Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List

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Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List
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Genre Reality television
Starring Kathy Griffin
Maggie Griffin
Jessica Zajicek
Tiffany Rinehart
Tom Vize
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 48 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Bryan Scott
Danny Salles
Kathy Griffin
Lisa Tucker
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 46 minutes
Production company(s) Picture This Television
Release
Original network Bravo
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release August 3, 2005 (2005-08-03) – August 3, 2010 (2010-08-03)
External links
Website

Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List is an American reality television series that aired on Bravo. The show debuted on August 3, 2005.[1][2] The series follows the struggle of self-proclaimed "D-list" celebrity Kathy Griffin to climb the Hollywood ladder. This often includes scheming for publicity with staffers Jessica, Tiffany, and Tom. Her relationships with her parents and her now ex-husband have also been heavily featured.

Background and Production history[edit]

Griffin had titled her first Bravo comedy special The D-List (2004), to imply that her pull as a bottom-feeder celebrity was so low, she didn't even make the "C-list." The special was so popular that the network later approached Griffin to film a reality series based on her celebrity-bashing comedy.

All six seasons of the program were nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program, with seasons 2 and 3 winning in 2007 and 2008. Season 3 (2007) premiered with the highest ratings for the show, with approximately one million viewers. Season 4 (2008) was the first expanded season, with ten episodes.[3][4]

Season 5 (2009) premiered with almost one million viewers, making it Bravo's highest rated Monday original series telecast ever in all demographics, at the time. The premiere was also up double digits among adults 18–49 versus the Season 4 premiere.[5] Production began on Season 6, shooting eight episodes of the new season in January 2010.[6] According to Griffin's official website filming wrapped in April. The season included, "An estate sale with Maggie, a pap smear in public and standing up in D.C. for the rights of our troops". It aired June 15, 2010, preceded by a new comedy special that was taped in Knoxville.[7] Liza Minnelli gave Griffin acting lessons in one episode just before her guest appearance on season 11 of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Jane Fonda wanted to do an episode but her schedule was not free until October.[8] The sixth season premiered on June 15, 2010 and concluded on August 3, 2010.

It was announced that the show would not be renewed for a seventh season.[9]

The series has aired on the cable TV channel Arena in Australia, E! in the UK, and in Canada on The Comedy Network and the Toronto-based independent station Sun TV.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Original airing
Season premiere Season finale
1 6 August 3, 2005 (2005-08-03) September 7, 2005 (2005-09-07)
2 6 June 6, 2006 (2006-06-06) July 18, 2006 (2006-07-18)
3 7 June 5, 2007 (2007-06-05) July 24, 2007 (2007-07-24)
4 10 June 12, 2008 (2008-06-12) August 14, 2008 (2008-08-14)
5 10 June 8, 2009 (2009-06-08) August 10, 2009 (2009-08-10)
6 8 June 15, 2010 (2010-06-15) August 3, 2010 (2010-08-03)

DVD releases[edit]

  • On March 16, 2007, Universal announced that Season 1 of "D-List" would be released onto DVD on June 12, 2007, a week after the premiere of the third season.[10] Special features include a Season 2 Sneak Peek and the special "Kathy Griffin Is... Not Nicole Kidman."[11]
  • On April 6, 2010, Target announced that it had partnered with cable channel Bravo to exclusively distribute its line of reality TV series on DVD, starting with Season 2 of "D-List", which was released on April 13, 2010, and includes webisodes as a special feature.[12]
  • Season 3 of "D-List" was released exclusively by Target in July 2010, as part of its partnership with Bravo. Bonus features include extended scenes, stand-up from Kathy, and video blogs from her assistants.[13]
  • Season 4 was also released exclusively at Target in October 2010. It includes all 10 episodes and unseen content.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category For Result Notes
2006 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Reality Program Season 1 Nominated
2007 Season 2 Won [14]
2008 Season 3 Won [15]
19th GLAAD Media Awards Best Reality Program Won [16]
Producers Guild of America Awards Best Non-Fiction Programming Nominated
2009 Season 4 Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Reality Program Nominated
20th GLAAD Media Awards Best Reality Program Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Show: Reality/Variety Nominated
2010 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Reality Program Season 5 Nominated [17]
21st GLAAD Media Awards Best Reality Program Nominated
Hollywood Teen TV Awards[18] "Teen Pick Show: Reality Show " Season 6 Nominated
2011 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Reality Program Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bravo Inks Deal with Kathy Griffin for Unscripted Series to Document the Comic's Life on the D-List". Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ Andy Denhart (December 11, 2010). "Kathy Griffin Cancelled, won't be back". realityblurred.com. 
  3. ^ Denhart, Andy (December 11, 2007). Fourth season of My Life on the D-List starts production Dec. 31, will air in June. Reality Blurred. Retrieved on February 15, 2008.
  4. ^ Rocchio, Christopher (December 11, 2007). Kathy Griffin: Fourth 'D-List' season to begin taping, premiere in June. Reality TV World. Retrieved on February 13, 2008.
  5. ^ Gorman, Bill (June 9, 2009). "My Life On The D-List Delivers Bravo's Highest Rated Monday Original Series Telecast Ever". Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  6. ^ Chiu, Alexis (November 10, 2009). "Season 6 begins shooting January 2010". TV Watch. People. Retrieved November 11, 2009. 
  7. ^ "That's a Rap! Filming Ends". KathyGriffin.net. Retrieved April 25, 2010. 
  8. ^ Huver, Scott (April 27, 2010). "Kathy Griffin Returns to the D-List". TV Guide Magazine. OpenGate Capital. Retrieved April 30, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Bravo Confirms End of the Road for 'Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List'". Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  10. ^ David Lambert (March 16, 2007). "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List — Kathy's Show Heads from Bravo to DVD". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 
  11. ^ David Lambert (April 6, 2007). "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List — Menu Screens Show Extras for 1st Season DVDs". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 
  12. ^ Erik Gruenwedel (April 7, 2010). "Target to Sell Bravo Reality TV DVDs". Home Media Magazine. 
  13. ^ Target (August 13, 2010). "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List — Purchase page on Target.com". Target.com. 
  14. ^ Hale, Mike (June 12, 2008). "Four Years On, Clinging to Lower Status". The New York Times. 
  15. ^ Orloff, Brian (September 13, 2008). "Kathy Griffin, Cynthia Nixon Win Creative Arts Emmys". People. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Bravo's 'Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List' Wins Glaad Award to Air June 27". The Futon Critic. April 28, 2008. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  17. ^ Heller, Corinne (July 8, 2010). "Emmy Awards 2010: Get the full list of nominations!". ontheredcarpet.com. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  18. ^ Hollywood Teen TV Awards hollywoodtentv.com. Accessed 2010-07-13.

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