Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You

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Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You
GenreBio Drama
Written by
  • Elizabeth Coleman
  • Pip Karmel
  • Keith Thompson
Directed byShawn Seet
StarringDelta Goodrem
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes2[1]
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Jo Porter
  • Julie McGauran
Producer(s)Margot McDonald
Running time88 minutes
Production company(s)FremantleMedia Australia
Release
Original networkSeven Network
Picture format
Original release13 May – 20 May 2018
External links
Website

Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You is an Australian miniseries based on the Australian singer/songwriter and actress Olivia Newton-John.[2][3] The miniseries premiered on 13 May 2018 and concluded on 20 May 2018 on the Seven Network.[4][5]

Production[edit]

In November 2016, Delta Goodrem was announced to play the main role of Olivia Newton-John.[6] Even though Goodrem is contracted to Nine, they gave her permission to star in the series.[7] In December 2016, the series commenced filming in Melbourne.[8][9]

Cast[edit]

Criticism[edit]

According to Newton-John's daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, the series was created without Olivia's knowledge, participation or consent. Lattanzi told Women's Day "What's upsetting is the way it's been done. Not one part of it has come directly from our family, it is completely unauthorised. Nobody asked us to take part or consulted us about accuracy. [sic] and it's weird that some of the heaviest and saddest times of our lives have been turned into a fictional TV miniseries for the sole purpose of entertainment."[11] Olivia later consented to the series providing the profits went to her cancer hospital.[12]

Soundtrack[edit]

On 11 May 2018, Sony Music Australia released the soundtrack I Honestly Love You, which is credited to Delta Goodrem. It includes 13 tracks; two as duets with Olivia Newton-John.

Home media[edit]

A Region 4 DVD release is set to be available in Australia on June 6th, 2018 by Roadshow Entertainment.[13]

Reception[edit]

Viewership[edit]

No. Title Air date Overnight ratings Consolidated ratings Total
viewers
Ref(s)
Viewers Rank Viewers Rank
1 Part One Sunday, 13 May 2018 735,000 5 144,000 5 879,000 [14][15]
2 Part Two Sunday, 20 May 2018 488,000 9 113,000 8 601,000 [16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You". Screen Australia. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Seven Upfronts 2017". TV Tonight. 26 October 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Seven Upfronts 2018". TV Tonight. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Airdate: Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You". TV Tonight. 2 May 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Delta vs Delta showdown". TV Tonight. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Delta Goodrem will play Olivia Newton-John in Channel 7 TV series". TV Tonight. 30 November 2016. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Delta Goodrem lunches with The Voice executive producer at Catalina, Rose Bay". TV Tonight. 4 March 2017. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Delta to begin filming Olivia role". TV Tonight. 1 December 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Olivia Newton-John Biopic To Commence Filming With Delta Goodrem In Lead Role". TV Tonight. 1 December 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Olivia: trailer". TV Tonight. 21 March 2018. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Olivia Newton-John Exclusive: Why I'll never watch this awful telemovie!". Women's Day. 2018-05-14. Archived from the original on 2018-05-14. Retrieved 2018-05-14.
  12. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_qfR--IXgY
  13. ^ "Olivia Newton-John". JB Hi-Fi. Archived from the original on 2018-05-29. Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  14. ^ "Sunday 13 May 2018". TV Tonight. 14 May 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Timeshifted: Sunday 13 May 2018". TV Tonight. 22 May 2018. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Timeshifted: Sunday 20 May 2018". TV Tonight. 28 May 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018.

External links[edit]

Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You on IMDb