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Hockey Wives TV Show Scores Spin-off Series Online, Second Season of Television Programming

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The success of the W Network specialty service series extends beyond TV, and producers note its strong social media following online. That success, in turn, has triggered two Web series, with one of the Wives hosting her own video streaming channel on YouTube.

The sports related docu-series Hockey Wives has scored big time in its first season of regular television programming, with word that production on a second season has been given the green light.

The success of the W Network specialty service series extends beyond TV, and producers note its strong social media following online. That success, in turn, has triggered two Web series, with one of the Wives hosting her own video streaming channel on YouTube.

Hockey Wives, from Bristow Global Media, takes an insider look at the wives and girlfriends of some of professional hockey’s top players over the course of a season. This season’s finale airs tonight, Wednesday, May 6 at 10 pm Eastern.

Executive Producers are company president and founder Julie Bristow, a former CBC programming executive, with Claire Adams and and Megan Sanchez-Warner. John MacDonald is the Vice President of Television and Head of Women’s and Family Television for Corus Entertainment.

“We are thrilled to bring back Hockey Wives for another season on W. The show is our #1 series this year, with fans watching in record numbers, tweeting along with our cast, and joining our Google Hangouts online. In addition, episodes of the series have ranked as the #1 reality series on iTunes Canada after they air,” MacDonald says of the show’s success. “Next season promises even more excitement with new wives from across the league.”

The online post-show Google Hangout, featuring the wives talking with guests hosts including TV host Jessi Cruickshank, the edge’s Josie Dye and sports reporter Monika Platek, has generated a lot of social media buzz, and it is often a trending topic across Canada, with #HOCKEYWIVES; user generated shareable content including Buzzfeedarticles, YouTube reviews and memes.

So Corus and women’s online network Kin Community will work with Hockey WivesMaripier Morin and Cheryl Torrenueva from Games of Homes to strategize the launch of their YouTube channels, Simply Cher Cher and Pardon My French.

It’s the first time Corus talent has been signed to Kin Community, reflecting a strong social media following across Twitter and Instagram for its TV personalities, in addition to their large fan base from the TV series on W Network.

Hockey Wives Morin (partner to Habs’ now controversial left winger, Brandon Prust) is a Revlon model, popular host and successful entrepreneur. Her YouTube channel, Pardon My French, is said to be where she will share her city, her sensibility and her killer closet through a series of weekly video segments. Pardon My French is made in partnership with Bristow Global Media Inc. (BGM).

Kin Community is a highly popular women’s lifestyle YouTube channel and social media network; based in Santa Monica, CA, Kin is backed by Corus Entertainment, Mayfield Fund, General Catalyst Partners, Rustic Canyon Partners, Atomico and Emil Capital.