Articles for Greek Season 1

Jacob Zachar stars as Rusty, an academically focused college freshman determined to have more fun in college than he did in high school, on ABC‘s new original TV series Greek.  Jacob took some time to talk to us at BuddyTV about his budding career and his new lead role as Rusty on Greek which airs Monday, July 9 at 9:00pm.  Read the full interview transcript and listen to the mp3 audio below. Read more »
At only 20-years-old, Amber Stevens has already accomplished what many her age only dream of. With a number of guest appearances on network television shows like CSI under her belt and being featured in the movie Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Amber most recently landed a role as Ashleigh on ABC Family’s Greek. Amber was kind enough to take some time out of her hectic schedule to sit down with BuddyTV to talk about Greek, her character, and what she’s hoping to accomplish as an actress and entertainer in the coming years. Read the full interview transcript and listen to the mp3 audio below.  Read more »
ABC Family‘s new series, Greek, has gotten low marks from Tri Delta, a collegiate sorority that has been active since 1888.  After seeing the pilot episode of the show, the organization issued a statement, voicing their opinion on how sororities have been depicted on the show. "The behavior depicted in Greek happens in sororities as often as doctors look like McDreamy [on Grey‘s Anatomy]," Michelle Shimberg, international president of Tri Delta Sorority, said in a statement issued July 9.  “Greek may make for good TV, but it‘s a far cry from reality for the vast majority of our members.  Women who participate in that kind of superficial and ‘mean girl‘ behavior are totally missing out on the true sorority experience." Read more »
Previously, it was reported that the real-life sorority, Tri Delta, expressed their displeasure with the premiere episode of ABC Family new dramedy, Greek.  The collegiate organization said that the series depicted the greek system inaccurately, with the show‘s opening scene “geared towards the superficial.”  As it turns out, Tri Delta is not the only collegiate group that has reacted negatively about the show. Numerous members of the greek community in Iowa State have also voiced their disapproval of the new drama series, claiming that it represents greek life in a bad light. Read more »
The new college dramedy, Greek, has been picked up for an additional 10 episodes by ABC Family.  The new series has been doing well in the ratings, with its third episode scoring high in key demographics, including females 12-34 (476,000), teens (370,000) and female teens (302,000).  It drew in an average of 1 million viewers. Greek, which premiered on ABC‘s sister cable network on July 9, follows its central character, Rusty (Jacob Zachar) as he attempts to erase his geeky high school persona by entering the most popular fraternity in college.  Meanwhile, Rusty‘s older sister, Casey (Spencer Grammer), a well-established sorority member, is not too happy about his plans to infiltrate the Greek system. Read more »
Real-life greek communities from around the country have continued to share their opinions of ABC Family‘s new dramedy, Greek, and although many of the comments have been negative, there are some who admit that overall, the series is harmless enough."It‘s just a TV series that‘s entertaining for others to look into greek life," Caihlin Durkin, director of new members at Penn State‘s Delta Gamma sorority, said.  "Even though it doesn‘t portray the greek community, I don‘t think Penn State students would take a television show into high consideration and base off that if they wanted to pledge." Read more »
Real-life fraternities and sororities have criticized ABC Family‘s Greek for its stereotypical depiction of the Greek life, but according to the cast and crew, the show is really more about getting the chance to start anew and finding a second family in an unfamiliar environment. “College is the time to say nobody knows who I am.  I can be whoever I want. It‘s liberating and exciting,” series creator Sean Smith told the Fresno Bee.  “And it gives you the opportunity to try new things and, more importantly, make mistakes in doing so.  I think that‘s something we also want to see with our characters." Read more »
Earlier this month, the British cable network, BBC Three, bought the UK rights to ABC Family‘s new dramedy, Greek.  The series is centered on the U.S. college experience and how the Greek system serves as a social minefield for the student community. All 20 episodes of Greek‘s debut season have been licensed to the BBC Three by Disney-ABC International Television.  Of the show, BBC Three Controller Danny Cohen said, "I‘m delighted to have Greek as part of our BBC Three drama offering.  It brings a very different kind of flavor to the channel, and is a further enrichment of the drama plans we‘re developing for the channel, including the pilots announced last month." Read more »
While networks are seeking ways to accommodate commercials, advertisers are finding ways to slip in their brand messages directly into programming.  ABC Family‘s Greek solves this dilemma by becoming the grounds of a multiplatform ad campaign. Greek is a teen drama that follows the story of Rusty (Jacob Zachar), a college freshman who aspires to join a fraternity to leave his geeky high school reputation behind.  The cast also includes Spencer Grammer (Casey Cartwright), Scott M. Foster (Cappie), Jake McDorman (Evan Chambers) and Paul James (Calvin Owens) among others. Read more »
The first season finale of Greek will air next week, and according to actor Paul James, viewers can expect a lot from the episode, including something that involves his character revealing his homosexuality to the fraternity. “Something happens in the tenth episode, the season finale, which has [Calvin‘s coming out to the fraternity] in it. I can‘t give away that,” Paul James told After Elton.  “But the tenth episode is… very dramatic and there‘s a lot of stuff going on.  It‘s like the [expletive] hits the fan pretty much.  And then next season we just sort of explore what the house means to Calvin.” Read more »
Tonight, ABC Family will air the highly anticipated season finale of Greek. Helping to seal its first season is Charisma Carpenter, actress popularly known for playing Cordelia Chase on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and its spin-off series Angel.In the season finale episode entitled "Black & White and Read All Over," the whole campus will be engulfed with chaos and controversy when the entire Greek system, which includes sorority secrets and fraternity fraud, are revealed in a shocking college newspaper article. The brothers and sisters of Omega Chi, Zeta Beta Zeta, as well as Kappa Tau are raging to figure out who the undercover culprit could be. Meanwhile, after navigating some troubled waters with her boyfriend, Ashleigh (Amber Stevens) turns to Calvin (Paul James) for support and even goes so far as to hit on him, only to learn he has a secret. Read more »
Amber Stevens is most known for her portrayal of Ashleigh on ABC Family‘s Greek, but while the show is on a break, the young actress has been busy pursuing another one of her passions: singing. Stevens has always been interested in music, and has been playing piano for twelve years.  While she has yet to earn awards for her acting prowess, she has won several singing competitions, and has even sung back-up for Gladys Knight.  She also participated in the on-stage chorus for FOX‘s American Idol. Read more »
Maybe you don‘t like fraternities and sororities. Maybe you hate nepotism and therefore refuse to watch a show starring Kelsey Grammer‘s daughter. Or maybe you‘re just inherently opposed to anything on ABC Family. Whatever the reason, odds are that you haven‘t discovered Greek, a dramedy about college life that returns with the second half of its first season tonight at 8pm on ABC Family. I‘m here to tell you it‘s well worth watching.Greek is one of the most likable shows on TV, full of wit and emotional drama. It follows mismatched siblings Rusty and Casey Cartwright (Jacob Zachar and Spencer Grammer) as they navigate Greek life at the same college. He is a nerdy physics savant who longs to break out of his shell while she is the newly minted president of her sorority. Read more »

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