||Ended||TV Season||Viewers
Monday 10:00 pm (2010)
Tuesday 9:00 pm (2010)
Monday 9:00 pm (2011–2012)
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released the first ten episodes in a set entitled Make It or Break It – Volume 1: Extended Edition. Bonus material includes deleted scenes, the never-before-seen extended finale, and the featurette, "Making It", which shows how the stars manage the acting with the difficult stunts they do.
- Season One
|DVD Name||Ep#||Disc#||Region 1||Special Features|
|Volume 1: Extended Edition||10||2||January 12, 2010||Deleted scenes, the never-before-seen extended finale, and the featurette "Making It".|
|Season 1: Volume 2||10||2||January 4, 2011||Deleted scenes|
- Season Two
|DVD Name||Ep#||Disc#||Region 1||Special Features|
|Season 2: Volume 3||10||2||May 3, 2011||Deleted scenes|
|Season 2: Volume 4||10||2||TBA|
- Season Three
|DVD Name||Ep#||Disc#||Region 1||Special Features|
|Season 3: Volume 5||8||2||TBA|
Awards and nominations
|Year||Award||Category||Recipients and nominees||Result|
|2009||Teen Choice Award||Choice Summer TV Show||Make It or Break It||Nominated|
|2010||Gracie Allen Awards||Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama Series||Peri Gilpin||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Summer TV Show||Make It or Break It||Nominated|
|Choice Summer TV Star Male||Zachary Burr Abel||Nominated|
|Choice Summer TV Star Female||Josie Loren||Nominated|
|2011||Choice TV Drama||Make It or Break It||Nominated|
|Choice TV Star Female Drama||Josie Loren||Nominated|
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