The Wrong Girl (TV series)

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The Wrong Girl
The Wrong Girl TV.jpg
Genre Drama
Based on The Wrong Girl
by Zoë Foster Blake
Written by
  • Judi McCrossin
  • Vanessa Alexander
  • Michael Lucas
  • Christine Bartlett
  • Claire Phillips
Directed by
  • Daina Reid
  • Mat King
Starring
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 18
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • David Maher
  • David Taylor
Producer(s)
  • Tom Hoffie
  • Judi McCrossin
  • Jessica Marais (co-producer)
  • Zoë Foster Blake (associate producer)
  • Sara Richardson (associate producer)
Location(s) Melbourne, Victoria
Editor(s)
  • Rodrigo Balart
  • Nicole La Macchia
  • Adrian Rostirolla
  • Angie Higgins
Running time 60 Mins (including ads)
Production company(s) Playmaker Media
Release
Original network Network Ten
Picture format
Audio format Stereo
Original release 28 September 2016 – present

The Wrong Girl is an Australian drama television series, based on Zoë Foster Blake's book of the same name, that first aired on Network Ten on 28 September 2016.[1][2]

The series follows Lily Woodward, a producer on a morning television show, and what happens when life, love and friendships collide. Longing for a life rich in romance, a dynamic career and a happy family, Lily is constantly thrown off course. As her journey continues, Lily discovers that sometimes the right choices can lead to the wrong places and the wrong choices can turn out to be the right ones.[3]

On 4 November 2016, Network 10 renewed the series for second season to be aired in 2017,[4] with filming beginning on 29 May 2017.[5] The second season premiered on 24 August 2017.[6] In November 2017, ‘’The Wrong Girl’’ was snubbed from Network Ten's announced 2018 upfronts with no word on whether the show has been cancelled or put on hiatus.[7]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1828 September 2016 (2016-09-28)16 November 2016 (2016-11-16)
21024 August 2017 (2017-08-24)18 October 2017 (2017-10-18)

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2016)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
Aus. viewers
(millions)
11"Episode 1"Daina Reid[11]Judi McCrossin[11]28 September 2016 (2016-09-28)277129-1824,000[12]
Lily presents an idea for a segment for The Breakfast Bar, but when the idea fails, she must work with her colleague Nikki to put together a cooking segment with a chef named Jack. When her friend Simone writes an inappropriate email and Lily accidentally sends it to Jack, he gives her the cold shoulder. She convinces him to do the segment and when it goes wrong, Lily saves the segment from getting any worse, for which Jack appreciates her. After a work party, Lily & Simone take Jack home with them. Lily intends to sleep with him, but instead he sleeps with Simone. Lily and her best friend Pete have sex for the first time, but after he reveals he's having sex with a work colleague, Meredith, Lily becomes aggravated with him and tells him to leave. The two stop talking, but after a few days they get together and Pete reveals Meredith is pregnant with his child.
22"Episode 2"Daina Reid[11]Judi McCrossin[11]5 October 2016 (2016-10-05)277129-2642,000[13]
Lily and Pete move on from their one night stand. Pete loses his second job as a Band Reviewer after failing to see the performance. Pete asks Lily for advice on fatherhood after he tells her he isn't sure if he is ready to be a father; he decides to tell Meredith the truth but realises he needs to be there for her and the baby. Lily and Nikki must create a TV promo for Jack's cooking segment. After Nikki changes Lily's editing of the promo to be all about Jack's physique and not cooking, Jack blames Lily for making him out as a joke and not caring about his career. Lily blocks the release of the promo after tricking Eric into thinking the video is too sexist and runs a new promo with cooking involved. Jack realises Lily wasn't in control of the video and forgives her. Eric becomes jealous of Jack when the show becomes all about him, while Lily works on a new segment with Eric to increase his popularity.
33"Episode 3"Daina Reid[11]Michael Lucas[11]12 October 2016 (2016-10-12)277129-3654,000[14]
44"Episode 4"Daina Reid[11]Christine Bartlett & Michael Lucas[11]19 October 2016 (2016-10-19)277129-4614,000[15]
55"Episode 5"Mat King[11]Judi McCrossin[11]26 October 2016 (2016-10-26)277129-5612,000[16]
66"Episode 6"Mat King[11]Vanessa Alexander[11]2 November 2016 (2016-11-02)277129-6514,000[17]
77"Episode 7"Jennifer Leacey[11]Michael Lucas[11]9 November 2016 (2016-11-09)277129-7550,000[18]
88"Episode 8"Jennifer LeaceyJudi McCrossin16 November 2016 (2016-11-16)277129-8549,000[19]

Season 2 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
Aus. viewers
(millions)
91"Episode 1"Mat KingMichael Lucas24 August 2017 (2017-08-24)277129-9391,000[20]
102"Episode 2"Mat KingClaire Phillips31 August 2017 (2017-08-31)277129-10336,000[21]
Lily pitches Pete's book as a segment idea for The Breakfast Bar, but when she tries to retract the idea because Pete doesn't approve, Sasha tells her they're going ahead with it anyway. Tension between Lily and Pete continues to rise when Jack invites Pete for dinner. Pete later confides in Meredith, and Meredith tells him that he poured his love and heartbreak for Lily into the book, and if he wants Lily in his life, he has to get over her. Nikki is announced as Erica's replacement on The Breakfast Bar, and while interviewing the Minister for Health, she projectile vomits on him. Meanwhile, Simone sets Vincent up on a date against his wishes, and Lily and Jack put in an offer for a house.
113"Episode 3"Peter TemplemanIan Meadows7 September 2017 (2017-09-07)277129-11325,000[22]
Pete begins his new job with Jeremy and quickly finds himself writing a segment for The Breakfast Bar. Vincent strikes up a new friendship with Alice, and as they spend more time together, Simone becomes jealous, before she and Vincent share a kiss. During a conversation with Eric, Lily realises that Jack is set to propose. While meeting Jack's brother, Lily is also introduced to Gillian, Jack's ex-girlfriend. Eric lands Lily and the show in hot water after his comments in regards to a segment on the acceptability of burkinis. Later, Lily finds an engagement ring in Jack's jacket pocket and confronting him, Jack reveals that he wasn't going to propose, at least not yet.
124"Episode 4"Peter TemplemanVanessa Alexander14 September 2017 (2017-09-14)277129-12423,000[23]
135"Episode 5"Jennifer LeaceySamantha Strauss21 September 2017 (2017-09-21)277129-13477,000 [24]
146"Episode 6"Jennifer LeaceySarah Walker28 September 2017 (2017-09-28)277129-14361,000[25]
157"Episode 7"Mat KingSamantha Strauss4 October 2017 (2017-10-04)277129-15371,000[26]
168"Episode 8"Mat KingIan Meadows & Samantha Strauss11 October 2017 (2017-10-11)277129-16387,000[27]
179"Episode 9"Darren AshtonJosh Mapleston18 October 2017 (2017-10-18)277129-17408,000[28]
1810"Episode 10"Darren AshtonChristine Bartlett18 October 2017 (2017-10-18)277129-18360,000[29]

Season 3 (2018)[edit]

Production[edit]

An adaptation of Zoe Foster Blake's best-selling book of the same name, The Wrong Girl is a Playmaker Media production, and is produced by Tom Hoffie and Judi McCrossin. On 19 November 2015, Network Ten announced The Wrong Girl as part of their programming line-up for 2016.[30] Filming commenced on 18 April 2016,[31] in Yarraville, an inner-west suburb of Melbourne, Victoria.[32] Production for season two returned to Yarraville in June 2017.[33]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Comparing Marais' character to that of Bridget Jones, Holly Byrne of News Corp Australia Network went on to write, "The Wrong Girl is the right show, at just the right time for a new generation who should celebrate the joys of being single and embrace the chaos every working woman will recognise in Jessica Marais’ lead character, Lily Woodward",[34] while Matilda Dixon-Smith of The Guardian wrote, "The Wrong Girl is light, funny and broadly appealing, well-targeted toward a swath of young female viewers who were likely getting their romcom jollies from streaming services like Netflix and Stan". [35] The Sydney Morning Herald further praised the premiering, describing it as, "Channel Ten's next big thing",[36] however, Daily Review were less than favourable in their review, pointing out that the show, "rated pretty poorly for a premiere, picking up just 684,000 viewers", and questioned whether the show is compelling enough for viewers to continue watching.[37]

Ratings[edit]

Season 1 (2016)[edit]

No. Title Air date Overnight ratings Consolidated ratings Total
viewers
Ref(s)
Viewers Rank Viewers Rank
1 Episode 1 28 September 2016 684,000 10 140,000 7 824,000 [12][38]
2 Episode 2 5 October 2016 560,000 17 82,000 14 642,000 [13][39]
3 Episode 3 12 October 2016 560,000 18 94,000 15 654,000 [14][40]
4 Episode 4 19 October 2016 519,000 17 95,000 17 614,000 [15][41]
5 Episode 5 26 October 2016 501,000 18 111,000 15 612,000 [16][42]
6 Episode 6 2 November 2016 415,000 N/A 99,000 20 514,000 [17][43]
7 Episode 7 9 November 2016 444,000 N/A 106,000 17 550,000 [18][44]
8 Episode 8 16 November 2016 445,000 20 104,000 16 549,000 [19][45]

Season 2 (2017)[edit]

No. Title Air date Overnight ratings Consolidated ratings Total
viewers
Ref(s)
Viewers Rank Viewers Rank
1 Episode 1 24 August 2017 391,000 19 130,000 11 521,000 [20][46]
2 Episode 2 31 August 2017 336,000 20 119,000 13 455,000 [21][47]
3 Episode 3 7 September 2017 325,000 N/A 123,000 14 448,000 [22][48]
4 Episode 4 14 September 2017 423,000 16 96,000 14 519,000 [23][49]
5 Episode 5 21 September 2017 477,000 13 104,000 10 581,000 [24][50]
6 Episode 6 28 September 2017 361,000 16 88,000 13 449,000 [25][51]
7 Episode 7 4 October 2017 371,000 N/A 107,000 19 478,000 [26][52]
8 Episode 8 11 October 2017 387,000 N/A 104,000 20 491,000 [27][53]
9 Episode 9 18 October 2017 408,000 19 117,000 17 525,000 [28][54]
10 Episode 10 18 October 2017 360,000 N/A 120,000 18 480,000 [29][54]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2017 Logie Awards
Best Actor Craig McLachlan Nominated [55]
Best Actress Jessica Marais Won [55]
Best New Talent Hayley Magnus Nominated [55]
Rob Collins Won [55]
Gold Logie Jessica Marais Nominated [55]

Home media[edit]

Title Set details DVD release dates Special features
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Australia New Zealand
The Wrong Girl - Season 1
  • Discs: 2
  • Episodes: 8
N/A N/A 14 December 2016[56] 26 July 2017[57]
The Wrong Girl - Season 2
  • Discs: 2
  • Episodes: 10
N/A N/A 3 January 2018[58] N/A

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