HEAD OUT ON A SPRING BREAKAWAY WITH FAMILY CHANNEL THIS MARCH

Special programming includes:

  • Extended Episode Extravaganza: Premieres of new one-hour episodes including Wingin' It, I'm In The Band and Wizards of Waverly Place
  • Hannah Montana Marathon and finale episode
  • The Suite Life on Deck three-part episode featuring NBA All-Stars

TORONTO, Feb. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Astral's Family Channel is the ultimate vacation destination for viewers searching for fun during spring break. Kicking off with brand new episodes on Friday, March 11, Family is the hot spot for new series and new episodes this month. Monday, March 14 through Friday, March 18 sees Family switch up the schedule from 8:45 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET/PT, delivering a lineup loaded with specials including hour-long episodes from favourite series, a Hannah Montana marathon leading into the season four finale and a visit from NBA stars on The Suite Life on Deck. Viewers won't want to miss any of the action as the week-long party continues online at family.ca with a minisite launching March 11 featuring new activities and games, plus a 'Watch and Win' contest with cool prizes.

The vacation celebration begins on Friday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT, with a new episode of Shake It Up followed by an episode of Wizards of Waverly Place at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Part one of the series premiere of the new Canadian original series What's Up, Warthogs! airs at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.

On Monday, March 14 at 3:25 p.m. ET/PT, it's a new episode of Wingin' It guest starring Scott Thompson (Kids in the Hall), where Porter uses unauthorized regeneration magic to resurrect Carl's sister's pet lizard. In an extended episode of I'm In The Band on Tuesday, March 15 at 10:30 a.m. ET/PT, Tripp joins arch-rival band Metal Wolf, prompting Iron Weasel to use NFL superstar Jerry Rice to help lure him back. Finally on Wednesday, March 16 at 2:30 p.m. ET/PT, a new episode of Wizards of Waverly Place sees a new girl join Justin's class of delinquents causing Alex to become suspicious.

Leading up to the Hannah Montana Forever finale on Friday, March 18, Family presents an entire day of Hannah Montana episodes. From 8:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET/PT, 19 back-to-back episodes will air featuring seven of the best episodes from the first three seasons plus an encore of the entire fourth season. At 6:30 p.m. ET/PT the one-hour season finale episode, titled "Wherever I Go", sees Miley and Lilly prepare to go off to college when Miley gets a movie offer in Paris that she can't refuse.

Following the Hannah Montana marathon, Family is airing part two of the What's Up, Warthogs! premiere at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT. In the conclusion to the episode that aired on March 11, Eric offers his rival, Victoria, the vacant co-anchor position on the West Hill High morning show.

The Suite Life on Deck brings the final spring break treat of the week with a special three-part episode that includes mayhem both on and offshore. On Friday, March 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, the S.S. Tipton is visited by NBA stars Dwight Howard, Deron Williams and Kevin Love, while on land, Bailey and London find themselves stranded in a cornfield with a tornado on the approach as they try to make it to Kettlecorn in time for Bailey's grandmother's 90th birthday.

Adding to the March madness, Family Channel has a 'Watch and Win' contest running Friday nights. Viewers who tune in to Family during new episodes on March 11, 18 and 25 can spot special codes which they can then enter online at family.ca for the chance to win exciting prizes.

SPECIAL EPISODE DETAILS

Date Program
Friday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT What's Up, Warthogs! - "The Eric and Charlie Show"
Monday, March 14 at 3:25 p.m. ET/PT Wingin' It - "All Lizards Go To Heaven"
Tuesday, March 15 at 10:30 a.m. ET/PT I'm In The Band - "I'm Out Of The Band" Extended Edition
Wednesday, March 16 at 2:30 p.m. ET/PT Wizards of Waverly Place - "Wizards vs. Angels"
Friday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT What's Up, Warthogs! - "And That's What's Up"

HANNAH MONTANA MARATHON DETAILS - FRIDAY, MARCH 18

Time Episode
8:45 a.m. "Lilly, Do You Want To Know A Secret?"
9:10 a.m. "New Kid in School"
9:35 a.m. "Me & Rico Down By The School Yard"
10 a.m. "When You Wish You Were The Star"
10:30 a.m. "I Want You To Want Me… To Go To Florida"
11 a.m. "Jake Another Little Piece of My Heart"
11:30 a.m. "The Wheel Near My Bed (Keeps on Turnin')"
12 p.m. "Sweet Home Hannah Montana"
12:30 p.m. "Hannah Montana to the Principal's Office"
1 p.m. "California Screamin"
1:30 p.m. "De-Do-Do-Do, Da-Don't-Don't-Don't Tell My Secret!"
2 p.m. "It's The End of Jake As We Know It"
2:30 p.m. "Been Here All Along - Evergreen Version"
3 p.m. "Love That Lets Go"
3:30 p.m. "Hannah's Gonna Get This"
4 p.m. "I'll Always Remember You" Extended Version
5 p.m. "Can You See The Real Me?"
5:30 p.m. "Kiss It Goodbye"
6 p.m. "I Am Mamaw, Hear Me Roar!"
6:30 p.m. "Wherever I Go" **PREMIERE** Season 4 Finale

Family Channel is a premium, commercial-free network offering the best in family television entertainment in over 6 million homes across Canada. Dedicated to celebrating family life and providing a fun experience for all, Family airs a unique mix of series, movies and specials, with a large portion of programming supplied by Disney. Family Channel also offers Family OnDemand, a television-based Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) service and Family OnLine, an Internet-based, broadband service. Both of these services offer hit Disney movies and series, top-rated Canadian series and Playhouse Disney programming to subscribers when they want it, where they want it. Visit us at Family.ca.

Family Channel is a member of the Astral family. Astral Media Inc. (TSX : ACM.A/ACM.B) is one of Canada's largest media companies. It operates several of the country's most popular pay and specialty television, radio, out-of-home advertising and interactive media properties. Astral plays a central role in community life across the country by offering diverse, rich and vibrant programming that meets the tastes and needs of consumers and advertisers. To learn more about Astral, visit astral.com.  



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