The Latest Buzz is a sitcom about five teenagers who become writers of a failing magazine called Teen Buzz. It is produced by and originally aired on the Canadian network Family. The new staff are compromised of:
Rebecca Harper, a happy-go-lucky, sugary sweet Team Mom who gets on the other characters (not to mention the audience's nerves).
Noah Jackson, the practical joker who has a crush on Rebecca.
Amanda Pierce, a selfish, Spoiled Sweet rich girl who often clashes with Rebecca and has a crush on Wilder. Wilder's long term love interest.
Wilder Wilder, an easy going Cloudcuckoolander who is Amanda's long term love interest.
Mr. Andrew Shepherd, the school media studies teacher.
D.J., the editor of Teen Buzz magazine.
Being a Canadian teen sitcom that airs on Family, there are no great surprises here; but there's some excellent UST between the two main couples Amanda/Wilder and Rebecca/Noah, as well as Michael's Ambiguously Gay antics. It was recently released on DVD after ending in April 2010.
Abhorrent Admirer: Yolanda to Michael. Michael doesn't like her that way, but starts dating her in the third season and having an on-again off-again relationship.
Alpha Bitch: Amanda's friend Caitlin in the episode "The Peer Pressure Issue" who's only mean to Amanda's friends.
Amanda also started off as one, but became more nicer throughout the series.
Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Rebecca's dad keeps embarrassing her in "The Parents Issue" when the Buzz has the "Take Your Parent To Work" day. She got so annoyed by his antics that she eventually calls him out on it, but only to hurt his feelings as a result.
Ambiguously Gay: Michael. Being a kid's show, they can't actually state that he is gay but he is a teenage boy who writes the magazine's gossip column, is obsessed with fashion, and loves musicals (and sings the female parts). The second season did try and show he was interested in women with varying levels of success.
Ambiguous Syntax: In one episode a psychic tells Michael that he will encounter "a 6-foot man eating chicken". He then sees his teacher, who is 6 feet tall, eating chicken and becomes convinced that the psychic is genuine.
Awful Truth: "The Truth Hurts Issue" had a plot where Amanda and Big Wilder are trying to convince Wilder that "Groundhog's Day" is not a real holiday.
Back Door Pilot: "The Meet The Wilders Issue" was slated as a back door pilot for the aforementioned Spin-Off series called Meet The Wilders, which would follow Wilder and his family, but was never picked up for some reason. See What Could Have Been below for more details.
The Bet: In "The Love Me, Love Me Not Issue", Amanda, Michael and Wilder make a bet about who can last longer without using their cellphone or having it. Guess who wins the bet? Amanda.
Beware the Nice Ones: Yolanda is a nice girl, but in "The Bully Issue", she becomes very controlling towards Michael and always bossing him around.
Bittersweet Ending: The series finale. The "sweet" parts are where Amanda and Wilder share their first kiss at the airport, Michael gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to star alongside in a movie with Dex Cobra and D.J. and Mr. Shepherd finally get married. The only "bitter" part is that The Boss announces that Teen Buzz are replacing the original staff with new students. Rebecca starts a Save Buzz rally so that they wouldn't be replaced by the new students, but comes to realize, after Noah informed her that things have to come to an end, including the Buzz, that leaving the place is for the best..
Breakout Character: Again, Wilder. He became one of the most popular characters on the show and was praised by fans with his goofiness and hilarious personality, even getting his own spin-off called Meet The Wilders that never got picked up by Family.
The Bro Code / Bros Before Hoes: Wilder talks about this when Michael dates Amanda in one episode calling it one of the "guy rules" specifically the rule "pals before gals".
In "The Mum's The Word", there's also the "mothers before brothers" rule.
Cassandra Truth: In "The Peer Pressure Issue", Amanda's friends keep telling her that Caitlin is being very mean to them. She doesn't listen to them until she finally sees her hurting Rebecca's feelings right in front of her.
No one doesn't believe Noah when he says that he's being stalked by Zuzu Moon until Rebecca walks in on Zuzu Moon kissing Noah!!.
The Cast Showoff: The actor who plays Wilder is an award-winning trampolinist, so naturally in one episode he shows off his skills.
Amanda's actress is also a singer, as well as singing the theme song she sings in three different episodes.
Disappeared Dad: Michael is probably the only kid out of the five who hasn't had his father seen or mentioned throughout the series. We've only seen his mom in two episodes, but not his dad.
Distracted by the Sexy: Wilder in "The Showdown Issue" completely loses his focus during a game of dodgeball while Amanda continues to flirt with him, only to lose at dodgeball for the first time by Michael.
Flash Back: The episode "The First Impressions Issue" showed flashbacks of how the gang first met each other.
Flash Forward: In "The Into The Future Issue", the gang gets a glimpse of what they're lives would be like in 20 years: Rebecca is an unsuccessful journalist (albeit lonely), Amanda is a famous singer and married to Michael, who is also her agent, Wilder is a fat millionaire with Noah as his servant, and D.J. is engaged to Mr. Shepherd, whose body is half machine. The gang at the end of the episode all take steps to assure that this future doesn't happen.
Game Show Appearance: Michael, Noah, and Wilder enter in a televised contest for the show Pizza Patrol.
The Ghost: "Daddy's Assistant", whom Amanda was constantly harassing on the phone. He finally appears on screen in the Grand Finale. Rebecca's Baba would likewise often be on the phone to Rebecca, but unlike Daddy's assistant, never made it on screen.
Also D.J.'s mother, who was often on the phone hassling D.J. about her (non-existant) lovelife.
Give Geeks a Chance: Despite not having any actual feelings for her, Michael does give Yolanda a chance of dating her.
Heel Realization: Amanda in "The Peer Pressure Issue" when she finally realizes that her friend Caitlin was being very mean to her friends. She says if she didn't join Teen Buzz, she would've still been mean.
He Who Must Not Be Seen: Rebecca's grandma, Baba and D.J.'s mother. Averted with Amanda's dad's assistant, who finally makes his appearance in the series finale.
The Makeover: In "The Makeover Issue", Amanda gives Rebecca a makeover when she wants to sit at the cool table for an article.
In one episode, Amanda gives Rebecca's bedroom a makeover also, but when it was done, Rebecca immediately hated how it was decorated.
Make Up or Break Up: Noah and Rebecca start going out, but break up when Rebecca found out that Noah kissed Zuzu Moon!!. They eventually get back together in the later episodes after they realize how much they miss each other.
Michael and Yolanda break up for a while and then get back together all of a sudden.
Same goes for D.J. and Mr. Shepherd, which they actually get married in the finale.
Averted with Amanda and Wilder, who don't get together until almost at the very end of the third season.
Another What Could Have Been example: There was originally supposed to be a Spin-Off of the series called Meet The Wilders, which would center around Wilder and his family. The episode "The Meet The Wilders Issue" acted as a back door pilot for the Spin-Off, but the series was never picked up. The unaired pilot series can be seen on YouTube.
My Own Private "I Do": In the Grand Finale, the stress of planning an enormous wedding (mostly to please D.J.'s mother) causes D.J. and Mr Shepherd to split up. When the kids at Teen Buzz find out, they arrange a private ceremony on the roof of the building and trick D.J. and Shepherd into turning up under false pretenses. They realize they really do love each other and go through with the ceremony.
Rip Tailoring: A variation occurs when Amanda gets a toner stain on her evening gown before a big awards ceremony. After trying and failing to remove the stain, she instead puts stains over the rest of the dress; turning it into a leopard spot pattern.
The Rival: Cody Herman towards the Teen Buzz staff.
Also Priscilla from Teen Buzz France towards Amanda as well as Teen Buzz France to the Teen Buzz in America.
Running Gag: Everytime when Mr. Shepherd is about to eat his lunch, someone would interrupt him by stepping into his office whenever they need to talk to him.