I don’t watch a lot of TV, and definitely not on Saturdays (except for hockey of course) but for whatever reason I turned the old tube on this morning and started flipping through the channels. I’m also pretty picky when it comes to cartoons – I think the cartoons on TV these days are crap compared to when I was a kid (most people probably think the same thing about their childhood cartoons though I suppose). So I avoided the cartoons. Eventually I flipped all the way to channel 45, which is listed as TFCP (no clue what station it is) and discovered what appeared to be some sort of junior high comedy. I ended up watching most of it, mainly because the lead actress looked so familiar; I just couldn’t put a name to the face.
Enter IMDB, one of the most useful sites to ever exist. I checked the TV listings to see that the show was called Zoey 101, and a quick IMDB search revealed that the lead actress was none other than Jamie Lynn Spears! Being a former hardcore Britney fan (she’s a little crazy now though, don’t you think?) it was no wonder that I recognized her! I’d never heard of the show before though; here’s the plot summary:
Pacific Coast Academy, an all boys boarding school is accepting female students for the first time since the school was established. Zoey’s (Jamie Lynn Spears) little brother Dustin (Paul Butcher) is currently a student there. Zoey decides to be one of the first girls to become a student at PCA. This is very exciting, but also very scary. Fitting in at a new school is hard enough, but going away to boarding school and living on your own when you’re only thirteen can get a little crazy, especially when the girls are heavily outnumbered by the boys…
After watching the little bit that I did, it’s clear that the show is targeted at tweens. That being said, it wasn’t that bad. Anyway, makes me wonder what Jamie Lynn will be up to next. Maybe she’ll do the Hilary Duff thing, and go from TV to music, movies and beyond. At some point Hilary will be too old for that audience, and she’ll need a replacement!