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Honouring the hottest celebrities from music, TV, sports and film, Corus Entertainment’s Nickelodeon (Canada) brings Canadians Nickelodeon’s 2011 Kids’ Choice Awards, broadcast live on Saturday, April 2 at 8 p.m. ET.

Jack Black, who will star in the upcoming film Kung Fu Panda 2, returns for the third time (2006 and 2008) to host this slime-tastic event from an all-new venue, the Galen Center at USC in Los Angeles.

Chart-topping, six-time Grammy Award®-winning megastars The Black Eyed Peas will be rocking the house at this year’s Nickelodeon’s 2011 Kids Choice Awards. Topping it all off, Nickelodeon boy band Big Time Rush will also take centre stage for a headline performance of their new single, “Boyfriend.”

Beginning on March 1, kids began casting their votes online at nickcanada.com for the only awards show that gives kids the power to vote for their favourite celebs in a total of 20 categories including Favourite Videogame, Favourite Butt-Kicker, Favourite Female and Male Singer, Favourite Female and Male Athlete, and Funniest TV Sidekick – just to name a few.

Broadcast live from the Galen Center at USC in Los Angeles, Nickelodeon’s 2011 Kids’ Choice Awards will feature nominees such as Canadian heart-throb Justin Bieber in the category for Favourite Male Singer, slime veteran Katy Perry and Taylor Swift are nominated for Favourite Female Singer, Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) and Emma Watson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1) are both up for Favourite Movie Actress, as well as Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man 2) who is nominated for Favourite Butt-Kicker. Viewers can also vote for celebs like Johnny Depp, Jaden Smith, Nick and Joe Jonas, Tim Allen, Miranda Cosgrove, Will Ferrell, Selena Gomez, Steve Carell, Cameron Diaz and Nickelodeon’s newest tween queen Victoria Justice.

On Saturday, April 2, nickcanada.com will serve as the interactive second-screen experience, giving kids an insider’s look at the entire live event from the orange carpet. Exclusive webcams will be featured alongside celebrity tweets, interactive polls, and real-time updates and photos.

For those who can’t get enough of this slime-filled event, YTV will rebroadcast the awards show on Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

One of the world’s leading entertainment brands for kids, Nickelodeon features a line-up of award-winning Nick properties, from current live-action comedies, animated favourites, special events such as the Kids’ Choice Awards, to classic hits, 24-hours-a-day. Putting kids first in everything it does, this service gives viewers more Nick more of the time. Visit nickcanada.com.

Corus Entertainment’s Nickelodeon (Canada), a leading entertainment brand for kids, is bringing one of the most popular franchises in kids television history to an entirely new generation with the Canadian broadcast premiere of Power Rangers Samurai this Friday, February 11 at 8 p.m. ET.

The all-new half-hour series features a new cast of Rangers and never-before-seen villains, as well as high-octane action, martial arts and advanced special effects.

“We’re very excited to bring Canadian audiences this next chapter in Power Rangers history,” said Ted Ellis, Vice President, Kids/Family Programming. “Keeping with the original show’s core messages of friendship, teamwork and empowerment, this new series is sure to provide fun and quality entertainment for existing and new fans alike.”

Stemming from the long-running hit original series, Power Rangers Samurai features martial arts and advanced special effects. All 20 episodes follow a new generation of five Rangers, who must all master the ancient Samurai Symbols of Power which give them control of the elements Fire, Water, Sky, Forest and Earth. Under the guidance of their mentor, Ji, and with the aid of their devoted animal Zords (Lion, Dragon, Ape, Turtle and Bear), the Rangers battle to save Earth from the dark forces of the Netherworld led by the evil Master Xandred.

The Samurai Rangers are: Jayden, the team’s leader and Red Ranger; Mia, the Pink Ranger, a confident and caring “big sister” of the group; Kevin, the Blue Ranger who is a great swordsman and lives by the code of the Rangers; Emily, the Yellow Ranger and the youngest but most optimistic of all the Rangers; and Mike, the Green Ranger, who is labeled the rebel because he would rather be destroying video monsters than real ones.

In episode one premiering this Friday, February 11 at 8 p.m. ET (r) Saturday, February 12 at 9 a.m. ET, Power Rangers Samurai: The Team Unites, Mike can’t anticipate an attack like Kevin and Jayden, so he grows frustrated and takes a break from training to meet up with old friends. But when a monster named Rofer attacks, Mike unsuccessfully attempts to fight him alone, and his friends are injured. Jayden and mentor Ji explain the hard truth that Samurai Rangers must stay away from family and friends in order to protect them from the dangers of being a Ranger. Inspired, Mike begins to take his training more seriously.

From SCG Power Rangers LLC, an affiliate of Saban Brands, the long-running hit kids’ TV phenomenon, now heading into its 19th season, is helmed by Haim Saban, who created and produced the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series in 1993.

Corus Entertainment’s Nickelodeon (Canada) is giving kids two new reasons to tune into Nick as the network welcomes T.U.F.F. Puppy, a new 2D animated comedy from hit-maker Butch Hartman (The Fairly OddParents) and the new CGI animated comedy series Planet Sheen this January.

Viewers not currently subscribing to Nick will have the opportunity to sample these new series and all that Nick has to offer during a free preview beginning Wednesday, December 15 through to Monday, January 31.

Available in 95 per cent of Canadian homes with digital service, Nickelodeon’s free preview will be accessible to Rogers Personal TV (channel 231), Shaw Direct (channel 182), Shaw (channel 135), Cogeco (channel 142 in Ontario; channel 140 in Quebec), Videotron (169) and Bell TV (channel 559) subscribers.

 

T.U.F.F. PUPPY – SERIES PREMIERE

Premieres: Wednesday, January 5 at 6 p.m. ET

The action-packed T.U.F.F. Puppy centers around Dudley Puppy (voiced by iCarly’s Jerry Trainor), a gung-ho, dim-witted dog who finds himself accidentally thrust into the role of secret agent when he’s recruited by the super-secret, crime-fighting organization, T.U.F.F. (Turbo Undercover Fighting Force).

Puppy partners with Kitty Katswell, a feline superspy who is a skilled kung fu and weapons expert. Naturally, they don’t get along – but together they protect their hometown of Petropolis and the rest of the world against the evil animal organization, D.O.O.M. (Diabolical Order of Mayhem).

This Nick original animated series is created and executive produced by Butch Hartman, creator of the Emmy®-winning series The Fairly OddParents and Danny Phantom.

 

PLANET SHEEN – SERIES PREMIERE

Premieres: Friday, January 7 at 6 p.m. ET

Planet Sheen follows the intergalactic adventures of Sheen Guevera Estevez, the hyperactive kid from Nick’s popular television series The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius.

Sheen finds himself stranded after he accidentally “borrows” a rocket and crash lands on planet Zeenu, a world of limited technology that is inhabited by not-too-bright creatures and ruled by an Emperor who becomes fascinated with Sheen.

The series follows Sheen as he deals with Zeenu’s bizarre customs and creatures, including the jealous villain Dorkus. In every episode, Sheen makes it his mission to teach the superior ways of Earth and bring Zeenu into the 21st century – though he possesses no skills to do so.

Created by Steve Oedekerk, creator of Nick’s hit film franchises Jimmy Neutron and Barnyard as well as Keith Alcorn (The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius).

Leading kids’ broadcaster Corus Entertainment announced today details from its fall 2010 programming line ups for YTV, Nickelodeon (Canada) and Treehouse.

Committed to providing viewers with quality content from preschool shows that parents trust, to entertaining live-action comedies and reality programming for kids and their families, to nighttime drama for teens, audiences at home can expect non-stop hits this fall.

YTV PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS:

 

VICTORIOUS – NEW SERIES

Premieres: Friday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Already a Nickelodeon hit, this half-hour live-action comedy follows the journey of Tori Vega (Victoria Justice), a 15 year-old girl who has lived in the shadow of her sister Trina – the “star” of the family. When Tori unexpectedly lands an invitation to attend the prestigious Hollywood Arts high school, she soon learns that getting in might be a lot easier than fitting in. Although she doesn’t recognize how talented she really is, Victorious follows Tori’s journey toward discovering that she’s born to be a performer and that entertaining people is what makes her happiest.

 

BIG TIME RUSH – NEW SERIES

Premieres: Monday, September 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Meet Kendall, James, Logan and Carlos – four best friends from Minnesota who have been given the chance of a lifetime to join the glamorous L.A. pop music scene in Big Time Rush. But trading hockey sticks for hair and make-up isn’t always easy. Will celebrity life change these talented heartthrob teens forever? Produced in partnership by Nickelodeon and Sony Music, each half-hour of this live-action series features original songs performed by the group.

 

SIDEKICK – NEW SERIES

Premieres: Saturday, September 11 at 10:30 a.m.

Produced in Canada by Nelvana Studio, this animated series follows young orphan Eric Neddles who lives in Sidekick, an animated world filled with superheroes and super villains. On the day Eric was to begin sidekicking for the greatest superhero of all time, Maxum Man, Maxum went missing – leaving this rookie with the task of making the world think that Maxum is still on the job. Since sidekicks aren’t good enough to be superheroes, Eric and his second stringer friends are always given the worst jobs, which mean they’re going to be the first projectiles thrown.

 

LIFE UNEXPECTED – NEW SERIES

Premieres: Friday, September 10 at 10 p.m.

In this CW family drama, after bouncing around from a variety of foster families, 15 year-old Lux has decided to become an emancipated minor. As she works her way through the legal system, she finds out her biological parents are local radio personality Cate Cassidy and thirty-something Nate “Baze” Bazile, who had a one-night stand. However, when a judge decides that Lux isn’t ready for emancipation and unexpectedly grants temporary joint custody to Cat and Baze, they agree to try to get past the tension and awkwardness and give Lux the family she deserves.

 

KYLE XY – NEW SERIES

Premieres: Monday, October 4 at 9 p.m.

This ABC Family series follows the story of Kyle (Matt Dallas), a mysterious teenage boy who by his actions, appears to be a newborn. When Kyle is placed in an institution, psychologist Nicole Trager (Marguerite MacIntyre) realizes that he will need special attention so she decides to bring Kyle home, much to the chagrin of her two children and husband Stephen (Bruce Thomas). However, overtime, Kyle becomes part of the family and begins to experience everyday things like computers, music and even high school parties.

 

BABAR AND THE ADVENTURES OF BADOU – NEW SERIES

Premieres: Monday, November 22 at 11 a.m.

A new CGI animated series produced by Nelvana Studio and TeamTO, Babar and the Adventures of Badou follows eight-year-old Badou and his famous grandfather Babar. Scheduled in YTV’s Playtime block, Badou has an appetite for adventure and a tendency to get caught in some tricky situations along with his colourful friends Chiku the monkey and Zawadi, the zebra. Navigating the ups and downs of growing up in Celesteville’s royal palace, Badou never forgets that King Babar will always be there to offer guidance and support.

 

ADDITIONAL SERIES:

Other additions to the schedule this fall include: Fanboy & Chum Chum. New episodes of returning series include: SpongeBob SquarePants, iCarly, How to be Indie Season 2, That’s So Weird! Season 2, The Next Star Season 3, Beyblade: Metal Fusion, Kid vs. Kat, In Real Life Season 2, and League of Super Evil.

 

NICKELODEON PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS:

 

Putting kids first in everything it does, Nickelodeon features a line up of top-rated Nick programming including hit animated series such SpongeBob SquarePants and The Penguins of Madagascar, live-action comedies like Drake and Josh and iCarly starring Miranda Cosgrove, while also giving front row access to special events such as the star-studded Kids Choice Awards. Nickelodeon gives viewers more Nick more of the time, 24-hours-a-day.

 

TRUE JACKSON, VP – NEW EPISODES

New episodes begin: Tuesday, September 7 at 4 p.m.

This popular Nickelodeon live-action comedy stars Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee) as True Jackson. True has a passion for fashion as the Vice President of Mad Style, a major fashion label. Too bad her co-workers aren’t exactly thrilled about having a teenager as their boss. When her jealous co-workers try to continually sabotage her, True quickly realizes that the office is really just like high school – complete with mean girls, cliques, and crushes. It’s a good thing True has her real friends along for the ride.

 

Nickelodeon’s fall 2010 programming schedule includes popular returning series including: The Fresh Beat Band, Drake and Josh, iCarly, The Penguins of Madagascar, SpongeBob SquarePants and Back at the Barnyard. Programming events this fall on Nickelodeon include back-to-back episodes of iCarly every Monday to Friday from 5 – 6 p.m. and back-to-back episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 1 p.m. and 4 – 5 p.m.

 

TREEHOUSE PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS:

 

THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! – NEW SERIES

Premieres: Saturday, August 7 at 5:30 p.m.

Other times: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., Sat. at 2 p.m., Sun. at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Produced by Portfolio Entertainment, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! is the first animated series starring the famous children’s book character. With Cat (Martin Short) as their guide, best friends Sally and Nick are transported to all corners of the globe, making natural science discoveries of all kinds. Along for the ride are Cat’s two energetic helpers, the mop-headed zany duo: Thing One and Thing Two. Booting around in Cat’s one-of-a-kind custom vehicle, the Thinga-ma-jigger, the group can travel to the bottom of the sea or shrink down to the size of a bee to discover how honey is made.

 

3-2-1 LET’S GO – NEW SERIES

Premieres: Wednesday, September 8 at 4 p.m.

The newest Muppet on the block, Abby Cadabby is spreading her fairy wings and is flying over to host 3,2,1 Let’s Go – a half-hour preschool series produced by Sesame Workshop. All 52-episodes of this series feature segments from beloved children’s shows like Play with Me Sesame, Global Grover and Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures.

 

ADDITIONAL SERIES:

New episodes of returning series on Treehouse this fall include: OLIVIA, Roary The Racing Car, Go Diego Go!, Caillou, Timmy Time, Waybuloo, Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer and Ni Hao Kai Lan.

 

 

Fans are invited to attend Dora and Friend’s Celebration at the CN Tower on August 5 Nickelodeon’s Beyond the Backpack pro-social campaign to launch in honour of Dora the Explorer’s landmark anniversary

(Toronto, Canada) Corus Entertainment’s premium preschool network Treehouse is honouring the 10th anniversary of the world-wide hit Dora the Explorer with the premiere of the hour-long primetime movie Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure on Sunday, August 15 at 6 p.m. ET, airing day and date with Nickelodeon in the U.S.

“Dora has a huge audience following on both Treehouse and Nickelodeon (Canada) and we are thrilled to give our viewers the chance to enjoy more of this popular show with these special 10th anniversary celebrations,” said Jocelyn Hamilton, VP, Programming and Production, Corus Kids.

“We are proud to commemorate this important milestone in kids television through this programming event, along with celebrations in Toronto, and by supporting the Breakfast for Learning program – an important initiative that changes kids’ lives.”

Reaching 2.5 million Canadian viewers a month, Dora the Explorer is a preschool favourite seen in over 151 markets around the world and translated in more than 30 languages. To celebrate, viewers are invited to tune into the one-hour premiere of Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure guest-starring the voices of Rosie Perez as the witch, John Leguizamo as the flying monkeys, and Hector Elizondo as the wishing wizzle. The final installment of the Magic Storybook Trilogy, Dora and Boots find their way home for Dora’s birthday party where all of her family and friends are waiting to celebrate with her. Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure premieres on Treehouse day and date with Nickelodeon in the U.S. on Sunday, August 15 at 6 p.m.

In addition to the programming event, Dora’s 10th anniversary will be honoured at the Dora and Friend’s Celebration on Thursday, August 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the CN Tower in Toronto. Young fans will be invited to participate in special activities as well as meet and greets with their favourite Nick characters, Kai-lan, SpongeBob and Diego. Fans can also check out a Dora cake made out of Mega Bloks as they watch popular Dora episodes, take home loot bags and enter for a chance to win great prizes.

Treehouse and Nickelodeon (Canada) are also marking this world famous and beloved Latina heroine with a unique pro-social campaign entitled Beyond the Backpack. Beginning on Wednesday, August 11, Treehouse will launch a fundraising auction of limited-edition Dora backpacks, with designs by Salma Hayek Pinault and other celebrities. Proceeds from the Canadian Beyond the Backpack program will benefit Breakfast for Learning, a national non-profit organization dedicated to student nutrition programs that enhance learning, and the healthy development of children and youth in Canada. Offering nutrition grants, program support and educational materials, Breakfast for Learning focuses on community-centered programming, delivering breakfast, lunch and snack programs in inclusive and nurturing environments. Visit www.TreehouseTV.com/dora for more auction information.

Dora the Explorer, created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh Valdes and Eric Weiner, is a play-along, animated adventure series starring Dora. Dora is a seven-year-old Latina heroine whose adventures take place in an imaginative, tropical world filled with jungles, beaches and rainforests. She explores her world just as preschoolers do every day, and the show is designed to actively engage its audience in an interactive quest using a variety of learning techniques.

In every episode, Dora and Boots invite the audience to participate in an exciting adventure, where each step of their journey consists of a problem or puzzle that Dora and the audience must think their way through in order to solve the next problem. Dora is proudly bilingual and uses her knowledge of English and Spanish to communicate with her friends, overcome obstacles and reach her goals. In each episode, Dora teaches Spanish words or phrases to the viewers and then asks them to use it to solve a problem and forge ahead. Ultimately, Dora and her best friend, Boots, triumph, and the story always ends with a “We Did It!” anthem. Viewers can tune into Dora the Explorer every day of the week at 4:30 p.m. on Treehouse.

Viewers can catch two repeat airings of Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure on Monday, August 16 and Wednesday, August 25 at 2 p.m. on Nickelodeon (Canada).

 

Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. EST/PST

ZUNE FANS GET FIRST LOOK AT NEWEST NICKELODEON SERIES,
TRUE JACKSON, VP

Zune Marketplace Offers Free Exclusive Download of New Nick Live-Action Series

What: Zune Marketplace video store will offer fans a first look at Nickelodeon’s latest live-action show – True Jackson, VP. The show is available as a free download to Zune users a week prior to its debut on Nickelodeon. A custom Zune feature page will highlight Nickelodeon’s content in the marketplace, featuring links to such popular shows as Yo Gabba Gabba, iCarly, SpongeBob SquarePants, and The N’s Degrassi: The Next Generation.

When: Nov. 4 – Nov. 10, the pre-air episode of True Jackson, VP will be available on Zune Marketplace. The first episode will debut on Nickelodeon on Nov. 8, at 9:30 p.m. EST/PST but will then air regularly on Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. EST/PST on the network.

Where: http://social.zune.net/my/ContentRedirect.ashx?mtype=TvSeries&mid=9686eb19-d4e8-4462-9c84-5eef9305a529&CampaignID=1

Background: True Jackson, VP focuses on 15-year-old True Jackson (Keke Palmer), who is tapped to head the youth division of Mad Style, a major fashion label. True soon learns that navigating the grown-up corporate world has the same highs and lows as high school, complete with cliques, mean girls and crushes – but also with cool perks like designing for international icons and casting super cute models. Currently, Nickelodeon’s live-action shows are among the most popular in Zune Marketplace. Zune Marketplace also features the popular Nickelodeon shows Zoey 101, The Wonder Pets!, The Backyardigans and The N’s South of Nowhere.