• Media and the general public are invited to attend the free world premiere screening of Rob the Robot at the museum

TORONTO, Aug. 25 /CNW/ - TVOKids host Gisèle, star of TVO's early learning programming block, Gisèle's Big Backyard, will make a special visit to the Ottawa-Gatineau region on Sunday September 12 to launch Rob the Robot, a new animated preschool series premiering this fall on TVOKids.

Gisèle will serve as emcee for the world premiere screening of Rob the Robot at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec. This free family event blasts off at 2 pm and includes a special opening greeting from Gisèle followed by a half-hour episode of Rob the Robot. The screening concludes with a post-show reception in which kids will be able to meet Gisèle, take pictures and receive autographs. Media and members of the public who are interested in attending the event are invited to RSVP at 613.238.4567 x 28, or

"Meeting the TVOKids audience live and in person is what I enjoy most about my job, so I'm thrilled to be coming to the Ottawa-Gatineau region to meet our fans and introduce them to our new series, Rob the Robot," says Gisèle Corinthios, host of Gisèle's Big Backyard. "Every Rob the Robot mission brings kids a discovery-filled, outer space adventure, and there's always a great story of initiative, cooperation and friendship at the heart."

Produced by Ottawa-based Amberwood Entertainment and Singapore's One Animation in association with TVO, Rob the Robot is based on a series of children's books and stars an inquisitive, problem-solving robot. Each episode sends Rob and his space-exploring buddies, Ema, TK and Orbit, to a new planet to undertake a challenge, like telling time at the Clock Planet, discovering new types of music at the Dance Planet, or learning about climate at the Weather Planet. With every mission accomplished, the crew learns another lesson in teamwork.

Rob the Robot makes its world broadcast premiere on TVOKids on Monday September 13 at 8:30 am ET during the Gisèle's Big Backyard block and airs regularly weekdays at 8:30 and 11 am. The series is presented as part of TVO's season-long programming focus on science. To view a clip of Rob the Robot, click here:

Gisèle's Big Backyard is TVO's Gemini award-winning early learning block for kids aged 2 to 5. It airs weekdays from 6 am to 3:30 pm, and provides programs and online activities that nurture children's literacy, numeracy and social skills, and help prepare kids for success in school and beyond.

For photos, requests or interviews with Gisèle, please contact TVO Communications.

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

Where to find TVO
Cable channel 2 (channel may vary in some areas), Rogers HD channel 580 (in the GTA), Bell TV channel 265, Shaw Direct channel 353.

About Amberwood Entertainment
Amberwood is a Canadian-based producer, financier and distributor of high quality animated and live-action television series, specials and features.


For further information: For further information:

Angela Garde
TVO Communications
416.484.2600 x 2305

Jonathan Wiseman
Amberwood Entertainment

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