Degrassi

Summer school sucks, unless it’s Degrassi summer school! Fans won’t want to miss the highly anticipated return of Degrassi to MuchMusic, with the Season 12 premiere, Monday July 16 at 10 p.m. ET.

The latest season of Degrassi is sure to bring on the heat with new storylines and students. Viewers can watch full episodes on muchmusic.com after the broadcast.

Season 11 of Degrassi ranked as the #1 Canadian series on MuchMusic for the broadcast year, among total viewers and among teens 12-17, people 12-34, adults 18-34 and 18-49 and female viewers aged 12-34, 12-17, 18-34, and 18-49.

In the dramatic season finale, Fiona and Imogen shared their first kiss and the will-they-won’t-they couple of the century, Eli and Clare, indulged in a not-so first kiss. With the premiere episode, “Say It Right”, (Part 1), the halls of Degrassi are full of fresh faces and returning favourites, ready for a whole new year of drama!

This year, with MuchCloser, the exclusive MuchMusic social rewards and loyalty program, fans of the series can watch Degrassi and then log on to muchmusic.com where they can earn points and rewards by interacting with the site- sharing, exploring, commenting and much more!

In the premiere episode, Drew (Luke Bilyk) is ready to break-up with Katie (Chloe Rose) for Bianca (Alicia Josipovic) but dreads the drama and looks to some liquid courage to get the job done. Clare (Aislinn Paul) wants to be with Eli (Munro Chambers) but worries that he doesn’t feel the same way. Plus, complicating life for the crew is the arrival of a dozen hotties, as Degrassi welcomes players from a junior hockey team to the school.

Encore episodes air Saturdays (2 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET) and Sundays from (8 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET) so fans can catch up on the week’s action.

Friday, May 18 at 9 p.m. ET on MuchMusic

Fiona and Imogen scheme to end Marisol’s Student Council reign. The plan? Throw an unforgettable end-of-semester holiday carnival. But with a huge family crisis looming, Fiona worries she may have over-promised. Clare makes peace with Alli but still needs the help of the one person who can actually write; Eli. Can these two put their differences aside and work together? Their relationship is put to the test and their true feelings come out. Maya is frustrated with her home life and matters are even worse at school as she’s stuck in an uninspired grade 9 band class. Music means everything to her and Maya fears that, left unchallenged, her passion for music may be slipping away.

Bell Media revealed today a first look at the sizzling summer specialty network schedules featuring more than 45 new and returning series and specials on Bravo!, Discovery Channel, E!, MTV, MuchMusic, MuchMore, SPACE and The Comedy Network.

Jam-packed with a bevy of buzzed about new series including DALLAS (June 13 on Bravo!), TWENTY TWELVE (June 18 on The Comedy Network), SNOOKI AND J-WOWW VS. THE WORLD (June 21 on MTV), FUNNY OR DIE’S BILLY ON THE STREET (May 31 on MuchMore) and SINBAD (July on SPACE), the specialty network’s summer schedules are also anchored by fan favourites including KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS (May 20 on E!), TOSH.O (May 29 on The Comedy Network), DEGRASSI (July on MuchMusic) and SHARK WEEK (Aug. 12-17 on Discovery Channel). Additional specialty network premiere announcements will follow over the coming weeks.

“Building on the strength of Bell Media’s specialty networks’ winter schedules, we’ve added a wide variety of fresh new programming that covers all the genres,” said Rick Brace, President, Specialty Channels and CTV Production. “From drama and reality to docu-series, we’re delivering entertaining series for every viewer, every night of the week and in every timeslot this summer.”

This winter, Bell Media’s specialty channels continued to enjoy tremendous growth and reach among Canadians. Reaching 78% of all non-sports specialty viewers in the average week, more than Shaw, Corus, Rogers or CBC stations, Bell Media also broadcast each of the top 4 programs, GOLD RUSH: ALASKA (Discovery Channel), CANADA’S WORST DRIVER (Discovery Channel), DOCTOR WHO (SPACE) and THE BIG BANG THEORY Marathon (The Comedy Network), on Canadian non-Sports specialty television this year (P2+, minimum 3 airings).

Specifically, Discovery Channel has reached more viewers in the average week than any other Canadian non-sports specialty (P2+); overall viewing (P2+) is up by 21% over the same weeks last year on Bravo! and The Comedy Network; E! is ranked by Canadians as the specialty channel with the best entertainment news*; SPACE ranks as a top 10 Canadian non-sports specialty channel (A25-54); and MuchMusic ranks among the top 10 Canadian non-sports specialty channels with a weekly reach of more than 1.9 million in the P12-34 demo.

Below is a chronological list of summer premieres by network. For complete series descriptions visit bellmediapr.ca (schedules are subject to change; visit bellmedia.ca to confirm local broadcast times):

 

Bravo!

June 13 at 9 p.m. ET: DALLAS – Series Premiere

June: SUITS – Season 2 Premiere

June: WHITE COLLAR – Season 2 Premiere

 

Discovery Channel

May 14-18 at 7 p.m. ET: DAILY PLANET “WAVE WARRIORS” – Theme Week

May 21 at 10 p.m. ET: RIVER MONSTERS – Season 4 Premiere

June 22 at 8 p.m. ET: SALVAGE HUNTERS – Series Premiere

July 6 at 10 p.m. ET: I DIDN’T DO IT – Series Premiere

July 22 at 8 p.m. ET: MIGHTY SHIPS – Season 6 Premiere

Aug. 12-17 at 8 p.m. ET – SHARK WEEK – Marquee Programming Event

Aug. 19 at 8 p.m. ET – NERVE CENTER – Season 2 Premiere

August 16 at 7 p.m. ET: THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Season 2 Premiere

August: CURIOSITY – Season 2 premiere

 

E!

May 20 at 9 p.m. ET: KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS – Season 7 Premiere

May 20 at 10 p.m. ET: MRS. EASTWOOD & COMPANY – Series Premiere

May 29 at 9 p.m. ET: LALA’S FULL COURT LIFE – Season 2 Premiere

June 4 at 9 p.m. ET: THE AMANDAS – Series Premiere

June 28 at 9 p.m. ET: BIG RICH TEXAS – Season 2 Premiere

June 28 at 10 p.m. ET: SHANNEN SAYS – Series Premiere

July 9: OPENING ACT – Series Premiere

August: MARRIED TO JONAS – Series Premiere

 

MTV

June 3 at 9 p.m. ET: 2012 MTV MOVIE AWARDS

June 4 at 10 p.m. ET: BROOKLYN 11223 – Series Premiere

June 21 at 10 p.m. ET: SNOOKI AND J-WOWW VS. THE WORLD – Series Premiere

June 21 at 10:30 p.m. ET: GUY CODE – Series Premiere

June 27 at 10 p.m. ET: REAL WORLD: ST. THOMAS – Season 27 Premiere

August 20 at 10:30 p.m. ET: WAKE BROTHERS – Series Premiere

 

MuchMusic

June 4 at 8 p.m. ET: TEEN WOLF – Season 2 Premiere

June 5 at 8 p.m. ET: PRETTY LITTLE LIARS – Season 3 Premiere

June 17 at 9 p.m. ET: THE 2012 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS

June 28 at 10:30 p.m. ET: AWKWARD – Season 2 Premiere

July: L.A. COMPLEX – Season 2 Premiere

July: DEGRASSI – Season 12 Premiere

September 9 – 2012 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS

 

MuchMore

May 27 at 8 p.m. ET: BEST INK – Series Debut

May 27 at 9 p.m. ET: GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS – SEASON 7 Premiere

May 27 at 10 p.m. ET: THE TOP 50 FIRSTS – Series Debut

May 31 at 9:30 p.m. ET: FUNNY OR DIE’S BILLY ON THE STREET – Series Debut

 

SPACE

May 23 at 9 p.m. ET: HOLLYWOOD TREASURE – Season 2 Premiere

July 4 at 9 p.m. ET: SCHOOL SPIRITS – Series Debut

July 23 at 10 p.m. ET: ALPHAS – Season 2 Premiere

July: SINBAD – Series Debut

July: THE ALMIGHTY JOHNSONS – Series Debut

 

The Comedy Network

May 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT: TOSH.0 – Season 4B Premiere

May 29 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT: TOTAL BLACKOUT – Series Premiere

June 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT: TWENTY TWELVE – Series Debut

August: THE ROAST OF (TBA) – Special Premiere

August: THE BURN – Series Debut

uchMusic New Episodes Return on MuchMusic

Exclusive One-Hour Premiere – Friday, February 24 at 9 p.m. ET (2 x 30 min.)
Determined this will be the best year ever, Fiona has two goals – make new friends and carve out a new reputation. Unfortunately the popular girls’ clique she so badly wants to be a part of does not include her quirky friend Imogen. When a game of truth or dare turns into a senior prank, how far will Fiona go to secure her place among the popular girls? And Jake hopes to take his relationship with Clare to the next level.

MuchMusic congratulates Canadian original teen drama DEGRASSI for its nomination for Outstanding Drama Series at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards.

This is DEGRASSI’s fourth GLAAD nomination. Held in New York (March 24), Los Angeles (April 21) and San Francisco (June 2), the awards celebrate the most outstanding images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the media.

Season 11 of DEGRASSI returns with all-new episodes Friday, Feb. 24 at 9 p.m. ET, exclusively on MuchMusic. Fans who need their DEGRASSI fix prior to Feb. 24 can tune into DEGRASSI TMI, featuring a re-generated first half of Season 11 including trivia and random commentary delivered via drop-in windows, airing Monday-Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

“What a great honour this is for the entire DEGRASSI team,” said DEGRASSI Executive Producer Linda Schuyler. “This nomination reinforces our continuing dedication to telling relevant stories about the LGBT community.”

“Bell Media is extremely proud of DEGRASSI as it continues to establish itself as one of the world’s most relevant and iconic series for all genders and all ages,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production Bell Media. “We look forward to continuing to watch DEGRASSI evolve, as its audience does.”

Hot on the heels of Valentine’s Day, fans can get set to celebrate their love for DEGRASSI as the Emmy®-nominated original Canadian series returns to MuchMusic with a one-hour special TV event, February 24 at 9 p.m. ET.

Kicking off the second half of Season 11 with two, back-to-back episodes, the kids of DEGRASSI are sure to heat things up this winter with 14, all-new, half-hour episodes.

Following the premiere event, new episodes of DEGRASSI will air weekly, Friday nights at 9 p.m. ET.

Each week during the broadcast, MuchMusic VJ Lauren Toyota is joined by DEGRASSI cast members for live hits and interaction with fans via Twitter.

Full episodes of DEGRASSI are also available on muchmusic.com after their broadcast premiere.   

The first half of DEGRASSI Season 11 was the #1 series on MuchMusic among adults 18-34, and the #1 Canadian series among total viewers, Teens 12-17 and Viewers 12-34 in the 2010-11 broadcast year. DEGRASSI powered Much to rank as the #1 specialty network in Canada during its timeblock (Monday-Thursday, 9-9:30p.m.) among A18-34, P12-34, F18-34, and F12-34.

In the premiere episode, determined this will be the best year ever, Fiona (Annie Clark) has two goals – make new friends and carve out a new reputation. Unfortunately the popular girls’ clique she so badly wants to be a part of does not include her quirky friend Imogen (Cristine Prosperi). When a game of truth or dare turns into a senior prank, how far will Fiona go to secure her place among the popular girls? Jake’s (Justin Kelly) hopes to take his relationship with Clare (Aislinn Paul) to the next level are realized when Clare decides she’s ready to have sex but when she begins talking about marriage, Jake is freaked-out!

Fans who can’t get enough of DEGRASSI can tune into DEGRASSI TMI, Monday-Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET, beginning Jan. 16. The “TMI” stands for “too much information” and that is exactly what is delivered. A motley team of DEGRASSI insiders and ace banterers give viewers a fresh take at the award-winning show. There is trivia, insider info and random commentary, all delivered via drop-in windows during each episode. It’s kind of like watching DEGRASSI with your know-it-all BFF, who just won’t keep quiet.

The new year is looking like a scorcher on Much as the channel announces steamy winter premieres.

Viewers will be star-struck with the new, sexy original series THE L.A. COMPLEX (Jan. 10).

DEGRASSI fans get the behind-the-scenes scoop with info nuggets and factoids with the premiere of DEGRASSI TMI (Jan. 16).

Hot fan faves return with all-new eppys of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (Jan. 2)  THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (Jan. 6), THE SECRET CIRCLE (Jan. 6), and GOSSIP GIRL (Jan. 16).

 

See full list of programming below.

 

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS – *New Episodes*

Returns Mondays at 8 p.m. ET, beginning Jan. 2

A month has passed since Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer were arrested, and a lot has changed in Rosewood, and with the girls. No longer the mighty four besties, the Liars are at each others’ throats, with Emily being iced out completely. But what could have divided them so severely? Has “A” finally won the game of divide and conquer? With Emily truly on her own, is she ripe for “A’s” picking?

 

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – *New Episodes*

Returns Fridays at 8 p.m. ET, beginning Jan. 6

Our favourite vamps are back to slay a few more times before the season comes to a close. In the episode premiering Jan.6, turmoil comes to Mystic Falls and to Stefan and Klaus. Will there be a new deal, or will a fight of epic proportion begin?

 

THE SECRET CIRCLE – *New Episodes*

Returns Fridays at 9 p.m. ET, beginning Jan. 6

The new year is more intense and powerful than last as Cassie’s powers get that much darker. Francis Balcoin, the newest ancestor in town has Cassie revealing the dark power that lives within her ancestry. The circle learns of this inherited gene and just how powerful it really is. Whatever it is Cassie has in her blood, it’s sure to cause a stir. 

 

DEGRASSI TMI – *Re-charged Season 11*

Monday-Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET, beginning Jan. 16

Just when viewers thought DEGRASSI had covered every teen experience imaginable, along comes DEGRASSI TMI, its sassy little sister! The “TMI” stands for “too much information” and that is exactly what is delivered. A motley team of DEGRASSI experts and ace banterers give viewers a fresh take at the award-winning show. There is trivia, insider info and random commentary, all delivered via drop-in windows during each episode. It’s kind of like watching DEGRASSI with your know-it-all BFF, who just won’t keep quiet.

 

THE L.A. COMPLEX – *New Series*

Premieres Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 9 p.m. ET

Full of new relationships, salacious temptations and make-it-or-break it decisions, THE L.A. COMPLEX’s coming-of-age dwellers grapple with life’s defining moments as they deal with the unreality of the show-biz industry. In the series premiere “Down in L.A.” after getting evicted and finding herself broke and desperate, Abby finds a place to crash at “The Lux” motel in Los Angeles. Here, she meets a group of like-minded, displaced dreamers and after a series of missed opportunities, mishaps, and a broken down vehicle, Abby starts to wonder if it’s time to go back to Toronto and give up her dreams, or if tomorrow will be her day?

 

GOSSIP GIRL – *New Episodes*

Returns Mondays at 9 p.m. ET, beginning Jan. 16

Riding in town cars with boys may sound appealing but for Chuck, Blair and her baby, it means life or death. If the newly reunited duo survive the crash, will this change the fate of their relationship? Will memories be lost?    

MuchMusic is THE one-stop-shop for a monster line-up this fall with the thrilling premieres of highly-anticipated new series, and returning fan favourites.

September is off to a chilly start with the premiere of a killer new series, DEATH VALLEY (Sept. 6) exclusively on Much, the bewitching new drama THE SECRET CIRCLE (Sept. 16), and the return of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (Sept. 16).

Speaking of wicked, more catty drama is set to unfold with the return of GOSSIP GIRL (Sept. 26) with all new episodes exclusively on Much.  

If that’s not enough to slay viewers, the bloody-good horror-comedy TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL(Sept. 6) makes its debut on MUCH. Honouring some frighteningly good Canadian musical talents is POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE 2011, (Sept. 19) streaming live exclusively on muchmusic.com, and airing on Much, Sept. 24.

Viewers can expect more thrilling programming in October with the premiere of SCARE TACTICS, a reality series hosted by Tracy Morgan and DEGRASSI fans can prep for Halloween with an all-new, one-hour spook-tacular special. Also returning is MuchOriginal series BORN TO BE.

 

MuchMusic Premieres

 

DEATH VALLEY – **New Series** 

Premieres Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 9 p.m. ET on MuchMusic 

DEATH VALLEY is the dark comedy that follows the cops that capture the monsters, and the camera crew that captures the cops. This ground-breaking series follows the horrific yet comedic exploits of the newly formed Undead Task Force (UTF), a division of the LAPD created to combat the emergence of monsters in the San Fernando Valley. Death Valley showcases the outrageous and courageous men and women working the toughest beat in the US: Death Valley.

 

TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL – **New Series** 

Premieres Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 9:30 p.m. ET on MuchMusic 

The Book of Pure Evil is on the loose in the halls of Crowley High. The book is full of awesome power and the ability to make your deepest darkest dreams come true, but at a horrifying cost. Standing in the way between the end of the world and The Book of Pure Evil is one teenager named Todd. He’s flunking math, but he’ll save our asses, whether he likes it or not.

 

POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE 2011 

Exclusive TV Broadcast on Saturday, September 24 at 10 p.m. ET

Live stream of the event on muchmusic.com, Monday, September 19 at 8 p.m. ET  

POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE is one of the most coveted awards in Canadian music

and MuchMusic helps celebrate its 6th anniversary at the legendary Masonic Temple in

Toronto. A group of esteemed music journalists, broadcasters, and music bloggers reveal the winner of the $30,000 prize for the best full-length Canadian album. Co-hosted by MuchMusic’s Damian Abraham, the gala on Sept. 19 will feature performances by Short Listed artists Austra, Braids, Galaxie, Hey Rosetta!, Ron Sexsmith and Timber Timbre.

 

SCARE TACTICS – **New Series**

Season 5 Premieres October (TBA)

Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan of 30 ROCK and SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE returns as host and executive producer of this the frighteningly funny hidden-camera show. Now in its fifth season, SCARE TACTICS has friends and loved ones setting unsuspecting victims in elaborately staged and scary situations involving movie-style special effects and makeup. The horror hoaxes are skilfully designed to tap into the wildest fears of the prank’s prey. Viewers laugh along to the hilarious reactions of the series stars as they are caught off guard and on camera.

 

DEGRASSI

DEGRASSI **All-New Special**

Premieres October (TBA)

School may not be out in October, but the kids of DEGRASSI are in for a treat…or a trick with this one-hour gripping special.

 

Returning Favourites

 

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – ** Returning Series ** 

Season 3 Premieres Friday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. ET 

Season three opens the door to learn more about Klaus and The Original Family as his motives for wanting Stefan on his side are finally revealed.  As Stefan sinks deeper into the dark side, Damon and Elena struggle with the guilt of their growing bond even as they work together to bring Stefan back from the edge.  The ghosts from Jeremy’s past have a powerful message they’re trying to deliver to him, not to mention the impact they’re having on his relationship with Bonnie. And as Caroline and Tyler grow closer, a war erupts between their families.

 

GOSSIP GIRL** Returning Series **

Season 5 Premieres Monday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. ET

GOSSIP GIRL is based on the lives of privileged Manhattan prep school teens that learn all the important news and gossip from the all-knowing, albeit ultra-secretive, blogger Gossip Girl. The finale saw the return of Georgina and Constance Billard mean girls Kati and Is, a performance by Airborne Toxic Event and, some very juicy cliffhangers.

 

BORN TO BE – ** Returning MuchOriginal Series**

Premieres October (TBA)

From humble roots to world chart domination, this in-depth career capsulizer exposes the gritty details, life events, and character traits behind the best selling artists in the biz.  Each episode features performance highlights along with news, interviews, and video clips from Much’s extensive archive that showcase the pinnacle moments in the artist’s life.

Monday, August 8 at 9 p.m. ET on MuchMusic

As Holly J’s health continues to deteriorate she begins to worry so she decides to brush up on her family history and search for a kidney donor from within her family. As luck would have it, in the process of searching her family for a kidney donor, Holly gets the shock of a lifetime.

Last night MuchMusic viewers laid claim to the DEGRASSI franchise as Season 11 of the recently Emmy®-nominated series was the #1 non-sports specialty program in Canada in the key P12-34 demo.

Part One of the one-hour premiere drew 175,000 viewers P12-34, an 11% increase over last year’s premiere. More than half a million unique TV viewers (577,000) watched some portion of the two-part premiere.

The debut marked the return of the successful telenovela format to Much, with new episodes airing Monday-Thursday at 9 p.m. ET, through to September 1 on Much, MuchHD, and MuchMusic.com. 

To kick-off the new season, MuchMusic held a special screening at its headquarters in downtown Toronto, where more than 500 screaming fans gathered in the parking lot to mingle with the cast, sending hearts and twitter aflutter. During the broadcast, both “Bianca” and “Keke Palmer”, characters appearing in the first episode, trended in Canada on Twitter.

On tonight’s episode, entitled “Love Game” (9 p.m. ET on Much), Clare can’t believe Eli’s over her. She’s convinced his ‘normal’ behaviour is a plot to win her back. When her suspicion becomes an obsession, it is suggested that the problem isn’t whether Eli’s over Clare, but whether Clare’s over Eli.