Canada, Meet Your Biggest New Stars

Cast of The Real Housewives of Vancouver (From left to right: Christina, Reiko, Jody, Mary and Ronnie) (CNW Group/Shaw Media)

Real Housewife of Vancouver - Christina Kiesel (CNW Group/Shaw Media)

Real Housewife of Vancouver - Jody Claman (CNW Group/Shaw Media)

Real Housewife of Vancouver - Mary Zilba (CNW Group/Shaw Media)

Real Housewife of Vancouver - Reiko MacKenzie (CNW Group/Shaw Media)

Real Housewife of Vancouver - Ronnie Seterdahl Negus (CNW Group/Shaw Media)

The Cast of The Real Housewives of Vancouver Revealed

Special Two-Hour Event Premieres April 4th at 9pm ET/PT Exclusively On SliceTM

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TORONTO, Feb. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - Va-va-Vancouver the Real Housewives are here. This spring SliceTM is indulging audiences with the year's most buzzed about new Canadian series, The Real Housewives of Vancouver. The first Canadian installment of the world's number one lifestyle reality franchise takes viewers on a wild ride into the extravagant lives of five of Vancouver's most privileged, powerful and glamorous women. Debuting with a special two-hour premiere event on Wednesday, April 4th at 9:00pm ET/PT, the new series will settle into its regular time the following week, Wednesdays at 10:00pm ET/PT exclusively on SliceTM.

After much excited speculation, the secret about the wives is out and SliceTM is giving Canadians five hot new reasons to love Vancouver: Christina, Jody, Mary, Reiko and Ronnie.  The must-see first season introduces this elite group of women and reveals intimate and often outrageous details about their relationships, career triumphs and pitfalls, sex lives and family drama.

Get to know the The Real Housewives of Vancouver:

Christina Kiesel - free-spirited jet-setter
Jody Claman - self-made businesswoman and fashionista
Mary Zilba - singer and former pageant queen
Reiko MacKenzie - adrenaline junkie with a need for speed
Ronnie Seterdahl Negus - winery owner and luxury toy aficionado

These West Coast beauties love to live large in every sense including dining at top restaurants, partying at gala soirées, jet-setting on luxurious vacations, cruising in top-of-the-line cars, and shopping for the best designer clothes, shoes and jewelry. They stop at nothing as they try to re-launch a singing career, manage a high-end clothing boutique, train for a mixed-martial arts green belt, celebrate a land-mark birthday and start up a wine label.

"The Real Housewives of Vancouver is packed with all of the juiciest story lines, drama, power, wealth and glamour that viewers love about the huge, international hit franchise. Every episode will leave people wanting more," said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. "There's an insatiable appetite for the Housewives' series and we are thrilled to launch the first ever Canadian edition."

"Vancouver is the perfect choice to launch the Real Housewives series in Canada and we're proud to be a part of such a successful production franchise," commented Louise Clark, President, Executive Producer, Lark Productions. "We are delighted that Shaw and NBCUniversal have given us this opportunity to showcase this world-class city and exciting talent in a way that will definitely please both new and existing Real Housewives fans."

The Real Housewives of Vancouver joins Orange County, New York City, Atlanta, New Jersey, Beverly Hills, Miami, D.C. and most recently, Athens, Israel and France, as the first Canadian edition of the international hit franchise.

Visit slice.ca for behind-the-scenes web exclusives and upcoming news on the first season of The Real Housewives of Vancouver. Join the conversation on Facebook at Real Housewives of Vancouver and on Twitter at @RHOVancouver.

About Shaw Communications Inc.

Shaw is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Home Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.4 million customers, through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global Television, and 18 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, History Television and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX - SJR.B, NYSE - SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca.

About Lark Productions

Established in November 2010 by Emmy award-nominated producer and broadcast veteran Louise Clark, LARK develops scripted and non-scripted television series for Canadian, as well as international markets.

Based in Vancouver, LARK is a Canadian company with a vibrant and mutually beneficial relationship with NBCUniversal International, NBCUniversal's international production studio. In addition to producing its own slate of shows, LARK is available to partner on non-Canadian productions and take advantage of the benefits of production incentives within Canada. For more information on Lark Productions, please visit www.larkproductions.com.

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Image with caption: "Cast of The Real Housewives of Vancouver (From left to right: Christina, Reiko, Jody, Mary and Ronnie) (CNW Group/Shaw Media)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120228_C7905_PHOTO_EN_10493.jpg

Image with caption: "Real Housewife of Vancouver - Christina Kiesel (CNW Group/Shaw Media)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120228_C7905_PHOTO_EN_10492.jpg

Image with caption: "Real Housewife of Vancouver - Jody Claman (CNW Group/Shaw Media)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120228_C7905_PHOTO_EN_10494.jpg

Image with caption: "Real Housewife of Vancouver - Mary Zilba (CNW Group/Shaw Media)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120228_C7905_PHOTO_EN_10495.jpg

Image with caption: "Real Housewife of Vancouver - Reiko MacKenzie (CNW Group/Shaw Media)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120228_C7905_PHOTO_EN_10496.jpg

Image with caption: "Real Housewife of Vancouver - Ronnie Seterdahl Negus (CNW Group/Shaw Media)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120228_C7905_PHOTO_EN_10497.jpg






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