Loosely Exactly Nicole

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Loosely Exactly Nicole
Season 1 title card
Also known as *Loosely Exactly Nicole
Genre Comedy
Created by
  • Christian Lander
  • Christine Zander
Starring
Composer(s) Tim Bright
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 20 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Avi Gilbert
  • Tony Hernandez
  • Christine Zander
  • Christian Lander (season 1)
Producer(s)
  • Debra Spidell
  • Chioke Nassor (season 1)
  • John Skidmore (season 2)
Cinematography
  • Grant Smith (season 1)
  • Kevin Atkinson (season 2)
Running time 17–20 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original network
Picture format 16:9 HDTV
Original release September 5, 2016 (2016-09-05) – present (present)
External links
Official website

Loosely Exactly Nicole is an American comedy web television series created by Christian Lander and Christine Zander that stars Nicole Byer and premiered on September 5, 2016 on MTV. After MTV cancelled the series, Facebook Watch picked up the show for a second season that premiered on December 20, 2017.

Premise[edit]

"Nicole Byer is living the Hollywood dream. Well, Hollywood adjacent – the deep valley to be precise and it’s not so much a dream but a struggle. In this hilarious half-hour comedy, we’ll watch as Nicole, exuding her special brand of confidence and irreverence, demonstrates the hilarious missteps of what it means to be out on your own for the first time. She’ll deal with humiliating auditions, unpaid electric bills, friendship ups and downs, and the battlefield that is Tinder as she slowly but surely finds her voice as a comedian."[1]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Nicole Byer as herself: an aspiring actress and comedienne looking for her big break in show-business.
  • Jacob Wysocki as Devin (season 2; recurring season 1): Nicole's roommate and best friend.

Recurring[edit]

  • Jen D'Angelo as Veronica: Nicole's closest girl friend.
  • Kevin Bigley as Derrick: a frequent hook-up of Nicole's.
  • Brandon Scott as Raymond
  • Allyn Rachel as Avi
  • French Stewart as Donny
  • Sasheer Zamata as Kim Whitfield: Nicole's childhood friend who runs a charitable organization.
  • Ayden Mayeri as Edi
  • B.J. Britt as Josh: Nicole's boyfriend.

Guest[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
110September 5, 2016 (2016-09-05)October 28, 2016 (2016-10-28)MTV
210December 20, 2017 (2017-12-20)February 21, 2018 (2018-02-21)Facebook Watch

Season 1 (2016)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
11"Babysitting"Chioke NassorChristian Lander & Christine ZanderSeptember 5, 2016 (2016-09-05)0.34[2]
22"Breakfast with Derrick"Steve PinkJackie ClarkeSeptember 12, 2016 (2016-09-12)0.23[3]
33"Six Hour Braid"Steve PinkGrace EdwardsSeptember 19, 2016 (2016-09-19)0.25[4]
44"Mistress"Steve PinkGrace EdwardsSeptember 26, 2016 (2016-09-26)0.20[5]
55"Danny Boom"Linda MendozaChristine ZanderOctober 3, 2016 (2016-10-03)0.18[6]
66"Stripper"Linda MendozaLaura HouseOctober 10, 2016 (2016-10-10)0.21[7]
77"Brother Visits"Chioke NassorChioke NassorOctober 21, 2016 (2016-10-21)0.19[8]
88"Quitting"Linda MendozaChristine Zander & Nicole ByerOctober 21, 2016 (2016-10-21)0.15[8]
99"Green Card"Linda WallemDaniel Carter & Jeff ChlebusOctober 28, 2016 (2016-10-28)
N/A
1010"Big Break"Linda WallemChristian Lander & Christine ZanderOctober 28, 2016 (2016-10-28)
N/A

Season 2 (2017-18)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
111"Nicole vs Veronica"Linda WallemChristine Zander & Nicole ByerDecember 20, 2017 (2017-12-20)
122"Thirsty Babies"Linda WallemGrace EdwardsDecember 27, 2017 (2017-12-27)
133"Dead Mom Chicken Day"Daniella EismanBen Cory JonesJanuary 3, 2018 (2018-01-03)
144"Backseat Dating"Daniella EismanGrant DeKernionJanuary 10, 2018 (2018-01-10)
155"Girl's Night Out"Sam BaileyJenny LeeJanuary 17, 2018 (2018-01-17)
166"The Key Holder"Sam BaileyDaniel Carter & Jeff ChlebusJanuary 24, 2018 (2018-01-24)
177"Mr. Softy"Linda WallemNicole Byer & Crystal JenkinsJanuary 31, 2018 (2018-01-31)
188"Single Black Idol"Linda WallemChristine Zander & Sara DolinFebruary 7, 2018 (2018-02-07)
199"Wedding Smashers"Linda WallemJenny Lee & Grant DeKernionFebruary 14, 2018 (2018-02-14)
2010"O Canada"Linda WallemChristine Zander & Jenny LeeFebruary 21, 2018 (2018-02-21)

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On April 21, 2016, it was announced that MTV had given the production a series order to consist of a first season of ten episodes. Executive producers were set to include Christine Zander, Christian Lander, and Avi Gilbert. Zander was also set to act as showrunner.[1][9][10]

Cancellation[edit]

On February 9, 2017, it was announced that MTV had cancelled the series after one season. The show was cancelled alongside Mary + Jane, both of which had been developed and picked up before Chris McCarthy took over MTV in late October as president of MTV, VH1 and Logo.[11]

Renewal[edit]

On June 12, 2017, it was announced that Facebook Watch had saved the series from cancellation and renewed it for a second season to consist of ten episodes. Christine Zander and Avi Gilbert returned as executive producer but a deal could not be reached with Christian Lander, who did not ultimately return for season two.[12][13]

Reception[edit]

The first season of the show received a mixed reception from critics upon its premiere. In a positive review, Flavorwire's Lara Zarum described the show as a "a sweetly raunchy fable about finding your voice." She also praised the series for addressing "race and gender with a light but sharp touch."[14] In a more negative review, Mitchel Broussard of WeGotThisCovered.com gave the series two-and-a-half stars out of five and commented that, "Although it has the noblest of inclusive intentions, Loosely Exactly Nicole ultimately falls flat because it doesn't present its progressive ideas in intriguing ways and - most problematic - it just isn't very funny."[15] Common Sense Media's Melissa Camacho criticized the show when saying, "Nicole Byer's comic abilities are evident, but the show's writing is more silly than smart. As a result, it contains scenes (such as one that presents an Asian child in blackface) that cross the line from being politically charged to just being dim and offensive. Overall, the show has a lot of potential but doesn't quite reach it."[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b McLennan, Cindy (April 22, 2016). "Loosely Exactly Nicole, Mary + Jane, Sweet/Vicious: MTV Orders New Scripted Series - canceled TV shows - TV Series Finale". TV Series Finale. Retrieved February 11, 2018. 
  2. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 7, 2016). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.5.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved October 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 13, 2016). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.12.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved October 5, 2016. 
  4. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 20, 2016). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.19.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved October 5, 2016. 
  5. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 27, 2016). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.26.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved October 5, 2016. 
  6. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 4, 2016). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.3.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved October 5, 2016. 
  7. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 11, 2016). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.10.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (October 24, 2016). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.21.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved October 27, 2016. 
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (April 21, 2016). "MTV Orders 11 Unscripted Series, Including Music Competition Show From Mark Burnett". Billboard. Retrieved February 11, 2018. 
  10. ^ Levin, Gary (April 21, 2016). "Putting the music back in MTV". USA TODAY. Retrieved February 11, 2018. 
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 9, 2017). "MTV's 'Loosely Exactly Nicole' & 'Mary + Jane' Comedy Series Canceled After One Season, What About 'Sweet/Vicious'?". Deadline. Retrieved February 11, 2018. 
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 12, 2017). "Cancelled MTV Series 'Loosely Exactly Nicole' Headed To Facebook For Season 2". Deadline. Retrieved February 11, 2018. 
  13. ^ Goldberg, Lesley; Jarvey, Natalie (June 12, 2017). "Facebook Dives Into Scripted Television With Nicole Byer Comedy Series (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 9, 2017. 
  14. ^ Zarum, Lara (September 26, 2016). "MTV's 'Loosely Exactly Nicole' is a Sweetly Raunchy Fable About Finding Your Voice". Flavorwire. Retrieved December 27, 2017. 
  15. ^ Broussard, Mitchel (September 1, 2016). "Loosely Exactly Nicole Season 1 Review". We Got This Covered. Retrieved December 27, 2017. 
  16. ^ Camacho, Melissa. "Loosely Exactly Nicole - TV Review". Common Sense Media. Retrieved December 27, 2017. 

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