Liv and Maddie


Liv and Maddie Information

Liv and Maddie, titled Liv and Maddie: Cali Style in its fourth season, is an American teen sitcom created by John D. Beck and Ron Hart and produced by It's a Laugh Productions for Disney Channel. The series stars Dove Cameron in a dual role as identical twins with entirely different personalities. Liv Rooney is a girly girl who was an actress in Hollywood for four years. She was offered more roles in other shows and movies, but decided to come home instead because she missed her family and wanted to see them again. Her sister Maddie is a tomboy with a facility for sports, particularly basketball. They have two younger brothers named Joey and Parker. Joey is one year younger than the twins, while Parker is the youngest child of the Rooney family. Their father is the coach of Maddie's basketball team and their mother is the school psychologist and later vice-principal starting in the second season. The series revolves around Liv readjusting to normal family life after production on her successful television program Sing It Loud! ended.

Plot

Actress Liv Rooney has just come home to Stevens Point, Wisconsin after a four-year stint in Hollywood filming a popular television program called Sing It Loud!, which has just finished its run, to the open arms of her parents Karen and Pete, younger brothers Joey and Parker, and identical twin sister Maddie. The pair had hoped to resume their relationship from before Liv left but instead have grown into opposing personalities with different interests. Liv has become very girly and enjoys anytime someone mentions her former career, whereas Maddie has become a tomboy, perfecting her basketball skills; she is also the captain of her high school basketball team. The Rooney family also includes: Joey--a typical awkward teen who likes cats; Parker--a clever teen with a slightly mischievous personality; Karen--the high school psychologist and later vice-principal; and Pete--the coach for Maddie's basketball team, who eventually achieves his dream of becoming coach for a college team in Beloit. Most events take place at Ridgewood High or the Rooney residence.

After the collapse of the house and Maddie getting enrolled in a college in Malibu, California, the rest of the Rooneys move there and take up residence with Karen's younger sister Dena.

A significant feature of the series are Mockumentary-style cutaways where characters speak to the viewers to explain various things of different facts and the opinions on the situations in which they are featured in each episode.

Episodes

Main article: List of Liv and Maddie episodes


Cast and characters

Main article: List of Liv and Maddie characters
  • Dove Cameron as Liv and Maddie Rooney
  • Joey Bragg as Joey Rooney
  • Tenzing Norgay Trainor as Parker Rooney
  • Kali Rocha as Karen Rooney
  • Benjamin King as Pete Rooney
  • Lauren Lindsey Donzis as Ruby

Production

Development

Liv and Maddie began production in April 2013. The series was created by John Beck and Ron Hart, both of whom also serve as executive-producers. Beck and Hart are a production/writing team whose credits include According to Jim, Hey Arnold!, and Shake It Up!. Originally, the pair had shopped a script of a project called Bits and Pieces, which featured a blended family similar to shows like The Brady Bunch and Step by Step.

The series is produced under a joint venture by Beck & Hart Productions, Oops Doughnuts Productions, and It's a Laugh Productions. It is also executive co-produced by Andy Fickman (She's the Man, The Game Plan, Race to Witch Mountain), Betsy Sullenger (You Again), and John Peaslee (8 Simple Rules, According to Jim, Dog with a Blog).

On January 13, 2014, Disney Channel renewed Liv and Maddie for a 13-episode second season slated to premiere in fall 2014. The second season was later expanded to 24 episodes. The second season premiered on September 21, 2014.

On April 3, 2015, the show was renewed for a third season by Disney Channel. The third season premiered on September 13, 2015.

On December 21, 2015, actress Dove Cameron stated that Disney Channel was picking up Liv and Maddie for a fourth season. On June 20, 2016, series creator Ron Hart announced on Twitter that the fourth season would premiere in fall 2016.

On July 1, 2016, Dove Cameron stated that they had filmed the series' final episode.

On August 19, 2016, it was announced by the series creators, John D. Beck and Ron Hart, that the final season would be called Liv and Maddie: Cali Style. They also stated that the fourth and final season will premiere on September 23, 2016.

Casting

Casting took place during the spring of 2012; however, only a pilot episode was produced. The series followed Jodie Sullenger (Kali Rocha), mother of Alanna (Dove Cameron) and Sticky (Joey Bragg), who married Pete Fickman (Benjamin King), father of Crystal (Cozi Zuehlsdorff) and Brody (Tenzing Norgay Trainor), with all six adjusting to life under the same roof.

Eventually, Disney chose to change the concept of Bits and Pieces into one about a pair of twins. Instead of hiring a new cast, production chose to keep those whom they had already hired and film a completely new pilot. The story now focused on Dove Cameron playing dual titular roles, with the same parental units and brothers. Lead billing for Cozi Zuehlsdorff was later dropped to guest star. The family name of "Rooney" was picked because of Sullenger's enjoyment of the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team owned by the Rooney family.

Reception

Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media gave the show's quality a rating of 3 out of 5 stars, describing it as a "jovial family sitcom" and applicable for ages 7 and above. Ashby credited the show's "comical spin" on common family issues like sibling rivalry, stating that "As is true of most tween-targeted comedies, the show glosses over a lot, especially when it comes to teen issues, but that's what makes it a worry-free pick for kids."

Neil Genzlingersept of The New York Times compared the show to The Patty Duke Show while describing it as "a gentle, moderately amusing comedy" and praising Dove Cameron's portrayal of the down-to-earth Maddie and diva Liv, stating that "the premise gives the writers plenty of opportunities."

Ratings

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Broadcast

Liv and Maddie airs on Disney Channel in the United States and Family Channel in Canada. The pilot episode aired on July 19, 2013 as a preview of the series after the premiere of the Disney Channel original movie Teen Beach Movie. The first promo for the series was seen on June 28, 2013, after the premiere of Disney's Mickey Mouse Shorts. The series officially premiered on September 15, 2013 in the United States and on September 20, 2013 in Canada. The series stopped showing in Canada on Family Channel on September 1, 2015 and started airing on Disney Channel on September 5, 2015. On March 24, 2016, La Chane Disney in French Canada, premiered the episode "Home Run-a-Rooney" twenty days before the English Canada/US airing.

In the UK and Ireland, the series was previewed on October 7, 2013 and later premiered on November 8, 2013.

In Australia and New Zealand, the series premiered on October 11, 2013. The second season premiered on January 8, 2015. The third season premiered on December 2, 2015. It premiered in Southeast Asia on January 10, 2014.

In South Africa, the series began airing on March 8, 2014. The second season premiered on February 7, 2015.

Music

Main article: Liv and Maddie: Music from the TV Series
A full version of the Liv and Maddie theme song, "Better in Stereo", was recorded by Dove Cameron and released as a promotional single by Walt Disney Records on October 15, 2013. A music video was filmed and aired on Disney Channel the night of October 29, 2013.

In the pilot, "Twin-a-Rooney", Liv shows Maddie a clip from the Sing It Loud! finale in which Liv's character, Stephanie Einstein, sings a cover of On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons. A full version of the song was recorded by Cameron and was released as a promotional single by Walt Disney Records on August 27, 2013.

In "Fa-La-La-a-Rooney", Liv performs the classic "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" during the Steven's Point Holiday Spectacular. A full version of the song was recorded by Cameron and is included on Holidays Unwrapped, a holiday album released by Walt Disney Records on October 15, 2013.

In "Song-a-Rooney", Liv performs "FroyoYOLO". It goes viral, but Liv hates it. In the same episode, Liv performs "Count Me In". A full version of "Count Me In" was recorded by Cameron and was released as a promotional single by Walt Disney Records on June 3, 2014.

In "New Year's Eve-a-Rooney", Liv performs "You, Me and the Beat". A full version of the song was recorded by Cameron and was released as a promotional single by Walt Disney Records on December 2, 2014.

In "Rate-a-Rooney", Liv uploads "What a Girl Is". Two versions were created, the first being the one shown on Liv and Maddie and the other, including Christina Grimmie and Baby Kaely, was eventually recorded. Both versions are included in the "Liv and Maddie" soundtrack. The second version was released on March 5, 2015, on iTunes, while the original version was released on March 17, 2015.

On March 17, 2015, the Liv and Maddie soundtrack was released. The soundtrack includes "Better in Stereo", "On Top of the World", "FroyoYOLO", "Count Me In", "You, Me and the Beat", and both versions of "What a Girl Is". The soundtrack also includes "Say Hey", "As Long As I Have You", and "True Love", the latter of which would be morphed into two versions: Ballad, which would be sung by Jordan Fisher, and a piano duet featuring Fisher and Cameron. On March 5, 2015, with the announcing of the soundtrack, the singles for those songs, minus FroyoYOLO, will no longer be available.

In "Prom-a-Rooney", Liv performs "True Love" at the school prom. Cameron, like the other songs, recorded a full version of the song, and it was released on March 17, 2015, as part of the Liv and Maddie soundtrack.

In "Band-a-Rooney", Liv's band, "The Dream", performs "Say Hey" at the Battle of the Bands. A full version was recorded by Cameron, with the band member's actor doing the chorus. The song was released as part of the Liv and Maddie soundtrack on March 17, 2015

In "Video-a-Rooney", Liv's band performs "As Long As I Have You". Cameron recorded a full version, which was released on March 17, 2015, as part of the Liv and Maddie soundtrack. The song was the final song from the soundtrack that was played in the show.

In "SPARF-a-Rooney", Andy Grammer performs "Honey, I'm Good". This was currently the only song in Liv and Maddie not to be part of the soundtrack.

Songs

List of songs in Liv and Maddie
Title Performed by First episode
"Better in Stereo" Dove Cameron "Twin-a-Rooney"
"On Top of the World" Dove Cameron "Twin-a-Rooney"
"Up on the Housetop" "Fa-La-La-a-Rooney"
"Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" Dove Cameron "Fa-La-La-a-Rooney"
"FroyoYOLO" Dove Cameron "Song-a-Rooney"
"Count Me In" Dove Cameron "Song-a-Rooney"
"You, Me and the Beat" Dove Cameron "New Year's Eve-a-Rooney"
"What a Girl Is" Dove Cameron "Rate-a-Rooney"
"True Love" Dove Cameron "Prom-a-Rooney"
"Say Hey" Dove Cameron "Band-a-Rooney"
"As Long as I Have You" Dove Cameron "Video-a-Rooney"
"Honey I'm Good" Andy Grammer "SPARF-a-Rooney"
"Key of Life" Dove Cameron "Dream-a-Rooney"

Merchandise

Brand marketing promotion from Liv and Maddie still continues strongly, with ACCO Brands under the Day Dream brand featuring 2015 wall calendar and Disney D'Signed clothing line from selected retailers Target and Kohl's. Wooky Entertainment owns Style Me Up, a creative fashion brand for tween girls, featuring Liv and Maddie: Dreams Come True and Liv and Maddie: A Rising Star sketchbooks. Footwear retailer Payless ShoeSource conducts Liv and Maddie-themed character footwear based on the series.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Female Breakout Star Dove Cameron
Kids' Choice Awards Mexico International Program Liv and Maddie
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy Dove Cameron
Kids' Choice Awards Mexico International Program Liv and Maddie
Kids' Choice Awards Colombia International Program Liv and Maddie
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Show: Comedy Liv and Maddie
Choice TV Actress: Comedy Dove Cameron
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Female TV Star - Kid's Show Dove Cameron
Kids' Choice Awards Mexico Favorite International Program Liv and Maddie
Kids' Choice Awards Colombia Favorite International Program Liv and Maddie
Kids' Choice Awards Argentina Favorite International Program Liv and Maddie



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