My Babysitter's a Vampire (TV series)

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My Babysitter's a Vampire
Title card
Also known as Ma gardienne est un vampire
Genre
Developed by
Starring
Theme music composer Jarrett Randazzo
Revolution 9
Opening theme "Girl Next Door"
Performed by: Copperpot
Ending theme "Girl Next Door"
Performed by: Copperpot
Composer(s)
  • Brian Pickett
  • Graeme Cornies
  • James Chapple
  • David Kelly
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s)
  • French
  • English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
Editor(s)
  • Ellen Fine
  • Duncan Christie
Camera setup
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Fresh TV
Distributor FremantleMedia
Broadcast
Original channel
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Audio format Surround
Original run February 28, 2011 (2011-02-28)  – December 6, 2012 (2012-12-06)
Chronology
Preceded by My Babysitter's a Vampire (film)
External links
Website
Production website

My Babysitter's a Vampire (Quebec French: Ma gardienne est un vampire) is a 2011 Canadian television series, based on the television film of the same name. In Canada, the series premiered in French on Télétoon on February 28, 2011, in English on Teletoon on March 14, 2011, and on Disney Channel in the United States on June 27, 2011[1] and finished airing October 5, 2012 on Disney and April 11, 2013 on Télétoon. The show was created by Fresh TV, creators of 6teen and Total Drama. The show follows Ethan Morgan (Matthew Knight), who, in the television film, learns that his babysitter Sarah (Vanessa Morgan) is a vampire. In the film, he learns he is able to have visions and his best friend Benny Weir (Atticus Mitchell) is a spellmaster. The series follows the three as they take on supernatural forces and have adventures, with occasional help from fellow vampires Rory (Cameron Kennedy) and Erica (Kate Todd), while dealing with the troubles of regular high school life.

A second season was confirmed to start production in September 2011[2] and it first premiered on Disney Channel on June 29, 2012, it premiered on Teletoon September 6, 2012. Télétoon started featuring season 2 sneak-peek episodes on October 28, 2012 and premiered it on January 10, 2013.[3] On September 18, 2013 Fresh TV Inc. said that there will be no season 3 as of now, but they are exploring a possible second movie.[4] However on February 18, 2014, Fresh TV tweeted they were still working on producing a second movie as well as getting the series picked up again.[5][6]

On April 7, 2014, Fresh TV announced YTV would be airing the pilot movie as well as seasons 1 and 2 of MBAV. The movie on April 11 at 6:00PM (EST) and again on the 13th at 8:00PM (EST); The series will then air Monday-Thursday nights at 8:00PM (EST); season 1 starting April 14, 2014 and season 2 episodes on May 6, 2014. Fresh TV urging fans to watch the movie and episodes airing on YTV, for them to pick the series up for a third season and produce a 2nd movie.[7]

Production[edit]

Early in 2011, four episodes of the series aired on Teletoon as previews for the series. Disney Channel announced in June that year that they acquired the rights to air the movie and series. Disney Channel aired the movie on June 10, 2011, and aired first season episodes from June 27, 2011 to July 19, 2011, with all episodes premiering before the series made its official premiere on Teletoon. First season episodes aired on Thursdays at 8:00 P.M./E.T. on Teletoon and at 8:30 P.M./E.T. on Télétoon starting January 5, 2012.[8][9] through April 5, 2012 on Teletoon. The first season finale on Teletoon had an extra scene added to coincide with the online companion game results, which Disney Channel did not air.[10][11]

A 13 episode second season of the show was greenlit by Fresh TV, and was originally revealed by Vanessa Morgan on her official, personal Twitter.[12][13] Filming for the second season lasted from September 21, 2011 to November 17, 2011. The same day filming ended, Disney Channel announced that it would pick the show up again for a second season. A promo for the second season first aired on Disney Channel on May 7, 2012.[14] It was later revealed by Vanessa Morgan on Twitter that it would premiere June 29, 2012, at 8 PM Eastern time on Disney Channel. Teletoon released its first season two promo on August 13, 2012,[15] with the season premiering on Thursday, September 6, 2012, at 7:30PM Eastern time.[3]

Premise[edit]

Further information: My Babysitter's a Vampire

The series follows the supernatural adventures of a geeky freshman, Ethan Morgan (Matthew Knight), a Seer who has visions from contact with the paranormal, his best friend Benny (Atticus Mitchell), a spellmaster, and his vampire babysitter Sarah (Vanessa Morgan). They are often aided by Rory (Cameron Kennedy), their dorky friend, and Erica (Kate Todd), Sarah's best friend, both of whom are vampires turned in the pilot film.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

(Left to right) Matthew Knight as Ethan, Vanessa Morgan as Sarah, and Atticus Mitchell as Benny
  • Sarah (Vanessa Morgan) is a vampire, one of Ethan and Benny's friends, and Jane's babysitter.
  • Benny (Atticus Mitchell[16]) is Ethan's best friend. He is a spellmaster and can cast magic spells.
  • Erica (Kate Todd) is Sarah's best friend and a vampire.

Supporting characters[edit]

  • Jane Morgan (Ella Jonas Farlinger) is Ethan's 8-year-old little sister.
  • Samantha Morgan (Laura DeCarteret) is Ethan and Jane's mother.
  • Ross Morgan (Ari Cohen) is Ethan and Jane's father. In the second season, Ari Cohen's name was dropped from the opening credits, his character appearing in a recurring capacity.
  • Grandma (Joan Gregson) Evelyn is Benny's "Earth Priestess" grandmother.[17]
  • Principal Hicks (Hrant Alianak) is the principal of Whitechapel High.
  • Jesse (Joe Dinicol), also known as Reverend Horace Black, is a vampire cult leader posing as a high school student. Jesse is a main character in the movie, but was temporarily dropped from the series due to his assumed death. He reappears in the season finale of both seasons.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Film October 9, 2010 (2010-10-09) (Teletoon)
October 16, 2010 (2010-10-16) (Télétoon)
June 10, 2011 (2011-06-10) (Disney Channel)
May 22, 2012 (2012-05-22)[18] June 25, 2012 (2012-06-25)[19] October 3, 2012 (2012-10-03)[20]
1 13 March 14, 2011 (2011-03-14) (Teletoon)
February 28, 2011 (2011-02-28) (Télétoon)
June 27, 2011 (Disney Channel)
April 5, 2012 (2012-04-05) (Teletoon/Télétoon)
July 19, 2011 (2011-07-19) (Disney Channel)
May 22, 2012 (2012-05-22)[18] October 8, 2012 (2012-10-08)[21] October 3, 2012 (2012-10-03)[20]
2 13 September 6, 2012 (2012-09-06) (Teletoon)
October 28, 2012 (2012-10-28) (Télétoon)
June 29, 2012 (2012-06-29) (Disney Channel)
December 6, 2012 (2012-12-06)[3] (Teletoon)
April 11, 2013 (2013-04-11) (Télétoon)
October 5, 2012 (2012-10-05) (Disney Channel)
TBA March 25, 2013 (2013-03-25)[22] September 4, 2013 (2013-09-04)[23]

Film[edit]

My Babysitter's a Vampire aired on October 9, 2010, on the Canadian television channel Teletoon. The French version of the film aired on Teletoon's French-Canadian counterpart, Télétoon, on October 16, 2010. It premiered in the United States on the Disney Channel on June 10, 2011.[24] The film was released on DVD in the United States and Canada on May 22, 2012 with the whole first season. The film was released on DVD in the United Kingdom on June 25, 2012, with the premiere episode of the series, "Lawn of the Dead".

Ratings and Reception[edit]

The first season episodes of My Babysitter's a Vampire that aired on Disney Channel in the United States in June 2011, averaged 3.7 million viewers and was the number 1 cable show among kids 2–11 in its time period (weekdays 7PM/6c).[25] In an interview about Disney Channel programming; Senior VP of programming, scheduling, multiplatform, acquisitions and co-productions, Paul DeBenedittis; stated "My Babysitter’s a Vampire was a great performer for us this past summer (June and July 2011). It is a well-crafted series, with rich characters and great stories. It was creator-driven, with a strong point of view that was relevant and connected with our core audience in a big way," when he was asked about top-performing acquired programming.[26]

My Babysitter's a Vampire is the first series to air on Disney Channel without the TV-G rating (as the series is rated TV-PG-V), a rating that most Disney shows carry, which is a significant change for the channel as most of their programming has been targeted towards children and preteens since the channel's launch. Another change is that the movie and series airs only in the summer and the fall. Another change is that new episodes of Season 1 premiered Monday-Thursday weekly instead of on Friday or Sunday. However, season 2 episodes will premiere weekly on Fridays on Disney Channel from June 29, 2012 to September 14, 2012, but starting on September 14, 2012, new episodes will premiere weekly on Fridays and Sundays, replacing Shake It Up in the 8:30 Sunday timeslot. The show has also been added to Disney Channel's website and its channel On Demand.

The second season premiere episode ("Welcome Back Dusker"), which originally aired June 29, 2012, on Disney Channel in the United States, was watched by approximately 3.20 million total viewers and was ranked as Friday’s #2 cable TV telecast and the #2 TV telecast in Tweens 9–14 (1.3 million/5.5 rating).[27]

Game[edit]

Intertitle to the My Babysitter's a Vampire game, Humans vs. Vampires, featuring the characters: (left side, from left to right) Ethan Morgan (Matthew Knight), Sarah (Vanessa Morgan), Benny Weir (Atticus Mitchell), Rory (Cameron Kennedy), and Jane Morgan (Ella Jonas Farlinger). (right side, from right to left) Jesse (Joe Dinicol), Erica (Kate Todd), Nurse Annie (Kristin Adams), Principal Hicks (Hrant Alianak), and Boltz.

In May 2011, prior to first season episodes of My Babysitter's a Vampire airing on Disney Channel (in the United States) and after certain episodes aired as sneak peeks on Teletoon/Télétoon (in Canada); Secret Location, with support from the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, began developing a video game for Teletoon and MBAV called "Humans vs. Vampires in 3D".[3] Humans vs. Vampires is a modern spin on classic arcade-style games like "Street Fighter" and "Mortal Kombat". In this badge system game, the user can play as either a human or a vampire, using over 30 battle moves to defy their opponent, including three special moves unique to each character. Each character has over 30 moves plus three special moves, players battle their way through five levels and five different opponents, with rivals getting increasingly more difficult to beat as the game progresses. The points that are scored get counted toward the overall site tally, which affect the outcome of the season finale.[28][29][30]

A testing session for the game took place in Toronto, Ontario, CA on Sunday, June 5, 2011,[28] before the game officially launched on the official website on October 14, 2011.[31] In February 2012, popular game site Kongregate added Humans vs. Vampires to their website.[32] Based on the final scores for each team, an extra scene was aired after the season one finale on Teletoon that was not aired on Disney Channel (the original episode remained unaltered).[10][11]

Between July 27 and July 31, 2012, another testing session for Humans vs. Vampires took place in Toronto for an iOS App release for mobile devices to play the game.[33] In the mobile version, Ethan's sister Jane and a character from season 2 named Boltz are added to the game. It's optimized for the fourth generation iPod touch, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.[34]

The game is free to download in the App Store under the title "Humans VS Vampires". A one-time 99 cent in-app upgrade allows players to unlock all five good guys and five undead characters.[30] The game has been nominated for a Digi and Kidscreen Award,[35][36] and won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Cross-Platform Project in Children's and Youth.[37]

Awards and honors[edit]

Year Group Award Result Recipient(s)
2011 Gemini Award[38] Best Dramatic Mini-Series or TV Movie Nominated N/A
Gemini Award[39] Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series Nominated Atticus Mitchell
Directors Guild of Canada Award[40] Best Direction in a Television Movie or Mini-Series Nominated Bruce McDonald
Directors Guild of Canada Award[40] Best Production Design in a Television Movie or Mini-Series Nominated Ingrid Jurek
Directors Guild of Canada Award[40] Best Sound Editing in a Television Movie or Mini-Series Nominated Robert Hegedus, Marvyn Dennis, Kevin Howard, Mark Beck, Gren-Erich Zwicker, and Richard Calistan
2012 Canadian Screenwriting Awards[41] Children and Youth Nominated Ken Cuperus (for "Blood Drive") and Ben Joseph (for "Friday Night Frights")
Canadian Screenwriting Awards[42] Children and Youth Won Alice Prodanou (for "ReVamped")
Young Artist Award[43] Best Performance in a TV Series – Leading Young Actor Nominated Matthew Knight
Pixie Award[44] Pixie Gold Award – Visual Effects Won N/A
Shaw Rocket Prize[45][46] N/A Won Brian Irving[47]
Digi Award[35][48] Best in Cross-Platform: Kids Nominated The Secret Location (Humans vs. Vampires)
Creativity International Awards[49] Web Game and Entertainment Design Nominated The Secret Location (Humans vs. Vampires)
Honorable Mention
2013 Kidscreen Awards[36][50] Best Companion Website Nominated The Secret Location (Humans vs. Vampires)
Canadian Screen Awards[37] Best Cross-Platform Project – Children’s and Youth[51] Won Secret Location, Fresh TV Inc.: James Milward, Ryan Andal, Pietro Gagliano, and Sabrina Saccoccio (Humans vs. Vampires)
Best Direction in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series[52] Nominated Brian Roberts (for "Three Geeks and a Demon")
Canadian Screenwriting Awards[53][54] Children's Programs Nominated Miles Smith (for "Hottie Ho-Tep"), Richard Elliot and Simon Racioppa (for "Independence Daze")
Youth Media Alliance Award[55] Awards of Excellence for Best Television Program, All Genres, Ages 9–12 Category Nominated Episode: "Fanged and Furious"
FITC Award[56] People's Choice (Animation)[57] Nominated (Humans vs. Vampires)
Young Artist Award[58] Best Performance in a TV Series – Recurring Young Actress Won Addision Holley (Anastasia)
tied with Kiernan Shipka ("Mad Men")
Canadian Cinema Editors Awards[59] Best Editing in 1/2 hour Broadcast Short Form Nominated Ellen Fine (for "Fanged and Furious")

International release[edit]

Season 1[edit]

The show originally premiered on Teletoon on March 14, 2011 and on Télétoon on February 28, 2011. In the United States it premiered on June 27, 2011 on Disney Channel. In the UK and Ireland it premiered on October 4, 2011 on Disney Channel and in April 2012 on Disney XD. In India the show premiered on October 21, 2011 on STAR World and on October 28, 2011 on Disney Channel. It began on October 28, 2011 in both Pakistan and Bangladesh on Disney Channel. The series premiered in late 2011 in Australia and New Zealand.

Season 2[edit]

The second season originally premiered on Teletoon on September 6, 2012 and on Télétoon on October 28, 2012. In the United States it premiered on June 29, 2012 on Disney Channel. In the UK and Ireland it premiered on October 22, 2012 on Disney Channel. The season premiered October 6, 2012 on Disney Channel in Australia and New Zealand. It is yet to premiere in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and on Disney XD in the UK & Ireland.

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