- 29 new tween programs sure to keep Family #1 with kids 9-14 - Astral Media’s Family Channel will continue its
- 29 new tween programs sure to keep Family #1 with kids 9-14 -
Astral Media’s Family Channel will continue itsNever a Dull Moment promise in the 2005-2006 television season with the debut of 11 new series, new seasons of five returning series, and 13 new original movies – all targeted to tweens.
“Family’s forte is commissioning and acquiring programming that realistically and humourously depicts life as a kid,” said Joe Tedesco, VP and General Manager, Family Channel. “This live-action comedy focus is what has made Family the number one network with kids 9-14 for two consecutive years*.”
Live-action comedy highlights for the 2005-2006 season include the new Canadian series Naturally, Sadie and Life With Derek; returning series Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, Phil of the Future, That’s So Raven and Zoey 101; and the new original movies Go Figure, Now You See It… and Life is Ruff.
*Source: Nielsen Media Research; English Language Cable Households, all networks, specialty or conventional, U.S. or Canadian (Sept. 1, 2003 – June 5, 2005)
NEW CANADIAN ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING:
Life With Derek
New siblings of a blended marriage, 15-year-olds Casey (Ashley Leggat) and Derek (Michael Seater), battle it out in a take-no-prisoners fight for control of their house, their school and their world.
In her quest to understand her junior-high world, 13-year-old aspiring naturalist Sadie Hawthorne (Charlotte Arnold) employs the scientific method she uses to observe animals to understanding teenaged behaviour – as if that were possible!
NEW ACQUIRED SERIES :
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
Outrageous shenanigans ensue when 12-year-old twin boys Zack (Dylan Sprouse) and Cody (Cole Sprouse) turn the upscale Boston hotel where they live into their own personal playground.
Energetic and fun, identical twin-girl hosts administer a weekly dose of celebrity medicine in this weekly star-studded movie and entertainment show for kids.
Disney’s Brandy & Mr. Whiskers
Brandy, a pampered pooch (Kaley Cuoco, 8 Simple Rules) and Mr. Whiskers, an excitable, offbeat rabbit (Charlie Adler, Rugrats), forge a friendship while surviving their comical misadventures after falling out of an airplane into the Amazon.
Disney’s The Buzz on Maggie
A fun-loving tween fly named Maggie ruffles antennae with her inspired antics as she devises ways to make her everyday life fresh and exciting.
Disney’s The Emperor’s New School
A spoiled teen named Kuzco must survive Incan public school and pass all of his classes so that he can officially become Emperor.
The real meets the surreal for high school students Abby, Beth, Kevin and Harold as they deal not only with their everyday existence, but also the weird, inexplicable, bizarre and ever-changing phenomena that afflicts their town each week.
Power Rangers: Mystic Force
In the 14th edition of the world’s most popular kids’ franchise, five teens skilled in the art of spell casting demonstrate the importance of working together as a team.
Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!
Featuring the voice talent of Mark Hamill and Corey Feldman, a kid named Chiro leads a team of five monkey robots to save their city from the evil Skeleton King and his legion of bizarre monsters.
The W.I.T.C.H. girls, Will, Irma, Taranee, Cornelia and Hay-Lin, are five normal teenage girls coping with everyday teen dramas… until they discover their destiny as magical guardians of another world – the troubled kingdom of Meridian.
Disney’s American Dragon: Jake Long (Season 2)
Thirteen-year-old skateboarder Jake Long continues to learn about his mystical dragon powers as protector and guardian of magical creatures.
Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide (Season 2)
Seventh-grader Ned Bigby (Devon Werkheiser) offers more insightful tips for surviving junior high school as he and pals navigate in and out of their wacky predicaments.
Phil of the Future (Season 2)
Phil Diffy (Ricky Ullman) keeps trying to adapt to present-day suburbia after his family’s time machine breaks down, leaving them stranded years away from home.
That’s So Raven (Season 4)
Raven, the otherwise ordinary teen with the extraordinary ability to foresee snippets of the future, continues getting into trouble when she falsely interprets her visions.
Zoey 101 (Season 2)
Zoey (Jamie Lynn Spears) and the girls continue to make their presence known at the previously all-boys boarding school, Pacific Coast Academy.
NEW ORIGINAL MOVIES (Disney Channel & ABC Family) :
Set in New Mexico, two teenage boys – a rebellious Navajo (Simon R. Baker) and a newly relocated Chicagoan (Reiley McClendon) – struggle to get past their differences to forge a friendship and preserve the region’s Navajo traditions.
A determined teenage girl who dreams of becoming a championship figure skater can’t find a proper trainer – unless you count a hockey coach.
High School Confidential
A clever girl with an acerbic wit (Christy Carlson Romano, Disney’s Kim Possible) enters clique hell at a new school when she goes from urban to suburban with her single mom (Katey Sagal, 8 Simple Rules).
I Do, They Don’t
Real-life couple Josie Bissett (Melrose Place) and Rob Estes (Melrose Place) star in this comedy about what happens when two totally different families are brought together by marriage.
Now You See It…
During the filming of a kids' reality TV show in search of the world's greatest kid magician, an ambitious student producer, Allyson Miller (Alyson Michalka, Phil of the Future), discovers a young magician, Danny Sinclair (Johnny Pacar, American Dreams), who has incredible powers.
The Proud Family Movie
The Proud family vacations on a rather mysterious island in this television movie based on the comedy series that follows the adventures of 14-year-old Penny Proud.
Inspired by actual events, Maddie Dolan (Hayden Panettiere, Raising Helen) goes on a week-long U.S. Navy operation for sailors’ families to convince her father, Commander Gary Dolan (Bill Pullman, While You Were Sleeping), to end his Navy career and become a full-time dad. But while on board, the events of September 11, 2001, occur and the ship is called back to duty.
Life is Ruff
A fun-loving 13-year-old slacker must make-over a slobbering mutt in order to win a prestigious dog show. After some hilarious ordeals the dog ends up teaching the boy to appreciate the values of true friendship, responsibility and hard work.
Pizza My Heart
An age-old generational feud between two pizza-making Italian families spins out of control when romance strikes between a son and daughter on opposing sides in this modern-day Romeo and Juliet story.
The deception rocks on when a respectable 40-year-old banker and family man (Gary Cole, Office Space) – and former 80s heavy metal band lead singer – tries to reunite with the band for one final concert without revealing his former identity to his family and friends.
Romy and Michelle: In the Beginning
New high school graduates Romy (Katherine Heigl) and Michele (Alex Breckenridge) realize their dream of rubbing shoulders with the famous when they move to Hollywood. Paula Abdul guest stars.
Searching for David’s Heart
On the anniversary of her brother’s death, 16-year-old Darcy (Danielle Panabaker, Stuck in the Suburbs) decides to search for the only person who might help her understand David’s death: the recipient of his heart.
This Time Around
Mel (Carly Pope, Orange County), an up-and-coming publicist, falls for Drew (Brian A. Green, Beverly Hills 90210), her client who, back in the eighth grade, tricked her into believing he cared for her.