All-New Original Series
From Acclaimed Writer/Producer, Aaron Martin
Debuts May 22 - 10PM ET/PT (60 mins.)
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TORONTO, April 26 /CNW/ - The choices you make now could last a
lifetime...The Best Years, this season's all-new original drama captures the
highs and lows of campus life through the eyes of six college freshmen.
From Global Television and Aaron Martin (writer/executive producer,
Degrassi: The Next Generation), this 13-part series makes its world television
debut Tuesdays at 10pm ET/PT beginning May 22nd.
"We're thrilled to bring this smart, sexy new series to Global," said
Christine Shipton, Vice President of Original Programming for CanWest
MediaWorks Inc. "The Best Years delivers top-notch writing, compelling
storylines and a talented young cast - a combination we know our audiences
Audiences nationwide can live The Best Years along with central
character, Samantha Best (Charity Shea, "Alpha Dog") as she begins her
freshman year at prestigious Charles University in Boston, MA. Orphaned at a
young age, Samantha is leaving her foster-home past behind - full scholarship
in hand - to take on the future, and the hallowed halls of the Ivy League.
Along the way she meets her new, occasionally dysfunctional surrogate
family, including socialite roommate Kathryn Klarner (Jennifer Miller,
"Instant Star"); fellow scholarship recipient, star basketball player and
potential crush, Devon Sylver (Brandon Jay McLaren, "She's The Man"); Dawn
Vargas (Athena Karkanis, "Kevin Hill"), a former child star who trades in
Hollywood for university; Trent Hamilton (Niall Matter, "Heaven Or Something
Like It"), part-time student and full-time bartender; and Noah Jensen (Randal
Edwards,"Smallville"), Devon's room-mate, a business major with a future
planned in Hollywood.
"As a first time television series creator, it's an adrenaline rush
seeing the show come to fruition on the small screen. I am extremely grateful
to Global Television for their continued support throughout the process," said
creator and executive producer Aaron Martin.
"Global is a great supporter of Canadian talent, and in Aaron, they have
a creator who has delivered in spades - this is a series that promises to be a
hit at home and around the world", said executive producer Noreen Halpern.
The Best Years is also slated to premiere this summer on The N, a
programming arm of MTV Networks in the US, and is distributed internationally
by FremantleMedia Enterprises, the commercial arm of FremantleMedia, one of
the largest international creators and producers of program brands in the
Produced by BLUEPRINT ENTERTAINMENT in association with CanWest
MediaWorks Inc. and The N with the participation of The Canadian Film or Video
Production Tax Credit; and The Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit.
BLUEPRINT ENTERTAINMENT's Noreen Halpern and John Morayniss also serve as
executive producers. Karen King-Chigbo is Production Executive and Christine
Shipton is Vice President, Original Programming for Global Television.
Global Television is owned by CanWest MediaWorks Inc., a wholly-owned
subsidiary of CanWest Global Communications Corp, (CanWest) (NYSE: CWG; TSX:
CGS and CGS.A, www.canwestglobal.com). CanWest, an international media
company, is Canada 's largest media company. In addition to owning Global
Television, 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, Web sites and
radio networks in Canada , New Zealand , Australia , Ireland , Singapore ,
Malaysia , Turkey and the United Kingdom.
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. www.blueprint-corp.com.
FremantleMedia Enterprises is the content exploitation arm of
FremantleMedia, offering a one-stop-shop for all licensing, distribution and
home entertainment. It is a division of FremantleMedia, one of the world's
largest creators, producers, distributors and licensors of programme brands in
over 40 territories worldwide. www.fremantlemedia.com.
For further information:
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