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Mad Dogs (U.S. TV series)

Mad Dogs is a dark-comic thriller television series available for viewing on Amazon's Amazon Prime subscription service.[1] It is a partial remake of the British show, also named Mad Dogs, that aired from 2011 to 2013.[2]

Mad Dogs
Created byCris Cole
Written byCris Cole
Michael C. Martin
Zev Borow
Brett C. Leonard
Eileen Myers
Kent Rotherham
Shawn Ryan
Jon Worley
Directed byCharles McDougall
Uta Briesewitz
Clark Johnson
John David Coles
Randall Einhorn
Guy Ferland
Alex Graves
Ted Griffin
Mark Piznarski
Craig Zisk
Starring
Composer(s)Robert Duncan
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producer(s)Suzanne Mackie
Cris Cole
Andy Harries
Shawn Ryan
Danielle Weinstock
Producer(s)Luillo Ruiz
Jon Worley
Ken Topolsky
CinematographyBernard Couture
Raphy Molinary
Nelson Cragg
Editor(s)Debbie Berman
David Kaldor
Robert Ivison
C.J. Liao
Scott Pellet
Robert Komatsu
Amy M. Fleming
Running time40 — 56 minutes
Production company(s)MiddKid Productions
Cris Cole Productions
Left Bank Pictures
Amazon Studios
Sony Pictures Television
DistributorAmazon.com
Release
Original networkAmazon Video
Original releaseJanuary 15, 2015 (2015-01-15) – January 22, 2016 (2016-01-22)
External links
Website

The show's first season consisted of 10 episodes,[1] expanding on the British version's first season's four hours of content.[3] It began airing on January 22, 2016 in the U.S., U.K., and Germany,[4] with an early release of the show available in December 2015.[5]

The plot is a "cocktail of testosterone and bad decision-making",[2] focused on the angst of a group of 40-something underachieving American men who become caught in a "vacation from hell".[1][4][6]

The cast is a unique blend of film actors with mostly episodic television credits to their name,[7] including Billy Zane as a man wealthy from underworld connections who invites his friends for a stay in Belize, Michael Imperioli as an irresponsible but good-hearted former traveling musician, Romany Malco as a family man, and Ben Chaplin (who starred in the Zane role in the UK version of the show) as an embittered teacher.[1][2][3] The show's female cast, including Allison Tolman and María Botto (reprising her role from the UK series), provide contrast to the male leads.[1][2][6]

Showrunner Cris Cole adapted the show from his own drama in the UK.[1] It was originally under development at the FX network.[8] Cole noted that because the American version is 10 hours to the British version's first season's four hours, the last six hours of the American version are "virgin territory" and have no comparative to the original.[3]

Rights to air the show were sold by Sony Pictures Television for more than 140 countries prior to the initial Amazon airing.[4]

In late February 2016, Amazon announced that it had opted not to renew the series.[9] Although the original intention had been for the show to be a 10 episode limited series, Amazon and the show leadership had broached the idea of a potential second season.[9]

During filming of scenes of the pilot episode in Puerto Rico, actor Steve Zahn contracted dengue fever.[10]

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CastEdit

Main castEdit

Recurring castEdit

ReceptionEdit

The show earned mostly positive reviews and anecdotal evidence pointed to solid early viewership.[9] Critics have praised the cinematography of Belize in the "blue sky"[3] show as "gorgeous."[1][6] The first season holds a rating of 64 out of a 100 on metacritic.[11]

Critics note that the show wanders during its formulaic middle episodes of the season but is best as interpersonal conflicts are the focus.[1][6] Amazon opted not to renew the series for a second season.[12]

EpisodesEdit

No. Title Directed by Written by Release date
1"Pilot"Charles McDougallCris ColeJanuary 15, 2015 (2015-01-15)
2"Xtabai"Alex GravesShawn RyanJanuary 22, 2016 (2016-01-22)
3"Well"Randall EinhornCris ColeJanuary 22, 2016 (2016-01-22)
4"Flares"Clark JohnsonBrett C. Leonard & Cris ColeJanuary 22, 2016 (2016-01-22)
5"Hat"Uta BriesewitzEileen MyersJanuary 22, 2016 (2016-01-22)
6"Leslie"Craig ZiskMichael C. MartinJanuary 22, 2016 (2016-01-22)
7"Ice Cream"Guy FerlandZev BorowJanuary 22, 2016 (2016-01-22)
8"Broodstock"Mark PiznarksiJon WorleyJanuary 22, 2016 (2016-01-22)
9"Seahorse"Ted GriffinKent RotherhamJanuary 22, 2016 (2016-01-22)
10"Needles"John David ColesCris ColeJanuary 22, 2016 (2016-01-22)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Poniewozik, James (January 20, 2016). "Review: On 'Mad Dogs,' an Amazon Series, Male Bellicosity Rules". New York Times.
  2. ^ a b c d Lloyd, Robert (January 21, 2016). "Amazon's 'Mad Dogs' is a repetitious story of unhappy middle-age men behaving badly". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ a b c d Bianco, Robert (January 11, 2016). "'Mad Dogs' and Amazon go into the Belize sun". USA Today.
  4. ^ a b c Barraclough, Leo (January 21, 2016). "Sony Pictures Television Sells U.S. Drama 'Mad Dogs' to More Than 140 Countries". Variety.
  5. ^ Lincoln, Ross A. (December 9, 2015). "Amazon Sets 'Mad Dogs' Premiere For January". Deadline.com.
  6. ^ a b c d Dornbush, Jonathan (January 22, 2016). "Mad Dogs". Entertainment Weekly.
  7. ^ Venable, Nick (January 18, 2016). "The 3 Best New Amazon Pilots, And Why You Should Be Watching". CinemaBlend.
  8. ^ Stanhope, Kate (February 28, 2016). "Amazon's 'Mad Dogs' Canceled After One Season, EP Shawn Ryan Says". The Hollywood Reporter.
  9. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (February 28, 2016). "'Mad Dogs' Ends Run On Amazon: No Season 2". Deadline.com.
  10. ^ Nededog, Jethro (January 12, 2016). "Steve Zahn caught a potentially deadly fever while shooting Amazon series 'Mad Dogs'". Business Insider.
  11. ^ "Mad Dogs (2016) : Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2016-02-28). "'Mad Dogs' Ends Run On Amazon: No Season 2". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-05-23.

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