The Secret Life of the American Teenager

Corus Entertainment’s ABC Spark announced today highlights from its 2012 blockbuster summer schedule, featuring a primetime lineup of three new series including Bunheads, from Executive Producer Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls), Baby Daddy starring Jean-Luc Bilodeau (Kyle XY) and docu-series Beverly Hills Nannies.

In addition, viewers can look forward to new episodes of The Lying Game and new seasons of Melissa & Joey and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Continue reading »

Corus Entertainment’s newest service, ABC Spark, launches on Monday, March 26 with the day-and-date season premiere of the critically acclaimed The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

The primetime schedule will also include ABC Family original series Switched at Birth, Melissa & Joey, The Lying Game and Make It or Break It.

ABC Spark, built on the foundation of the successful U.S. brand ABC Family, will also feature a slate of popular general entertainment programming that will complement the primetime lineup.

“With the launch of ABC Spark, the wait is over for Canada. Fans of hit series like The Secret Life of the American Teenager will now have unprecedented access to ABC Family programming, delivered across multiple platforms,” said Ted Ellis, Vice President, Programming, Kids and Family. “Nested blocks of ABC Family programming that aired on YTV, W Network and CMT leading up to the launch of the service have been very successful. Clearly, there is real appetite for these kinds of shows and we are excited to grow this brand in Canada.”

Viewers across Canada will have the opportunity to sample this new network during a free preview beginning Monday, March 26 through to Saturday, June 30.

 

ABC Spark’s primetime schedule to include:

 

The Secret Life of the American Teenager – Season 4 – New episodes!

Mondays at 8 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. PT starting March 26

From the creator of 7th Heaven comes a heartfelt one-hour drama that focuses on the relationships between families and friends and how they deal with an unexpected teen pregnancy. The series’ regular cast includes popular actress Molly Ringwald ( Sixteen Candles ) and Golden Globe® nominee Shailene Woodley ( The Descendants , The O.C .). The series also stars Ken Baumann, Mark Derwin, India Eisley, Greg Finley, Daren Kagasoff, Megan Park and Francia Raisa with Steve Schirripa.

The Secret Life of the American Teenager picks up right where it left off after a dramatic summer finale, with Amy accepting a marriage proposal from boyfriend, and father of her son, Ricky and Adrian and Ben moving on from their tragic past. This season, the series continues to explore new and ever changing relationships with the introduction of several new characters. Despite the crazy relationships, there’s an undercurrent of discovery, honesty and growing up – even for the adults.

 

Make It or Break It – Season 3

Mondays at 9 p.m. ET / 10 p.m. PT starting March 26

Make It or Break It is a one-hour scripted drama, set in the world of competitive gymnastics and follows a group of teen Olympic hopefuls as they train and prepare for their day in the spotlight.

In Season 3, Payson (Ayla Kell), Kaylie (Josie Loren), and Lauren (Cassie Scerbo) move into the USA Training center to endure a rigorous eight-week training competition to make the cut for the 2012 Olympic gymnastics team. With a new coach and fierce competition – including the return of former rivals Kelly Parker and Jordan Randall – Payson, Kaylie and Lauren are pushed to their limits physically and emotionally. The girls are closer than ever and committed to making the Olympic team together, but secret betrayals, questionable alliances and the reality of competing to make the final cut will test their loyalties like never before.

 

Switched at Birth – Season 1 – New episodes!

Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. PT starting March 27

A one-hour scripted drama, Switched at Birth , tells the story of two teenage girls who discover they were accidentally switched as newborns in the hospital. Vanessa Marano plays Bay Kennish , a girl who grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and a brother, while Daphne Vasquez (Katie Leclerc) , is a girl who lost her hearing at an early age due to a case of meningitis and grew up with a single mother in a working class neighbo u rhood. Things come to a dramatic head when both families meet and struggle to learn how to live together for the sake of the girls. T his dramatic new series also includes Lea Thompson ( Caroline in the City ), and D.W. Moffett ( Friday Night Lights). The series also stars Constance Marie, Lucas Grabeel and Sean Berdy as Emmett Bledsoe. Academy Award® winner Marlee Matlin is a recurring guest star as Melody Bledsoe, Emmett’s mother.

Bay’s father Angelo (Gilles Marini) is back and his motives continue to be questionable as he attempts to reunite the biological Vasquez family (himself, Regina, and Bay) and mend fences with Daphne . Bay and Emmett confront the obstacles of a hearing/deaf relationship, as Bay falls deeper for Emmett and meets his father . Wilke (Austin Butler) heats up his romantic pursuit of Daphne, which complicates things between Toby (Grabeel) and Wilke.

 

The Lying Game – Season 1

Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET / 10 p.m. PT starting March 27

In The Lying Game , inspired by the Sara Shepard ( Pretty Little Liars ) book series of the same name, Emma (Alexandra Chando) is a kind-hearted foster kid who can’t catch a break. She finds out she has an identical twin sister, Sutton (also played by Chando), who, unlike Emma, was adopted by wealthy parents and is seemingly living an ideal life. After their initial meeting, Sutton talks Emma into stepping into her life for a few days while she pursues a lead on their birth mother. Initially excited to do this favour for her sister, Emma soon learns that Sutton has gone missing and could be in trouble. Now, Emma must decide whether to come clean to Sutton’s family and risk her own safety in the hope of uncovering her twin sister’s true whereabouts, along with truth about why they were separated in the first place.

 

Melissa & Joey – Season 1

Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. ET/PT starting March 28

Melissa & Joey is a hit comedy starring Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence. Melissa Joan Hart portrays Mel, the grown-up former wild child of a political family who is now a local politician herself. When her sister ends up in prison and brother-in-law flees after a scandal hits, Mel must take responsibility for her teenaged niece, Lennox, and adolescent nephew, Ryder. Spread too thin to manage by herself, help comes in the unlikely form of Joe (Lawrence) who, desperate for a job, moves in and becomes the family’s “manny.”

The secret is out. Monday nights just got fresher on MuchMusic. Beginning March 28, school is back in session and relationships are put to the test in the highly anticipated return of the smash hit THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER (8 p.m. ET).

Gym-nuts can jump back on the mat with an exclusive sneak peek of the Season 3 premiere of MAKE IT OR BREAK IT

(9 p.m. ET) before it settles into its regular timeslot on Monday, April 4 at 7 p.m. ET. Rounding out the Monday line-up is the return of the off-the-wall high school comedy THE HARD TIMES OF RJ BERGER (10 p.m. ET).

 

Programming descriptions below:

 

THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER (Season 3 Premiere)

Monday, March 28 at 8 p.m. ET

Summer vacation is over and everyone is back at school and dealing with relationships that are becoming increasingly complicated. Amy has decided she would like to take her relationship to the next level with Ricky. Meanwhile, he returns to his apartment after an anxious day at the clinic to find his birth mom out of prison, and looking for a place to stay. With Adrian now expecting, her and Ben are excited and anxious to find out the gender of their baby. Beverley Mitchell (7th HEAVEN) guest stars as the new guidance counselor, and one of her first visits is from Ashley, who decides she wants to be home schooled.

 

THE HARD TIMES OF RJ BERGER (Season Premiere)

Monday, March 28 at 10 p.m. ET

Last season, RJ left the girl of his dreams, Jenny Swanson, at the winter formal, to lose his virginity to his stalker friend Lily Miran moments before she flat lined in the hospital. Now, RJ waits to find out Lily’s fate and the fate of his relationship with Jenny. Season 2 also brings more outrageous moments and antics at Pinkerton High with special appearances by Paris Hilton, rockers Weezer, and everyone’s favourite guido Vinny Guadagnino (JERSEY SHORE).

 

MAKE IT OR BREAK IT (Season Premiere)

Monday, April 4 at 9 p.m. ET

Even though all four Rock girls made the US World’s team, there’s not much celebrating going on in the gym. While Kaylie struggles in rehab as counsellors try to get her to accept she has an eating disorder, the team’s uncertain future looms over them. Now they have to put on a brave face when attending an exhibition in Denver, where they deal with the constant taunting of Kelly Parker. But with no coach, a possible criminal record, and salacious rumours about a torrid affair, can the team, minus one of their own, hold its head up high?

Monday, August 23 at 8 p.m. ET on MuchMusic

Still in New York, Amy has regrets about guilt-tripping Ricky about forgetting her birthday. Adrian goes to the doctor for an emergency exam where Ben meets with her, intending to give her a ring. Meanwhile, Amy arrives home early to a tearful Ricky who reveals that he’d been betraying her while she was away.

The Summer of Much is gonna be a scorcher as MuchMusic announced its blisteringly hot summer programming lineup.

Beginning today, viewers can heat up their summer with the larger than life new series THE HARD TIMES OF RJ BERGER (June 7), returning hit THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER (June 7), and the suspenseful PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (June 8 ).

The biggest street party of the year, the 2010 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS returns to rock the nation (June 20). And fans can melt over the highly-anticipated TV movie D: NYC – Degrassi Takes Manhattan (July 16) followed by Season 10 of DEGRASSI now exclusive to the MuchMusic schedule (July 19).

MuchMusic continues to bring the heat to a feverish pitch with the hottest music programming including DISBAND DISCOVERED specials, the daily UR11, Wednesday night music video flow, the MuchMusic Countdown, and returning series MY DATE WITH…, BORN TO BE, and Season 3 of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA.

See full list of programming below.

THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER – * Returning Series*

Premieres Monday, June 7 at 8 p.m. ET

The teens at Grant High are living life in the fast lane. Between their love triangles, secrets, drama, accusations, gossip, confusion, and scandalous rumors, there’s never a dull moment. And their parents’ lives are just as complicated. From paternity questions to happy reunions and unexpected romances (past and present), there’s always some intense he-said she-said situations!

THE HARD TIMES OF RJ BERGER – **New Series**

Premieres Monday, June 7 at 10 p.m. ET

This new series orbits the hilariously hellish lives of a deeply unpopular 15-year-old RJ Berger (Paul Iacono, Fame) and his scheming, sex-obsessed best friend, Miles Jenner (Jareb Dauplaise). Other than pining after the girl of his dreams and receiving daily beatings from the meanest jock in school, there really isn’t much excitement in RJ’s life. That is, until his anatomical gift is accidentally exposed to the entire school and he goes from anonymous to infamous. For the first time in his life, RJ feels a tiny sliver of confidence. Swept up in this man-sized wave of recognition, RJ claws his way out of the popularity basement and into the world of bigger is better.

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS – ** New Series**

Premieres Tuesday, June 8 at 8 p.m. ET

The town of Rosewood is perfectly quiet and pristine…but holds many secrets. Some of the ugliest ones belong to the prettiest girls in town – Aria (Lucy Hale, PRIVILEGED), Spencer (Troian Bellisario, JAG), Hanna (Ashley Benson, EASTWICK), and Emily (Canadian Shay Mitchell). These four estranged friends are about to see their darkest secrets unravel. One year ago, Alison, the Queen Bee of their group, disappeared and the girls swore they’d never tell anyone what really happened that night. They thought their secrets would bond them together, but instead it threatens to tear them apart. As the mystery surrounding Alison’s disappearance resurfaces, the girls begin getting threatening messages from “A,” saying things only Alison would know. Whoever it is, they know all the girls’ secrets, and are watching their every move.

2010 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS

Premieres Sunday, June 20 at 9 p.m. ET

Canada’s loudest and craziest street party of the year returns! Broadcast live from the station’s headquarters, the MMVAs puts fans up close and personal with their favourite artists and A-list presenters. Featuring performances by Drake, Adam Lambert, Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Hedley, Katy Perry, Marianas Trench, Down With Webster, and co-host Miley Cyrus. The star-packed 2010 MMVAs RED CARPET SPECIAL kicks it all off, airing at 8 p.m. ET.

DISBAND DISCOVERED – ** New Episodes**

Abandon All Ships – Wed., June 30 at 8 p.m.. ET

These Kids Wear Crowns – Wed., July 28 at 8 p.m.. ET

Maddy Rodriguez – Wed., Aug 18 at 8 p.m. ET

MuchMusic’s Gemini-nominated breakout series DISBAND returns with one hour specials that deliver rock ‘n roll glory. Following the success of Season 1 discovery Stereos, numerous artists featured on Season 2 have secured record label or management deals, giving them a head start in one of the most competitive industries in the world. Follow their journeys on MuchMusic’s upcoming DISBAND DISCOVERED specials.

UR11

Weekdays at 11 p.m. ET

This interactive show gives viewers a chance to pick their favourite videos while tweeting about the hottest artists of the day. The top 10 results are played every weeknight as well as a specially chosen Wild Card video from the Most Tweeted Artist of the day.

PRICE OF BEAUTY – **New Series**

Beginning Thursday, July 8 at 8 p.m. ET

In this docu-series, singer/actress Jessica Simpson travels the world to reveal what beauty means to different cultures. From Asia to Europe to South America and the U.S., Jessica meets every day women and some local pop culture icons. She examines the local fashions, dietary fads, beauty regimes, and even participates in some practices in order to reveal their PRICE OF BEAUTY.

MY DATE WITH… – **New Episodes **

Premieres Thursday, July 8 at 8:30 p.m. ET

MuchOriginal series MY DATE WITH… sends one lucky fan away for a dream date with their favourite artist or celeb. Just when it couldn’t get better, the viewer and their friend get a full day of rock star treatment and plenty of pampering in preparation for the big meet. New summer episodes feature the cast of DEGRASSI, MMVAs performers Ke$ha, Adam Lambert, Marianas Trench, as well as hotties Jason Derulo, and Danny Fernandes.

BORN TO BE – **New Episodes **

Premieres Thursday, July 8 at 9 p.m. ET

From humble roots to world chart domination, this in-depth career capsulizer exposes the gritty details, life events, and character traits behind artists like Drake, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Marianas Trench, and Taylor Swift. 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.

D: NYC – DEGRASSI TAKES MANHATTAN

Premieres Friday, July 16 at 9 p.m. ET

Later, high school. Hello New York City! DEGRASSI grads and friends dive into the summer that changes their lives forever. And what’s summer without a little romance. Best friends Jane and Holly J head to the Big Apple, with big hopes and even bigger dreams. Back in Toronto, Spinner’s summer is hotter than he ever imagined. But when his hopes for the future turn to dust, he struggles to rebuild and move on. Hot hook-ups, messy melt-downs, Park Avenue jaunts, and wedding-day hijinx are all in a days work for this crew.

DEGRASSI – Season 10

Premieres Monday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET

Airs Monday – Thursday all summer long

One of Canada’s top young adult series returns exclusively on MuchMusic. Starting this July, DEGRASSI viewers get their fill of the series four days a week, as the show moves to a 30-minute, Monday – Thursday format. In Season 10, a new school year brings big changes to the students of DEGRASSI. New rivals, new friends, new love interests, and a shift in the school’s hierarchy shake up every relationship. Relevant and exciting, intense and fresh, this home-grown hit series continues to explore envelope-pushing stories with a sense of humour and a lot of heart. During the summer, Much fans can also expect exclusive behind the scenes footage from Season 10.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA – Season 3

Premieres August 2010

The Gemini Award-winning SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA showcases dancers from across the country as they compete to impress an expert panel of judges including Jean Marc Genereux, Tré Armstrong, Luther Brown, and Blake McGrath. Following auditions in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax, select competitors advanced to “Finals Week” in Toronto where they work with some of Canada’s top choreographers. Then it’s down to the Top 20, where they compete to avoid elimination and become Canada’s Favourite Dancer. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA is hosted by Gemini Award-winner Leah Miller and is based on the Emmy Award-winning smash hit series created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe.

 

MuchMusic has a secret and so does 16-year-old Amy Juergens. MuchMusic proudly brings Canadian fans the ratings hit THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER with the Season 2 premiere on Monday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. ET. The heartfelt drama focuses on relationships between family and friends dealing with teenaged issues including a teen pregnancy. Beginning Monday, Nov. 30, viewers can get caught up on the first season with back-to-back episodes weeknights at 6 and 7 p.m. ET on MuchMusic and on demand at muchmusic.com/secretlife.

Fun-loving Amy (Shailene Woodley) returns from band camp only to realize the night she spent with up and coming ladies-man, Ricky (Daren Kagasoff), resulted in an unplanned pregnancy. Amy must quickly adapt to all the added stresses associated with her new situation. It puts a strain on her parents’ (Molly Ringwald and Mark Derwin) already rocky marriage and she must balance the two men in her life as well – baby-daddy Ricky and new boyfriend, the emotionally-driven nice guy Ben (Ken Baumann). But as Amy’s secret becomes public, she realizes she’s not alone. Virtually every teen at Grant High carries secrets of their own.

THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER strikes a chord with audiences amidst a sea of prime-time teenage reality shows. A hit in the U.S. since its debut in 2008, the Season 2 premiere broke its own record, garnering its largest audience to date with 4.7 million viewers.* The series has won two Teen Choice Awards and is nominated for a 2010 People’s Choice Award for Favourite TV Obsession.

Tune in to the heartfelt drama that focuses on the relationships between families and friends and how they deal with an unexpected teen pregnancy. “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” premieres Wednesday, September 3rd on Citytv.

Wholesome 15 year-old Amy Juergens’ world is turned upside down when she finds out that she’s pregnant following a brief indiscretion with a fellow classmate and musician while at ‘band camp’. Not sure where to turn Amy confides in her best friends Lauren and Madison but her lips remain sealed when it comes to the father’s identity. Before Amy has a chance to break the news to her family that their “good girl” is not so good, Ben, an admirer from school, asks her out and proves to be a good distraction from her current situation. It is only a matter of time before people find out about her secret. Amy is forced to balance her family, friends, new relationships and being pregnant all the while trying to maintain her own sanity.

“The Secret Life of the American Teenager” set records in all key targets and debuted as the highest rated original series telecast in ABC Family’s history with audience numbers increasing each week.

The series boasts an incredible cast of characters played by Shailene Woodley (“The O.C.”) as Amy, Molly Ringwald (“The Breakfast Club”) as Anne, Mark Derwin (“The Bonnie Hunt Show”) as George, India Eisley as Ashley, Kenny Baumann (“Eli Stone”) as Ben, Daren Kagasoff as Ricky, Francia Raisa (“Cutting Edge 3”) as Adrian, Megan Park (“Life with Derek”) as Grace, Greg Finley (“Cold Case”) as Jack and JorgeLuis Pallo (“Navy NCIS”) as Mark. Guest starring are John Schneider (“Smallville”) as Marshall, Josie Bissett (“Melrose Place”) as Kathleen, Ernie Hudson (“Ghostbusters”) and Steve Schirripa as Leo (“The Sopranos”).