Loosely Exactly Nicole
Season 1 title card
GenreComedy
Created by
  • Christian Lander
  • Christine Zander
Starring
ComposerTim Bright
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20
Production
Executive producers
  • Avi Gilbert
  • Tony Hernandez
  • Christine Zander
  • Christian Lander (season 1)
Producers
  • Debra Spidell
  • Chioke Nassor (season 1)
  • John Skidmore (season 2)
Cinematography
  • Grant Smith (season 1)
  • Kevin Atkinson (season 2)
Running time17–20 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original network
Picture format16:9 HDTV
Original releaseSeptember 5, 2016 (2016-09-05) –
February 21, 2018 (2018-02-21)

Loosely Exactly Nicole (stylized as *Loosely Exactly Nicole) is an American comedy streaming 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

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As MTV explains in a promotional release:

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

Main

Recurring

Guests

Episodes

Series overview

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

Season 1 (2016)

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)

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

Development

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

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

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

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 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

References

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  2. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 7, 2016). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.5.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on September 10, 2016. 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. Archived from the original on September 16, 2016. 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. Archived from the original on September 21, 2016. 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. Archived from the original on September 28, 2016. 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. Archived from the original on October 5, 2016. 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. Archived from the original on October 12, 2016. 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. Archived from the original on October 25, 2016. 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 Hollywood. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 12, 2017). "Cancelled MTV Series 'Loosely Exactly Nicole' Headed To Facebook For Season 2". Deadline Hollywood. 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.