Toronto, ON – 24 November 2015 – This December, Family Jr. takes construction to new heights with the premiere of the CGI-animated series Bob the Builder. Debuting Saturday, December 5 at 11:30 a.m. ET, the newly-revamped show follows Bob and his machines as they work together to overcome various challenges to get the job done. An early gift to viewers this holiday season, the series kicks off an entire month of festive programming filled with snowy specials and marvelous merry-thons for youngsters and their families.
There’s no skyscraper too tall, or treehouse too small for Bob the Builder and his machine team who are ready to tackle any project. As they hammer out the solutions that lead to a job well done, Bob and the Can-Do Crew demonstrate the power of positive-thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and follow-through. Most importantly, from start to finish, the team always shows that the fun is in getting it done. A reconstructed version of the beloved preschool series, Bob the Builder continues the tradition of telling fun and interesting stories with exciting characters, relatable locations and an aspirational hero. In this newly renovated edition, viewers can look forward to meeting new faces; a new home in the bustling metropolis of Spring City; and a refreshed feel with CGI-animation. Following the series premiere, new episodes will air regularly weekend mornings at 11:30 a.m. ET.
The construction continues at FamilyJr.ca where kids can learn more about the series, print off character-based colouring sheets and activities and beginning December 13, watch full episodes. Family Jr. OnDemand will also offer new episodes as they become available weekly beginning December 7.
The first premiere of the holiday season, Bob the Builder sets in motion a flurry of seasonal programming over the course of the month. On Saturday, December 12 at 6 p.m. ET, Family Jr. keeps spirits bright with the premiere of Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas. The heartwarming movie follows George and The Man with The Yellow Hat as they embark on an incredible adventure in search of the perfect gift. Ushering in the festive flick is a blizzardy episode of Curious George at 5:30 p.m. ET where the country house gets covered with snow.
Counting down to Christmas Day, Family Jr. presents The 12 Days of Thomas, a programming event featuring new winter episodes of Thomas & Friends weekdays at 6:30 p.m. ET and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. ET. The frosty fun begins on Monday, December 14 and includes the debut of Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue on Saturday, December 19 at 6 p.m. ET, a fast-paced full-length special for the entire family.
From Monday, December 21 – Friday, January 1 the network celebrates the holiday season with popular movies airing weekdays at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET, followed by mini-marathons from the network’s top shows. Series include: Kate & Mim-Mim, Julius Jr., Justin Time, Tickety Toc, Little Einsteins, Lalaloopsy, Curious George, Special Agent Oso, Thomas & Friends, Henry Hugglemonster, Stella and Sam, Franny’s Feet, Bananas in Pyjamas and Playdate. On Friday, January 1, kids won’t want to miss five back-to-back episodes of Bob the Builder starting at 11:30 a.m.ET. Bob the Builder is produced by HIT Entertainment with animation services provided by Canadian based digital animation company Mainframe, a division of Rainmaker Entertainment.
Family Jr.’s SVOD services are also getting into the holiday spirit with much of the aforementioned programming available on Family OnDemand and Family Jr. Online, and select episodes available on FamilyJr.ca. Additionally, the network is currently available on Free Preview so families across Canada can enjoy the robust programming lineup together throughout the holidays.
Family Jr. is a commercial-free channel available to English-language subscribers across Canada. Committed to capturing young minds and engaging young hearts, Family Jr., and its complementary French service, Télémagino, inspires imagination and make-believe at every turn with renowned Canadian series and popular preschool brands. Ensuring access is available to subscribers when they want it, where they want it, Family Jr. is also available through Family Jr. OnDemand and Family Jr. Online at no additional cost. Visit us at FamilyJr.ca.
About DHX Television
DHX TV is comprised of Family Channel, Family CHRGD, Family Jr. and Télémagino, and is part of DHX Media Ltd., a leading creator, producer, marketer and broadcaster of family entertainment. Dedicated to celebrating family fun, DHX Television delivers best-in-class programming through premium subscriptions and its original production mandate, and creates and produces captivating in-market events that appeal to Canadian families. DHX Television is home to world-renowned series including The Next Step, Degrassi: Next Class and Teletubbies. DHX Media Ltd. has offices globally, and is traded on the NASDAQ and Toronto Stock Exchange.
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