Firefly Lane

From Wikipedia the free encyclopedia

Firefly Lane
FLText.png
GenreDrama
Created byMaggie Friedman
Based onFirefly Lane
by Kristin Hannah
Starring
Music byWendy Melvoin & Lisa Coleman
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes19
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Aaron Au
  • Arielle Boisvert
Production locationBurnaby, British Columbia
CinematographyVincent De Paula
Editors
  • Jamin Bricker
  • Lisa Binkley
  • Alison Grace
  • Lisa Robison
Running time47–53 minutes
Production companies
  • Stephanie Germain Productions
  • Curly Girly Productions
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseFebruary 3, 2021 (2021-02-03) –
present (present)

Firefly Lane is an American drama streaming television series created by Maggie Friedman for Netflix. The series is based on the novel of the same name by Kristin Hannah.[1] The series premiered on February 3, 2021,[2] and navigates the lives of two teenage girls in the 1970s, all the way through to their adulthood in the mid 2000s. In May 2021, the series was renewed for a second season.[3] In October 2022, it was announced that the second season will be its final season and will consist of 16 episodes, split into two parts. The first part of the second season was released on December 2, 2022, and the second part is set to be released on June 8, 2023.[4][5]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Katherine Heigl as Tully Hart, a famous host of a daytime talk show known as The Girlfriend Hour
    • Ali Skovbye as Young teenage Tully
    • London Robertson as Young Tully 1970
  • Sarah Chalke as Kate Mularkey, Tully's best friend since they were 14 years old and a housewife who is trying to get back in the workforce while going through a divorce
    • Roan Curtis as Young teenage Kate
  • Ben Lawson as Johnny Ryan, Kate's husband and the producer of The Girlfriend Hour
  • Beau Garrett as Cloud, Tully's free-spirited drug-addicted single mother
  • Yael Yurman as Marah Ryan, Kate and Johnny's teenage daughter
  • Ignacio Serricchio as Danny Diaz (season 2)[6]

Recurring[edit]

  • Brandon Jay McLaren as Travis, a widower whose daughter goes to the same school as Marah and finds a connection with Kate
  • Jon Ecker as Max Brody, Tully's love interest
  • Chelah Horsdal as Margie, Kate's mother
  • Paul McGillion as Bud, Kate's father
  • Jenna Rosenow as Kimber Watts, an editor at Seattle Digest and Kate's boss
  • Leo Rano as Leon, Cloud's boyfriend in the 1970s
  • Brendan Taylor as Mutt, the cameraman at local news station KPOC Tacoma and Kate's love interest in the 1980s
  • Jason Mckinnon as Sean, Kate's closeted older brother
  • Synto Misati as Robbie '74
  • Kirsten Robek as Carol, a KPOC Tacoma anchor
  • Andres Joseph as Gideon Vega, a photographer at Seattle Digest
  • Patrick Sabongui as Chad Wiley, Tully's love interest in the 1980s who was also her college professor
  • Tara Wilson as Julia, Sean's wife
  • Jolene Purdy as Justine Jordan (season 2),[6] Tully's new talent agent
  • India de Beaufort as Charlie (season 2)[6]
  • Greg Germann as Benedict Binswanger (season 2),[6] a wealthy businessman who is running for governor of the state of Washington whom Tully and Danny are covering for a story. He came from a family who owned a logging company known as Bincorp.
  • Chris McNally as Mr. Waverly (season 2)[7]

Special guest star[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
110February 3, 2021 (2021-02-03)
2[4]169December 2, 2022 (2022-12-02)
7June 8, 2023 (2023-06-08)[5]

Season 1 (2021)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Hello Yellow Brick Road"Peter O'FallonTeleplay by : Maggie FriedmanFebruary 3, 2021 (2021-02-03)
22"Oh! Sweet Something"Peter O'FallonMaggie FriedmanFebruary 3, 2021 (2021-02-03)
33"Dancing Queens"Anne WheelerIlene RosenzweigFebruary 3, 2021 (2021-02-03)
44"Love is a Battlefield"Anne WheelerSavannah DooleyFebruary 3, 2021 (2021-02-03)
55"Sweet Child O' Mine"Vanessa PariseMaggie Friedman & Barbara JohnsFebruary 3, 2021 (2021-02-03)
66"Dirty Laundry"Vanessa PariseJohn Sacret YoungFebruary 3, 2021 (2021-02-03)
77"Total Eclipse of the Hart"Fred GerberMarissa LeeFebruary 3, 2021 (2021-02-03)
88"Mawaige"Fred GerberSavannah Dooley & James Ford Jr.February 3, 2021 (2021-02-03)
99"You Say It's Your Birthday?!"Lee RoseIlene RosenzweigFebruary 3, 2021 (2021-02-03)
1010"Auld Lang Syne"Lee RoseMaggie FriedmanFebruary 3, 2021 (2021-02-03)

Season 2 (2022)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected by [8]Written by [9]Original release date [5]
Part 1
111"Wish You Were Here"Michael SpillerMaggie FriedmanDecember 2, 2022 (2022-12-02)
122"On the Road"Michael SpillerSavannah Dooley & Marissa Lee & Barbara JohnsDecember 2, 2022 (2022-12-02)
133"I'm Coming Out"Shannon KohliBecky Hartman Edwards & Michael V. RossDecember 2, 2022 (2022-12-02)
144"Papa Don't Preach"Shannon KohliDavah Avena & James Ford, Jr.December 2, 2022 (2022-12-02)
155"Simple Twist of Fate"Vanessa PariseSavannah Dooley & Marissa LeeDecember 2, 2022 (2022-12-02)
166"Reborn on the Fourth of July"Vanessa PariseMaggie Friedman & Barbara JohnsDecember 2, 2022 (2022-12-02)
177"Good Riddance/Time of Your Life"Katina Medina MoraBecky Hartman Edwards & Michael V. RossDecember 2, 2022 (2022-12-02)
188"All Apologies"Katina Medina MoraMaggie Friedman & Davah AvenaDecember 2, 2022 (2022-12-02)
199"Hart Shaped Box"Michael SpillerMaggie Friedman & James Ford, Jr.December 2, 2022 (2022-12-02)
Part 2[5]
2010TBAMonika MitchellSavannah DooleyJune 8, 2023 (2023-06-08)
2111TBAMonika MitchellBarbara JohnsJune 8, 2023 (2023-06-08)
2212TBASarah Wayne CalliesMarissa LeeJune 8, 2023 (2023-06-08)
2313TBASarah Wayne CalliesDavah Avena & Michael V. RossJune 8, 2023 (2023-06-08)
2414TBAWinnifred JongMaggie Friedman & James Ford Jr.June 8, 2023 (2023-06-08)
2515TBAWinnifred JongBecky Hartman Edwards & Emily EllisJune 8, 2023 (2023-06-08)
2616TBAMichael SpillerMaggie FriedmanJune 8, 2023 (2023-06-08)

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On February 22, 2019, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The series was created by Maggie Friedman who was also expected to executive produce alongside Stephanie Germain, Katherine Heigl, and Lee Rose.[1][10] On May 26, 2021, Netflix renewed the series for a second season.[3] On October 3, 2022, it was reported that the second season will be its final season which will consist of 16 episodes, splitting into two parts.[4]

Casting[edit]

On July 10, 2019, Katherine Heigl was cast in a lead role.[10] In August 2019, Ben Lawson, Sarah Chalke, Beau Garrett had been cast in starring roles.[11][12][13] In September 2019, Ali Skovbye and Roan Curtis were cast to play the teenage versions of Heigl's and Chalke's characters, Tully and Kate, respectively.[14] In the same month, Yael Yurman was cast as a series regular while Jon Ecker and Brandon Jay McLaren were cast in recurring capacities.[15] On December 17, 2019, Patrick Sabongui and Brendan Taylor joined the cast in recurring roles.[16] On February 11, 2020, Jenna Rosenow was cast in a recurring role.[17] On September 21, 2021, Ignacio Serricchio joined the cast as new series regular while Greg Germann, India de Beaufort, and Jolene Purdy were cast in recurring roles for the second season.[6] On February 11, 2022, Chris McNally was cast in a recurring capacity for the second season.[7]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for the first season began on September 17, 2019, and ended on January 21, 2020, in Burnaby, British Columbia.[18] Vincent De Paula is the cinematographer for the series.[19] Filming for the second season began on August 30, 2021, and concluded on April 28, 2022.[20]

Release[edit]

On October 14, 2020, an official teaser was released as well as first look images.[21] The series premiered on February 3, 2021.[2] The first nine episodes of second season were released on December 2, 2022, and the final seven are set to be released on June 8, 2023.[5]

Reception[edit]

Audience viewership[edit]

For the week of February 1 to 7, Firefly Lane was ranked number one in the Nielsen ratings, who announced that the show had been viewed for a total of 1.3 billion minutes.[22] The following week, it was ranked number one in the Nielsen ratings again, with a total of 1.288 billion minutes of viewing.[23] On April 20, 2021, Netflix announced that 49 million people watched the series in its first 28 days after its release.[24]

Critical response[edit]

For the first season, review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 47% based on 30 critic reviews, with an average rating of 5.53/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Firefly Lane has some solid ideas and a winning pair in Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke—if only the writing could live up to all that potential."[25] Metacritic gave the first season a weighted average score of 57 out of 100 based on 21 critic reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[26]

Judy Berman of Time wrote, "By most metrics, Firefly Lane is simply not a good show. Yet despite its many limitations, there's something lovable about it."[27] Joel Keller of Decider said, "The chemistry between Sarah Chalke and Katherine Heigl will carry Firefly Lane."[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Petski, Denise (February 22, 2019). "Netflix Orders 'Firefly Lane' Drama Series From Maggie Friedman Based On Book". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Ausiello, Michael (December 3, 2020). "Firefly Lane Trailer: Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke's BFFs Are 'F--king Stuck With' Each Other in New Netflix Drama". TVLine. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Otterson, Joe (May 26, 2021). "'Firefly Lane' Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix". Variety. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
  4. ^ a b c Ausiello, Michael (October 3, 2022). "Firefly Lane to End With Super-Sized Season 2 at Netflix". TVLine. Retrieved October 3, 2022.
  5. ^ a b c d e Romero, Ariana (December 2, 2022). "The Final Part of 'Firefly Lane' Season 2 Already Has a Premiere Date". Netflix Tudum. Retrieved December 7, 2022.
  6. ^ a b c d e Andreeva, Nellie (September 21, 2021). "'Firefly Lane' Adds Ignacio Serricchio, Greg Germann, India de Beaufort & Jolene Purdy To Cast For Season 2". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 21, 2021.
  7. ^ a b Petski, Denise (February 11, 2022). "'When Calls The Heart's Chris McNally Joins 'Grease: Rise Of The Pink Ladies' & 'Firefly Lane'2". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 11, 2022.
  8. ^ "Video: "Firefly Lane" Season 2 - Official Trailer - Netflix". HBO (Press release). November 2, 2022. Retrieved December 7, 2022 – via The Futon Critic.
  9. ^ "Firefly Lane". Writers Guild of America West. Retrieved November 28, 2022.
  10. ^ a b Petski, Denise (July 10, 2019). "Katherine Heigl To Star & Executive Produce Netflix's 'Firefly Lane' Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (August 12, 2019). "'Firefly Lane': Ben Lawson Joins Katherine Heigl In Netflix Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 16, 2019). "Sarah Chalke To Star In Netflix Drama Series 'Firefly Lane'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (August 28, 2019). "Beau Garrett Joins Netflix Drama Series 'Firefly Lane'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 28, 2019.
  14. ^ Petski, Denise (September 12, 2019). "'Firefly Lane': Ali Skovbye & Roan Curtis To Play Young Tully & Young Kate In Netflix Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 28, 2019.
  15. ^ Petski, Denise (September 16, 2019). "'Firefly Lane': Yael Yurman Set As Series Regular, Jon Ecker & Brandon Jay McLaren To Recur In Netflix Drama". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 22, 2019.
  16. ^ Petski, Denise (December 17, 2019). "'Firefly Lane': Patrick Sabongui & Brendan Taylor To Recur On Netflix Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 17, 2019.
  17. ^ Petski, Denise (February 11, 2020). "Kwame Patterson To Recur In 'Snowfall'; Jenna Rosenow Books 'Firefly Lane'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  18. ^ "DGC BC Production List" (PDF). Directors Guild of Canada. August 30, 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on September 4, 2019. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  19. ^ De Paula, Vincent. "FIREFLY LANE (2020) | NETFLIX ORIGINAL TV SERIES (USA)". Vincent De Paula 2020. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  20. ^ "DGC BC Production List" (PDF). Directors Guild of Canada. May 20, 2022. Archived (PDF) from the original on May 20, 2022. Retrieved May 20, 2022.
  21. ^ Romano, Nick (October 14, 2020). "Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke spark an everlasting bond in Firefly Lane first look". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  22. ^ Hayes, Dade (March 4, 2021). "'Firefly Lane' Tops Nielsen U.S. Weekly Streaming Rankings, With 'WandaVision' Gaining More Ground". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  23. ^ Hayes, Dade (March 11, 2021). "'Firefly Lane' Repeats Atop Nielsen U.S. Streaming List, With 'The Sinner' In Close Pursuit". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  24. ^ White, Peter (April 20, 2021). "'Who Killed Sara?' Becomes Netflix's Most Popular Foreign-Language Series In U.S. As Streamer Reveals Figures For 'Firefly Lane' & 'I Care A Lot'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  25. ^ "Firefly Lane: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved March 23, 2021.
  26. ^ "Firefly Lane: Season 1". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  27. ^ Berman, Judy (February 3, 2021). "Netflix's Cheesy Drama 'Firefly Lane' Pairs Well With Wine". Time. Retrieved February 14, 2021.
  28. ^ Keller, Joel (February 3, 2021). "Stream It Or Skip It: 'Firefly Lane' On Netflix, Where Katherine Heigl And Sarah Chalke Play Unlikely Best Friends Through The Decades". Decider. Retrieved February 14, 2021.

External links[edit]