Summerland

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Ava (Lori Loughlin, Full House) was exactly where she wanted to be in life. In her thirties, with a close-knit circle of friends, a great house in a beautiful California beach town and a growing career as a fashion designer, the last thing on her mind was settling down and starting a family. That all changed the day Ava's sister and brother-in-law were killed in an accident, leaving Ava to raise their three children.

Until the accident, the biggest challenge in Ava's life was her career and the decision to quit her glamorous job at a large design house to start her own boutique designer label. Ava was comfortable with her role as the cool aunt who would occasionally drop in on her niece and nephews at their isolated Kansas farm or invite them to visit her in California, where they were dazzled by her exciting life.

Despite the tragedy they've endured and the sudden transition from rural Kansas to the beaches of Southern California, the kids are doing pretty well. Sixteen-year-old Bradin (Jesse McCartney, All My Children) has his own adolescent angst to deal with, but he does his best to help his younger siblings. Twelve-year-old Nikki (Kay Panabaker, The Brothers Garcia, Phil Of The Future) has always adored her aunt but sometimes resents Ava's attempts to fill her late sister's shoes. Eight-year-old Derrick (Nick Benson, the upcoming feature film National Treasure) has enough on his hands just trying to understand the big issues of life, death and family.

It's a sense of family that Ava is determined to provide for her sister's children. Since college, Ava's main support system has been her three devoted friends – Johnny, Jay and Susanna. Now her friends are ready and willing to reach out and become the ultimate surrogate family, and Ava is about to discover that it really does take a village (or in this case, a hip beach community) to raise a child.

Johnny (Shawn Christian, As the World Turns, "Shopgirl") is Ava's former boyfriend and they have remained very close. He's an ambitious real estate wheeler-dealer who has the nagging feeling he hasn't yet found his true purpose in life. At the moment, however, he's content to be there for Ava and her instant family, acting as the father figure the kids desperately need.

A completely different kind of male role model, Ava's friend Jay (Ryan Kwanten, Home and Away) is an Australian surfer with an undeniable Peter Pan syndrome. Jay owns the local surf shop, but he's no businessman. In fact, he's only looking for one thing in life – the perfect wave. Ava knows that Jay is still a kid at heart, and she asks for his help with Bradin, who instantly identifies with Jay's cheerfully laid-back philosophy of life. Jay also introduces Bradin to a stunning young surfing instructor named Erica (newcomer Taylor Cole). In Bradin's eyes, Erica embodies all that is beautiful and desirable about California.

Ava's best girlfriend, Susanna (Merrin Dungey, Alias) is also her partner in the new business venture. Susanna handles the business decisions, while Ava is the creative force. They've learned to rely on one another and trust each other completely. Susanna is the person Ava always turns to when she needs advice. Although Susanna has no more experience with children than Ava, she never questions her friend's decision to give the kids a real home. When it comes to parenting decisions, Susann's level-headed objectiveness is the perfect balance for Ava's more emotional viewpoint.

Ava may have started down a new path in life, but she won't be traveling alone. Relying on the diverse personalities and viewpoints of her devoted friends, Ava can face the day-to-day tasks of parenting knowing that she and her friends have the collective strength and skill to raise these kids right. As they spend their first summer together, Ava will struggle to balance the needs of her new family with the demands of a career that was once the entire focus of her life. Eventually, she will come to understand that the family she thought she didn't need is the one thing she was meant to have in her life. Produced by Spelling Television, Inc., a Paramount/Viacom company, Summerland" is from executive producers Remi Aubuchon (24, Lyon's Den) and Stephen Tolkin (All Souls, "Kate Brasher") along with Aaron Spelling and E. Duke Vincent. Spelling and Vincent are also executive producers of The WB's 7th Heaven and Charmed. -TheWBPR.com

Time Slot History June-August 2004 Tuesdays @ 9:00 January-February 2005 Sundays @7:00 Febuary-Apirl 2005 Mondays @ 9:00

Summerland Theme Song Lyrics "When I see you smile I know everything's okay When I hear you laugh it's always a brighter day Gonna do my best forget the rest as long as your with me we'll be alright its a beautiful day yeah yeah its a beautiful day yeah yeah its a beautiful day yeah yeah such a beautiful day..."moreless
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  • IS there ANYWAY POSSIBLE TO GET THIS SHOW BACK!!???

    10
    I lovee this Show it was amazing ! PLEASE PLEASE Bring it back!!!!PLEASE!!!!
  • i'm loving it

    8.0
    Hi! I'm really a fan of this serie but i'm portuguese and i'm watching in English, however i can't find subtitles even in english starting in the episode 6 of season1, so it's more difficult for me to understand without at least see it written in english. Can you please send me the subtitles in english? Or if you have the videos with subtitles included? Thanks to all :)
  • Great show... It should come back!

    9.1
    Summerland was a great show that followed a wonderful storyline about 3 kids who lose their parents in a tragic accident and must pick up and move to California to stay with their aunt and her 3 roomates. The premiere of this show, the first 2 episodes, does a good job at showing the different ways many kids react to the lose of a loved one. Bradin tries to compensate by accepting his new surroundings and began to find a place to fit in. Then there was Nikki who was mean and chose to act out and be somewhat of a biatch. Then Derrick was in denial, somewhat, knowing his parents were dead but acted as if he could be in heaven with them. I feel however that the kids got over the death of their parents rather quickly. They did however touch upon the subject every so often and showed that each of the kids were still rather upset. The characters eached developed differently, but the show ended to soon and with its finale, not much was tied up and closure really wasnt given. Good show though, and I think it should be brought back.moreless
  • I

    10
    ya this was the best show ever and i wish they could at least have let it stay on long enough so that we can know what happens it kind of leaves you it would be cool if they could try to bring it back and have it be how they are now
  • This is a great show that was shortly lived and deserves more episodes.

    10
    Summerland was a show that I did not watch on the WB but yet on the N when it aired on the N. When I watched it I knew that it was a great show and I knew I had to watch all of the other episodes and that is what I did. The show deals with three kids who are forced to move in with their Aunt in California after there parents die. The show is really good and I reccomend it to someone who has not already seen the show. It is a must watch for you.. .moreless
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    Coming of Age, Teen