The Latest Buzz

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The Latest Buzz
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Main cast
Genre Teen sitcom
Created by Brent Piaskoski
Starring Zoë Belkin
Munro Chambers
Demetrius Joyette
Vanessa Morgan
Justin Kelly
Genelle Williams
Jeff Geddis
Opening theme "The Latest Buzz",
performed by Vanessa Morgan
Composer(s) Pure West
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 65 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Brent Piaskoski
Steven DeNure
Beth Stevenson
Neil Court
Producer(s) Barbara Haynes
(supervising producer; seasons 2-3)
Location(s) Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Camera setup Film; Multi-camera
Running time 23 minutes
Production company(s) Decode Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channel Family
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original run September 1, 2007 (2007-09-01) – April 19, 2010 (2010-04-19)
External links
Website

The Latest Buzz is a Canadian teen sitcom from Decode Entertainment aired on the Family Channel, the series ran from September 1, 2007 to April 19, 2010. This is Family Channel's first original multi-camera sitcom.

In this series, a struggling youth magazine, Teen BUZZ, replaces its staff with actual teens. Instead of being in class, five young writers take their last period of the day at the magazine’s office, learning about the fast-paced world of publishing.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Rebecca Harper (Zoë Belkin) – A happy, eager girl, who sets her sights high and has big dreams, such as winning the Pulitzer Prize, Rebecca writes the Student Issues column, also known as 'In So Many Words'. She is the only one out of all her 5 co-writers that really intends to become a journalist. Her peers sometimes call her a nerd for being very efficient at things. She has a crush on her fellow buzz journalist Noah, and later on in the show they become a couple. Although she really likes Noah, she kisses Elliot on top of the Eiffel Tower under a full moon in Paris during the summer. When they all come back to school (The Back To School Issue) she accidentally blurts this out to Noah because she thinks that he's trying to tell her that he kissed Zuzu Moon. Instead, Noah breaks up with her but a few episodes later they get back together when they see what their lives would be without each other. She is best friends with Michael but becomes better friends with Amanda. Her catchphrase is "Oh, dear." Rebecca lost her mom when she was younger. She loves baseball, goes to the batting cages whenever she feels bad, and is a fan of baseball MVP Justin Morneau. She used to be a Zuzu Moon fan before the drama between her, Noah, and Zuzu started.
  • Wilder Gulliver Atticus Wilder (Munro Chambers) – Gaming obsessed and willing to try anything, Wilder covers Gaming. His column in the magazine is 'Game On'. As good-natured as they come, Wilder is completely clueless about everything except sports and gaming. Only in one episode does Wilder not win or be completely focused during a game, because Amanda tried to flirt with him, making him lose focus. Wilder has a crush on Amanda and he gives her a coupon for her first kiss with him. He also has a speech to give her and a binder with photos of her. He is very protective over his catchphrase which is "awestruck!" which originated when he first saw Amanda. Although Michael desperately tries to find out, Amanda is the only one of the writers who knows Wilder's full name (until it's revealed in a season 3 episode Meet the Wilders by his sister, Roxie to be Wilder Wilder). He is a great cook and when he teaches Amanda to cook he sabotages her meal by putting booms in it but later thinks better and jumps in front of the cake for her. He also has an adopted baby sister named Chu-Hui, revealed in season 3, and another sister, Roxie, who appears in the second to last episode, Meet the Wilders. He and Amanda become a couple in "the Hip-Hop Issue" and end the series a couple. They kiss in the finale, which is Amanda's first.
  • Michael Theodor Davies (Demetrius Joyette) – A quirky writer capable of reporting on big stories, Michael writes the Gossip column (also known as 'Name Dropping'). Michael is hip and always has so much to say about everything. He always has his camera with him, and is constantly trying to find out some celebrity news. A fabulous dresser with a healthy ego, Michael is best friends with Rebecca, but gradually becomes better friends with both Noah and Wilder. He is the first one to know about Noah's crush on Rebecca. He usually says his actions instead of actually doing them, such as "Gasp!" or "Gag!" In the third season, Michael dates Amanda for one episode. He later dates, breaks up with, and still has feelings for Yolanda Farquhar. He is a fan of the musical 'Good Witch Bad Witch' (a parody of Wicked) and can be seen frequently singing "Which witch should I be? Which witch is really me?", two lines from a song from the musical.
  • Noah Brent Jackson (Justin Kelly) – A sarcastic joker who frequently makes fun of others, Noah is considered the playful misfit, the kid you can't help but want to be around. The only difference is at work, his fellow writers can't afford to just dismiss him. Noah covers Music. and his column is 'Ear to the Ground'. He is the middle child and has a little sister named Carly (who is 6). Noah is in love with Rebecca, though he works hard at denying it. Before long Noah does admit his crush to Rebecca and they end up becoming a couple, although they break up at one point but get back together again. His nickname for her is R. He is funny and can always be counted on for a clever or sarcastic remark. He is also best friends with Wilder.
  • Amanda Pierce (Vanessa Morgan) – The magazine owner's daughter, Amanda covers Fashion. The "daddy's little rich girl", she is the fashion girl. Amanda gets everything she wants and lives a charmed life, but is very smart with the grades to prove it. She has a crush on Wilder. She and Rebecca may fight, but they are best friends. Amanda's column is 'Fashion Forward'. She and Wilder have chemistry, despite being major opposites. She gets a coupon for her first kiss from Wilder. She dates Michael in one episode. Many boys have a crush on her, but she just wants Wilder, even though she breaks his heart in the Summer Bash Issue. In the Hip-Hop Issue she brings a prince named Chase as her date to the dance, who looks exactly like Wilder (he is played by Thomas Chambers, Munro Chambers's identical twin). They fight over her in a dance-off, and though Chase wins, Amanda chooses Wilder because he has always "treated her like a princess." Whenever she has a problem she calls her daddy's assistant whose name she doesn't even know. She only wears Figarucci clothes. Her favorite singer is Sherrie Overwood and she dreams of becoming a singer. Her and Wilder become a couple in "the Hip-Hop Issue" and end the series a couple. They kiss in the finale, which is Amanda's first.
  • Mr. Andrew Shepherd (Jeff Geddis) – Mr. Shepherd is the school media studies teacher. His elaborate lunches (which he eats at his desk) are constantly interrupted by the kids seeking his advice. He went to high school with DJ. He has feelings for DJ. According to DJ, he always wins. They later get engaged, but in the last episode he breaks up with her, but then he, the journos, and Amanda's Daddy's Assistant conjure a wedding and they get married in the Buzz office.
  • DJ (aka Dianne Jeffries) (Genelle Williams) – DJ is the editor of Teen Buzz magazine. Although she is beautiful, she is very unlucky in love is often seen on the phone with her judgmental mother. DJ has also has feelings for Andrew and later DJ and Shepherd become a couple and get engaged.

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Zuzu Moon is a singer who likes Noah. She invites him go on her summer tour with her, to which he agreed. She kicks him off the tour when he refuses to kiss her. There is also drama between her and Rebecca about Noah.
  • Cody Herman is the teen buzz former TV writer who was always mean and selfish.
  • Big Wilder is Wilder's dad, who is just like Wilder except, bigger.
  • Mr. Harper is Rebecca's dad, who happens to be very different from Rebecca.
  • Yolanda Farquar is a nerdy but sweet girl who likes Michael and always seem to call him both his first and last name.
  • Mrs. Pierce is Amanda's stepmother who learns to bond with Amanda.
  • Mr. Pierce is Amanda's dad. He owns the magazine and is always busy.
  • Mr. Jackson is Noah's dad who is very busy which makes Noah upset.
  • Bossman is the boss of the Buzz head office and always has good news\bad news to deliver.
  • Daddy's Assistant is Mr. Pierce's assistant. Amanda has been seen talking to him on the phone, usually asking him to do something. He is seen in the final episode.

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Episodes[edit]

# of Episodes First airdate Last airdate
Season 1 13 September 1, 2007 December 15, 2007
Season 2 26 September 5, 2008 April 6, 2009
Season 3 26 April 20, 2009 April 19, 2010

Production[edit]

As part as Spring Break-Out celebrations, the Latest Buzz cast and Family and Cineplex Entertainment hosted a launch party for the show. From March 13 until April 2, the Latest Buzz cast visited Ottawa, Queensway, Oakville, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Winnipeg Cineplex theatres. Interviews featuring the cast of The Latest Buzz have been featured frequently on Disney Channel and Family.

DVD release[edit]

A best-of compilation DVD was released on May 11, 2010, by Video Services Corp.

Domestic and international broadcast[edit]

Country Network Series Premiere Title in country
Canada Canada (English) Family[1] March 10, 2007 The Latest Buzz
Canada Canada (French) VRAK.TV[2] May 28, 2007
Arab League Arab World MBC3 February, 2008
Australia Australia Nickelodeon (Australia), ABC1 April, 2007
Bangladesh Bangladesh Disney Channel (India) February 11, 2008
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Cartoon Network, Boomerang (Latin America) February, 2008 La última onda
Honduras Honduras (Spanish) Canal 6 (Honduras) February 9, 2008
Hong Kong Hong Kong ATV World December 14, 2008 最新留言
Hungary Hungary Cartoon Network (Hungary) September, 2008 Aktuális csízió
India India Disney Channel (India) February 11, 2008 The Latest Buzz
Republic of Ireland Ireland (English) RTE2 September, 2008 An Buzz is déanaí
Republic of Ireland Ireland (Irish) TG4 June, 2009
Israel Israel Arutz HaYeladim July 13, 2008 הבאז האחרון
Italy Italy Disney Channel (Italy), Rai Gulp November, 2007 l'ultima novità
Jamaica Jamaica Disney Channel, Cartoon Network February, 2009 The Latest Buzz
Latin America Boomerang (Latin America) February 9, 2008 La última onda
Poland Poland Cartoon Network (Poland) September 1, 2008 Najnowsze wydanie
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Cartoon Network, Boomerang (Latin America) February 9, 2008 La última onda
Romania Romania Cartoon Network (Romania) September 1, 2008 ultimele noutăţi
Singapore Singapore okto April, 2008 Buzz Terkini
United Kingdom United Kingdom Boomerang
Pop Girl
August 25, 2007 The Latest Buzz
United Kingdom United Kingdom Boomerang Media September 1, 2007
United States United States Family Room HD
(channel discontinued January 2009)
Starz Kids & Family
June 19, 2007
(Family Room HD)
March 1, 2011
(Starz Kids & Family)
Brazil Brazil Boomerang (Latin America) February, 2008 Zoação Teen
Portugal Portugal Nickelodeon (Portugal) September, 2008 as últimas novidades
Pakistan Pakistan Disney Channel (India) February, 2008 The Latest Buzz
Greece Greece ET1 (Greece) March 4, 2011 ΤΕΛΕΥΤΑΙΑ ΕΚΔΟΣΗ

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