Original Cast Member Jason Gray Returns to BYUtv’s “Studio C”





Original Cast Member Jason Gray Returns to BYUtv’s “Studio C”
Gray will return to the fan-favorite sketch comedy show in fall 2021.
[via press release from BYUtv]
Original Cast Member Jason Gray Returns to BYUtv’s “Studio C”

He rejoins viral sketch comedy series in 2021

PROVO, Utah, Oct. 20, 2020 — Family entertainment network BYUtv today announced that original “Studio C” cast member Jason Gray will return to the fan-favorite sketch comedy show in fall 2021. A viral phenom with more than two billion views on YouTube and past guest stars including Emmy winner Kenan Thompson, “Studio C” derives universally loved humor from everyday life through endlessly watchable and shareable sketches that offer comic perspective on commonplace scenarios and pop culture commentary.
“With more than 2.2 billion YouTube views, ‘Studio C’ is arguably one of our most-loved legacy shows,” said Michael Dunn, managing director of BYUtv. “And Jason was one of the most versatile and formidable talents in that original cast. So to have him joining forces with our equally-talented new cast members is a major coup for sketch comedy fans. All I can say is buckle up and brace yourself for what will undoubtably be a hilarious season.”

“I’m thrilled to be returning to ‘Studio C’ again,” said Jason Gray. “Sketch comedy is part of my DNA as an actor and writer, and it will be an exciting adventure to work with mostly new faces! ‘Studio C’ has the best fan base, and I think they will really enjoy all the fun things we have cooking. I can’t wait to bring back some of my old impressions – Batman, Snape and The Emperor – while introducing some new characters I’ve been working on as well. I’m also very excited to be performing in front of live audiences again once it’s safe. Nothing beats the magic of live comedy, and (fingers crossed) we should have plenty of it!”

Jason Gray is one of the original creators of “Studio C” and played such memorable characters as the British announcer on “Top Soccer Shootout Ever with Scott Sterling” (nearly 79 million views) and the recurring role of Severus Snape. Following season 9 of “Studio C” in 2018, he joined with the other original cast members to create comedy network JK! Studios and reached the semifinals of NBC competition show “Bring the Funny.”

“We’ve loved working with Jason at JK! Studios, and we’re excited to support him in his next endeavor,” said Matt Meese of JK! Studios.

Jason Gray returns immediately behind the scenes and in the writers’ room to prepare for taping next year and will debut on-screen in fall 2021. “Studio C” is produced by BYUtv with Kaleidoscope Pictures (“Show Offs,” “Christmas Under the Stars”).

“As the ‘Studio C’ cast family continues to grow, we’re excited to be able to start inviting previous family members back to play,” said Micah Merrill, executive producer of “Studio C” at Kaleidoscope Pictures. “Keep watching for more fun surprises as the show continues to evolve to reach even more audiences to experience ‘Studio C”s unique brand of hilarious and uplifting comedy.”

In addition to “Studio C,” BYUtv’s original programming slate includes teen comedy bootcamp “Wayne Brady’s Comedy IQ,” created and hosted by the Emmy-winning star; “Dwight in Shining Armor,” a scripted adventure comedy in which the Middle Ages meets Middle America; new family survival competition “Survivalists”; and “All-Round Champion,” with outstanding young athletes competing in each other’s sports. BYUtv is available across the country via cable, satellite and multiple digital media platforms.

For a complete listing of BYUtv’s programming and to view full episodes, visit www.byutv.org or download the app. BYUtv streams for free with no subscriptions, in-app purchases or ads. The network is always streaming live, and past and current seasons are all available to binge. Press access to video, photo and other assets is available at www.byutv.org/pressinfo.

About BYUtv

BYUtv provides families more than 1,700 hours of entertaining and compelling programming they can enjoy together. The network’s content is trusted, contemporary and clean, yet clever and sophisticated enough to inspire children and parents alike. BYUtv’s diverse portfolio of original, co-produced and acquired content includes scripted and unscripted dramas and comedies, 700+ hours of live HD collegiate sports, game shows, and holiday special made-for-tv movies, docudramas and concerts. BYUtv is available in 50 million homes in every state of the country on DISH Network, DirecTV and 146 other major cable systems. A digital pioneer, BYUtv was the first U.S. television network to stream all of its content live and unencrypted over the internet. Today, BYUtv has more than two million YouTube subscribers and two billion views and is available live and on-demand on multiple digital platforms free of charge, including Apple TV, YouTube, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Xbox One, Windows Media, digital apps for iOS and Android, and BYUtv.org. Based in Provo, Utah, BYUtv is part of BYU Broadcasting, which is owned by Brigham Young University.

About Kaleidoscope Pictures

Kaleidoscope Pictures is a full-service production and creative entity. Founded in 2002 by Micah Merrill, Adam Anderegg and Russ Kendall to inspire positive change in people’s lives through the artistic expression of hope, Kaleidoscope has produced entertainment and media from short form branded content to Emmy(R) award-winning film and television programing. Recent work includes the holiday film, “Winter Thaw,” which the New York Times dubbed “best serious Christmas film of the year,” the award-winning music doc “Man in The Camo Jacket,” which Billboard Magazine called “an inspiring film,” and the half-hour musical improv comedy series “Show Offs.”



BYUtv Presents “The Chosen” in Broadcast World Premiere





BYUtv Presents “The Chosen” in Broadcast World Premiere of Largest Ever Crowdfunded Series
“The Chosen” will receive its broadcast world premiere on BYUtv beginning Sunday, October 4, with all eight episodes of season one available for free on the BYUtv app and website the following day.
[via press release from BYUtv]
BYUtv Presents “The Chosen” in Broadcast World Premiere of Largest Ever Crowdfunded Series

Network secures broadcast and VOD rights for seasons 1 and 2

PROVO, Utah, Oct. 2, 2020 — BYUtv, a family entertainment network available over cable, satellite and free streaming, today announced it has acquired the broadcast and video on demand rights to seasons one and two of “The Chosen,” the largest crowdfunded television production of all time and first multi-season series about the life of Jesus Christ. “The Chosen” will receive its broadcast world premiere on BYUtv beginning Sunday, Oct. 4, with all eight episodes of season one available for free on the BYUtv app and website the following day.

Season two of “The Chosen,” from distributor VidAngel Studios, is slated to be completed in 2021 and is currently in production in Goshen, Utah, just a short drive from the headquarters of BYU Broadcasting in Provo.

“Presenting the first broadcast network showing of what could very easily be the most watched production ever on the life of Jesus Christ is a phenomenal opportunity and significant win for BYUtv,” said Michael Dunn, managing director of BYUtv. “‘The Chosen’ has already been seen by nearly 50 million people in more than 180 countries, and the feedback from viewers has been overwhelmingly positive about the touching and realistic portrayal of well known biblical characters in a new light. We are thrilled to have played a role in facilitating and negotiating the filming of season two on the Jerusalem set in Goshen, and especially to help share this new season of episodes with the world next year.”

The first three episodes of season one will air together on BYUtv on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 7:50 a.m. ET/5:50 a.m. MT/4:50 a.m. PT. Episode four will air later the same day at 3 p.m. ET/1 p.m. MT/12 p.m. PT. Episodes five through eight will air weekly on Sundays beginning Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. ET/4 p.m. MT/3 p.m. PT.

“We want ‘The Chosen’ to get into as many homes as possible, and BYUtv does that as well as anyone,” said Dallas Jenkins, creator of “The Chosen.” “When I first made a short Nativity film at my friend’s farm in Illinois, I had no idea it would lead to ‘The Chosen’ and its global response. I’m grateful for BYUtv’s belief in the series and their desire to share the stories of the gospels with the world.”

In addition to “The Chosen,” BYUtv’s programming slate includes “The Fixers,” chronicling an “A-team” of experienced builders that travels to remote locations in significant need; “Dwight in Shining Armor,” a scripted adventure comedy in which the Middle Ages meets Middle America; new family survival competition “Survivalists”; the long-running, viral sketch comedy series “Studio C”; and “Random Acts,” an unscripted hidden-camera reality show that features real people who are the recipients of random acts of kindness. BYUtv is available across the country via cable, satellite and multiple digital media platforms.

For a complete listing of BYUtv’s programming and to view full episodes, visit www.byutv.org or download the app. BYUtv streams for free with no subscriptions, in-app purchases or ads. The network is always streaming live, and past and current seasons are all available to binge. Press access to video, photo and other assets is available at www.byutv.org/pressinfo.

About BYUtv

BYUtv provides families more than 1,700 hours of entertaining and compelling programming they can enjoy together. The network’s content is trusted, contemporary and clean, yet clever and sophisticated enough to inspire children and parents alike. BYUtv’s diverse portfolio of original, co-produced and acquired content includes scripted and unscripted dramas and comedies, 700+ hours of live HD collegiate sports, game shows, and holiday special made-for-tv movies, docudramas and concerts. BYUtv is available in more than 50 million homes in every state of the country on DISH Network, DirecTV and 146 other major cable systems. A digital pioneer, BYUtv was the first U.S. television network to stream all of its content live and unencrypted over the Internet. Today, BYUtv has more than two million YouTube subscribers and nearly two billion views and is available live and on-demand on multiple digital platforms free of charge, including Apple TV, YouTube, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Xbox One, Windows Media, digital apps for iOS and Android, and BYUtv.org. Based in Provo, Utah, BYUtv is part of BYU Broadcasting, which is owned by Brigham Young University.



BYUtv Brings Back “All-Round Champion” for Season 2





BYUtv Brings Back “All-Round Champion” for Season 2
The inspirational unscripted series, co-produced by BYUtv and marblemedia, assembles ten of North America’s most decorated young winter athletes to compete in the ultimate winter sports competition.
[via press release from BYUtv]
BYUtv Brings Back “All-Round Champion” for Season 2

10 new teen athletes take on each other’s winter sports

PROVO, Utah, Aug. 6, 2020 — BYUtv, a family entertainment network available over cable, satellite and free streaming, today announced at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour that “All-Round Champion” season two will premiere Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. ET/6 p.m. MT/5 p.m. PT. The inspirational unscripted series, co-produced by BYUtv and marblemedia, assembles ten of North America’s most decorated young winter athletes to compete in the ultimate winter sports competition. The catch? They won’t be competing in their own sports; they’ll be competing in each other’s. Scored on skill, sportsmanship and improvement, the athlete with the most points at the end will be crowned the All-Round Champion.

“All-Round Champion” season 2 cast.

Two-time Olympian and two-time world champion hurdler Perdita Felicien returns to host the series, which also features internationally renowned guest mentors, including Olympic gold and silver medalist Derek Parra in speed skating, Olympic gold and silver medalist Jennifer Heil in freestyle skiing, two-time Olympic gold medalist Kaitlyn Lawes in curling, Olympic gold medalist Jamie Salé in figure skating, Olympic gold medalist Beckie Scott in cross-country skiing, Olympic silver medalist Noelle Pikus-Pace in skeleton, Olympic silver medalist Max Parrot in snowboarding, Olympic bronze medalist Erin Hamlin in luge, world champion Sarah Hendrickson in ski jumping, two-time North American champion Gordon McArthur in ice climbing and three-time Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey in dog mushing.

“The first season of ‘All-Round Champion,’ featuring summer sports, was one of our bright stars this past spring,” said Michael Dunn, managing director of BYUtv. “As one of our top-rated shows in linear, since the season one finale in May it’s found even more viewers on digital as families binge the entire season on the free BYUtv streaming app. Not only are these talented, young athletes the future of their individual sports, but they are also role models of sportsmanship and respect for their competitors.”

This season’s cast of young athletes, ranging in age from 14 to 16, includes:

CROSS-COUNTRY SKING: Evan Armstrong (14; Haliburton, Ontario)
CURLING: Rajan Dalrymple (15; Oromocto, New Brunswick)
DOG MUSHING: Ellyn Reese (16; Eagle River, Wis.)
FIGURE SKATING: Caiyla Shaw (14; Miami Gardens, Fla.)
FREESTYLE SKIING: Gage LeBlanc (15; Jasper, Alberta)
ICE CLIMBING: Sloane Smith (15; Thunder Bay, Ontario)
LUGE: Caitlyn Petteys (14; Raleigh, N.C.)
SKI JUMPING: Estella Hassrick (14; Madison, Wis.)
SNOWBOARDING: Tristan Robles (14; Warwick, N.Y.)
SPEED SKATING: Adam Law (15; Mississauga, Ontario)

In addition to “All-Round Champion,” BYUtv’s original programming slate includes teen comedy bootcamp “Wayne Brady’s Comedy IQ,” created and hosted by the Emmy-winning star; new family survival competition “Survivalist”; and the long-running, viral sketch comedy series “Studio C.” BYUtv is available across the country via cable, satellite and multiple digital media platforms.

For a complete listing of BYUtv’s programming and to view full episodes, visit www.byutv.org or download the app. BYUtv streams for free with no subscriptions, in-app purchases or ads. The network is always streaming live, and past and current seasons are all available to binge. Press access to video, photo and other assets is available at www.byutv.org/pressinfo.

About BYUtv

BYUtv provides families more than 1,700 hours of entertaining and compelling programming they can enjoy together. The network’s content is trusted, contemporary and clean, yet clever and sophisticated enough to inspire children and parents alike. BYUtv’s diverse portfolio of original, co-produced and acquired content includes scripted and unscripted dramas and comedies, 700+ hours of live HD collegiate sports, game shows, and holiday special made-for-tv movies, docudramas and concerts. BYUtv is available in more than 50 million homes in every state of the country on DISH Network, DirecTV and 146 other major cable systems. A digital pioneer, BYUtv was the first U.S. television network to stream all of its content live and unencrypted over the Internet. Today, BYUtv has more than two million YouTube subscribers and nearly two billion views and is available live and on-demand on multiple digital platforms free of charge, including Apple TV, YouTube, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Xbox One, Windows Media, digital apps for iOS and Android, and BYUtv.org. Based in Provo, Utah, BYUtv is part of BYU Broadcasting, which is owned by Brigham Young University.

About marblemedia

marblemedia is a leading global entertainment company that develops, produces and distributes compelling TV and interactive digital content for audiences of all ages, across media platforms. With newly launched divisions specializing in primetime unscripted and scripted programming complementing its roster of successful kids and family properties, international distribution company Distribution360 and an in-house interactive studio, marblemedia is an expert in delivering winning content that meets the needs of an ever-changing media landscape. Founded in 2001 by co-CEOs Mark Bishop and Matt Hornburg with a vision of creativity, partnership and innovation, the company has offices in Toronto and London, plus a 50-acre production facility located 90 minutes north of Toronto. Learn more at www.marblemedia.com.



BYUtv Schedules Robust Slate of Fall Premieres





BYUtv Schedules Robust Slate of Fall Premieres
“Due to extensive planning and fortuitous circumstances, BYUtv is able to offer a full slate of premieres early in the fall despite this year’s challenges,” said Michael Dunn.
[via press release from BYUtv]
BYUtv Schedules Robust Slate of Fall Premieres

“Malory Towers,” “Dwight in Shining Armor,” “All-Round Champion,” “Relative Race – After the Finish Line,” “Studio C,” “Survivalists,” “The Fixers,” “Random Acts” begin airing starting Sept.

PROVO, Utah, Aug. 6, 2020 — BYUtv, a family entertainment network available over cable, satellite and free streaming, today announced its fall premiere dates at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour. The fall schedule is filled with new and returning shows, all ready for air. New unscripted wilderness series “Survivalists” joins sports competition “All-Round Champion” and charity-oriented “The Fixers,” both returning for season two, as well as hidden-camera series “Random Acts” (in its sixth season) and “Relative Race – After the Finish Line,” which catches up with past competitors from the flagship series and their family members. Scripted fare includes the exclusive U.S. airing of CBBC’s new literary adaptation “Malory Towers” and season four of adventure comedy “Dwight in Shining Armor,” along with sketch hit “Studio C,” which has been renewed for its 12th season.

The fall premiere schedule of new and returning shows is as follows:

Sunday, Sept. 13

“Malory Towers” (season 1) at 9 p.m. ET/7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT (SERIES PREMIERE)

Sunday, Sept. 20

“Dwight in Shining Armor” (season 4) at 8:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. MT/5:30 p.m. PT

Tuesday, Sept. 22

“All-Round Champion” (season 2) at 8 p.m. ET/6 p.m. MT/5 p.m. PT

Sunday, Sept. 27

“Relative Race – After the Finish Line” at 6:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. MT/3:30 p.m. PT

Monday, Oct. 5

“Studio C” (season 12) at 9 p.m. ET/7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT

Tuesday, Oct. 13

“Survivalists” (season 1) at 9 p.m. ET/7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT (SERIES PREMIERE)

Wednesday, Oct. 21

“The Fixers” (season 2) at 9 p.m. ET/7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT

Wednesday, Nov. 4

“Random Acts” (season 6) at 7 p.m. ET/5 p.m. MT/4 p.m. PT

“Due to extensive planning and fortuitous circumstances, BYUtv is able to offer a full slate of premieres early in the fall despite this year’s challenges,” said Michael Dunn, managing director of BYUtv. “Our offerings are expansive and well-rounded in genre and style while staying true to our core vision of adventurous but inspirational shows that parents and kids will want to watch together. We hope even more will join the BYUtv family to discover all the network has to offer, both on linear and for free on our app.”

BYUtv will present the exclusive U.S. broadcast of “Malory Towers,” which is currently airing on CBBC. Based on the beloved British novels by Enid Blyton, the series is set in an all-girls boarding school in England after World War II. The 13-episode scripted series is both nostalgic and contemporary in its approach to the timeless story of impetuous student Darrell Rivers and her classmates. Full of midnight feasts, lacrosse games, jolly picnics and a mysterious ghost story, there is adventure and excitement around every corner. “Malory Towers” was acquired from WildBrain (“Inspector Gadget,” “Strawberry Shortcake”), which will co-produce with BYUtv for future seasons.

“Relative Race – After the Finish Line” takes a look back at past contestant teams and how their lives have been affected by their time on the show. Each episode will briefly recap the contestants’ original experience on “Relative Race” and then tell the rich stories that have unfolded since meeting their previously unknown family members. “Relative Race” – the first family-history based competitive reality show – follows four teams as they meet relatives linked by DNA for the first time in a race throughout the United States. Produced by Lenzworks and BYUtv, the series has been renewed for a seventh season to air in 2021.

Each episode of BYUtv’s new family competition series “Survivalists” features two everyday families who put away technology and embark on a three-day survival immersion course in the wild to reconnect and repair their relationships. They win advantages through challenges, but to be successful, family members must trust each other and be vulnerable. The show is hosted by extreme adventurer Colin O’Brady, who won his first triathlon 18 months after a tragic accident and was the first person to complete an unaided solo trek across Antarctica. “Survivalists” is produced by veteran unscripted producer Mark Koops (“The Biggest Loser,” “Masterchef”) with INE Entertainment and BYUtv.

Season 12 of long-running, viral sketch comedy series “Studio C” will feature a special crossover episode guest starring 17-year-old Bryson Brunson, who was crowned the winner of fellow BYUtv series “Wayne Brady’s Comedy IQ.” Additional returning series this fall include season four of “Dwight in Shining Armor,” a scripted adventure comedy in which the Middle Ages meets Middle America; season two of “All-Round Champion,” with outstanding young winter athletes competing in each other’s sports; season two of “The Fixers,” chronicling an “A-team” of experienced builders that travels to remote locations in significant need; and season six of “Random Acts,” an unscripted hidden-camera reality show that features real people who are the recipients of random acts of kindness. BYUtv is available across the country via cable, satellite and multiple digital media platforms.

For a complete listing of BYUtv’s programming and to view full episodes, visit www.byutv.org or download the app. BYUtv streams for free with no subscriptions, in-app purchases or ads. The network is always streaming live, and past and current seasons are all available to binge. Press access to video, photo and other assets is available at www.byutv.org/pressinfo.

About BYUtv

BYUtv provides families more than 1,700 hours of entertaining and compelling programming they can enjoy together. The network’s content is trusted, contemporary and clean, yet clever and sophisticated enough to inspire children and parents alike. BYUtv’s diverse portfolio of original, co-produced and acquired content includes scripted and unscripted dramas and comedies, 700+ hours of live HD collegiate sports, game shows, and holiday special made-for-tv movies, docudramas and concerts. BYUtv is available in more than 50 million homes in every state of the country on DISH Network, DirecTV and 146 other major cable systems. A digital pioneer, BYUtv was the first U.S. television network to stream all of its content live and unencrypted over the Internet. Today, BYUtv has more than two million YouTube subscribers and nearly two billion views and is available live and on-demand on multiple digital platforms free of charge, including Apple TV, YouTube, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Xbox One, Windows Media, digital apps for iOS and Android, and BYUtv.org. Based in Provo, Utah, BYUtv is part of BYU Broadcasting, which is owned by Brigham Young University.



BYUtv Premieres Free Fun-Filled Scripted Shows for Entire Family this Summer





BYUtv Premieres Free Fun-Filled Scripted Shows for Entire Family this Summer
Highlights include the exclusive U.S. airing of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s action-adventure series “Itch.”
[via press release from BYUtv]
BYUtv Premieres Free Fun-Filled Scripted Shows for Entire Family this Summer

“Itch” and Emmy-nominated “Holly Hobbie” arrive

“Hetty Feather” returns for final season

PROVO, Utah, May 29, 2020 — BYUtv, a family entertainment network available over cable, satellite and free streaming, today announced summer premiere dates of engaging scripted international acquisitions from the U.K., Australia, Canada and the U.S. These include the exclusive U.S. airing of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s action-adventure series “Itch,” as well as the Emmy-nominated dramedy “Holly Hobbie” (Canada’s Family Channel and Hulu) and the final season of CBBC’s Victorian drama “Hetty Feather” (season 6). The summer premiere schedule is as follows:

Sunday, May 31

“Hetty Feather” (season 6) at 8 p.m. ET/6 p.m. MT/5 p.m. PT (FINAL SEASON PREMIERE)

Thursday, June 4

“Itch” (season 1) at 8 p.m. ET/6 p.m. MT/5 p.m. PT (SERIES PREMIERE)

Sunday, June 21

“Holly Hobbie” (season 1) at 8:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. MT/5:30 p.m. PT (SERIES PREMIERE)

“BYUtv is always looking for the best content for families, no matter where it might be found worldwide,” said Michael Dunn, managing director of BYUtv. “This summer, we are honored to work with first-class partners in the U.K., Australia, Canada and the U.S. to bring ‘Hetty Feather,’ ‘Itch’ and ‘Holly Hobbie’ to the young people and their parents who depend on us for compelling, vibrant stories they can watch together.”

BYUtv will present the exclusive U.S. broadcast of “Itch,” which recently aired on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s ABC Me network. What happens when a source of unimaginable power falls into the hands of a teenage boy? When science-obsessed Itch discovers a powerful new radioactive element, he’s forced to go on the run to protect it from a sinister organization seeking to weaponize it. Based on the best-selling book by Simon Mayo, the 10-episode scripted series is a fast-paced, high-stakes action-adventure. “Itch” is a production of Komixx Entertainment (Netflix’s “The Kissing Booth,” Nickelodeon’s “Wanda and the Alien”).

“Holly Hobbie,” which streams on Hulu and airs on Canada’s Family Channel, is a current Daytime Emmy nominee in the Outstanding Children’s or Family Viewing Series category. Thirteen-year-old Holly Hobbie is an aspiring singer-songwriter who isn’t afraid to fight for causes she believes in, even if it ruffles feathers. She plans on saving the world someday but is happy to start in her small town of Collinsville. The 10-episode dramedy series is based on the Holly Hobbie brand introduced by American Greetings in 1967, which has earned more than $1 billion in licensed sales globally over the past 50 years.

In addition to the shows above, BYUtv’s programming slate this summer includes the special three-episode final season of “Hetty Feather,” a popular British children’s drama series from CBBC that follows the adventures and trials of an orphan living in a Victorian foundling hospital. BYUtv is also the home of original series “Dwight in Shining Armor,” a scripted adventure comedy in which the Middle Ages meets Middle America; teen comedy bootcamp “Wayne Brady’s Comedy IQ,” created and hosted by the Emmy-winning star; and the long-running sketch comedy series “Studio C,” which touts nearly two billion views on YouTube. BYUtv is available across the country via cable, satellite and multiple digital media platforms.

For a complete listing of BYUtv’s programming and to view full episodes, visit www.byutv.org or download the app. BYUtv streams for free with no subscriptions, in-app purchases or ads. The network is always streaming live, and past and current seasons are all available to binge. Press access to video, photo and other assets is available at www.byutv.org/pressinfo.

About BYUtv

BYUtv provides families more than 1,700 hours of entertaining and compelling programming they can enjoy together. The network’s content is trusted, contemporary and clean, yet clever and sophisticated enough to inspire children and parents alike. BYUtv’s diverse portfolio of original, co-produced and acquired content includes scripted and unscripted dramas and comedies, 700+ hours of live HD collegiate sports, game shows, and holiday special made-for-tv movies, docudramas and concerts. BYUtv is available in more than 50 million homes in every state of the country on DISH Network, DirecTV and 146 other major cable systems. A digital pioneer, BYUtv was the first U.S. television network to stream all of its content live and unencrypted over the Internet. Today, BYUtv has more than two million YouTube subscribers and nearly two billion views and is available live and on-demand on multiple digital platforms free of charge, including Apple TV, YouTube, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Xbox One, Windows Media, digital apps for iOS and Android, and BYUtv.org. Based in Provo, Utah, BYUtv is part of BYU Broadcasting, which is owned by Brigham Young University.



BYUtv Announces New, Returning Unscripted Spring Premieres





BYUtv Announces New, Returning Unscripted Spring Premieres
Newcomers include “Wayne Brady’s Comedy IQ,” “The Wizard of Paws,” “Step Up to the Plate” and “Jeff’s Homemade Game Show.”

[via press release from BYUtv]

BYUtv Announces New, Returning Unscripted Spring Premieres

“Wayne Brady’s Comedy IQ,” “The Wizard of Paws,” “Step Up to the Plate” and “Jeff’s Homemade Game Show” Debut

“Making Good,” “Studio C” and “Best Cake Wins” Return

PROVO, Utah, March 31, 2020 — BYUtv, a family entertainment network available over cable, satellite and streaming, today announced the spring premiere dates of a slew of unscripted shows, including a comedy bootcamp, an animal prosthetics series, a housebound game show and a kids’ cooking competition. The spring premiere schedule of new and returning shows is as follows:

Wednesday, April 1

“Making Good” (season 2) at 8:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. MT/5:30 p.m. PT

Monday, April 6

“Studio C” (season 11) at 7:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. MT/4:30 p.m. PT (previously scheduled for Monday, March 16)

“Wayne Brady’s Comedy IQ” (season 1) at 8 p.m. ET/6 p.m. MT/5 p.m. PT (SERIES PREMIERE)

Wednesday, April 8

“The Wizard of Paws” (season 1) at 9 p.m. ET/7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT (SERIES PREMIERE)

Tuesday, May 12

“Best Cake Wins” (season 3) at 8 p.m. ET/6 p.m. MT/5 p.m. PT

“Step Up to the Plate” (season 1) at 8:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. MT/5:30 p.m. PT (SERIES PREMIERE)

“Jeff’s Homemade Game Show” (season 1) at 9 p.m. ET/7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT (SERIES PREMIERE)

“Viewers will be riveted as Wayne Brady mentors the next generation of comics, animals receive custom prosthetics, and a game show is created and played in contestants’ own houses,” said Michael Dunn, managing director of BYUtv. “While families find themselves at home looking for uplifting content they can enjoy together, they can binge our long-running shows to prepare for the upcoming season premieres as well as enjoy our incredible new series that inspire hope in unique ways.”

BYUtv’s new comedy competition series “Wayne Brady’s Comedy IQ” was created and hosted by multiple Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated Wayne Brady and his producing partner, Mandie Taketa. Talented young people from across the country compete in a one-of-a-kind performers’ bootcamp to demonstrate the highest “comedy IQ.” Each new challenge teaches them to be multi-faceted in writing, directing, performing and creating comedic and musical content. Along the way, the teens learn universal skills that can bring them success in the real world. The 10-episode unscripted series was executive produced by Wayne Brady, Mandie Taketa, Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Mechelle Collins and Kevin Dill of Intuitive Entertainment (Bravo’s “The Millionaire Matchmaker,” Lifetime’s “The Rap Game”) and BYUtv.

Inspirational new 10-episode series “The Wizard of Paws” profiles Derrick Campana as he continues his longstanding mission of charitably dedicating his time to crafting custom prosthetics for animals of all sizes from elephants to rabbits. Derrick will assist a loving dwarf pony who is unable to stand for longer than a few minutes, a bubbly golden retriever who struggles to walk because of her deformed back paws, a sensitive two-year-old potbelly pig who has a connective tissue disorder that affects all four of his legs, and many more heartwarming animals. “The Wizard of Paws” is a partnership between BYUtv and The Dodo, the most engaged with media brand on mobile and no. 1 media brand for reach on mobile in the United States. Hyundai will exclusively sponsor the show with product placement as part of a larger campaign, “Better Together.”

“Step Up to the Plate” is a 15-episode competitive cooking series that aired on CBBC, the British children’s channel owned by the BBC. In the energetic show, a “Kitchen Crew” made up of children ages 10 to 14 runs a busy restaurant, dealing with obstacles they would face in the real world. Themed menus, including diner, zombie, tropical, medieval and magical, stretch their imaginations. “Step Up to the Plate” was acquired from Cineflix (HGTV’s “Property Brothers,” History’s “American Pickers”).

Created and hosted by Second City alum Jeff Rogers, “Jeff’s Homemade Game Show” turns a visit to a family’s home into an instant game show using common on-site household objects, locations and activities. Family members can win cash and prizes by participating in homegrown challenges such as stacking cans from their kitchen into a pyramid, returning items that have been removed from their living room to the correct locations, catapulting cereal into a milk-filled bowl, collecting as much loose change as possible, and guessing the expiration date of a condiment in their refrigerator. The 10-episode series was co-produced by BYUtv and World View Productions, whose credits include A&E, FX, PBS, Showtime and more.

In addition to the shows above, BYUtv’s returning original programming slate this spring includes “Making Good,” an unscripted series chronicling one man’s quest to serve, featuring Kirby Heyborne (“The Three Stooges”); the long-running sketch comedy series “Studio C,” which touts nearly 2 billion views on YouTube; and “Best Cake Wins,” a fun and family-friendly baking competition series designed to make a child’s most desired birthday cake a reality. BYUtv is available across the country via cable, satellite and multiple digital media platforms.

For a complete listing of BYUtv’s programming and to view full episodes, visit www.byutv.org or download the free app. Press access to video, photo and other assets is available at www.byutv.org/pressinfo.

About BYUtv

BYUtv provides families more than 1,700 hours of entertaining and compelling programming they can enjoy together. The network’s content is trusted, contemporary and clean, yet clever and sophisticated enough to inspire children and parents alike. BYUtv’s diverse portfolio of original, co-produced and acquired content includes scripted and unscripted dramas and comedies, 700+ hours of live HD collegiate sports, game shows, and holiday special made-for-tv movies, docudramas and concerts. BYUtv is available in more than 50 million homes in every state of the country on DISH Network, DirecTV and 146 other major cable systems. A digital pioneer, BYUtv was the first U.S. television network to stream all of its content live and unencrypted over the Internet. Today, BYUtv has more than two million YouTube subscribers and nearly two billion views and is available live and on-demand on multiple digital platforms free of charge, including Apple TV, YouTube, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Xbox One, Windows Media, digital apps for iOS and Android, and BYUtv.org. Based in Provo, Utah, BYUtv is part of BYU Broadcasting, which is owned by Brigham Young University.