Production Begins on "Tori & Dean: Cabin Fever"
The famous family ventures to Canada to renovate a lakeside cottage
(Toronto, Canada) Scripps Networks Interactive's HGTV (U.S.), Corus Entertainment's CMT (Canada) and Cineflix announced today the start of production on Tori & Dean: Cabin Fever, a series that follows actors Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott and their family. With their four kids in tow, the couple heads to a picturesque lake in Ontario, Canada to put their DIY expertise to good use while renovating a lakeside cottage into their dream vacation home. The series is slated to air on CMT and HGTV in spring 2014.
Produced by Cineflix, and Executive Produced by Spelling and McDermott, the 8 x 30 series provides viewers with an intimate and humorous inside look at what happens when the couple takes their family to see what life is like in Dean's home country. The couple will spend the summer exploring all that cottage life has to offer.
"We're excited to capture Tori and Dean's dramatic lifestyle change as they embark on this new adventure," said Joe Houlihan, Executive Vice President of Programming, Cineflix. "It's a return to the familiar for Dean, but it's a completely new experience for Tori, which will make for some fun and engaging TV."
Tori and Dean have had a lot of adventures during their marriage, but this will be their biggest challenge yet - adjusting to an outdoorsy and unpredictable Canadian way of life while creating a stylish getaway home for the whole family.
"We're thrilled to welcome Tori and Dean to Canada for this exciting new project," said Vibika Bianchi, Vice President, Original Programming, Corus Women and Family. "Bringing the couple's unique and genuine brand of humour to a rustic northern setting is sure to be a highly entertaining series and strike a chord with Canadians."
Tori and Dean infuse each episode with amusing banter as they and their kids, including Liam, 6, Stella, 5, Hattie, 1 and Finn, 10 months, experience all the highs and lows of cottage life - including canoeing, mosquitoes, eccentric neighbours and potential bear run-ins. They also share many personal family moments including Finn's first birthday. In the midst of all the adventure and antics the DIY duo also manages to transform the cottage room by room with their own unique touch.
Tori & Dean: Cabin Fever is a Cineflix (T & D) Inc. production, in association with CMT and HGTV in the U.S. Executive Producers are Simon Lloyd, Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott.
About HGTV (U.S)
America's leading home and lifestyle brand, HGTV features a top-rated cable network that is distributed to more than 98 million U.S. households and the HGTV website, HGTV.com, the nation's leading online home-and-garden destination that attracts an average of four million unique visitors per month. Viewers can become fans of HGTV and interact with other home improvement enthusiasts through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
About CMT Canada
Available in over 9.5 million homes, CMT is Canada's source for country music lifestyle programming. Exploring themes relevant to country music and country music fans, the network offers an exciting mix of comedy and dramatic series, movies and country music news, videos, concerts and specials. CMT's Video Advantage Program, established in 2000, supports the production of original music videos for Canadian artists. The station's website, www.cmt.ca, is Canada's number one website dedicated to country music.
About Corus Entertainment
Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children's book publishing, children's animation and animation software. The Company's multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), ABC Spark, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), CosmoTV, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press, Toon Boom and radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
About Cineflix Media Inc.
Cineflix Media Inc. is an international media company that brings together global broadcast and production partners, major talent, and key executives to create top quality original content produced and distributed for television and other platforms. Producing more than 300 hours per year of multi-genre television for international broadcasters, and with a rapidly expanding library of 3400 hours, Cineflix Media is a recognized leader with offices in Montreal, Toronto, London, New York, Los Angeles, and Dublin.
About Tori Spelling
Tori Spelling is versatile actress whose career spans theater, television and film. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of sTORI telling, Mommywood, uncharted terriTORI, the children's book Presenting... Tallulah, and the party planning book, CelebraTORI. Spelling's next memoir, Spelling It Like It Is, is scheduled for publication on October 22. Spelling is also an accomplished designer with a distinct sense of style. Her children's clothing line "Little Maven" features fun, young and versatile designs and is sold exclusively at JCPenney. She also combines her love of crafting and jewelry with her DIY fashion jewelry line, "Styled by Tori Spelling." Spelling offers ideas and inspiration for elevating everyday life at her ediTORIal online community, ToriSpelling.com. She was star and executive producer of the hit reality series, Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood and Tori & Dean: sTORIbook Weddings, along with her husband, Dean McDermott. Together they have four children - Liam, Stella, Hattie and Finn.
About Dean McDermott
Dean McDermott, actor, television personality and 'Gourmet Dad,' opened his home to America during the six seasons of the hit show "Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood," along with wife Tori Spelling. Spelling and McDermott created the show and served as executive producers alongside Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato of World of Wonder Productions. Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in late 2013, McDermott will return to his hometown to host the hit Food Network Canada show, Chopped Canada. A self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie, the father of five is an avid adventurer, races motorcycles, is a phenomenal cook and a master DIY-er. He appears regularly on a variety of daytime talk and entertainment shows, is a regular contributor to Parenting.com and is concentrating on growing his Gourmet Dad brand as he continues his culinary arts studies. As a modern-day renaissance father, Dean keeps family, food and fun his primary focus.