Lost Girl

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Lost Girl
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Lost Girl title card
Genre
Created byMichelle Lovretta
Developed by Jay Firestone, Prodigy Pictures Inc.
Starring
Theme music composer
  • Jody Colero
  • Marco DiFelice
  • Benjamin Pinkerton
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes77 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Jay Firestone
  • Paul Rapovski
  • Plato Fountidakis
  • Vanessa Piazza
  • Michelle Lovretta (Season 1)
  • Peter Mohan (Season 1)
  • Jeremy Boxen (Season 2)
  • Grant Rosenberg (Season 2)
  • Emily Andras (Season 3, 4)
  • Michael Grassi (Season 5)
Producer(s)Wanda Chaffey, Wendy Grean
Running time44 minutes
Production company(s)Prodigy Pictures Inc. in association with Shaw Media (Showcase)
Distributor Sony Pictures Television (non-US)
Release
Original network Showcase
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Original releaseSeptember 12, 2010 (2010-09-12) 
October 25, 2015 (2015-10-25)
External links
Website
Production website

Lost Girl is a Canadian supernatural drama television series that premiered on Showcase on September 12, 2010, and ran for five seasons. [1] [2] It follows the life of a bisexual [3] [4] succubus named Bo, played by Anna Silk, [5] [6] as she learns to control her superhuman abilities, help those in need, and discover the truth about her origins. The series was created by Michelle Lovretta [7] and produced by Jay Firestone [8] and Prodigy Pictures Inc., [9] with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund (Canada Media Fund), and in association with Shaw Media.

Contents

Following good ratings and positive reviews, it was renewed for a second season on November 12, 2010 (two months after its premiere), [10] with the episodes order afterwards increased to 22 episodes; [11] a third season on December 9, 2011; [12] a fourth season on February 28, 2013; [13] and a fifth on February 27, 2014. [14] On August 25, 2014, Showcase announced that the fifth season would be the last, with the original 13-episode order increased to 16 final episodes. [15] The series' finale episode aired on October 25, 2015. [16]

In Australia, Lost Girl premiered on Sci Fi Australia on July 14, 2011. [17] In the United Kingdom and Ireland, it premiered on Syfy (UK) on September 1, 2011. [18] In the United States, it premiered on Syfy on January 16, 2012. [19]

Introduction

Episodes begin with a cold open; followed by the opening title sequence crediting the top four main actors and series creator. The show title and credits are accompanied by the Lost Girl Theme song. Over the top of the sequence and theme song is the voice-over monologue by the protagonist, Bo (Anna Silk), summarizing her story:

Life is hard when you don't know who you are. It's harder when you don't know what you are. My love carries a death sentence. I was lost for years, searching while hiding; only to find that I belong to a world hidden from humans. I won't hide anymore. I will live the life I choose. [20]

The Lost Girl Theme song was composed by Jody Colero, Marco DiFelice and Benjamin Pinkerton. Total episode running time is 44:00 minutes, including opening title sequence and closing credits roll. Episodes on Syfy in the United States are 90 seconds shorter to allow for more commercial advertisement time. [21] Starting with Season 3, 30 seconds that would have otherwise been cut from the episodes for Syfy were preserved by replacing the original opening title sequence with opening credits superimposed over the first scene of each episode.

Plot

Season 1 (2010)

Bo is a Succubus who grew up in an adopted human family, unaware of her non-human nature and of the Fae world she descended from. She began to feel "different" when she entered puberty and didn't know she was not normal until she accidentally killed her high school boyfriend by draining his life energy during her first sexual encounter. When she told her parents what had happened, they broke the news to Bo that she had been adopted (see "Raging Fae"). Not knowing what she was and what she had done, Bo hated herself and ran away from home, exchanging her previous life for one without family or friends, moving from place to place and assuming a false identity whenever she killed again.

In the first episode, Bo saves a young human woman, Kenzi, from a rapist who had surreptitiously drugged her with a "roofie" in her drink. The two quickly become friends and Kenzi decides they should team up to create a Fae/Human detective agency. Confronted by the Fae leaders of the local territory with a demand for her to choose a side – either "Light" or "Dark" – Bo declares herself neutral, deciding instead to side with humans after Kenzi risks her life to find out where Bo had been taken by force and what they were doing to her.

Most of the Fae considered Bo an unknown entity that should either be eliminated as a risk to their secret existence or exploited for their benefit. Throughout the season, Bo learns more about the Fae world and herself while she searches for information about her origins. Along the way, Bo also develops romantic relationships with both Dyson, a Light Fae wolf shapeshifter and police detective; and Lauren, a human doctor and scientist in servitude to the Light Fae.

Season 2 (2011–12)

Bo faces personal challenges with Dyson after she finds out The Norn took his ability to feel passion for her in exchange for giving her the strength to defeat Aife in the season one finale; and with Lauren when their relationship became complicated after The Morrigan informed Bo in "It's Better to Burn Out Than Fae Away" that Lauren had a girlfriend. At the same time that she is coping with these turmoils, a villainous and evil ancient enemy of the Fae, the Garuda, is awakened and reappears with the intent to destroy the truce between Light and Dark Fae, and reignite the Great War between them. The new Ash, Lachlan, recruits Bo to be his champion in the battle against the Garuda and she agrees on the condition that he regard her as a partner, not as his servant. During this hectic time, Bo develops a no-strings-attached lustful relationship with Ryan Lambert, a Dark Fae Loki playboy that in "Fae-nted Love" became unwittingly thralled by her when, during energy-drawing healing sex, her blood came into contact with deep scratches she made on his back. Bo learns in "Into the Dark" that she is not only Trick's maternal granddaughter, but deduces that she has inherited some of his Blood Sage powers: if her blood comes into contact with someone's open wound, it can enslave and bind the recipient to her will (the same power that her mother, Aife, used to create male slaves). She uses her blood power to unite her team of Light and Dark in the final battle against the Garuda.

Season 3 (2013)

With Fae society in upheaval, Bo finds herself facing further changes and challenges as former ally Hale becomes the acting Ash – trying to forge a new balance between Light and Dark by appointing a Valkyrie aligned with the Dark Fae, Tamsin, as Dyson's new detective partner. Meantime, Tamsin is a secret agent working for two separate clients: The Morrigan, who wants to build a case against Bo so that she can execute her; and as a mercenary for someone who wants to entrap Bo. Matters become complicated when Kenzi is kidnapped by a crazed Kitsune who assumes her identity and deliberately sows distrust in the relationships between Bo and those closest to her, just as Bo must prepare for and go through an evolutionary Fae rite of passage that forces her to explore her past and future. Danger escalates when a human scientist convinces a despondent Lauren to join him in conducting scientific research in his private laboratory – all the while deceptively concealing his intent to harness Fae genetics for himself with the use of her expertise. The third season culminates with Bo being engulfed by black smoke and disappearing into thin air, presumably whisked away by her mysterious and powerful biological father (who may be "The Wanderer" that recurred throughout the season's story arc).

Season 4 (2013–14)

While Kenzi, Hale, and Dyson, are all living their lives, Bo is nowhere to be found. It's later realized that they simply forgot Bo, as someone was forcing them to. Massimo has been giving Kenzi temporary powers to appear Fae. Bo finally awakens to find herself on a train, and later jumps off. A group of Fae called the "Una Mens" are introduced. When she arrives home, it is discovered that while Bo herself did not consciously choose a side, her blood has chosen Dark. Tamsin is found reborn, as a little girl, and grows up with Kenzi as her pseudo-mom. Massimo steals from Bo and Kenzi in an attempt to convince Kenzi to pay him, and Bo figures out that he is not Fae, but human. He also kidnaps Tamsin to acquire her Valkyrie hair, and after being defeated by Bo, chases after the hair into a pit of lava, where at that point he is presumed to be dead. Many of Trick's secrets and past actions are revealed, including a tie to a past life of Tamsin's, and the fact that he used his blood to "erase" someone from existence. Tamsin discovers that by not taking the soul of a man named Rainer to Valhalla, she is part of the reason "The Wanderer" was created. Bo is able to get back on the train, where she finally meets Rainer, and brings him back to the Dal. Hale and Kenzi admit their feelings for each other. Lauren, who has been working with the Dark, somehow turns the Morrigan human. Kenzi's mother is introduced, and Hale attempts to propose. Massimo returns, and protecting Kenzi, Hale is killed. Kenzi tries to get revenge, but is stopped by Vex, who mentions that he is Massimo's guardian. Evony is revealed to be Massimo's mother, and gave him to Vex years ago when he was a boy. Bo learns that not only is her father coming, but that to close the portal, she will need to give her heart. That is revealed to be Kenzi, who sacrifices herself. It ends with Bo visiting Kenzi's grave.

Season 5 (2014–15)

Cast and characters

The cast in August 2011 at Fan Expo Canada. From left: Rick Howland, Ksenia Solo, Anna Silk, Zoie Palmer, Kris Holden-Ried, and K. C. Collins. Lost Girl cast at Fan Expo.jpg
The cast in August 2011 at Fan Expo Canada. From left: Rick Howland, Ksenia Solo, Anna Silk, Zoie Palmer, Kris Holden-Ried, and K. C. Collins.

Main cast

Recurring cast

Development and production

On October 16, 2008, Canwest (Canwest Global Communications Corp.) announced that it had commissioned a pilot for Lost Girl from Prodigy Pictures. [33] The script was to be written by Michelle Lovretta, who had previously been a writer for the Canadian television series Mutant X . Principal photography was completed in February 2009. [34]

Canwest issued a press release on August 13, 2009, announcing that it had given the green-light for 13 episodes of Lost Girl to air on its specialty channel Showcase: "A drama loaded with mystery, romance and intrigue, Lost Girl focuses on the gorgeous and charismatic Bo – a Succubus with heart. While Succubi are inhuman women who seduce and feed off their human partner's sexual energy, Bo is not your average Succubus. Raised in secret by humans, Bo tries to survive in the human, modern world without giving in to her instinctive urge to kill. Refusing to embrace her supernatural clan and its strict regimes, Bo uses her feminine wiles – along with some help from her friends – to fight for the underdog. All the while, she is on a very personal mission to unlock the secrets of her origin and find her birth mother...Leading the Lost Girl cast is Anna Silk ( Billable Hours , Being Erica ) as Bo. The gang of monster misfits and human helpers includes Kristen Holden-Reid ( The Tudors ) as Dyson, an inhuman cop involved in a love/hate relationship with Bo – he absolutely hates how much he loves her. Two-time Gemini Award winner Ksenia Solo ( Renegadepress.com ) stars as Kenzie, Bo's street-smart and fiercely loyal human best friend. The cast also includes Rick Howland ( Bon Cop, Bad Cop ) as Trick, a friendly saloon keeper with something to hide...Lost Girl will also offer a cross platform experience to viewers. Production is currently underway on the development of an interactive website, graphic novel and downloadable video game." [35] [36]

Season 1

On April 6, 2010, Prodigy Pictures reported that principal photography had begun with production scheduled to wrap in June 2010: "Filming will take place at a West Toronto soundstage and on location in the vicinities of Toronto and Hamilton until June 25, 2010. The series is set to air on Showcase in the fall...Lost Girl follows supernatural seductress Bo (Anna Silk), a Succubus who feeds on the sexual energy of mortals...Bo's succubus nature tangles her in a sexy, romantic love-triangle with Dyson (Kris Holden-Reid), a shape-shifting Fae and homicide detective, and Lauren (Zoie Palmer), a human doctor who has found a way through science to help give Bo the sexual self-control she's been aching for. Navigating this complicated life with Bo is her human confidante and street-smart survivor, Kenzi (Ksenia Solo)...Writers include Michelle Lovretta; Peter Mohan; Jeremy Boxen; Emily Andras; and Pamela Pinch...A companion website for the series is being produced concurrently and will launch with the show to give viewers an unprecedented, interactive experience." [37] [38] The series was aimed for a Fall release date.

On June 22, 2010, Keyframe Digital Productions reported that they had been given the contract for visual effects on the first thirteen episodes of Lost Girl. [39] [40]

As part of the promotion of the series, an official site was opened at the beginning of August 2010 at www.lostgirlseries.com. It contained a short trailer for the series and a summary of information on the show and its characters. On August 20, 2010, "Lost Girl: The Interactive Motion Comic" [41] was released as a lead-in to the series. On the same date, a press release indicated that Lost Girl cast and crew would be making an appearance at Fan Expo Canada in Toronto on August 27–29, 2010, where they would be answering questions about the show and have promotional items available for audience members as well. [42]

Lost Girl premiered on Showcase on September 12, 2010. [43] [1] The show's debut became "the highest-rated Canadian scripted series premiere of all time on Showcase." [44]

The first-season episode "Vexed" (1.08) is the original pilot shown to Showcase to obtain the green-light for the series. [45] [46]

Season 2

Showcase renewed Lost Girl for a second season on November 12, 2010, announcing "record-breaking ratings" and the "number one scripted series for Adults 25–54 across all specialty channels" in Canada. [10] [47]

Production on thirteen episodes for Season 2 began on May 17, 2011, with filming taking place at a Toronto soundstage and at locations in and around the city until September 22, for a targeted Fall 2011 premiere. [48]

On May 18, 2011, Syfy (U.S.) announced that it had acquired 26 episodes (Season 1 and Season 2) of Lost Girl from Prodigy Pictures. [49]

Showcase announced in a July 7, 2011, press release that the Season 2 premiere [50] would be on September 4, 2011, and that an additional nine episodes had been ordered to make the season a total of 22 episodes. [51] The order for more episodes was made public two weeks before the first appearance of Lost Girl cast and producers at San Diego Comic-Con International. [11] [52]

Season 3

Naming Lost Girl its "highest rated drama series", Showcase announced the renewal for a third season on December 9, 2011, with production beginning in spring 2012. [53] [54]

The United States debut of Lost Girl on January 16, 2012, was announced by Syfy on December 12, 2011; [55] with the last episode of Season 1 (1.13) on April 9 followed by Season 2 (2.01) on April 16, 2012. [56]

Prodigy Pictures announced the start of principal photography on Season 3 on April 17, 2012, with the season premiere slated for fall 2012. [57]

On July 12, 2012, Showcase declared via Twitter that Season 3 would premiere in winter 2013 (i.e. early 2013). [58]

Syfy confirmed the January 14, 2013, U.S. premiere of Season 3 in a general press release on November 12, 2012. [59] The following day (November 13), Showcase announced the Canadian premiere date of January 6, 2013. [60]

Season 4

Midway through Season 3, Showcase announced the renewal of Lost Girl for a fourth season on February 28, 2013, citing consistent delivery of "stellar ratings" and a "cornerstone series" for the network. [13] Later on the same day, Syfy announced it had renewed Lost Girl for a fourth season containing thirteen episodes, and premiering in 2014. [61]

On May 31, 2013, Prodigy Pictures and Showcase announced that filming had begun on thirteen episodes for Season 4, with an expected premiere in Fall 2013; [62] followed with a start of production announcement by Syfy on June 4, 2013. [63]

Showcase announced its 2013 Fall schedule on July 11, 2013, with Season 4 premiering on November 10, 2013, and its Sunday night broadcast changing from a 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. time slot. [64]

As a lead-in to the premiere of Season 4, Showcase announced the streaming of a four-part original "webisodes" series on its Lost Girl website, with the first episode released on October 13, 2013. [65]

On November 22, 2013, Syfy announced the January 13, 2014, premiere of Season 4, with the show's Monday broadcast schedule changed from 10 p.m. to 8 p.m. [66]

Syfy announced on Twitter on January 23, 2014, that the series' broadcast was returning to 10 p.m. effective January 27, 2014 (episode "Lovers. Apart."). [67]

Season 5

Showcase and Shaw Media announced the renewal for a fifth season of Lost Girl on February 27, 2014. Vanessa Piazza, who joined Prodigy Pictures Inc. in 2009 as a producer, was elevated to the position of executive producer on the show. Michael Grassi, who became a writer and consulting producer for the series in its fourth season, moved into the position of showrunner and executive producer for Season 5. [14] [68]

On April 9, 2014, Prodigy Pictures and Showcase announced the start of production on 13 episodes, with filming taking place in and around Toronto, and Season 5 premiering in Fall 2014. [69] [70]

On August 25, 2014, Showcase and Anna Silk announced that Season 5 would be the series' last. [71] The original 13-episode season was extended to 16 episodes and divided into Part 1 and Part 2, consisting of eight episodes each. [72] Part 1 of the fifth season premiered on December 7, 2014. [15] Part 2 (episodes 5.09-5.16) was scheduled for Fall 2015. [73] [2] On June 1, 2015, Showcase announced the airing of the final eight episodes starting on September 6. [74]

On March 3, 2015, Syfy announced the United States premiere of Season 5 on April 17, 2015, at 10 p.m., with the show's broadcast day changed to Friday. [75] Syfy changed the time slot to Thursday at 10 p.m. starting with episode "Clear Eyes, Fae Hearts". After the broadcast of the mid-season finale episode "End of Faes" on June 4, Syfy announced in a preview of Part 2 that Lost Girl would return in 2016.

In a pre-linear promotion of anticipated series, Showcase released the first episode of Part 2, "44 Minutes to Save the World", online on August 21, in advance of the broadcast premiere on September 6, 2015. It was made available for viewing on its website and on multi digital platforms. [76]

Creator

In a 2011 interview for The Watercooler, Michelle Lovretta described her reaction to being asked to create Lost Girl:

When Prodigy (our studio) asked me to create a show about some kind of bisexual superhero who uses sex as part of her arsenal, my first thought was "hell, yes!"...The challenge was to create a fun, sex-positive world that celebrates provocative cheesecake for everyone, without falling into base stereotypes or misogynistic (or misandristic) exploitation along the way...Bo has lots of sex, with men, women, humans, Fae, threesomes... and she's still our hero, still a good person worthy (and capable) of love, and that's a rare portrayal of female sexuality...It's also rare to have a female lead who is so honestly sexual, without judgment...I think the single element I will remain proudest of is just that we've been able to create and put out into the world a sex positive universe where a person's sexual orientation is unapologetically present and yet neither defines them as a character, nor the show as a whole...I felt it was crucial to also demonstrate that sex and romance aren't the only ways that Bo measures a relationship's worth, to give the show balance...Fans may have noticed that Kenzi clarified her hetero orientation at the end of ep 101...That line was necessary because...I was determined to protect their platonic-yet-epic BFF-ness, so I made sure it was written in as canon. Partly, this was to debunk the gay-panic cliche that bisexual people sexualize everyone, and are incapable of platonic friendship. But there was another, simpler and more personal reason: I think friendship is the fifth element...So, hidden in amongst all the romance and cleavage and threesomes, the Lost Girl Bo and Kenzi relationship is my own little love poem to all the BFFs out there who do it right. [7]

Showrunner

Series creator Michelle Lovretta [77] [78] teamed with industry veteran Peter Mohan [79] to co-showrun Season 1. Lovretta and Mohan left (on good terms) after the first season to pursue other opportunities, and the Season 2 showrunner role was split between Lost Girl writer Jeremy Boxen [80] and another industry veteran, Grant Rosenberg. [81]

Emily Andras, [82] who had been involved with the series as a writer and consulting producer since Season 1, became showrunner effective Season 3. In an interview for The Huffington Post after the announcement by Syfy that it had renewed the show for a third season, Andras described what direction she would like to see Lost Girl go in the future:

Into a world where a bisexual protagonist is non-news. I'm so proud of the comedic ambitions of Lost Girl, that it's dedicated genre [fare] that doesn't take itself too seriously, but I also love exploring the shades of gray; the moral ambiguity of characters who may live forever and their relationships with mortals who will not. [83]

In a December 2012 interview with the Writers Guild of Canada, Andras detailed the flow of the Lost Girl showrunner title, [84] followed with a second interview in the guild's magazine, Canadian Screenwriter. [85] In an interview with SpoilerTV, she addressed the fervor of the show's fandom. [86] On March 10, 2013, after the Showcase broadcast of Fae-ge Against The Machine, Emily Andras participated in a special live question and answer session on Doccubus.com [87] with fans of the show and of Bo & Lauren. In the Q&A, Andras also discussed the selection of Zoie Palmer for the role of Dr. Lauren Lewis, the theme of death, and the love triangle between "the wolf" and "the doctor". [88] [89] [90] Starting with the premiere episode of Season 4, In Memoriam, Andras held a series of exclusive post-episode weekly interviews with The Loop (TV Guide.CA). [91] She discussed the process of writing Lost Girl and her involvement with the series in an interview with the popular podcast fan site, Drinks at The Dal. [92]

Michael Grassi, [93] who joined the show as a writer and consulting producer for the fourth season, succeeded Emily Andras as showrunner for Season 5. (Andras moved into the position of executive consulting producer on the series.)

Filming locations

Most of the interior settings were filmed at Revival 629 Studio located at 629 Eastern Ave, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  1. The exterior of Bo and Kenzi's home, known as "The Clubhouse", is located at 154 Villiers St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  2. The "Glass Factory" from episode one is the Essroc Toronto Terminal cement silo located at 304 Cherry St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  3. The exterior of the "Carpe Noctem" club is located at 507 King St E, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  4. The original location of "The Dal Riata" bar was the second floor of Slainte Irish Pub at 33 Bowen St., Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The location was later recreated on a sound stage at Revival Studios. The Slainte is currently closed.
  5. The exterior of Tyson and Hale's police station, the "39th Division", is The Hamilton Go Centre at 36 Hunter St. E, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
  6. The "Light Fae Headquarters" for Lauren and The Ash is the Pigott Building at 36 James Street South, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
  7. The "Queensdale Country Club" is a private residence located at 255 Inglewood Drive, Port Credit, Ontario, Canada.

Sexuality

The sexuality presented in Lost Girl is an important element of the show's narrative. The lead character, Bo, is a bisexual succubus [7] that survives, thrives, and heals by feeding on the chi (life force) of male and female humans, and Fae — either by drawing it out through their mouths, or by absorbing the energy created from sexual contact with them. Casual sex is intrinsic and depictions of sexual encounters have also included threesomes. [94] [95]

Throughout the series, Bo has two primary romantic relationships: Dyson, a heterosexual shapeshifter Light Fae that transforms from wolf to human-like form; and Lauren, a lesbian human doctor and medical researcher who is a pledged servant of the leader of the Light clan. The relationships of Bo with Dyson and Bo with Lauren is referred to as the "Love Triangle". [96] The portrayal of on-screen sex scenes between Bo and each of them are equal in status, value, and lust.

As a succubus, however, Bo is unable to prevent the fundamental requirements of her nature from hindering emotional want. In Season 3, Bo asked Lauren to join her in a physically monogamous relationship, but her feeding needs ultimately made it unsustainable.

Other main characters in Lost Girl are heterosexual (Kenzi, Trick, Hale), while the sexual range of recurring characters varies. For example, the leader of the Dark Fae clan, The Morrigan, was seduced by Bo in Season 2, and Lauren in Season 4; the Dark mesmer, Vex, was shown initially as a BDSM submissive with a dominatrix and the first explicitly sexual disclosure about him was in a bisexual fantasy in Season 5. The Dark valkyrie, Tamsin, seduced Dyson in Season 4; and in Season 5 offered Bo her random one-night stand male after she had sex with him, followed by her commencing a sexual affair with Bo.

In the Lost Girl universe, sexuality is a natural, judgement-free affirmation of life. The sex-positive series has been praised by critics and fans for its seamless portrayal of amorous desire and groundbreaking representation of bisexuality — and for not labeling sexual orientations shown in episodes as straight, bisexual, lesbian, or gay.

In an interview with GayCalgary Magazine, Rachel Skarsten expressed what distinguished Lost Girl in its treatment of romantic relations:

One of the things we pride ourselves in with Lost Girl is, it's not about this heterosexual couple, this homosexual couple – it's just about the relationship; about two people who love each other, and I think that is one of the things that makes our show really special. [97]

A character's sexual identity in Lost Girl is precisely what audiences see without needing explanations in the storyline. [98] [99]

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1 13September 12, 2010 (2010-09-12)December 12, 2010 (2010-12-12)
2 22September 4, 2011 (2011-09-04)April 1, 2012 (2012-04-01)
3 13January 6, 2013 (2013-01-06)April 14, 2013 (2013-04-14)
4 13November 10, 2013 (2013-11-10)February 16, 2014 (2014-02-16)
5 168December 7, 2014 (2014-12-07)January 25, 2015 (2015-01-25)
8September 6, 2015 (2015-09-06)October 25, 2015 (2015-10-25)

Broadcast

The series premiered in Australia on July 14, 2011, on Sci Fi, [17] with Season 2 returning on February 23, 2012, [100] and Season 3 on SF (formerly Sci Fi) on January 10, 2013. [101] After SF ceased operations in December 2013, Lost Girl was left without a premiere network in Australia. Free-to-air network SBS2 thereafter acquired the rights to Seasons 1-3 of the series. [102] [103] Season 1 aired on October 1, 2013; [104] Season 2 on September 29, 2014. [105] [106] (Season 3 has not aired as of this writing.) In 2015, Stan, a new streaming service, offered Season 4 in its entirety at its launch on January 25, 2015, [107] [108] and later premiered the first half of Season 5 on February 28, 2015, [109] and the second half of Season 5 on September 7, 2015. [110]

In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the series premiered on Syfy (UK) on September 1, 2011, [18] [111] and returned for Season 2 on January 12, 2012, [112] followed by Season 3 on April 23, 2013, [113] and Season 4 on January 16, 2014. [114] Due to a drop in ratings, the series was moved from 10 p.m. to 9 p.m. effective February 5, 2014. [115]

The series premiered on Syfy in the United States on January 16, 2012, [116] after Syfy purchased the rights to Seasons 1 and 2 from Prodigy Pictures on May 18, 2011. [49] Syfy aired both seasons back-to-back, with Season 1 ending on April 9, 2012 and Season 2 starting on April 16, 2012. [56] Season 3 premiered on January 14, 2013. [117] Season 4 premiered on January 13, 2014, with the time slot changed from its normal 10 p.m. schedule to 8 p.m., [66] but returned to 10 p.m. on January 27, 2014, with "Lovers. Apart.". [67]

Broadcast special

The finale of Season 2 on April 1, 2012, was preceded by the Showcase special, Lost Girl Finale Pre-Show. Filmed on the series' "Dal Riata" set, the live audience one-hour program hosted by Lost Girl writer Steve Cochrane featured behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried, Ksenia Solo, Zoie Palmer, Rick Howland, K.C. Collins, Paul Amos, and executive producer Jay Firestone. [118] [119]

Lost Girl ConFAEdential, a special roundtable discussion about the previous two seasons and characters, aired on Showcase before the premiere of Season 3 on January 6, 2013. Moderated by Jay Firestone, Executive Producer of Lost Girl, it featured (in order of introduction): Rick Howland ("Trick"), Zoie Palmer ("Dr. Lauren Lewis"), Anna Silk ("Bo"), Kris Holden-Ried ("Dyson"), Ksenia Solo ("Kenzi"), and K.C. Collins ("Hale"). [120] [121]

The premiere of Season 4 was preceded by Lost Girl: An Evening at the Clubhouse, a one-hour special featuring cast-on-cast interviews, webisode footage and a sneak peek. During the pre-show, cast reflected on both the past and upcoming seasons, revealed behind-the-scenes stories, and responded to fan questions. [122]

Webisodes

A series of four webisodes streamed on the Showcase website were created as a promotional lead-in to the premiere of Season 4 in Canada, with the first installment released on October 13, 2013. [65]

Home media and digital distribution

On October 12, 2011, Prodigy Pictures and Showcase announced on the show's official Facebook page that episodes of Lost Girl had become available for purchase and download from iTunes Canada. [123] Episodes later became available for purchase on iTunes U.S. HD and SD (Standard-definition) episodes of all seasons also became available for either streaming or purchase from Amazon Video.

In Canada (Region 1), Entertainment One, Ltd. released the DVD of Season 1 on April 24, 2012. [124] On November 13, 2012, Berkshire Axis Media released Season 2 in Canada on DVD and Blu-ray. [125] Effective Season 3, the release of the DVD and Blu-ray in Canada was the same Region 1 discs released in the United States by Giant Ape Media, a subsidiary company of Funimation.

In Australia (Region 4), Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released Season 1 on DVD on November 23, 2011; [126] Season 2 on September 19, 2013; [127] and Season 3 on December 5, 2013. [128]

In the United States (Region 1), Giant Ape Media (Funimation SC) released the uncut episodes "not seen on Syfy" on DVD and Blu-ray with Season 1 on October 23, 2012, followed by Season 2 on November 13, 2012. [129] [130] The DVD and Blu-ray of Season 3 was released by Giant Ape Media in Region 1 (Canada and U.S.) on November 19, 2013. The Season 4 DVD and Blu-ray for Region 1 (Canada and U.S.) was released by Giant Ape Media on June 24, 2014. [131]

In the United Kingdom and Ireland (Region 2), Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released Season 1 on DVD on February 25, 2013; Season 2 on September 9, 2013; Season 3 on March 3, 2014; and Season 4 on May 19, 2014. [132]

Other media

As a promotional lead-in to the show's premiere, Lost Girl: The Interactive Motion Comic, a series of six motion comics, was released on Showcase's official Lost Girl website. The first chapter streamed on August 20, 2010. Around the time of the release of Chapter 5, the individual chapters were all made available for downloading as well as viewing on the website. File formats included M4V, MP4 and WMV files. The motion comics provided a story-telling medium that introduced Bo and some characters from the show, and gave additional insight into the supernatural world of Lost Girl. [133] [134]

To promote the show's United States premiere on Syfy in January 2012, a limited edition comic book, Lost Girl: Prologue, was distributed during the Lost Girl panel on July 22, 2011, at San Diego Comic-Con 2011. [135]

On April 14, 2013, Showcase released Lost Girl: The Game, a free interactive mobile game app for iOS and Android devices. [136] The release of the game coincided with the Season 3 finale. Syfy launched the game on April 22, 2013, to correspond with the conclusion of the season in the United States. [137]

Social media

On January 6, 2013, Showcase and Prodigy Pictures held the first Lost Girl live tweeting event during the broadcasts of the Lost Girl ConFAEdential pre-show special and the Season 3 premiere on Showcase, with Anna Silk, Ksenia Solo, Zoie Palmer, Rick Howland, and K.C. Collins. [138] [139]

The live tweeting event was repeated on January 14, 2013, during the U.S. premiere of Season 3 on Syfy, with Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried, Ksenia Solo, Zoie Palmer, Rick Howland, K.C. Collins, and Paul Amos. [140] [141]

As of July 31,2014, Lost Girl's Facebook page had 370,310 likes [142] and its official Twitter had 66,000 followers, [143] giving the series a large social media presence.

Reception

Ratings for the 9 p.m. series premiere on September 12, 2010, was over "400,000 viewers (2+)" and "another 184,000 (2+)" for the episode rerun at 10:40 p.m., making Lost Girl the "highest-rated Canadian scripted series premiere of all time on Showcase." [44]

In Canada, Rob Salem of the Toronto Star described the show as one that "definitely bears watching". [144] Vladislav Tinchev, writer for the German site Serienjunkies wrote that the series would benefit from "revealing more background information about the represented world," rather than spend time on "clumsy action scenes". But Tinchev pointed out that "Lost Girl is not lost at all, and has immediately won the audience and entertains them well. And there is nothing wrong with that, because TV series need not be world-shaking events." [145]

In anticipation of its United States premiere, Brian Lowry of Variety wrote: "At first glance, Lost Girl looks like another one of those Canadian imports picked up mostly for financial reasons. The pilot, however, proves unexpectedly fun—a sort of diluted version of True Blood ... but the show has wit, style and an enticing lead in the leather-clad Anna Silk." [146] Writing for The New York Times , Mike Hale said: "Like other fantasy-tinged shows on Syfy and USA, it offers the minor pleasures of formulaic fantasy and weekly puzzle solving, though in a cheaper-looking and less original package than usual...." [147] In a post-premiere review for The Huffington Post , Mauren Ryan wrote: "No one can say there's been a dearth of genre-tinged programs on television in recent years. The vampire boom of the mid-aughts was followed by the zombie bonanza of the last couple of years; all in all, we're awash in various undead and otherworldly creatures...But one of the reasons Lost Girl has made such a big impression on me...is because the Syfy show does what so many genre programs fail to do these days: It has fun with its premise...But don't expect Lost Girl to be perfect: Bo's universe can seem constricted at times, the weekly clients and monsters aren't always interesting and occasionally the storytelling has abrupt moments. But my occasional complaints have been overwhelmed by my growing appreciation of what creator Michelle Lovretta has done with this light drama: She's created a Hero's Journey with a self-confident woman — a succubus, no less — at the center of it...Lovretta has done something subversively impressive with Lost Girl. She's built a whole show around the idea of a woman who is learning just how much she can or should take from others, and how much she can rely on herself." [148]

The relationship between Bo and Lauren became popularly referred to as "Doccubus" after fans of the couple combined "Doctor" Lauren Lewis with Bo's "Succubus" species (i.e. Doc+cubus) to create the alias. [149] The term was used with the show's publicity [150] and by entertainment media and bloggers when referring to the pairing. [151]

Episodes broadcast by Syfy in the United States have :90 seconds cut from their original 44:00 minutes to allow more time for commercial advertisements. [21] In Season 2, the decision to edit an emotive scene between Bo and Lauren from "Scream a Little Dream" created controversy among LGBT fans of the show, resulting in the network being accused of insensitivity and censorship. Lost Girl producers responded to the backlash by issuing a public statement on the show's Facebook page [152] explaining that the edits were done in-house, and not by Syfy, for "timing and not content." As noted by Dorothy Snarker writing for AfterEllen : "With so little representation of gay relationships on TV, every little touch matters." [153] [154] After this experience, beginning with Season 3, the original opening title sequence accompanied by the Lost Girl Theme song was replaced with opening credits superimposed over footage of the first scene, sparing :30 seconds from being cut from the episodes for Syfy (U.S.).

In a 2012 report by TiVo of television programs watched at bedtime, Lost Girl was rated one of the top ten, most watched shows. [155]

In a Slate magazine 2012 year-end list of 15 favorite television shows that are a pleasure to watch, Lost Girl (on Syfy) was named "Number 1" on the list, and hailed as "Sexy, snarky, and Canadian." [156]

"Bo and Lauren" was chosen Top TV Couple of 2013 by E! Online (E! Entertainment Television), with its competition in the annual popularity contest compared to a "David versus Goliath". [157] [158]

On February 14, 2013, a CNN (Cable News Network) segment of its 35 favorite television couples, past and present, named "Bo and Lauren" couple "Number 9" in the list. [159] [160]

"Lauren Lewis" was chosen "Number 1" by AfterEllen in its November 2013 survey of The Top 25 Lesbian/Bi Characters on TV (Right Now). [161] "Bo" was named "Number 7" in the list.

In an exclusive selection of the best Canadian television shows of 2013, Lost Girl was rated "Number 6" by some of Canada's top critics and television editors in Canada's Best in Show by TV Guide (Canada). [162]

HuffPost Canada TV ranked Lost Girl as the "Number 4" television show in its Best Canadian TV Of 2013. [163]

In the annual AfterEllen Visibility Awards, Lost Girl, Lauren Lewis, and Zoie Palmer won the categories in which they were candidates for year 2013. [164]

At the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards, Lost Girl won the Fan Choice Award for Favourite Canadian Show and Zoie Palmer won the Fan Choice Award for Favourite Canadian Screen Star. [165] In 2015, Anna Silk received the Fan Choice Award for Favourite Canadian Screen Star by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. [166]

"Bo Dennis" was named "Number 92" in the list of the top 100 Best Sci-Fi Characters of All Time by the British Film Institute. [167]

Awards and nominations

Canadian Screen Awards

YearCategoryNomineeResultRef
2013Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Fiction Program or SeriesIan Brock (for "Something Wicked This Fae Comes")Nominated [168]
2013Best Writing in a Dramatic SeriesEmily Andras (for "Into the Dark")Nominated [168]
2013Best Achievement in CastingLisa Parasyn (for "Barometz. Trick. Pressure.")Nominated [168]
2013Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or SeriesKsenia Solo (for "The Girl Who Fae'd With Fire", "Truth and Consequences")Nominated [168]
2015Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or SeriesCraig Wright (for "In Memoriam")Nominated [169]
2015Best Achievement in CastingLisa Parasyn, John Comerford (for "In Memoriam")Nominated [169]
2015Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or SeriesPaul Amos (for "In Memoriam", "Origin")Nominated [169]

Directors Guild of Canada

YearCategoryNomineeResultRef
2011Production Design – Television SeriesIan Brock (for "Vexed")Nominated [170]
2011Sound Editing – Television SeriesAlex Bullick, James Robb, Tom Bjelic and John Laing (for "Dead Lucky")Nominated [170]
2014Best Sound Editing – Television SeriesTom Bjelic, Emile Boucek, Katrijn Halliday, John Laing and James Robb (for "Waves")Nominated [171]

Gemini Awards

(Incorporated into Canadian Screen Awards as of 2013)

YearCategoryNomineeResultRef
2011Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic SeriesKsenia SoloWon [172]
2011Best Cross-Platform Project – FictionZandro Chan, Jay Firestone, Lui Francisco, Tigh WalkerNominated [172]
2011Best Writing in a Dramatic SeriesMichelle LovrettaNominated [172]
2011Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or SeriesDavid Greene cscNominated [172]
2011Best Achievement in CastingJon Comerford, Lisa ParasynNominated [172]

Leo Awards

YearCategoryNomineeResultRef
2013Best Direction in a Dramatic SeriesDavid Winning (for "Midnight Lamp")Nominated [170]

WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival

YearCategoryNomineeResultRef
2012Television and Cable Production – Directing – TelevisionDavid Winning [173] Won [170]

Contests

YearCategoryNomineeResultRef
2011Best of TV Awards 2011 – Best CoupleBo and Dr. Lauren LewisWon [174]
2012Favorite TV DramaLost GirlWon [175] [176]
2012Favorite TV ActressAnna SilkWon [175] [177]
2013Top TV Couple of 2013Bo and LaurenWon [157]
2013Girl on Top 2013 (Favorite TV Leading Ladies)Zoie PalmerWon [178]
20132013 Golden Remote Awards – Best CoupleBo and Lauren, Lost GirlWon [179]
2013Favorite TV DramaLost GirlWon [164]
2013Favorite TV ActressZoie PalmerWon [164]
2013Best TweeterZoie PalmerWon [164]
2013Best of TV Awards 2013 – Best CoupleDr. Lauren Lewis & Bo "Lost Girl"Won [180]
2013Best of TV Awards 2013 – Best Sci-Fi or Fantasy ActressZoie Palmer "Lost Girl"Won [181]
2014Canadian Screen Awards – Fan Choice Award for Favourite Canadian ShowLost GirlWon [165]
2014Canadian Screen Awards – Fan Choice Award for Favourite Canadian Screen StarZoie PalmerWon [165]
2015Canadian Screen Awards – Fan Choice Award for Favourite Canadian Screen StarAnna SilkWon [166] [182]

Visibility

YearCategoryNomineeResultRef
2012Hottest Hookup in Film/TVBo and Lauren (Lost Girl)Won [175] [183]
2012Favorite Fictional Lesbian CoupleBo and Lauren (Lost Girl)Won [175] [184]
2013Best Lesbian/Bi Character EverLauren Lewis (Lost Girl) [185] Won [186]
2013Favorite Lesbian/Bi CharacterLauren Lewis, Lost GirlWon [164]
2013Favorite Fictional Lesbian CoupleBo and Lauren, Lost GirlWon [164]
2013Hottest Hookup in Film/TVLauren and Bo, Lost GirlWon [164]
2015Best TV CoupleBo and Lauren (Doccubus)Won [187]

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