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The Mysteries of Laura

The Mysteries of Laura
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Genre Police Procedural
Comedy-drama
Based on Los misterios de Laura 
by Carlos Vila & Javier Holgado
Developed by Jeff Rake
Starring
Composer(s) Joey Newman
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 44 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original channel NBC
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original release September 17, 2014 (2014-09-17) – present (present)
External links
Official website

The Mysteries of Laura is an American police procedural comedy-drama television series that premiered on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. It was developed by Jeff Rake, who also serves as an executive producer. The series, which stars Debra Messing as Detective Laura Diamond, was originally adapted from a Spanish television series Los misterios de Laura by Carlos Vila and Javier Holgado.[1][2]

On May 8, 2015, NBC renewed The Mysteries of Laura for a second season of 13 episodes.[3]

Plot

The series follows the life of Laura Diamond, a homicide detective with the New York Police Department, who balances her day job with her off-duty hours as a single mother to twin sons. Meanwhile she is trying to get Captain Jake Broderick, her soon-to-be-former-husband who is also her boss, to sign the divorce papers.

Cast

Recurring
  • Robert Klein as Leo Diamond, Laura's Father
  • Charles and Vincent Reina as Nicholas and Harrison Broderick respectively, Laura and Jake's rambunctious twin boys.
  • Alysia Joy Powell as Alicia, Nicholas and Harrison's nanny.
  • Marc Webster as Reynaldo West, an M.E. that usually works on Laura's cases.
  • Neal Bledsoe as Tony Abbott, a food truck owner and Laura's boyfriend.

Episodes

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 22 September 17, 2014 (2014-09-17) May 20, 2015 (2015-05-20)
2 13[3] N/A N/A

Production

The series was originally adapted from a Spanish television series, Los misterios de Laura by Carlos Vila and Javier Holgado. The American version was developed by Jeff Rake with Vila and Holgado. Rake also serves as an executive producer with Aaron Kaplan, Greg Berlanti, Todd Lituchy and McG for Warner Bros. Television. It debuted on NBC during the 2014–15 television season, where it aired on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)/7 p.m. (CT).[1][5] The series was officially scheduled for September 24, 2014,[6] with a "sneak preview" that aired on September 17, 2014 following the season finale of America's Got Talent.[7]

Reception

Ratings

The September 17, 2014, premiere drew a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and 10.2 million total viewers, in a special time slot leading out of the America’s Got Talent finale.[8] It was the most-watched broadcast premiere of a series since March 2014.[9]

The regular-slot debut at 8pm Eastern Time on September 24, 2014 drew a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demo and 9.9 million viewers overall.[10] Though it dropped 25% in the 18-49 demo, it retained 97% of its total viewers of the previous week's preview. In total viewers, this was NBC's best result with in-season regularly scheduled programming versus all regularly scheduled competition in the Wednesday 8-9pm hour in more than five years (since April 21, 2008, 10.1 million for "Deal or No Deal").[11]

Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes Premiered Ended TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere
Viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale
Viewers
(in millions)
1
Wednesday 8:00 PM
22
September 17, 2014 (2014-09-17)
10.19[8]
May 20, 2015 (2015-05-20)
7.05[12] 2014–15 TBA TBA
2 13 TBD TBD 2015–16 TBA TBA

Critical reception

The Mysteries of Laura has received mixed reviews from critics. On Metacritic, the show has a score of 37 out of 100, based on 26 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[13]

Emilie Aries, however, called Debra Messing's new character "the best depiction of women on the small screen".[14]

Accolades

The Mysteries of Laura was nominated for People's Choice Awards for Favorite New TV Comedy, but lost to Jane the Virgin.

Broadcast

In Canada, The Mysteries of Laura airs on the CTV Television Network in simulcast, and rerun later on M3.[15] In New Zealand, it will begin airing on TV2 on January 12, 2015.[16] In the United Kingdom and Ireland, 5USA has picked up the series[17] and will premiere it on January 20, 2015.[18] The series has also been sold to Nine Network in Australia [19] and to Sat.1 in Germany. In Latin America, the series airs in Warner Channel, starting in May, 2015. [20]

References

  1. ^ a b "Fresh Comedies, Captivating Dramas and Highly Popular Returning Series Highlight NBC's Well-Balanced and Dynamic 2014-15 Primetime Schedule". The Futon Critic. May 11, 2014. Retrieved May 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ Swift, Andy (May 8, 2014). "Fall TV Scoop: NBC Orders Constantine, The Mysteries of Laura and One More to Series". TV Line. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Kondolojy, Amanda (May 8, 2015). "'The Night Shift', 'Undateable' Renewed by NBC". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  4. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (December 20, 2014). "Mysteries of Laura Adds Boardwalk Alum Meg Steedle as Series Regular". TV Line. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  5. ^ Swift, Andy (May 8, 2014). "Fall TV Scoop: NBC Orders Constantine, The Mysteries of Laura and One More to Series". TV Line. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ NBC Announces Fall Premiere Dates For New 2014-15 Season from The Futon Critic (June 3, 2014)
  7. ^ Futon Critic Staff, The (July 16, 2014). "NBC to Sneak Preview 'The Mysteries of Laura' Following 'America's Got Talent' Finale on Wednesday September 17". The Futon Critic. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Bibel, Sara (September 18, 2014). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'America's Got Talent' Adjusted Up; 'The Mysteries of Laura', 'Extant' & 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  9. ^ Bibel, Sara (September 18, 2014). "Press release: NBC's 'The Mysteries of Laura' Is Most-Watched Broadcast Premiere Since March". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  10. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (September 25, 2014). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'The Middle', 'The Goldbergs', 'Modern Family', 'Law and Order: SVU', & 'Red Band Society' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 25, 2014. 
  11. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (September 25, 2014). "Press release: NBC Wins Wednesday in Total Viewers, 'The Mysteries of Laura' and 'Chicago PD' Win at 8 and 10 PM". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  12. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 21, 2015). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Survivor', 'Survivor: Reunion' & 'Modern Family' Adjusted Up". <span />TV by the Numbers<span />. Retrieved May 21, 2015. 
  13. ^ "The Mysteries of Laura: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  14. ^ http://www.rolereboot.org/culture-and-politics/details/2014-10-debra-messings-new-character-best-depiction-women-small-screen/
  15. ^ "CTV Fall 2014 lineup premiere dates announced". ctv.ca. July 29, 2014. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  16. ^ "The Mysteries of Laura". Television New Zealand. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  17. ^ Munn, Patrick (December 22, 2014). "5USA Picks Up UK Rights To NBC’s ‘The Mysteries Of Laura’". TV Wise. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  18. ^ Munn, Patrick (January 7, 2015). "5USA Sets UK Premiere Date For ‘The Mysteries Of Laura". TV Wise. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  19. ^ Knox, David (June 9, 2014). "Pick of the US bunch from LA Screenings". TV Tonight. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Warner Channel estrena la serie “The Mysteries of Laura” en Mayo". Seriépolis (in Spanish). April 30, 2015. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 

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