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Corus and Nickelodeon Detail Canadian Premiere Programming for Nov 2, 2009

Corus Entertainment has detailed the launch programming planned for Nickelodeon’s debut in Canada on November 2, 2009. The new animated Nickelodeon series Fanboy and Chum Chum will make its Canadian debut on the first day of programming at 7:00 PM (Eastern). The full suite of Nickelodeon programming will also be available in Canada, including SpongeBob SquarePants, The Mighty B!, The Penguins of Madagascar, Back at the Barnyard, Avatar the Last Airbender, and Danny Phantom.

The full press release follows:


LAUGH OUT LOUD EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK WITH NICKELODEON

Nickelodeon channel hits the Canadian airwaves on Monday, November 2

New series Fanboy and Chum Chum joins the Nick schedule

(October 15, 2009 – Toronto, Canada) Nickelodeon joins Corus Entertainment‘s premiere portfolio of kid-focused services on Monday, November 2 at 6 a.m. ET. Offering award-winning live-action comedies, animated favourites, star-studded special events and classic hits, Nickelodeon is a 24-hour digital service that kids can turn to for non-stop laughs. The schedule will kick off with the exclusive Canadian premiere of the animated series Fanboy and Chum Chum.

“We’re very excited to give our audience what we know they want – more great Nick content, more of the time,” said Doug Murphy, President, Nelvana and General Manager, Corus Kids. “With Treehouse being the primary destination that parents can turn to for their preschoolers’ entertainment and YTV providing entertainment the whole family can enjoy, Nickelodeon rounds out our menu of offerings by putting kids first, allowing them to laugh and relax with some their favourite series.”

On Monday, November 2 at 7 p.m. ET, kids will be the first to catch the exclusive Canadian premiere of the new animated comedy series Fanboy and Chum Chum featuring the voices of Josh Duhamel and Jamie Kennedy. Combining classic squash and stretch animation with CGI technology, this series centres on a fearless comic book-loving 10 year-old named Fanboy and his best friend and trusty side-kick Chum Chum, whose wide-eyed acceptance of the bizarre is the perfect complement to his friend’s hyper imagination. For Fanboy, there is nothing more normal than living life in tights and a cape, and the concept of an ordinary day is one where anything and everything can happen. Fanboy and Chum Chum airs Mondays at 7 p.m. as well as Saturdays and Sundays at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The Nickelodeon schedule offers viewers a variety of award-winning live-action comedies weekdays from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Beginning with comedian Amy Poehler‘s The Mighty B!, the programming block also includes The Naked Brothers Band, Romeo! (starring Lil’ Romeo and Master P), both exclusive to the network, as well as tween hit series Drake & Josh and iCarly, starring TV tween queen Miranda Cosgrove.

Popular animated series such as DreamWorks Animation’s The Penguins of Madagascar, the nautical nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob SquarePants and Timmy Turner in The Fairly OddParents will give kids access to more of their favourite animated stars weekdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Exclusive to the network, older kids can catch timeless classics as the schedule pays homage to Rocko’s Modern Life, Rugrats, The Angry Beavers, CatDog and Ren & Stimpy.

Nickelodeon will offer preschoolers a variety of their favourite Nick Jr. series weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. including such titles as Dora The Explorer, Go Diego Go, The Backyardigans, Wonder Pets!, Blue’s Clues and Ni Hao Kai Lan. Canadian preschool series scheduled during this time period include Max & Ruby inspired by the popular book series by Rosemary Wells, and Nelvana’s My Friend Rabbit.
Other additions to the Nickelodeon schedule include: True Jackson, VP starring Keke Palmer, Back at the Barnyard, H20: Just Add Water, Danny Phantom,Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.Rounding out the schedule, Nickelodeon will feature original Canadian series including Grossology, Willa’s Wild Life, Jibber Jabber, Will & Dewitt, Kid vs. Kat and League of Super Evil.

COMING THIS JANUARY 2010

THE TROOP – CANADIAN PREMIERE
This Nickelodeon live-action series blends comedy with sci-fi adventures and CGI animation. The Troop centres around three ordinary teens who are members of a secret society faced with the extraordinary task of managing their town’s paranormal population. Jake, a typical teenager struggling with adolescence, suddenly discovers a whole new existence when school counsellor Mr. Stockley (John Marshall Jones) reveals that he has unknowingly aced an aptitude test for admittance into the secret Troop. With the ultra high-tech headquarters hidden under their school, Jake and his new found crime-fighting companions, the smart and outgoing Hayley, and socially challenged Felix, are faced with far from average teenage foibles.
One of the world’s leading entertainment brands for kids, Nickelodeon features a line-up of award-winning Nick properties, from current live-action comedies, animated favourites, special events such as the Kids’ Choice Awards, to classic hits, 24-hours-a-day. Putting kids first in everything it does, this service gives viewers more Nick more of the time. Visit www.nickcanada.com.

Corus Entertainment Inc. is 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 Nickelodeon times are ET.

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