My Babysitter's a Vampire (TV series)
|My Babysitter's a Vampire|
|Also known as||Ma gardienne est un vampire|
|Theme music composer||Jarrett Randazzo|
|Opening theme||"Girl Next Door"|
|Ending theme||"Girl Next Door" (instrumental)|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||26 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Fresh TV|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original run||February 28, 2011– December 6, 2012|
|Preceded by||My Babysitter's a Vampire (film)|
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 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 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. 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. 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 by another network.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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, with the season premiering on Thursday, September 6, 2012, at 7:30PM Eastern time.
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.
- Ethan (Matthew Knight) is the series' and pilot film's protagonist. He is a Seer, able to see visions through touch.
- Sarah (Vanessa Morgan) is a vampire, one of Ethan and Benny's friends, and Jane's babysitter.
- Rory (Cameron Kennedy) is a vampire and Ethan and Benny's friend.
- Erica (Kate Todd) is Sarah's best friend and a vampire.
- 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.
- Principal Hicks (Hrant Alianak) is the principal of Whitechapel High.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||DVD release date|
|Season premiere||Season finale||Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|Film||October 9, 2010
October 16, 2010 (Télétoon)
June 10, 2011 (Disney Channel)
|May 22, 2012||June 25, 2012||October 3, 2012|
|1||13||March 14, 2011
February 28, 2011 (Télétoon)
June 27, 2011 (Disney Channel)
|April 5, 2012
July 19, 2011 (Disney Channel)
|May 22, 2012||October 8, 2012||October 3, 2012|
|2||13||September 6, 2012
October 28, 2012 (Télétoon)
June 29, 2012 (Disney Channel)
|December 6, 2012 (Teletoon)
April 11, 2013 (Télétoon)
October 5, 2012 (Disney Channel)
|TBA||March 25, 2013||September 4, 2013|
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. 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
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). 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.
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).
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". 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.
A testing session for the game took place in Toronto, Ontario, CA on Sunday, June 5, 2011, before the game officially launched on the official website on October 14, 2011. In February 2012, popular game site Kongregate added Humans vs. Vampires to their website. 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).
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. 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.
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. The game has been nominated for a Digi and Kidscreen Award, and won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Cross-Platform Project in Children's and Youth.
Awards and honors
|2011||Gemini Award||Best Dramatic Mini-Series or TV Movie||Nominated||N/A|
|Gemini Award||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||Best Direction in a Television Movie or Mini-Series||Nominated||Bruce McDonald|
|Directors Guild of Canada Award||Best Production Design in a Television Movie or Mini-Series||Nominated||Ingrid Jurek|
|Directors Guild of Canada Award||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||Children and Youth||Nominated||Ken Cuperus (for "Blood Drive") and Ben Joseph (for "Friday Night Frights")|
|Canadian Screenwriting Awards||Children and Youth||Won||Alice Prodanou (for "ReVamped")|
|Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a TV Series – Leading Young Actor||Nominated||Matthew Knight|
|Pixie Award||Pixie Gold Award – Visual Effects||Won||N/A|
|Shaw Rocket Prize||N/A||Won||Brian Irving|
|Digi Award||Best in Cross-Platform: Kids||Nominated||The Secret Location (Humans vs. Vampires)|
|Creativity International Awards||Web Game and Entertainment Design||Nominated||The Secret Location (Humans vs. Vampires)
|2013||Kidscreen Awards||Best Companion Website||Nominated||The Secret Location (Humans vs. Vampires)|
|Canadian Screen Awards||Best Cross-Platform Project – Children’s and Youth||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||Nominated||Brian Roberts (for "Three Geeks and a Demon")|
|Canadian Screenwriting Awards||Children's Programs||Nominated||Miles Smith (for "Hottie Ho-Tep"), Richard Elliot and Simon Racioppa (for "Independence Daze")|
|Youth Media Alliance Award||Awards of Excellence for Best Television Program, All Genres, Ages 9–12 Category||Nominated||Episode: "Fanged and Furious"|
|FITC Award||People's Choice (Animation)||Nominated||(Humans vs. Vampires)|
|Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a TV Series – Recurring Young Actress||Won||Addision Holley (Anastasia)
tied with Kiernan Shipka ("Mad Men")
|Canadian Cinema Editors Awards||Best Editing in 1/2 hour Broadcast Short Form||Nominated||Ellen Fine (for "Fanged and Furious")|
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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.
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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- Official website on Teletoon
- Official website on Disney Channel
- My Babysitter's a Vampire at the Internet Movie Database
- My Babysitter's a Vampire at TV.com
- My Babysitter's a Vampire "Humans vs. Vampires" at Apple-iTunes App Store