TVOKids gets a head start on summer with new shows and a new schedule beginning Monday May 4



    TORONTO, April 21 /CNW/ - Who's more mischievous: a seven-year-old boy or
a grandfather who shrinks and can fit in your pocket? How can kids use their
curiosity to turn everyday things into a fun experiment? How can the power of
storytelling help kids explore their imaginations and build their literacy
skills? Beginning Monday May 4, TVOKids looks at these questions and more as
it launches an exciting new summer programming season highlighted by three new
series that Canadian viewers can see for the first time, only on TVO.
    Aimed at kindergarten to early primary school kids, the new series
include the North American premiere of Grandpa in my Pocket, a live-action
comedy-drama starring James Bolam (New Tricks) as a grandfather who can get
into trouble after he shrinks himself with a magic shrinking cap; the North
American premiere of All for Kids, which shows that fun, creative things are
just an idea and experiment away; and the exclusive Canadian premiere of a new
season of Pinky Dinky Doo, an animated series based on the children's books by
Jim Jinkins.
    "These shows have the key ingredient that every show in our schedule must
have: the ability to make kids think," says Patricia Ellingson, TVO's Creative
Head of Children's Media, Content and Programming. "All for Kids touches on
the subjects kids are already learning in school, like science, math and
sports, while Pinky Dinky Doo helps kids better understand basic story
structure and comprehension. And Grandpa in My Pocket imparts wonderful life
lessons about the value of relationships and taking responsibility for your
actions. Shows like these exemplify what TVOKids is all about: giving kids the
tools to succeed in school and in life, while having fun."
    Descriptions for the new shows follow below. For the complete TVOKids
summer schedule, please visit tvokids.com.

    
    Grandpa in My Pocket - North American premiere

    Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 pm beginning Tuesday May 5 2009 and
    Saturdays at 10:30 am beginning May 9 2009
    26 / 12 minutes
    Live action with animation Produced by Adastra Creative Limited
    

    James Bolam (New Tricks) stars as a grandfather with a power to shrink in
this live-action comedy-drama that celebrates grandparent/grandchild
relationships.
    Grandpa lives with his family in the beautiful seaside town of
Sunnysands. The only person who knows about his secret is seven-year-old
grandson Jason. When Grandpa puts on his magic shrinking cap, he becomes small
enough to hide in Jason's pocket - or his backpack or lunch box or pencil
case. In fact, Grandpa gets into all sorts of unlikely places and creates
mayhem that Jason usually has to sort out. But Grandpa is always a force for
good. Together, Grandpa and Jason make a great team and wind up in a host of
hilarious adventures. Also starring Susan Jameson (Coronation Street) as Great
Aunt Loretta.

    
    All for Kids - North American premiere

    Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:30 pm beginning Monday May 4 2009
    and Saturdays at 10 am beginning May 9 2009
    40 / 30 minutes
    Live action
    Produced by Gravity Media
    

    From the creators of Cooking with Luis comes this new series that
features kids doing the things they like to do - their way! Hosts Karl and
Kiera are joined by their friends Madi the gardener, Lindsay the chef,
Christian the craft expert and Jameson the scientist, who do all sorts of fun
experiments: things like making a vine-covered teepee in the garden, trying
out a pancake recipe, whipping up fried rice, creating a mini volcano and
making a kite. Made for kids by kids, the series inspires young viewers to be
curious about the world around them and to try out new things.

    
    Pinky Dinky Doo - New series: Exclusive Canadian premiere

    Weekdays at 11:30 am and 4:30 pm beginning Monday May 4 2009 and
    Sundays at 10 am beginning May 10 2009
    52 / 12 minutes
    Animated
    Co-produced by Sesame Workshop and Cartoon Pizza
    

    TVOKids presents new episodes never before seen in Canada of this popular
series based on the children's books by Jim Jinkins. Pinky Dinky Doo is a
seven-year-old girl with a big imagination who loves to make up stories and
share them with little brother Tyler or friends Nicholas Biscuit, Daffinee
Toilette and Ross Applesauce. From rude alligators to shoes made out of
salami, each of Pinky's stories - often inspired by Tyler's real-life problems
- is a fun adventure that leads to a clever solution. Along the way, Pinky
uses witty alliteration, silly word play and Great Big Fancy Words like
"flabbergasted" and "reluctant" to help build kids' vocabulary and
comprehension skills, and inspire them to create stories from their own big
imaginations. And to extend the learning, Pinky closes each story with a short
interactive segment that takes viewers through two or three games based on
elements of her story.

    About TVO

    TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and
stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to be
engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. For more information,
visit tvo.org.

    Where to find TVO

    Cable channel 2 (channel may vary in some areas), Bell TV channel 265,
Star Choice channel 353.





For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Angela Garde, TVO
Communications, (416) 484-2600 ext. 2305, agarde@tvo.org


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