Family Channel greenlights a second season of breakout dance series The Next
Canadian original series debuts to record-setting premiere audience
TORONTO, April 9, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Family Channel announced today that it
has greenlit a second season of its original reality-style series The Next
Step. The serialized dance show, produced by Toronto's Temple Street
Productions , will have 26 half-hour episodes added to the production slate
and principal photography will get underway later this summer.
The commissioning decision comes just a month after the series debuted on
March 8 to Family's largest premiere audience for any series, acquired or
domestic, with an unprecedented 574,500 viewers tuning in (P2+ AMA). The reach
of the audience exceeded more than one million P2+ viewers for the show's
premiere. With Family's target audience of K8-14, the premiere was the #1
program of the week (March 3) on all television in the 7:00 p.m. timeslot, and
was the #3 program of the day with the target demo for all television,
following two episodes of Family Channel's Good Luck Charlie.(1 )
"Family is an industry leader when it comes to making innovative programming
that resonates with the tween audience," said Kevin Wright, Senior Vice
President of Programming, Astral Television Networks. "The Next Step is
something different for Family and we recognize that we took a bit of a risk
with the show. But we're delighted that our viewers have embraced the show in
a big way. The record-breaking viewership and incredible reaction demonstrate
that the show's appealing characters and relatable storylines really connect
with our audience. We are thrilled to order a second season of this creative
and highly entertaining series."
"The Next Step offers something viewers have been asking for in a tween series
- drama and dance with compelling characters and storylines. We are pleased to
be able to produce more episodes of this unique series for Family Channel,"
said David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, co-presidents of Temple Street
The Next Step follows the lives of a group of elite dancers at The Next Step
Dance Studio as they work to win the regional competition. When a talented new
girl joins the team, the studio's hierarchy is brought into question. But with
the regional championships fast approaching, the A-Troupe must work together
if they want to win and qualify for the national title.
Commissioned by Family Channel, The Next Step is produced by Temple Street
Productions and is executive produced by Frank van Keeken (Wingin' It, Kids in
the Hall, Billable Hours), Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier (Being Erica,
Wingin' It, Recipe to Riches). BBC Worldwide has acquired international
distribution rights. The Next Step is also produced with financial assistance
from The Shaw Rocket Fund.
Family Channel is a premium, commercial-free network offering the best in
family television entertainment in approximately 6 million homes across
Canada. Dedicated to celebrating family life and providing a fun experience
for all, Family airs a unique mix of series, movies and specials, with a large
portion of programming supplied by Disney. Family Channel also offers Family
OnDemand, a television-based Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) service and
Family OnLine, an Internet-based, broadband service. Both of these services
offer hit Disney movies and series, top-rated Canadian series to subscribers
when they want it, where they want it. Visit us at Family.ca.
Family Channel is a member of the Astral family. Astral Media Inc. (TSX:
ACM.A/ACM.B) is one of Canada's largest media companies. It operates several
of the country's most popular pay and specialty television, radio, out-of-home
advertising and interactive media properties. Astral plays a central role in
community life across the country by offering diverse, rich and vibrant
programming that meets the tastes and needs of consumers and advertisers. To
learn more about Astral, visit astral.com.
For artwork and series information, visit http://press.astral.com
1. The Next Step. Source: BBM/NMR (Infosys Program module): P2+ AMA
All Locations Total Canada 574,500 - March 8 - 7:00 p.m. ET/PT -
Jaime Werby, Astral Television Networks, 416-956-8584 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pam Wilson, for Temple Street Productions, 661-799-9102
SOURCE: Family Channel
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