Philadelphia Station to Air Award Winning College Produced Sitcom

By Kevin Eck 

Philadelphia CW affiliate WPSG is giving some Drexel University students the chance to show their work to a larger audience.

Saturday night at Midnight EST, the Philadelphia station plans to air the original student-produced sitcom called OFF CAMPUS.

According to the press release, the show is a “lighthearted and honest look at the confusing world that America’s young people face in today’s turbulent economic times..”


Apparently this isn’t just some schlocky college production, OFF CAMPUS has already won two awards from the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences. This year it won the College Production Award of Excellence and last year the show took home the “Outstanding Achievement in a Student Production” from NATAS.

“The TV Series Production class is intended to emulate as closely as possible the experience of producing a prime-time network television single-camera pilot, exposing students to the rigors of budgeting, scheduling, production and editing,” said Westphal College of Media Arts & Design TV Production & Media Management Program Director Prof. Andrew Susskind. “More importantly, OFF CAMPUS honestly reflects the unique uncertainties, challenges and possibilities of the world that awaits today’s college graduates.”

Jon Hitchcock, president and general manager of CBS owned station KYW and WPSG said in a statement, “CBS, and The CW Philly in particular, are delighted to have been able to provide a broadcast outlet for this student production since 2011. The fact that Drexel’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design can continue to produce programs of broadcast caliber is something both the College and all of us in Philadelphia can take pride in.”