The Baby (TV series)

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The Baby
The Baby promotinal poster.jpg
Promotional poster
GenreHorror comedy
Created by
  • Lucy Gaymer
  • Siân Robins-Grace
Starring
ComposerLucrecia Dalt
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producers
ProducerLucy Gaymer
Production locationUnited Kingdom
Cinematography
  • Kate Reid
  • Ben Wheeler
  • Diana Olifirova
Editors
  • Gary Dollner
  • Mike Holliday
  • Adam Biskupski
  • Jo Walker
Running time23–34 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original networkHBO
Original release24 April (2022-04-24) –
12 June 2022 (2022-06-12)

The Baby is a British horror comedy limited series created by Lucy Gaymer and Siân Robins-Grace that premiered on HBO on 24 April 2022. The series consists of eight episodes.

Premise

When 38-year-old Natasha is unexpectedly landed with a baby, her life of doing what she wants, when she wants, dramatically implodes. Stinky, controlling, manipulative and with violent powers, the baby twists Natasha's life into a horror show. Where does it come from? What does it want? And what lengths will Natasha have to go to in order to get her life back? She doesn't want a baby. The baby wants her.[1]

Cast and characters

Main

  • Michelle de Swarte as Natasha Willams: A 38-year-old who has never made long-term plans and is unexpectedly landed with a baby.
  • Amira Ghazalla as Mrs. Eaves/Nour: The 73-year-old "Enigma" who has spent 50 years living in her car.
  • Amber Grappy as Bobbi Willams: Natasha's younger Sister, who wants nothing more than to be a parent.
  • Albie Hills and Arthur Hills as ‘The Baby’ that turns Natasha's world upside down.

Recurring

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.K. viewers
(millions)
1"The Arrival"Nicole KassellSiân Robins-Grace7 July 2022 (2022-07-07)0.116[2]
2"The Seduction"Stacey GreggSiân Robins-Grace14 July 2022 (2022-07-14)0.130[3]
3"The Bulldozer"Stacey GreggSophie Goodhart21 July 2022 (2022-07-21)0.170[4]
4"The Mother"Faraz ShariatSusan Soon He Stanton28 July 2022 (2022-07-28)0.132[5]
5"The Baby"Faraz ShariatKara Smith4 August 2022 (2022-08-04)0.115[6]
6"The Rage"Faraz ShariatAnchuli Felicia King11 August 2022 (2022-08-11)0.091[7]
7"The Curse"Ella JonesSiân Robins-Grace and Sophie Goodhart18 August 2022 (2022-08-18)0.087[8]
8"The Possession"Ella JonesSiân Robins-Grace and Anchuli Felicia King25 August 2022 (2022-08-25)0.093[9]

Production

Development

In August 2020, it was announced HBO had given a series order to The Baby.[10] Robins-Grace, Jane Featherstone, Carolyn Strauss, and Naomi de Pear were confirmed as executive producers with Lucy Gaymer producing.[1][10] The Baby is produced by HBO, Sky Atlantic, Sister Pictures, and Gaymer's Proverbial Pictures. Nicole Kassell joined in December 2020 as a lead director and executive producer.[11] Stacey Gregg, Faraz Shariat and Elle Jones also serve as directors.[12]

Writing

Sophie Goodhart, Kara Smith, Anchuli Felicia King and Susan Stanton serve as writers on the series.[1][11] Bisha K. Ali serves as a consulting producer.[11][12]

Casting

In June 2021, Michelle de Swarte was cast as Natasha, while Amira Ghazalla was cast as Mrs. Eaves and Amber Grappy as Bobbi.[12] In February 2022, Patrice Naiambana, Sinéad Cusack, Shvorne Marks, Isy Suttie, Tanya Reynolds, Seyan Sarvan, Karl Davies, and Divian Ladwa joined the series.[13]

Filming

Filming began on 31 May 2021 in the United Kingdom.[14][12]

Music

Lucrecia Dalt serves as the series' composer. Pete Saville and Zoe Bryant are the music supervisors, and Ed Hamilton is the music editor.[15]

Release

The Baby premiered on HBO on 24 April 2022 and consist of eight episodes.[10][12][13]

Reception

Critical response

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an 82% approval rating with an average rating of 7/10, based on 22 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "The Baby's tone can be as wobbly as a rocking crib, but its audacious nature of comedy and horror deserves to be nurtured."[16] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 71 out of 100 based on 9 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[17]

Ratings

Viewership and ratings per episode of The Baby
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "The Arrival" 24 April 2022 0.02 0.116[2] TBD TBD TBD TBD
2 "The Seduction" 1 May 2022 0.02 0.130[3] TBD TBD TBD TBD
3 "The Bulldozer" 8 May 2022 0.04 0.170[4] TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 "The Mother" 15 May 2022 0.02 0.132[5] TBD TBD TBD TBD
5 "The Baby" 22 May 2022 0.01 0.115[6] TBD TBD TBD TBD
6 "The Rage" 29 May 2022 0.01 0.091[7] TBD TBD TBD TBD
7 "The Curse" 5 June 2022 0.01 0.087[8] TBD TBD TBD TBD
8 "The Possession" 12 June 2022 0.01 0.093[9] TBD TBD TBD TBD

References

  1. ^ a b c White, Peter (12 August 2020). "HBO & Sky Give Birth To Dark Horror Comedy 'The Baby' From Sister & Debut Screenwriter Siân Robins-Grace". Deadline. Retrieved 10 August 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (26 April 2022). "ShowBuzzDaily's Sunday 4.24.2022 Top 150 Cable Originals & Network Finals Updated". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 26 April 2022.
  3. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (3 May 2022). "ShowBuzzDaily's Sunday 5.1.2022 Top 150 Cable Originals & Network Finals Updated". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 3 May 2022.
  4. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (10 May 2022). "ShowBuzzDaily's Sunday 5.8.2022 Top 150 Cable Originals & Network Finals Updated". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 10 May 2022.
  5. ^ a b Salem, Mitch (17 May 2022). "ShowBuzzDaily's Sunday 5.15.2022 Top 150 Cable Originals & Network Finals Updated". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 17 May 2022.
  6. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (24 May 2022). "ShowBuzzDaily's Sunday 5.22.2022 Top 150 Cable Originals & Network Finals Updated". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 24 May 2022.
  7. ^ a b Salem, Mitch (1 June 2022). "ShowBuzzDaily's Sunday 5.29.2022 Top 150 Cable Originals & Network Finals Updated". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 1 June 2022.
  8. ^ a b Salem, Mitch (7 June 2022). "ShowBuzzDaily's Sunday 6.5.2022 Top 150 Cable Originals & Network Finals Updated". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 7 June 2022.
  9. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (14 June 2022). "ShowBuzzDaily's Sunday 6.12.2022 Top 150 Cable Originals & Network Finals Updated". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 14 June 2022.
  10. ^ a b c Otterson, Joe (12 August 2020). "HBO, Sky Order Horror Comedy Series 'The Baby'". Variety. Retrieved 10 August 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ a b c Kanter, Jake (9 December 2020). "Emmy-Winning 'Watchmen' Director Nicole Kassell To Helm HBO/Sky/Sister's Horror Comedy 'The Baby'; All-Female Writers Room Assembled". Deadline. Retrieved 10 August 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ a b c d e Petski, Denise (7 June 2021). "'The Baby': Michelle De Swarte To Star, Two More Cast In HBO/Sky Horror Comedy Series". Deadline. Retrieved 10 August 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ a b Petski, Denise (28 February 2022). "'The Baby': HBO/Sky Horror Comedy Gets Premiere Date, Teaser Trailer, First-Look Photos". Deadline. Retrieved 28 February 2022.
  14. ^ "The Baby - Production List". Production List. 29 March 2021. Archived from the original on 18 December 2021. Retrieved 18 December 2021.
  15. ^ Uitti, Jacob (18 April 2022). "HBO Composer, Music Editor, and Music Supervisors on How to Create Music for New Show 'The Baby'". American Songwriter. Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  16. ^ "The Baby: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  17. ^ "The Baby: Season 1". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved 12 June 2022.

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