NICKELODEON CHALLENGES KIDS TO MORE BRAIN-TEASING FUN WITH SECOND SEASON OF HIT GAME SHOW BRAINSURGE PREMIERING MONDAY, JUNE 21 AT 6:00 P.M. (ET/PT)
Season Two Features Casts of Nickelodeon Hit Shows and Special Guest Stars
Jordin Sparks, Tony Hawk, Misty May-Treanor, Natalie Coughlin and Tom Kenny
Santa Monica, Calif., June 3, 2010 - Nickelodeon welcomes back its popular game show BrainSurge with 40 brand-new episodes of brain twisters, signature slime and special guests beginning Monday, June 21, at 6:00 p.m. ET/PT. Since its launch in September 2009, the series has emerged as a hit with kids and is currently the most-watched program on all TV in its time period among kids 2-11, boys 2-11, boys 6-11 and boys 9-14. Delivering an average of 2 million total viewers per episode, the first season of BrainSurge has grown by double-digits (+10%) among kids 2-11 since its premiere. (Source: NMR 9/28/09-5/23/10). The new season of BrainSurge, which will feature real kids competing in three intense levels of mind-bending game play, will air in a new timeslot on Nickelodeon weekdays at 6 p.m. (ET/PT).
Jeff Sutphen returns as host of BrainSurge to energetically guide kids through mind-bending challenges that test their visual, memory and analytical skills as they compete for fun prizes. Season two premieres with a week of special episodes that feature Boys vs. Girls - where the live audience is divided by gender and the contestants (3 boys and 3 girls) are playing for bragging rights and T-shirts for the audience. In addition, the new season will include celebrity appearances by Jordin Sparks, Tony Hawk, Misty May-Treanor, Natalie Coughlin, and Tom Kenny (voice of SpongeBob SquarePants), as well as the casts of Nickelodeon's hit comedy series Big Time Rush, Victorious, The Troop, iCarly and True Jackson, VP. And, for the first time, there will be theme weeks including Twins vs. Twins, Siblings vs. Siblings and Parents vs. Kids.
"We have gotten overwhelming feedback from kids across the country telling us that they love playing along with the show at home, so we are thrilled to be bringing it back for a second season," said Marjorie Cohn, Nickelodeon's President, Original Programming and Development. "Season two will take the game play up a notch, giving viewers of all ages a heightened level of interactivity with more online games and new brain-teasing challenges."
The new episodes will continue to offer viewers even more brain teasers, signature slime and special episodes that feature competitions between kids, siblings and entire families. As contestants are eliminated, they get sucked into the "Face Wall" or slide down the "Brain Drain," but the final winner gets the ultimate prize - a giant, messy, celebratory sliming!
The series continues to build on Nickelodeon's legacy of successful family game shows, like Double Dare, Legends of the Hidden Temple and Figure it Out. BrainSurge's fun-filled competition challenges contestants' visual, memory and thought abilities. It invites kids at home to join in the fun with a series of online "Brain Training" mini games available at www.nick.com/brainsurge.
BrainSurge is from executive producers Clay Newbill for 310 Entertainment, Scott A. Stone ("Legends of the Hidden Temple") for Stone & Company Entertainment and David A. Hurwitz. The game show is based on the Tokyo Broadcasting System Television program Brain Survivor.
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