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[02/22/12 - 09:37 AM]
GSN Announces New Seasons of "Dancing with the Stars," "The Newlywed Game" and "Baggage"
Season 12 of the ABC staple makes its cable premiere on Saturday, March 10 at 6:00/5:00c.

[via press release from GSN]

GSN KICKS OFF SEASON 12 OF "DANCING WITH THE STARS" ON SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2012

RE-LIVE THE MAGIC WITH KIRSTIE ALLEY, KENDRA WILKINSON RALPH MACCHIO AND HINES WARD

Santa Monica, CA - February 22, 2012 - A star-studded cast of eleven celebrities, paired with the world's top professional ballroom dancers will hit the floor on March 10th as DANCING WITH THE STARS, Season 12 comes to GSN. DANCING WITH THE STARS, Season 12, premieres on Saturday, March 10th at 6:00 p.m. ET. The season will air in back-to-back episodes every Saturday night, starting at 6:00 p.m. ET through Saturday, April 28, 2012.

DANCING WITH THE STARS, Season 12, features a spectacular cast of celebrities from television, movies, music, sports, and fashion, each paired with a professional dancer:

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Mike Catherwood and Lacey Schwimmer
Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke
Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas
Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya
Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff
Petra Nemcová and Dmitry Chaplin
Romeo and Chelsie Hightower
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson
Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel
Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani

GSN has the exclusive off-network rights to ABC's DANCING WITH THE STARS from Disney-ABC Domestic Television, making GSN the only network on which previous seasons of the mega-hit dance competition can be seen. GSN has acquired seasons 4 through 13 of the series, and the agreement also includes the upcoming 14th season, which premieres March 19th on ABC.

DANCING WITH THE STARS is the U.S. version of the international smash hit series, "Strictly Come Dancing." This version is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Conrad Green serves as executive producer and Ashley Edens-Shaffer and Joe Sungkur are co-executive producers.

SEASON 12 CAST BIOS

KIRSTIE ALLEY - Kirstie Alley has emerged as one of Hollywood's top actresses, proving time and again that she is capable of great depth and range, as well as possessing comedic timing second to none. Kirstie's work in television has earned her seven Golden Globe and eight Emmy(R) nominations, winning one Golden Globe, two Emmy(R) Awards and three People's Choice Awards.

WENDY WILLIAMS - Called a "breakthrough in daytime" by The New York Times, Wendy Williams burst onto the national talk show scene in July 2009 with the launch of her daily, syndicated program, "The Wendy Williams Show." Touted by People magazine as one of the "best shows of 2009," the critically-acclaimed series now has the distinction of being "must-see TV." A mother, wife and best-selling author, Wendy built a devoted cult following from her years as one of radio's most popular personalities. In addition to her daytime television success, she hosts GSN's original series, "Love Triangle," which premiered in April 2011.

KENDRA WILKINSON - Television personality and glamour girl Kendra Wilkinson is best known from her self-titled E! hit reality series, "Kendra." The show follows Kendra, NFL player husband Hank and son Hank IV through their crazy lives. Portraying life in the spotlight and the challenges of raising a toddler son and being an NFL wife, the show is a fun-filled, action-packed look into the real world of Kendra Wilkinson. She got her start on one of E! Entertainment's highest rated television shows, "The Girls Next Door," co-starring on the reality hit for five seasons, until 2009, when she closed that chapter in her life and opened a new one. That year Kendra got married, welcomed the birth of her son and, of course, debuted her show, "Kendra."

CHELSEA KANE - Chelsea Kane (formerly Chelsea Staub) is a versatile young actress and musician. Chelsea recently starred as Stella Malone, the longtime friend and style guru to the Lucas brothers in the Disney Channel comedy series, "JONAS." On the big screen, she landed her first role in the family film "Arizona Summer," and had a starring role in the motion picture "Bratz."

RALPH MACCHIO - An actor, writer, director and producer, Ralph Macchio first gained world recognition for playing the title role in the popular classic "The Karate Kid" and its successors, "The Karate Kid II" and "The Karate Kid III." His extensive list of film credits includes Francis Ford Coppola's "The Outsiders" and the hit film "My Cousin Vinny." Among his multiple television credits, Ralph had a two-season arc on ABC's "Ugly Betty," a comedic guest star lead on the series "Psych," as well as a dramatic guest lead character on ABC's drama, "The Whole Truth." He was seen as a guest star on the hit series "Entourage," as well as the comedy "Headcase."

ROMEO - Percy Romeo Miller, Jr., better known by his stage name, Romeo, is an American entertainer, actor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the son of businessman and music mogul Percy Miller. Romeo has sold over 10 million records as a multi-platinum music artist and has been awarded an American Music Award and a Grammy(R). He is the youngest CEO of the multi-million dollar record company No Limit Forever, and is the youngest entertainer to top the Billboard charts, at age 10. Romeo's acting credits include his No. 1 television show, "Romeo!," on Nickelodeon, "The Defenders" and "The Cape."

CHRIS JERICHO -- A six-time WWE world champion, two-time New York Times best-selling author, lead singer of the rock band Fozzy and host of the ABC game show "Downfall," Chris Jericho began wrestling at age 19 and is one of the most popular performers in wrestling history. In 2001 Chris was the first ever Undisputed Champion of the WWE, and he is the only performer to have held six different titles in the 44-year history of World Wrestling Entertainment.

SUGAR RAY LEONARD - Sugar Ray Leonard is one of the legendary sports icons of the 20th century whose very name epitomizes boxing and conjures the image of a champion. He was host and mentor for the first three seasons of the series "Contender" on NBC & ESPN, by Dreamworks Television and Mark Burnett Productions. Ray has always been devoted to the community and for many years has been the international chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk for a Cure. He also participates in a variety of national and international causes benefiting children's charities.

HINES WARD - A four-time Pro Bowler, three-time Super Bowl participant, two-time Super Bowl Champion and Super Bowl XL MVP, Hines Ward holds virtually every record in Steelers wide receiving history and will go down in the record books as the Steelers' all-time leading wide receiver. Beyond his NFL career, he is a symbol of success and good will to the Korean community and all of Asia. His Helping Hands Foundation is devoted to the fight against bi-racial discrimination in the United States and Korea. The program in the U.S. focuses on improving literacy among children and provides programs and services to better equip them for achieving success in life. In Korea, the program focuses on raising awareness for the problem of biracial discrimination and providing inspiration to the mixed race children in that country. Mr. Smile himself, Hines is an ambassador of hope to children everywhere.

"PSYCHO" MIKE CATHERWOOD -- Born and raised in Los Angeles, Michael Catherwood (aka Psycho Mike) has an eclectic background from the city that made him the person he is today. Mike is a mixed race Hispanic who immersed himself in the Los Angeles punk and hard rock scene. He moved to the east coast to study theatre at Rutgers University, where he spent most his time enjoying the emerging Jersey punk scene. After finishing school, he returned to L.A. to become a member of the top-rated "Kevin & Bean Morning Show" on KROQ-FM. Known to listeners as "Psycho Mike," he has developed many of the radio show's most well known and talked about characters and segments. In addition to the "Kevin & Bean Morning Show," Mike is the co-host of Loveline Radio (Westwood One) with Dr. Drew Pinsky, and has guest hosted on E! Entertainment TV's "The Daily 10."

PETRA NEMCOVA - Born and raised in Karvina, in the Czech Republic, Petra Nemcova took the modeling world by storm after being discovered by a modeling scout on the streets of her native country. Petra has graced the pages and covers of magazines such as Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Shape, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.

About GSN

GSN is a multimedia entertainment company that offers original and classic game programming and competitive entertainment via its 75-million subscriber television network and online game sites. GSN's cross-platform content gives game lovers the opportunity to win cash and prizes, whether through GSN's popular TV game shows or through GSN Digital's free casual games, mobile and social games, and cash competitions. GSN is distributed throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Canada by all major cable operators, satellite providers and telcos. GSN and its subsidiary, WorldWinner.com, Inc., are owned by DIRECTV and Sony Pictures Entertainment. For further information, visit GSN at www.gsn.com.

GSN TO PREMIERE NEW SEASON OF "THE NEWLYWED GAME," HOSTED BY SHERRI SHEPHERD

BRAND NEW EPISODES START MONDAY, MARCH 12

Santa Monica, CA - February 22, 2012 - There's more to marriage than moonlight and roses - there's also those uncomfortable moments of "too much information," embarrassing marital quirks and plenty of annoying habits. GSN offers all of the above with 41 new episodes of THE NEWLYWED GAME, hosted by Sherri Shepherd, premiering on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 6:00 PM ET. THE NEWLYWED GAME will air every Monday and Tuesday at 6:00 PM and 6:30 PM ET on GSN.

THE NEWLYWED GAME is GSN's modern installment of the classic series showcasing three newly married couples of wide-ranging backgrounds who face off in a series of question rounds. During each round, a spouse attempts to guess his or her mate's answer to questions about their relationship, ranging from the first time they met to the details of their love life. At the end of the game, the couple scoring the most points wins exciting prizes.

Sherri Shepherd is a Daytime Emmy(R) Award-winning co-host of "The View" and an actress who appeared in the award-winning film "Precious" and can currently be seen in "One for the Money." Shepherd's other film credits include "Who's Your Caddy," "Beauty Shop," "Cellular," "Guess Who" and "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa." She is a frequent guest star as Tracy Morgan's wife, Angie Jordan, on the Emmy(R) award-winning series "30 Rock." Her other television credits include "Friends," "Less than Perfect," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Joan of Arcadia," "Suddenly Susan," "The Jamie Foxx Show" and "Hot In Cleveland."

THE NEWLYWED GAME is produced by Michael Davies and his production company, Embassy Row, which is owned by Sony Pictures Television. Davies has brought audiences fan-favorite shows such as "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," "Power of 10," and the GSN original "Chain Reaction." Additionally, Sony Pictures Television serves as the worldwide distributor for THE NEWLYWED GAME.

About GSN

GSN is a multimedia entertainment company that offers original and classic game programming and competitive entertainment via its 75-million subscriber television network and online game sites. GSN's cross-platform content gives game lovers the opportunity to win cash and prizes, whether through GSN's popular TV game shows or through GSN Digital's free casual games, mobile and social games, and cash competitions. GSN is distributed throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Canada by all major cable operators, satellite providers and telcos. GSN and its subsidiary, WorldWinner.com, Inc., are owned by DIRECTV and Sony Pictures Entertainment. For further information, visit GSN at www.gsn.com

GSN TO PREMIERE NEW SEASON OF "BAGGAGE," HOSTED BY JERRY SPRINGER

BRAND NEW EPISODES START WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14

Santa Monica, CA - February 22, 2012 - Returning with a new assortment of contestants revealing their most intimate secrets prior to the first date, GSN announces the premiere of 60 all-new episodes of BAGGAGE, hosted by Jerry Springer, premiering on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 6:00 PM ET, and airing every Wednesday and Thursday at 6:00 PM and 6:30 PM ET.

On each half-hour episode of BAGGAGE, Springer guides the fun as one dater chooses among three contestants, who reveal the intimate secrets and hidden flaws that are typically kept under wraps to impress a first date. Each contestant enters with three suitcases - small, medium and large - containing the quirky, annoying and sometimes truly shocking "baggage" that may or may not eliminate the contestants from competition, to the accompaniment of the dater's tagline, "I'm sorry, but you have too much baggage."

In the new season of BAGGAGE, viewers will see if the dater can handle a woman who spends half of her income on designer shoes. Will a man who is still married and secretly in love with his ex-girlfriend make the cut? What if he wears a "mankini" and refers to himself as the Greek Mystique? With a lively pace and a playful sense of humor, BAGGAGE reveals what people are willing to put up with in the name of finding love.

BAGGAGE host Jerry Springer has become a cultural and civic icon. In addition to being the host of the "Jerry Springer Show," Springer has been a political pundit, lawyer, Emmy(R) Award-winning newscaster, country recording artist, international emcee and TV personality. He has been in movies and on Broadway (starring in productions of Chicago in London and New York). He's a progressive talk-radio broadcaster, and he won America's heart with his ballroom dancing on "Dancing With the Stars." The son of Holocaust survivors, Springer holds a law degree from Northwestern University, and is a political activist who worked on Robert Kennedy's presidential campaign and served as Mayor of Cincinnati for two terms. Springer also has hosted "America's Got Talent," both in primetime on NBC, as well as in the live version from Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

BAGGAGE is produced by Comcast Entertainment Studios with Jay James and Michael Binkow as executive producers.

About GSN

GSN is a multimedia entertainment company that offers original and classic game programming and competitive entertainment via its 75-million subscriber television network and online game sites. GSN's cross-platform content gives game lovers the opportunity to win cash and prizes, whether through GSN's popular TV game shows or through GSN Digital's free casual games, mobile and social games, and cash competitions. GSN is distributed throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Canada by all major cable operators, satellite providers and telcos. GSN and its subsidiary, WorldWinner.com, Inc., are owned by DIRECTV and Sony Pictures Entertainment. For further information, visit GSN at www.gsn.com





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