From a media release:

YTV announces Mr. Young series finale this fall plus new and returning Canadian shows

New Canadian original series added to YTV’s programming slate include: Japanizi Going Going Gong!, a high-energy family game show with zany, larger-than-life challenges; the animated Nelvana comedy series OH NO! It’s an Alien Invasion; and a second season of the popular hit prank series Extreme Babysitting hosted by YTV’s popular on-air host Andy Chapman. And in November, after three successful seasons, Mr. Young takes its final bow on YTV with a five-episode arc that will keep fans on the edge of their seats as they tune in for the final hijinks between the series’ boy genius, Adam Young, his best friend and his high school crush.


Premieres: Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. ET/PT beginning August 3

OH NO! It’s an Alien Invasion is a hilarious Home Alone meets War of the Worlds style series for kids, in which a crazy band of partying aliens have invaded earth and hidden all of the planet’s grownups! This would make most kids uneasy, but not Nate; he’s been training for this moment his whole life. He and his Super Wicked Extreme Emergency Team (S.W.E.E.T.) are on the case to take back the world. Operating from their secret headquarters at the Swell-Mart, they must wage a resistance against the zany Brainlings (the Aliens), and find their parents. The animated series is produced by Nelvana Studio and written and developed by Philippe Ivanusic-Vallee and Peter Ricq, part of the creative team behind League of Super Evil.

Premieres: November

Japanizi Going Going Gong! is a Japanese-style family game show adapted from the popular reality show I Survived a Japanese Game Show. Audiences will experience the madcap world of Japanese game show culture complete with conveyor belts, dizzy chairs, giant fans and Velcro walls. Each episode features four teams of two contestants who, unbeknownst to them, are dropped into a Japanese themed world filled with crazy costumes, physical gags, over-the-top stunts and a cast of zany characters, including Host Yoshi, Judge Masa, a ninja named Shinobi and his four sidekick ninjas who all add to the excitement as players battle it out through three elimination rounds to be the final winner.


New episodes: Mondays at 7 p.m. ET/PT
Season finale: Sunday, September 22 at 7 p.m. ET/PT

It’s down to the wire as September brings three brand new episodes of The Next Star to the screen, leading up to the 90-minute grand finale broadcast live from Canada’s Wonderland on September 22. Watch as the Top 6 finalists give it their all in a last-ditch effort to secure votes and become Canada’s next star.

New season: November

Hosted by YTV’s Andy Chapman this half-hour hidden camera prank show takes teenagers, who think they know everything about looking after kids, and puts them to the ultimate babysitting test – one that they will never see coming. Extreme Babysitting sets out to push the ridiculous meter on the usually mundane world of babysitting, without letting the babysitter know that they are actually on TV.

New episodes: November

The final five episodes see Adam (Brendan Meyer) reflect on his experiences at Finnegan High School as his students get ready to graduate. And when a new teacher threatens everything he has achieved, Adam must work hard to try and turn the tables on him. But that’s not the only problem. Dang (Raugi Yu) has been called back to Vietnam to take over for Master Ki (Vincent Tong) as guardian of his village, prompting the Finnegan gang to follow and convince him to return to Finnegan for graduation.

From a media release:

YTV’s The Next Star Season 6 Premieres on Monday, July 15 at 7 p.m.

  • Hit talent competition introduces new second screen experience and new web series

Corus Entertainment’s YTV and Tricon Films and Television announced today the Season 6 launch of The Next Star. The only talent competition that showcases young singing sensations on a journey to break out as Canada’s next hit artists will premiere on Monday, July 15 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. After travelling across Canada, where over five thousand aspiring stars auditioned for their chance at a national platform for their talent, the finalists will come to Toronto to appear on The Next Star’s career-making stage.

The show’s returning music industry judges include R&B star Keshia Chanté, music industry exec Mark Spicoluk and Canada’s country sweetheart Tara Oram. This esteemed panel who have all experienced the ins and outs of being young, breakout stars, will have the tough task of narrowing this field of hopefuls to just twelve. Popular on-air YTV personality Carlos Bustamante (YTV’s The Zone, Big Fun Movies), will host this season and be there alongside the auditioning hopefuls during the incredible cross-country tour and throughout the in-studio competition.

YTV is introducing fans to a new second screen experience, Next Star Nation, which directly connects fans to the series. This second screen experience expands on the pre-existing cross-platform experience, where fans interact online by voting, participating in the Virtual Next Star Contest, playing Next Star themed games and watching exclusive video. Next Star Nation will also offer behind-the-scenes exclusive content, live tweeting and daily fan interaction to make this an experience that no YTV show has offered before, available online, by tablet and smartphone.

In addition to the second screen experience, fans will also have access to exclusive content online with two new web series: The Next Star Aftershow and Backstage Pass, hosted by Next Star Nation’s Mark “Suki” Suknanan.

As the competition heats up, one lucky contestant who doesn’t make the cut, will be given a second chance as a wild card to fly to Toronto and compete with the Top 12, bringing the total number of finalists who advance to the next round to 13. Viewers can look forward to additional elimination twists in Season 6 as well as surprise special guests.

From a media release:

YTV greenlights Season 6 of hit series The Next Star

  • Keshia Chanté, Tara Oram and Mark Spicoluk return as judges
  • New host to be announced on March 20

Corus Entertainment’s YTV is pleased to announce that the network’s top-rated series The Next Star will be back for Season 6. Hot on the heels of Season 5 winner Brooklyn’s popular single “Lemon & Lime,” The Next Star is anticipating another year of pop-star talent discovery. The series will premiere July 2013 on YTV and will follow the young finalists on their once-in-a-lifetime journey as they master their sound, style and stage presence.

JUNO Award-winning R&B/pop recording-artist Keshia Chanté, country sweetheart and TV personality Tara Oram, and A&R pro and label executive Mark Spicoluk return as this year’s judges and mentors. A soon to be announced new host will join the trio and embark on a nationwide, six-city search for Canada’s most talented young performers, one of whom will be crowned Canada’s Next Star.

Later this month, the identity of the new host and audition date schedule will be revealed on the show’s new cross-platform destination Next Star Nation. The Next Star 6 supporting social media pages will all fall under this hub, where #TNS6 devotees can have the ultimate fan experience, discover, share and become more involved in the show than ever before. With a rapidly growing and loyal online fan base, Next Star Nation will be the place fans can find breaking news, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage – including special clues about the new host prior to the official reveal – and sneak peeks of upcoming episodes and more.


From a media release:

YTV rolls out Life with Boys Season 2 during March Break celebration: New season premieres on Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Corus Entertainment’s YTV is launching Season 2 of its highly successful live-action comedy series Life with Boys beginning on Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. Produced by Nelvana Studio, the 18 x 30-minute season promises fans even more laughs and chaos among the returning characters as well as appearances by special guest stars including Brendan Meyer (Mr. Young), singer Victoria Duffield, and The Next Star’s Brooklyn Roebuck and Darren Espanto.

Torri Webster reprises the role of Tess Foster, the only teenage girl living in an all-male household, navigating the turmoil of teen life with her best friend Allie (Madison Pettis) right by her side. Together they manage their way through the ups and downs of life at home and school. In new second season episodes Tess and Allie decide to take a part-time job washing dogs, Tess and Gabe spontaneously team up as a musical duo and the whole family auditions for a dance contest.

Leading up to the launch, YTV viewers had a sneak peek of the new season with three Life with Boys specials for Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day that whet the appetite for regular Season 2 episodes to begin.

Other returning cast members on the series include: Nathan McLeod as Tess’ heartthrob older brother Gabe, Michael Murphy as her studious twin brother Sam, Jake Goodman as younger brother Spencer and Sandy Jobin-Bevans as her well-meaning father Jack.

In the premiere episode airing on Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m., the kids are thrilled to learn that Vice Principal Vitolo, the school’s top enforcer of student conduct, is resigning, but their elation turns to fear when they overhear their father, Jack on the phone being offered the job. Considering this a terrible alternative that will render them social pariahs, Tess organizes a plan to make Jack realize how much he loves being the gym teacher, so we won’t take the new position. Jack catches on and confronts them, only to learn that the kids were laboring under a misconception. He was offered the job as VP at Pineview High School. The kids are all relieved, except Tess, who realizes her problem has just gotten worse, because with Dad leaving their school she will no longer have him as her wrestling coach.

Life with Boys is created by Michael Poryes (Hannah Montana,That’s So Raven) and executive produced by Douglas Lieblein (Hannah Montana) and Tracey Dodokin (Detentionaire, Scaredy Squirrel). The series is produced by Nelvana Studio and Steven Bawol’s Helion Pictures.

From a media release:

YTV launches exciting original competition adventure series Cache Craze

  • Family teams compete in heart-pounding outdoor challenges to win prizes and take home the trophy
  • Former NHL star Brad May and daughter Samantha among the teams battling for top prize

Corus Entertainment’s YTV is launching a brand-new original competition show, Cache Craze, to debut on Saturday, March 9 at 6 p.m. The 10 x 60-minute series is a high-octane family treasure hunt inspired by the global phenomenon of Geocaching—an emerging GPS-aided game where teams search for hidden caches. In each episode of Cache Craze, family teams of two search for virtual caches that can only be unlocked after they climb, crawl and jump through over-the-top outdoor obstacles. Among the teams competing in the crazy challenges are NHL star and on-air sports analyst Brad May and his 13-year-old daughter, Samantha.

Climbing the towering masts of a tall ship to release pigeons, diving into barrels of tar, leaning out of helicopters to aim watermelon bombs and rowing across treacherous waters near Niagara Falls—those are just some of the Explorer Challenges that the show’s two-person, teen-led teams must complete in order to reveal the hidden locations of the caches to score points and avoid elimination. Only one team will emerge victorious, take home a cash prize and score the Cache Craze trophy.

Host and comedy star Ryan Horwood (Monster Warriors, Howie Do It), keeps the energy and laugh factor high by orchestrating the action and cheering the players on. The series takes place across a variety of unique locations such as a forest, an amusement park, an old heritage fort and a downtown city block.

Produced by 9 Story in association with YTV, Cache Craze Executive Producers are Vince Commisso, Steven Jarosz and series Co-Creator Kate Rigg (Dance Your Ass Off, Gonzo Girls). Series Producer is Barry Davis (Survive This).

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