Family Channel takes a leap with all-new series The Next Step
TORONTO, Feb. 7, 2013, 2013 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) --
CANADIAN ORIGINAL SERIES PREMIERES FRIDAY, MARCH 8 AT 7 P.M. ET/PT
Family Channel gets in to the groove next month with the highly anticipated, Canadian
original series The Next Step. Premiering Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m. ET/PT, the serialized reality-style drama series follows an elite group of
dancers striving to make it in the world of competitive dance.
Immediately following the premiere episode viewers can catch The Next Step Aftershow featuring hosted plotline breakdowns, interviews with the cast and
For the dancers in A-Troupe, The Next Step Dance Studio is like a second
home. The tightly knit group trains, rehearses and hangs out together
nearly every day. When talented newcomer Michelle joins the studio,
many of the dancers are thrilled - now, they have an even greater
chance of winning at regionals. But some of the girls let jealousy
cloud their judgment, putting their pride before the best interest of
the team. With the regional championships fast approaching, the dancers
need to set aside their differences, have some fun and learn to work
together as a team if they want to qualify for the national title.
In the series premiere episode, "Get the Party Started," dancers at The
Next Step Dance Studio audition for a spot on the A-Troupe. New
episodes of The Next Step will air regularly Fridays at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Fans looking for a preview of the show can check out The Next Step trailer on Family Channel's YouTube page.
Dancing turns to dialogue as the momentum continues on The Next Step Aftershow. Hosted by an energetic and entertaining young group, the series provides
audiences with behind-the-scenes footage, insightful commentary on
storylines and a chance to learn some of the cool moves seen on the
show. Debuting Fridays, new episodes of The Next Step Aftershow will be available online at Family.ca/thenextstep, where fans can access interactive polls and unlock videos to find out
more about the series.
Viewers can also pop, lock and hip-hop over to Family.ca to learn more about their favourite dancers and create fun dance
mashups. Family OnDemand also offers new episodes of The Next Step as they become available weekly starting March 8.
The Next Step stars Alexandra Beaton as Emily; Victoria Baldesarra as Michelle;
Trevor Tordjman as James; Brittany Raymond as Riley; and Isaac Lupien
as Eldon. Rounding out the troupe are Samantha Grecchi as Stephanie;
Tamina Pollack-Paris as Tiffany; Jennifer Pappas as Chloe; Brennan
Clost as Daniel; Lamar Johnson as West; Bree Wasylenko as Kate; Shamier
Anderson as Chris and So You Think You Can Dance Canada season four winner Jordan Clark as Giselle.
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.
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