- YTV airs Nickelodeon's 27th Annual Kids' Choice Awards live on Saturday, March 29
- New series The Next Star: SuperGroup, Breadwinners and Nerds and Monsters debut in March
- Cache Craze returns for a second season featuring Olympians Alex Bilodeau and Rosie MacLennan in the premiere episode
- The highly anticipated premieres of SpongeBob SquarePants special "You're Fired" and Sam & Cat reunion special with former iCarly and VICTORIOUS co-stars
TORONTO, Feb. 11, 2014 /CNW/ - Corus Entertainment's YTV is celebrating March Break for the entire month with an exciting programming slate that includes three new series, returning series, new episodes, movie premieres and specials.
Two new hilarious animated series Breadwinners and Nerds and Monsters are joining YTV's stable of cartoon comedy hits. Breadwinners, a Nickelodeon original series with a groovin' soundtrack, follows two booty-shaking ducks as they operate a quirky bread delivery service out of their awesome, jet-fueled Rocket Van. Nerds and Monsters, from Slap Happy Cartoons, is about a group of nerdy kid characters with quick wits on a fantastic uncharted island, à la Gilligan's Island. It's laugh-a-minute as the nerds must use nothing but their smarts to survive the relentless attacks by the island's inhabitants - a tribe of hideous, inept monsters.
YTV's brand new series, The Next Star: SuperGroup is a spin-off singing competition series in search of the next popular boy or girl group. Produced by Tricon Films & Television in association with YTV, the search for Canada's next SuperGroup sensation follows the journey of 30 finalists who travel to Toronto and compete in groups of five while they are mentored by an expert panel. In the end, only two groups will go head-to-head in the live finale, where viewers will vote to determine who wins the grand prize and title of The Next Star: SuperGroup.
For the first time ever, Nickelodeon's 27th Annual Kids' Choice Awards will air live on YTV on Saturday, March 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and will be simulcast on Nickelodeon (Canada). This year, Hollywood Superstar Mark Wahlberg (Transformers: Age of Extinction) will take the stage as host of the KCAs. YTV's coverage will also include a pre-show, Kids' Choice Countdown, with The Zone's Carlos Bustamante on location featuring exclusive celebrity interviews at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.
"We're thrilled to be launching so many new series and special programming events in March," says Jocelyn Hamilton, Vice President, Programming and Original Production, Corus Kids. "YTV is a top destination for kids during March and we have a jam-packed schedule that will keep kids and their families entertained for the entire month."
Viewers can also look forward to new episodes of Haunted Hathaways, Japanizi: Going, Going, Gong!, Numb Chucks, The Thundermans and Some Assembly Required.
Breadwinners (20 X 30) - Canadian Premiere
Premieres: Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. ET/PT beginning March 8
A brand-new animated series from Nickelodeon Animation Studio follows two booty-shaking ducks as they operate a bread delivery service out of their awesome, jet-fueled Rocket Van. The series charts the adventures of best friends, SwaySway and Buhdeuce, as they deliver bread to hungry beaks everywhere. These best buds live together, laugh together, and get into all sorts of riduckulous adventures together. Breadwinners is created by Steve Borst (Teen Titans Go!, MAD) and Gary "Doodles" Di Raffaele (MAD, Metalocalypse), who was discovered from Nick's 2012 Animated Shorts Program.
The Next Star: SuperGroup (6 X 60) - World Premiere
Premieres: Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET/PT beginning March 11
The competition series is hosted by Jordan Francis (Camp Rock, Connor Undercover, CBC's Cross Country Fun Hunt) and performance coaches include actress and recording artist Cory Lee (Degrassi: The Next Generation, Instant Star) and multi-platinum music producer and songwriter Damon Sharpe (The X Factor, Big Time Rush). They will be joined by a panel of industry experts, who include choreographer Nico Archambault (So You think You Can Dance Canada, Nureyev), vocal coach Sarah Morrison (Canadian Idol, Canada's Got Talent), make-up artist Vanessa Jarman (Canada's Next Top Model, How to Look Good Naked Canada), and stylist Corey Ng (MuchMusic, ET Canada). After assembling the young artists into five groups, the coaches and experts will guide and mentor each act as they are faced with an array of challenges designed to help them fine tune their sound, style and chemistry.
Cache Craze Season 2 (20 X 30) - World Premiere
Premieres: Tuesdays at 6 p.m. ET/PT beginning March 11
Three of Canada's Gold Medal winning Olympians team up with three aspiring teen athletes in a no holds barred quest to become Cache Craze Champions. Team "Winter Gliders" features hockey player William Torriani who has enlisted Canada's hero from the 2010 and 2014 Winter Games, Alex Bilodeau. On team "Sky Riders," gymnast Rachel Tam has partnered with Gold Medalist Rosannagh (Rosie) MacLennan who brought home Olympic Gold in Trampoline, Individual Women in 2012. And finally, distance swimmer Liam Desjarlais has drafted Olympic legend Benoit Hout who has won 19 Paralympic medals including 9 Gold. These three Olympians are way out of their comfort zone while they attempt to slay some killer bees, impress a hostile audience with street magic and nab as many digital caches as they can while vying to claim the most coveted prize in sports, the Cache Craze Amaze Ball. Cache Craze is produced by 9 Story Entertainment.
Nerds and Monsters (20 X 30) - World Premiere
Premieres: Wednesday, March 12 at 5:30 p.m. Returns to its regular timeslot at 4:30 p.m. ET/PT on Wednesdays beginning March 19
Nerds and Monsters tosses a group of nerdy kids on a fantastic uncharted island. The tween castaways must use nothing but their smarts to survive the relentless attacks by the island's inhabitants - a tribe of hideous and hilarious Monsters that are mistakenly threatened by their human invaders. Lucky for the nerds, these dim-witted monsters don't have any smarts.
SpongeBob SquarePants "SpongeBob, You're Fired" - Canadian Premiere
Premieres: Monday, March 10 at 5:30 p.m. ET/PT
In order to save money, Mr. Krabs fires SpongeBob. But unable to just do nothing, SpongeBob decides to go back to work doing anything, anywhere. To celebrate the new episode, YTV is airing a special day-long SpongeBob SquarePants marathon, Krusty Kronicles, which features back-to-back Krusty Krab-themed episodes beginning at 9 a.m. ET/PT The episode marathon will be interrupted only for the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie at 12 p.m. ET/PT.
Sam & Cat "#TheKillerTunaJump: #Freddie #Jade #Robbie" - Canadian Premiere
Premieres: Monday, March 17 at 6 p.m. ET/PT
In the hour-long event, former iCarly and VICTORiOUS co-stars Freddie (Nathan Kress), Jade (Elizabeth Gillies) and Robbie (Matt Bennett) return as guest stars in their respective character roles. In this episode "Killer Tuna Jump," Jade and Sam become friends and Cat feels left out so she decides to turn the tables by befriending an old friend of Sam's. Sam then does the same and the girls' jealousy soon spirals out of control.
Kids' Choice Countdown - World Premiere
Saturday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT
The Zone host Carlos Bustamante hosts a pre-show from the KCAs in Los Angeles.
Nickelodeon's 27th Annual Kids' Choice Awards - Simulcast with Nickelodeon
Premieres: Saturday, March 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Mark Wahlberg hosts this year's KCAs, broadcast live on YTV, with more slime (and armpit farts) than ever before.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Canadian Premiere
A new one-hour Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles special airs Saturday, March 29 at 10:30 a.m. ET/PT
New episodes premiere all month long on Saturdays at 11 a.m. ET/PT
MARCH BREAK-OUT BIG FUN MOVIES PREMIERES
Dear Dumb Diary (2013) - Saturday, March 1 at 6 p.m. ET/PT
Dolphin Tale (2011) - Sunday, March 2 at 6 p.m. ET/PT
Animals United (2010) - Saturday, March 8 at 6 p.m. ET/PT
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) - Sunday, March 9 at 6 p.m. ET/PT
The Smurfs (2011) - Wednesday, March 12 at 6 p.m. ET/PT
The Ant Bully (2006) - Thursday, March 13 at 6 p.m. ET/PT
Jinxed (2013) - Friday, March 14 at 6 p.m. ET/PT
Rango (2011) - Saturday, March 15 at 6 p.m. ET/PT
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (2011) - Sunday, March 16 at 6 p.m. ET/PT
Check out www.YTV.com for more upcoming new episodes and marathons during March Break Out.
Celebrating 25 years in television, YTV is a leading cross platform entertainment brand for kids and families. The channel offers quality entertainment with hilarious animated and live-action comedy series, popular Nickelodeon series, blockbuster movies, top-rated original Canadian programming, music, celebrities and the channel's after-school block, The Zone. Through its multiple platforms and exclusive digital and interactive content, YTV is the voice of Canadian youth culture. YTV is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based media and entertainment company that creates, broadcasts and licenses content across a variety of platforms for audiences around the world. The Company's portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children's book publishing, children's animation and animation software. Corus' brands include YTV, TELETOON, ABC Spark, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), HBO Canada, Historia and Séries+, as well as Nelvana, Kids Can Press, Toon Boom and 39 radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED, Fresh FM London, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
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