So, I must admit. I never watched Degrassi or, rather, I never watched it regularly and I certainly haven’t watched in recent years. However, Degrassi creator Aaron Martin has a new show permiering tonight and I’m thinking about giving it a whirl. Plus I know I have several fans of The N shows reading, so I figured I had to give everyone a head’s up about The Best Years premiering tonight. Here’s the press release for the show along with a few pictures, a link to watch the first episode online before it airs, and a clip of the show. If you end up giving it a go, make sure to come back and let me know what you think!
THE N’S THE NEW TEEN ON CAMPUS WITH THE PREMIERE OF
THE BEST YEARS – THE NETWORK’S FIRST COLLEGE-BASED DRAMA BEGINNING FRIDAY, JUNE 29 AT 8:30 P.M. (ET)
The New, Hour-Long Series To Immediately Follow A New Episode
Of Degrassi Premiering At 8:00 P.M. (ET)
The N To Commence Production In Toronto On Degrassi Season
Seven With 24 New Episodes Set To Premiere Fall 2007
The N is university bound this summer as the nighttime network for teens trades in its high school ID for college life in the Northeast with the premiere of The Best Years, the network’s first one-hour collegiate drama. The 13-episode series from executive producer, creator and award-winning Degrassi writer Aaron Martin and Blueprint Entertainment delves into the world of new beginnings, new friends, new loves and a new world of problems. The series premieres on Friday, June 29 at 8:30 p.m. (ET) immediately following a new 30-minute episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation at 8:00 p.m. (ET). The Best Years will air regularly every Friday at 8:30 p.m. (ET) on The N.
The acclaimed hit teen series Degrassi has also begun production on season seven in Toronto, with 24 new original episodes scheduled to premiere Fall, 2007 on The N.
“We’ve had terrific success with award-winning high school dramas like Degrassi and South of Nowhere,” said Sarah Tomassi Lindman, Senior Vice President and General Manager, The N. “The Best Years is a great addition to our programming lineup which builds on that success as we continue to speak to our teen viewers and reach out to those young adults who are eager to reconnect with their inner teen,” said Lindman.
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 ins and outs 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 college, 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.
The Best Years is created and executive produced by Aaron Martin. Blueprint Entertainment’s Halpern and John Morayniss also serve as executive producers on The Best Years.
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.
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Visit The Best Years website.
Check out the first episode online or watch a sneak peek of the show:
Blueprint Entertainment is a leading television production company involved in the development, production, financing, packaging, distribution and exploitation of dynamic and innovative programming for the worldwide 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. www.blueprint-corp.com.
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