MuchMusic Rings in the New Year with Four Exclusive New Series ### HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS, FUNNY OR DIE PRESENTS: BILLY ON THE STREET

— December 20, 2012

– Much celebrates the return of the annual Tree Toss on NEW.MUSIC.LIVE. –

‘Hollywood Heights’ will become your guilty pleasure. – hollywoodlife.com
[Billy] Eichner is pretty much one of the funniest people alive right now. – Huffington Post

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TORONTO (December 20, 2012) – MuchMusic adds some more sizzle to the schedule in January with the addition of four exclusive new series. Featured are the 80-episode (yes, 80!), first season of the hot, new intriguing primetime dramaHOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS (Jan. 7), airing four nights a week and featuring hot guest stars including James Franco; the new season of the hilarious and über-popular series, FUNNY OR DIE PRESENTS: BILLY ON THE STREET (Jan. 7); the tell-all talk series GUY CODE (Jan. 7); and the new series WORLD’S CRAZIEST FOOLS(Jan. 9), hosted by the iconic Mr. T

“All of these new programs serve up characters and storylines that will keep viewers coming back for more,” said Neil Staite, Vice-President and General Manager, Music and Entertainment, Bell Media. “It’s also a great mix: HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS is about love, family, and following your dreams; Billy Eichner is one of the funniest comedians on television; GUY CODE delivers some practical life skills covering everything from man-scaping to man-crushes; and Mr. T brings the mayhem. Viewers will love it.” 

January also sees the return of fan favourites as NEW.MUSIC.LIVE. (Jan. 2) rings in the New Year with the annual NML PRESENTS: TREE TOSS 2013 (Jan. 4). Later in the week, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (Jan. 8) returns with all-new episodes, as does VIDEO ON TRIAL (Jan. 23). 


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Below is a chronological list of January programming on MuchMusic. 

NEW.MUSIC.LIVE. – (Monday – Friday at 6 p.m. ET, starting Jan. 2)

NML PRESENTS: TREE TOSS 2013 
(Friday, Jan. 4 at 6 p.m.)

Hosted by Scott Willats and Lauren Toyota, NEW.MUSIC.LIVE. brings viewers non-stop music, entertainment, and pop culture news. NML starts the year off right with the iconic tree toss. The tree toss has been a tradition at Much HQ for over 100 years - give or take a few. The event made its triumphant return in 2012 after a 10-year hiatus. Click here for some neat facts about the tree toss!

FUNNY OR DIE PRESENTS: BILLY ON THE STREET 
(Monday, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. ET – Season 2 Premiere)

The streets will never be the same again. FUNNY OR DIE PRESENTS: BILLY ON THE STREET host Billy Eichner combines his music and pop culture knowledge and no-holds-barred humour to create his own brand of a trivia game show. Enlisting the help of people on the streets of New York to act as his contestants, Eichner throws out rapid fire questions and gives hopefuls the chance to win money based on whether their answers are correct or simply match Eichner’s tastes. Hilarious and sort-of informative, FUNNY OR DIE PRESENTS: BILLY ON THE STREET includes appearances by Maya Rudolph, Will Ferrell, and Nas among others.

HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS 
(Monday-Thursday at 9 p.m. ET, beginning Monday, Jan. 7– Series Premiere )

Romance and deceit, fame and heartbreak, success and secrets -- welcome to HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS. Adapted from the wildly popular Mexican telenovela ALCANZAR UNA ESTRELLA, this 80-episode series follows the journey of a teenaged girl, whose life changes drastically when she becomes a star and wins the love of her rock and roll idol, after which both are tested by setbacks, heartbreak and deception. The brand-new, hour-long series also stars Cody Longo, Brittany Underwood, and Carlos Ponce, as well as James Franco who stars in a multi-episode storyline. 

GUY CODE 
(Monday, Jan. 7 at 8:30 p.m. ET – Series Premiere) 

Every bro knows the code. Some say guys are born with it, but not everyone follows the same set of guidelines. GUY CODE is putting people on notice! The “guy code” has been discussed on screen in Old School, JERSEY SHORE ,and inadvertently analyzed on ANIMAL PLANET when discussing the customs of male species. But to date, no series has created a playbook for all guys to follow…until now. Need-to-know detes about everything from man-scaping to man-crushes, wing men and sexting, the rules of drinking, and good taste in music, GUY CODE features comics, athletes, entertainers, and even some experts to make sure all the players are up to date. 

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 8 p.m. – New Episodes)
“She’s Better Now” - In the winter premiere of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, Radley Sanitarium has given Mona a clean bill of health and she is headed back to the halls of Rosewood High, much to the Liars' dismay. With their former tormentor now back in their everyday life, Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer take very different views of the "new" Mona. Sure she made their lives a living hell, but is she really cured? And what other secrets could she be holding onto? It is up to Mona to prove to the Liars if she has changed or not.


WORLD’S CRAZIEST FOOLS (Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. ET – New Series)

The world famous Mr. T (The A-Team, Rocky III) presents this cutting-edge clip show featuring random people from around the globe, making themselves look like “fools” and caught on closed-circuit cameras. Watch drop-jawed at a horse in the back of a car, a football team that just can’t score a goal, and the customers who watch a brand-new car roll out of the showroom and straight onto a motorway. The show is a mix of clips, animation, and funny phone calls, and is definitely not for sissies.

VIDEO ON TRIAL (Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 8:30 p.m. ET – New Episodes)
It’s all about dish, dirt and deconstruction as top pop culture experts analyze today's hottest music videos with candid commentary, scathing reviews and tongue-in-cheek profiling in this MuchMusic original series. Jurors include Trevor Boris, Dini Dimakos, Ron Sparks, Debra DiGiovanni, Boomer Phillips, Darrin Rose, Eddie Della Siepe, and more!

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