The first episode will debut on Nick-at-Nite on Monday, June 11 and will repeat every night through Friday. The following week, the regular weeknight airing of the show begins.
HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS centers on Loren Tate (Brittany Underwood, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), a shy teen whose musical aspirations inch closer to reality when she wins a songwriting contest sponsored by Eddie Duran (Cody Longo, Fame), a rock star at the top of his game. Although Loren and Eddie’s budding partnership – on-stage and off – faces obstacles, their strong family bonds inspire them to keep going. Loren finds the support system she needs in her single mom, Nora (Jama Williamson, PARKS AND RECREATION), as Nora returns to the dating scene for the first time in years. Meanwhile Eddie’s unbreakable bond with his father, Max (Carlos Ponce, Couples Retreat, telenovela actor/singer) – strengthened by family tragedy – is challenged by Eddie’s budding romance with a beautiful, but manipulative model and aspiring actress, Chloe Carter (Melissa Ordway, 17 Again). As Loren begins a meteoric rise on the music scene and Eddie’s star begins to fade, together they learn that the road to love and stardom often carries a heavy price tag. Justin Wilczynski (Kaya) also stars as Eddie’s bitter former friend, Tyler Rorke.
In the first episode below, Rock star Eddie Duran and girlfriend Chloe return to hometown LA for the last concert of his tour. Super-fan Loren and her best friend Melissa are able to talk their way into the show just as he hits the stage.
The series is executive produced by six-time Emmy Award-winner Jill Farren Phelps (GENERAL HOSPITAL, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and co-executive produced by Hisham Abed (THE HILLS, THE CITY) and Josh Griffith (THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, AS THE WORLD TURNS) who also serves as head writer. Phelps has worked as an executive producer at all three major broadcast networks producing daytime dramas, for a total of five programs. She began her television career on SANTA BARBARA where she ultimately rose to Executive Producer and later served as Executive Producer on GUIDING LIGHT before going to ANOTHER WORLD in the same capacity. Afterward, Phelps returned to ABC Daytime serving as Executive Producer of ONE LIFE TO LIVE and later moved to executive produce GENERAL HOSPITAL from 2001-2011.
Emmy Award-winning writer/producer Josh Griffith has a proven track record in writing and developing hit programming. Having served as writer/head-writer on such long-running daytime serials as ONE LIFE TO LIVE, AS THE WORLD TURNS, SANTA BARBARA and more recently as Executive Producer of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, his work garnered him four Daytime Emmy Awards and four Writer’s Guild Awards. Abed has served as Director on MTV’s groundbreaking docu-drama, LAGUNA BEACH: THE REAL O.C. The success of the series led him to continue on with the network’s subsequent hit docu-dramas, THE HILLS and THE CITY, for which he received critical praise.
Griffith's writing team includes Valerie Ahern, Brent Boyd, Catherina Ledeboer,Christian McLaughlin, Sally Sussman Morina, Greg Schaffer,Jed Seidel, Lisa Seidman and Flint Wainess.
The show is directed by Owen Renfroe, winner of four Emmys for his work on GENERAL HOSPITAL and nominated again this year.
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