|Created by||Stephen Tolkin
|Opening theme||"Beautiful Day"
by Steve Plunkett
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Executive producer(s)||Stephen Tolkin (season 1)
E. Duke Vincent
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Spelling Television|
|Original channel||The WB|
|Original run||June 1, 2004– July 18, 2005|
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 in California with three of Ava's friends who also help raise the kids.
Summerland premiered on June 1, 2004 on the 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 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.
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, however, occasionally the music heard is mentioned on the show. "Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers, also used in the film Ghost, is heard in an episode when the film is shown, and an episode starring Christy Carlson Romano features her song "Dive In" as her character's song.
|Soundtrack by Various Artists|
|Released||March 19, 2005|
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.
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 friend and classmate.
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.
On May 15, 2005, The WB released early information on their 2005-06 season. Summerland, along with eight other shows, was canceled. 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." Like many other cancelled TV series, fans quickly started a campaign to save the show, however, it was unsuccessful.
The series has been syndicated on The N & 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 9am time slot, the same time slot in which it aired in the summer of 2007.
|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 Laughlin|