Flack (TV series)

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Flack
Genre
Created byOliver Lansley
Written byOliver Lansley
Directed byPeter Cattaneo
George Kane
Starring
Country of originUnited States
United Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes12
Production
Executive producers
ProducerOliver Lansley
Production locationsLondon, United Kingdom
Running time50 minutes
Production companiesCASM Films
Hat Trick Productions
Release
Original networkUK

US

Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original release21 February 2019 (2019-02-21) –
Present
External links
Website

Flack is a British dramedy television series. The first season, starring Anna Paquin, premiered on 21 February 2019[1] and consisted of six episodes.

On August 2, 2019, the series was renewed for a second season.[2] It was scheduled to premiere on Pop in the U.S. on March 13, 2020,[3] but was removed from the schedule after cutbacks by parent company ViacomCBS.[4] In the UK, the show's website listed the second series as scheduled to run on W that March, before being changed to "Coming Soon".[5][6] In late March 2020, the first season was made available through the video on demand platforms of Pop's sister network Showtime in the United States, though a confirmation of the network airing the second season has not been made.[7] In June 2020, it was announced that the series would move to Amazon Prime Video for its second season.[8]

The second season premiered in the UK on April 13, 2020, on W.[9] and consists again of six episodes.

Premise[edit]

Robyn (Paquin) an American PR executive living in London, must figure out how to make the best of bad situations and somehow manage to get out unscathed. Robyn specialises in clearing up the monumental messes caused by her hapless and selfish clients. Although utterly in command of her job, her personal life is spinning out of control.[10][11]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Guest[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1621 February 2019 (2019-02-21)28 March 2019 (2019-03-28)
2613 April 2020 (2020-04-13)18 May 2020 (2020-05-18)

Season 1 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.K./U.S. viewers [16]
11"Anthony"Peter CattaneoOliver Lansley21 February 2019 (2019-02-21)370,000 (U.K.)
After resolving a mid-night crisis for one of her clients, Robyn wakes up at her sister Ruth's house and they go to a bridge to commemorate the 1-year anniversary of their mother's suicide. Once at work, Robyn learns she must deal with Anthony Henderson, a family friendly TV chef popular with women across the country, and high-profile client, who is in danger of being outed by a mistress with pictures. Anthony gets Robyn up to a hotel room, tries to seduce her, but she's having none of it; then she has sex with him anyway. In the bathroom, she takes her birth control pill and does a line of coke. Meanwhile, Robyn's new intern, Melody, calls Anthony's wife to confirm the cover story Robyn has devised, tipping her off that her husband has had another affair. Robyn sneaks into Anthony's house and works out a deal with his wife. On her way home that evening, Robyn encounters a new mother who is overwhelmed and frustrated with motherhood. Robyn confides in her about her mother's suicide and her fears about the future. At home, we learn that Robyn has a loving boyfriend who is under the impression that they are both committed to try to conceive a child.
22"Summer"Peter CattaneoOliver Lansley28 February 2019 (2019-02-28)45,000 (U.S.)[17]
307,000 (U.K.)
Gathering at Robyn and Sam's place for dinner, Ruth and her husband, Mark, support Robyn's return to Narcotics Anonymous, prompting Robyn to hide in the bathroom and trash the cocaine she'd stashed in her bag. When the men step outside, Robyn admits that she's going to NA "for him, not me. As long as he's happy." The next morning, Robyn tells her colleague, Eve, that "she's doing it for real this time. It's time to grow up." Keeping with that theme, the team meets to devise a plan for their teen-age client, Summer, who is about to be dropped by her record company and needs a strategy to stay in the spotlight. Together with Summer's mom-ager, they decide: lesbian sex tape. During a break, Mark shows up, telling Robyn he's been hiding from Ruth that he's been out of work for three months. Robyn tells him he has a month to tell Ruth before she does, and then enlists him to use his computer skills to distribute Summer's soon-to-be-made tape. As Robyn is privately discussing the shoot with Summer, she learns that Summer is a virgin and is scared. She sends Melody and Eve to find a suitable replacement from the local porn industry, but they are unsuccessful. The mom-ager is unhappy and wants to coerce Summer to comply; Robyn refuses, and Summer's mother steps in to be the body double. Ruth, who was suspicious that Mark was keeping something from her, catches him uploading Summer's tape, and both Robyn and Mark play it off as a pornography addiction, rather than telling Ruth the truth. Robyn takes a pregnancy test that comes up negative. Sam finds the empty package in the garbage and is disappointed to learn Robyn is not pregnant, so she reconfirms her commitment to having a baby. Later, she sneaks out to take another birth control pill.
33"Dan"Peter CattaneoOliver Lansley7 March 2019 (2019-03-07)22,000 (U.S.)[18]
282,000 (U.K.)
44"Brooke"George KaneOliver Lansley14 March 2019 (2019-03-14)52,000 (U.S.)[19]
282,000 (U.K.)
55"Calvin"George KaneOliver Lansley21 March 2019 (2019-03-21)64,000 (U.S.)[20]
242,000 (U.K.)
66"Patrick"George KaneOliver Lansley28 March 2019 (2019-03-28)36,000 (U.S.)[21]
254,000 (U.K.)

Season 2 (2020)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.K. viewers [16]
71"Sofi"Alicia MacDonaldOliver Lansley13 April 2020 (2020-04-13)218,000
82"Brand Barron"Alicia MacDonaldOliver Lansley20 April 2020 (2020-04-20)127,000
93"Clara"Alicia MacDonaldOliver Lansley27 April 2020 (2020-04-27)165,000
104"Duncan"Oliver LansleyOliver Lansley4 May 2020 (2020-05-04)231,000
115"Alexa"Stephen MoyerOliver Lansley11 May 2020 (2020-05-11)286,000
126"Danny & Deepak"Stephen MoyerOliver Lansley18 May 2020 (2020-05-18)270,000

Reception[edit]

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 68% with an average rating of 6.4/10, based on 19 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Audiences looking for an arsenic cookie of a series may cut Flack some slack, but its cynical take on publicity is exacerbated by hyperbolically unpleasant, underdeveloped characters."[22] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 57 out of 100, based on 11 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Burt, Kayti (January 30, 2019). "Flack: Anna Paquin Pop TV Series Release Date, Cast, News, and More". Den of Geek. Dennis Publishing. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  2. ^ "Anna Paquin's Flack Renewed at Pop, Sam Neill and Daniel Dae Kim Join Cast". TVLine. August 2, 2019.
  3. ^ Petski, Denise (13 January 2020). "'Flack': Anna Paquin's Dark Comedy Gets Season 2 Premiere Date On Pop TV – TCA". Deadline. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (5 March 2020). "Pop Pulls the Plug On 'Florida Girls', 'Best Intentions' & 'Flack', Raising Questions About Net's Scripted Future". Deadline. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Flack | W Channel". w.uktv.co.uk. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Flack | W Channel". w.uktv.co.uk. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Series page on Showtime Anytime (TV Everywhere login required)". showtimeanytime.com. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  8. ^ Deadline Hollywood (June 11, 2020). "'Flack': Amazon Picks Up Anna Paquin Comedy Drama After It Was Abruptly Pulled By Pop TV". Retrieved June 11, 2020.
  9. ^ https://w.uktv.co.uk/shows/flack/
  10. ^ a b c Hipes, Patrick (20 March 2018). "'Flack': Sophie Okonedo, Genevieve Angelson, More Join Anna Paquin's Pop TV Drama". deadline.com.
  11. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (12 March 2018). "Anna Paquin, 'The Full Monty' Director Peter Cattaneo Team On PR-World Series 'Flack' For Pop TV, UKTV's W channel". deadline.com.
  12. ^ a b c d "Flack". Pop Press. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  13. ^ Sundar, Priyanka (1 March 2019). "'Flack' episode 3 preview: Robyn's life is expected to spiral down further". meaww.com.
  14. ^ "Flack - S2 - Episode 2". Radio Times. Retrieved 2020-10-03.
  15. ^ "Flack - S2 - Episode 2". Radio Times. Retrieved 2020-10-03.
  16. ^ a b "Weekly Top 15 Programmes (See relevant weeks and scroll down to UK Channel Management and W Total)". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  17. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 2.28.2019 - Showbuzz Daily". www.showbuzzdaily.com.
  18. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.7.2019 - Showbuzz Daily". www.showbuzzdaily.com.
  19. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.14.2019 - Showbuzz Daily". www.showbuzzdaily.com.
  20. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.21.2019 - Showbuzz Daily". www.showbuzzdaily.com.
  21. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.28.2019 - Showbuzz Daily". www.showbuzzdaily.com.
  22. ^ "Flack: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  23. ^ "Flack reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 17, 2021.

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