or


[11/09/06 - 10:20 AM]
The N Announces the Commencement of Production on a New Original Drama the Best Years (Working Title) Produced by Blueprint Entertainment in Association with Canwest Mediaworks
The Best Years follows orphaned and full-ride scholar, Samantha Best (Charity Shea) as she starts her freshman year at the prestigious Charles University in Massachusetts.

[via press release from The N]

The N Announces the Commencement of Production on a New Original Drama The Best Years (Working Title) Produced by Blueprint Entertainment in Association With CanWest MediaWorks

Award-Winning Degrassi Writer Aaron Martin to Create / Executive Produce 13 Hour-Long Episodes Scheduled to Premiere in the US and Canada - Summer 2007

NEW YORK, Nov. 9 -- The N takes a collegiate step forward as the nighttime network for teens announces the commencement of production on 13 new, hour-long episodes of The Best Years (working title), it was announced today by Sarah Tomassi Lindman, Vice President, Programming and Production, The N. The new drama is produced by Blueprint Entertainment in association with Canada's CanWest MediaWorks. Production has begun in Toronto and will extend through March 2007.

The Best Years is created and executive produced by Aaron Martin who served as head writer and show runner of The N's famed teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation. Blueprint Entertainment's Noreen Halpern and John Morayniss will also serve as executive producers on The Best Years. The series is scheduled to premiere in the summer of 2007 on The N in the US and on CH Television in Canada.

"The Best Years will introduce our audience to the real-life drama of college life, including the excitement and pressures that come with new found independence," said Lindman. "Aaron Martin has a proven track record at writing compelling dramas like Degrassi and this show is sure to follow his past success."

"This is a dream cast, hand-picked from across Canada and the United States, playing 'bright young things' as they navigate the social wilderness of university life. Whether you're looking ahead to your college years, or looking back on them fondly ... The Best Years takes you from toga parties to all-nighters, and from freshman romances to finding that one person who just might be the love of your life," says creator / executive producer Aaron Martin.

"Aaron Martin has created a wonderfully smart, sexy and exciting series. Through the lead character, Samantha Best we are thrown into the first year of college and all of the wildness inherent in that," says Halpern. "By the end of the first episode, viewers will all wish they could hang out at this campus."

"Great writing, a stellar production team and top-notch talent make The Best Years a sparkling addition to our original programming roster," said Christine Shipton, Vice President of Original Programming for CanWest MediaWorks. "This edgy, young series will draw audiences in with storylines covering all of the drama, thrills and challenges of college life."

The Best Years follows orphaned and full-ride scholar, Samantha Best (Charity Shea, "Alpha Dog") as she starts her freshman year at the prestigious Charles University in Massachusetts. Samantha has been shuffled through the foster care system her entire life and is finally looking forward to a future of new opportunities and friendships. She'll have to contend with the in's and out's of college and mingle with a new world of 'frenemies' as she struggles to find her own identity. Along the way she will meet new roommate Kathryn Klarner, (Jennifer Miller) a rich socialite from one of the most prominent families in the mid-west, Dawn Vargas (Athena Karkanis) child actor who trades in Hollywood for university, and Devon Sylver, (Brandon Jay McLaren "She's The Man") a fellow scholarship recipient and star basketball player who has caught her eye. With her new dysfunctional family and a part-time job at Boston's hot spot, Colony, Samantha will find herself juggling a lot more than just academics.

Aaron Martin served as the head writer and show runner on The N's acclaimed teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation during its first four seasons and was the 2004 recipient of the Canadian Screenwriting Award for his work on the series. He was also nominated for a 2003 Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Children's or Youth Series and also in 2005 for Best Drama. He is a graduate of The Canadian Film Centre and Queen's University.

In addition to producing, Blueprint Entertainment controls distribution rights for the series in all territories outside the US.

Blueprint Entertainment is a television production company involved in the development, production, financing, packaging and exploitation of dynamic and innovative programming for the North American and International marketplace. Established in January of 2002, by its two principals, John Morayniss and Noreen Halpern, Blueprint Entertainment is a Canadian company with offices in Los Angeles and Toronto. Blueprint has an extensive development slate that encompasses a number of half-hour and one-hour prime- time and children's series, movies, and miniseries targeted at a mix of broadcast and cable/satellite networks based in the US, Canada and the international marketplace. http://www.blueprint-corp.com.

CanWest MediaWorks Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CanWest Global Communications Corp, (CanWest) (NYSE: CWG; TSX: CGS and CGS.A, http://www.canwestglobal.com). CanWest, an international media company, is Canada's largest media company. In addition to owning the Global Television Network, CanWest is Canada's largest publisher of daily newspapers, and also owns, operates and/or holds substantial interests in conventional television, out- of-home advertising, specialty cable channels and Web sites in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey, the United States and the United Kingdom.

The N, the nighttime network for teens, is a programming arm of MTV Networks and is currently available in 52 million households via cable, digital cable and satellite television. The N's mission is to be the authentic voice for teens and help them figure out their lives with relevant, topical programming on-air and online at the network's web site http://www.the-n.com. The N airs everyday from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. (ET). The N and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.

SOURCE The N
http://www.the-n.com http://www.nick.com http://www.canwestglobal.com http://www.blueprint-corp.com





  [november 2006]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
   


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)









[11/25/14 - 05:08 PM]
Remaining Episodes of "Selfie" Will Be Available Weekly Starting Today on Hulu with a Plus Subscription
The series previously aired Tuesday nights at 8:00/7:00c on ABC.

[11/25/14 - 01:52 PM]
Hallmark Channel's "Countdown to Christmas" Is the Most Watched Network Among Women 25-54 for 4th Consecutive Weekend
The Hallmark Channel spins the numbers for Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23.

[11/25/14 - 01:35 PM]
Video: Six New Videos for "Archer" Season Six
The electrifying new season of "Archer" premieres January 8 on FX.

[11/25/14 - 01:17 PM]
"Homeland" and "The Affair" Deliver Their Highest Rated Episodes and Total Nights of the Season
Showtime spins the numbers for Sunday, November 23.

[11/25/14 - 12:18 PM]
Video: "Real World: Skeletons" Trailer
The franchise's 30th installment rolls out on Tuesday, December 16 at 10:00/9:00c.

[11/25/14 - 11:55 AM]
Nickelodeon Tops Basic Cable with Kids and Total Viewers
Nickelodeon spins the numbers for the week of November 17-23.

[11/25/14 - 11:54 AM]
MTV to Air Two New Specials "True Life Presents: Crazy Young Love" on Tuesday, December 2nd at 10 PM ET/PT and "Growing Up Greek" on Wednesday, December 3rd at 11 PM ET/PT
The former docudrama special follows three couples as they document the highs and lows of being young and obsessively in love.

[11/25/14 - 11:33 AM]
"RuPaul's Drag Race" Cast to Be Announced Live On Air During Logo TV's 2014 "New Now Next Awards"
The shroud of secrecy surrounding the 14 elite drag performers who'll comprise the seventh season cast will be lifted via a series of OMFG interstitials interspersed throughout the "New Now Next" telecast on Sunday, December 7.

[11/25/14 - 11:19 AM]
The CW Gives "Hart of Dixie" Fans an Early Holiday Present
Look for the season premiere to now debut on Monday, December 15 at 8:00/7:00c.

[11/25/14 - 11:14 AM]
CMT Keeps the Party Going as 1.3 Million Viewers Tune in for Premieres of "Party Down South 2" and "Drunksgiving" Special
CMT spins the numbers for Wednesday, November 19 and Thursday, November 20.

[11/25/14 - 10:43 AM]
Adult Swim Ranks #1 Among Basic Cable Networks for Total Day Delivery of Adults 18-24 & 18-34 and Men 18-24
Turner spins the numbers for the week of November 17-23.

[11/25/14 - 10:37 AM]
Syfy Invites You Inside "The Bazillion Dollar Club"
The high-adrenaline, high-stakes docu-series immerses viewers in the brilliant and cut-throat world of today's forward thinking innovators.

[11/25/14 - 10:23 AM]
Video: WGN America Releases Spellbinding Teaser for Season Two of "Salem," Set to Return in April
In season two, the Grand Rite triggered at the end of last season is now underway and death is in the air.

[11/25/14 - 09:28 AM]
"60 Minutes" Makes the Top 10 for the Fifth Straight Week
CBS spins the numbers for Sunday, November 23.

[11/25/14 - 09:03 AM]
BBC America's Critically-Acclaimed Original Series "Orphan Black" Adds to Cast
Justin Chatwin and James Frain join the channel's hit original drama for its third season, which is currently in production and set to return in 2015.