YTV and Nickelodeon Canada December 2010 Highlights
via Corus Entertainment press release:
YTV, NICKELODEON and TREEHOUSE DECEMBER 2010 HIGHLIGHTS
YTV gives viewers a special holiday treat with two DreamWorks Animation television special premieres Kung Fu Panda Holiday and Merry Madagascar
Audiences of all ages can ring in the festive season with classic titles and premiere blockbuster movies
Available in over 6.5 million households, Nickelodeon offers non-stop laugh-out-loud programming 24/7 with a free preview from December 15, 2010 to January 31, 2011
(Toronto, Canada) Viewers can check off their wish lists as Corus Entertainment’s kids networks deliver a sleigh full of new specials and timeless holiday classics this December, including YTV premieres of Dreamworks Animation SKG, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: DWA) Kung Fu Panda Holiday, Merry Madagascar and the original production, YTV’s Holly Jolly Special. Fans won’t want to miss holiday-themed episodes from Nickelodeon favourites during the channel’s free preview beginning Wednesday, December 15. Treehouse offers a schedule full of holiday-themed preschool favourites from OLIVIA, Max & Ruby and Curious George.
YTV DECEMBER 2010 HIGHLIGHTS
YTV HOLIDAY PREMIERES
KUNG FU PANDA HOLIDAY – PREMIERE
The winter feast is Po’s (voiced by Jack Black) favourite holiday. Every year, he and his father hang decorations, cook together and serve noodle soup to the villagers. But this year, Shifu informs Po that as Dragon Warrior, it is his duty to host the formal Winter Feast at the Jade Palace. Po is caught between his obligations as the Dragon Warrior and his family traditions: between Shifu and Mr. Ping. This DreamWorks Animation production premieres Wednesday, December 15 at 7 p.m.
MERRY MADAGASCAR – PREMIEREMerry Madagascar begins when Santa and his sleigh unexpectedly crash-land on the island, giving the jolly gentleman a case of amnesia. So it falls to Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria – along with the ever-inventive Penguins – to deliver the presents and save Christmas. It doesn’t hurt that Santa’s sleigh just might be able to make a little trip to New York City, so they can finally return to their beloved home. Also included is long-lasting North Pole/South Pole rivalry between the Penguins and Santa’s reindeer, plus magic flying dust and a King Julien-based holiday called “Julienuary.” Merry Madagascar premieres on Thursday, December 16 at 7 p.m.
HOLLY JOLLY SPECIAL – PREMIERE
While preparing for the holidays, YTV’s host Carlos wants to pull together something extra special for audiences at home. Finally, it comes to him – he has decided to direct a holiday song and music video, and he’s going to call upon his friends, the top 6 from The Next Star, to help him out. After everyone arrives from across Canada, the crew brainstorm some pretty outrageous ideas on what the video should look like. Throughout this 30-minute special, viewers will get a taste of some holiday skits from That’s So Weird! as well as shout outs from special YTV guests. Produced by Tricon Films & Television, YTV’s Holly Jolly Special premieres on Wednesday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m.
BLAST FROM CHRISTMAS PAST
Kids and their parents can cuddle up together this festive season and fall in-love all over again with these perennial holiday favourites starring classic Christmas characters with YTV’s Blast From Christmas Past on Saturday, December 18 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Highlights include:
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (1965)
Lucy counsels a depressed Charlie Brown through the holiday season by directing the Christmas play. Charlie Brown sets out to find the perfect Christmas tree to decorate the stage, though his scruffy choice draws sneers from the other kids. But after some timely words from Linus, he does discover the real meaning of the holiday season. A Charlie Brown Christmas airs Saturday, December 18 at 6 p.m. (r) Sun., December 19 at 10 a.m.
A GARFIELD CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (1987)
Garfield finds himself on an old-fashioned holiday at the family farm with Jon’s mom, dad, brother and grandmother. The Emmy®-nominated A Garfield Christmas Special airs Saturday, December 18 at 8:30 p.m. (r) Wednesday, December 22 at 7:30 p.m.
A Charlie Brown Christmas at 6 p.m.
It’s Christmas Time Charlie Brown at 6:30 p.m.
A Flintstone Family Christmas at 7 p.m.
‘Tis the Season to be Smurfy at 8 p.m.
A Garfield Christmas Special at 8:30 p.m.
He-Man and She-Ra Christmas Special at 9 p.m.
Alf’s Christmas Special at 10 p.m.
MORE HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER
When the young reindeer Rudolph is teased for his red nose, he perseveres by using his ultra-bright nose to save Christmas by helping Santa Claus see through a storm. Viewers can catch this classic tale, narrated by Burl Ives, on Monday, December 20 at 7 p.m. (r) Saturday, December 25 at 12 p.m. and 8 p.m.
MORE HOLIDAY MOVIE PREMIERES
The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation premieres Sunday, December 5 at 6 p.m. – starring Mario Lopez
Spike: The World of Santa Claus premieres Sunday, December 12 at 12 p.m.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York premieres Sunday, December 12 at 6 p.m. – starring Macaulay Culkin
The Penguins of Madagascar: The All Nighter Before Christmas premieres Tues., December 14 at 7 p.m.
This Christmas premieres Friday, December 17 at 9 p.m. – starring Chris Brown and Loretta Devine
Sidekick: Beneath the Missile-Toe premieres Saturday, December 18 at 10:30 a.m.
Pearlie: Jingle Bell Park premieres Sunday, December 19 at 7:30 a.m.
NICKELODEON DECEMBER 2010 HIGHLIGHTS
NICKELODEON FREE PREVIEW BEGINNING DECEMBER 15
Nickelodeon is offering viewers a special holiday treat this December. For over a month, Nickelodeon will be available free of charge in over 6.5 million households from Wednesday, December 15 to Monday, January 31. Throughout December, the channel will be offering daily back-to-back episodes of new and classic Nick favourites including series such as Drake & Josh on Tuesday, December 28 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., True Jackson, VP on Wednesday, December 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and The Troop on Thursday, December 30 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Viewers also won’t want to miss two new series T.U.F.F. Puppy and Planet Sheen launching this January during this special preview event.
NICKELODEON HOLIDAY-THEMED PREMIERE EPISODES
BACK AT THE BARNYARD: IT’S AN UDDERFUL LIFE – PREMIERE
Otis invites his college buddies Donner and Blitzen over to the barnyard on Christmas Eve. When Otis accidentally gives Santa a cup belonging to his sick friend Freddy, Santa gets ill. Not able to finish his Christmas duties, Otis and the animals promise to make toys and deliver them before midnight to save Christmas. Back at the Barnyard: It’s an Udderful Life premieres Wednesday, December 15 at 8 p.m.
TRUE JACKSON, VP: TRUE PARADE – PREMIERE
True designs a beautiful red velvet jacket for Burt Burlington to wear in the Macy’s parade. When she tries to get the jacket back, True ends up being featured in the parade herself. True Jackson, VP: True Parade premieres Thursday, December 16 at 8 p.m.
THE TROOP: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE ICKI DOLL – PREMIERE
Jake and Hayley discover that a popular Christmas toy has been invaded by a vapor monster, turning them into evil living creatures. Felix holds his annual Christmas Eve webcast and Stockley tries to win back the affection of a teacher that he has been dating. The Troop: The Good, The Bad and The Icki Doll premieres Friday, December 17 at 8 p.m.
IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT CHRISTMAS
Christmas isn’t the only holiday celebrated around the world this time of year. Viewers can sit back, relax and enjoy learning about other traditions like Hanukkah and Kwanzaa with the following festive specials.
AS TOLD BY GINGER HANNUKAH
When Ginger traces her family tree she discovers she’s one quarter Jewish and insists on celebrating Hanukkah as well as Christmas. As Told By Ginger Hannukah airs Wednesday, December 1 at 8 p.m.
During a celebration at a local synagogue, Tommy and Chuckie try to help Grandpa Boris settle a feud with Shlomo, a nemesis from the Old Country. Rugrats Chanukah airs Wednesday, December 1 at 8:30 p.m.
The Carmichaels are visited by Great Aunt T, who is set for a Kwanzaa celebration to honour Africa’s great people and its first harvest. Little Susie worries she’s not “great” enough to celebrate, so Aunt T and the Rugrats show her that everyone has greatness in them. Rugrats Kwanzaa airs Sunday, December 26 at 7:30 a.m.
TREEHOUSE DECEMBER 2010 HIGHLIGHTS
TREEHOUSE HOLIDAY-THEMED PREMIERE EPISODES
OLIVIA: CHRISTMAS SURPRISE – PREMIERE
Olivia hides her Christmas gift for Ian under a bucket in the backyard in hopes of keeping the gift a surprise. But on Christmas morning, the yard is covered in snow and Olivia has to quickly find Ian’s present. OLIVIA: Christmas Surprise premieres Sunday, December 5 at 7 p.m. (r) Thursday, December 16 at 5:30 p.m.
MAX & RUBY: CHRISTMAS PASSED – PREMIERE
Max and Ruby stay over at their grandma’s house on New Years Eve. When Christmas is over, Max doesn’t want to take down all of the ornaments so he creates a special Christmas tree in Ruby’s room. Max & Ruby: Christmas Passed premieres on Sunday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m. (r) Saturday, December 11 at 11:30 a.m.
OLIVIA: SNOW LADY – PREMIERE
Olivia is chosen to build the mascot snowman for the annual Maywood winter festival. This premiere episode airs Thursday, December 9 at 5:30 p.m. (r) Tuesday, December 21 at 5:30 p.m.
TEAM UMIZOOMI: SANTAS FIXERS – PREMIERE
On Christmas Eve, Santa calls the Umi Alarm when his toy-making machine is broken. The team must get to Santa’s workshop in time to deliver all of the presents before Christmas arrives. This premiere episode airs Saturday, December 11 at 12 p.m.
CURIOUS GEORGE: A VERY MONKEY CHRISTMAS – PREMIERE
Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat are getting ready for Christmas. The countdown to the big day is on and they can’t figure out what to give each other. Will they solve their dilemma in time? Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas premieres on Friday, December 17 at 6 p.m. (r) Sunday, December 19 at 7 p.m.
All YTV times are ET/PT.
All Nickelodeon and Treehouse times are ET.