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CHAOS (TV series)

CHAOS
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Genre Comedy-drama
Created by Tom Spezialy
Starring Eric Close
Christina Cole
Carmen Ejogo
James Murray
Tim Blake Nelson
Freddy Rodriguez
Kurtwood Smith
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Tom Spezialy
Brett Ratner
Martha Haight
Location(s) Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s) 20th Century Fox Television
Rat Television
Release
Original channel CBS
Original release April 1 – July 16, 2011 (2011-07-16)
External links
Website

CHAOS is an American comedic drama that aired on CBS from April 1, to July 16, 2011, as a mid-season replacement for The Defenders.[1][2] The series was officially cancelled on May 15, 2011.[citation needed]

Premise

Threats to national security are investigated by a group of rogue CIA spies in the division of Clandestine Homeland Administration and Oversight Services (CHAOS), also trying to keep their jobs from being eliminated due to budget cuts. New agent Rick Martinez (Freddy Rodriguez) joins the team as an in-house mole for CIA National Clandestine Service Director H.J. Higgins (Kurtwood Smith). However, Martinez is quickly found out by the ODS (Office of Disruptive Services) team, who "turn" him for their own use.[3]

Cast

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The main cast of CHAOS.

Development and production

In January 2010, CBS ordered production of a pilot written by Tom Spezialy.[4] Casting announcements began in mid-February, with Freddy Rodriguez being the first actor cast.[5] Next to come on board were James Murray[6] and Tim Blake Nelson.[7] Eric Close joined the cast in early March,[8][9] followed by Carmen Ejogo.[10] Finally, Stephen Rea completed the main cast in mid-March.[11] The pilot was filmed in Los Angeles.[12]

In late July, CBS announced that it had officially ordered 13 episodes of the series for a mid-season start.[13][14] Kurtwood Smith joined the cast in November 2010, replacing Rea in the role of Director H.J. Higgins.[15]

Starting in mid-December 2010, CHAOS film crews were spotted and the actors photographed at various set locations around Vancouver – at the Vancouver Rowing Club, in Gastown, on the rooftop of The Bay, at the Terminal City Iron Works, and at mansions in the Shaughnessy and Point Grey neighborhoods – with these locations standing in for exotic locales around the world.[16]

After CHAOS was removed from CBS's schedule on April 19, filming on the remaining episodes continued in and around Vancouver until the originally scheduled completion date of May 2.[17]

Episodes

For unknown reasons CBS aired the episodes out of chronological order.[18] The production codes in the episode table reveal the originally intended order.

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International distribution

In Canada, the show was simsubbed on the Global Television Network.

In New Zealand, the show has a late-night slot from October 4, 2013 through to the end of December on TV3.

Reception

Critical reception

Metacritic assigned CHAOS a score of 50, signifying mixed or average reviews.[19]

Ratings

The series premiered with 6.53 million viewers and a 1.1 rating in the adults 18–49 demo.[20] The rating equaled the lowest ratings achieved by Medium and The Defenders in the same slot, also the lowest rating for any CBS drama this season.[21]

Hiatus

CBS removed the series from the schedule on April 18, 2011, after airing three episodes of the 13-episode order, and placed it on hiatus.[22][23] The series resumed with episode 4 and episode 5 on May 28. The final episodes aired on Saturdays at 8 pm Eastern.[24]

Awards

Series star Freddy Rodriguez won an Imagen Award in the category "Best Actor/Television" from The Imagen Foundation for his role as Rick Martinez in CHAOS on August 12, 2011.[25]

References

  1. ^ "CBS Embraces "Chaos"". Futon Critic. July 22, 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2010. 
  2. ^ Gorman, Bill (December 21, 2010). "CBS Mid-Season Schedule: 'Criminal Minds: SB' Wed. 10p; 'Mad Love' Mon. 8:30p; 'Chaos' Fri. 8p; 'Rules' Moves To Thu. 8:30p". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 22, 2010. 
  3. ^ "The Futon's First Look: "Chaos" (CBS)". The Futon Critic. April 1, 2011. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Development Update: Tuesday, January 26". The Futon Critic. January 26, 2010. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Development Update: Thursday, February 11". The Futon Critic. February 11, 2010. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 16, 2010). "Nelson Franklin, James Murray, Joe Manganiello land roles". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Development Update: Thursday, February 25". The Futon Critic. February 25, 2010. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 
  8. ^ Ausiello, Michael (February 28, 2010). "Pilot Intel: Eric Close drawn to 'Chaos'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 2010. 
  9. ^ Bryant, Adam (March 1, 2010). "Without a Trace's Eric Close to Cause a Little Chaos". TV Guide. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Development Update: Thursday, March 4". The Futon Critic. March 4, 2010. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  11. ^ Adalian, Josef (March 10, 2010). "PilotWatch 2010: Stephen Rea Makes U.S. Series Bow in CBS' 'Chaos'". The Wrap. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 1, 2010). "SHOCKER! Drama 'Chaos' Left To Die After CBS And 20th TV Can't Agree On Order". Deadline.com. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 
  13. ^ Schneider, Michael (July 21, 2010). "CBS revives Ratner's 'Chaos'". Variety. Archived from the original on December 29, 2010. 
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 21, 2010). "It's Official: 'Chaos' Picked Up To Series At CBS For Midseason". Deadline.com. Retrieved January 4, 2011. 
  15. ^ Jeffrey, Morgan (November 3, 2010). "Kurtwood Smith joins 'Chaos' cast". Digital Spy. Retrieved January 4, 2011. 
  16. ^ Gittins, Susan (February 3, 2011). "#YVRSHOOTS: CHAOS SURVIVES VANCOUVER RAINOCALYPSE". Vancouver Is Awesome.com. Retrieved February 3, 2011. 
  17. ^ Gittins, Susan (May 5, 2011). "#YVRSHOOTS: CHAOS SPIES BURN NOTICED". Vancouver Is Awesome.com. Retrieved May 16, 2011. 
  18. ^ Rodriguez, Freddy (June 22, 2011). "Twitter Status". Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Chaos - Season 1 Reviews, Ratings, Credits and More at Metacritic". 
  20. ^ Cite error: The named reference s1e01 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  21. ^ Gorman, Bill (April 5, 2011). "CBS: 'CSI: Miami' Above A Toss-Up; 'CM: Suspect Behavior' could go either way; 'Chaos' is DOA". Retrieved April 6, 2011. 
  22. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (April 18, 2011). "CBS Pulls 'Chaos' from Schedule After Three Episodes". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  23. ^ "CBS's POLICE DRAMA, "FLASHPOINT," RETURNS ON FRIDAY, MAY 6, 8:00-9:00 PM". CBS ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES. April 19, 2011. 
  24. ^ "THE AGENTS DISCOVER CASEY'S SOFTER SIDE WHEN A MISSION TO CHINA REUNITES HIM WITH A FORMER FLAME, ON A REBROADCAST OF "CHAOS," ON A SPECIAL NIGHT, SATURDAY, MAY 28". CBS ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES. May 26, 2011. 
  25. ^ Hernandez, Margie (August 12, 2011). "Winners of 26th Annual Imagen Awards Announced Honoring Latinos in Entertainment". Retrieved August 21, 2011. 

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