Lindsay (TV series)

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Lindsay
Lindsay Docuseries.png
Genre Docuseries[1]
Directed by Amy Rice[2]
Starring Lindsay Lohan
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8
Production
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Multiple
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s) Pilgrim Films and Television
Release
Original channel Oprah Winfrey Network
Picture format
Original release March 9, 2014 (2014-03-09) – April 20, 2014 (2014-04-20)
External links
Official website

Lindsay is an American docuseries that documents actress Lindsay Lohan's rehabilitation recovery and work following a public period of struggles in her personal life and career.[2] The series aired March-April 2014 on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Premiere ratings were described as "modest" and then dropped, while critical reception was mixed.

Background and production[edit]

In July 2013, an Oprah Winfrey Network spokesperson confirmed that Oprah Winfrey had reached a deal to do a one-on-one interview with Lohan for Oprah's Next Chapter, to be followed by an eight-episode series.[3] The interview was Lohan's first interview post-rehab.[4] Filming of Lindsay began in August 2013 in New York City.[5] Network promotion described the series as an "honest, no-holds-barred account" of Lohan's life.[6] It was directed by Amy Rice, who previously co-directed the 2009 HBO documentary By the People: The Election of Barack Obama.[2]

Reception[edit]

The premiere had 693,000 viewers, described as "so-so" by The Hollywood Reporter and "modest" by Entertainment Weekly. It had the highest ratings of OWN's 2014 unscripted premieres, and with young women 18-34, ratings were up 231% from the previous year. In comparison, the 2013 interview with Lohan on Oprah's Next Chapter drew 892,000 viewers.[7][8] By the second episode, ratings had dropped by 24% to 527,000 viewers, and with OWN's target demographic of women 25-54 years old, ratings dropped by 36%.[9] The penultimate episode had 468,000 viewers and the two-hour finale ratings were down to 406,000.[10]

David Hinckley of New York Daily News said the first episode was "surprisingly routine" adding "it's unlikely she could do anything in front of Oprah's cameras that would slam into or clear the bar she has set in the past."[11] Brian Lowry of Variety described the first episode as boring, and said that OWN and Lohan were "using each other" adding that "'Lindsay' says far more about OWN than it does about Lohan."[12] Liz Smith found the series "compelling" and "usually painful to watch", and she also said that "[Lohan], clearly, had no part in the editing."[13] Daniel D'Addario of Salon called the series "an unmitigated disaster" and "a strange clash of dueling brands" and criticized the way the network handled the disclosure of Lohan's miscarriage.[14]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
1 "Part One" March 9, 2014 (2014-03-09) 0.69[15]
Lohan moves to New York after her sixth stay in rehab to work on rebuilding her career while staying sober.
2 "Part Two" March 16, 2014 (2014-03-16) 0.52[16]
Lohan struggles to move into her apartment, is forced to deal with her mother's recent DUI and has a heated encounter with her father Michael Lohan.
3 "Part Three" March 23, 2014 (2014-03-23) 0.58[17]
Oprah Winfrey travels to Lohan's mother's Long Island home after Lohan refuses to let cameras film and her assistant threatens to quit.
4 "Part Four" March 30, 2014 (2014-03-30) N/A
After visiting with Winfrey, Lohan does a skit with Jimmy Fallon in an attempt to rebuild her career, and she finds herself in charge of her own sobriety when her coach returns to Los Angeles.
5 "Part Five" April 6, 2014 (2014-04-06) N/A
The rest of Lohan's belongings arrives at her apartment, and her life coach questions her sobriety.
6 "Part Six" April 13, 2014 (2014-04-13) N/A
Lohan deals with the public scrutiny after affiliating herself with a Halloween party. Later, tardiness gets her into trouble at a photo shoot. Dina Lohan needs Lohan to sit down for an interview regarding her mother's autobiography.
7 "Part Seven" April 20, 2014 (2014-04-20) N/A
Lohan introduces Miley Cyrus at the Jingle Ball, and later begins working on her latest role.
8 "Part Eight" April 20, 2014 (2014-04-20) N/A
Lohan continues to work on her business ventures in New York. She reveals she had a miscarriage which interrupted filming of the series.[18]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ng, Philiana (August 20, 2013). "TV Ratings: Lindsay Lohan Fails to Boost 'Oprah's Next Chapter'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Porter, Rick (January 9, 2014). "Lindsay Lohan docu-series 'Lindsay' gets a premiere date on OWN". Zap2it. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ Hibberd, James (July 12, 2013). "Oprah lands Lindsay Lohan interview and docu-series". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Winfrey's OWN announces Lohan post-rehab interview". The Associated Press. Yahoo TV. July 12, 2013. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ Dodge, Shyam (August 6, 2013). "And action! Lindsay Lohan starts filming new reality show in New York as Oprah reveals troubled star is 'doing great'". Daily Mail UK. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ Bibel, Sara (February 18, 2014). "Lindsay Lohan Reality Series 'Lindsay' to Premiere Sunday, March 9 on OWN". TV by the Numbers (Press release). Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ Michael O'Connell (March 10, 2014). "TV Ratings: OWN's Lindsay Lohan Reality Show Gets a So-So Start". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ James Hibberd (March 10, 2014). "Lindsay Lohan reality show ratings modest". EW.com. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Lindsay Lohan's OWN Reality Series Ratings Drop 24 Percent". The Wrap. March 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ "‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ Reunion Fight Draws Mixed Ratings Results for Bravo". The Wrap. April 23, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Lindsay Lohan's new reality TV show on Oprah Winfrey Network turns out to be surprisingly routine". NY Daily News. March 10, 2014. Archived from the original on March 11, 2014. 
  12. ^ "TV Review: ‘Lindsay’". Variety. March 9, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Week Potpourri: Lupita...Blondie...Zac Efron (and His Snap-Open Buttons)...Zsa Zsa...and Lindsay". Huffington Post. April 28, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Oprah Winfrey and Lindsay Lohan’s mismatched, troubling reality TV experience". Salon.com. April 21, 2014. 
  15. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (March 10, 2014). "'Lindsay' Premiere Draws Over 693,000 Viewers on OWN". TV by the Numbers (Press release). Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  16. ^ Nededog, Jethro (March 18, 2014). "Lindsay Lohan's OWN Reality Series Ratings Drop 24 Percent". The Wrap. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  17. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (March 25, 2014). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'The Walking Dead' Tops Night + 'Talking Dead', 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta', NCAA Basketball & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Lindsay Lohan: Miscarriage interrupted 'Lindsay' filming". CNN. April 21, 2014.