Quarterlife (stylized as quarterlife) is an American web series, also briefly an NBC television series in 2008, created by Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, the creators of Thirtysomething and Once and Again, and producers of My So-Called Life. The show is about a group of twenty-something artists who are coming of age in the digital generation.[1]

Following the dismal reception of the premiere episode of the NBC television show as it coincided with a televised democratic primary debate with President Obama and Hillary Clinton,[2][circular reference] the other five episodes were aired in a marathon on NBC Universal sibling channel Bravo on March 9,[3] making Quarterlife one of the few television shows to be canceled after one episode.

The regular cast included Bitsie Tulloch, Kevin Christy, Mike Faiola, Scott Michael Foster, Michelle Lombardo, Maïté Schwartz, and David Walton.

Characters

Main characters

Other characters

Television

Quarterlife
GenreComedy drama
Created byMarshall Herskovitz
Edward Zwick
Developed byQuarterlife, Inc.
Written byDevon Gummersall
Marshall Herskovitz
Lucy Teitler
Edward Zwick
Directed byMarshall Herskovitz
Eric Stoltz
StarringBitsie Tulloch
Kevin Christy
Mike Faiola
Scott Michael Foster
Michelle Lombardo
Maïté Schwartz
David Walton
ComposerW. G. "Snuffy" Walden
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Production
ProducersMarshall Herskovitz
Edward Zwick
Joshua Gummersall
CinematographyJohn O'Shaughnessy
Nicole Hirsch Whitaker
EditorJennifer Pulver
Running timeVaries
Original release
NetworkNBC
ReleaseFebruary 26 (2008-02-26) –
March 9, 2008 (2008-03-09)

NBC announced on November 17, 2007 that the network had acquired the rights to air Quarterlife on broadcast television in early 2008, after the episodes have been broadcast on the Internet.[4][5] In February 2008, NBC announced that Quarterlife would premiere on Tuesday, February 26, 2008, with the show moving to Sunday nights immediately afterwards.[6] The show's first episode earned 3.1 million viewers, falling behind shows on ABC, CBS, and MSNBC in the same time slot and ultimately ranking 17th for the night.[7] After the first episode failed to earn the ratings the network had hoped, NBC announced that the series would be canceled after airing only one episode.[8] Its remaining episodes would air on sibling channel Bravo following the NBC cancellation.[9]

The show's 3.1 million viewer rating was the worst in-season performance in the 10 p.m. hour by an NBC show in at least 17 years. While expected to be successful with teenagers due to its MySpace origins, Quarterlife lost to Bad Girls Club on Oxygen in the teen demographic and tied with the Democratic Presidential debate airing at the same time on sibling channel MSNBC.[7] The show also performed poorly in the adults 18-49 demographic, where it managed only a 1.6 rating.[8][10]

The series aired on the then-existing E! television system in Canada in simulcast.

Episodes

The first season was released online in 36 parts, each approximately eight minutes, from November 2007 to March 2008. Each eight-minute episode of the series premiered nearly simultaneously on MySpace and the official Quarterlife site. It garnered the third-highest views of any scripted series in Myspace history. These were combined into six hour-long episodes for television.

In five months, total online views for the series—on Myspace, Quarterlife, and YouTube—were over 9 million. After the series was picked up by NBC, some of the hour-long episodes (as edited for broadcast) were made available on the NBC and Hulu websites. During this time, Herskowitz claimed the show accrued an average of 300k views per episode.[11] After cancelation by NBC Episodes 2-6 were broadcast back-to-back on Bravo on March 9, 2008.

Television episodes

# Title Original airdate
1"Pilot"February 26, 2008 (2008-02-26)
2"Compromise"March 9, 2008 (2008-03-09)
3"Anxiety"March 9, 2008 (2008-03-09)
4"Goodbyes"March 9, 2008 (2008-03-09)
5"Finding a Voice"March 9, 2008 (2008-03-09)
6"Home Sweet Home"March 9, 2008 (2008-03-09)

Online episodes

Episode # Title Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6
1 "Pilot" November 11, 2007 November 11, 2007 November 15, 2007 November 18, 2007 November 22, 2007 November 25, 2007
2 "Compromise" November 29, 2007 December 2, 2007 December 6, 2007 December 9, 2007 December 13, 2007 December 16, 2007
3 "Anxiety" December 20, 2007 December 23, 2007 December 27, 2007 December 30, 2007 January 3, 2008 January 6, 2008
4 "Goodbyes" January 10, 2008 January 13, 2008 January 17, 2008 January 20, 2008 January 24, 2008 January 27, 2008
5 "Finding a Voice" January 31, 2008 February 3, 2008 February 7, 2008 February 10, 2008 February 14, 2008 February 17, 2008
6 "Home Sweet Home" February 21, 2008 February 24, 2008 February 28, 2008 March 2, 2008 March 6, 2008 March 9, 2008

Video blogs

Characters in the Series post video blogs on quarterlife.com, Myspace, and YouTube.

Title Vlogger Airdate
Storyteller ANDY October 31, 2007
Hi roommates! DYLAN November 11, 2007
My first video blog! DYLAN November 11, 2007
There is no way Brittany is on Myspace, so... DYLAN November 14, 2007
On Lisa DYLAN November 14, 2007
Growing up DYLAN November 17, 2007
My rant about people, money and jobs. DYLAN November 25, 2007
Sexuality DYLAN November 25, 2007
I Have A Blog ANDY November 29, 2007
Choices are scary DYLAN November 29, 2007
We have a visitor... DYLAN December 1, 2007
Who's sexiest? ANDY December 6, 2007
Zoning Out DYLAN December 6, 2007
LET'S TALK ABOUT SWINGERS ANDY December 8, 2007
SERIOUSLY DAMAGED DYLAN December 8, 2007
Dylan Krieger and... DYLAN December 12, 2007
THE KISS DYLAN December 16, 2007
INTEGRITY AT 24 FRAMES PER SECOND JED December 16, 2007
The Toyota Commercial JED December 16, 2007
HUNKS OF GLOBAL WARMING DYLAN December 19, 2007
PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY, BABY ANDY December 19, 2007
DATING CHICKS JED December 19, 2007
BLOG ATTEMPT DANNY December 20, 2007
MESSAGE TO MY SUITORS LISA December 20, 2007
Bathroom DEBRA December 22, 2007
Oh Sigh DYLAN December 22, 2007
WHY? JED December 22, 2007
I Too Can Blog DANNY December 23, 2007

References

  1. ^ Show Series to Originate on MySpace - New York Times
  2. ^ "Timeline of the 2008 United States presidential election". en.wikipedia.org.
  3. ^ Stelter, Brian (February 29, 2008). "NBC Pulls the Plug on Quarterlife". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-08-17.
  4. ^ Carter, Bill (November 17, 2007). "NBC Acquires 'Quarterlife'; Internet Series Will Run First Online". The New York Times. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  5. ^ NBC picks up 'Quarterlife' series
  6. ^ Quarterlife - NBC Site Archived February 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ a b de Moraes, Lisa (February 28, 2008). "Score One for Old Media: Dems' Debate Is the Night's Hit, While Webby 'quarterlife' Shows None". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  8. ^ a b "NBC Logs Off 'Quarterlife'". zap2it.com. Archived from the original on March 2, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-29.
  9. ^ Hibberd, James (27 February 2008). "NBC's 'Quarterlife' shortchanges net". The Hollywood Reporter.
  10. ^ "Overnight Nielsen TV Ratings for Tuesday, February 26, 2008 including American Idol, NCIS, Back to You, Quarterlife, Jericho, The Biggest Loser and Big Brother - Ratings | TVb..." Archived from the original on December 7, 2008. Retrieved October 1, 2008.
  11. ^ Heffernan, Virginia (August 24, 2008). "Serial Killers". The New York Times. Retrieved May 22, 2010.