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Astral’s Family Channel is the ultimate vacation destination for viewers searching for fun during spring break.

Kicking off with brand new episodes on Friday, March 11, Family is the hot spot for new series and new episodes this month. Monday, March 14 through Friday, March 18 sees Family switch up the schedule from 8:45 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET/PT, delivering a lineup loaded with specials including hour-long episodes from favourite series, a Hannah Montana marathon leading into the season four finale and a visit from NBA stars on The Suite Life on Deck.

Viewers won’t want to miss any of the action as the week-long party continues online at family.ca with a minisite launching March 11 featuring new activities and games, plus a ‘Watch and Win’ contest with cool prizes.

The vacation celebration begins on Friday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT, with a new episode of Shake It Up followed by an episode of Wizards of Waverly Place at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Part one of the series premiere of the new Canadian original series What’s Up, Warthogs! airs at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.

On Monday, March 14 at 3:25 p.m. ET/PT, it’s a new episode of Wingin’ It guest starring Scott Thompson (Kids in the Hall), where Porter uses unauthorized regeneration magic to resurrect Carl’s sister’s pet lizard. In an extended episode of I’m In The Band on Tuesday, March 15 at 10:30 a.m. ET/PT, Tripp joins arch-rival band Metal Wolf, prompting Iron Weasel to use NFL superstar Jerry Rice to help lure him back. Finally on Wednesday, March 16 at 2:30 p.m. ET/PT, a new episode of Wizards of Waverly Place sees a new girl join Justin’s class of delinquents causing Alex to become suspicious.

Leading up to the Hannah Montana Forever finale on Friday, March 18, Family presents an entire day of Hannah Montana episodes. From 8:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET/PT, 19 back-to-back episodes will air featuring seven of the best episodes from the first three seasons plus an encore of the entire fourth season. At 6:30 p.m. ET/PT the one-hour season finale episode, titled “Wherever I Go”, sees Miley and Lilly prepare to go off to college when Miley gets a movie offer in Paris that she can’t refuse.

Following the Hannah Montana marathon, Family is airing part two of the What’s Up, Warthogs! premiere at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT. In the conclusion to the episode that aired on March 11, Eric offers his rival, Victoria, the vacant co-anchor position on the West Hill High morning show.

The Suite Life on Deck brings the final spring break treat of the week with a special three-part episode that includes mayhem both on and offshore. On Friday, March 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, the S.S. Tipton is visited by NBA stars Dwight Howard, Deron Williams and Kevin Love, while on land, Bailey and London find themselves stranded in a cornfield with a tornado on the approach as they try to make it to Kettlecorn in time for Bailey’s grandmother’s 90th birthday.

Adding to the March madness, Family Channel has a ‘Watch and Win’ contest running Friday nights. Viewers who tune in to Family during new episodes on March 11, 18 and 25 can spot special codes which they can then enter online at family.ca for the chance to win exciting prizes.

Canadian-based media and entertainment company Corus Entertainment, award-winning Nelvana Studio and family network YTV have partnered with Michael Poryes, co-creator and executive producer of the hit series Hannah Montana and That’s So Raven, to produce a new live-action comedy, Life with Boys.

With casting commencing now, Life with Boys is scheduled to begin production of 26 half-hour episodes in February 2011. Nelvana Enterprises will distribute Life with Boys in Canada, Latin America and Asia. Helion Pictures will cover distribution in Australia, France and the United Kingdom and leading kids distributor Classic Media will manage distribution across all media in all other territories worldwide.

Life with Boys is scheduled to premiere in Canada on YTV in September 2011 and pre-sales have been secured across Canal J (France), Nickelodeon (United Kingdom) and ABC (Australia).

Life with Boys follows 13 year-old Tess Foster who is trying to navigate her way through the turmoil of teen life with the only touchstones at home being her single overprotective dad and three brothers. Although Tess adores the four important men in her life, they do have four totally different perspectives – they are boys after all.

Faced with the constant struggle of trying to understand and be understood by those around her, Tess is challenged with everything from her friends having crushes on her brothers to her brothers giving her heat about her dates – testosterone rules the roost. Despite the shortcomings of being the only girl in a male household, the boys can sometimes offer some solid advice. Whether it’s building up the courage to talk to a boy, dealing with an obnoxious one, or coping with the repercussions of being the best girl on the boys wrestling team, Life with Boys sheds a comedic light on many of life’s moments.

“We are so pleased to be working with Michael Poryes – an incredibly talented individual who has his finger on the pulse of what tweens want to watch,” said Jocelyn Hamilton, Vice President, Programming and Production, Corus Kids. “With a comedic sensibility and positive instinct, Tess’ character is a great example for tweens and Life with Boys is a perfect fit for our family network YTV.”

“We’re looking to cast these characters so both kids and parents can identify, relate and understand all of their experiences in a comedic and entertaining way,” said Michael Poryes, Creator and Executive Producer of Life with Boys. “When you make a bunch of kids laugh, that’s the best, but when you’re getting the entire family laughing together, that’s even better – that is success for me.”

“Michael’s work speaks for itself in terms of quality and reach, and he has set the standard for kids television,” said Helion Picture’s Managing Director, Steven Bawol. “Life with Boys will raise the bar for this kind of programming. We’re proud to be helping bring this series to the international market.”

Michael Poryes is co-creator and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated series Hannah Montana and That’s So Raven. Poryes also served as co-executive producer of Veronica’s Closet as well as co-executive producer of Cybill. Poryes first started out in the entertainment business as a standup comedian and then became a writer for the television series The Facts of Life, Who’s the Boss? and Saved by the Bell, among others. Poryes attended the University of California Berkley. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Diane and son Ethan.

(From a press release)