April 8, 2014 (Burbank, CA) – In a first for the CWSeed, the original digital series Backpackers will make the jump from online-only to the broadcast network, with brand new original episodes of Backpackers set to premiere on The CW this summer!
“Since launching last year, one of our missions for CW Seed was for it to serve as an incubator for new talent and new ideas,” said Rick Haskins, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Digital Programs, The CW. “We’re very excited to see Backpackers turn from a short-form digital series into a full-length broadcast television show, and we are continuing to look at CWSeed for other possibilities to transform content and for creative new ways of doing business.”
Backpackers will premiere with ten original half-hour episodes on The CW later this summer, with a date and time to be announced. The first four episodes contain material previously released as digital episodes on CWSeed; the final six wholly original episodes will be specifically written and produced for The CW.
Backpackers is the story of best friends Ryan (Noah Reid, “Titanic”) and Brandon (Dillon Casey, “Nikita”) and their race across Europe in search of Ryan’s missing bride-to-be, while also struggling with the eternal twenty-something question of what to do with their lives. When Ryan’s lost journal suddenly gets posted online and explodes across the internet, Ryan’s life dream of becoming a published author becomes real – if only he can track down the jerk who stole the journal. With Brandon’s slacker brother Andrew (Giacomo Gianniotti, “Reign”) in tow, they travel from Thailand to Canada in search of the missing journal, while also seeking the ultimate answers to life, love and partying.
Stay tuned for more information about the summer series! For now, check out the online-only version of Backpackers on CWSeed.
Backpackers is produced by Shaftesbury U.S. and Smokebomb Entertainment, Shaftesbury’s award-winning digital media arm, in association with The CW Television Network. Developed for television and produced by Jay Bennett, Backpackers is executive produced by Maggie Murphy, Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie and Tom Mazza.