Family Channel orders Next Step spinoff The Music Room


From a media release:

After experiencing record-breaking success with the reality tween dramaThe Next Step, Family Channel is teaming up with Temple Street Productions and creator Frank van Keeken on a new half-hour show, The Music Room. A tween drama featuring an entirely original soundtrack, the series follows a group of young performers who are members of an elite music program. Family has ordered 26 episodes with production slated to start this Spring.  

The Music Room follows the lives of a group of musicians who are part of an exclusive after-school music program. Each year, in order to get in, students audition for the group’s current members who select a small number of performers to join their ranks. Ultimately the group’s leader, Mr. T., has the final say on new members, as well as who will have the opportunity to go on the annual live tour. He can’t guarantee that the members will have a music career when they’re finished at The Music Room, but the experience will help them become accomplished musicians.

Family has experienced great success with its production partners at Temple Street Productions. The popular series The Next Step, which returns for its third season on Monday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT, has received national recognition with such notable honours as the 2013 Shaw Rocket Prize and both the 2013 Digi Award and 2014 Canadian Screen Award for Best Cross-Platform Project – Children’s and Youth for The Next Step Interactive. The show is currently nominated for three 2015 Canadian Screen Awards: Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or Series, Best Writing in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series, and Best Performance in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series.

Created by Frank van Keeken (The Next Step, Wingin’ It, Billable Hours), The Music Room is produced by Temple Street Productions and is executive produced by Frank van Keeken, Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier (Orphan Black, Being Erica, The Next Step).