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Corus Kids Announces Fall 2009 Schedules for YTV, Treehouse, & Discovery Kids

Corus Kids has announced its Fall 2009 programming lineup for the YTV, Treehouse, and Discovery Kids networks. Highlights include the debut of The Penguins of Madagascar and The Garfield Show on YTV, and Waybuloo and Shaun the Sheep spinoff Timmy Time on Treehouse.

The full press release follows:


CORUS KIDS ANNOUNCES FALL 2009 PROGRAMMING LINEUP
FOR YTV, TREEHOUSE AND DISCOVERY KIDS

  • The Penguins of Madagascar, the highly anticipated series from DreamWorks Animation and Nickelodeon, joins the lineup
  • Big laughs for the entire family with sketch comedy series That’s So Weird!
  • Family traditions are balanced with being a teen in live-action comedy series How to be Indie
  • Waybuloo gets preschoolers up and moving with yoga inspired exercises on Treehouse

(July 23, 2009 – Toronto, Canada) Leading kids’ broadcaster Corus Entertainment announced today details from the fall 2009 programming lineups for YTV, Treehouse and Discovery Kids. Offering the best in Nickelodeon programming, original Canadian produced series, blockbuster movies and more, Corus Kids television has an unmatched lineup of programming for kids of all ages and their families.

“Corus Kids is turning things up this fall with jam-packed schedules for YTV, Treehouse and Discovery Kids, featuring great new series and returning favourites,” said Doug Murphy, President, Nelvana, and General Manager, Corus Kids. “With The Penguins of Madagascar joining the mix – the most watched series premiere ever on Nickelodeon when it launched earlier this year in the U.S., Corus Kids continues to deliver the hits that both kids and their parents have come to expect and enjoy.”

YTV PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS:

THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR
Premieres: Saturday, September 12 at 9 a.m.
Produced by DreamWorks Animation, creator of the Academy Award® winning Shrek, in association with Nickelodeon, The Penguins of Madagascar centers around the adventures of four cute unsuspecting penguins, Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private, as they carry out missions to maintain order and rule the roost in their habitat, New York’s Central Park Zoo. Andy Richter (Late Night with Conan O’ Brien) and Tom McGrath (co-created the Penguins characters and directed both Madagascar films) reprise their roles as Mort and Skipper from the feature films.

THAT’S SO WEIRD!
Premieres: Wednesday, September 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Produced by Halifax Film in association with YTV, That’s So Weird! is what happens when seven teens band together to save So Weird TV, a third rate television network, where the programming is even weirder than the name. So Weird TV airs commercial parodies, bizarre game shows and features regular guest appearances by celebrities such as Sean Astin and Michael Rosenbaum, athletes Matt Stajan and Jason Blake, as well as musicians, including Eva Avila.

HOW TO BE INDIE
Premieres: Friday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Created by writer Vera Santamaria(Little Mosque on The Prairie), this half-hour live action comedy series is told through the eyes of 13-year-old Indira “Indie” played by Melinda Shankar (Degrassi: The Next Generation), as she tries to balance her immigrant family’s South Asian traditions and her Canadian lifestyle. But even with these challenges and the struggle of being a teenager, Indie and her best friend’s, Abi and Marlon, are determined to make eighth grade their year to shine. How to be Indie is produced by Heroic Film Company in association with YTV.

EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS
Premieres: Monday – Thursday at 8:30 p.m. beginning September 14
This critically acclaimed live action comedy is inspired by the childhood experiences of comedian Chris Rock as he narrates this hilarious and touching series of a teenager growing up as the eldest of three in Brooklyn, New York. Set in the 1980s, Chris is uprooted to a new neighbourhood and bused into a predominantly white middle school. As he struggles to find his place while keeping his siblings in line at home, this responsible and resilient adolescent brings a distinct spin to his everyday trials and tribulations.

ADDITIONAL SERIES:
Other additions to the schedule this fall include: Sorry I’ve Got No Head, 8 Simple Rules, Clang Invasion and The Garfield Show. New episodes of returning series include: SpongeBob SquarePants, iCarly, True Jackson, VP, Kid vs. Kat, League of Super Evil, Back at the Barnyard, The Next Star, Family Biz, H20: Just Add Water, Smallville, Rollbots, Edgar & Ellen, Storm Hawks and Pretty Cure.

TREEHOUSE PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS:

3RD & BIRD
Premieres: Monday, September 7 at 6:25 p.m.
Other times: Weekdays at 6:25 p.m., Saturdays at 8:30 a.m., Sundays at 5 p.m.
From the 10-time Emmy-winning writer Josh Selig comes the photo-puppetry animated preschool series 3rd & Bird. Nestled in the branches of a lovely old tree, 3rd & Bird features the adventures of best friends Rudy, Samuel Lovebird and his little sister Muffin as they embark on a series of colourful exploits as they set out to play and explore the leafy world.

TIMMY TIME
Premieres: Monday, September 7 at 6 p.m.
Other times: Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 p.m., Saturdays at 1 p.m., Sundays at 12:15 p.m.
From the much loved and critically acclaimed animated series Shaun the Sheep, little lamb Timmy stars in Timmy Time. Being the only lamb in the flock, Timmy has been used to getting his own way. Now, for the first time, as Timmy heads to nursery he is going to have a lot to learn. Self-willed and sometimes naughty, Timmy must learn how to share and to think about others.

WAYBULOO
Premieres: Tuesday, September 8 at 10:30 a.m.
Other times: Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., Saturdays 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Sundays at 8 a.m.
Waybuloo uses both animation and live action to get kids up and moving to yoga inspired exercises in this half-hour series that transports children into the magical land called Nara, a live action world inhabited by animated characters called Piplings. In Nara, each Pipling: Lau Lau, Yo Jojo, De Li and Nok Tok, embodies a range of emotions and encourages and inspires children at home to be imaginative, problem-solve, be happy and love.

ADDITIONAL SERIES:
Other additions to the schedule this fall include Noddy in Toyland, Caillou and Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps. New episodes of returning series on Treehouse this fall include: Max & Ruby, Barney, Mister Maker, Ni Hao Kai Lan and Wonder Pets.

DISCOVERY KIDS PROGRAMMING:

Discovery Kids’ fall 2009 programming schedule includes popular returning series including: Bindi, The Jungle Girl, SciQ, Popular Mechanics for Kids, Surprise! It’s Edible! Incredible!, Aquateam, The Zula Patrol and Endurance. Programming events returning this fall on Discovery Kids include back-to-back episodes of Prank Patrol every Monday to Friday from 7 – 8 p.m. and the weekend Scary Saturdays and Sundays block from 7 - 10:30 p.m.,airingback-to-back episodes of viewers’ favourite frightening-filled programs Mystery Hunters, Ghost Trackers and Truth or Scare.

Seen in over 10.5 million homes across Canada, YTV is a leading entertainment brand for kids. As a major force in kids’ television, YTV offers great programming for kids and families with hit Nickelodeon series, blockbuster movies and original Canadian programming. YTV reaches kids online at YTV.com, in local communities with the travelling road show WOW! and with the successful kids magazine WHOA!. Visit www.ytv.com.

Treehouse, seen in over eight million homes across Canada, offers premium preschool programming and a rich co-viewing environment for children and their parents. Delivering a strong balance of educational, values-rich and entertaining programs, Treehouse delivers high-quality children’s series from Canada and around the world. A parent-trusted brand, Treehouse’s highly interactive website, TreehouseTV.com reaches over half-a-million moms per month.

Discovery Kids offers children of all ages informative and entertaining programming with an emphasis on action, adventure and the environment. Featuring real world adventures, Discovery Kids gives children the opportunity to explore the globe and still be home in time for dinner. Visit www.discoverykids.ca. Discovery Kids is a joint venture of Corus Entertainment Inc. and Discovery Communications Inc.

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 services, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. The company’s multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, W Network, CosmoTV, VIVA, Movie Central, HBO Canada, 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 at www.corusent.com.

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

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