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PR: This December Corus Kids Delivers a Stocking Full of Holiday Programming

THIS DECEMBER CORUS KIDS DELIVERS A STOCKING FULL OF HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING

(November 12, 2008 – Toronto, Canada)This holiday season,Corus Kids is delivering a bundle of festive programming, with YTV, Treehouse and Discovery Kids offering viewers of all ages a slew of timeless classics such as A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (Burl Ives), as well as contemporary Christmas specials the entire family will enjoy.

YTV DECEMBER 2008 HIGHLIGHTS

NEW HOLIDAY SPECIALS ON YTV

A MISER BROTHERS’ CHRISTMAS
In this animated holiday special, those two feuding sons of Mother Nature that we all grew up loving, Heat Miser and Snow Miser, are back at it again with their very own Christmas story in A Miser Brothers’ Christmas. Viewers won’t want to miss the exclusive Canadian premiere on Monday, December 22 at 7 p.m. (r) Wednesday, December 24 at 5 p.m.

NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION 2: COUSIN EDDIE’S ISLAND ADVENTURE
The famous National Lampoon’s Vacation series returns, but this time, Cousin Eddie Tuttle (Randy Quaid) is taking over. After Eddie is bitten by a monkey at work and discovers he is being fired right before Christmas, his boss gives him a free vacation to an island in the South Pacific. When the Tuttle family winds up shipwrecked, it’s up to Eddie to pull them together. Catch this comedy when it premieres on YTV Saturday, December 20 at 8:30 p.m.

SANTA VS CLAUS
Christmas is in trouble. Santa, who has been bitten by the Fame Bug, is now magically split from Claus, his conscience and Christmas Spirit. ‘Fun, Fun Fun’ seems to be Santa’s new purpose in life, which Claus strongly objects to. Into this volatile situation strides Vladimir Dragonoff, one of the richest men on earth, who convinces Santa to let him and his package delivery company take over the delivery of presents on Christmas. This new special premieres Saturday, December 20 at 2 p.m., (r) Thursday, December 25 at 2 p.m.

BLAST FROM CHRISTMAS PAST
Viewers can reflect on Christmases past with a variety of themed movies and specials during YTV’s annual Blast From Christmas Past, hosted by ZAPX‘s Simonon Sunday, December 14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Highlights include: A Garfield Christmas Special at 6 p.m., ‘Tis the Season to be Smurfy at 6:30 p.m., A Charlie Brown Christmas at 7 p.m., A Flintstone Family Christmas at 7:30 p.m.,A Flintstone Christmasat 8 p.m., and Alf’s Christmas Special at 9 p.m.

A GARFIELD CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (1987)
Garfield finds himself on an old-fashioned holiday at the family farm with Jon’s mom, dad, brother and grandmother. The Emmy®-nominated A Garfield Christmas Special airs Sunday, December 14 at 6 p.m. (r) Monday, December 15 at 5 p.m.

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (1965)
In A Charlie Brown Christmas, Lucy counsels a depressed Charlie Brown through the holiday season by directing the Christmas play. Charlie Brown sets out to find the perfect Christmas tree to decorate the stage, though his scruffy choice draws sneers from the other kids. But after some timely words from Linus, he does discover the real meaning of the holiday season. A Charlie Brown Christmas airs Sunday, December 14 at 7 p.m. (r) Monday, December 15 at 5:30 p.m. (r) Wednesday, December 17 at 7 p.m.

A FLINTSTONE CHRISTMAS (1977)
After Santa gets hurt falling from Fred’s roof, Fred and Barney take over his duties for the evening, losing presents and making a last-minute trip to the North Pole for replacements. But will Fred’s boss, the always-grumpy Mr. Slate, accept Fred’s reason for being late to the company Christmas party? This one-hour special airs Sunday, December 14 at 8 p.m.

MORE HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING THE WHOLE FAMILY CAN ENJOY!

RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER (1964)
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeeris a classic special featuring narration by Burl Ives. When the other reindeer shun Rudolph because of his unusual red nose, Rudolph perseveres by using his ultra-bright nose to help Santa Claus see through a violent storm. You loved it as a kid, now watch it again onSaturday, December 20 at 6 p.m. (r) Tuesday, December 23 at 7 p.m.

IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT CHRISTMAS
Christmas isn’t the only holiday this time of the year – that’s why YTV is celebrating Hanukkah and Kwanzaa with festive programming that everyone can enjoy.

RUGRATS CHANUKAH
In Rugrats Chanukah, airing on Monday, December 22 at 6 p.m., during a celebration at a local synagogue, Tommy and Chuckie try to help Grandpa Boris settle a feud with Shlomo, a nemesis of Boris’ from the Old Country.

AS TOLD BY GINGER HANNUKAH
In An Even Stevens Holiday Special,airing on Monday, December 22 at 6:30 p.m., when a family tree project reveals that Ginger is one quarter Jewish, she insists on celebrating Hanukkah as well as Christmas.

RUGRATS KWANZAA
In Rugrats Kwanzaa,airing Friday, December 26 at 12:30 p.m., when Great Aunt T comes to visit the Carmichaelsshe brings the makings for a Kwanzaa celebration to commemorate Africa’s first harvest and honour the greatness of its people. But little Susie worries that she’s not “great” like her older trophy-winning siblings, and thus unworthy of celebrating. Of course, Aunt T and the babies set her straight in this double-length episode.

MORE HOLIDAY MOVIES AND SPECIALS!
Almost too many to mention, a long list of holiday specials listed alphabetically:

A Christmas Carol (1997) airs Saturday, December 13 at 2 p.m.
A Christmas Carol (1994) airs Thursday, December 18 at 6 p.m.
A Flintstones Christmas Carol (1994) airs Saturday, December 13 at 7 p.m.
A Garfield Christmas Special (1987) airsSunday, December 14 at 6 p.m.
All I Want for Christmas (1991) airs Sunday, December 7 at noon
An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998) airs Sunday, December 7 at 2 p.m.
Babes in Toyland (1997) airs Sunday, December 14 at noon
Blizzard (2003) airs Sunday, December 7 at 6 p.m.
Call Me Claus (2001) airs Friday, December 5 at 7 p.m.
Casper‘s Haunted Christmas (2000) airs Saturday, December 6 at 4 p.m.
Christmas with the Kranks (2004)airs Friday, December 19 at 7 p.m. starring Tim Allen
Crazy For Christmas (2005)airs Thursday, December 25 at 8 p.m.
Drake & Josh: Best Christmas Ever (2008) Monday, December 15 at 6 p.m.
He-Man & She-ra Christmas Special(1985) airs Saturday, December 13 at 8:30 p.m.
Home Alone (1990) airs Friday, December 12 at 7 p.m. -Starring Macaulay Culkin
It’s Christmas Time Again Charlie Brown (1992) airs Saturday, December 13 at 6 p.m.
Jack Frost (1998)airs Sunday, December 21 at 6 p.m. -Starring Michael Keaton
Rudolph & the Island of Misfit Toys (2001) airs Sunday, December 7 at 4 p.m.
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Movie (1998) airs Saturday, December 20 at 4 p.m.
Rugrats: Babies in Toyland (2002) airs Sunday, December 7 at 9 a.m.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town (1982) airs Saturday, December 6 at 6 p.m.
Santa Mouse & Ratdeer (2000) airs Saturday, December 13 at 3:30 p.m.
Scrooged (1988) airs Monday, December 15 at 8 p.m. - Starring Bill Murray
The Happy Elf (2005) airs Saturday, December 13 at 1 p.m.
The Nutcracker (1995) airs Wednesday, December 24 at 6 p.m.
The Year Without Santa Claus (1974) airs Monday, December 22 at 8 p.m.
Yogi Bear’s All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper (1982) airs Saturday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Yogi’s First Christmas (1980)airs Sunday, December 14 at 4 p.m.

NEW YEARS CELEBRATIONS ON YTV
Say farewell to 2008 and welcome 2009 with a ton of big names such as Charlie Brown, Amanda Bynes, Miranda Cosgrove, Drake Bell and Josh Peck.

Beginning with Happy New Year Charlie Brown on Wednesday, December 31 at 5:30 p.m., followed by specials Drake & Josh Go Hollywood at 6 p.m. and iCarly Goes to Japan at 8 p.m., the days programming ends with the blockbuster hit What a Girl Wants at 10 p.m. Let the celebration begin!

TREEHOUSE DECEMBER 2008 HIGHLIGHTS

ARE WE THERE YET?: WORLD ADVENTURE – PREMIERE EPISODES
This festive season Treehouse is giving viewers three new holiday-themed episodes of Are We There Yet?: World Adventure. Through journal writing, crayon-drawn travel logs and on-location kid chatter; these five and seven-year-old hosts take viewers on a festive, round-the-world tour.

Canada-Ice Fun premieres onSunday, December 7 at 3:25 p.m.
Russia-Winter premieres on Monday, December 8 at 12:10 p.m.
Canada-Winterlude premieres on Tuesday, December 9 at 6:55 p.m.

DORA THE EXPLORER: DORA SAVES THE SNOW PRINCESS – PREMIERE
Dora, Boots and the Snowflake Fairy are off to save La Princessa Sabrina and her snowy forest. The group needs the help of the Pirate Piggies and Paj, an Inuit girl with a dog sled, to get across the icy ocean and escape the mean polar bear. Dora needs the snow crystal to save the day, but she’s going to need viewers’ help because time is running out and the snowy forest has almost melted. Catch the premiere of this holiday-themed episode on Saturday, December 13 at 5 p.m. (r) Tuesday, December 16 at 8 p.m. (r) Friday, December 19 at 5 p.m.

WONDER PETS: SAVE THE NUTCRACKER! – PREMIERE
On Christmas Eve, a Mouse King emerges from a picture book and steals the Wonder Pets’ Nutcracker present. The Wonder Pets follow the Mouse King into the book, to try to persuade him to give back the Nutcracker and appreciate everything that he has in his kingdom. On Christmas morning, the Wonder Pets crack open their nut, which magically decorates the classroom and brings the Nutcracker to life. Don’t miss this holiday-themed episode premiering on Monday, December 8 at 8 p.m. (r) Friday, December 19 at 8 p.m. (r) Monday, December 22 at 9 p.m.

ELMO’S WORLD: HAPPY HOLIDAYS – PREMIERE
Elmo is getting geared up to celebrate Christmas in his first holiday-themed episode Elmo’s World: Happy Holidays. As he searches for the perfect gift for Doronthy, Elmo learns that there are many different winter holidays. He discovers that Christmas, Chanukah, and Kwanzaa have much in common. His exploration sparks a journey to the North Pole, where he meets Santa, who has some expert advice about the true spirit of Christmas. This one-hour holiday episode premieres on Saturday, December 13 at 9 a.m.

DISCOVERY KIDS DECEMBER 2008 HIGHLIGHTS

SCIQ: SNOW AND ICE – PREMIERE
How can one warm up winter fun? Perhaps by hunting for perfect snow with a physicist who grows and photographs single snowflakes. Also, learn how to make crystal clear ice and turn it into a work of art or take a spin dusting off the world’s longest outdoor skating rink. Things get even more interesting when the SciQ hosts join a survival expert and learn to build a monster snow fort to keep them warm on the coldest of days. Viewers can learn lots of exciting winter-themed tricks in this new episode on Saturday, December 20 at 12 p.m. (r) Tuesday, December 23 at 6:30 p.m.

MYSTERY HUNTERS: DOUBTING DAVE’S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL – PREMIERE
In this special Christmas episode, premiering on Sunday, December 21 at 9:30 p.m. (r) Wednesday, December 24 at 8 p.m.,doubting Dave goes on a hunt for Santa Claus, Christina tries to figure out if reindeer really can fly and Araya searches for the magnetic north – could Santa’s workshop be hidden there?

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

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