Power Rangers Samurai to air on Nickelodeon Canada?
Those who religiously follow the blog will remember I previously mentioned the curious situation that the 18th season of Power Rangers would face in this country given the change in ownership. Well, it seems we might have an answer for that, and it isn’t that good.
Last week Saban Brands released a new promo video for Power Rangers Samurai. In this promo video just before the 1:10 mark, the voice over states this:
40 episodes of Power Rangers Samurai are currently in production, and will air on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons in North America.
North America is Canada, the United States, and Mexico. The United States broadcasting Samurai was confirmed when Saban announced the repurchase of the brand, but Mexico’s Nickelodeon affiliate isn’t Mexico-exclusive, but rather the Latin American Nickelodeon service, and wouldn’t be included in that wording. So that only leaves Canada. Granted, this may have been an oversight by Saban Brands, given that the inclusion of Nicktoons Network only applies to the US (as Nickelodeon Canada runner Corus Entertainment does not appear to be planning a launch of a Canadian version any time soon), but that could’ve also just been running time constraints.
It wouldn’t be too surprising to see the show end up on Nick Canada, as other Nickelodeon shows, such as The Troop, T.U.F.F. Puppy, and Planet Sheen have all aired, thus far, exclusively on the channel. But that would be incredibly disapointing to see a relaunch of a beloved property end up on a niche channel, even if the exposue it got there would still be greater than the last few years with its other Canadian broadcaster. With all that said, Nick Canada series have been promoted to YTV in past (sadly, Fanboy & Chum-Chum), so Samurai’s future may not be so bleak. Then again, given how YTV has dropped most of its boy-oriented programming (to the point where Transformers, a brand almost exclusively tied with YTV has been sent to Teletoon), I’m not really sure where they could air it in a place where it could succeed.
Curious to note, Nick in the United States posted a promo video onto their iTunes page. That’s absent in Canada, but all that really says is that we won’t be getting it exactly as the American broadcast (which premieres February 7) airs. Although, if Corus follows the trend set by T.U.F.F. Puppy, and Planet Sheen, we won’t be waiting too long. Given that their February highlights were released without a mention of spandex wearing super heroes, I’d say March at the earliest.
The video in question can be seen below: