Sir Elton John Makes His Treehouse TV Debut In Bob The Builder’s First-Ever Feature-Length Adventure

(Toronto, Canada) This holiday season, Treehouse TV and YTV pull out all the stops, offering viewers a jam-packed schedule of holiday programming that combines new festive specials with everyone’s favourite seasonal classics.

“Parents and their kids want to spend time together as a family during the holiday season. Our programming scheduled throughout December focuses on perennial classics such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and A Charlie Brown Christmas as well as new festive specials that the entire family can settle down and enjoy together,” says Susan Ross, Group Vice President and General Manager, Corus Television.

Treehouse TV
Treehouse TV presents the exclusive Canadian television debut of the award-winning Bob the Builder: A Christmas to Remember on Sunday December 14 at 6 p.m. This marks the series’ first-ever feature-length adventure and includes a special animated guest appearance by Sir Elton John. Produced by HIT Entertainment, this humorous and heart-warming story will appeal to kids of all ages. In A Christmas to Remember, Bob receives news that his twin brother Tom is coming home for Christmas for the first time in years. The town’s mayor has organized a special concert and has asked Bob to construct the stage. Can Bob fit it? Yes he can! While Bob and his crew work hard to get ready for the big show, he receives disappointing news that his brother will not be coming home after all. However, when Sir Elton John makes a surprise appearance at the concert, the day turns out to be one Christmas Bob will always remember.

Other new specials on Treehouse this holiday season include Madeline’s Holiday with Mr. Grump (Saturday December 13, 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.) in which Madeline encourages Mr. Grump to have a change of heart over the holidays, and Angelina Ballerina: The Show Must Go On (Sunday, December 7, 6 p.m.), in which Angelina is auditioning for the lead role in the musical extravaganza at Christmas time. In Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends: Thomas & Percy’s Christmas Adventure (Sunday, December 14, 9:25 a.m.), Thomas and the gang come to the rescue and get a nice surprise for all their hard work. Other holiday favourites include Bob the Builder: BobÕs White Christmas; Dora the Explorer: A Present for Santa; A Muppet Family Christmas; Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer; O Christmas Tree and A Family Circus Christmas.

YTV
This December, YTV dishes out holiday cheer in a schedule festively mixed with new holiday movies, timeless classics and holiday-themed episodes of YTV series. YTV schedules additional time slots throughout December for its movie block, 3 Hairy Thumbs Up, dedicated to holiday movies that entertain the whole family. Movies include The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (Saturday, December 5, 4 p.m.); Call Me Claus (Saturday, December 5, 8 p.m.); An All Dogs Christmas Carol (Sunday, December 14, 4 p.m.); Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish (Sunday, December 21, 4 p.m.); Casper’s Haunted Christmas (Sunday, December 7, 4 p.m.) and Prancer Returns (Saturday, December 13, 8 p.m.). As part of the holiday mix, YTV airs must-see holiday programs such as Olive the Other Reindeer (Wednesday, December 10, 7 p.m.); Rugrats: Babies in Toyland (Monday, December 9, 7 p.m.) and The Santa Claus Brothers (Friday, December 12, 7 p.m.).

On weekends and in the evenings, YTV returns to the classics that appeal to both kids and parents, including: A Charlie Brown Christmas (Monday, December 15, 6:30 p.m.), and the classic stop-motion animated specials Santa Claus is Coming To Town (Wednesday, December 17, 7 p.m.) and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Sunday, December 21, 6 p.m.). Holiday episodes of viewer favourites include the premiere of Jimmy Neutron: Holly Jolly Jimmy (Thursday, December 11,6:30 p.m.), in which Jimmy travels to the North Pole to prove his theory that Santa Claus does not exist. In the Rugrats Kwanzaa (Friday, December 26 at 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.), the Rugrats are in for a special treat when Aunt T. visits to celebrate Kwanzaa. In Rugrats Chanukah (Friday, December 19, 4 p.m.), Tommy and Chuckie explore the meaning of Chanukah with Grandpa Boris and in As Told by Ginger: Even Steven Holida, Ginger insists on celebrating Chanukah as well as Christmas when a school project reveals that she is one-quarter Jewish (Thursday, December 16, 7:30 p.m.).

Treehouse TV, seen in over 5 million homes across Canada, offers a unique television environment that is in tune with the interests and developmental levels of preschool children. YTV, Canada’s #1 youth network is seen in over eight million homes across Canada. As a major force in Canadian kids’ entertainment, YTV has triggered over $870 million in Canadian independent production; developed a Web site that averages over 9 million page views each week; published a successful kids’ magazine, Whoa!; and conducts a highly respected annual survey, The YTV Tween Report. Treehouse TV and YTV are owned by Corus Entertainment, a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in both specialty TV and Radio. Corus also owns Nelvana Limited, an internationally recognized producer and distributor of children’s programming and products. The Company’s other interests include music, television broadcasting and advertising services. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New York (CJR) Exchanges. Corus’ Web site can be found at www.corusentertainment.com.

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For more information, please contact:

Lindsay Smith
Publicist, Corus Entertainment
416-530-2248

or
Heather Kearney
Publicity Assistant, Corus Entertainment
416-534-1191, ext. 3717


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