|Total Drama Action|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|Television channel(s)|| Teletoon|
|Teletoon premiere||January 11, 2009|
|Cartoon Network premiere||June 11, 2009|
|Created by|| Tom McGillis|
|Developed by|| Fresh TV Inc.|
|Directed by|| Todd Kauffman|
|Preceded by||Total Drama Island|
|Succeeded by||Total Drama World Tour|
Total Drama Action is the second season of Total Drama.
This season's challenges are based off of movie genres, and the site where each challenge takes place is an abandoned film lot. The grand prize for this season is $1,000,000. Fifteen castmates compete for forty-two days for one grand prize. When eliminated, the loser has to take the Walk of Shame and enter the Lame-o-sine, which takes them to the Total Drama Aftermath studio. Here, they are interviewed by two hosts about their experiences on the show and how they feel about their current position.
After the events of Total Drama, Drama, Drama, Drama Island, in which all of season one's contestants attempted and failed to win the million dollars in a final challenge at Camp Wawanakwa, Chris recruits the closest lucky fourteen players, who all tied in that challenge to continue on to the second season, which takes place on an abandoned film lot in Toronto. For forty-two days, the cast is forced to compete in movie genre themed challenges for the one million dollar grand prize, faced with new challenges, surprises, and drama. Split into two new teams, the Killer Grips and the Screaming Gaffers, the contestants take part in various movie-genre-based challenges, where the winning teams gain immunity or rewards for their successes. The losing teams are forced to attend an award ceremony, where they vote on who will receive the Gilded Chris Award or immunity, and who will be forced to take the Walk of Shame to the Lame-o-sine, and be eliminated from the competition. The lucky cast member who outlasts their other castmates wins the highly anticipated $1,000,000.
Elimination is a common practice carried out throughout the entire Total Drama series. In Total Drama Action, the elimination ceremony generally happens after every other challenge. The team or players that haven't received immunity will vote off another contestant via electronic devices. The participant who receives the most votes leaves the competition.
|Voice Actor||Role||Episode count|
|Christian Potenza||Chris||27/27 episodes|
|Clé Bennett||Chef Hatchet||27/27 episodes|
|Sarah Gadon||Beth||27/27 episodes|
|Drew Nelson||Duncan||27/27 episodes|
|Brian Froud||Harold||25/27 episodes|
|Stephanie Anne Mills||Lindsay||24/27 episodes|
|Scott McCord||Owen||21/27 episodes|
|Emilie-Claire Barlow||Courtney||20/27 episodes|
|Adam Reid||Justin||20/27 episodes|
|Novie Edwards||Leshawna||20/27 episodes|
|Rachel Wilson||Heather||18/27 episodes|
|Katie Crown||Izzy||16/27 episodes|
|Clé Bennett||DJ||14/27 episodes|
|Megan Fahlenbock||Gwen||13/27 episodes|
|Scott McCord||Trent||12/27 episodes|
|Dan Petronijevic||Geoff||9/27 episodes|
|Kristin Fairlie||Bridgette||9/27 episodes|
- Ezekiel, Cody, Noah, Katie, Sadie, Tyler, and Eva all appeared in six episodes.
- Alejandro, Sierra, and Blaineley all appeared in one episode.
- Monster in Monster Cash.
- Alien in Alien Resurr-eggtion.
- Drama in Riot On Set.
- Beach in Beach Blanket Bogus.
- Western in 3:10 to Crazytown.
- Prison in The Chefshank Redemption.
- Hospital in One Flu Over the Cuckoos.
- Horror in The Sand Witch Project.
- Disaster in Masters of Disasters.
- War in Full Metal Drama.
- Bank heist in Ocean's Eight - Or Nine.
- Prehistoric in One Million Bucks, B.C..
- Sports in Million Dollar Babies.
- Spy in Dial M for Merger.
- Superhero in Super Hero-ld.
- Fairytale in The Princess Pride.
- Mystery in Get a Clue.
- Rock 'n' roll in Rock n' Rule.
- Kung fu in Crouching Courtney, Hidden Owen.
- Space in 2008: A Space Owen.
- Animal buddy in Top Dog.
- Pirate and miscellaneous (a combination of almost all of the past movie genres) in Mutiny on the Soundstage.
Total Drama Action EXTRA
The official Cartoon Network Total Drama Action site. It features videos, information about the contestants, games (see above), headlines, and exclusives, all on Total Drama Action recent stuff. Also, the Best. Game. Ever. challenge announcement changes weekly according to the previous episode of the season.
Best. Game. Ever.
An online game seen on Cartoon Network's official Total Drama Action site. It consists of RPG gameplay, where the player creates their own avatar and receives missions from Chris, which will change weekly, so it will relate to the last challenge done on the show. The player will be forming alliances, fighting beasts and obtaining money to buy more accessories for their avatar throughout the game.
The Big Picture
Another Cartoon Network game made on Total Drama Action. The main goal is to take high-quality pictures of the contestants, with as many castmates in them as possible while they run across film studios.
There are many more challenge prizes in Total Drama Action than in the previous season. Since this season has less contestants and the same number of episodes, a large number of challenges are reward and non-elimination ones.
Since there aren't any Region 1 and Region 2 DVD release of this season, Australia released Total Drama Action: Collection 1, in a Region 4 DVD on November 2, 2011. Total Drama Action: Collection 2 is released on July 4, 2012.
Total Drama Action has been released onto Netflix. This season has unedited dialog and full screen, 16:9 aspect ratio. It also includes all the episodes of the season.
- Unlike last season, the show had Total Drama Action Aftermath episodes, where the eliminated contestants talk about their time on the show, and what they have been up to since.
- Cody, Courtney (originally), Eva, Ezekiel, Katie, Noah, Sadie, and Tyler are the contestants who did not qualify for this season.
- However, Courtney would later debut in Ocean's Eight - Or Nine.
- Coincidentally, all three of the characters voiced by Peter Oldring did not compete. This is the first season in which none of the three compete.
- Counting Courtney's debut, this season featured four males not competing and three females not competing. This is the reverse of Total Drama World Tour, which featured four females and three males not competing.
- Beth, Duncan, Harold, Courtney, Lindsay, and Justin all made it farther than they did in Total Drama Island. However, Owen, Leshawna, Heather, Izzy, DJ, Gwen, Trent, Geoff, and Bridgette did not.
- All of the contestants that competed in the season who were eliminated before the merge in Total Drama Island (Justin, Beth, Harold, and Courtney), all made it past the merge in Total Drama Action. This was most likely to give them more character development and screen time that they did not get last season.
- This was the first season to ever feature a double elimination, and features two in total: Alien Resurr-eggtion and Top Dog.
- Due to the two double eliminations, this season never has an actual final 13 or final three.
- The two characters who returned after being previously eliminated in this season were Owen and Izzy.
- This marks the first (and currently only) time in the series that the two returning contestants were members of a couple.
- This also marks the first time that the two returning contestants are of the opposite gender; one male and one female.
- This was the only season in which there is no team swap between two contestants.
- This season is currently the only season where team captains were chosen by a challenge, and the captains got to choose the teams, rather than the producers making the decisions or by rankings in a challenge.
- This is also the only season in which the teams weren't formed in the first episode.
- This was the only season in which the main promotional picture was not a moment from an actual episode.
- Every contestant (except Eva) who made it to the merge in Total Drama Island made it into this season.
- This season, the contestants are referred to as cast members rather than campers.
- While a major part of the previous season was getting a romantic relationship started for most campers, this season focuses on keeping a relationship going, surviving hardships, and several major relationships breaking up.
- Noticeably, when a person in a couple is eliminated, the other person in the couple is eliminated next. Examples: Geoff and Bridgette (eliminated together), Trent and then Gwen, Izzy and then Owen.
- While Heather was the antagonist last season, this season's antagonist is Justin. Although by Ocean's Eight - Or Nine, Courtney has completely taken on the role as main antagonist, especially after Justin's elimination in The Princess Pride.
- Thus, this is also the first, currently the only, season to feature more than one main antagonist.
- In this season, two couples are forced to compete against each other, one from the Screaming Gophers (Gwen and Trent) and one from the Killer Bass (Courtney and Duncan). Coincidentally, both relationships were ended in the same episode that the contestant on the Killer Grips were eliminated in.
- The first five contestants were shown in the opening are the final five of Total Drama Action. In this case, they are Duncan, Harold, Courtney, Owen, and Beth.
- This was the first time that the final two features contestants from two different teams.
- This was the first, and currently the only, season in which a former Killer Bass member was in the final two.
- This was the only season that had no new couples established or revealed.
- As mentioned in Total Drama, Drama, Drama, Drama Island and Masters of Disasters, this season takes place two days after Total Drama Island.
- This is the only season in which no contestants ended up bald.
- This is the second season in a row where Owen makes it to the final three.
- This is the only season where all the contestants competing made it to the merge at least once.
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