Life with Boys

LifeWithboys2013The second season of Life with Boys will hit YTV on Tuesday, March 19 at 7.30pm.

Corus Entertainment’s YTV is launching Season 2 of its highly successful live-action comedy series Life with Boys beginning on Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Produced by Nelvana Studio, the 18 x 30-minute season promises fans even more laughs and chaos among the returning characters as well as appearances by special guest stars including Brendan Meyer (Mr. Young), singer Victoria Duffield, and The Next Star’s Brooklyn Roebuck and Darren Espanto. Continue reading »

Entertainment’s YTV welcomes Life with Boys, a new live-action comedy, to its Friday night lineup.

Produced by Nelvana Studio, Life with Boys stars Torri Webster as 14 year-old Tess Foster, the only girl in a house full of boys.

With the help of her best friend Allie, played by Madison Pettis (Phineas and Ferb, Cory in the House), Tess must navigate her way through the turmoil of teen life, including dealing with her overprotective dad and her overzealous, bathroom-monopolizing brothers! Life with Boys premieres Friday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Life With Boys is created by and executive produced by Michael Poryes, the creator and executive producer of hit series like Hannah Montana and That’s So Raven.

“Life with Boys is exactly the series I wanted to do after Hannah Montana because it is simply about the fun and truth of the characters and their relationships,” said Michael Poryes. “The tween audience is incredibly smart and are ready for a show that doesn’t rely on a big gimmick. Nelvana Studio, YTV and Corus recognized that and had the courage to just go for it! Working with them and producing this show in Canada has been a true joy.”

In Episode 1, premiering on Friday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m., Tess realizes that, having spent her life “wrestling” with three brothers, she has picked up more than a few skills that would make her perfect for the wrestling team her father, Jack, coaches. Despite his hesitation, Jack is thrilled to discover she puts all the boys on his team to shame and could very well lead them to victory. However, Tess soon discovers that boys hate losing to girls… especially ones that let them win.

Canadian-based media and entertainment company Corus Entertainment, award-winning Nelvana Studio and family network YTV announced today that principal photography on Life with Boys is set to begin next Tuesday, February 22.

Created by Michael Poryes (Hannah Montana, That’s So Raven), all 26 half-hour episodes will be shot in Toronto through to July. The series is scheduled to premiere in Canada on YTV in September 2011.

Life with Boys follows 13 year-old Tess Foster as she navigates her way through the turmoil of teen life with the only touchstones at home being her overprotective dad, a widower, and three brothers.

Torri Webster will bring Tess to life on screen with Sandy Jobin-Bevans as her father Jack, a high school coach, Nathan McLeod as her heartthrob brother Gabe, Michael Murphy as her studious twin brother Sam and Jake Goodman as her eight year-old brother Spencer. Rounding out the cast is Madison Pettis as Tess’ best friend Allie.

Creator Michael Poryes is collaborating with Steven Peterman (executive producer of Hannah Montana) and Douglas Lieblein (co-executive producer of Hannah Montana) on this project. Life with Boys will be directed by Steve Wright and Stefan Scaini.

Tess adores the four important men in her life despite their four totally different perspectives – they are boys after all. Faced with the constant struggle of trying to understand and be understood by those around her, Tess is challenged with everything from her friends having crushes on her brothers to her brothers giving her heat about her dates – testosterone rules the roost. Despite the shortcomings of being the only girl in a male household, the boys can sometimes offer some solid advice. Whether it’s building up the courage to talk to a boy, dealing with an obnoxious one, or coping with the repercussions of being the best girl on the boys wrestling team, Life with Boys sheds a comedic light on many of life’s moments.

“We’ve brought together a superbly talented cast and crew, and we’re thrilled to bring the unique vision of Michael Poryes to Life with Boys,” said Jocelyn Hamilton, Vice President, Original Programming, Kids, Comedy, Drama, Corus Television. “With a solid head on her shoulders and a charming personality, Torri Webster’s character Tess is a terrific example for tweens and this series is a natural fit for YTV.”

“Steven Peterman, Douglas Leiblein and I are very excited to embark upon this creative journey with a cast who we believe both parents and kids will be able to relate and connect with on screen,” said Michael Poryes, creator and executive producer of Life with Boys. “Entertaining the kids at home is a great thing but creating a series that gives mom and dad a laugh too – that’s our ultimate goal.”

“We are delighted to bring Michael’s latest project to the international market as he has a proven track record for creating fun, entertaining and quality television for tweens,” said Helion Picture’s Managing Director, Steven Bawol.

Nelvana Enterprises will distribute Life with Boys in Canada, Latin America, Africa, Asia (excluding Japan) and France. Classic Media and Helion Pictures will cover distribution across all media in all other territories worldwide.

Michael Poryes is co-creator and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated series Hannah Montana  and That’s So Raven. Poryes also served as co-executive producer of Veronica’s Closet as well as co-executive producer of Cybill. Poryes first started out in the entertainment business as a standup comedian and then became a writer for the television series The Facts of Life, Who’s the Boss? andSaved by the Bell, among others. Poryes attended the University of California Berkley. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Diane and son Ethan.

A three time Emmy® winner for Murphy Brown, Steven Peterman developed and executive produced Suddenly Susan with Brooke Shields, and co-executive produced Becker before joining Michael Poryes in casting and shepherding Hannah Montana through its five year run.

Canadian-based media and entertainment company Corus Entertainment, award-winning Nelvana Studio and family network YTV have partnered with Michael Poryes, co-creator and executive producer of the hit series Hannah Montana and That’s So Raven, to produce a new live-action comedy, Life with Boys.

With casting commencing now, Life with Boys is scheduled to begin production of 26 half-hour episodes in February 2011. Nelvana Enterprises will distribute Life with Boys in Canada, Latin America and Asia. Helion Pictures will cover distribution in Australia, France and the United Kingdom and leading kids distributor Classic Media will manage distribution across all media in all other territories worldwide.

Life with Boys is scheduled to premiere in Canada on YTV in September 2011 and pre-sales have been secured across Canal J (France), Nickelodeon (United Kingdom) and ABC (Australia).

Life with Boys follows 13 year-old Tess Foster who is trying to navigate her way through the turmoil of teen life with the only touchstones at home being her single overprotective dad and three brothers. Although Tess adores the four important men in her life, they do have four totally different perspectives – they are boys after all.

Faced with the constant struggle of trying to understand and be understood by those around her, Tess is challenged with everything from her friends having crushes on her brothers to her brothers giving her heat about her dates – testosterone rules the roost. Despite the shortcomings of being the only girl in a male household, the boys can sometimes offer some solid advice. Whether it’s building up the courage to talk to a boy, dealing with an obnoxious one, or coping with the repercussions of being the best girl on the boys wrestling team, Life with Boys sheds a comedic light on many of life’s moments.

“We are so pleased to be working with Michael Poryes – an incredibly talented individual who has his finger on the pulse of what tweens want to watch,” said Jocelyn Hamilton, Vice President, Programming and Production, Corus Kids. “With a comedic sensibility and positive instinct, Tess’ character is a great example for tweens and Life with Boys is a perfect fit for our family network YTV.”

“We’re looking to cast these characters so both kids and parents can identify, relate and understand all of their experiences in a comedic and entertaining way,” said Michael Poryes, Creator and Executive Producer of Life with Boys. “When you make a bunch of kids laugh, that’s the best, but when you’re getting the entire family laughing together, that’s even better – that is success for me.”

“Michael’s work speaks for itself in terms of quality and reach, and he has set the standard for kids television,” said Helion Picture’s Managing Director, Steven Bawol. “Life with Boys will raise the bar for this kind of programming. We’re proud to be helping bring this series to the international market.”

Michael Poryes is co-creator and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated series Hannah Montana and That’s So Raven. Poryes also served as co-executive producer of Veronica’s Closet as well as co-executive producer of Cybill. Poryes first started out in the entertainment business as a standup comedian and then became a writer for the television series The Facts of Life, Who’s the Boss? and Saved by the Bell, among others. Poryes attended the University of California Berkley. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Diane and son Ethan.

(From a press release)