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PR: Barnyard Merriment, Marathons & Monsters Coming in March to Corus Kids TV

(February 6, 2008 – Toronto, Canada) Kids across the country can kick back and relax this March as Corus Kids Television brings movies, marathons, and Easter-themed programming to the schedule all month long. Highlights include the new Nickelodeon animated series Back at the Barnyard, an all-new season of Endurance and a weekend full of Easter programming. And March Break wouldn’t be complete without YTV’s marathons of popular series such as SpongeBob SquarePants, iCarly, Drake & Josh and The Fairly OddParents.

YTV MARCH 2008 HIGHLIGHTS

BACK AT THE BARNYARD – SERIES PREMIERE
What do farm animals do when humans aren’t looking? Just ask Otis, a literal party animal who inherited the job of keeping the barn and its residents in order. Along with his friends Pip, Pig, and Freddy, Otis often finds himself in some sticky situations in his pursuit of a good time – and it usually means a few close calls with humans. Based on the popular movie, YTV welcomes this Nickelodeon animated series to its regular timeslot Sunday, March 2 at 9 a.m.

ENDURANCE – SEASON PREMIERE
On Friday, March 14 beginning at 6 p.m., viewers can get up to speed with an Endurance season three recap special Best of Endurance: Hawaii before heading into the all-new fourth season at 6:30 p.m.

Based on the same premise as previous seasons, twenty kids will be dropped at an exotic location in the Tehachapi Mountains, and will compete against each other in both physical and mental challenges, with hopes of staying in the game. In the end, only one teen will be left standing and will take home the grand prize.

In the first episode premiering Friday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m., the kids have just arrived at a secret location, but they can’t unpack just yet, as they’ll have to survive a daring elimination before they can become an official player in the fourth season.

MARCH BREAK MARATHONS ON YTV
Beginning Monday, March 10 kids can celebrate an entire week free from school with back-to-back episodes of their favourite series plus two blockbuster movies every day throughout March Break only on YTV.

Every morning, YTV will bring viewers back-to-back episodes of popular series and a featured blockbuster movie at 10 a.m. The series lineup includes: Ruby Gloom at 9 a.m., Growing Up Creepie at 9:30 a.m., SpongeBob SquarePants at 12 p.m. and The Fairly OddParents at 12:30 p.m.

In the afternoons, YTV will continue the March Break madness with a blockbuster movie at 1 p.m. followed by special back-to-back episodes of an in-demand series in The Zone hosted by Carlos and Joyce. Each day, The Zone will feature one of the following series: SpongeBob SquarePants, iCarly, Drake & Josh, The Fairly OddParents and the new animated Nickelodeon series Back to the Barnyard.

The specials and movies lineup includes:

The Fairly OddParents: Abra-Catastrophe at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 10
Fat Albert at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 10
Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 11
The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11
Balto 3 at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 12
Racing Stripes at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12
Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 13
Horton Hears a Who! (1970) at 12 p.m. on Thursday, March 13 – created by Chuck Jones (Bugs Bunny)
Dr. Dolittle 3 at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 13
Kangaroo Jack: G’Day USA at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 14
Kangaroo Jack at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 14
Horton Hears a Who! (1970) at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 14

EASTER WEEKEND
This Easter weekend, dip into chocolate-coated, bunny-hopping programming on YTV. Highlights include the YTV premiere of Here Comes Peter Cottontail, the classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and the Easter favourite It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown.

HERE COMES PETER COTTONTAIL – PREMIERE
In this computer-animated sequel to the 1971 Rankin-Bass original, Peter Cottontail’s son Junior is forced to save the world from permanent winter when a jealous and vengeful bunny attempts to stop Easter from ever happening again. Junior must find a way to bring back the holiday that everybody loves in Here Comes Peter Cottontail premiering on Sunday, March 23 at 4 p.m. featuring the voices of Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), Molly Shannon (Evan Almighty) and Roger Moore (The Spy Who Loved Me).

WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
YTV airs the 1971 classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder – a music-filled, Day-Glo version of Roald Dahl’s book. Coming to ZAPX on Sunday, March 23 at 6 p.m.

IT’S THE EASTER BEAGLE, CHARLIE BROWN
The Peanuts gang get ready for Easter in this Emmy®-nominated special. Linus is convinced that the Easter Beagle will appear, while Snoopy replaces Woodstock’s leaky nest with a swank bachelor pad and Peppermint Patty tries to explain to Marci how to make Easter eggs. Check out It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown Sunday, March 23 at 8:30 p.m.

MOVIE PREMIERES
YTV premieres two blockbuster movies this March: Rebound starring Martin Lawrence (Big Momma’s House, House Party) and Superman: Doomsday.

REBOUND – PREMIERE
This tween fave stars Martin Lawrence as a bad-tempered college basketball coach who gets fired for his lousy behaviour and reluctantly takes a lesser job as a coach at a junior high school. However, he soon discovers that the challenge of teaching young boys the skills of the game may rekindle his long-lost love of it. Rebound premieres Sunday, March 2 at 6 p.m.

SUPERMAN: DOOMSDAY – PREMIERE
Older teen fans of animation can look forward to this screen adaptation of The Death of Superman, the mega-selling DC Comics title. After battling a killer monster called Doomsday, the Man of Steel makes the ultimate
sacrifice in order to defeat the enemy – but is it really the end? Featuring the voices of Adam Baldwin (Firefly, Serenity) as Superman, Anne Heche (Men in Trees) as Lois Lane and James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as Lex Luthor. Superman: Doomsday premieres Monday, March 7 at 8 p.m.

MORE YTV MOVIES – MORE FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!
Attention all family members! Tune in to watch blockbuster hits and animated favourites on YTV’s themed movie blocks – 3 Hairy Thumbs Up every Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m. and ZAPX every Sunday at 6 p.m.

Stuart Little 2 airs Saturday, March 1 at 4 p.m.
Like Mike 2: Streetball airs Sunday, March 2 at 4 p.m.
Rebound airs Sunday, March 2 at 6 p.m. – PREMIERE

Casper: A Spirited Beginning airs Saturday, March 8 at 4 p.m.
The Flintstones airs Sunday, March 9 at 4 p.m.
Fat Albert airs Sunday, March 9 at 6 p.m.
Powerpuff Girls: The Movie airs Saturday, March 15 at 4 p.m.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles airs Saturday, March 22 at 4 p.m.
Here Comes Peter Cottontail airs Sunday, March 23 at 4 p.m. – PREMIERE
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory airs Sunday, March 23 at 6 p.m.
Casper’s Scare School airs Saturday, March 29 at 4 p.m.
Corpse Bride airs Sunday, March 30 at 4 p.m.
Garfield: The Movie airs Sunday, March 30 at 6 p.m.

DISCOVERY KIDS MARCH 2008 HIGHLIGHTS

MEGA MONSTER MARCH BREAK
Sleep easy this March Break as Discovery Kids un-earths history’s most fearsome creatures for Mega Monster March Break. Mega Monster March Break begins Monday, March 10 and runs all week long to Friday, March 14, offering monsterrific episodes of viewers’ favourite Discovery Kids programming including a monster-themed episode of The Zula Patrol and the popular series Monster Warriors. To close the week with a roar, kids can also catch the animated movie Lost World: Dinosaur Island Friday, March 14 at 7 p.m.

TREEHOUSE MARCH 2008 HIGHLIGHTS

WONDER PETS – NEW EPISODES
Every week in March, Treehouse will air a new episode of everyone’s favourite animal heroes. Wonder Pets – Linny the Guinea Pig, Turtle Tuck, and Ming-Ming Duckling – fly to the rescue of new and adorable baby animals in need around the world. These brand new episodes will air every Friday in March beginning at 7 p.m.

MAX & RUBY MARCH FAVOURITES
Max & Ruby fans can hop along with their cuddly bunny friends Sundays in March when Treehouse airs special episodes of Max & Ruby from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Viewers can vote online for their favourite episode, with the winning episode airing on the final Sunday in March. Kids who vote will get the chance to win a Max & Ruby prize pack!

EASTER IN THE TREEHOUSE
Kids and parents can join Treehouse to celebrate Easter with a variety of themed episodes of popular series such as Max & Ruby, Are we there yet?, This is Daniel Cook and This is Emily Yeung. To top it all off, kids can enjoy the magical story about a butterfly fairy in the premiere special Barbie Mariposa.

BARBIE MARIPOSA – PREMIERE
Mariposa is a beautiful butterfly fairy living in the land of Flutterfield. The land is filled with magnificent and magical lights protected by the Queen. But when the Queen is poisoned by an evil fairy, it is up to Mariposa and her friends to save Flutterfield. This delightful animated tale airs Saturday, March 22 at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Treehouse.

All YTV times are ET/PT.
All Treehouse and Discovery Kids times are ET.

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