Graves (TV series)

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Graves
GravesTitleScreen.png
GenreComedy
Created byJoshua Michael Stern
Starring
Composer(s)Mateo Messina
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Abby Gewanter
  • Bill Hill
  • Lisa Parsons
  • Jack Moore
Cinematography
  • David Hennings (season 1)
  • Bradford Lipson (season 2)
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time28–34 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkEpix
Original releaseOctober 16, 2016 (2016-10-16) –
December 10, 2017 (2017-12-10)
External links
Official website

Graves is an American comedy television series, created by Joshua Michael Stern, that premiered on October 16, 2016, on Epix. The series stars Nick Nolte, Skylar Astin, Heléne Yorke, Chris Lowell, Callie Hernandez, and Sela Ward and it follows a former President of the United States who realize all of the mistakes he made while in office and tries to make amends for them. On December 21, 2017, it was announced that Epix had canceled the series after two seasons.

Premise[edit]

Graves begins when "twenty years after his presidency, former President Richard Graves has the epiphany that his policies have damaged the country for decades and so, with his young assistant, he goes on a Don Quixote-like journey to right his administration’s wrongs just as his wife, the former First Lady, decides to follow her own political ambitions."[1]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Guest[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110October 16, 2016 (2016-10-16)December 18, 2016 (2016-12-18)
210October 22, 2017 (2017-10-22)December 10, 2017 (2017-12-10)

Season 1 (2016)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Evil Good and Good Evil"Joshua Michael SternJoshua Michael SternOctober 16, 2016 (2016-10-16)
22"You Started Everything"Joshua Michael SternJoshua Michael SternOctober 23, 2016 (2016-10-23)
33"Nothing Can Come from Nothing"Bob BalabanAbby GewanterOctober 30, 2016 (2016-10-30)
44"That Dare Not Speak"Bob BalabanEric WeinbergNovember 6, 2016 (2016-11-06)
55"Lions in Winter"Robert B. WeideDavid Iserson & Joshua Michael SternNovember 13, 2016 (2016-11-13)
66"A Tincture of Madness"Robert B. WeideLisa Parsons & Joshua Michael SternNovember 20, 2016 (2016-11-20)
77"The Careless Giant"Iain B. MacDonaldKeith EisnerNovember 27, 2016 (2016-11-27)
88"TV Is the Shepard"Iain B. MacDonaldAbby GewanterDecember 4, 2016 (2016-12-04)
99"Through a Glass Gravely"Frank CoraciDavid Iserson & Abby GewanterDecember 11, 2016 (2016-12-11)
1010"Not Giants But Windmills"Iain B. MacDonaldJoshua Michael SternDecember 18, 2016 (2016-12-18)

Season 2 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
111"Half a World Gone Mad"Joshua Michael SternJoshua Michael SternOctober 22, 2017 (2017-10-22)
122"In His Labyrinth"Joshua Michael SternAbby GewanterOctober 22, 2017 (2017-10-22)
133"The Opposite of People"Allison AndersJack MooreOctober 29, 2017 (2017-10-29)
144"Something Left to Love"Melanie MayronLaura ValdiviaNovember 5, 2017 (2017-11-05)
155"Delights of My Suffering"Todd BiermannRebecca KirshnerNovember 12, 2017 (2017-11-12)
166"Cradle to the Graves"Millicent SheltonMichael SvobodaNovember 19, 2017 (2017-11-19)
177"All the King's Horses"Mo MarableMatthew W. ThompsonNovember 26, 2017 (2017-11-26)
188"They Die Happier"Megan GriffithsJason Orley & Abby GewanterDecember 3, 2017 (2017-12-03)
199"Not All Who Wander Are Lost"Anton CropperAbby GewanterDecember 10, 2017 (2017-12-10)
2010"Spark Meet Gasoline"Joshua Michael SternJoshua Michael SternDecember 10, 2017 (2017-12-10)

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On February 26, 2015, it was reported that Epix was in negotiations to give the production a straight-to-series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The series was created by Joshua Michael Stern from a script he wrote on spec. Stern was also expected to serve as a director of the series and executive produce alongside Greg Shapiro. Production companies involved with the series were expected to include Lionsgate Television.[2] On May 21, 2015, it was announced Epix had officially ordered the production to series.[1] On June 11, 2015, it was announced that Keith Eisner and Eric Weinberg would serve as additional executive producers for the series.[3] On July 30, 2016, it was announced that the series would premiere on October 16, 2016.[4]

On November 17, 2016, it was announced that series had been renewed for a second season consisting of ten episodes.[5] On July 25, 2017, it was reported that the second season would premiere on October 22, 2017.[6] On December 21, 2017, it was announced that Epix had canceled the series.[7]

Casting[edit]

Alongside the initial series order reporting, it was confirmed that Nick Nolte had been cast in the series' lead role.[2] On July 8, 2015, it was announced that Susan Sarandon had been cast in a starring role.[8] In September 2015, it was reported that Sarandon had withdrawn from her role citing creative differences. Additionally, it was announced that Skylar Astin, Chris Lowell, Angelica Maria, and Heléne Yorke had joined the cast of the series with Yorke in a series regular role.[9][10][11] In October 2015, it was announced that Sela Ward had been cast to replace Sarandan, that Callie Hernandez had been cast in series regular role, and that Roger Bart, Ernie Hudson, Tania Gunadi, and Nia Vardalos would appear in a recurring capacity.[12][13][14][15][16][17] On November 19, 2015, it was reported that Harry Hamlin had been cast in a recurring role.[18]

In May 2017, it was announced that Adam Goldberg, Spencer Grammer, and Wallace Shawn would appear in season two in a recurring capacity.[19][20] In June 2017, it was reported that Matt Long, Lauren Weedman, and Joanna Sanchez had joined the cast of season two in recurring roles.[21][22] In July 2017, it was announced that Michael Cyril Creighton and Juliette Lewis had been cast in recurring for season two.[23][24]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The first season was met with a mixed to positive response from critics upon its premiere. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds a 56% approval rating with an average rating of 5.41 out of 10 based on 9 reviews.[25] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 61 out of 100 based on 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[26]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2017 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nick Nolte Nominated [27][28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (May 21, 2015). "Epix Orders First Original Series: 'Graves' Starring Nick Nolte & 'Berlin Station'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (February 26, 2015). "Nick Nolte Comedy Nears Series Order At Epix, Ushering In Scripted Originals". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 11, 2015). "'Good Wife' EP Keith Eisner Inks Overall Deal With Lionsgate TV, Joins 'Graves'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 30, 2016). "Epix Sets Premiere Date For 'Berlin Station' & 'Graves', Taps Alan Coulter To Direct 'Get Shorty' – TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  5. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (November 17, 2016). "'Berlin Station,' 'Graves' Renewed for Second Seasons at Epix". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (July 25, 2017). "Epix Sets Fall Premiere Dates For 'Berlin Station' & 'Graves' Season 2; 'Danica' Docu – TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (December 21, 2017). "'Graves' Canceled At Epix After Two Seasons". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  8. ^ Pedersen, Erik (July 8, 2015). "Susan Sarandon To Star In Epix Comedy 'Graves' Opposite Nick Nolte". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  9. ^ Pedersen, Erik (September 22, 2015). "Susan Sarandon Out As Co-Star Of Epix Comedy 'Graves'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (September 2, 2015). "Skylar Astin, Chris Lowell & Angelica Maria Join Epix's 'Graves'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 29, 2015). "Heléne Yorke To Co-Star In Epix Comedy Series 'Graves'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 14, 2015). "Sela Ward To Star In Epix Comedy Series 'Graves', Replaces Susan Sarandon". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (October 5, 2015). "Callie Hernandez Joins Epix Comedy Series 'Graves'; Showtime's Lena Waithe Pilot Casts 2". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  14. ^ Petski, Denise (October 5, 2015). "Roger Bart Joins 'Graves' On Epix; Tembi Locke In USA Pilot 'Shooter'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  15. ^ Petski, Denise (October 8, 2015). "Ernie Hudson Joins Epix Comedy Series 'Graves'; Ari Graynor In Showtime's 'I'm Dying Up Here'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  16. ^ Petski, Denise (October 14, 2015). "Jacqueline Piñol Joins Amazon's 'Bosch'; Tania Gunadi In Epix's 'Graves'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  17. ^ Petski, Denise (October 21, 2015). "Nia Vardalos Joins Epix Comedy 'Graves'; David Marciano In USA Pilot 'Shooter'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  18. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 19, 2015). "Harry Hamlin Joins Epix Comedy Series 'Graves' As Recurring". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  19. ^ Petski, Denise (May 15, 2017). "'Graves': Adam Goldberg & Spencer Grammer Set To Recur In Season 2". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  20. ^ Stanhope, Kate (May 31, 2017). "Wallace Shawn Joins 'Graves' Season 2". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  21. ^ Petski, Denise (June 13, 2017). "'Graves': Matt Long & Lauren Weedman Join Season 2 Of Epix Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  22. ^ Petski, Denise (June 22, 2017). "'Graves' Casts Joanna Sanchez; Victor Turpin Joins 'Shades Of Blue'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  23. ^ Petski, Denise (July 5, 2017). "'Graves' Casts Michael Cyril Creighton; 'Counterpart' Adds Rahul Parikh". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  24. ^ Pedersen, Erik (July 10, 2017). "Juliette Lewis To Recur In Epix's 'Graves'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  25. ^ "Graves: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  26. ^ "Graves: Season 1". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  27. ^ Hipes, Patrick (December 12, 2016). "Golden Globe Nominations: 'La La Land', 'Moonlight' Lead Films; 'People Vs. OJ' Tops TV". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  28. ^ Pedersen, Erik (January 9, 2017). "Golden Globes: The Complete Winners List". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 17, 2018.

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