High Fidelity (TV series)

High Fidelity is an American romantic comedy web television series, based on the novel of the same name by Nick Hornby, that premiered on Hulu on February 14, 2020.[1]

High Fidelity
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GenreRomantic comedy
Based onHigh Fidelity
by Nick Hornby
Developed byVeronica West & Sarah Kucserka
Starring
Music byNathan Larson
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Adrienne Erickson
  • Raymond Quinlan
CinematographyCarmen Cabana
Editor(s)
  • Kate Hickey
  • Catherine Haight
  • Matthew James Barbato
  • Jack Cunningham
Running time26–34 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorDisney-ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original networkHulu
Original releaseFebruary 14, 2020 (2020-02-14) –
present (present)

PremiseEdit

High Fidelity follows "the ultimate music fan, a record store owner who's obsessed with pop culture and Top Five lists" in the neighborhood of Crown Heights, Brooklyn.[2]

Cast and charactersEdit

MainEdit

  • Zoë Kravitz as Robyn "Rob" Brooks,[3] the owner of Championship Vinyl
  • Jake Lacy as Clyde
  • Da'Vine Joy Randolph as Cherise, an employee at Championship Vinyl and one of Rob's best friends
  • David H. Holmes as Simon Miller, an employee at Championship Vinyl and Rob's other best friend who is also Rob's heartbreak story #3

RecurringEdit

  • Kingsley Ben-Adir as Russell "Mac" McCormack, Rob's latest ex-boyfriend who broke her heart and heartbreak story #5
  • Rainbow Sun Francks as Cameron Brooks, Rob's brother
  • Nadine Malouf as Nikki Brooks, Cameron's pregnant wife and Rob's sister-in-law
  • Edmund Donovan as Blake

Guest starringEdit

  • Parker Posey as Noreen Parker, an Upper West artist who wants to sell her husband's vinyl collection
  • Clark Furlong as Kevin Bannister, Rob's heartbreak story #1 when she was in middle school
  • Ivanna Sakhno as Kat Monroe, Rob's heartbreak story #2
  • Justin Silver as Justin Kitt, Rob's heartbreak story #4
  • Thomas Doherty as Liam Shawcross, a young Scottish musician
  • Jack Antonoff as Himself
  • Debbie Harry as Herself

EpisodesEdit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Top Five Heartbreaks"Jesse Peretz
Jeffrey Reiner
Veronica West & Sarah KucserkaFebruary 14, 2020 (2020-02-14)
2"Track 2"Jeffrey ReinerVeronica West & Sarah KucserkaFebruary 14, 2020 (2020-02-14)
3"What F*cking Lily Girl?"Jeffrey ReinerJosh KoenigsbergFebruary 14, 2020 (2020-02-14)
4"Good Luck and Goodbye"Andrew DeYoungEli Wilson PeltonFebruary 14, 2020 (2020-02-14)
5"Uptown"Jeffrey ReinerE.T. Feigenbaum & Zoë KravitzFebruary 14, 2020 (2020-02-14)
6"Weird...But Warm"Natasha LyonneCeleste HugheyFebruary 14, 2020 (2020-02-14)
7"Me Time"Jeffrey ReinerFranklin HardyFebruary 14, 2020 (2020-02-14)
8"Ballad of the Lonesome Loser"Jeffrey ReinerSolomon GeorgioFebruary 14, 2020 (2020-02-14)
9"Fun Rob"Chioke NassorVeronica West
Sarah Kucserka
Leigh Ann Biety
February 14, 2020 (2020-02-14)
10"The Other Side of the Rock"Jeffrey ReinerVeronica WestFebruary 14, 2020 (2020-02-14)

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

On April 5, 2018, it was announced that Disney was developing a television series adaptation of the 2000 film High Fidelity to be written by Veronica West and Sarah Kucserka with the intention of distributing it through their then-unnamed upcoming streaming service, now known as Disney+. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of Midnight Radio and ABC Signature Studios.[4] On September 24, 2018, it was announced that Disney had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. Executive producers were expected to include West, Kucserka, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg, and Zoë Kravitz. [2] On April 9, 2019, it was announced that the series has been moved from Disney+ to Hulu.[5] In July 2019, during an interview, Natasha Lyonne revealed that she was directing an episode of High Fidelity.[6]

CastingEdit

Alongside the series order announcement, it was confirmed that Zoë Kravitz is set to star in the series.[2] On April 22, 2019, it was announced that Jake Lacy had been cast as a series regular.[7] On May 17, 2019, it was reported that Da'Vine Joy Randolph and David Holmes had joined the main cast.[3] In the same month, Kingsley Ben-Adir was cast in a guest starring role.[8]

FilmingEdit

The principal photography started around July 2019 in Brooklyn.[9]

ReleaseEdit

High Fidelity premiered on February 14, 2020.[1]

MarketingEdit

The first set of images were released in late October 2019 with the announcement of series premiere date.[10] The teaser trailer for the series was released on December 20, 2019 [11]

ReceptionEdit

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an 86% approval rating with 42 reviews, with an average rating of 7.94/10. The website's critical consensus states, "Though it skips the occasional beat, High Fidelity's fresh take on a familiar track is as witty as it is emotionally charged, giving the charming and curmudgeonly Zoe Kravitz plenty of room to shine."[12] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 70 out of 100, based on 25 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Shaffer, Claire (December 20, 2019). "Zoe Kravitz Stars in Teaser for Hulu's 'High Fidelity' Remake". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (September 24, 2018). "Zoë Kravitz To Topline 'High Fidelity' Series Reboot For Disney OTT Service". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Petski, Denise (May 17, 2019). "'High Fidelity': Da'Vine Joy Randolph & David Holmes Join Series Reboot On Hulu". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 5, 2018). "'High Fidelity' TV Series With Female Lead In Works For Disney's Streaming Service From Midnight Radio & 'Bull' Writing Duo". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 9, 2019). "'High Fidelity' Series Reboot Moves From Disney+ To Hulu". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  6. ^ Blyth, Antonia (July 31, 2019). "'Russian Doll's Natasha Lyonne To Direct Awkwafina TV Series, 'Shrill' & 'High Fidelity' Reboot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 23, 2019.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (April 22, 2019). "'High Fidelity': Jake Lacy Joins Zoë Kravitz In Series Reboot On Hulu". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 22, 2019.
  8. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (May 21, 2019). "'High Fidelity': Kingsley Ben-Adir Joins Series Reboot On Hulu As Recurring Guest Star". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 23, 2019.
  9. ^ Steves, Ashley (July 11, 2019). "NYC What's Filming: Hulu's 'High Fidelity' Adaptation Starring Zoë Kravitz + a Chance to Get Cast". Backstage. Retrieved December 23, 2019.
  10. ^ Michael, Brendan (October 30, 2019). "First Look at Hulu's 'High Fidelity' Reveals Zoë Kravitz in the New Series". Collider. Retrieved December 23, 2019.
  11. ^ Pedersen, Erik (December 20, 2019). "'High Fidelity' Teaser: Zoë Kravitz Lives For The Music In Hulu's Comedy Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 23, 2019.
  12. ^ "High Fidelity: Season 1 (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
  13. ^ "High Fidelity: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved February 14, 2020.

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