Dare Me
Dare Me (TV series) Title Card.jpg
Genre
Based onDare Me
by Megan Abbott
Developed byMegan Abbott & Gina Fattore
Starring
Narrated byHerizen Guardiola
ComposerJonathan Sanford
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producers
  • Steph Green (pilot)
  • Karen Rosenfelt
  • Sarah Condon
  • Peter Berg
  • Michael Lombardo
  • Megan Abbott
  • Gina Fattore
Producers
Running time42–52 minutes[6]
Production companies
Release
Original networkUSA Network
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original releaseDecember 29, 2019 (2019-12-29) –
March 8, 2020 (2020-03-08)

Dare Me is an American teen drama television series based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Megan Abbott, co-developed with Gina Fattore. The series was picked up in late January 2019 and premiered on USA Network on December 29, 2019.[7][8] In April 2020, USA Network canceled all of their scripted series, ending the series after one season.[9]

Premise

Dare Me follows the lives of competitive high school cheerleaders in a small Midwestern town.[10] The cheerleaders become entangled in a series of dark secrets after their new coach Colette French takes over the squad.[11]

Cast and characters

Main

Recurring

Episodes

No.Title [16]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [16]U.S viewers
(millions)
1"Coup d'État"Steph GreenMegan Abbott & Gina FattoreDecember 29, 2019 (2019-12-29)[a]0.600[18]
2"Mutually Assured Destruction"Jamie TravisMegan Abbott & Gina FattoreJanuary 5, 2020 (2020-01-05)0.349[19]
3"Surrender at Discretion"Lauren WolksteinAriel SchragJanuary 12, 2020 (2020-01-12)0.395[20]
4"Rapprochement"Marisol AdlerJamie RosengardJanuary 19, 2020 (2020-01-19)0.397[21]
5"Parallel Trenches"Olivia NewmanLisa LutzJanuary 26, 2020 (2020-01-26)0.376[22]
6"Code Red"Josephine DeckerDanielle HendersonFebruary 9, 2020 (2020-02-09)0.390[23]
7"Scorched Earth"Bronwen HughesJoe JohnsonFebruary 16, 2020 (2020-02-16)0.394[24]
8"Containment"Justin TippingCathryn HumphrisFebruary 23, 2020 (2020-02-23)0.315[25]
9"Fog of War"Megan GriffithsLisa LutzMarch 1, 2020 (2020-03-01)0.374[26]
10"Shock & Awe"Jamie TravisMegan Abbott & Gina FattoreMarch 8, 2020 (2020-03-08)0.432[27]

Production

Development

On January 28, 2019, the production had been given a series order.[7] The writer of the novel, Megan Abbott, is expected to executive produce alongside Gina Fattore, Peter Berg, Michael Lombardo, Sarah Condon, and Karen Rosenfelt.[28] Production companies involved with the series were slated to include Universal Cable Productions and Film 44.[29] On November 8, 2019, it was announced that the series would premiere on December 29, 2019.[8] On April 30, 2020, the series was canceled after one season. However, Megan Abbott and Gina Fatore plan to shop the series to other networks.[9]

Casting

On July 25, 2018, Willa Fitzgerald, Herizen Guardiola, and Marlo Kelly were cast in starring roles in the pilot.[10] On August 14, 2018, Rob Heaps, Zach Roerig, and Paul Fitzgerald joined the main cast, while Joyful Drake, Tammy Blanchard, Antonio J. Bell, Alison Thornton, and Tamberla Perry were set to recur.[12][28] On May 29, 2019, Chris Zylka and Taveeta Syzmanowicz were cast in recurring roles.[15] On August 7, 2019, Adrian Walters and Amanda Brugel joined the cast in recurring capacities.[14] Alison Thornton was promoted to series regular in the second episode of the first season.[13]

Filming

Principal photography for the first season began on April 22, 2019 and concluded on August 6, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[30]

Reception

Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 83% with an average rating of 7.32/10, based on 24 reviews from critics. The website's critical consensus reads, "Visceral, if at times vapid, Dare Me's slow-burning thriller pairs nicely with its moody atmospherics to create a deft exploration of the interiority of teen life."[31] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 73 out of 100, based on 12 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[32]

Ratings

Viewership and ratings per episode of Dare Me
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Coup d'État" December 29, 2019 0.2 0.600[18] 0.1 0.257 0.3 0.857[33]
2 "Mutually Assured Destruction" January 5, 2020 0.1 0.349[19] 0.1 0.206 0.2 0.555[34]
3 "Surrender at Discretion" January 12, 2020 0.1 0.395[20] 0.1 0.274 0.2 0.669[35]
4 "Rapprochement" January 19, 2020 0.1 0.397[21] 0.1 0.262 0.2 0.659[36]
5 "Parallel Trenches" January 26, 2020 0.1 0.376[22] 0.1 0.254 0.2 0.630[37]
6 "Code Red" February 9, 2020 0.1 0.390[23] 0.1 0.218 0.2 0.608[38]
7 "Scorched Earth" February 16, 2020 0.1 0.394[24] 0.1 0.218 0.2 0.612[39]
8 "Containment" February 23, 2020 0.1 0.315[25] 0.1 0.283 0.2 0.598[40]
9 "Fog of War" March 1, 2020 0.1 0.374[26] 0.1 0.265 0.2 0.639[41]
10 "Shock & Awe" March 8, 2020 0.1 0.432[27] TBD TBD TBD TBD

Notes

  1. ^ The episode was first released online on December 19, 2019.[17]

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