Corus inks deal that’ll see Télétoon air Power Rangers Samurai, Teletoon Retro plays host to 700+ previous Power Rangers episodes

No Green Ranger - Superior Episodes

In another issue of the Canadian Power Rangers News Network (I swear, next article will be something different – InuYasha related? Who knows) we find a stunning revelation, Corus Entertainment has purchased not only picked up Power Rangers Samurai to air on Nickelodeon Canada, and later on Télétoon, it has also licensed the broadcast rights to the 700+ episodes of Power Rangers’ franchise for broadcast on both English, and French Teletoon Retro channels. That’s pretty huge, and may be what Saban meant in that quote about Samurai airing on Nicktoons alongside Nickelodeon in North America.

However, it is interesting to note that Teletoon Retro is mandated by the CRTC to air 90% animated programming in its broadcast year, and those 700+ episodes would heavily restrict the terms assuming a daily hour broadcast is given. Currently, there is no estimated broadcast schedule for Power Rangers on Retro, where as Nick Canada will premiere Samurai next week. Could this be Corus waiting to send a revised application for Retro to the CRTC? Teletoon Retro’s current broadcast standards expires August of 2012.

Also interesting to note is that Teletoon Retro is the home for Power Rangers broadcasts. I’ve mentioned before that I feel Nickelodeon Canada is too small a venue for Power Rangers Samurai, could this plant at Retro mean that eventually Samurai will find itself on the English Teletoon ala Transformers airing on Retro ultimately leading to Transformers Prime airing on Teletoon? I don’t know, but an educated guess may point towards that direction.

For those not willing to wait for their nostalgia boost, Power Rangers.com is streaming what fans have voted as their favourite episodes of the 145 days of Power Rangers campaign. No geo-lock – yay!

Hollywood Reporter via Tommy Lawson of Toonzone

Power Rangers Samurai Officially Picked Up By Nickelodeon Canada

GO GO POWER RANGER

Power Ranger Samurai is now confirmed to air on Nickelodeon Canada as a premiere on Friday, February 11 at 8 p.m. ET. Oddly, despite the primetime premiere, Corus Entertainment neglected to mention Power Ranger Samurai in their February highlights entirely. Samurai will be the first series since 2001′s Time Force to not air on Family Channel in Canada. This is due to the change in ownership, originally going to Disney, and now back to Saban.

The press site Corus created gives the description of the series as:

Power Rangers Samurai, features action-filled storylines and a new cast of Rangers, never-before-seen villains, and follows five Rangers who must master the ancient Samurai Symbols of Power which give them control over the elements of Fire, Water, Sky, Forest and Earth. Under the guidance of their all-knowing Samurai mentor, Ji, and with the aid of their devoted animal Zords (Lion, Dragon, Ape, Turtle and Bear), they battle to save Earth from the dark forces of the Netherworld led by the evil Master Xandred.

Honestly, I don’t feel Nickelodeon Canada is a big enough venue for the series. But as I mentioned previously there isn’t really a suitable home for it.

Thanks to commentator Victor for pointing this out!

Power Rangers Samurai to air on Nickelodeon Canada?

Power Rangers Samurai

The acting in some of the show promos are about as good as my French...

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:

ReBoot Season 1 & 2 Complete Collection to be released March 1, 2011, Mainframe Collector’s Edition Detailed

Shout! Factory has announced a March 1, 2011 release date for their first ReBoot DVD release. The set will contain the first 23 episodes, which comprise the first and second season, and retail for $29.93. This set will be divided over 4 separate DVDs, and contain various extras, such as special commentary by producer Christopher Brough, designer and storyboard artist Blair Peters and animator Zeke Norton. The set for season three and four will be released later this year.

The Matrix of Leadership Edition

Later this year will also see another new ReBoot release, ReBoot: The Definitive Mainframe Edition Complete Series DVD box. The 9-DVD set will contain more than 18 hours which is the the entire series, and all the extra features the season sets include. On top of that the set will include a special 24-page collectible book and a limited-edition lenticular collectors card of Dot’s diner. This limited release will be available on March 1, 2011 Shout! Factory’s online store, before hitting mass retail later this year. This set is likely to set you back at least $70. Canadians interested should note that Shout! has a special $9.99 shipping rate, but due to some errors, this price will only apply if only one copy of just the complete collection is in your basket.

Evangelion 2.0: You May (Not) Be Able To See It In A Theatre Near You, But I Will

Get to see Shinji cry some more on the big screen once again!

The second film in the Rebuild of Evangelion series, Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance, will be released in Canadian cinemas via a deal put in place by Funimation and Cineplex in a limited engagement January 20, and 21 at 7PM. While the screen numbers aren’t as large as the run 1.0 got, the theatre count is still quite large:

1/20/11 AB Lethbridge Galaxy Cinemas Lethbridge
1/20/11 AB Calgary Scotiabank Theatre Chinook
1/20/11 AB Calgary SilverCity CrossIron Mills Cinemas & XSCAPE Entertainment Centre
1/20/11 AB Calgary Empire Studio 16 Country Hills
1/20/11 AB Edmonton Cineplex Odeon South Edmonton Cinemas
1/20/11 AB Edmonton Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton
1/20/11 AB Edmonton Empire City Centre 9 Cinemas
1/20/11 BC Nanaimo Galaxy Cinemas Nanaimo
1/20/11 BC Victoria SilverCity Victoria Cinemas
1/20/11 BC Burnaby SilverCity Metropolis Cinemas
1/20/11 BC Coquitlam SilverCity Coquitlam Cinemas
1/20/11 BC Richmond SilverCity Riverport Cinemas
1/20/11 BC Vancouver Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas
1/20/11 BC Vancouver Empire Oakridge Cinemas
1/20/11 MB Winnipeg SilverCity Polo Park Cinemas
1/20/11 NB Fredericton Empire Studio 10 Regent Mall
1/20/11 NB Moncton Empire 8 Trinity Drive
1/20/11 NB Saint John Empire Studio 10
1/20/11 NL St. John’s Empire Studio 12
1/20/11 NS Sydney Empire Studio 10
1/20/11 NS Halifax Empire Theatres Bayers Lake
1/20/11 ON Barrie Galaxy Cinemas Barrie
1/20/11 ON Kingston Cineplex Odeon Gardiners Road Cinemas
1/20/11 ON London SilverCity London Cinemas
1/20/11 ON North Bay Galaxy Cinemas North Bay
1/20/11 ON Windsor SilverCity Windsor Cinemas
1/20/11 ON Niagara Falls Cineplex Odeon Niagara Square Cinemas
1/20/11 ON Ottawa SilverCity Gloucester Cinemas
1/20/11 ON Clarington Cineplex Odeon Clarington Place Cinemas
1/20/11 ON Ancaster SilverCity Ancaster Cinemas
1/20/11 ON Brantford Galaxy Cinemas Brantford
1/20/11 ON Burlington SilverCity Burlington Cinemas
1/20/11 ON Guelph Galaxy Cinemas Guelph
1/20/11 ON Waterloo Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo
1/20/11 ON Brampton SilverCity Brampton Cinemas
1/20/11 ON Markham Cineplex Odeon First Markham Place Cinemas
1/20/11 ON Mississauga Empire Studio 10 at Square One
1/20/11 ON North York SilverCity Fairview Mall Cinemas
1/20/11 ON Oshawa Cineplex Odeon Oshawa Cinemas
1/20/11 ON Richmond Hill SilverCity Richmond Hill Cinemas
1/20/11 ON Scarborough Coliseum Scarborough Cinemas
1/20/11 ON Toronto Cineplex Odeon Queensway Cinemas
1/20/11 ON Toronto Scotiabank Theatre Toronto
1/20/11 QC Montreal Cinéma Banque Scotia Montréal (Scotiabank Theatre Montreal)
1/20/11 QC Hull Cinéma Starcité Gatineau (StarCite Hull)
1/20/11 QC Quebec City Cinéma Cineplex Odeon Ste-Foy
1/20/11 SK Regina Galaxy Cinemas Regina
1/20/11 SK Saskatoon Galaxy Cinemas Saskatoon
1/21/11 ON Toronto Famous Players Canada Square Cinemas

Please stay tuned to Funimation’s Eva portal to see if any theatre near you is added, or check out Cineplex’s page. Funimation is adivising those who don’t have a nearby theatre showing, to demand on via Eventful.com.

The Hub series finds homes in Canada this January, Teletoon picks up the good stuff

It's good, I promise! Although Prime's lips are pretty freaky...

This January Teletoon surprises me with some interesting programming acquistions. We knew Corus and Hasbro had entered a deal for Hub programming in Canada, but come January 9, these new additions weren’t exactly things I expected to see on Teletoon, well except Generator Rex. Rex is a Cartoon Network original, and that was going no where but Teletoon. Generator Rex is also the first of the new additions to premiere on Teletoon’s Sunday Morning Action Force at 11AM:

New series Generator Rex follows the exploits of an adolescent named Rex who can grow machines out of his body. When he is recruited into a top-secret organization called Providence, Rex uses his unique powers to defeat the EVOs, an evil breed of monsters who have mutated from normal humans and animals.

Transformers Prime premieres at 12PM, and unlike the Hub broadcast, it appears the series will air the 5 part mini-series event weekly. Which should put it in a simultaneous launch week when new episodes of Prime resume on the Hub in February.

GI Joe: Renegades follows at 12:30PM, and probably won’t get cool commercials like this.

Transformers Prime breathes new life into the classic battle between Autobots and Decepticons. In an attempt to protect the earth and its people, Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and the rest of the Autobots face off against Megatron and his evil Decepticons once again. Another classic 1980s series is revamped for a new generation in G.I. Joe Renegades, a new series that sees a group of young G.I.s face off against the evil Cobra Industries.

The three series join the Action Force along with new episodes of Marvel Super Hero Squad, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, and Hot Wheels Battle Force 5.

Transformers Prime marks the first occasion in the franchise’s modern history where YTV isn’t the broadcaster. YTV premiered every Transformers animated series since 1995′s Beast Wars (known as Beasties on the channel) to 2007′s Transformers Animated. Since then, the original 1984 Transformers cartoon has aired on Teletoon Retro. Previously, GI Joe series have aired on YTV, however, last year the older youth aimed GI Joe: Resolute aired on Teletoon. Like Transformers, the 1980′s incarnation of GI Joe also aired on Teletoon Retro.

Thanks to Anime-Ash for pointing this out in the forums.

Update: Thanks to Mohji for pointing this out in the comment section, but the rest of The Hub’s launch original animated programming have been given broadcasters, and a premiere set for January.

YTV plays it safe, and only picks up Pound Puppies, the Erci McCormack starred show based on the animal toyline of the same name. This show premeires in a timeslot that makes me question if it’s on the right channel. Pound Puppies premieres on YTV’s Playtime (preschool aimed) block on Tuesday, January 4 at 12PM.

Stemming from the original 1980s cartoon and toy line by Tonka, Pound Puppies follows the adventures of a group of seemingly average dogs in a city pound, who in reality are part of an underground secret society whose goal is to find loving homes for pets. Led by a wily charmer of a mutt named Lucky (Eric McCormack), the series follows this fearless group of dogs called the Pound Puppies as they outsmart their human wardens who never figure out what they’re saying. This 26-episode half-hour 2D-animated series produced by Canada’s 9 Story Entertainment and Hasbro Studios in the U.S. also features the voice of Betty White and premieres during YTV’s Playtime block on Tuesday, January 4 at 12 p.m.

"I LIKED THIS SHOW BETTER WHEN IT WAS CALLED MIRACLE KOALA"


YTV also announces a premiere date for a new animated series called Almost Naked Animals. Can you say “We’re so Nick we even want to try to make our own Nicktoons?”, I know I can. The show premieres January 8 at 9:30AM in Crunch.

This fast-paced 2D-animated comedy follows a cast of shaved, underwear-clad animals who live in a beachfront hotel called The Copabanana. Managed by a hyper, fun-loving canine called Howie and his misfit friends Octo, Bunny, Narwhal, Duck, Sloth and Piggy, the hotel is well known for offering its guests an atmosphere of mayhem, destruction and general debauchery. But it’s not always fun and games at the hotel as Howie’s over-achieving sister and manager of the competing high-end Chateau Chattoo is desperate to take over The Copabanana from her incompetent brother. Produced in Canada by 9 Story Entertainment in association with YTV, this 26-episode half-hour series stars the voice of comedian Sean Cullen and premieres during YTV’s cartoon block CRUNCH hosted by Andy on Saturday, January 8 at 9:30 a.m.

Elsewhere on YTV, they’ve rebranded the Sunday night movie block formerly known as ZAPX as Big Fun Movies, leaving Saturday the only day without the Big Fun taint.

Treehouse gets in on the action and picks up Lauren Faust’s (Foster’s Home For Imaginary People, Powerpuff Girls, etc.) and Studio B’s (Class of Titans, Being Ian, etc.) My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and Nelvana’s own original Hub series, The Adventures of Chuck the Truck.

Looks like Panty & Stocking, 100% better than Panty & Stocking.

Based on Hasbro’s iconic 1980s My Little Pony franchise, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic takes on a new look in this animated series created by Lauren Faust (The Powerpuff Girls). Set in the magical land of Equestria, a kingdom inhabited by colourful ponies, Twilight Sparkle, a studious pony with magical powers, is given the important task of making new friends. On her journey to the quaint fairytale village of Ponyville, Twilight Sparkle meets five new ponies who take her on all sorts of exciting adventures and teach her about the powerful magic of friendship. Produced by Hasbro Studios and Studio B Productions My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic premieres Monday, January 3 at 6 p.m.

Previous incarnations of My Little Pony have aired on Teletoon, and there isn’t anything truly “preschool” about the title to warrant a Treehouse broadcast, but hey, I don’t working at programming at Corus Entertainment.

Produced by Hasbro Studios in association with Nelvana Studio, The Adventures of Chuck and Friends is a fast-paced, high-energy animated series based on the original Tonka toy, Chuck the Truck. Preschoolers can follow this curious, smart and adventurous truck named Chuck, whose imagination is fuelled by every visitor that pulls into the truck stop where Chuck lives. With the help of his pals Digger, Boomer, Rowdy, Soku, Biggs and Handy, Chuck turns all of his fantasies into reality. This 26-episode half-hour animated series premieres Wednesday, January 5 at 6 p.m.

Nick Canada also picks up the underwelming Planet Sheen, and T.U.F.F. Puppy (seriously, what with all the animal shows all of a sudden?). To view their premiere dates head over to this press release of Corus’ website, where you can also see some odd movie pickups.

It does appear no one is biting on Hasbro’s Family Game Night, not surprising since YTV tried that a few years back with Game Gurus, and failed (am I the only one who hoped that would be a new video game news magazine series ala Gamerz back in the day?). I suspect RL Stine’s The Haunting Hour will eventually find its way up here.

Toronto television legend Mark Dailey passes away at 57

When people think of Citytv, there’s a saying they directly associate with it, “Citytv… everywhere”, and Mark Dailey was the voice behind that saying. The Citytv Toronto 11PM news host was the voice of the channel for almost its entire history, and to many, he was the voice of the city. Which is understandable, as his deep yet gentle voice welcomed viewers to a variety of City’s programming, from their movies, to as mentioned before, the news casts. He also leant his voice to a variety of characters in the animation world, such as Brad Best in Beyblade, Rokusho in Medabots, and Crag in the Ripping Friends. He lost second battle with cancer this afternoon. Television in Toronto will never be quite the same.

CBC News – Canada – Mark Dailey of Citytv dies of Cancer

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