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2/13/2013
ABC Spark Continues Its Original Programming Momentum

Network adds two new reality series Dancing Fools and The Vineyard

New pilots join The Fosters, executive produced by Jennifer Lopezand Twisted with Canadian Actor Avan Jogia

Corus Entertainment’s ABC Spark today announced that it will be airing two reality series, Dancing Fools, which will be hosted by Melissa Peterman, star of the network’s hit comedy series, Baby Daddy, and a docu-soap, The Vineyard (working title). Production on both series will begin this spring.

Dancing Fools is a half-hour unscripted comedy hosted by Melissa Peterman, who also stars in ABC Family’s Baby Daddy. The series is created and executive produced by Phil Gurin (The Singing Bee, Oh Sit), the series is produced by the Gurin Company.

The Vineyard, a dramatic coming-of-age docu-soap, follows a handful of 20-somethings in Martha’s Vineyard for the summer. Tight quarters, new friends and new rivals, all living, working and playing together, make this picturesque playground ripe for mischief and romance. The Vineyard is created and executive-produced by Dave Broome (Biggest Loser) and Brian Smith (Masterchef). The series is produced by 25/7 Productions.

Both reality series will premiere this summer with the recently announced one hour dramas The Fosters, from executive producer Jennifer Lopez, and Twisted, from executive producer Gavin Polone.

About Baby Daddy
Baby Daddy returns for its second season in May 2013. The series follows Ben, played by Canadian actor Jean-Luc Bilodeau, a young man in his early 20s living the life of a bachelor as a bartender in New York City with his buddy, Tucker (TahjMowry), and his brother, Danny (Derek Theler), a professional hockey player. Their lives are turned upside down when they come home one day to find a baby girl left on the doorstep by an ex-girlfriend of Ben’s. After much deliberation, Ben decides to raise the baby with the help of his friends and his protective and sometimes over-bearing mother, Bonnie (Melissa Peterman), and his close female friend, Riley (Chelsea Kane), who has had a secret crush on him since childhood. Riley is hopeful that Ben will finally take notice, but she doesn’t realize that Ben’s brother, Danny, is harboring a secret crush on her.

About The Fosters
From executive producer Jennifer Lopez, (American Idol, What to Expect When You're Expecting,The Back-Up Plan) and created by Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige (Queer As Folk), who will also serve as writers and executive producers, The Fosters stars Teri Polo (Meet the Parents), Sherri Saum (In Treatment), Jake T. Austin (Wizards of Waverly Place, Hayden Byerly (Parenthood), David Lambert (Aaron Stone), newcomer Maia Mitchell (star of Disney Channel's upcoming Teen Beach Movie), Danny Nucci (Titanic) and Cierra Ramirez (The Secret Life of the American Teenager). The series is a one-hour drama about a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms. Joanna Johnson (Make it or Break it), Simon Fields, Benny Medina and Greg Gugliotta will also serve as executive producers. The series is produced by Nuyorican Productions, Inc., and Prodco, Inc.

About Twisted
Twisted (formerly Socio) is a one-hour mystery full of twists and turns that is centered on a charismatic 16-year-old, played by Canadian actorAvanJogia,with a troubled past who recently reconnected with his two female best friends from childhood. He becomes the prime suspect when a fellow student is surprisingly found dead in her home. The series will be executive-produced by Gavin Polone, (Gilmore Girls, Zombieland, Curb Your Enthusiasm, My Boys, Jane By Design) David Babcock (Brothers & Sisters) and Adam Milch (Greek), who also wrote the pilot. The drama stars AvanJogia, MaddieHasson (The Finder), Kylie Bunbury (Prom), Kimberly Quinn (Terriers), Sam Robards (Treme, Gossip Girl), newcomer Ashton Moio and Denise Richards (Two and a Half Men). The series is produced by Prodco, Inc.

ABC Spark is available in Canada through a license agreement between Corus Entertainment and Disney/ABC Television Group. Built on the foundation of the successful U.S. brand ABC Family, ABC Spark is a multiplatform offering featuring original series and movies, as well as general entertainment programming. The 24-hour channel has the same values, look, tone, essence and feel of ABC Family in the U.S. www.abcspark.ca

About Corus Entertainment
Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing, children’s animation and animation software. The Company’s multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), ABC Spark, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), CosmoTV, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press, Toon Boom and radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.

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