YTV and Treehouse Launch 12 New Series Highly Anticipated Live Finale of Season 2 of The Next Star (Toronto, Canada) Corus Kids is leaving summer behind and gearing up for a new school year with a ton of brand new series, the finale of The Next Star, a sneak peek of How to be Indie, an extra hour with Carlos in The Zone every Monday to Friday, and more Sunday movies in ZAPX. YTV SEPTEMBER 2009 HIGHLIGHTS THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR – NEW SERIES Produced by DreamWorks Animation, creators of Kung Fu Panda, Monsters vs Aliens and the Academy Award® winning Shrek, in association with Nickelodeon, comes the CGI animated series The Penguins of Madagascar. The series centers around four cute yet mischievous penguins, as they carry out missions to maintain order and rule the roost in their habitat, New York’s Central Park Zoo. The Penguins of Madagascar premieres Saturday, September 12 at 9 a.m. THAT’S SO WEIRD! – NEW SERIES That’s So Weird! is what happens when seven teens band together to save So Weird TV, a third rate television network, where the programming is weirder than the name. So Weird TV airs commercial parodies, bizarre game shows and features regular guest appearances by celebrities, athletes, and musicians. That’s So Weird! premieres Wednesday, September 9 at 7:30 p.m. 8 SIMPLE RULES – NEW SERIES When his wife returns to the workplace Paul Hennessey (John Ritter) agrees to share in the parental responsibilities, but it isn’t easy with two teenage daughters dealing with boys and the social dramas of high school. At least Paul has his 13 year old son on his side, for now. 8 Simples Rules premieres Monday, September 7 at 9 p.m. CLANG INVASION – NEW SERIES This fast-paced animated comedy series is about what happens when alien robots land in the backyard of eight and 10 year old siblings. Now the siblings need to keep the aliens a secret and keep them from accidentally destroying the planet, themselves, and their mom. Viewers can catch the invasion when Clang Invasion premieres Saturday, September 12 at 7:30 a.m. EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS – NEW SERIES Comedian Chris Rock narrates this comedy series loosely based on his childhood. Set in 1982, Chris is at a new school and a new neighbourhood trying to make friends and good grades, all while staying out of trouble at home. Tune in to this funny family when Everybody Hates Chris premieres Monday, September 14 at 8:30 p.m. iCARLY: iWANTED A BAD BOY – NEW EPISODE When Carly discovers that her boyfriend Griffin collects Pee Wee Babies and that he isn’t the “bad boy” she thought he was, she must decide if she can handle dating a guy who has a plush toy collection. Meanwhile, Spencer helps Sam get rid of her nightmares. iWanted a Bad Boy premieres Friday, September 11 at 7 p.m. THE NEXT STAR SEASON 2 FINALE After a cross-Canada search, the winner of The Next Star is about to be revealed. To get geared up for the final vote, YTV is giving viewers two chances to catch up on previous episodes. On both Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 beginning at 12 p.m., fans can watch back-to-back episodes of the entire series. On Sunday, September 27, the marathon programming event concludes with the live 90-minute finale at Canada’s Wonderland at 7 p.m., where viewers will vote for their favourite performer at YTV.com and by text message, determining who will be crowned The Next Star. Fans interested in attending the live finale can visit YTV.com for details on discounted park admission. HOW TO BE INDIE – SNEAK PEEK Before the series joins the schedule in October, viewers will be able to tune into a special presentation of the new live-action original series How to be Indie, airing immediately following The Next Star finale on Sunday, September 27 at 8:30 p.m. Following this sneak peek, the first episode will be available online on YTV.com’s media player until the series launches officially on Friday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m. Created by writer Vera Santamaria (Little Mosque on The Prairie), this series is told through the eyes of 13-year-old Indira “Indie” played by Melinda Shankar (Degrassi: The Next Generation), as she tries to balance her immigrant family’s South Asian traditions and her Canadian lifestyle. But even with these challenges and the struggle of being a teenager, Indie and her best friend’s, Abi and Marlon, are determined to make eighth grade their year to shine. How to be Indie is produced by Heroic Film Company in association with YTV. ZAPX AND THE ZONE EXTENDED YTV’s afterschool block The Zone hosted by Carlos, and ZAPX, YTV’s popular Sunday movie block are both extended this fall. The Zone is getting an extra hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday to Friday and ZAPX is extended by four hours, now featuring three back-to-back movies on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. LABOUR DAY FUN ON YTV YTV bids farewell to the summer with an entire day dedicated to viewers favourite Nickelodeon series from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, September 7. Summer ends with a bang with nine episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants, including a new SpongeBob episode, The Fairly OddParents, a new one-hour special of Back at the Barnyard, a new episode of iCarly, and a sneak peek at two episodes of The Penguins of Madagascar. TREEHOUSE SEPTEMBER 2009 HIGHLIGHTS NODDY IN TOYLAND – NEW SERIES Noddy In Toyland is a new ten-minute series packed full of memorable and lively characters that display good manners, morals, and are peppered with fun and magic. These characters love to help each other play and learn. Premieres Monday, September 7 at 6:35 p.m. and airs Monday to Friday at 6:35 p.m. and Saturdays at 8:45 a.m. ANGELINA BALLERINA: THE NEXT STEPS – NEW SERIES Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps is a new CGI animated series based on the classic Angelina Ballerina books by Katharine Holabird and illustrator Helen Craig. Angelina is eight years old and starting at a new school, with new friends, new teachers, new dances, and many new adventures. Premieres Monday, September 7 at 2 p.m. and airs every Monday to Friday at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 7:15 p.m. WAYBULOO – NEW SERIES Waybuloo uses animation and live action to get kids up and moving to yoga inspired exercises in this half-hour series that transports children to the magical land called Nara, a live action world inhabited by animated characters called Piplings. Each Pipling: Lau Lau, Yo Jojo, De Li and Nok Tok, embodies a range of emotions and encourages and inspires children at home to problem-solve, be imaginative, be happy and love. Premieres Tuesday, September 8 at 10:30 a.m. and airs every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sundays at 8 a.m. 3rd & BIRD – NEW SERIES From the 10-time Emmy-winning writer Josh Selig comes the photo-puppetry animated preschool series 3rd & Bird. Nestled in the branches of a lovely old tree, 3rd & Bird features the adventures of Samuel Lovebird, his little sister Muffin and his best friend Rudy, as they embark on a series of colourful exploits and explore their leafy world. Premieres Monday, September 7 at 6:25 p.m. and airs Monday to Friday at 6:25 p.m., Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m.                                                                                                                           TIMMY TIME – NEW SERIES From the much loved and critically acclaimed animated series Shaun the Sheep, little lamb Timmy stars in Timmy Time. Timmy’s the only lamb in the flock and is used to getting his way. Now, for the first time, as Timmy heads to nursery he is going to have a lot to learn. Self-willed and sometimes naughty, Timmy must learn how to share and to think about others. Premieres Monday, September 7 at 6 p.m. and airs Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 6 p.m. Saturdays at 1 p.m. and Sundays at 12:15 p.m. CAILLOU – NEW SERIES Caillou brings to life the young hero of the popular children’s books by Christine L’Heureux and illustrator Hélène Desputeaux. It’s filled with adventures and experiences that take the curious Caillou to soaring highs and surprising lows, but always guiding him along the way are his family and friends. Caillou premieres Monday, September 7 at 7:30 a.m. and airs Monday to Friday at 7:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 7 a.m. All YTV times are ET/PT.      All Treehouse times are ET. -30- For high-resolution images, please visit http://mediacentre.corusent.com. For more information, please contact: Molly Ray Publicist Corus Entertainment (416) 530-2247 or Jane Tesar Communications Corus Entertainment (416) 534-1191 ext.3844