Corus Kids announces fall 2008 programming lineup



    
    15 New Series and 27 Returning Series on YTV, Discovery Kids and
    Treehouse

    -  Fully loaded Nickelodeon branded block coming to Sunday mornings on
       YTV this fall
    -  Earn your badges with Amy Poehler as Bessie Higgenbottom in
       Nickelodeon's The Mighty B
    -  Friday nights on YTV brings fun for kids and parents with Big Fun
       Fridays
    -  From Roger Hargreaves celebrated books The Mr. Men Show joins YTV's
       afternoon schedule
    -  Discovery Kids makes science cool with new series SciQ
    -  Sesame Street's Oscar, Big Bird, Elmo, Bert and Ernie return to
       entertain tots on Treehouse
    -  Holly Hobbie's Toot & Puddle will take young ones on imaginative
       journeys
    

    TORONTO, Aug. 12 /CNW/ - Leading kids' broadcaster Corus Entertainment
today announces highlights from its 2008 fall schedules and the launch of
Nickelodeon Sundays, a brand new 3-hour programming block on YTV jam-packed
with Nickelodeon shows including a new animated series from Amy Poehler, The
Mighty B. Also new to YTV's fall schedule is the finale of The Next Star,
Canada's search for a young singing sensation; new shows from Holly Hobbie and
Bert and Ernie on Treehouse, and Discovery Kids' new take on science with
SciQ.

    "This fall we are thrilled to be extending our exclusive partnership with
Nickelodeon to bring an entire Sunday morning of programming to our audiences
from one of the leading entertainment brands in the world. We're also excited
about must-see programming events like The Next Star finale which both parents
and their kids will enjoy together," said Doug Murphy, President, Nelvana and
General Manager, Corus Kids. "From Sesame Street to Big Fun Fridays, Corus
Kids has great parent-approved programming for kids and families all week
long."

    YTV PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

    Nickelodeon Sundays
    Premieres: Sunday, September 7 at 9 a.m.
    YTV dedicates Sunday mornings to the best programming from Nickelodeon as
the dial turns over from 9 a.m. to noon with a schedule of back-to-back
Nickelodeon series including The Fairly OddParents, Back at the Barnyard,
SpongeBob SquarePants, The Mighty B, iCarly and The Naked Brothers Band.

    The Mighty B
    Premieres: Sunday, September 7 at 10:30 a.m.
    Nickelodeon animated comedy, The Mighty B, created and voiced by SNL's
Amy Poehler, follows the adventures of 10-year-old Bessie Higgenbottom, the
world's most ambitious Honeybee scout, who wears her uniform every single day,
leads her troop with a zeal General Patton would have admired, and has earned
more Bee Badges than any Honeybee in history. However, a bunch of badges still
elude her, and Bessie won't rest until she's earned them all.

    Wolverine and the X-Men
    Premieres: Saturday, September 6 at 7 p.m.
    After 50 years of best-selling comic books, three blockbuster movies, a
massive fan-base spanning all ages, the new animated series Wolverine and the
X-Men joins the YTV schedule. When an explosive event shatters the lives of
the X-Men and takes away their mentor, the beaten heroes decide to walk away
from it all. But after a rare glimpse into the future, Wolverine takes the
lead and reunites the broken band to embark upon the ultimate mission -
preventing the world's destruction.

    Big Fun Fridays
    Premieres: Friday, September 5 at 6 p.m.
    YTV is all about fun and this fall is no exception as the network stamps
Friday evenings Big Fun Fridays! The programming block gets going this fall
with the continuation of the popular talent search competition The Next Star,
hosted by Adamo Ruggiero (Degrassi: The Next Generation), followed by a family
viewing blockbuster movie for everyone to enjoy at 7 p.m.

    The Mr. Men Show
    Premieres: Wednesday, September 3 at 2:30 p.m.
    (regular timeslot Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:30 p.m.)
    From the popular 1970s children's books by Roger Hargreaves comes the
original animated series, The Mr. Men Show. Welcome to Dillydale, home of Mr.
Men and Little Misses where every day brings new and exciting adventures for
the town's many personalities. Whether you're happy, messy, grumpy or naughty
- it doesn't matter what mood you're in - in Dillydale there is always someone
waiting for you.

    Movie Premieres
    Movies airing this fall include: She's the Man (Amanda Bynes), Aquamarine
(Emma Roberts), Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (Steve Martin, Eugene Levy and Hilary
Duff), The Addams Family (Anjelica Huston, Christina Ricci and Christopher
Lloyd), and Yours, Mine and Ours (Dennis Quaid, Rene Russo, Drake Bell and
Little JJ).

    Additional Series
    Other additions to the schedule this fall include: Blue Dragon, Casper's
Scare School, Dinosaur King, Home Improvement, Jibber Jabber and Skunk Fu. New
episodes of returning series include: The Adrenaline Project, Ghost Trackers,
Grossology, iCarly, Monster Buster Club, Mystery Hunters, Pokemon, Prank
Patrol, SpongeBob SquarePants, Storm Hawks, Tak and the Power of Juju,
Transformers Animated and Yu Gi Oh GX.

    DISCOVERY KIDS PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

    SciQ
    Premieres: Monday, September 1 at 7 p.m.
    (regular timeslots: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and
    Saturdays at 12 p.m.)
    In SciQ, energetic young hosts Andrew and Paula take on the challenge of
testing their science knowledge based on a specific theme each week. Viewers
will learn about science through adventure as this series explores the future
of living underwater, the magic of movie making, and what it takes for a
detective to investigate a crime scene.

    Willa's Wild Life
    Premieres: Monday, September 1 at 6 p.m.
    Produced by Corus Entertainment's Nelvana Studio, this Canadian
production based on the book An Octopus Followed Me Home centers around Willa
- an unforgettable little girl who brings home stray penguins and rabbits
instead of cats and dogs. So far, this six-year-old critter collector has
adopted a giraffe, a couple of elephants, an alligator and so many other
exotic animals, there's barely room in Willa's room for Willa! Willa's animals
are not just her friends, they offer advice and counsel, giving her their
unique and often humorous takes on problem-solving.

    Additional Series
    New seasons and episodes for returning series on Discovery Kids this fall
include: Are We There Yet?: World Adventure, Bindi, The Jungle Girl,
Cyberchase, Endurance, Ghost Trackers, Grossology, Prank Patrol and The Zula
Patrol.

    TREEHOUSE PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

    Sesame Street
    Premieres: Saturday, September 6 at 9 a.m.
    Treehouse is bringing Canadian youngsters one of America's longest
running children's shows, Sesame Street. Children can enjoy perennial
favourites Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie, Big Bird, Elmo and the newest
member, Abby Cadabby, a three-year-old who loves magic and is strong, smart
and funny.

    The Adventures of Bert and Ernie
    Premieres: Tuesday, September 2 at 4 p.m.
    (airs every Tuesday and Thursday at 4 p.m.)
    In this new series of five-minute interstitials, claymation versions of
Bert and Ernie use their imaginations to travel to far-off places in a fun
spin on these familiar friends.

    Toot & Puddle
    Premieres: Tuesday, September 2 at 10:30 a.m.
    This whimsical series based on the books from celebrated author and
artist Holly Hobbie follows the adventures of two fun-loving, inquisitive but
very different best friends. Toot, the pig, is a globe-trotting adventurer,
who is constantly on the lookout for a new challenge. Puddle is the backyard
explorer of the pair; although he enjoys travelling, he prefers to find fun
closer to home.

    Odd-Jobbers
    Premieres: Monday, September 1 at noon
    Odd-Jobbers is the tale of four slightly odd but very friendly characters
who live in a small village known as Patchville. They are the Mendits. There
are three brothers Osimo, Bitz and Bob - and their cousin Mia. They run a
small business in Patchville, Odd-jobbing - helping others by fixing,
building, cleaning or whatever else is required. No job is too big, small or
too odd for them.

    Additional Series
    New episodes of returning series on Treehouse this fall include: Are We
There Yet?: World Adventure, Barney, Boblins, Bob the Builder, Dora the
Explorer, Koala Brothers, Ni Hao, Kai Lan, Play With Me Sesame, Roll Play and
Wonder Pets.

    As Canada's leading kids broadcaster, Corus Entertainment's YTV,
Treehouse and Discovery Kids Canada collectively have the highest 2-11
audience of any broadcaster, and reach 91 per cent of kids each week in
English Canada. Seen in 8.9 million homes and connecting with 2.2 million kids
per month, YTV also publishes Whoa!, a successful kids' magazine, travels to
communities across the country with its WOW tour, conducts a highly respected
annual survey, The YTV Tween Report and has a highly interactive website that
averages over 90 million monthly page views. Treehouse, seen in over six
million homes across Canada, focuses on the interests and developmental levels
of preschool children. Discovery Kids Canada, a joint venture of Corus
Entertainment Inc. and Discovery Communications Inc., provides children and
tweens informative and entertaining programming with an emphasis on action,
adventure and the environment.

    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 and digital audio services, television broadcasting, children's
book publishing and children's animation. The company's multimedia
entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, W Network, Movie Central,
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
www.corusent.com.

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

    For high-resolution images, please visit http://pressroom.corusent.com.





For further information:

For further information: Molly Merrick, Publicist, Corus Entertainment
Inc., (416) 530-2247, molly.merrick@corusent.com

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