The N Hits the Slopes This Winter as New One-Hour Drama Whistler Slides Into Production in Vancouver, BC

The N's First Original Hour-Long Dramatic Thriller Will Premiere Fall 2006



Nov 30, 2005, 00:00 ET from The N

    NEW YORK, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Snow, scandal, and mystery set in one of
 the world's most glittering winter playgrounds is the backdrop for Whistler,
 The N's first ever hour-long dramatic thriller.  The N, the nighttime network
 for teens, announced today they have teamed up with co-producers Toronto-based
 Blueprint Entertainment and Vancouver-based Boardwatch Productions, in
 association with Canadian broadcaster CTV, on a new, 13-part dramatic series
 set to air on The N in Fall, 2006.  Production on Whistler continues in and
 around Vancouver through April, 2006.
     Whistler takes viewers behind the tourist friendly facade of Whistler and
 into the lives of the locals who know all about what happens in the village
 that never sleeps.  They are the ones who can answer the question, "What
 secrets lie beneath the snow?"
     Scripted with wit and style, Whistler tells the story of the seemingly
 perfect world-class mountain resort that is the Mecca to elite athletes from
 all over the world.  But when local snowboarding legend Beck MacKaye (David
 Paetkau) returns home from the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics with a gold medal,
 only to be later found dead on the slopes, it sends shockwaves throughout the
 community.  Beck's mysterious accident forever changes the lives of the
 friends and family that knew and loved him -- all of whom have their stories
 to tell -- and their secrets to keep.
     Whistler features an exciting, multigenerational ensemble cast that boasts
 Canada's newest break-out stars -- such as David Paetkau (CSI: Miami, Final
 Destination 2, LAX) as the doomed Olympic Gold Medalist Beck Mackaye -- along
 with established veterans such as Nicholas Lea (X-Files, CSI, Chaos ) as
 Beck's father and manager Ethan McKaye.
     Additional rising stars in the Whistler cast include Jesse Moss (The Outer
 Limits, Final Destination 3) as Quinn, Beck's shy, introspective brother;
 Amanda Crew (Smallville, Life As We Know It, John Tucker Must Die) 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 veteran Ingrid Kavelaars (Dreamcatcher, Final Run) is Quinn's
 beautiful mom Jen while Chris Shyer (Monk, Traffic) rounds out the talented
 cast as the powerful Adrien Varland, owner of the Varland Resort Complex.
     "Teens will love Whistler's unique blend of drama and mystery," said Tom
 Ascheim, Executive Vice President, General Manager, The N.  "We are excited
 that Kelly Senecal has created an engaging series to introduce The N's
 audience to this genre -- a thriller that is an intriguing window into the
 world and characters behind the glitter of Whistler."
     "For years I've wanted to write a drama with a dark side -- a show that
 was part mystery, part family drama and part night-time soap," said Executive
 Producer and series creator Kelly Senecal. "Whistler is such a fascinating
 place.  You've got this tourist-friendly facade and pristine mountain
 environment, yet when the sun goes down there lurks a dark underbelly to
 resort-town society."
     "We are thrilled to be working with The N on their first one-hour drama,"
 said Noreen Halpern, Blueprint Entertainment.  "Whistler promises to be a
 smart, sexy, sophisticated series that delivers great characters in a
 beautiful setting with a fabulous mystery that will keep the audience
 guessing."
     "The scope and ambition of Whistler is a thrilling challenge that we are
 all up for," said Janet York, executive producer for Boardwatch Productions.
 "We have a spectacular cast and riveting stories to tell against one of the
 most beautiful backdrops on the planet."
     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 Moraynis from Blueprint and
 Sam Feldman and Janet York from Boardwatch acting as Executive Producers for
 their respective companies.
 
     The N, the nighttime network for teens, is a programming arm of MTV
 Networks and is currently available in 45 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 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.
 
     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 HYPERLINK "http://www.ctv.ca/"
 www.ctv.ca.
 
 

SOURCE The N
    NEW YORK, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Snow, scandal, and mystery set in one of
 the world's most glittering winter playgrounds is the backdrop for Whistler,
 The N's first ever hour-long dramatic thriller.  The N, the nighttime network
 for teens, announced today they have teamed up with co-producers Toronto-based
 Blueprint Entertainment and Vancouver-based Boardwatch Productions, in
 association with Canadian broadcaster CTV, on a new, 13-part dramatic series
 set to air on The N in Fall, 2006.  Production on Whistler continues in and
 around Vancouver through April, 2006.
     Whistler takes viewers behind the tourist friendly facade of Whistler and
 into the lives of the locals who know all about what happens in the village
 that never sleeps.  They are the ones who can answer the question, "What
 secrets lie beneath the snow?"
     Scripted with wit and style, Whistler tells the story of the seemingly
 perfect world-class mountain resort that is the Mecca to elite athletes from
 all over the world.  But when local snowboarding legend Beck MacKaye (David
 Paetkau) returns home from the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics with a gold medal,
 only to be later found dead on the slopes, it sends shockwaves throughout the
 community.  Beck's mysterious accident forever changes the lives of the
 friends and family that knew and loved him -- all of whom have their stories
 to tell -- and their secrets to keep.
     Whistler features an exciting, multigenerational ensemble cast that boasts
 Canada's newest break-out stars -- such as David Paetkau (CSI: Miami, Final
 Destination 2, LAX) as the doomed Olympic Gold Medalist Beck Mackaye -- along
 with established veterans such as Nicholas Lea (X-Files, CSI, Chaos ) as
 Beck's father and manager Ethan McKaye.
     Additional rising stars in the Whistler cast include Jesse Moss (The Outer
 Limits, Final Destination 3) as Quinn, Beck's shy, introspective brother;
 Amanda Crew (Smallville, Life As We Know It, John Tucker Must Die) 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 veteran Ingrid Kavelaars (Dreamcatcher, Final Run) is Quinn's
 beautiful mom Jen while Chris Shyer (Monk, Traffic) rounds out the talented
 cast as the powerful Adrien Varland, owner of the Varland Resort Complex.
     "Teens will love Whistler's unique blend of drama and mystery," said Tom
 Ascheim, Executive Vice President, General Manager, The N.  "We are excited
 that Kelly Senecal has created an engaging series to introduce The N's
 audience to this genre -- a thriller that is an intriguing window into the
 world and characters behind the glitter of Whistler."
     "For years I've wanted to write a drama with a dark side -- a show that
 was part mystery, part family drama and part night-time soap," said Executive
 Producer and series creator Kelly Senecal. "Whistler is such a fascinating
 place.  You've got this tourist-friendly facade and pristine mountain
 environment, yet when the sun goes down there lurks a dark underbelly to
 resort-town society."
     "We are thrilled to be working with The N on their first one-hour drama,"
 said Noreen Halpern, Blueprint Entertainment.  "Whistler promises to be a
 smart, sexy, sophisticated series that delivers great characters in a
 beautiful setting with a fabulous mystery that will keep the audience
 guessing."
     "The scope and ambition of Whistler is a thrilling challenge that we are
 all up for," said Janet York, executive producer for Boardwatch Productions.
 "We have a spectacular cast and riveting stories to tell against one of the
 most beautiful backdrops on the planet."
     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 Moraynis from Blueprint and
 Sam Feldman and Janet York from Boardwatch acting as Executive Producers for
 their respective companies.
 
     The N, the nighttime network for teens, is a programming arm of MTV
 Networks and is currently available in 45 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 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.
 
     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 HYPERLINK "http://www.ctv.ca/"
 www.ctv.ca.
 
 SOURCE  The N