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PR: Corus Kids Announces Fall 2008 Programming Lineup

CORUS KIDS ANNOUNCES FALL 2008 PROGRAMMING LINEUP

15 New Series and 27 Returning Series on YTV, Discovery Kids and Treehouse

  • Fully loaded Nickelodeon branded block coming to Sunday mornings on YTV this fall
  • Earn your badges with Amy Poehler as Bessie Higgenbottom in Nickelodeon’s The Mighty B
  • Friday nights on YTV brings fun for kids and parents with Big Fun Fridays
  • From Roger Hargreaves celebrated books The Mr. Men Show joins YTV’s afternoon schedule
  • Discovery Kids makes science cool with new series SciQ
  • Sesame Street‘s Oscar, Big Bird, Elmo, Bert and Ernie return to entertain tots on Treehouse
  • Holly Hobbie’s Toot & Puddle will take young ones on imaginative journeys

(Tuesday, August 12 – Toronto, Canada) Leading kids’ broadcaster Corus Entertainment today announces highlights from its 2008 fall schedules and the launch of Nickelodeon Sundays, a brand new 3-hour programming block on YTV jam-packed with Nickelodeon shows including a new animated series from Amy Poehler, The Mighty B. Also new to YTV’s fall schedule isthe finale of The Next Star,Canada’s search for a young singing sensation; new shows from Holly Hobbie and Bert and Ernie on Treehouse, and Discovery Kids’ new take on science with SciQ.

“This fall we are thrilled to be extending our exclusive partnership with Nickelodeon to bring an entire Sunday morning of programming to our audiences from one of the leading entertainment brands in the world. We’re also excited about must-see programming events like The Next Star finale which both parents and their kids will enjoy together,” said Doug Murphy, President, Nelvana and General Manager, Corus Kids. “From Sesame Street to Big Fun Fridays, Corus Kids has great parent-approved programming for kids and families all week long.”

YTV PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
Nickelodeon Sundays
Premieres: Sunday, September 7 at 9 a.m.
YTV dedicates Sunday mornings to the best programming from Nickelodeon as the dial turns over from 9 a.m. to noon with a schedule of back-to-back Nickelodeon series including The Fairly OddParents, Back at the Barnyard, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Mighty B, iCarly and The Naked Brothers Band.

The Mighty B
Premieres: Sunday, September 7 at 10:30 a.m.
Nickelodeon animated comedy, The Mighty B, created and voiced by SNL‘s Amy Poehler, follows the adventures of 10-year-old Bessie Higgenbottom, the world’s most ambitious Honeybee scout, who wears her uniform every single day, leads her troop with a zeal General Patton would have admired, and has earned more Bee Badges than any Honeybee in history. However, a bunch of badges still elude her, and Bessie won’t rest until she’s earned them all.

Wolverine and the X-Men
Premieres: Saturday, September 6 at 7 p.m.
After 50 years of best-selling comic books, three blockbuster movies, a massive fan-base spanning all ages, the
new animated series Wolverine and the X-Men joins the YTV schedule. When an explosive event shatters the lives of the X-Men and takes away their mentor, the beaten heroes decide to walk away from it all. But after a rare glimpse into the future, Wolverine takes the lead and reunites the broken band to embark upon the ultimate mission – preventing the world’s destruction.

Big Fun Fridays
Premieres: Friday, September 5 at 6 p.m.
YTV is all about fun and this fall is no exception as the network stamps Friday evenings Big Fun Fridays! The programming block gets going this fall with the continuation of the popular talent search competition The Next Star, hosted by Adamo Ruggiero (Degrassi: The Next Generation), followed by a family viewing blockbuster movie for everyone to enjoy at 7 p.m.

The Mr. Men Show
Premieres: Wednesday, September 3 at 2:30 p.m.
(regular timeslot Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:30 p.m.)
From the popular 1970s children’s books by Roger Hargreaves comes the original animated series, The Mr. Men Show. Welcome to Dillydale, home of Mr. Men and Little Misses where every day brings new and exciting adventures for the town’s many personalities. Whether you’re happy, messy, grumpy or naughty – it doesn’t matter what mood you’re in – in Dillydale there is always someone waiting for you.

Movie Premieres
Movies airing this fall include: She’s the Man (Amanda Bynes), Aquamarine (Emma Roberts), Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (Steve Martin, Eugene Levy and Hilary Duff), The Addams Family (Anjelica Huston, Christina Ricci and Christopher Lloyd), and Yours, Mine and Ours (Dennis Quaid, Rene Russo, Drake Bell and Little JJ).

Additional Series
Other additions to the schedule this fall include: Blue Dragon, Casper’s Scare School, Dinosaur King, Home Improvement, Jibber Jabber and Skunk Fu. New episodes of returning series include: The Adrenaline Project, Ghost Trackers, Grossology, iCarly, Monster Buster Club, Mystery Hunters, Pokemon, Prank Patrol, SpongeBob SquarePants, Storm Hawks, Tak and the Power of Juju, Transformers Animated and Yu Gi Oh GX.

DISCOVERY KIDS PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
SciQ
Premieres: Monday, September 1 at 7 p.m.
(regular timeslots: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.,and Saturdays at 12 p.m.)
In SciQ, energetic young hosts Andrew and Paula take on the challenge of testing their science knowledge based on a specific theme each week. Viewers will learn about science through adventure as this series explores the future of living underwater, the magic of movie making, and what it takes for a detective to investigate a crime scene.

Willa’s Wild Life
Premieres: Monday, September 1 at 6 p.m.
Produced by Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana Studio, this Canadian production based on the book An Octopus Followed Me Home centers around Willa – an unforgettable little girl who brings home stray penguins and rabbits instead of cats and dogs. So far, this six-year-old critter collector has adopted a giraffe, a couple of elephants, an alligator and so many other exotic animals, there’s barely room in Willa’s room for Willa! Willa’s animals are not just her friends, they offer advice and counsel, giving her their unique and often humorous takes on problem-solving.

Additional Series
New seasons and episodes for returning series on Discovery Kidsthis fall include: Are We There Yet?: World Adventure, Bindi, The Jungle Girl, Cyberchase, Endurance, Ghost Trackers, Grossology, Prank Patrol and The Zula Patrol.

TREEHOUSE PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
Sesame Street
Premieres: Saturday, September 6 at 9 a.m.
Treehouse is bringing Canadian youngsters one of America’s longest running children’s shows, Sesame Street. Children can enjoy perennial favourites Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie, Big Bird, Elmo and the newest member, Abby Cadabby, a three-year-old who loves magic and is strong, smart and funny.

The Adventures of Bert and Ernie
Premieres: Tuesday, September 2 at 4 p.m.
(airs every Tuesday and Thursday at 4 p.m.)
In this new series of five-minute interstitials, claymation versions of Bert and Ernie use their imaginations to travel to far-off places in a fun spin on these familiar friends.

Toot & Puddle
Premieres: Tuesday, September 2 at 10:30 a.m.
This whimsical series based on the books from celebrated author and artist Holly Hobbie follows the adventures of two fun-loving, inquisitive but very different best friends. Toot, the pig, is a globe-trotting adventurer, who is constantly on the lookout for a new challenge. Puddle is the backyard explorer of the pair; although he enjoys travelling, he prefers to find fun closer to home.

Odd-Jobbers
Premieres: Monday, September 1 at noon
Odd-Jobbers is the tale of four slightly odd but very friendly characters who live in a small village known as Patchville. They are the Mendits. There are three brothers Osimo, Bitz and Bob – and their cousin Mia. They run a small business in Patchville, Odd-jobbing – helping others by fixing, building, cleaning or whatever else is required. No job is too big, small or too odd for them.

Additional Series
New episodes of returning series on Treehouse this fall include: Are We There Yet?: World Adventure, Barney, Boblins, Bob the Builder, Dora the Explorer, Koala Brothers, Ni Hao, Kai Lan, Play With Me Sesame, Roll Play and Wonder Pets.

As Canada’s leading kids broadcaster, Corus Entertainment’s YTV, Treehouse and Discovery Kids Canada collectively have the highest 2-11 audience of any broadcaster, and reach 91 per cent of kids each week in English Canada.Seen in 8.9 million homes and connecting with 2.2 million kids per month, YTV also publishes Whoa!, a successful kids’ magazine, travels to communities across the country with its WOW tour, conducts a highly respected annual survey, The YTV Tween Report and has a highly interactive website that averages over 90 million monthly page views. Treehouse, seen in over six million homes across Canada, focuses on the interests and developmental levels of preschool children. Discovery Kids Canada, a joint venture of Corus Entertainment Inc. and Discovery Communications Inc., provides children and tweens informative and entertaining programming with an emphasis on action, adventure and the environment.

YTV, Discovery Kids and Treehouse are owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, advertising and digital audio services, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. The company’s multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, W Network, Movie Central, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW, CKOI and Q107. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New York (CJR) exchanges. Experience Corus on the web www.corusent.com.

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

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