NBC announced that the new, critically acclaimed series "quarterlife
" from Emmy Award-winning creator-producers Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick
will premiere on February 18 (9-10 p.m. ET) as an hour-long drama series.
NBC's partnership with "quarterlife" will also allow the network to distribute the series on NBC.com.
The series, which originally launched on MySpace on November 11 and on quarterlife.com November 12, represents the first time that a network-quality series was produced directly for the Internet. It also marks the first time that an independent project of this kind has been owned and controlled by its creators -- as well as the first occasion that an Internet series has been created alongside a social network, quarterlife.com.
The "quarterlife" series tells the ongoing stories of six creative people in their 20s. As with Herskovitz and Zwick's previous television projects, the team's commitment to realism is at the center of "quarterlife" as is the recognition of universal human themes through the truthful depiction of the way young people speak, work, think, love, argue, and express themselves.
The central character is Dylan (Bitsie Tulloch), a young woman whose overly truthful video blog -- at quarterlife.com -- spills the closest secrets of her friends, and the show's characters -- filmmakers Danny (David Walton) and Jed (Scott Michael Foster), actress-bartender Lisa (Maite Schwartz), geek-extraordinaire Andy (Kevin Christy), and Debra (Michelle Lombardo
), who is still tied to her parents. Together, they chart the sometimes excruciating, sometimes comic, often emotional experiences that comprise coming of age as a part of the digital generation. Barrett Swatek
also stars as Brittany.
There are 36 webisodes in the first season of "quarterlife." Two 8-10 minute webisodes air on MySpace each week, on Sundays and Thursdays at 12 AM, which are released on quarterlife.com the following day. Additionally, several online promotional partners also feature webisodes of "quarterlife" which will include NBC.com.
The web segments eventually will be edited together into a several one-hour dramas for broadcast on NBC in February. These full episodes will stream on NBC.com following each airing on NBC.