Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List
|Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List|
Season 1 DVD Cover
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||48|
|Executive producer(s)||Bryan Scott
|Running time||46 minutes
|Production company(s)||Picture This Television|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Original run||August 3, 2005– August 3, 2010|
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List is an American reality television series on Bravo. The series debuted on August 3, 2005. The series follows the struggle of self-proclaimed "D-list" celebrity Kathy Griffin to climb the Hollywood ladder. This often includes scheming for publicity with staffers Jessica, Tiffany, and Tom. Her relationships with her parents and her now ex-husband have also been heavily featured.
Background and Production history
Griffin had titled her first Bravo comedy special The D-List (2004), to imply that her pull as a bottom-feeder celebrity was so low, she didn't even make the "C-list." The special was so popular that the network later approached Griffin to film a reality series based on her celebrity-bashing comedy.
All six seasons of the program have been nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program, with seasons 2 and 3 winning in 2007 and 2008. Season 3 (2007) premiered with the highest ratings for the show, with approximately one million viewers. Season 4 (2008) was the first expanded season, with ten episodes.
Season 5 (2009) premiered with almost one million viewers, making it Bravo's highest rated Monday original series telecast ever in all demographics, at the time. The premiere was also up double digits among adults 18–49 versus the Season 4 premiere. Production began on Season 6, shooting eight episodes of the new season in January 2010. According to Griffin's official website filming wrapped in April. The season included, "An estate sale with Maggie, a pap smear in public and standing up in D.C. for the rights of our troops". It aired June 15, 2010 preceded by a new comedy special that was taped in Knoxville. Liza Minnelli gave Griffin acting lessons in one episode just before her guest appearance on season 11 of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Jane Fonda wanted to do an episode but her schedule was not free until October. Griffin hinted that Ryan Seacrest will be in an episode, titled "An Uncomfortable Lunch with Ryan Seacrest". The sixth season premiered on June 15, 2010 and concluded on August 3, 2010.
It was announced that the show would not be renewed for a seventh season.
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||6||August 3, 2005||September 7, 2005|
|2||6||June 6, 2006||July 18, 2006|
|3||7||June 5, 2007||July 24, 2007|
|4||10||June 12, 2008||August 14, 2008|
|5||10||June 8, 2009||August 10, 2009|
|6||8||June 15, 2010||August 3, 2010|
Season 1: 2005
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|1||"Out & About"||August 3, 2005|
|Guest Stars: Caroline Rhea, Marcia Cross, John C. Reilly, Warren Beatty|
|2||"Hot to Tot"||August 10, 2005|
|Guest Stars: Ricki Lake, Scottie Pippen, Lance Bass, Ray Romano|
|3||"Adjusted Gross"||August 17, 2005|
|Guest Stars: John McEnroe and Joan Rivers|
|4||"High Brow"||August 24, 2005|
|Guest Stars: Quentin Tarantino, Kanye West, Star Jones|
|5||"From A to D"||August 31, 2005|
|Guest Star: Jonathan Bennett|
|6||"Magic Carpet Ride"||September 7, 2005|
|Guest Stars: Jonathan Bennett, Lance Bass|
Season 2: 2006
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|1||"Going, Going, Gone"||June 6, 2006|
|2||"Red State, Blue State"||June 13, 2006|
|Guest stars: Jane Seymour, Alfre Woodard, Brenda Strong|
|3||"Iraq"||June 20, 2006|
|Kathy, Matt, MADtv's Michael McDonald, and JAG's Karri Turner travel to Kuwait, Tikrit, and Baghdad to entertain troops in the war zone.|
|4||"Rocket Attack"||June 27, 2006|
|5||"Puppy Chaos"||July 11, 2006|
|Guest Stars: Caroline Rhea and Rachel True|
|6||"Vegas, Baby!"||July 18, 2006|
|Matt Moline's last episode, Guest Stars: Johnny Weir, Fab Five from Queer Eye|
Season 3: 2007
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|1||"Suddenly Single"||June 5, 2007|
Note: Tom Vize and Tiffany Rinehart's first episode.Guest stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Joan Rivers
|2||"Dating for Publicity"||June 12, 2007|
|Guest star: Nick Carter|
|3||"The Show Must Go On"||June 19, 2007|
|Note:John Griffin's last episode|
|4||"What I Won't Do for a Buck"||June 26, 2007|
|Guest star: Ron Jeremy|
|5||"Prison + Porn = Fun for Everyone"||July 10, 2007|
|Guest star: Paul Rodriguez|
|6||"Kathy Goes to London"||July 17, 2007|
|Guest star: Chucky Venn, Julia Morris, Perez Hilton, Ricky Gervais, Graham Norton|
|7||"Back to My Irish Roots, Literally"||July 24, 2007|
|Guest star: Andrew W.K|
Season 4: 2008
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|1||"And the Award Goes to..."||June 12, 2008|
Note:Steve Wozniak's first episode.Guest Stars: Anderson Cooper, Christina Applegate, Ricky Gervais, Graham Norton
|2||"Home Is Where the Profit Is"||July 2008|
|Guest Stars: Tom Green and Coolio|
|3||"Fly the Super Gay Skies"||June 26, 2008|
|Guest Stars: Margaret Cho, Cyndi Lauper, Lance Bass, Olivia Newton-John, Carson Kressley and Anthony Callea|
|4||"Otters, Cubs and Bears... Oh My!"||July 3, 2008|
|Guest Star: Rosie O'Donnell|
|5||"Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace"||July 10, 2008|
|6||"No Time for Siestas"||July 17, 2008|
|7||"Busted in Bora Bora"||July 24, 2008|
|8||"For Your (Grammy) Consideration"||July 31, 2008|
|9||"Woz Love Got to Do With It?"||August 7, 2008|
Note: Steve Wozniak's last episode.Guest stars: Rachel True, Peggy Fleming
|10||"Red, White and Don't Be Blue"||August 14, 2008|
|Note: Jessica Zajicek's last episode|
Season 5: 2009
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|0||"The Footage You Weren't Meant To See"||June 1, 2009|
|1||"Place Your Bette"||June 8, 2009|
|Guest star: Bette Midler, Toni Basil, and Stevie Nicks|
|2||"I Heart Lily Tomlin"||June 15, 2009|
|Guest star: Lily Tomlin, Christina Aguilera, Charo, Jermaine Dupri, Jane Fonda, Wynonna Judd, Chaka Khan, Little Richard, LL Cool J, Liza Minnelli, Ne-Yo, and Taylor Swift|
|3||"Grammy Shmammy"||June 22, 2009|
|Guest stars: Paula Deen, Bobby Deen, Jamie Deen and Michael McDonald|
|4||"Paris Is My New BFF"||June 29, 2009|
|Guest star: Paris Hilton, Tyler Bachtel, Snoop Dogg, Adam Bertrand, Joanna Garcia, Allan Louis, Michael McDonald, David Monahan, Ignacio Serricchio, Jill Zarin, Patrick Rush, and Rachel True|
|5||"Maggie's Bucket List"||July 6, 2009|
|Guest stars: Stefanie Powers, Betty White, Nicole Sullivan, Michael McDonald, and Don Rickles|
|6||"Rosie and Gloria and Griffin... Oh My!"||July 13, 2009|
|Guest stars: Rosie O'Donnell, Billy Bean, and Gloria Estefan|
|7||"Kathy at the Apollo"||July 20, 2009|
|Guest stars: Katt Williams, Al Sharpton, Francia Raisa, Shane Sparks, Wayne Federman, and T.I.|
|8||"Norma Gay"||July 27, 2009|
|Guest star: Melissa Etheridge, Tammy Lynn Michaels, Jane Lynch, George Takei, Antonio Villaraigosa, and Drew Barrymore|
|9||"Official Book Club Selection"||August 3, 2009|
|Guest stars: Jackie Collins, Mike Ruiz, and Salman Rushdie|
|10||"Kathy Is a Star...Kind Of"||August 10, 2009|
|Guest stars: Suzanne Somers, Barry Manilow, Alan Hamel, and Carol Channing|
Season 6: 2010
|No.||Title||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|1||"Kathy With a Z"||June 15, 2010|
Kathy prepares for her guest spot on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and gets advice from Liza Minnelli.Guest Stars:Liza Minnelli, Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T, Juan José Campanella
|2||"Toddlers & Remodelers"||June 22, 2010|
Kathy hires A-List designer Kenny Davis to remodel her Hollywood Hills home. Kathy's mom, Maggie, gets a book deal. Kathy and Maggie are guest judges at the California Miss Kiddie Pageant.Guest Stars:Lara Spencer and Kenny Davis
|3||"Freezing My A-List Off"||June 29, 2010|
|4||"Moving the Merch"||July 6, 2010|
Kathy explores merchandising options for Maggie.Guest Stars:Lauren Conrad and Suze Orman
|5||"Kathy Goes to Washington"||July 13, 2010|
Kathy travels to Washington, D.C. to support the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in the military.Guest Stars:Barney Frank, Jared Polis, Daniel Choi and Jim Clyburn
|6||"Kathy's Smear Campaign"||July 20, 2010||0.583|
|Mike Ruiz and Joy Behar|
|7||"Getting My House in Order"||July 27, 2010|
Kathy discovers that Tom is sleep-eating and tries to help him reduce his stress by throwing him a T.G.I. Friday's "flare-a-thon" with Brad Garrett. Lara Spencer finishes the remodel on Kathy's house. Kathy's beloved dog Chance dies and after several weeks she welcomes a new dog, Larry, into her home.Guest Stars:Lara Spencer and Brad Garrett
|8||"Maggie, the Musical"||August 3, 2010||0.758|
To make it up to Maggie after swearing on CNN, Kathy organizes a talent show for the residents of Maggie's retirement community. The show goes well despite the late arrival by Cloris Leachman and Kathy performs "You Made Me Love You" with re-written lyrics in Maggie's honor.Guest Stars:Laura Bell Bundy, Kristin Chenoweth, Cloris Leachman, Seth Rudetsky and Rip Taylor
- On March 16, 2007, Universal announced that Season 1 of "D-List" would be released onto DVD on June 12, 2007, a week after the premiere of the third season. Special features include a Season 2 Sneak Peek and the special "Kathy Griffin Is... Not Nicole Kidman."
- On April 6, 2010, Target announced that it had partnered with cable channel Bravo to exclusively distribute its line of reality TV series on DVD, starting with Season 2 of "D-List", which was released on April 13, 2010, and includes webisodes as a special feature.
- Season 3 of "D-List" was released exclusively by Target in July 2010, as part of its partnership with Bravo. Bonus features include extended scenes, stand-up from Kathy, and video blogs from her assistants.
- Season 4 was also released exclusively at Target in October 2010. It includes all 10 episodes and unseen content.
Awards and nominations
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|2006||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Reality Program||Season 1||Nominated|
|19th GLAAD Media Awards||Best Reality Program||Won|||
|Producers Guild of America Awards||Best Non-Fiction Programming||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Reality Program||Nominated|
|20th GLAAD Media Awards||Best Reality Program||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Show: Reality/Variety||Nominated|
|2010||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Reality Program||Season 5||Nominated|||
|21st GLAAD Media Awards||Best Reality Program||Nominated|
|Hollywood Teen TV Awards||"Teen Pick Show: Reality Show "||Season 6||Nominated|
|2011||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Reality Program||Nominated|
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- Erik Gruenwedel (2010-04-07). "Target to Sell Bravo Reality TV DVDs". Home Media Magazine.
- Target (2010-08-13). "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List — Purchase page on Target.com". Target.com.
- Hale, Mike (June 12, 2008). "Four Years On, Clinging to Lower Status". The New York Times.
- Orloff, Brian (13 September 2008). "Kathy Griffin, Cynthia Nixon Win Creative Arts Emmys". People. Retrieved 2012-08-18.
- "Bravo's 'Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List' Wins Glaad Award to Air June 27". thefutoncritic.com. 28 April 2008. Retrieved 2012-08-18.
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- Hollywood Teen TV Awards hollywoodtentv.com. Accessed 2010-07-13.
- Official website
- Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List at the Internet Movie Database
- Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List at TV.com