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Summerland (TV Series)
Executiveproducer(s) Stephen Tolkin
(season 1)
Remi Aubuchon
Aaron Spelling
E. Duke Vincent
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 42 minutes
Productioncompany(s) Baby Owl Works
The Lion And The Rose (season 1)
Spelling Television
CBS Paramount Television
Original channel The WB
Original run June 1, 2004 – July 18, 2005

 is an American drama television series created by StephenTolkin 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.


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 Character:

  • 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.


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.”


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. It is currently aired on Sweden’s channel 5, kanal5, however only on weekend mornings.


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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