TheWB.com launches Aug. 27
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Friends, Gilmore Girls and more will be available online as part of the new Web site www.thewb.com. There will also be new online content added to the site. Good news for Joss Whedon fans: Firefly and Angel will also be available on www.thewb.com. Full press release and list of programming after the break.
- Matt Price
BURBANK, Calif.– The WB is back, starting August 27, when the Warner Bros. Television Group officially launches TheWB.com – a premium, ad-supported, video-on-demand, interactive and personalized network – to the public. Announced in April, TheWB.com had previously been in private beta.
TheWB.com will feature full episodes of fan-favorite series that have shaped popular culture and inspired devoted followings over the past decade, including the previously announced “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Everwood,” “Friends,” “Gilmore Girls,” “The O.C.,” “One Tree Hill,” “Roswell,” “Smallville” and “Veronica Mars.” Additional series newly acquired for TheWB.com and not previously announced include “Angel,” “Babylon 5,” “Firefly,” “In Living Color,” “The Loop” and “MADtv.”
TheWB.com will also debut original series from such creative talent as director/producer McG (the upcoming “Terminator Salvation,” “Supernatural,” the “Charlie’s Angels” films) and writer/producer Josh Schwartz (“Gossip Girl,” “Chuck,” “The O.C.”), among many others. A selection of both fan-favorite and original series will be available at launch and others will roll out in coming weeks and months.
“TheWB.com is a new digital destination built from the ground up for the same 16-34 year-old audience that embraced The WB when it was a television phenomenon,” said Brent Poer, GM, TheWB.com. “We have loaded the site with their favorite classic series like ‘Friends’ and ‘The O.C.,’ high-quality original programming and a wide array of sharing features, mash-up tools, and interactivity options to fit their lifestyle.”
Original and acquired series will include:
“Sorority Forever” (premieres September 8): Director/producer McG, through his Wonderland Sound and Vision banner, teams up with Big Fantastic – producers of the hit digital series “Prom Queen” – on an innovative mystery/drama which peeks behind the walls of one of the most intriguing secret societies in the world: the sorority. With a mystery around every corner, “Sorority Forever” will provide viewers with a sexy, immersive experience that is simultaneously realistic and voyeuristic: Think “Prom Queen” meets “The O.C.,” but set in college. The series stars Jessica Rose (“lonelygirl15”), Mikaela Hoover, Taryn Southern, Anabella Casanova, Candice Patton, Annemarie Pazmino, Jessica Morris, Cary Hungerford, Angie Cole, David Loren and Joaquin Pastor. McG will executive produce, along with Big Fantastic creators/executive producers Douglas Cheney, Chris Hampel, Chris McCaleb and Ryan Wise.
“Blue Water High” (premieres August 27): The ultimate adventure comes to life for six Australian teenagers in this drama set at an exclusive, ultra-competitive surf academy where they live, study, surf and socialize together. At the end of the grueling 12-month residential athletic and academic program, two surfers – one male and one female – will win the prize they’ve all been fighting for: admission to the professional surfing circuit and a sponsorship contract. Series stars include Adam Saunders, Chris Foy, Kate Bell, Khan Chittenden, Sophie Luck and Tahyna Tozzi.
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