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The Total Drama logo along with the main host on the left.
|Genre||Comedy / Animation / Drama / Action|
|Created by||Jennifer Pertsch
|Developed by||Fresh TV Inc. / Teletoon|
|Directed by||Todd Kauffman (1 - 2)
Mark Thornton (1 - 2)
Keith Oliver (3 - 5)
Chad Hicks (3 - 5)
|Presented by||Fresh TV Inc. / Teletoon|
|Theme music composer||Voodoo Highway Music & Post Inc|
|Opening theme||"I Wanna be Famous!"|
|Ending theme||"I Wanna be Famous!"
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||120 (including specials)|
|Executive producer(s)||Tom McGillis
|Running time||22 minutes (excluding commercials)|
Fresh TV Inc.
|Original channel||Teletoon (CAN)
Cartoon Network (USA)
|Picture format||HDTV 1080p|
|Original airing||July 8, 2007 (Canada)
June 5, 2008 (United States)
Total Drama is a Canadian animated reality television series which lampoons the conventions commonly found in reality television. The show and its sequel seasons are collectively referred to as the Total Drama series. It premiered on the Canadian cable television specialty channel, Teletoon on July 8, 2007, and on the American cable television channel Cartoon Network on June 5, 2008. All of the contestants have distinct personalities that serve as a main plot point with the characters consisting of the eponymous fictional reality series and the contestants therein. The style of this series is similar to that of Survivor, Fear Factor, and The Amazing Race.
The Total Drama series currently consists of five seasons that have aired in the past six years; the first season, Total Drama Island, the second season, Total Drama Action, the third season, Total Drama World Tour, the fourth season, Total Drama: Revenge of the Island, and the fifth season, Total Drama All-Stars. A sixth season is currently in production which will be called Total Drama: Pahkitew Island and is planned to air this summer in the United States and this fall in Canada. Tom McGillis, the co-creator of the series, has stated that his personal goal is for Total Drama to go to at least ten seasons and also said that "For tweens around the world, Total Drama is more than just a parody of a reality show. It's THEIR reality show".
The name of each season consists of the title Total Drama with a different word or phrase later in. That changing word or phrase defines the theme for that season. This series is a competition to win a cash prize of C$100,000 in the first season and C$1,000,000 in every other season. This series takes elements of other widely known series such as Survivor, Thank God You're Here, The Amazing Race, The Mole, Endurance, The Real World, Road Rules, Iron Chef, The Apprentice, Project Runway, American Idol, I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, The Challenge, The Voice, Big Brother, The X Factor, and Total Wipeout. Like these other series, Total Drama is rated TV-PG because it features mild profanity, censored language, brief censored nudity, and some suggestive dialogue. When more suggestive dialogue is present, the episode is rated TV-PG-D. The first three seasons are rated TV-PG-D while the latter two are rated TV-PG.
Every season in this series takes place in a different location. The first season, Total Drama Island, is set in Camp Wawanakwa, a fictional island located in an unspecified area in Muskoka, Ontario. The second season, Total Drama Action, is set in an abandoned movie studio lot in Toronto, Ontario. In the third season, Total Drama World Tour, the contestants are taken all around the world in a large aircraft, which seems to be structurally unstable. Some of the countries that are visited in the third season include Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The fourth season, Total Drama: Revenge of the Island, is set back at Camp Wawanakwa, but this time the island is radioactive. The fifth season, Total Drama All-Stars, also takes place at the island, due to the success of the first and fourth seasons. The sixth season, Total Drama: Pahkitew Island however, will take place at a new location at another island called Camp Pahkitew.
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Total Drama was developed and produced by Fresh TV and was distributed by Cake Entertainment. The series is funded in part by the Canada Media Fund (formerly the Canadian Television Fund), and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. The first season was funded by Xenpohile Media, Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund. The series, primarily targeted at twelve to eighteen-year-olds, was animated at Elliott Animation and directed by Todd Kauffman and Mark Thornton of Neptoon Studios. The creators, Tom McGillis and Jennifer Pertsch, studied what teenagers liked and disliked about reality television shows in the writing process.
McGillis says they used a "countrywide online research project" to determine this demographic's likes. Fresh TV Inc. partners McGillis, Pertsch, Elliott and Irving produced the series. The budget for the first season was $8 million. It was animated in Flash, at Elliott Animation's studio in Toronto.
Every cast and crew member on Total Drama had to sign a confidentiality agreement not to disclose who the winner was. All the characters were designed by Kauffman.[dead link] An early name for the series was Camp TV when the series first started production in 2006. Camp TV Productions is still labeled in the end credits of every episode, along with the season number in roman numerals.
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The first season, Total Drama Island received general acclaim from critics and fans. Users from TV.com gave the show an 8.6 "Great", while users from IMDB gave it a 7.5 out of 10. Common Sense Media gave the show 4 out of 5 stars, calling it a "[c]lever cartoon reality show spoof". The second season, Total Drama Action, however received less acclaim due to being seen as less on par with Total Drama Island although some critics[who?] did enjoy it as much as the first season. The third season, Total Drama World Tour, has also received critical acclaim from critics and won multiple awards including "Best Animated Series", "Best Voice Actress" (for Annick Obonsawin), and was also nominated for several other awards. As of 2011, the first season has been shown in over 188 countries while the entire franchise has been seen in at least 100. The series has received incredible ratings (dominating the under-14 age group base) and very involved fans who keep talking about the series throughout various online communities, while also inspiring them to create their own fanart and fanfictions.
Total Drama first premiered on Canada at July 8, 2007 on Teletoon, when the United States aired the show one year later on Cartoon Network at June 5, 2008, while being followed by other countries thereafter. Since then, Total Drama has become an international franchise and one of the biggest successes for Teletoon yet. As of September 2011, Total Drama has been shown in over 100 countries around the world while Cake Entertainment calls the show "phenomenally popular". The 100th episode of the whole series aired in Canada on February 27, 2014, with the producers very happy of this milestone. That means that it took Teletoon 6 years and 7 months for them to air the first 100 episodes.
|Season||Canadian airing dates||Winner||DVD release dates|
|Season premiere||Season finale||Canadian||International||Region 1||Region 4|
|1||July 8, 2007||January 4, 2008||Owen||Gwen||August 18, 2009||May 5, 2010||September 29, 2010|
|2||January 11, 2009||December 10, 2009||Duncan||Beth||N/A||November 2, 2011||July 4, 2012|
|3||June 10, 2010||April 24, 2011||Alejandro||Heather||N/A||April 3, 2013||August 7, 2013|
|4||January 5, 2012||April 12, 2012||Cameron||Lightning||N/A||2014||TBA|
|5||January 9, 2014||Spring 2014||TBD||Mike||N/A||Future|
|6||Fall 2014||Late 2014||TBD||TBD||N/A|
Source for table:
The fifth season has already finished airing in the United States while it is currently airing in Canada as of January 9, 2014. For many seasons, the United States and other countries usually air the seasons first and before Canada gets to air it (usually the following year).
There are currently five seasons in the Total Drama series (with a new season currently in production) which are listed below. The air dates listed in the table are from the original Canadian airings.
|1||"Total Drama Island"||28||Todd Kauffman / Mark Thornton||22||July 8, 2007|
|Total Drama Island is the first season of the series. It first premiered on Canada on July 8, 2007 and June 5, 2008 on the United States. This season takes place at Camp Wawanakwa, a fictional island located somewhere in Muskoka, Ontario where the season is based on a summer camp theme (although a contestant is eliminated at the end of every episode). Like the whole series, this season is a competition to see which of the twenty-two contestants will survive and last the longest. This is because the contestants are brutally tortured along the way through the intense challenges they are given. Challenges are sometimes based on other reality shows like Fear Factor and Survivor. All of this is so that the winner of the season (the one to last the longest on the island and not get eliminated), will win a small fortune of C$100,000 and cheesy fame.|
|2||"Total Drama Action"||27||Todd Kauffman / Mark Thornton||15||January 11, 2009|
|Total Drama Action is the second season of the series. It premiered on Canada on January 11, 2009 and June 11 in the U.S. It is a sequel to the first season of the series, Total Drama Island. In this season, fourteen characters from Total Drama Island returned: Beth, Bridgette, DJ, Duncan, Geoff, Gwen, Harold, Heather, Izzy, Justin, Leshawna, Lindsay, Owen, and Trent. Courtney returns later on in the season due to a lawsuit. In this season, the contestants are taken to a brand new location: an old film lot in the center of Toronto, Ontario. The challenges are now based on movie genres, and the grand prize is now C$1,000,000. Cody, Eva, Ezekiel, Noah, Katie, Sadie, and Tyler do not return to compete, but still appeared for the aftermath special, an extra show which was hosted by Bridgette and Geoff, the first two eliminated contestants.|
|3||"Total Drama World Tour"||26||Keith Oliver / Chad Hicks||18||June 10, 2010|
|Total Drama World Tour is the third season of the series. It premiered in 2010 internationally and continued onto 2011 in Canada. In this season, seventeen contestants are taken on a trip around the world as they compete in cultural themed challenges based on the countries or regions that they visit. An added twist in this season is that the contestants are required to break spontaneously into song, or else be immediately eliminated by Chris (although this rule was not strongly enforced, and no one was eliminated for not singing anyway). Fifteen of the original characters from Total Drama Island returned: Bridgette, Cody, Courtney, DJ, Duncan, Ezekiel, Gwen, Harold, Heather, Izzy, Leshawna, Noah, Lindsay, Owen, and Tyler. Two new characters, Alejandro and Sierra, also joined the cast at the beginning of this season. Additionally, a third new character, Blaineley, was brought on to compete past the halfway point of the season. Beth, Eva, Geoff, Justin, Katie, Sadie and Trent did not return to compete, but have instead appeared for the aftermath specials. The prize for this season is also C$1,000,000. People are eliminated by jumping off the Drop of Shame.|
|4||"Total Drama: Revenge of the Island"||13||Keith Oliver / Chad Hicks||13||January 5, 2012|
|Total Drama: Revenge of the Island is the fourth season of the series. The series' extension was commissioned by Teletoon from the producers, Fresh TV Inc. It premiered in Canada on January 5, 2012 and in the United States on June 5, 2012. This season returns to Camp Wawanakwa (the original setting of the first season), but no contestants from previous seasons return. Instead, a new set of thirteen contestants compete, which are Anne Maria, B, Brick, Cameron, Dakota, Dawn, Jo, Lightning, Mike, Sam, Scott, Staci, and Zoey. However, some characters from the original cast still have cameo appearances throughout the season. Also, due to the island being abandoned for the past two seasons, Chris had lent the island to a biohazardous waste dump company, causing the island to turn radioactive. This means that causes of radiation and toxic waste is the main theme for this season. This season only contains 13 episodes (half the length of a regular season), and the cash prize is once again C$1,000,000. People are eliminated off the island by the Hurl of Shame.|
|5||"Total Drama All-Stars"||13||Keith Oliver / Chad Hicks||14||January 9, 2014|
|Total Drama All-Stars is the fifth season of the series. The series' extension was ordered by Cartoon Network in October 2012, while the season premiered on January 9, 2014 in Canada and on September 10, 2013 in the United States. This season is 13 episodes long, just like the previous season. On July 19, 2012 Christian Potenza announced the fifth season in an interview with Tom McGillis, saying that Season 5 would be very similar to Total Drama Island and Total Drama: Revenge of the Island, due to the high worldwide ratings of the latter. That means that this season will take place back at Camp Wawanakwa, the original island used in the first season. Total Drama All-Stars features the fourteen most popular contestants from the previous two seasons, which are: Alejandro, Cameron, Courtney, Duncan, Gwen, Heather, Jo, Lightning, Lindsay, Mike, Sam, Scott, Sierra, and Zoey. They all compete in several "Heroes vs. Villains" themed challenges, which means that the protagonists (heroes) team up and compete against the antagonists (villains). People will now be eliminated by taking the Flush of Shame and the winner once again takes home C$1,000,000.|
|6||"Total Drama: Pahkitew Island"||13||TBA||14||September 2014|
|On June 11, 2013 a sixth season of the franchise was confirmed. It will consist of 13 episodes and will take place at a new location, this time on an island called Camp Pahkitew. A new set of fourteen contestants are going to compete in this season, which are: Amy, Beardo, Dave, Ella, Jasmine, Leonard, Max, Rodney, Samey, Scarlett, Shawn, Sky, Sugar, and Topher.[dead link] The season is set to air in Canada on Fall 2014 and in the United States on Summer 2014.|
Total Drama has had a total of 52 contestants overall including the ones who will be introduced in the sixth season. The first three seasons consisted of an original set of cast, with a total of 25 contestants (22 are introduced in the first episode of the series, while the other 3 are introduced later on), while the fourth season only consisted of a new cast, with only 13 contestants. However, the fifth season has brought back both casts to compete together and against each other. Most contestants have competed in two or more seasons, but only five have won.
The characters of the Total Drama series
The names of all the contestants who have competed in the past five seasons are: Alejandro, Anne Maria, B, Beth, Blaineley, Brick, Bridgette, Cameron, Cody, Courtney, Dakota, Dawn, DJ, Duncan, Eva, Ezekiel, Geoff, Gwen, Harold, Heather, Izzy, Jo, Justin, Katie, Leshawna, Lightning, Lindsay, Mike, Noah, Owen, Sadie, Sam, Scott, Sierra, Staci, Trent, Tyler, and Zoey. 22 characters competed in Season 1, 15 competed in Season 2, 18 competed in Season 3, 13 competed in Season 4, and 14 competed in Season 5. However, 14 new characters will be introduced again in Season 6 who will be Amy, Beardo, Dave, Ella, Jasmine, Leonard, Max, Rodney, Samey, Scarlet, Shawn, Sky, Sugar, and Topher.
There are several voice actors who have voiced the characters in the Total Drama series. Christian Potenza played the role of host Chris McLean and said that the best part of the job was that his character could not be voted off the show. Emilie-Claire Barlow plays Courtney on Total Drama Island and stated that Courtney was her favorite character that she had ever played.
A list of all the voice actors are Emilie-Claire Barlow, Clé Bennett, Carleigh Beverly, Julia Chantrey, Carla Collins, Jon Cor, Katie Crown, Cory Doran, Kevin Duhaney, Novie Edwards, Laurie Elliot, Megan Fahlenbock, Kristin Fairlie, Brian Froud, Sarah Gadon, Marco Grazzini, Carter Hayden, Alex House, Athena Karkanis, Lauren Lipson, Barbara Mamabolo, Scott McCord, Caitlynne Medrek, Stephanie Anne Mills, Drew Nelson, Annick Obonsawin, Peter Oldring, Ashley Peters, Dan Petronijevic, Christian Potenza, Phill Lewis, Adam Reid, Tyrone Savage, James Wallis, and Rachel Wilson.
Most voice actors have only voiced one character, while some actors have voiced two characters. Peter Oldring and Clé Bennett are the only two voice actors who have each voiced three characters. Brian Froud is the only voice actor to voice a contestant from both the original cast and the new cast, as every other voice actor only voices a character from one generation. Alejandro is the only character in the series who is voiced by two different actors, Marco Grazinni and Alex House.
This is a basic, brief summary displaying the amount of episodes that a contestant has participated in a season; the one on the top competing in the most episodes throughout the entire series when sorted by the overall rank. The table can also be sorted to see ranking results within a season.
All of the Total Drama Island contestants have competed in the final episode, "Total Drama Drama Drama Drama Island", while all of the Total Drama World Tour contestants, except Blaineley, have competed in the final Total Drama Action episode, "Celebrity Manhunt's TDA Reunion Special". Aftermath episodes (except "Who Wants to Pick a Millionaire") and other special episodes are not counted in this table. Heather is currently the contestant with the most participation in the series. Contestants that appear in every episode of more than one season are: Duncan in TDI and TDA; Heather in TDI and TDWT; Gwen in TDI and TDAS; and Zoey in TDRI and TDAS.
Up until November 1, 2011, only Total Drama Island had been released on DVD. Cartoon Network released their Total Drama Island DVD in the U.S. on August 18, 2009 (Region 1), while Madman Entertainment (Region 4) also released Total Drama Island on DVD in Australia, but this time in two parts (Collection 1 on May 5, 2010 and Collection 2 on September 29, 2010). However, almost two years after Total Drama Action was first aired, Madman released their Collection 1 DVD of the second season on November 2, 2011 (with Collection 2 being released on July 4, 2012), making Australia the only country that has released the entirety of Total Drama Action for private home viewing. Australia also released Total Drama World Tour on DVD with Collection 1 being released on April 3, 2013 and Collection 2 being released on August 7, 2013.
Total Drama Online
Teletoon is hosting a Total Drama-based website called "Total Drama Online" where players can play games and earn badges to win prizes. Cartoon Network also has their own Total Drama website which is very similar to the Canadian one, but both websites are exclusive to viewers only in their corresponding countries.
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