YTV’s In Real Life returns on October 4

Cooler experiences, more drama, crazier twists and a unique online game make for an exciting second season of the popular YTV reality series “In Real Life” (10 x 60′).

In season two, 18 new kids, aged 12-14 and from 15 different Canadian cities, race across North America to compete in heart-pounding, real world challenges – from high-tech espionage and video gaming to lobster fishing – for a chance to win the amazing ultimate prize – college tuition money and an all-expense paid family vacation.

This season also includes the never-before-seen online companion game “Race to the Finish.” While playing the game, kids at home accumulate points that they can then put toward their favourite TV challenger. The two challengers with the most points in the online game are actually brought back to compete again in a bonus webisode after the show’s finale.

Comedian and Gemini-nominated host Sabrina Jalees returns to guide the challengers. Season two of the 10 episode series “In Real Life” season two (10 x 60′) premieres Mon., Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on YTV. The series is produced by Montreal-based Apartment 11 Productions.

In each episode, the challengers race to complete a series of tasks related to an occupation – from dolphin training in Key Largo, FL to rescue missions in Ontario’s bush country. Each challenger’s objective? Avoid elimination by crossing the finish line as quickly – and as correctly – as possible. At the end of each race, the first team to arrive chooses between one of two prizes: an actual physical prize (The Big Reward), or a strategic prize that lets the team thwart another team’s efforts in the next race (The Wrench). There is also a ‘Shield’ hidden on each racecourse that, if presented by a last place team, can save them from elimination. The first person to cross the last finish line wins the ultimate prize.

New this year, the series introduces “Race to the Finish,” an online gaming extension of the show, which debuts on the same day as the season premiere on October 4. In the game, kids at home can create an avatar and then play and accumulate virtual points for their favourite TV challenger.

The two TV challengers who have the most online points at the end of the run – no matter when they were eliminated from the TV series – have the chance to compete in an exclusive “In Real Life” bonus webisode finale for a new prize.

Players can access the game through http://www.YTV.com and at http://inreallife.ytv.com. The webisode finale airs after the TV finale. A sneak peak of the game launches on Monday, September 20 at http://inreallife.ytv.com where viewers can get acquainted with the new challengers.

The contestants come from fifteen different cities including Vancouver, BC; St. John’s, NF; Mississauga, ON; Guelph, ON; Thornhill, ON; Regina, SK; Niagara Falls, ON; Sainte-Thérèse, QC; Toronto, ON; Newmarket, ON; London, ON; Edmonton, AB; Inuvik, NWT; Weston, ON and Alberton, PEI.

Episode 1: Wilderness Rescuers
Mon., October 4 at 7 p.m. ET/PT
Challengers become wilderness rescue specialists with the help of the experts at Equinox Adventures. Working at dizzyingly high altitudes and in swift water rapids, teams race against the clock to rescue accident victims in Elora, Ontario. Every second counts as our teams battle extreme conditions and dangerous situations.

Episode 2: Spies
Mon., October 11 at 7 p.m. ET/PT
Challengers train like real spies in high stakes scenarios in Sainte-Catherine, Quebec. They compete against each other to set up a surveillance operation, locate a dropped package, bypass a super high-tech security system and decipher secret codes – which team will be the fastest and sneakiest?

Sabrina Jalees returns as the host of “In Real Life,” for which she was a Gemini Award nominee. At only 16, Sabrina began honing her comedic skills to become one of the most recognizable faces on the Canadian comedy scene.

 Early on, she broke Mike Meyer’s record for being the youngest artist hired by Second City. She was also the youngest stand-up comic to perform at Yuk Yuk’s. Sabrina is popular for her blunt and unique sensibility on Much Music’s “Video On Trial” and also appears in the network’s “Stars Gone Wild.”

Most recently, Sabrina can be seen in CBS’ “Flashpoint” in the role of Cassaundra. Other television credits include leading roles in YTV’s “System Crash,” Slice Network’s “Plastic Makes Perfect,” Animal Planet’s “The A List” and an appearance on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.”

(From a press release)

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