Gravity (TV series)

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Gravity
Gravity-Intertitle.jpg
Also known as Suicide for Dummies
Failure to Fly
Genre Comedy-drama
Created by Jill Franklyn
Eric Schaeffer
Starring Ivan Sergei
Krysten Ritter
Eric Schaeffer
Rachel Hunter
Robyn Cohen
James Martinez
Seth Numrich
Ving Rhames
Composer(s) Matthew Puckett
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Production
Executive producer(s) Jill Franklyn
Eric Schaeffer
Dan Pasternack
Producer(s) Daniel Hank
Editor(s) Lisa Bromwell
Location(s) New York City, New York
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Kill That B**ch Productions
Release
Original channel Starz
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release April 23, 2010 (2010-04-23) – June 25, 2010 (2010-06-25)
External links
Website

Gravity is an American comedy-drama television series created by Jill Franklyn and Eric Schaeffer.[1] It ran for one season in 2010 on Starz.[2]

Premise[edit]

The series "follows the sometimes comic, sometimes tragic exploits of a group from an eccentric out-patient program of suicide survivors".[3] Production of the show began in New York City in October 2009.[3]

Creation[edit]

Franklyn created the show during the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike. She is known for her Emmy-nominated "Yada Yada" episode of Seinfeld. In 2008 she brought in Eric Schaeffer and they collaborated in selling the show to the Starz Network. The show's working titles were Suicide for Dummies[4] and Failure to Fly.[5]

Cast[edit]

  • Ivan Sergei as Robert Collingsworth; a middle aged eye doctor labeled the "suicide dummy" after jumping off a peak in an attempt to kill himself so that he could be with his dead wife, he landed on a cruise ship. He has a relationship with Lily Champagne and develops a conflicted friendship with Christian; he also has an ugly relationship with his estranged mother.
  • Krysten Ritter as Lily Champagne; a shy, lonely 27 year old woman who works at a department store who attempts to kill herself by eating a poisonous slice of chocolate cake and claims to have made love with someone in heaven but turns out to have made it up to hide her true reasons for killing herself. She also enjoys sketching and when someone asks her why she says "I sell makeup at a department store, I change lives" .
  • Eric Schaeffer as Detective Christian Miller; a man who claims to be a police officer but is in a debt crisis after placing so many losing bets, he seems to stalk Lily after her suicide attempt and tries to look for information about his dead mother. His many flaws seem to have him butt heads with a man named Diego.
  • Rachel Hunter as Shawna Rollins; a model who attempts to kill herself by slitting her wrists and develops a relationship with Adam
  • Robyn Cohen as Carla; a housewife who attempts to kill herself by shooting herself after being tired of a routine life and living up to everyone's expectations.
  • James Martinez as Jorge Sanchez; a former construction worker who attempts to kill himself by placing himself in a collapsing building, he is so insecure about his penis size that he gets a penis implant. He also works as a comedian.
  • Seth Numrich as Adam Rosenblum; a teenager who attempts to kill himself by overdosing after his rocky relationship with his family makes him depressed. He also develops a relationship with Shawna.
  • Ving Rhames as Dogg McFee; the group leader and former baseball player of the New York Mets who attempted suicide after hearing all the criticism of losing the semifinals after a car accident left him confined to a wheelchair. He also has a difficult relationship with his son who chose the wrong path due to his father neglecting him.

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 "Suicide Dummies" Eric Schaeffer Eric Schaeffer & Jill Franklyn April 23, 2010 (2010-04-23) 0.120[6]
2 "Namaste MF" Eric Schaeffer Jill Franklyn & Eric Schaeffer April 30, 2010 (2010-04-30) N/A
3 "One Cold Swim Away" Eric Schaeffer Eric Schaeffer & Jill Franklyn May 7, 2010 (2010-05-07) 0.090[7]
4 "Old People Creep Me Out" Eric Schaeffer Jill Franklyn & Eric Schaeffer May 14, 2010 (2010-05-14) 0.150[8]
5 "Love At First Suicide" Eric Schaeffer Jill Franklyn & Eric Schaeffer May 21, 2010 (2010-05-21) 0.110[9]
6 "Dogg Day Afternoon" Eric Schaeffer Dan Pasternack May 28, 2010 (2010-05-28) 0.029[10]
7 "Let It Mellow" Eric Schaeffer Jill Franklyn & Eric Schaeffer June 4, 2010 (2010-06-04) 0.040[11]
8 "Damn Skippy" Eric Schaeffer Eric Schaeffer & Jill Franklyn June 11, 2010 (2010-06-11) N/A
9 "Calemnity" Eric Schaeffer Jill Franklyn & Eric Schaeffer June 18, 2010 (2010-06-18) 0.107[12]
10 "Are We All Just Dead?" Eric Schaeffer Eric Schaeffer & Jill Franklyn June 25, 2010 (2010-06-25) 0.054[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 14, 2009). "New series 'Gravity' pulls in four actors". Reuters. Retrieved December 8, 2009. 
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 30, 2010). "Starz To End Both 'Party Down' & 'Gravity'". Deadline.com. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Krysten Ritter, Ivan Sergei, Ving Rhames and Rachel Hunter Join Cast of Starz New Original Dramedy Series, 'Gravity' Set To Debut In Early Spring 2010, Only on Starz" (Press release). October 14, 2009. Retrieved April 23, 2009. 
  4. ^ Frazier Moore (April 21, 2010). "A dramedy about suicide and people who fail at it". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved April 23, 2010. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Starz Orders Ten Episodes Of Failure To Fly". The TV Remote. July 29, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Cable TV Ratings for Week Ending April 25, 2010" (PDF). TV Aholics. May 25, 2010. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Cable TV Ratings for Week Ending May 9, 2010" (PDF). TV Aholics. May 25, 2010. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Cable TV Ratings for Week Ending May 16, 2010" (PDF). TV Aholics. May 25, 2010. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Cable TV Ratings for Week Ending May 23, 2010" (PDF). TV Aholics. May 25, 2010. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 
  10. ^ Cancel Bear, The (June 1, 2010). "Friday Cable Ratings: Celtics/Magic Game 6 Draws 7.5 Million, 'Party Down' & 'Gravity' Not Nearly So Many". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 
  11. ^ Cancel Bear, The (June 8, 2010). "Friday Cable Ratings: iCarly, Stargate Universe, Merlin & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 
  12. ^ Cancel Bear, The (June 21, 2010). "Friday Cable Ratings: Gravity Still a Ratings Black Hole; Plus Party Down, Whale Wars, The Soup, Merlin & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 
  13. ^ Cancel Bear, The (June 28, 2010). "Friday Cable Ratings: 16 Wishes Premieres Big; Party Down, Gravity Finales Finish Small". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 
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