Disney XD Canada  announced today a season two order for its innovative original series Gaming Show (In My Parents’ Garage) from Banger Films ’ kids division, B-Minors . Ten new 30-minute episodes of the Canadian Screen Award nominated, live-action show brings the series total to 20, with production set to begin in Toronto next month. The series, which debuted in November with a six-episode run, currently ranks as the network’s #1 series for boys aged 6-12.1
The commissioning decision comes as the remaining new episodes from Gaming Show (In My Parents’ Garage)’s first season bow in its new timeslot Sundays at 7:30 p.m. ET, starting February 8. Among the four all-new episodes are special appearances by Raptors’ NBA baller Jonas Valan?i?nas, Billy Talent’s Ian D’Sa and Aaron Solowoniuk, and Olympian Patrick Chan. In addition to the series return, new TV and online content will be available weekly leading up to season two’s launch, which is slated for summer 2015.
“The format of Gaming Show is unique to television and compelling to kids because it operates across multiple platforms, giving us the ability to remain current and keep up with the rapidly changing trends in the gaming world,” said Michael Goldsmith, Director, Original Programming, DHX Television. “Using the series’ dynamic and relatable hosts, we are able to expose our audience to the industry’s leading companies and products, delivering a firsthand experience that illuminates the offerings of today’s highly competitive video game market.”
“It’s exciting to be continuing our relationship with DHX and expanding what is quickly becoming the go-to gaming series for kids,” said Scot McFadyen, Co-Founder of Banger Films and B-Minors.
Gaming Show (In My Parents’ Garage) stars newcomers and real-life video game addicts Jesse Sukunda, Julia Schwartz and Ian Duchene, a trio of quirky young teens who aspire to create a popular and inventive YouTube channel devoted to gaming. The series takes place in Jesse’s parents’ tricked out garage; this is where they hang out, debate the virtues of video games and shoot cool and informative field segments. Among those spots are reviews on the latest games, head-to-head competitions and visits to prominent gaming headquarters. Plus, the gang often receives surprise visits from high profile YouTube, sports, music and gaming celebs. Gaming Show has been recognized for its innovative format with a 2015 Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Children’s or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series.
Commissioned by Disney XD Canada, Gaming Show (In My Parents’ Garage) is executive produced by Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen of Banger Films’ kids division, B-Minors (Big Ticket Summer Concert, Grizzly Cup) and was created by Jesse Shamata (Grizzly Cup, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, Long Story Short). Banger Films is an award-winning film and television production company based in Toronto. In its first 10 years, Banger has produced feature documentaries, TV series, live concerts and kids programs, broadcast worldwide.
- Source: Numeris(BBM Canada)/Total Canada/Disney XD/AMA(000)/BY14/15 STD: Sep.1/14-Jan.15/15, confirmed up to Jan.4/15, based on 5+ airings.