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[04/08/14 - 11:43 AM]
CW Seed's "Backpackers" Becomes the Network's First Digital Series to Make Leap from Online to On-Air, With Brand New Episodes Set to Debut on The CW Television Network
The series will premiere with ten original half-hour episodes on The CW Network later this summer, with a date and time to be announced at a later date.

[via press release from The CW]

CW SEED'S "BACKPACKERS" BECOMES THE NETWORK'S FIRST DIGITAL SERIES TO MAKE LEAP FROM ONLINE TO ON-AIR, WITH BRAND NEW EPISODES SET TO DEBUT ON THE CW TELEVISION NETWORK

BACKPACKERS Will Premiere on The CW Network This Summer with 10 Original Half-Hour Episodes

"THE REAL BACKPACKERS" Digital Series to Launch in Summer on CW Seed

April 8, 2014 (Burbank, CA) - In a first for the network's digital studio, CW Seed, the original digital series BACKPACKERS will make the jump from online-only to the broadcast network, with brand new original episodes of BACKPACKERS set to premiere on The CW Television Network this summer.

"Since launching last year, one of our missions for CW Seed was for it to serve as an incubator for new talent and new ideas," said Rick Haskins, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Digital Programs, The CW. "We're very excited to see BACKPACKERS turn from a short-form digital series into a full-length broadcast television show, and we are continuing to look at CW Seed for other possibilities to transform content and for creative new ways of doing business."

BACKPACKERS will premiere with ten original half-hour episodes on The CW Network later this summer, with a date and time to be announced at a later date. The first four episodes contain material previously released as digital episodes on CW Seed; the final six wholly original episodes will be specifically written and produced for The CW Network.

In BACKPACKERS, best friends Ryan (Noah Reid, "Titanic") and Brandon (Dillon Casey, "Nikita") race across Europe in search of Ryan's missing bride-to-be, while also struggling with the eternal twenty-something question of what to do with their lives. When Ryan's lost journal suddenly gets posted online and explodes across the internet, Ryan's life dream of becoming a published author becomes real - if only he can track down the jerk who stole the journal. With Brandon's slacker brother Andrew (Giacomo Gianniotti, "Reign") in tow, they travel from Thailand to Canada in search of the missing journal, while also seeking the ultimate answers to life, love and partying. BACKPACKERS is produced by Shaftesbury U.S. and Smokebomb Entertainment, Shaftesbury's award-winning digital media arm, in association with The CW Television Network. Developed for television and produced by Jay Bennett, BACKPACKERS is executive produced by Maggie Murphy, Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie and Tom Mazza.

"It has been such a wonderful creative experience partnering with The CW on BACKPACKERS," said Maggie Murphy, Head, Shaftesbury U.S. "This is our first online project to travel to television and a perfect example of how digital storytellers and broadcasters can come together to incubate and migrate content across multiple platforms."

Corresponding with the BACKPACKERS series on-air, CW Seed will launch THE REAL BACKPACKERS as a corresponding digital reality series this summer. Guide Annie Unnold will travel to the same locations as her fictional BACKPACKERS counterparts, going behind the scenes and beyond the set to find the best real-life places to eat, drink and party - first in Europe and then in Canada.





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[11/24/14 - 04:17 PM]
Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams Team Up to Perform "Spark the Fire"
Look for said performance on the two-hour Monday, December 1 telecast (8-10 p.m. ET/PT) of "The Voice."

[11/24/14 - 03:24 PM]
Thursday's "Kimmel" Is the Show's 2nd-Most-Social Episode Ever/Celebrities Read Mean Tweets #8 is the Biggest Yet in the Series
ABC spins the digital numbers for Thursday, November 20.

[11/24/14 - 03:13 PM]
VH1 to Air "T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle Thanksgiving Special," November 25th at 9PM
Atlanta's favorite family knows they have a lot to be thankful for so this Thanksgiving they get in the spirit by giving back.

[11/24/14 - 03:02 PM]
Discovery's "Gold Rush" Remains #1 Program on All of Television Among Men 18-49
Discovery spins the numbers for Friday, November 21.

[11/24/14 - 02:56 PM]
Lifetime(R) Debuts New Competition Docuseries "Child Genius" on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at 10pm ET/PT
In cooperation with American Mensa, the competition takes place over eight weeks and tests the nation's brightest young minds on their knowledge.

[11/24/14 - 02:35 PM]
Kenny Chesney to Receive Groundbreaker Award at the "American Country Countdown Awards," Airing Live Monday, Dec. 15, on FOX
It recognizes trailblazing in the realm of concerts, musical accomplishment, creative innovation and connecting with fans across the United States.

[11/24/14 - 01:00 PM]
Live Like "Empire's" Lucious Lyon by Entering FOX's "Run 'Empire' for a Day" Sweepstakes at FOX.Com/EmpireSweepstakes
The lucky sweepstakes winner, along with an entourage of his/her five closest friends, will be awarded a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel in style to Los Angeles, where they will receive the ultimate star treatment.

[11/24/14 - 12:50 PM]
Miley Cyrus, Channing Tatum and Additional Talent Added to "FOX's Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular" Airing Thanksgiving Night on FOX
Kaley Cuoco, Queen Latifah, Gavin DeGraw, Wayne Brady and Roselyn Sanchez are also on tap for the two-hour special.

[11/24/14 - 12:31 PM]
SEC Network to Simulcast Iron Bowl with Finebaum Viewing Option; Airs SEC Nation live from the Egg Bowl
Both the Iron Bowl (No. 14 Auburn at No. 1 Alabama) and the Egg Bowl (No. 4 Mississippi State at No. 8 Ole Miss) match a Top 15 team facing an in-state rival currently ranked in the Top Four of the College Football Playoff Rankings.

[11/24/14 - 12:30 PM]
Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch and Kelly Reilly Join Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn in HBO's "True Detective"
The eight-episode hour-long drama has begun production in California.

[11/24/14 - 12:22 PM]
Get Cozy This December with Three Returning Original Series on The Weather Channel
"Prospectors" and "Highway Thru Hell" return Sunday, December 7 while "Why Planes Crash" is due back on Monday, December 15.

[11/24/14 - 12:22 PM]
Showtime(R) to Marathon Current Seasons of Hit Series "Homeland" and "The Affair" Over Thanksgiving Weekend
Both series return with new episodes on Sunday, December 7 starting at 9:00/8:00c.

[11/24/14 - 12:05 PM]
David Dobkin Will Direct "Badlands" (WT) for AMC
Plus: Emily Beecham, Sarah Bolger and Oliver Stark have joined the cast as series regulars.

[11/24/14 - 12:03 PM]
"Regarding Susan Sontag," An Illuminating Portrait of the Provocative 20th-Century Thinker, Debuts Dec. 8 on HBO
A complex person, Sontag fiercely guarded her privacy, despite her boldness in the literary world.

[11/24/14 - 11:51 AM]
MTV Is Crossing Over This Tuesday with the "'Girl Code' to 'Awkward' and 'Faking It'" Special Airing Tuesday, November 25 at 11:00 P.M. ET/PT
"Awkward" season five and the second half of "Faking It" season two will return in 2015.