California Dreaming (formerly titled Counting Stars) was a planned coming-of-age musical dramedy pilot. Casting took place during late 2019. Production on the pilot started in November 2020. The pilot was never greenlit to series and out of respect, Nickelodeon aired the pilot on December 16, 2021.
California Dreaming would follow a group of mega-talented freshmen at the most elite music performance boarding school in the country who compete to perform at the year end talent showcase.
- Jenna Raine Simmons as Jenna
- Liv Simone as Liv
- Angelina Green as Nina
- Ben Krieger as Ben Holland
- Max Fincham as Max
- Emmie Hunter as Mandy Redford
- Anthony S. Goolsby as Principal Joe Byron
- Ryan Tedder as Himself
- On February 19, 2021, actress Hailey Nicole Ralston confirmed being cast as a recurring character.
- NickALive! - Counting Stars
- NickALive! - Nickelodeon To Premiere 'California Dreaming' on Dec. 17 on TeenNick