[05/02/06 - 12:00 AM]
The N Unveils the Secrets That Lie Buried Beneath the Snow on Whistler, a New Hour-Long Mystery Premiering Friday, June 30

[via press release from The N]

The N Unveils the Secrets That Lie Buried Beneath the Snow on Whistler, a New Hour-Long Mystery Premiering Friday, June 30

New 13-Episode Online Companion Series, 'Whistler Webisodes,' Begins Friday, June 23 Only at http://www.the-N.com

NEW YORK, May 2 -- The N, the nighttime network for teens, delivers its first original one-hour drama, Whistler -- a dark and gripping mystery shot on location in Vancouver, BC set in the exclusive hilltops of one of the worlds most pristine and high society winter playgrounds. The 13-part series unveils the secrets that lie buried beneath the snow as the puzzling death of an Olympic Gold Medalist begins to unravel. The series will premiere Friday, June 30 at 9 p.m. (ET) on The N.

Things begin to go awry in Whistler, the seemingly perfect world-class mountain resort and home of the 2010 Winter Olympics. The series kicks off as the 2006 Olympic Snowboarding Gold Medalist, Beck McKaye (David Paetkau), is discovered dead on the slopes which sends shockwaves throughout the sleepy community. Beck's mysterious accident forever changes the lives of his friends and family -- especially his younger brother, 17-year-old Quinn. Quinn (Jesse Moss) digs deeper into the hidden life of his beloved brother and uncovers a side of Whistler, and its inhabitants, that he's never known.

"Teens love drama and mystery and Whistler combines the best of both in a breathtaking glittery winter playground," said Sarah Tomassi Lindman, Vice President, Production and Programming, The N. "Whistler's riveting storyline is sure to keep teens on the edge of their seats wanting more."

On Friday, June 23, The N unveils part one of a 13-part online companion series titled, Whistler Webisodes which will air exclusively online at the networks web site, http://www.the-n.com. The premiere webisode serves as a prequel to the series premiere on Friday, June 30. The additional 12 webisodes will premiere online at the conclusion of each televised episode allowing viewers to log on and catch original narrative online content that delves deeper into the series' existing story lines and mystery.

Whistler goes behind the scenes at the five-star Varland Resort and looks beyond the perfectly groomed ski slopes. Whistler pulls no punches in its frank look at life among the classes who live and work in a city that's a world class tourist destination. The Varlands, epitomizing the wealth and power of Whistler, the McKayes, an average middle class family running a tavern for locals, and the Millers, young sisters struggling to make ends meet, all find their lives inextricably intertwined. The locals, rich and poor, young and old, all hide their own secrets, creating an intense, intricate web of desire, deceit and danger.

Meet the Families:

The Varlands -- Adrien Varland plays puppet master with his employees, his second wife Shelby and his son AJ as he attempts to increase his power and wealth and indulge his hedonistic tendencies.

The Millers -- two young sisters left without parents to care for them, Carrie and Nicole must rely on each other and work to make ends meet as they tread into the treacherous waters of money, power and romance.

The McKayes -- Ethan and Jen McKaye struggle to cope with the sudden death of their son while trying to keep Adrien Varland from destroying their family business. Adding to Ethan's problems is his brother Ryan who works for Ethan's nemesis, Adrien Varland.

Co-produced by Toronto-based Blueprint Entertainment and Vancouver-based Boardwatch Productions, in association with Canadian broadcaster CTV, Whistler features an exciting, multigenerational ensemble cast that boasts Canada's newest break-out stars -- such as David Paetkau (LAX, CSI:Miami, Final Destination 2,) as the doomed Olympic Gold Medalist Beck McKaye; Jesse Moss (Final Destination 3) as Quinn, Beck's shy, introspective brother; Amanda Crew (Final Destination 3, She's the Man) as Beck's beautiful girlfriend Carrie Miller; Brendan Penny (The L Word) as A.J. Varland, the local bad boy, thrill-seeker and sometimes-friend to Quinn; Haley Beauchamp (Smallville) as Feeney, Quinn's best friend; Holly Dignard (The L Word, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate SG-1) as Nicole Miller, Carrie's older sister and surrogate mom; and Adam J. Harrington (Show Me Yours, The Dead Zone) as Quinn's uncle Ryan.

Established veterans include: Nicholas Lea (X-Files, CSI, Chaos) as Beck's father and manager Ethan McKaye, Ingrid Kavelaars (Dreamcatcher, Final Run) as Quinn's beautiful mom Jen while Christopher Shyer (Monk, Traffic) rounds out the talented cast as the powerful Adrien Varland, owner of the Varland Resort Complex.

Whistler was created by Executive Producer and Show Runner Kelly Senecal (National Lampoon's Going the Distance, Just Deal), who also wrote the first two episodes. He is joined on the creative front by the Writer/Executive Producer team of Tony Blake and Paul Jackson (She Spies, Charmed, The Pretender) as well as Writer/Co-Producers Russ Cochrane (Last Exit, The N's Radio Free Roscoe, MTV's Undressed) and Alison Bingeman (CSI-Miami, FX:The Series).

Blueprint Entertainment and Boardwatch Productions are the production entities for Whistler with Noreen Halpern and John Morayniss from Blueprint and Sam Feldman and Janet York from Boardwatch acting as Executive Producers for their respective companies.

CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It boasts the number-one national newscast, CTV News With Lloyd Robertson, and is the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTV owns 21 conventional television stations across Canada and has interests in 14 specialty channels, including the number-one Canadian specialty channel, TSN. CTV is owned by Bell Globemedia, Canada's premier multi-media company. More information about CTV may be found on the company Web site at http://www.ctv.ca.

The N, the nighttime network for teens, is a programming arm of MTV Networks and is currently available in 48 million households via cable, digital cable and satellite television. The N's mission is to be the authentic voice for teens and help them figure out their lives with relevant, topical programming on-air and online at the network's web site http://www.the-n.com. The N airs everyday from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. (ET). The N and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.

Web Site: http://www.the-n.com

  [may 2006]  


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