Bizaardvark

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Bizaardvark
Bizaardvark logo.jpg
GenreComedy
Created byKyle Stegina & Josh Lehrman
Starring
Theme music composer
  • Matthew Tishler
  • Josh Lehrman
  • Kyle Stegina
Opening theme"Let's Go Make Some Videos"
by Olivia Rodrigo and Madison Hu
Composer(s)Scott Clausen
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes59 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Eric Friedman
  • Ron Rappaport
Producer(s)
  • Jason Shubb
  • Justin Varava
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time21–24 minutes
Production company(s)It's a Laugh Productions
Release
Original networkDisney Channel
Picture format720p (HDTV)
Audio format5.1 surround sound
Original releaseJune 24, 2016 (2016-06-24) –
present
External links
Website
Production website

Bizaardvark is an American comedy television series created by Kyle Stegina and Josh Lehrman that premiered on Disney Channel on June 24, 2016. The series stars Madison Hu, Olivia Rodrigo, Jake Paul, DeVore Ledridge, Ethan Wacker, Maxwell Simkins, and Elie Samouhi. In addition to the series' regular episodes, the series has also aired shorts under the title of Bizaardvark Shorts.

Premise[edit]

Frankie and Paige are two teenage best friends who post funny songs and comedic videos on the Internet. After hitting 10,000 subscribers on their Vuuugle channel Bizaardvark (a portmanteau of the words "bizarre" and "aardvark"[1]), they are accepted into the Vuuugle studios, where they make their videos while also having to share them with other "Vuuuglers". In the third season, Frankie and Paige are among the Vuuuglers who attend the Vuuugle house in Malibu, where they, Amelia, and Bernie meet two new Vuuuglers named Zane and Rodney.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
120June 24, 2016 (2016-06-24)January 27, 2017 (2017-01-27)
222June 23, 2017 (2017-06-23)April 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
3TBAJuly 24, 2018 (2018-07-24)TBA

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Madison Hu as Frankie Wong,[2] one star of Bizaardvark who plays the keyboard and piano.
  • Olivia Rodrigo as Paige Olvera,[2] the other star of Bizaardvark who plays the guitar.
  • Jake Paul as Dirk Mann[3] (seasons 1–2), the star of "Dare Me Bro," where he takes dare requests that he performs.
  • DeVore Ledridge as Amelia Duckworth,[2] the star of "Perfect Perfection with Amelia" who details about fashion. By the third season, Amelia changes the name of her series to Imperfect Imperfection in light of her little sister Willow coming to live with her.
  • Ethan Wacker as Bernie Schotz,[2] a friend of Frankie and Paige who becomes their agent. He also becomes friends with Dirk and develops a crush on Amelia.
  • Maxwell Simkins as Zane (season 3), a new Vuuugle star, Rodney's best friend, and the star of "Zane Unboxed," where he tells stories associated with his unboxing of items.
  • Elie Samouhi as Rodney (season 3) a new Vuuugle star, Zane's best friend, and the star of "What's in M'Hair?", where he pulls out different things that are found in his hair.

Recurring[edit]

  • Johnathan McClain as Liam, the son of Vuuugle's creator who speaks to the Vuuuglers through a robotic TV screen
  • Ellen Ratner as Grandma, the grandmother of Bernie who lives with her and has done a lot of odd jobs in her life
  • Maya Jade Frank as Belissa (seasons 1–2), a superfan of Bizaardvark who is the webmaster of the fansite "I Heart Vark"
  • Adam Haas Hunter as Viking Guy (season 2), a tall Viking who is the star of Vuuugle's "Live Like a Viking" Channel
  • Rachna Khatau as Principal Karen (season 2–present), the principal of Sierra High School seeking the approval of students who later becomes a fan of Bizaardvark like Belissa did
  • Kevin Will as Coach Carlson (season 2–present), the gym teacher at Sierra High School
  • Caitlin Reagan as Willow (season 3), Amelia's younger sister who has developed an earth child lifestyle where she becomes a vegan with the exception of nachos, does yoga forms, likes Earth Day, and boycotted Halloween due to cruelty to pumpkins.

Ross Kobelak has also appeared as Horse Face Guy, a fellow Vuuugle star who always wears a black horse head mask and never talks, since the beginning of the series.

Production[edit]

The series was created by Kyle Stegina and Josh Lehrman, who were discovered by the Disney Channel Storytellers program. They serve as the series' co-executive producers. Eric Friedman and Ron Rappaport serve as executive producers, with Eric Friedman as showrunner. Marc Warren, who previously supervised Disney Channel Storytellers, was the executive producer on the pilot. The series started shooting in early 2016.[4] On December 15, 2016, Disney Channel renewed the series for a second season.[5] On July 22, 2017, it was announced that Jake Paul would be leaving both Bizaardvark and Disney Channel.[6][7] On April 19, 2018, it was announced that an unannounced third season would premiere in summer 2018.[8] On May 30, 2018, it was announced that Maxwell Simkins and Elie Samouhi will be joining the series' cast, portraying tween bloggers Zane and Rodney, respectively.[9]

Release[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

The series premiered in both the United States and Canada following the premiere of Adventures in Babysitting on Disney Channel and Disney Channel Canada, respectively, on June 24, 2016.[10][11] The first season concluded on January 27, 2017. The second season premiered on June 23, 2017, and concluded on April 13, 2018. The third season premiered on July 24, 2018.

Digital[edit]

All episodes of Bizaardvark are available for digital purchase on Amazon[12] and iTunes.[13]

Ratings[edit]

Season Episodes First aired Last aired Avg. viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 20 June 24, 2016 (2016-06-24) 2.41[14] January 27, 2017 (2017-01-27) 0.99[15] 1.27
2 22 June 23, 2017 (2017-06-23) 1.49[16] April 13, 2018 (2018-04-13) 0.97[17] 1.11
3 17 July 24, 2018 (2018-07-24) 0.76[18] TBA TBD 0.58

References[edit]

  1. ^ "First!". Bizaardvark. Episode 1. June 24, 2016. Disney Channel. Frankie: Okay, we need a name for our channel. Paige: Let's just go through the alphabet. "A", aardvark. Frankie: "B", bizarre. Both: Bizaardvark!
  2. ^ a b c d "Bizaardvark Show Bios". Disney ABC Press. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "Bizaardvark Show Bios". Disney ABC Press. Archived from the original on April 9, 2018. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  4. ^ Elizabeth Wagmeister (October 16, 2015). "Disney Channel Greenlights Tween Music Comedy Series Bizaardvark". Variety. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  5. ^ Denise Petski (December 15, 2016). "Bizaardvark Renewed for Second Season by Disney Channel". Deadline. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  6. ^ Nellie Andreeva (July 22, 2017). "Jake Paul Exits Disney Channel Series Bizaardvark". Deadline. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  7. ^ Brian Steinberg (July 23, 2017). "Disney's Split with Jake Paul Spotlights Challenge for Social-Media Sensations". Variety. Retrieved July 23, 2017.
  8. ^ "Disney Channel - Packed and Ready to Go - Super-Serves Kids All Summer Long with Its Most-New Ever Daily Programming Schedule" (Press release). Disney Channel. April 19, 2018. Retrieved June 19, 2018 – via The Futon Critic.
  9. ^ Kirsten Chuba (May 30, 2018). "TV News Roundup: Showtime Sets Our Cartoon President Return Date". Variety. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  10. ^ Elizabeth Wagmeister (April 26, 2016). "Disney Channel Announces Premiere Dates, Guest Stars for Bizaardvark & Adventures in Babysitting". Variety. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  11. ^ "Disney Channel to Premiere New Live-Action Sitcom Bizaardvark". Broadway World. April 26, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  12. ^ "Bizaardvark". Amazon. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  13. ^ "Bizaardvark, Vol. 1". iTunes. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  14. ^ Mitch Metcalf (June 27, 2016). "Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 6.24.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  15. ^ Mitch Metcalf (January 30, 2017). "Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 1.27.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  16. ^ Mitch Metcalf (June 26, 2017). "Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 6.23.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  17. ^ Mitch Metcalf (April 16, 2018). "Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.13.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  18. ^ Mitch Metcalf (July 25, 2018). "Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 7.24.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved July 25, 2018.

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