COMPETITION AMPS UP ON FAMILY AS THE X FACTOR AND TOP CHEF JUNIOR RETURN
ALL-NEW ANIMATED SERIES MEGA MAN: FULLY CHARGED BLASTS ONTO FAMILY CHRGD
PINT-SIZED ADVENTURES ARRIVE ON FAMILY JR. WITH NEW EPISODES OF POLLY POCKET
Toronto, 28 August, 2018 – DHX Television’s suite of channels have something for everyone this fall as exciting new series and returning fan-favourites join the September schedule. Family Channel faces the music with the return of singing competition The X Factor and heads back to the kitchen for a new season of Top Chef Junior. Meanwhile, Family CHRGD is locked and loaded for action-packed adventures with the new animated series Mega Man: Fully Charged, and Family Jr. proves that a little can-do attitude can go a long way, with new episodes of Polly Pocket.
Below is a detailed listing of series featured in DHX Television’s September schedule. All programming is subject to change. High-resolution images for all networks are available at DHX Television’s Media Centre.
Family Channel – All Times ET/PT
The X Factor – New Season – Weekends at 7 p.m. beginning September 8
It’s an all-new direction for singing competition series The X Factor as singer/songwriter Louis Tomlinson (One Direction), and superstar husband and wife duo Robbie Williams and Ayda Field, join music mogul Simon Cowell on the judging panel. Dermot O’Leary returns as host.
The Next Step – New Season – Weekends at 4:30 p.m. beginning September 29
Leaping back onto Family Channel for its sixth season, The Next Step returns in an epic two-day premiere event. The new season debuts with two back-to-back episodes on Saturday, September 29 at 4 p.m. and continues with two more on Sunday, September 30 at 4 p.m. New faces joining the cast include: Sage Linder as Summer, Liam Mackie as Finn, Emmerly Tinglin as Kenzie, Katie Ortencio as Lily, and Berkeley Ratzlaff as Davis.
Top Chef Junior – Season Premiere – Tuesday, October 2 at 8 p.m.
Vanessa Lachey and celebrity chef Curtis Stone are back to host a new season of Top Chef Junior. The cooking competition series sees 12 kid chefs battle it out in the kitchen for the chance to win $50,000 and the coveted title of “Top Chef Junior.” For the first two weeks, new episodes will air Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. The series moves to its regular timeslot, Wednesdays at 8 p.m., on October 17.
American Ninja Warrior Junior – New Series – Mondays at 8 p.m. beginning October 15
Fans of the original series won’t want to miss this adrenaline-fueled spin-off, featuring kid contestants taking on the iconic course. The courses will feature popular Ninja Warrior obstacles, including: Sonic Swing, Tic Toc, Spin Cycle, and the Warped Wall. Olympic gold medal gymnast Laurie Hernandez co-hosts alongside American Ninja Warrior’s Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila.
Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh – New Series – Weekdays at 4:30 p.m. beginning September 3
Picking up where the hit DreamWorks Animation film left off, this zany animated comedy follows fearless Tip, and oddball Oh, as they navigate the crazily combined human and alien culture they live in.
Lego Friends: Girls on a Mission – New Series – Weekdays at 4:45 p.m. beginning September 3
Heartlake City is the beloved home of teenage best friends Emma, Olivia, Stephanie, Andrea and Mia. They’re cool and friendly girls with a lot of heart, on a mission to make their city, and the world, a better place to be.
Other series joining the lineup include: the hilarious reality competition, Wipeout, premiering Monday, September 3 at 7 p.m.; R.L. Stine’s chilling anthology, The Haunting Hour, airing Friday – Sunday at 9 p.m. beginning September 7; animated comedy, Supernoobs, airing weekdays at 4:15 p.m. beginning September 3; and the heartwarming family drama, Parenthood, airing Tuesday-Thursday at 9 p.m. beginning September 18.
Family CHRGD – All Times ET
Mega Man: Fully Charged – New Series – Weekends at 8:30 a.m. beginning September 8
Aki Light is a normal, upbeat, schoolboy robot with nano-core technology that allows him to transform into the mega-powered hero, Mega Man! With his Mega Buster arm cannon and iconic helmet, Mega Man battles the wickedest villains Silicon City has to offer.
Dragons: Race to the Edge – New Season – Weekends at 8:55 a.m. beginning September 8
The high‐stakes adventures continue as Toothless, Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel, Letterkenny) and the gang advance in their hunt for Viggo, Ryker and their expanded Dragon Hunter army. Along the way, the Riders encounter new dragons, a seemingly reformed Dagur, an underground Dragon Fighting arena, and learn some surprising secrets about Viggo!
Zak Storm – New Episodes – Sundays at 9:20 a.m. beginning September 9
While trying to win a surfing competition, Zak Storm gets swept away into the Bermuda Triangle. Once inside, he joins forces with a ragtag crew and discovers a magical sword, Calabrass, which turns him into a pirate-like hero. It’s up to Zak to learn how to master the powers of his enchanted sword and figure out how to defeat the fiercest pirate that ever lived, the evil Skullivar.
Massive Monster Mayhem – Labour Day Special Event – Monday, September 4 beginning at 8 a.m.
Fans of the out-of-this-world competition series won’t want to miss this massive marathon filled with crazy antics, awesome battles and full out mayhem. Jam-packed with 20 back-to-back episodes, this epic event also includes two action-packed specials featuring the monsters in never-before-seen ways.
Family Jr. – All Times ET
Curious George – New Season – Mondays at 6:25 a.m. beginning September 3
Everyone’s favourite monkey swings onto Family Jr. for a whole new season of mischievous fun! George loves to play and learn new things, even though it sometimes gets him into trouble. Luckily, his patient and caring friend, The Man in the Yellow Hat, is there to save the day.
Bob the Builder – New Season – Mondays at 1:30 p.m. beginning September 3
Bob and his crew are back for more big builds and this season, there are a few surprises in store! Leo takes more of a leading role working with the team; Bob’s father appears in a flashback origins episode; and three new characters join the team: Picksy, a charming but rough-and-tumble cherry picker, Rocky, the tiny but hard-working compact loader, and Norm, a giant tunnel drilling machine.
Polly Pocket – New Episodes Throughout September – Sundays at 6:05 p.m.
When Polly Pocket inherits a magic heirloom locket that allows her to shrink to four inches tall, she embraces her pocket-sized powers and finds the upside of shrinking is big fun for her and her best friends.
Kody Kapow – New Episodes Throughout September – Mondays at 7:40 a.m.
Aspiring martial arts-style superhero Kody spends the summer in China learning ancient lessons from his grandfather, Master Li. Together, with his super-spy cousin Mei, and tiger friend Goji, Kody aims to protect their village from their chaos-causing nemesis, Mogo Monkey No Go!
Grizzy & The Lemmings – New Episodes Throughout September – Weekdays at 7:15 a.m.
In a vast natural reserve in Canada, there is a small haven of human civilization: the forest ranger’s house. Because he is at the top of the food chain, Grizzy feels it’s only natural that the ranger’s house becomes his territory as soon as its owner is away. No other animal dares to contest this bear’s privilege, except one – the Lemmings – who also move into the house as soon as the ranger is gone.
In addition to all the great shows arriving on Family Jr. this fall, preschoolers will love the Popcorn Parade – marvelous movies airing every Saturday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. throughout September. Popular titles include: Barbie & Her Sisters in the Great Puppy Adventure, Babe, Air Buddies and Air Bud World Pup. It’s the perfect opportunity to curl up on the couch during those chilly fall days!
The majority of programming debuting as part of DHX Television’s Fall schedule will also be available on The Family Channel App as well as each channel’s respective OnDemand service. Viewers can also visit Family.ca, FamilyJr.ca and CHRGD.ca for more information on new series, new specials and new games throughout the fall.
Family Channel offers the best in family television entertainment in a premium, high-definition, multiplatform environment. Dedicated to celebrating family life and providing a daily vacation for Canadian families, Family airs a unique mix of top-rated Canadian and acquired series, movies and specials. Family Channel subscribers have access to The Family Channel App, Family OnDemand and Family Online at no additional cost, to see hit movies and series when they want them, where they want them. Visit us at Family.ca.
Family CHRGD is a multiplatform digital specialty network that features animated and live-action programming. Designed to surprise and entertain young viewers, Family CHRGD showcases series, movies and specials that will blow kids’ minds and keep boredom at bay. Ensuring access is available to subscribers when they want it, where they want it, Family CHRGD is also available through Family CHRGD OnDemand and Family CHRGD Online at no additional cost. Visit us at CHRGD.ca.
Family Jr. is a premium, multiplatform 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 Television is composed 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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