Undateable

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Undateable
Undateable.jpg
Genre Comedy
Created by Adam Sztykiel
Starring
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 23 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original channel NBC
Original release May 29, 2014 (2014-05-29) – present (present)
External links
Official website

Undateable is an American comedy television series. It premiered on May 29, 2014, airing mid-season on NBC as part of the 2013–14 American television season.[1][2] The multi-camera comedy was created by Adam Sztykiel and is based on the book Undateable: 311 Things Guys Do That Guarantee They Won't Be Dating Or Having Sex by Ellen Rakieten and Anne Coyle.[3][4][5]

On July 31, 2014, Undateable was renewed for a ten-episode second season,[6] which premiered on March 17, 2015.[7] On May 8, 2015, NBC renewed Undateable for a third season that will consist entirely of live episodes.[8][9]

Premise[edit]

Danny Burton is a 30-ish carefree single guy who has watched most of his friends move on to serious relationships. When his last remaining friend Shannon moves out to get married, Danny searches for a new roommate. A promising candidate is Justin, the owner of Black Eyes Bar (frequently mispronounced "Black Guys Bar") in the Detroit suburb of Ferndale. Justin and his friends – the creepy Burski, oddball Shelly, and recently out-of-the-closet gay guy Brett – all have certain qualities that make them appear "undateable". While Danny himself has good luck getting women into bed, he is unable or unwilling to form a lasting commitment with any of them. Danny's sister, Leslie, has similar fears about being undateable, having the "baggage" of being a mid-30's divorcee.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Chris D'Elia as Danny Burton
  • Brent Morin as Justin Kearney, Danny's uptight roommate
  • David Fynn as Brett, Justin's recently-out employee and friend
  • Rick Glassman as Burski, Justin's awkward friend who has a crush on Leslie
  • Ron Funches as Shelly, Justin's oddball friend
  • Bianca Kajlich as Leslie Burton, Danny's recently divorced sister
  • Bridgit Mendler as Candace (Season 2–), Justin's optimistic new bartender[10]

Recurring[edit]

  • Briga Heelan as Nicki, Justin's former employee who was briefly his girlfriend
  • Eva Amurri Martino as Sabrina, Danny's ex-girlfriend and Justin's new employee (Season 1)
  • Rory Scovel as Kevin, Justin's and Danny's annoying neighbor
  • Adam Hagenbuch as Trent, Candace's ex-boyfriend (Season 2)

Guest[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 May 29, 2014 (2014-05-29) July 3, 2014 (2014-07-03)
2 10 March 17, 2015 (2015-03-17) May 12, 2015 (2015-05-12)

Production[edit]

NBC purchased the script from Bill Lawrence in October 2012.[5][14] Casting for the pilot began in early 2013, with Brent Morin and Rick Glassman being cast in February and Bianca Kajlich and Chris D'Elia being cast in March.[15][16][17][18] Matthew Wilkas was also cast in March as Brett, Justin's gay friend.[19] Aly Michalka was originally cast as Maddie, a waitress in Justin's bar and Justin's love interest, but she left the show in April 2013 and was replaced with Briga Heelan in a guest star role as the similar character Nicki.[20][21]

In May 2013, NBC placed a series order for Undateable.[22] After the series was ordered, Wilkas left and was replaced with David Fynn in the role of Brett.[23] When both Undateable and Ground Floor, which stars Heelan, were picked up as series, Megan Park was cast to replace Heelan in the Nicki role.[24] However, by September of that year, the producers were able to arrange the schedules of the two shows so that Heelan could appear on Undateable as Nicki on a recurring basis, and she replaced Park.[25]

In March 2014, Lawrence, Morin, Glassman, Funches, and D'Elia launched an 8-city comedy tour to promote the show.[26][27][28]

On May 5, 2015, the show was presented live in a one hour episode that featured numerous guest stars.[11]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Undateable has been met with mixed to negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the show holds a 38% rating, based on 16 reviews, with the consensus reading: "Largely bereft of originality or humor, Undateable is underwhelming."[29] Similarly on Metacritic, the show has a score of 50 out of 100 based on 19 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[30]

Ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes Premiered Ended TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere
Viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale
Viewers
(in millions)
1
Thursday 9:00 pm
13
May 29, 2014 (2014-05-29)
3.84[31]
July 3, 2014 (2014-07-03)
1.99[32] 2013–14 TBD 2.78[33]
2
Tuesday 9:00 pm
10
March 17, 2015 (2015-03-17)
6.43[34]
May 12, 2015 (2015-05-12)
4.01[35] 2014–15 109 5.11[36]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (March 25, 2014). "NBC Announces Summer Premiere Dates for 'Crossbones', 'Undateable', 'The Night Shift', 'Taxi Brooklyn' & More". Zap2it. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ Goldberg, Lesley; Rose, Lacey (May 10, 2013). "NBC Series Orders: 'Chicago Fire' Spinoff, 'Ironside' Remake, 'Undateable'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (May 10, 2013). "NBC Orders 'Undateable,' 'Ironside,' 'Chicago PD'; Cancels 'Go On'". Variety. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
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  7. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "NBC Sets All-Drama Thursday, Tuesday Multi-Camera Comedy Block In Midseason". Deadline. 
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  9. ^ Goldman, Eric (May 8, 2015). "'Undateable' Renewed for Season 3 Comprised Entirely of Live Episodes". IGN. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Bridgit Mendler Cast in ‘Undateable’ — Season 2 on NBC - TVLine". TVLine. 
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  12. ^ a b c Ryan Schwartz. "‘Undateable’ Live Episode Recap –– Ed Sheeran, ‘Scrubs’ Cast, Scott Foley - TVLine". TVLine. 
  13. ^ "Backstage at #UndateableLive with @katewalsh ! 4 minutes, West Coast!". Twitter. 
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  21. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 9, 2013). "Aly Michalka Exits NBC Pilot 'Undateable', Briga Heelan Expected To Replace Her". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  22. ^ Rice, Lynette (May 10, 2013). "NBC orders new comedy from 'Cougar Town' creator Bill Lawrence". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  23. ^ "David Fynn Joins NBC's 'Undateable'; Valarie Pettiford To Recur On 'True Blood'". Deadline.com. July 3, 2013. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  24. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 16, 2013). "Megan Park Lands Vacant Regular Role On NBC Comedy Series 'Undateable'". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  25. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 5, 2013). "Briga Heelan Back On NBC Comedy 'Undateable' As Recurring". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  26. ^ Juul, Matthew (February 21, 2014). "Cast of NBC's 'Undateable' coming to Boston on March 3". The Boston Globe. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
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  28. ^ Lawrence, Bill (28 May 2014). "The ‘Undateable’ Comedy Tour: How to Launch (or Not Launch) a TV Show in 2014". Grantland. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
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  30. ^ "Undateable (2014) : Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
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  32. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (July 7, 2014). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'Rookie Blue' Adjusted Up; 'Hell's Kitchen', 'Gang Related' & 'Undateable' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
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  34. ^ Bibel, Sara (March 18, 2015). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'The Flash' & 'The Voice' Adjusted Up; 'iZombie' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  35. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 13, 2015). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'The Flash', 'NCIS', & 'American Idol' Adjusted Up; 'iZombie' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 14, 2015. 
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