The N Greenlights Second Season of Hit Teen Drama 'South of Nowhere'
The Nighttime Network for Teens Commences Production on 13 New Episodes From
Creator Tom Lynch
Hit Series Nominated For GLAAD Media Award For Outstanding Drama Series
NEW YORK, Jan. 31 -- The N, the nighttime network for teens,
has ordered a second season of the original half-hour dramatic series, South
of Nowhere, which debuted to widespread critical acclaim and viewer
fascination this past November. Production of 13 new episodes will begin in
late spring and the new season will premiere in October of 2006 on The N. The
remainder of season one will continue to air on Friday nights at 8:30 p.m.
(ET) through the finale on February 3.
"Our teen audience immediately recognized South of Nowhere as an
authentic, contemporary series that speaks to the real issues they face in
their lives today," said Tom Ascheim, General Manager, The N. "Season two
will continue to deliver on that promise."
South of Nowhere, which is both set and shot in Los Angeles, is created
and executive produced by producer Tom Lynch (himself a Los Angeles native),
who continues to revolutionize TV programming for teens with such other recent
contemporary fare as Caitlin's Way, Romeo! and Scout's Safari.
"I applaud The N for having the integrity to air this show," said Lynch.
"The N really embodies authentic TV for teens -- their issues and their angst,
their language, their humor. That's certainly what South of Nowhere is about,
and I think that's why The N's viewers embraced this show with such fervor."
South of Nowhere, which was recently nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for
Outstanding Drama Series, is a fictional story about a contemporary American
family and their multi-faceted journey of self-discovery. The series
chronicles the five members of the Carlin family as they try to define
themselves and make sense of their lives while they undergo a huge transition
-- moving from a small town in Ohio to the big city of Los Angeles. In the
first season, the Carlins find they are unprepared for the fast-paced,
metropolitan environment and the overcrowded, "anything goes" L.A. public
school the family's three teenagers attend. The family is at the heart of the
series and while their characters are unique, they reflect many American
families today -- bound by their evolving identity and their close
Season two will continue to delve into the family and teen issues explored
in the first season: identity, self-discovery, sexual identity, racial
identity, family, faith, parental expectations and peer pressure, among
others. The new episodes will continue to tell complex stories about real
issues in real people's lives. Viewers will follow the Carlin family as they
pick up the pieces of their lives and trying to keep their family together.
Teens will see how identity can change within a family, and how the family
dynamic must change to accommodate it.
Tom Lynch, founder and president of The Tom Lynch Company, began his
career as a rock-n-roll producer on Don Kirschner's Rock Concert and as
creator-writer-producer of Night Tracks. With an extensive roster of
television hits to his credit-including Caitlin's Way, Just Deal, Skate,
Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension, and the Emmy-nominated Scout's
Safari, which was set and filmed on location in South Africa-Lynch recently
returned to musical roots with the hip-hop sitcom Romeo!, starring rap artist
Master P and his real-life son, Romeo, and the Untitled Andre 3000 project,
which debuts this fall.
Lynch and the company that bears his name continue to create
groundbreaking, uniquely fresh, innovative shows that resonate with audiences
around the world by "illuminating the magic of the human experience"-
celebrating all the drama, the humor, the kookiness and reality of human
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authentic voice for teens and help them figure out their lives with relevant,
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