The Bold Type
|The Bold Type|
|Created by||Sarah Watson|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||20 (list of episodes)|
|Production location(s)||Montreal, Québec|
|Running time||43 minutes|
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)|
|Original release||June 20, 2017– present|
The Bold Type is an American comedy-drama television series created by Sarah Watson, starring Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, and Meghann Fahy. It is inspired by the life of former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles. The series officially premiered with a two-hour episode on Freeform on July 11, 2017, after the pilot episode was aired in a special preview on June 20, 2017. On October 4, 2017, Freeform renewed the series for two additional seasons of 10 episodes each. The second season premiered on June 12, 2018.
- 1 Premise
- 2 Cast and characters
- 3 Episodes
- 4 Production
- 5 Broadcast
- 6 Reception
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The series centers on three friends – Jane (Katie Stevens), Kat (Aisha Dee), and Sutton (Meghann Fahy) – who all work for Scarlet, a global women's magazine. The show explores their outrageous lives in New York City as they learn to find their own voices and explore their sexuality, identity, love, and fashion.
Cast and characters
- Katie Stevens as Jane Sloan, a newly promoted writer at Scarlet magazine. She leaves Scarlet at the end of Season 1, but returned in Season 2.
- Aisha Dee as Kat Edison, the social media director at Scarlet magazine.
- Meghann Fahy as Sutton Brady, a fashion assistant at Scarlet magazine.
- Sam Page as Richard Hunter, a member of the Scarlet board of directors and a lawyer for the magazine's publishing group. He is Sutton's lover in the first season. He and Sutton got back together in the Season 2 finale.
- Matt Ward as Alex Crawford, a writer at Scarlet magazine.
- Melora Hardin as Jacqueline Carlyle, editor-in-chief of Scarlet magazine.
- Stephen Conrad Moore as Oliver Grayson (season 2; recurring season 1), head of the fashion department at Scarlet magazine.
- Nikohl Boosheri as Adena El-Amin (season 2; recurring season 1), a photographer who is Kat's romantic interest.
- Emily C. Chang as Lauren Park (season 1), the executive editor of Scarlet.
- Dan Jeannotte as Ryan Decker, a writer at Pinstripe magazine, who is also Jane's romantic interest. The girls refer to him as "Pinstripe".
- Luca James Lee as Ben Chan (season 2), an OB/GYN who is also Jane's new love interest.
- Siobhan Murphy as Cleo (season 2), a newly hired board member at Scarlet.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||10||June 20, 2017||September 5, 2017|
|2||10||June 12, 2018||August 7, 2018|
Season 1 (2017)
|Title ||Directed by||Written by||Original air date ||U.S. viewers|
|1||1||"Pilot"||Gary Fleder||Sarah Watson||June 20, 2017[a]||0.24 (preview)|
|Best friends Jane, Kat and Sutton met as assistants at Scarlet magazine under the guiding eye of editor in chief, Jacqueline. Four years on, Jane is a newly promoted writer, tasked with stalking her ex-boyfriend without the use of social media. Kat, who was promoted to social media director two years ago, goes after Adena, a proud Muslim lesbian artist, who pulled her feature story from the August issue. Meanwhile, Sutton tries not to feel left behind as her friends reach their career goals, and Jane and Kat discover that Sutton has been having a secret affair with Scarlet lawyer, Richard.|
|2||2||"O Hell No"||Victor Nelli Jr.||Sarah Watson||July 11, 2017||0.30|
|At a crossroads, Sutton approaches Lauren about taking the next step in her career, and in a supportive move, Lauren sets her up with Richard for an informational interview which later leads to a job offer in advertisement sales. Jacqueline appoints Jane with writing an article for the sex column, but Jane has never had an orgasm. Struggling for inspiration, Jane visits a sexologist, and after a yoni egg mishap, she writes a completely honest piece. When Adena returns to New York, Kat finds herself questioning her sexual identity as her feelings for Adena continue to grow, and things are further complicated when Kat discovers that Adena has a girlfriend.|
|3||3||"The Woman Behind the Clothes"||Tara Nicole Weyr||Justin W. Lo||July 18, 2017||0.28|
|After posting a gender inequality article online, Kat finds herself a victim of Internet trolling. Sutton and Jane are worried for Kat's safety, but Kat's confidence does not see her worried, not until one of the trolls uncovers a topless photo she took. Sutton goes after an assistant's job in the fashion department, but has to juggle preparation for the fashion show, while still being Lauren's assistant. Meanwhile, Jane ditches her date with Ryan to chase an article on a congresswoman, but when she is revoked, Jane comes up with a different angle to get her story.|
|4||4||"If You Can't Do It with Feeling"||Anna Mastro||Wendy Straker Hauser||July 25, 2017||0.36|
|Adena asks Kat to write her a letter of recommendation so she can extend her work visa. While taking a walk, a man makes a racist remark towards Adena, and when Kat retaliates, she is arrested for assault. After Jacqueline bails Kat out, Kat and Adena reunite and share a kiss. Jane is invited to speak on a panel about rising political voices under 30, but the panel does not go as Jane had anticipated. Sutton is concerned that Oliver has her professional background confused with one of the other applicants, and when the truth comes out, Sutton puts everything she has into making one last impression, which earns her the fashion assistant job.|
|5||5||"No Feminism in the Champagne Room"||Jamie Travis||Lynn Sternberger||August 1, 2017||0.35|
|Jane is sued for defamation after writing an article about a woman who left her finance job to become a stripper. When a settlement hearing does not go as planned, Jane learns of the consequences her article has had. After sharing their first kiss and spending the night together, Kat and Adena deal with their feelings of guilt and trepidation. As Kat overcomes her fear of being in a relationship and is ready to take a leap of faith, Adena reveals she is leaving for Paris to reconcile with her girlfriend. Meanwhile, Sutton receives her contract from Oliver, though her salary is much lower than she initially expected. Gaining confidence to confront Oliver, Sutton asks for some job perks in return for leaving her salary as is for now.|
|6||6||"The Breast Issue"||Jamie Travis||Matt McGuinness||August 8, 2017||0.34|
|Kat embarks on a social media campaign to free the nipple, and to raise breast cancer awareness and testing. Jane is assigned to write about a doctor testing women in their 20s for the BRCA mutation. Given that Jane's mother died of breast cancer, she is encouraged by Kat, Sutton, and Jaqueline to test herself for a BRCA mutation, but she is hesitant to do so. Meanwhile, Sutton attempts to prove her capabilities in the fashion department by obtaining a $5000 necklace for Oliver. However, she loses the necklace in a cab and begins a search for the necklace with Alex.|
|7||7||"Three Girls in a Tub"||Jann Turner||Ian Deitchman & Kristin Robinson||August 15, 2017||0.29|
|Kat has trouble teaching her new employee how to tweet for Scarlet's social media, and learns to how to manage her expanding team. Jane attempts to juggle dating two men. Sutton begins to make connections in the fashion world for her job. She accidentally attends high tea not realizing why it is called "high tea" before becoming high herself. All three have dinner at Richard's apartment, but end up spending most of the night in the bathtub. Jane tells Ryan that she cannot have a relationship with him because she wants to have a strong relationship with only one man. Sutton makes the difficult decision of breaking up with Richard due to the pressure of keeping their relationship a secret.|
|8||8||"The End of the Beginning"||Jann Turner||Justin W. Lo & Wendy Straker Hauser||August 22, 2017||0.28|
|Kat stays over at Jane and Sutton's place while her apartment is being cleaned of bed bugs. Layoff rumors sweep through Scarlet like wildfire as levels of anxiety rise throughout the whole building. All three go on a group date since they have found themselves single for the first time in awhile. Jane and Alex put their hats in the ring for the chance to work for the all-digital magazine Incite. Sutton runs a photoshoot while Oliver is trapped in Cuba, but learns along the way why it is important to standup for herself from Jacqueline. Kat continues to stay in contact with Adena while she is in Paris, but finds out she wants to return to New York since she is unable to reconcile with her girlfriend.|
|9||9||"Before Tequila Sunrise"||Victor Nelli Jr.||Lynn Sternberger||August 29, 2017||0.36|
|Due to Donald Trump being back in New York, Sutton, Jane, Ryan, and Alex are stuck in Scarlet. Kat rushes off to see Adena after she has trouble getting back in the country. Kat uses her parents' miles to buy a ticket so as to get behind customs to meet up with Adena. Jane is still unsure about whether to take the job at Incite or stay at Scarlet. After drinking, Sutton and Alex share a kiss and end up hooking up as Adena and Kat do the same at the airport. Kat thinks of going with Adena but ends up deciding to stay.|
|10||10||"Carry the Weight"||Victor Nelli Jr.||Sarah Watson||September 5, 2017||0.33|
|Sutton and Alex attempt to have a relationship, but it is cut short when Jacqueline catches them kissing in the stairwell. Richard later confesses to Sutton that he should "have fought for her". Jane is tasked with what she wanted to be her first article at Scarlet, but ended up being her last, about Mia, a sexual assault survivor. Kat buries herself in her work, trying to get over her recent decision of not joining Adena. Kat, Jane, and Sutton learn that Jacqueline is a sexual assault survivor herself. Jane ultimately leaves Scarlet magazine, Kat embarks on an adventure to be with Adena in South America, and Sutton takes Oliver's place at a fashion event.|
- The pilot episode of The Bold Type was aired as a special preview on June 20, 2017, three weeks before its official television premiere on July 11, 2017.
Season 2 (2018)
|Title ||Directed by||Written by||Original air date ||U.S. viewers|
|11||1||"Feminist Army"||Victor Nelli Jr.||Amanda Lasher||June 12, 2018||0.30|
|Kat comes back from her trip with Jane and Sutton greeting her at the airport. She is blissfully in love with Adena and wants everyone to know that she has a girlfriend. Adena is also coming back to New York because her visa has been approved for 3 months. Jane writes her first article for Incite, but the woman that she interviews takes an unexpected turn for her article. A new corporate policy at Scarlet allows Sutton and Richard to date, but she is faced with a dilemma due a gossip about her “sleeping her way to the top”. Adena becomes upset that Kat keep flaunting their fairly new relationship.|
|12||2||"Rose Colored Glasses"||Victor Nelli Jr.||Wendy Straker Hauser||June 12, 2018||0.18|
|Kat struggles with her identity after Jacqueline asks her to write a bio about herself and Alex recommends she includes a blurb about her race, which she sees as unimportant. Sutton begins to question why Oliver gave her the job, and whether he gave her the job for her talent, or due to rumors about her being a flirt, and struggles during a photoshoot. Jane leaves a voicemail for Emma, apologizing for the article but the voicemail ends up online. After attempting to clear up the incident on the news, Jane is fired. Meanwhile, Kat introduces Adena to her parents.|
|13||3||"The Scarlet Letter"||James Travis||Céline Geiger||June 19, 2018||0.40|
|Sutton is put in an awkward position after Kat pressures her into hiring Adena for her photoshoot, but together they end up improvising a new shoot after realizing the original idea was not working. Jane is unsuccessful at finding a job, but interviews a doctor named Ben for an freelance article. Jacqueline and Cleo disagree with how to promote the 'body positivity' issue of Scarlet. Jane returns to Scarlet to ask for her job back but Jacqueline believes Jane needs to "live in the moment" of failure.|
|14||4||"OMG"||Jamie Travis||Neel Shah||June 26, 2018||0.33|
|Jane goes on a date with Ben, but is torn when she discovers he's religious. She then runs into Pinstripe and discovers he's gossip writer, and accompanies him to a party, but realizes that gossip reporting isn't for her. Jane tells Ben why she's angry at religion, which has to do with her mom dying. Sutton, discouraged by her lack of advancement at Scarlet, makes friends with influencer Brooke Langley, but things take a turn when Brooke racks up a $500 cocaine charge on the Scarlet credit card. Kat starts meeting some of Adena's friends, but becomes anxious when Adena refuses to answer how many people she's slept with. Adena admits that she hasn't told Kat because she's protecting herself and their relationship, and they both admit that they love each other|
|15||5||"Stride of Pride"||Anna Mastro||Michelle A. Badillo & Caroline Levich||July 3, 2018||0.36|
|Jane is disheartened after learning she didn't get a job due to them wanting to increase their diversity hire resulting in Kat talking to her about her white privilege. Kat is tasked with the job of hiring new staff, but the person she picks is denied due to her lack of a college degree. However, after a talk with the board, she is given the go-ahead to hire her. Sutton discovers the guy she's seeing is married and decides to tell the wife about the affair. After telling her, she spots Richard with a new girl. Kat is shocked after having a sex dream about one of Adena's friends.|
|16||6||"The Domino Effect"||Anna Mastro||Amy-Jo Perry||July 10, 2018||0.34|
|Jane is nominated for an award for the article she wrote about Jacqueline's assault and is asked to write a follow up piece. In the process she finds out that Jacqueline was not the only victim. Kat goes out with some of Adena's friends and ends up making out with one of the woman there. Sutton is tasked with dressing Richard's new girlfriend and discovers they used to date. Kat comes clean to Adena and Adena realizes that Kat's curiosity about won't go away, but neither of them want to break up. Jane is called in by Jacqueline who hires her back at Scarlet.|
|17||7||"Betsy"||Marta Cunningham||Matt McGuinness||July 17, 2018||0.27|
|Jane is shocked to find a gun in her and Sutton's apartment, something Jane takes issue with. Kat and Adena talk and Adena suggests an open relationship in order to allow for Kat to explore her sexuality. Jane returns to Scarlet and decides to write an article about Sutton and her gun. Sutton attempts to get ahold of Brooke in order to get a bag she needs for a photoshoot. Sutton shows Jane and Adena her shotgun and Jane reveals she was close to Columbine when it happened. In order to get more of Sutton's side, Jane goes shooting with her, but immediately hates it and asks for the gun to be removed from their house. Kat starts having no strings attached sex with her uber driver. Jane realizes that Sutton shot in order to have a form of control while dealing with her alcoholic mother. Sutton reveals to Oliver that she doesn't have the bag he wants, but Oliver gets the bag due to a favour owed to him. Oliver tells Sutton that they're a team who work together. Sutton melts her gun down into earrings.|
|18||8||"Plan B"||Marta Cunningham||Becky Hartman Edwards||July 24, 2018||0.33|
|A trip to the gynecologist result in Jane's being told that due to the BRCA gene mutation she needs to start thinking about kids. Kat is approached by Cleo and asked to be the spokesperson of a skincare product while Sutton attempts to juggle the fashion department while Oliver is away. Kat later is told by Ryan that the CEO of the skincare company donates to conservative companies and Jane pitches a piece about motherhood to Jacqueline. Sutton attempts to make the photoshoot work on the budget she's given which results in Oliver loving the photoshoot. Kat does an ad for the product, but at the end reveals the truth about the company, resulting in Jacqueline explaining to Cleo why they don't do ads like that. Jane tells Ben about her BRCA gene mutation, and she is upset by his reaction. Jane later realizes the reason she has trouble picturing herself as a mom because she has so few memories of her own. The next day, Jane calls her brother to ask about their mom, Kat is encouraged by Jacqueline to do ads for companies that inspire her, and Sutton discovers Oliver invited her to Paris with him.|
|19||9||"Trippin"||Victor Nelli Jr.||Céline Geiger & Neel Shah||July 31, 2018||0.29|
|Sutton prepares for her trip to Paris as Kat prepares for a relaunch of the Scarlet website. During a meeting Jacqueline informs everyone that comments would be disabled in stories moving forward. Jane becomes overwhelmed when Ben becomes too involved in her fertility plan. Sutton hits a snag when she can't find her real birth certificate needed for a passport so her, Jane and Kat drive to get her birth certificate from her mother, Babs. At home, Babs attempts to convince Sutton she's changed, having gotten a job, and was attending school, but Sutton refuses to believes her, not wanting to get her hopes up again. Babs revealed she sobered up after realizing she wanted to be part of Sutton's life again and Sutton agrees to slowly let her in again. Jacqueline realizes the mistake she made and reinstates the comment section again. Sutton gets her birth certificate in on time as Kat reveals she's going as well. Jane reveals she has decided to freeze her eggs and Kat reveals to Adena that she wants to be with just her.|
|20||10||"We'll Always Have Paris"||Tara Nicole Weyr||Annie Weisman||August 7, 2018||0.31|
|Jane goes to get her eggs frozen, but discovers her insurance doesn't cover it. Cleo tells Jacqueline the board is talking about replacing her. Adena discovers she got approved for her visa and goes with Kat to Paris. Ben reveals that, due to him being a doctor, family can get their eggs frozen for free, and says he and Jane can lie and declare themselves domestic partners to get Jane in. Pinstripe tells Jane he wants to help pay for her to freeze her eggs, and in the process tells Jane she still likes her and they kiss. Jane decides to go to Paris. Kat then goes to meet with Coco and discovers that Adena hasn't produced any work since going to New York. Kat and Adena come to a wall in their relationship when Kat realizes Adena produced work when she wasn't with her. Richard goes to Paris and reveals his feelings for Sutton. Richard discovers there a shortlist from the board of people to replace Jacqueline. Adena doesn't turn up to the party, but Sutton and Jane tell Kat all the reasons why they love her.|
On April 7, 2016, Freeform announced they had given a pilot order to Issues, a series inspired by the life of former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles. The show was ordered to series by Freeform in January 2017, and was later renamed to The Bold Type.
On March 6, 2017, Freeform announced that The Bold Type would debut on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 9:00pm. The pilot was aired as a special preview on June 20, 2017, three weeks before its official premiere date.
Freeform renewed the series for a second and third season, consisting of 10 episodes each, on October 4, 2017. At the same time it was announced that Amanda Lasher would assume the role of showrunner after series creator Sarah Watson had "creative differences with the network".
Sam Page who plays Richard Hunter, a member of the Scarlet board of directors and a lawyer for the magazine's publishing group, was the first cast member to be announced on August 16, 2016, followed by Melora Hardin on August 18, 2016. Hardin was cast as Jacqueline, the quietly tough and confident Editor in Chief of Scarlet Magazine.
Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee and Meghann Fahy were announced as series leads, Jane, Kat, and Sutton on August 22, 2016. Stevens plays Jane, who has just landed her dream job as writer for Scarlet, Dee portrays Kat, the social media director at Scarlet, while Fahy plays Sutton, the last of her friends to still be in an assistant's job. Matt Ward rounds out the main ensemble as Alex, a fellow writer at Scarlet.
On March 30, 2017, it was announced that Nikohl Boosheri was cast to recur on the series as Adena El-Amin, a photographer who develops a complicated romantic relationship with Kat. Emily C. Chang joined the cast on May 2, 2017, as Lauren Park, a blunt and overworked executive editor at Scarlet.
On March 8, 2018, it was reported that newcomers Luca James Lee and Siobhan Murphy wre tapped for recurring roles for second season. Lee plays Ben, a potential love interest for Jane, while Murphy portrays Cleo, a new board member at the publishing company. In addition, Dan Jeonnette returned as Pinstripe in a guest-role.
In Canada, the series airs exclusively on ABC Spark. In the United Kingdom, the series airs exclusively on Amazon Prime Video with new episodes the day after its broadcast on Freeform in the United States.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, season one holds an approval rating of 96%, with an average rating of 8/10 based on 24 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "Smart, hip, and exuberantly performed, The Bold Type sharply blends its soapy plotting with workplace drama that feels very of-the-moment." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 58 out of 100 based on 8 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
On Rotten Tomatoes, season 2 holds an approval rating of 100%, with an average rating of 7.1/10 based on 11 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "The Bold Type presents an aspirational yet refreshingly realistic portrait of young women's careers, friendships and love lives in a big city."
Season 1 (2017)
|1||"Pilot"||July 11, 2017||0.2||0.36||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|2||"O Hell No"||July 11, 2017||0.1||0.30||0.2||0.30||0.3||0.60|
|3||"The Woman Behind the Clothes"||July 18, 2017||0.1||0.28||0.2||0.32||0.3||0.60|
|4||"If You Can't Do It With Feeling"||July 25, 2017||0.1||0.36||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|5||"No Feminism in the Champagne Room"||August 1, 2017||0.2||0.35||N/A||0.35||N/A||0.70|
|6||"The Breast Issue"||August 8, 2017||0.2||0.34||N/A||0.40||N/A||0.74|
|7||"Three Girls in a Tub"||August 15, 2017||0.1||0.29||0.2||0.43||0.3||0.72|
|8||"The End of the Beginning"||August 22, 2017||0.1||0.28||0.2||0.44||0.3||0.72|
|9||"Before Tequila Sunrise"||August 29, 2017||0.2||0.36||N/A||0.36||N/A||0.72|
|10||"Carry the Weight"||September 5, 2017||0.2||0.33||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Season 2 (2018)
|1||"Feminist Army"||June 12, 2018||0.14||0.30||0.10||0.25||0.24||0.55|
|2||"Rose Colored Glasses"||June 12, 2018||0.09||0.18||0.08||0.18||0.17||0.36|
|3||"The Scarlet Letter"||June 19, 2018||0.17||0.40||0.12||0.26||0.29||0.66|
|4||"OMG"||June 26, 2018||0.14||0.33||0.12||0.21||0.26||0.55|
|5||"Stride of Pride"||July 3, 2018||0.15||0.36||0.13||0.25||0.28||0.61|
|6||"The Domino Effect"||July 10, 2018||0.15||0.34||0.09||0.20||0.24||0.54|
|7||"Betsy"||July 17, 2018||0.12||0.27||0.11||0.25||0.23||0.52|
|8||"Plan B"||July 24, 2018||0.15||0.33||0.08||0.18||0.23||0.51|
|9||"Trippin"||July 31, 2018||0.11||0.29||0.05||0.10||0.16||0.39|
|10||"We'll Always Have Paris"||August 7, 2018||0.13||0.31||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|2017||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Summer TV Show||The Bold Type||Nominated|||
|Choice Summer TV Star: Female||Aisha Dee||Nominated|
|2018||GLAAD Media Awards||Outstanding Comedy Series||The Bold Type||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Summer TV Show||Pending|||
|Choice Summer TV Star||Aisha Dee||Pending|
|Imagen Awards||Best Actress – Television||Pending|||
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