The Loop (U.S. TV series)
|Theme music composer||James Kochalka Superstar and the Zambonis|
|Opening theme||"Hockey Monkey"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||17 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||23 minutes|
|Picture format||480i, (SDTV)
|Original run||March 15, 2006– July 1, 2007|
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.
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
- 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. He's lived a wildlife in aviation, from Air Force pilot to head of the company, which occasionally comes back to haunt him.
- Eric Christian Olsen as Sully Sullivan: Sam's goofy, carefree and jobless older brother and roommate.
- Mimi Rogers as Meryl: Sexually adventurous, she is an executive at TransAlliance Airways, and one of Sam's bosses.
- Joy Osmanski as Darcy: Sam's personal assistant and former student at MIT. She frequently laments that most of her classmates are in space, suggesting she couldn't get security clearance, because a colorful past, which she's hiding from.
- Ian Reed Kesler as Derek Rene Tricolli: An obnoxious businessman for Goldman Sachs, who constantly gets under Sam's skin. In the second season, it's suggested that he's omnisexual. In an episdoe of the second season, he makes a deal to trade business contacts with Sam (Bret Harrison), for a night of passion with Darcy (Joy Osmanski); and, she readily agrees to him pimping [her] out" "pimping [her] out".
- 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
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. 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." 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. 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.
U.S. television ratings
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
|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
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.
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.
|Country||TV network(s)||Series premiere|
|Argentina||FX Network||March 2007|
|Australia||Seven Network||December 7, 2006|
|The Comedy Channel||July 14, 2009|
|Brazil||FX Network||September 2007|
|Croatia||RTL Televizija||March 2009|
|Finland||MTV3||January 13, 2010|
|France||NRJ 12||August 25, 2008|
|Ireland||RTÉ Two||June 8, 2007|
|Israel||yes Stars||February 7, 2007|
|E4||July 30, 2009|
|New Zealand||C4||May 19, 2008|
|Philippines||Jack TV||September 5, 2007|
|Russia||MTV Russia||December 2009|
|Ukraine||Novyi Kanal||June 2009|
|Thailand||True Series||December 19, 2006|
|Turkey||ComedyMax||January 27, 2008|
|Showtime Arabia (ShowComedy)||2007|
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