YTV debuts wacky animated comedy Numb Chucks on Tuesday, January 7 at 4:30 p.m. ET/PT

TORONTO, Dec. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Corus Entertainment's YTV is premiering Numb Chucks, a hilarious new animated series about two well-intentioned, yet misguided woodchucks, on Tuesday, January 7, at 4:30 p.m. ET/PT following SpongeBob SquarePants. The 26 x half hour series stars Dilweed and Fungus, two woodchucks with big hearts who are obsessed with using their bungling kung-fu skills to protect the lives of the citizens in their town of Ding-a-Ling Springs. Click here for a sneak peek of Numb Chucks.

"We're thrilled to add this clever slapstick comedy to our YTV lineup," said Jocelyn Hamilton, Vice President, Programming and Original Production, Corus Kids. "The woodchucks' half-witted dialogue and laugh-a-minute kung-fu antics will have kids howling."

While immersed in their own daily life among a ragtag cast of characters including an arrogant sheep and an uptight moose, Dilweed and Fungus take on a never-ending quest to thwart danger with the guidance of their mentor and hero, Woodchuck Morris. The result is a lot of ridiculous misunderstandings and a mish mash of over-the-top martial arts in which the chucks end up accidentally and obliviously solving the problem at hand.

"Numb Chucks is an off-the-wall, action-packed comedy that really delivers," said Vince Commisso, President & CEO, 9 Story Entertainment. "We are so pleased to be partnering with YTV on this hysterical series, and can't wait to share it with kids across the country."

The series will be complemented by interactive, digital content, including three online games on YTV.com as well as a mobile app in development that will feature several mini games with fun kung-fu-themed challenges.

About YTV
Celebrating 25 years in television, YTV is a leading cross platform entertainment brand for kids and families. The channel offers quality entertainment with hilarious animated and live-action comedy series, popular Nickelodeon series, blockbuster movies, top-rated original Canadian programming, music, celebrities and the channel's after-school block, The Zone. Through its multiple platforms and exclusive digital and interactive content, YTV is the voice of Canadian youth culture. YTV is 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, television broadcasting, children's book publishing, children's animation and animation software. The Company's multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), ABC Spark, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), Cosmopolitan TV, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press, Toon Boom and radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Visit YTV at www.YTV.com

About 9 Story
9 Story Entertainment is one of the industry's leading creators, producers and distributors of award-winning animated and live-action content for young audiences around the world. With one of North America's largest animation studios based in Toronto, 9 Story has over 200 creative and production staff, and has produced over 800 half hours of quality children's and family programming, seen on some of the most respected children's channels around the world across multiple platforms. The company's distribution arm 9 Story Enterprises represents a growing catalogue which includes several beloved brands such as Arthur, Wibbly Pig, Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars, Wild Kratts and Almost Naked Animals in addition to exciting new series such as Numb Chucks, Camp Lakebottom, Cache Craze, Daniel Tiger's Neighbourhood and Nerds and Monsters. The company recently acquired CCI Kids, the family content division of CCI Entertainment, increasing 9 Story's portfolio to over 1500 half hours of content with popular shows such as Guess How Much I Love You, Joe & Jack, Artzooka! and Extreme Babysitting. www.9story.com

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