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The WB Brings Summerland to Network Next Summer

Even though this summer season isn't through yet, The WB is already making plans for next year. The network said Thursday that it had ordered 13 episodes, including the pilot, of Summerland. The family drama from Spelling Television stars Lori Loughlin. "We wanted to bring a broad-based, blue-sky series to summer, which is why we committed these resources to this series. We believe we are giving it its best chance to succeed," said WB Entertainment President Jordan Levin. Loughlin plays a successful public defender who lives by herself in a beautiful beach house. She is suddenly thrust into parenthood when her sister and brother-in-law die, leaving her to raise their three children.