PR: Premieres, Pranks and Planetary Specials This April on Corus Kids Television
(March 6, 2008 – Toronto, Canada) This April, Corus Kids Television is booked solid with fun-filled spring adventures as it brings kids and families a heap of Earth Day programming, a premiere episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, a new Nickelodeon series Tak and the Power of Juju and an all-new season of The Naked Brothers Band. To top it all off, Canadian kids can get to know Sam, the new yellow Wiggle, in the North American premiere of Wiggle and Learn, the all-new season of The Wiggles!
YTV APRIL 2008 HIGHLIGHTS
TAK AND THE POWER OF JUJU – NEW SERIES
Fourteen-year-old Tak has magical powers that allow him to cast spells, travel and summon the colourful and unusual Jujus, his wise friends. However, Tak has one problem: his love of mischief. His new-found magical powers and big imagination tend to get Tak into all kinds of trouble. YTV viewers can be among the first in Canada to check out this animated series from Nickelodeon as it makes its premiere in its regular timeslot Saturday, April 5 at 10 a.m.
THE NAKED BROTHERS BAND – SEASON TWO
Brothers Nat and Alex Wolff are back to rock another season of their Nickelodeon mockumentary series The Naked Brothers Band, premiering in its regular YTV timeslot on Sunday, April 6 at 12:30 p.m. Inspired by the Wolff siblings’ real-life band that they started as preschoolers, The Naked Brothers Band follows this now world-famous rock group, chronicling their fame, friendship, temporary break-up and adolescent angst.
Season two kicks off as Nat and Alex play talk show host and interview Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden! Their excitement is tempered by Nat’s reaction to some harsh reviews from a critic – but not to worry as it turns out the critic is notorious for this and is actually a frustrated singer/songwriter herself. Nat, Alex and Joel team up to help the critic find her vibe, but things go sour for Alex when Joel sets his eyes on crush Jesse!
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: PEST OF THE WEST – PREMIERE EPISODE
While researching his family history, SpongeBob discovers he is related to the great hero of the Old West, SpongeBuck! Back in the day, the town of Bikini Gulch was taken over by Dead Eye Plankton, and lowly chili cook SpongeBuck was elected the town sheriff, in the hope that he would be the one to save the townspeople from despair. Catch the rootin’ tootin’ SpongeBob SquarePants: Pest of the West on Monday, April 14 at 4 p.m. in The Zone hosted by Carlos and Joyce.
Known for its fondness for whoopee cushions and booby traps, YTV is joining in on all the April Fool’s fun on Tuesday, April 1 with back-to-back joke-themed episodes of viewers’ favourite series all day long. Beginning at 8:30 a.m., YTV kicks the event off with a new episode of Captain Flamingo: When Fools Rush In. Audiences will also be treated to a premiere episode of Prank Patrol: The Mad Dentist at 7:30 p.m. followed by the blockbuster favourite Dennis the Menace starring Walter Matthau (Grumpy Old Men) at 8 p.m.
EARTH DAY ON YTV
YTV is encouraging kids to recycle, plant a tree or ride their bikes on Tuesday, April 22 in recognition of Earth Day. Kids can join YTV this Earth Day as the network celebrates our planet with green-themed episodes of Danny Phantom: Urban Jungle at 4 p.m. and Hey Arnold: Save the Tree at 4:30 p.m. in YTV’s after-school block The Zone hosted by Carlos and Joyce.
This April, YTV is excited to welcome springtime with two blockbuster premieres: Bad News Bears, starring the ever-rascally Billy Bob Thornton (Friday Night Lights) and the Goya award-winning animated film Pinocchio 3000 starring Whoopi Goldberg (Sister Act).
BAD NEWS BEARS – PREMIERE
Former professional baseball player and current rat-catcher Morris Buttermaker (Billy Bob Thornton) has been recruited to coach a deteriorating Little League team. The group of 12-year-olds is on the verge of being thrown out of their league and it’s up to their new coach to get them back on track – and fast! Co-starring Marcia Gay Harden (Mona Lisa Smile) and Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine) and directed by Richard Linklater (School of Rock), Bad News Bears premieres Sunday, April 6 at 6 p.m. in ZAPX hosted by Simon.
PINOCCHIO 3000 – PREMIERE
Awarded the Goya in the category for Best Animation Film in 2005, Pinocchio 3000 puts a new twist on a classic tale. Pinocchio, a little robot created by Geppetto in the year 3000, wants nothing more than to become a real boy. With plenty of misadventure along the way, Pinocchio must prove he knows the difference between right and wrong before the holographic fairy Cyberina (Whoopi Goldberg) will give him a heart to feel real emotions. Also stars Malcolm McDowell as the voice of Scamboli. Pinocchio 3000 premieres on Saturday, April 12 at 4 p.m.
MORE YTV MOVIES – MORE FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!
Attention all family members! Tune in to watch blockbuster hits and animated favourites throughout the week at
8 p.m. and in 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.
Dennis the Menace (1993) airs Tuesday, April 1 at 8 p.m.
Balto III: Wings of Change (2004) airs Saturday, April 5 at 4 p.m.
Kicking and Screaming (2005) airs Sunday, April 6 at 4 p.m.
Bad News Bears (2005) airs Sunday, April 6 at 6 p.m. – PREMIERE
Pinocchio 3000 (2004) airs Saturday, April 12 at 4 p.m. – PREMIERE
Two Brothers (2004) airs Sunday, April 13 at 4 p.m.
Secondhand Lions (2003) airs Sunday, April 13 at 6 p.m.
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000) airs Saturday, April 19 at 4 p.m.
Fly Away Home (1996) airs Sunday, April 20 at 3:30 p.m.
First Daughter (2004) airs Sunday, April 20 at 6 p.m.
The Ultimate Avengers (2006) airs Friday, April 25 at 8 p.m.
Pokémon 4Ever (2002) airs Saturday, April 26 at 4 p.m.
Muppets From Space (1999) airs Sunday, April 27 at 4 p.m.
Lost in Space (1998) airs Sunday, April 27 at 6 p.m.
DISCOVERY KIDS APRIL 2008 HIGHLIGHTS
CELEBRATE EARTH DAY WITH DISCOVERY KIDS!
On Sunday, April 20 and Tuesday, April 22, Discovery Kids Canada recognizes Earth Day with two days full of environmentally-themed episodes and specials such as Cyberchase, Bindi the Jungle Girl and The Zula Patrol. Be sure not to miss the network premiere of Saving a Species: Gorillas on the Brink.
SAVING A SPECIES: GORILLAS ON THE BRINK – NETWORK PREMIERE
Actress Natalie Portman (Mr.Magorium’s Wonder Emporium) discovers a world full of spectacular creatures deep in the rainforest of Rwanda, as world renowned animal expert Jack Hanna leads her on a search to find the endangered Mountain Gorilla. With fewer than a thousand left anywhere in the wild, this truly amazing journey follows Natalie as she attempts to learn more about our responsibility to protect these remarkable animals. This wildlife adventure premieres Sunday, April 20 at 5:30 p.m. (r) Tuesday, April 22 at 5 p.m.
A YEAR ON EARTH
Three teens traded a year in school for a global classroom without walls where they study the most pressing environmental issues of our time. A Year on Earth chronicles the story of three American teens – Jamie, 18, from Keller, Texas; Arsen, 17, from Canyon, California; and Tyler, 16, from Lincoln, Massachusetts – who have little in common except for their concern for the planet. Nominated by their respective science teachers, the teens join research projects around the globe to work with scientists supported by the Earthwatch Institute. Three teenagers, five continents and one mission: to take the pulse of the planet and report back to their generation. Are they up to the task? Tune in Sunday, April 20 at 2 p.m. (r) Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. and find out.
TREEHOUSE APRIL 2008 HIGHLIGHTS
THE PREMIERE OF THE WIGGLES – WIGGLE AND LEARN!
Treehouse is thrilled to welcome an all-new season of The Wiggles to its schedule. The fab four – Murray, Jeff, Anthony and Sam, the new yellow Wiggle – will hit the airwaves in Wiggle and Learn, in its North American premiere Monday, April 21 at 8 p.m. on Treehouse.
Wiggle and Learn features over 50 new songs from this internationally successful preschool group. As professional early childhood educators, The Wiggles know children learn best through play. Nursery rhymes are used as tools for noticing sound patterns, developing vocabulary, learning story sequences and strengthening listening memory – and having fun!
Wiggle and Learn will air Monday to Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 4 p.m. beginning Monday, April 21.
All YTV times are ET/PT.
All Discovery Kids and Treehouse times are ET.