The Exes

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The Exes
The Exes intertitle.jpg
Genre Sitcom
Created by Mark Reisman
Starring Donald Faison
Wayne Knight
David Alan Basche
Kelly Stables
Kristen Johnston
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 42 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Mark Reisman
Franco E. Bario
Frank M. Garritano
Ben Raymond
Camera setup Multiple
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Mark Reisman Productions
Acme Productions
TV Land Original Productions
Distributor Endemol
Broadcast
Original channel TV Land
Original run November 30, 2011 (2011-11-30) – present
External links
Website

The Exes is an American comedy television series starring Donald Faison, Wayne Knight, Kristen Johnston, David Alan Basche, Kelly Stables, and Leah Remini. It debuted on TV Land on November 30, 2011, and originally aired on Wednesday nights at 10:30 pm.[1][2] On February 2, 2012, TV Land renewed the series for a second season consisting of 12 episodes.[3] The second season premiered on June 20, 2012. On December 13, 2012, TV Land picked up a 10-episode third season of The Exes,[4] which premiered on June 19, 2013, at 10:30 pm EDT.[5] On July 18, 2013, TV Land extended the third season of The Exes to 20 episodes, with the second block of 10 episodes to be paired with new TV Land original Kirstie (starring Kirstie Alley), beginning December 11, 2013.[6][7] On February 3, 2014, TV Land renewed the series for a twelve episode fourth season that will premiere in mid-2014.[8]

Series synopsis[edit]

Divorce attorney Holly (Kristen Johnston) introduces her client, Stuart (David Alan Basche), to his new roommates: two other divorced men who share an apartment in New York City that Holly owns. At first Phil (Donald Faison) and Haskell (Wayne Knight) have reservations about Stuart moving in, but Holly is right across the hall to help when things start to go downhill. The gang usually hangs at a bar.

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Donald Faison as Phil Chase, a sports agent and a womanizing divorced man. While seemingly focused only on his own carnal interests, he often reveals a sensitive and helpful side when it comes to supporting his roommates and Holly. In season 3 he dates Eden for a few episodes until they broke up.
  • David Alan Basche as Stuart Gardner, a successful dentist and recently divorced man who is trying to get over his feelings for his ex-wife. Holly introduces him to Phil and Haskell, and suggests that the three become roommates.
  • Wayne Knight as Haskell Lutz, a lazy, divorced roommate of Phil's who makes a living selling various items on the internet. It is revealed in Season 2 that he used to be a professional bowler. In season 3 he falls for Stuart's sister Nikki, but it's unrequited.
  • Kelly Stables as Eden, Holly's legal assistant and a "party girl" who tries to get Holly to embrace the single life. In Season 2, she abandons her partying ways and becomes a surrogate mother for Holly's boss and his wife. In season 3 she dates Phil for a few episodes.
  • Kristen Johnston as Holly Franklin, a divorce attorney whose former clients and friends live across the hall in an apartment she owns. While often playing matchmaker for her divorced male friends, she is also recently single (having broken off an engagement) and struggles to meet the right man.
  • Leah Remini (Season 3-onwards) as Nikki Gardner, Stuart's sister and a divorcee like the other three. She is shown as Haskell's love interest, and takes a job as bartender where the gang usually hangs.

Development and production[edit]

Season 2 intertitle for The Exes

TV Land placed a pilot order on November 10, 2010.[9] The series was created by Mark Reisman (Frasier), with the pilot directed by Andy Cadiff.[10] The series is executive produced by Reisman, Franco Bario, Frank M. Garritano and Ben Raymond, alongside production companies Mark Reisman Productions and Acme Productions.

Casting announcements began in January 2011. First to be cast were Kristen Johnston and Donald Faison, with Johnston playing Holly Brooks, a smart and sexy divorce attorney and the landlord, and Faison playing Phil Chase, a sports agent and charming ladies' man who lives in the apartment across the hall.[11] Next actor cast in the series was David Alan Basche, who plays Stuart Gardner, a caring but neurotic cosmetic dentist who moves in with Faison's and Knight's characters.[12] Wayne Knight was then cast in the role of Haskell Lutz, a perpetual couch potato who hawks merchandise on the Internet while living with the two men. Knight's casting reunites him with Kristen Johnston, his former 3rd Rock From the Sun co-star.[13]

On March 21, 2011, the pilot was given a series order of ten episodes.[14] The series premiered on November 30, 2011, and the first season aired on Wednesday nights at 10:30 pm, following Hot in Cleveland.

On February 2, 2012, TV Land announced that it had ordered a second season of The Exes.[3] Season two premiered on June 20, 2012, at 10:30 pm following The Soul Man,[15] On November 13, 2012, TV Land ordered an additional 10 episodes for the second season.[16] However, on December 13, 2012, TV Land announced that the 10 additional episodes ordered will be considered the third season.[17] Season three premiered on June 19, 2013, at 10:30 pm EST.[5] On July 18, 2013, TV Land extended the episode order of season three to 20 episodes.[6]

On February 3, 2014, TV Land announced the fourth season renewal of The Exes.[8] Season 4 will consist of twelve episodes and premiere mid-2014.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

The series received a 49 out of 100 on Metacritic, indicating mixed or average reviews, based on 14 critic reviews.[18]

Awards and nominations[edit]

On July 18, 2013, The Exes received a nomination for Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards.[19]

Ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot (ET/PT) # Ep. Premiered Ended TV Season Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere
Viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale
Viewers
(in millions)
1
Wednesday 10:30 pm
10
November 30, 2011
1.43[20]
February 1, 2012
1.18[21] 2011-2012 1.18
2 12
June 20, 2012
1.24[22]
September 5, 2012
0.93[23] 2012 0.88
3
Wednesday 10:30 pm (June 19 – December 18, 2013)
Wednesday 10:00 pm (January 1 - February 26, 2014)
20
June 19, 2013
1.27[24]
February 26, 2014
0.84[25] 2013-14 0.93

International broadcast[edit]

On May 6, 2011, it was announced that Endemol would distribute The Exes internationally. The series is broadcast on SBS 6 in the Netherlands, SABC in South Africa, Shaw TV in Canada, MTV in Latin America, TVNZ in New Zealand, CNBC-e from Turkey and Dubai, TV6 in Sweden.[26] and TLC in United Kingdom and Ireland.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matt Webb Mitovich (July 21, 2011). "TVLine Items: Osbourne Stops Talking, Snooki Flirts with DWTS, OLTL Vets Return, and More". Tvline.com. Retrieved April 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ ' + relative_time(tweet.created_at) + '. "The Exes Premieres Nov. 30 10:30PM/9:30C". Tvland.com. Retrieved April 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "TV Land Renews The Exes For Second Season". TVWise. February 2, 2012. Retrieved February 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ "‘The Soul Man’ & ‘The Exes’ Renewed by TV Land - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Bibel, Sara (May 2, 2013). "'Hot in Cleveland', 'The Exes', & 'The Soul Man' to Premiere June 19 on TV Land". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved May 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "TV Land Orders 10 More Episodes Of ‘The Exes’ Season 3". Deadline.com. July 18, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  7. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (February 15, 2013). "TV Land Greenlights Original Sitcom 'Kirstie’s New Show' Starring Kirstie Alley". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c Bibel, Sara (February 3, 2014). "'The Exes' Renewed for 12 Episode Season 4 by TV Land". TV by the Numbers (Press release). Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  9. ^ Development Update: Wednesday, November 10, TheFutonCritic.com
  10. ^ Development Update: Tuesday, February 8, TheFutonCritic.com
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "PILOT CASTINGS: Christine Taylor, Kristen Johnston & Donald Faison Board TV Land Comedies, Amy Acker Joins USA Dramedy –". Deadline.com. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "TV CASTINGS: Ben Schwartz, Sherri Shepherd, Jeffrey Nordling Join Pilots –". Deadline.com. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Pilot Castings: Actors Board TBS' 'Hound Dogs', TV Land's Mark Reisman Comedy –". Deadline.com. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  14. ^ TV Land Greenlights Three Sitcoms Including "Happily Divorced," "The Exes" and a New Season of Current Hit "Retired at 35", TheFutonCritic.com
  15. ^ "TV Land Changes Cedric Sitcom Name To The Soul Man, Schedules Retired at 35; Just My Show Talks To Bill Kirchenbauer About Kirk Cameron's Comments". SitcomsOnline.com. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Report: TV Land’s ‘The Exes’ Getting Super-Sized Second Season - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  17. ^ "The Exes, The Soul Man: renewed (officially) | canceled + renewed TV shows". TV Series Finale. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  18. ^ "The Exes - Season 1 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  19. ^ "2013 Primetime Emmy Nominations (LIVE)". Deadline.com. July 18, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  20. ^ Seidman, Robert (December 1, 2011). "Wednesday Cable Ratings: 'American Horror Story' Tops Night + Captain Kirk Boosts 'Psych'; 'Hot In Cleveland,' 'Full Throttle Saloon' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  21. ^ Gorman, Bill (February 2, 2012). "Wednesday Cable Ratings: 'Challenge: Battle of the Exes' Tops Original Cable + 'Dog the Bounty Hunter,' 'Royal Pains,' 'Hot In Cleveland,' 'Face Off' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Wednesday Cable Ratings: ‘Dallas’, + ‘Royal Pains’, ‘Storage Wars’, ‘Barter Kings’, ‘Necessary Roughness’ & More - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. June 21, 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Wednesday Cable Ratings: ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ Wins Night, DNC Coverage, ‘Royal Pains’, ‘Ghost Hunters’, ‘Storage Wars Texas’, ‘Real World’, & More - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. September 6, 2012. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Wednesday Cable Ratings: 'Futurama' & 'Royal Pains' Win Night + 'Necessary Roughness', 'Daily Show', 'South Beach Tow' & More". TV by the Numbers. June 20, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Wednesday's Cable Ratings & Broadcast Finals: Demo Race Belongs to "Modern Family," "American Idol"". The Futon Critic. February 27, 2014. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Endemol's Happily Divorced, The Exes to Land in Latin America". ttvnews.com. Retrieved February 6, 2014. 

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