30 NEW EPISODES ORDERED FROM FRESH TV, WITH PRODUCTION SET TO BEGIN SUMMER 2016 IN TORONTO
NEW EPISODES FROM CURRENT SEASON CONTINUE TO AIR FRIDAYS ON FAMILY CHANNEL
Toronto, May 2016 – DHX Television confirmed that Fresh TV will deliver a 30-episode sophomore season of the hit original series Backstage for Family Channel’s 2017 broadcast season. The popular tween drama, which debuted in March 2016, has gained international acclaim and a devoted fan- following for its layered portrayal of daily life at an elite fine arts high school. The commissioning decision comes on the heels of Family’s Big Ticket Summer Concert announcement, revealing three of the series stars – Josh Bogert, Aviva Mongillo and Mckenzie Small – will make their touring debuts as performers on this year’s concert tour, accompanied by additional performers from the show. Production is set to being this summer in Toronto.
“It’s no secret that our core audience is fascinated by the performing arts, and we’re thrilled to be able to spark their imaginations with this realistic and heartfelt peek into every day teenage life,” said Michael Goldsmith, Vice President, Original Production, DHX Television. “Our cast of actors, singers and dancers represents Canadian talent at its finest, and we look forward to seeing even more of what they have to offer as the second season builds upon the international success of the first.”
“We’re thrilled to be back for season two of Backstage. Our amazing cast, writers and directors all truly represent the spirit of the performing arts and the triple-threat,” said Brian Irving, Executive Producer and Producer, Fresh TV Inc.
Backstage follows a group of immensely talented teenagers as they live through the highs and lows that come with attending the prestigious Keaton School of the Arts. From the angst and disappointments to the new friendships and crowning achievements, being a student at Keaton sets you on the path to becoming a star. Lifting the curtain on how these young musicians, dancers and artists see the world, their confessions and dreams are highlighted as they sing, dance and carve out the destiny they see for themselves – making it big.
The series’ stars: Josh Bogert as Miles; Aviva Mongillo as Alya; Mckenzie Small as Scarlett; Devyn Nekoda as Vanessa; Alyssa Trask as Carly; Julia Tomasone as Bianca; Matthew Isen as Jax; Colin Petierre as Sasha; Romy Weltman as Kit; Kyal Legend as Julie; and Adrianna Di Liello as Jenna.
An integral part of Family Channel’s Must-See Friday night lineup, Backstage airs weekly every Friday at 7 p.m. ET/PT. In this week’s episode, things heat up at Keaton School of the Arts as Vanessa turns to Carly for help impressing her dance teacher, Miles is forced to share studio space with Julie, and Kit faces expulsion. (Source: DHX TV)