Summerland (TV series)

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Genre Drama
Created by Stephen Tolkin
Lori Loughlin
Starring Lori Loughlin
Shawn Christian
Merrin Dungey
Ryan Kwanten
Jesse McCartney
Taylor Cole
Kay Panabaker
Nick Benson
Zac Efron
Mark L. Taylor
Opening theme "Beautiful Day"
by Steve Plunkett
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Stephen Tolkin
(season 1)
Remi Aubuchon
Aaron Spelling
E. Duke Vincent
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s) Baby Owl Productions
Stephen Tolkin Productions
The Lion And The Rose (season 1)
Spelling Television
CBS Paramount Television
Original network The WB
Original release June 1, 2004 (2004-06-01) – July 18, 2005 (2005-07-18)
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Summerland is an American drama television series created by Stephen Tolkin and Lori Loughlin. It is centered on a clothing designer in her 30s, Ava Gregory (Loughlin), raising her niece and nephews after their parents die in a tragic accident. They live with three of Ava's friends who also help raise the kids in the fictional city of Playa Linda, California.

Summerland premiered on June 1, 2004 on the now defunct television network The WB. The series ran for a total of 26 episodes over two seasons. Its cancellation was announced on May 15, 2005[1] and the last episode aired on July 18, 2005. A soundtrack was released on March 19, 2005 and the show has been syndicated in many countries.



The series follows Ava Gregory (Lori Loughlin), a fashion designer, and her house mates and niece and nephews as they learn to cope with a life-changing event and each other. After the death of their parents, Bradin (Jesse McCartney), Nikki (Kay Panabaker), and Derrick Westerly (Nick Benson) leave their home in Kansas to live with their Aunt Ava in Playa Linda, California. They live with three other house mates: Johnny Durant (Shawn Christian), Ava's ex-boyfriend; Susannah Rexford (Merrin Dungey), Ava's best friend and business partner; and Jay Robertson (Ryan Kwanten), an Australian surfer who owns a local surf shop. The show follows the struggles that these friends and family face as they adapt to their new lives together. Jay has an on-again-off-again relationship with Erika Spalding (Taylor Cole), who becomes Bradin's surfing instructor. Cameron Bale (Zac Efron) is Nikki's boyfriend and classmate.


Main characters

Summerland initially featured a main cast of eight characters. In the second season, after appearing as a recurring member in the first season, Zac Efron was added to the main cast. This brought the total number of main characters to nine.

Recurring characters



Each episode of the show features a number of songs from various artists in addition to an original score. The music is usually used as a background element and is non-diegetic, although occasionally the music comes from a diegetic source. In the second season episode "Where There's a Will, There's a Wave" Christy Carlson Romano stars as a fictional pop star and performs her song "Dive In".

Other artists heard in the show include The Beach Boys, The Penguins, Howie Day, John Mayer, Ryan Adams, Blink-182, Maroon 5, and Lifehouse.


Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released March 19, 2005
Genre Soundtrack
Length 41:40
Label Image Entertainment

On March 19, 2005, a soundtrack was released featuring music from both seasons of the show. It included the opening theme as well as a song by cast member Jesse McCartney, "Get Your Shine On", which also appeared on his first album and was released as a single.

Track listing
  1. "Undertow" - Bowling For Soup
  2. "General Attitude" - Collective Soul
  3. "All Downhill from Here" - New Found Glory
  4. "Get Your Shine On" - Jesse McCartney
  5. "Feel So Free" - Ivy
  6. "The Crying" - Kristian Leontiou
  7. "My Paper Heart" - The All-American Rejects
  8. "Struggle" - Ringside
  9. "Try" - Lisa Loeb
  10. "Alive" - Kenny Wayne Shepherd
  11. "My Way Home" - Citizen Cope
  12. "Beautiful Day" - Steve Plunkett

Broadcast history


On May 15, 2005, The WB released early information on their 2005–2006 season. Summerland, along with eight other shows, were canceled.[1] Jesse McCartney responded to the cancellation in an interview, saying the show was "in a crazy time slot and...the writers were having trouble, and it was just a bad call."[2]


The series has been syndicated on The N and Ten Network in Australia, Living in the United Kingdom and Ireland, TV2 in Norway, and on MBC 4 in the Middle East. In Spain, Summerland (which retains its English language title) has been used as a filler during the summer months. In July 2008, Telecinco aired all of the episodes again in the 9 a.m. time slot, the same time slot in which it aired in the summer of 2007. It is currently[3] airing on Sweden's channel 5, kanal5, however only on weekend mornings.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
2005 Teen Choice Awards Nominated Choice TV Actor: Drama Jesse McCartney
Young Artist Awards Nominated Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young Actor Jesse McCartney
Best Family Television Series (Drama)
Won Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young Actress Kay Panabaker
2006 NAACP Image Awards Nominated Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series Janice Cooke-Leonard
PRISM Awards Won Performance in a Drama Series Storyline Lori Loughlin


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