The Loop (U.S. TV series)

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The Loop
The Loop logo.png
Logo
Created by
Written by
Starring
Theme music composer James Kochalka Superstar and the Zambonis
Opening theme "Hockey Monkey"
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 17 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Pam Brady
  • Will Gluck
Producer(s)
  • Kim Sherwood
  • Randy Cordray
  • Karen Kirchner
  • Victor Hsu
Location(s) Chicago, Illinois
Cinematography
  • Jonathan West
  • Michael A. Price
Running time 23 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor 20th Television
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
Picture format 480i, (SDTV)
720p, (HDTV)
Original run March 15, 2006 (2006-03-15)  – July 1, 2007 (2007-07-01)

The Loop is an American sitcom that ran from March 15, 2006 to July 1, 2007 on Fox. The show starred Bret Harrison as Sam Sullivan, a young professional trying to balance the needs of his social life with the pressures of working at the corporate headquarters of TransAlliance Airways, a major U.S. airline. Set in the city of Chicago, whose downtown loop area acted as the setting for most of the show. The show's theme song is "Hockey Monkey" by James Kochalka Superstar and the Zambonis.

Premise[edit]

The Loop focuses on the life of its main character, Sam Sullivan (Bret Harrison). The show is shot with a single-camera setup instead of a multiple-camera setup more typical for situation comedies. The series follows Sam, his friends and his co-workers, as they try to survive both their personal and professional lives. In every episode most of the characters say many "situation comedy" style lines, which are often a result of improvisation. A complete script is written for each episode of The Loop; however, actors are given opportunities to improvise their lines during the shooting process.

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Bret Harrison as Sam Sullivan: A young professional trying to balance the needs of his social life with the pressures of working at the corporate headquarters of TransAlliance Airways
  • Philip Baker Hall as Russ McDonald: Head executive of TransAlliance Airways and one of Sam's bosses
  • Eric Christian Olsen as Sully Sullivan: Sam's goofy, carefree and jobless older brother and roommate
  • Mimi Rogers as Meryl: Sexual predator, and co-head executive of TransAlliance Airways and one of Sam's bosses
  • Joy Osmanski as Darcy: Sam's personal assistant and former student at MIT. She frequently reminds the audience that most of her classmates are in space.
  • Ian Reed Kesler as Derek Rene Tricolli: A jocky businessman for Goldman Sachs, who constantly gets under Sam's skin. In the second season, it is indicated that Derek is a closet homosexual.
  • Howard Miller as DeKeyser: Executive of TransAlliance Airways
  • Michael D. Roberts as Hibbert: Executive of TransAlliance Airways
  • Amanda Loncar as Piper: One of Sam's friends, whom he has had a crush on since they met freshman year of college. She is also his roommate. In the first season. she was studying to become a doctor.
  • Sarah Mason as Lizzy: One of Sam's friends and roommate. Her job in the first season was a bartender.

Development and production[edit]

The series was filmed in 480i (SDTV), 720p (HDTV). The Loop lasted only two seasons, season 1 lasted only 7 episodes. The show was renewed for a second season consisting of 13 episodes on May 12 by Fox.[1] It was one of only two live-action sitcoms renewed for the 2006-2007 season on Fox, along with The War at Home. The Loop's second season took place mainly in the workplace, and less of it with Sam's friends. The producers stated they "found most of the comedy to be with Sam and his co-workers and they wanted to expand on that."[1] On November 28, 2006, it was announced that the show's second and final season episode order had been reduced from thirteen to ten, with Fox's crowded spring schedule believed to be the main reason for the reduction.[2] The show was cancelled on May 17, 2007, before the second and final season was even broadcast. Fox eventually burned off the remaining episodes on Sundays beginning June 10, 2007.[3]

U.S. television ratings[edit]

Below is a table of the seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of The Loop on Fox.

Note: Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps.
Season Episodes Timeslot (EST) Season Premiere Season Finale Viewers
(in millions)
1 7 Wednesday 9:30 PM (premiere)
Tuesday 9:00 PM
March 15, 2006 April 13, 2006 3.86
2 10 Sunday 8:30 PM and 9:30 PM June 10, 2007 July 1, 2007 2.36

Broadcast and distribution[edit]

Episodes[edit]

The first season of The Loop premiered on Fox in the United States on March 15, 2006 at 8:30pm ET. The series finale of The Loop aired on July 1, 2007. All 17 episodes of The Loop can be watched, for free, at The Loop's TV.com site.

Online distribution[edit]

In the U.S., both the first and second seasons of the show are available for purchase on the iTunes Store, as well as the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Marketplace or for free on Hulu. In an aggressive marketing campaign by Fox, the pilot episode was released across a broad range of mediums from satellite broadcasting to popular social networking websites such as Facebook, shown on United Airlines flights, freely distributed on video on demand on about 30 cable and satellite systems including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Dish Network, on Yahoo, and from Amazon Unbox. Also, prior to the airing of The Loop in the United Kingdom the pilot episode was released as a free temporary download on iTunes.

DVD release[edit]

The first season of The Loop was released on DVD format on March 6, 2007. Bonus features included a featurette with interviews from the cast and crew.[citation needed]

International airdates[edit]

Country TV network(s) Series premiere
Argentina Argentina FX Network March 2007
Australia Australia Seven Network December 7, 2006
The Comedy Channel July 14, 2009
Brazil Brazil FX Network September 2007
Canada Canada CH March 2006
Croatia Croatia RTL Televizija March 2009
Finland Finland MTV3 January 13, 2010
France France NRJ 12 August 25, 2008
Iceland Iceland Stöð 2 2007
Republic of Ireland Ireland RTÉ Two June 8, 2007
Israel Israel yes Stars February 7, 2007
United Kingdom United Kingdom Trouble 2006
E4 July 30, 2009
New Zealand New Zealand C4 May 19, 2008
Philippines Philippines Jack TV September 5, 2007
Russia Russia MTV Russia December 2009
Ukraine Ukraine Novyi Kanal June 2009
Thailand Thailand True Series December 19, 2006
Turkey Turkey ComedyMax January 27, 2008
Slovenia Slovenia Kanal A
Bahrain Egypt Iraq
Jordan Kuwait Lebanon
Oman Saudi Arabia Somalia
Syria Tunisia United Arab Emirates Middle East
Showtime Arabia (ShowComedy) 2007
Mexico Mexico FX

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "'The Loop' Gets a Reprieve". Zap2it.com. 2006-05-18. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  2. ^ "Fox Tightens 'The Loop' Order". Zap2it.com. 2006-11-28. Retrieved 2008-02-12. "Fox has trimmed the order for the mid-season comedy by three episodes, from 13 to 10." 
  3. ^ Fox Confirms Cancellation

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