Soak up the fun with Family - Family Channel is the ultimate March Break destination, offering hot new Disney titles, movie premieres and daily prizes

    March Break on Family Channel features:
    - Canadian premiere of Disney Channel comedy series Sonny With A Chance
    - Canadian premiere of Disney Channel Original Movie Dadnapped
    - Canadian premiere of Roxy Hunter and the Myth of the Mermaid
    - Triple-play marathons of favourite series
    - Daily watch-and-win contest with great prizes including a chance to
      appear on Family Channel
    - Exclusive sneak peeks of upcoming Disney titles

    TORONTO, Feb. 4 /CNW/ - Astral Media's Family Channel presents Gimme a
Break - a March Break escape packed with premieres of exciting new
programming, exclusive sneak peeks, marathons of favourite series and great
prizes drawn daily. Kids and families can kick back and relax as Family's
March Break programming takes over Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20,
beginning at 11:49 a.m. ET/PT.
    First stop, Hollywood! Demi Lovato (Camp Rock) stars in the Disney
Channel Original Series Sonny With A Chance, premiering on Family Channel
Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT. Sonny Munroe gets the
chance she's been dreaming of when she's cast in the popular sketch comedy
series, So Random. The comedic series depicts the goings on with Sonny, her
family and new friends in Los Angeles and at the studio. Also starring Tiffany
Thornton (Hatching Pete), Sterling Knight (17 Again), Brandon Mychal Smith
(Phil of the Future), Doug Brochu (iCarly) and Allisyn Ashley Arm (Dive Olly
Dive!). Recurring stars include Nancy McKeon (Facts of Life, The Division) and
Michael Kostroff (The Wire). Sonny With A Chance will premiere in its regular
timeslot Fridays at 7 p.m. ET/PT beginning March 27.
    On Friday, March 20 viewers are invited on an evening of back-to-back
adventures, beginning with the story of a daughter who embarks on a mission to
save her dad in the Disney Channel Original Movie Dadnapped, premiering at 7
p.m. ET/PT. When Melissa Morris's novelist dad is captured by three teenaged
fans and by a pair of goofball villains, it's up to Melissa to save the day.
Starring Emily Osment (Hannah Montana), David Henrie (Wizards of Waverly
Place), Jason Earles (Hannah Montana), Moises Arias (Hannah Montana) and Phil
Lewis (The Suite Life on Deck).
    The sleuthing continues with Roxy Hunter and the Myth of the Mermaid at
8:30 p.m. ET/PT. In the third installment in the popular Roxy Hunter movie
franchise, Roxy (Aria Wallace) brings home a mysterious amnesiac, Annie
Nonymous. When Annie returns dripping wet from the lake several nights in a
row, Roxy works to find out the truth about her fishy past. Starring Canadians
Yannick Bisson (Murdoch Mysteries, Sue Thomas F.B.Eye), Robin Brûlé (Billable
Hours), Vik Sahay (Chuck, This is Wonderland, Amal), Demetrius Joyette (Family
Channel's The Latest Buzz) and Jayne Eastwood (Billable Hours, This is
    From Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20, from 11:49 a.m. ET/PT to 6:30
p.m. ET/PT Family presents triple-play marathons - three back-to-back episodes
of favourite series Life With Derek, The Suite Life on Deck, The Latest Buzz,
Zoey 101 and Hannah Montana. Family will premiere two new episodes of each
series throughout the week. Twice a day throughout the marathons, Family will
also offer up sneak peeks, including music videos, of upcoming Disney Channel
Original Movies Princess Protection Program, Hatching Pete and Dadnapped as
well as the new Disney Channel comedy series JONAS starring the Jonas
Brothers. These sneak peeks will also be available online at along
with some exclusive first looks at upcoming Family programming.
    Who said there would be a quiz? All week long Family will be running a
watch-and-win contest with fantastic daily prizes. Viewers can visit
for instructions and a worksheet. Kids can watch Family's Gimme a Break
programming and then head back to to answer a minimum of three
questions correctly to earn a contest entry. The winner of a daily draw of a
$2,000 gift certificate to the store of the winner's choice will be announced
on-air following Sonny With A Chance. Friday's lucky winner will receive a
$2,000 gift certificate as well as the opportunity to appear on-air in a
Friday night Family First segment.
    With nearly one million unique visitors a month, is one of the
most popular kids' sites in Canada. Providing frequently-updated, high-quality
content, is an online destination for kids and families. In addition
to its games pages, features contests, full-episode streams, video
podcasts and program mini-sites, including the Gemini Award(R) winning
mini-site for the Canadian original series Life With Derek.

    Family Channel is a premium, commercial-free network offering the best in
family television entertainment in 5.8 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

    Family Channel is an Astral Television Network. 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.

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