Summerland (2004–2005)
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Ava Gregory is single and works as a fashion designer.Her life changes drastically when she finds herself taking care of her sister and brother in-law's 3 children Nikki,Bradin,and Derrek ... See full summary »



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Derrick Westerly (as Nicholas J. Benson)
Ted Westerly
Karen Westerly
Bob Westerly
Ian Straub
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Ava Gregory is single and works as a fashion designer.Her life changes drastically when she finds herself taking care of her sister and brother in-law's 3 children Nikki,Bradin,and Derrek after their parents die in an accident.She brings the kids to live with her in California.Ava gets help raising them from her friends Johnny, Susanna, and Jay. Written by stargirl

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1 June 2004 (USA)  »

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The phone call in the beginning of the show doesn't make sense. The children in Kansas are rushing to meet the school bus, around 7ish in the morning probably, while Ava has to rush to get to a 9am meeting. There IS 2 hours difference between Kansas and California, but it's the other direction - 7am in Kansas would be 5 am in California. See more »


Johnny Durant: Hey Susannah, Ava your office called. You know that presentation you thought you were giving at three?
Ava Gregory: Oh, he's not doing this to us again.
Johnny Durant: Yeah. They moved it to nine.
Ava Gregory: Nine?
Susannah Rexford: Nine?
Johnny Durant: Nine o'clock lets roll it up girls!
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"Summerland" Is No Day At The Beach
16 December 2004 | by (Pennsylvania, America) – See all my reviews

Just like a smoothie, this movie is sweet, smooth fun with no way to improve that bittersweet sugar taste at the end. The plot begins when aspiring fashion designer Ava Gregory (Lori Loughlin) receives an over-dramatic phone call from her 16-year-old nephew, Bradin (Jesse McCartney), and learns that her sister and brother-in-law have died during a flood in their small Kansas hometown. This leaves Ava to forget her carefree lifestyle in California to care for Bradin, along with his 12-year-old sister, Nikki (Kay Panabanker), and little brother, Derrick (Nick Benson). Helping her are some incredibly irresponsible best friends (played decently enough by Ryan Kwanten, but dragged down with Merrin Dugney), but they all have such a strange view of parenthood that they don't help much. Through the rest of the season, normal problems occur, all while the old sparks begin to light up between Ava and her ex-boyfriend (Shawn Christian). The beginning of the series seems too rushed and too dragged on at the same time, and creative, interesting characters that are brought up seem to disappear as quickly as they arrived. And the cast isn't exactly the best pick for an Emmy, either. (It would do the writers a lot of good to get rid of Bradin, whose character seems self-absorbed, obsessed with sleeping with his girlfriend, and drowning in self- pity. Jesse can't act worth a dime, and he seems like he's desperately trying to establish a teen heartthrob image in between lines, like cutie Orlando Bloom did without trying in the Lord of the Rings.) Anyway, there are some parts of the show that are more than bearable, though, like the postcard-worthy beach scenes. There are also some small sparks of talent that the writers show when they create their interesting, nonconformist characters that mean a colorful cast, and the reactions to the sudden changes that always happen seem pretty realistic. This smoothie could use a few less bananas, more strawberries and ice, and a lot less sweetener to unsweeten that very last sip.

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