Summerland is an
American drama television series created by Stephen
Tolkin and Lori Loughlin.
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.
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
released on March 19, 2005 and the show has been syndicated in many
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
" by The Righteous
, also used in the film Ghost
, is heard in an episode when the
film is shown, and an episode starring Christy Carlson Romano
song "Dive In" as her character's song.
Other bands and musicians heard in the show include The Beach Boys
, Howie Day
, John Mayer
, Ryan Adams
, and Lifehouse
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
, "Get Your Shine
", which also appeared on his first
and was released as a single.
- "Undertow" - Bowling For
- "General Attitude" - Collective
- "All Downhill from Here"
- New Found Glory
- "Get Your Shine On" - Jesse McCartney
- "Feel So Free" - Ivy
- "The Crying" - Kristian
- "My Paper Heart" - The
- "Struggle" - Ringside
- "Try" - Lisa Loeb
- "Alive" - Kenny Wayne
- "My Way Home" - Citizen Cope
- "Beautiful Day" - Steve
The series follows Ava Gregory (Lori
), 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
Nikki's friend and classmate.
initially featured a main cast of eight
characters. In the second season, after appearing as a recurring
member in the first season, Zac Efron
added to the main cast. This brought the total number of main
characters to nine.
- Ava Gregory (Lori
Loughlin) is a woman in her mid 30s who is raising her niece
and nephews, Bradin, Nikki, and Derrick Westerly, after their
parents' tragic deaths. She lives in a beach house with the
children, her on again/off again boyfriend Johnny, her best friend
Susannah, and another close friend, Jay. Ava has a very hectic life
and also faces the stressful task of raising three children, who
are all devastated at the loss of their parents and who deal with
their loss in very different ways.
- Johnny Durant (Shawn Christian) is Ava's ex boyfriend who
still remains her roommate until Season 2. He gets along
tremendously with the kids and opens up his own restaurant. Despite
hiding it, he is desperately still in love with Ava.
- Susannah Rexford (Merrin Dungey) is Ava's best friend, business
partner and roommate.
- Jay Robertson (Ryan
Kwanten) is an Australian native, who lives with Ava in Playa
Linda and is the "big brother" to the children. He was dating
Erika, despite his notorious behavior for being a playboy.
- Bradin Westerly (Jesse McCartney) is the oldest of the three
children. He copes with the loss of his parents by drinking,
getting involved in drugs and earns a reputation as a wild child.
He is also as an exceptional surfer and is offered a sponsorship by
many major companies but his personal problems seem to get in the
way on more than one occasion.
- Erika Spalding (Taylor
Cole) is Jay's girlfriend. She helps coach Bradin with his
surfing. She leaves to take care of her mother, but returns and
begins dating Bradin.
- Nikki Westerly (Kay
Panabaker) is an exceptionally bright child. She starts off
trying to take over the "mother" role, but eventually settling in
and making many friends including Cameron, who would later become
her on/off boyfriend.
- Derrick Westerly (Nick
Benson) is the youngest child. Despite being very close to his
Aunt Ava, he can't quite get over the loss of his parents at such a
- Cameron Bale (Zac
Efron) is Nikki's best friend and on/off boyfriend. He lives
with his troubled, divorced, alcoholic father (portrayed by
C. Thomas Howell). In season two Efron became
a part of the main cast after appearing as a recurring star in
- Sarah Borden (Sara
Paxton) is a troubled teen with an addiction to pot. She
becomes Bradin's girlfriend and pressures him to use drugs.
- Mona (Carmen
Electra) is Johnny's partner, who invests in a bar with him and
later starts dating and living with Johnny. However in a tragic
motorcycle accident Mona is killed leaving Johnny heartbroken. He
changes the name of his bar to "Mona's Sandbar" in memory of Mona
who transferred her share of the property to Johnny before she
- Callie (Danielle
Savre) is a girl from the Midwest who becomes one of Bradin's
girlfriends and helps him recover from his relationship with
- Amber (Shelley
Buckner) is one of Nikki's friends and Cameron's past girl
friend. Amber and Nikki didn't get along at first, but eventually
they became best friends.
||June 1, 2004 -
August 17, 2004
||February 28, 2005 - July 18, 2005
Season 1: 2004
Season 2: 2005
On May 15, 2005, The WB
released early information on their 2005-06 season.
, along with eight other shows, was cancelled.
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.
In October 2009
Summerland received a
test release on DVD , this was seen as an effort to test the market
for a full scale release in the wake of numerous fans petitions
calling for one.
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
In Spain, Summerland
(which retains its
English language title) has been used as a filler during the summer
months. In July 2008, Telecinco
of the episodes again in the 9am time slot, the same time slot in
which it aired in the summer of 2007.
||Teen Choice Awards
||Choice TV Actor: Drama
||Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Leading
|Best Family Television Series (Drama)
||Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Leading
||NAACP Image Awards
||Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
||Performance in a Drama Series Storyline