Family Channel and Playhouse Disney serve up laughs and learning this fall



    TORONTO, July 14 /CNW/ - Astral Media's Family Channel and Playhouse
Disney deliver fall line-ups representing the best of Disney, returning hit
Canadian original programming and final seasons of fan favourites. It's a
season filled with the best in youth, family and children's programming.
Complete descriptions, premiere dates, high-resolution images and contact
information for this programming are available at:
http://tv.astral.com/highlights
    "This fall Family Channel says goodbye to some old friends, welcomes back
viewer favourites and introduces some exciting new additions that will surely
win over the hearts and capture the imaginations of our viewers," said Joe
Tedesco, Vice President and General Manager, Family Channel and Playhouse
Disney. "The Family and Playhouse Disney fall schedules are jam-packed with
fun, laughs and learning that the whole family will enjoy."
    Family Channel continues to bring viewers exclusive programming from
Disney, including the Canadian premiere of The Suite Life on Deck, a new
series that follows mischievous twins Zack and Cody (of the hit series The
Suite Life of Zack & Cody) as they set sail for a semester at sea aboard a
luxury cruise liner. Returning Disney favourites include the third stellar
season of Hannah Montana, starring Miley Cyrus; the second spellbinding season
of The Wizards of Waverly Place, starring Selena Gomez; and the outrageous
second term of Cory in the House, starring Kyle Massey. Family also presents a
special behind-the-scenes version of the hit Disney Channel Original Movie
Camp Rock, starring Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers. In January 2009,
Family Channel has the new series J.O.N.A.S., which stars teen sensations the
Jonas Brothers (Kevin, Joe and Nick). Other exciting returning series and
specials on Family include the final season of Zoey 101 and the second
installment of the hit Roxy Hunter series entitled Roxy Hunter and the Secret
of the Shaman.
    Canadian original series pack in the fun on the Family schedule this
fall. The fourth and final season of the award-winning comedy series Life With
Derek brings sibling rivalry to a new pitch, and The Latest Buzz gang
continues to work to deadline in the second season of the ensemble comedy set
in the press room of struggling Teen Buzz magazine. In 2009, Family brings the
new comedy series, Overruled!, which follows the trials of 15-year-old Jared
Cooper (Jacob Kraemer) whose cool, fun and articulate traits lead him to
become a lawyer in Banting High School's Teen Court.
    On Playhouse Disney, the channel for engaging and educational programming
for younger children, upcoming shows include exclusive Disney programming for
young children that focuses on learning and fun. This fall the Imagination
Movers introduce high-energy, quirky, rock-and-roll music to emphasize
creative problem-solving skills. Young viewers will be transformed into
brain-stormers to help this New Orleans musical group solve "idea
emergencies." In early 2009, young viewers will be introduced to Special Agent
Oso (voiced by Sean Astin), a fuzzy, lovable, bumbling special
agent-in-training teddy bear who enlists help from the audience in order to
complete his missions.
    For additional information and high-resolution images for Family Channel
and Playhouse Disney's fall 2008 programming line-up, please visit:
http://tv.astral.com.

    Family Channel is a premium, commercial-free network offering the best in
family television entertainment in 5.7 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 in
select areas, a Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) service that provides a
minimum of 30 hours of Family Channel and Playhouse Disney programming. Visit
us at www.Family.ca.

    Playhouse Disney is a commercial-free, multiplex channel offered to
Family Channel subscribers across Canada. Committed to offering engaging,
educational and development-based programming for younger children, the
channel offers exclusive, first-run programs from Disney together with
celebrated Canadian series to create an environment for fun and learning.
Visit us at www.playhousedisney.ca.

    Family Channel and Playhouse Disney are Astral Television Networks.
Astral Media is a leading Canadian media company, active in specialty and pay
television, radio, outdoor advertising and iMedia. Astral Media's solid and
dynamic presence in the country's major markets rests on its commitment to
offer a unique combination of high-quality, targeted media for all its
audiences.





For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Geneviève Parent, Publicist,
Family Channel and Playhouse Disney, (416) 956-8547, gparent@tv.astral.com;
Scott Campbell, Communications Manager, Family Channel and Playhouse Disney,
(416) 956-8648, scampbell@tv.astral.com

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