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CW Orders Comedy Series From Digital Studio THR

The youth-skewing broadcast channel CW is going digital for its next comedy series. The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed reports that the network has ordered the series "Backpackers" from its digital studio CW Seed.

"The CW will reconstitute the online episodes into the first four half-hours, with six more Web installments filmed but yet to be streamed. The network has ordered 10 half-hour episodes for a summer debut. The first four episodes will contain episodes from the digital series and the final six will be written and produced specifically for the CW," the story reports.

THR adds: "This marks the first time an online series produced by the broadcast network's digital studio will make the transition. 'Backpackers,' which stars Dillon Casey and Noah Reid as two friends backpacking across Europe after one of them is dumped by his girlfriend, will air in the summer. Giacomo Gianniotti co-stars in the series."

A reality series, "The Real Backpackers," is also in the works as a complement to the scripted show.

"Guide Annie Unnold will travel to the same locations as her fictional 'Backpackers' counterparts, going behind the scenes to find the best places to eat, drink and party -- first in Europe and then in Canada," the article reports.

Said Rick Haskins, executive VP, marketing and digital programs, for the CW: “Since launching last year, one of our missions for CW Seed was for it to serve as an incubator for new talent and new ideas. We're very excited to see 'Backpackers' turn from a shortform digital series into a full-length broadcast television show, and we are continuing to look at CW Seed for other possibilities to transform content and for creative new ways of doing business.”