Playhouse Disney Announces Programming Lineup
October 24, 2007
Playhouse Disney, the new multiplex channel from Family Channel launching November 30, 2007, today announced its programming lineup for the fall 2007 and winter 2008 seasons. The channel will offer exclusive, first-run programs from Disney together with celebrated Canadian series to create an environment of fun and learning for younger children.
This fall and winter, Playhouse Disney will premiere three new series from Disney -- BUNNYTOWN, IMAGINATION MOVERS and SPECIAL AGENT OSO. These new series will premiere alongside other popular Disney series, including HANDY MANNY, MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE, JOHNNY AND THE SPRITES, MY FRIENDS TIGGER & POOH and LITTLE EINSTEINS.
"Adhering to a programming mandate of entertainment and education, the Disney preschool programming on Playhouse Disney is created using the 'The Whole Child Curriculum' developed by Dr. Howard Gardner, Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education," said Kevin Wright, Senior Vice President, Programming, Astral Television Networks. "This curriculum is based on the philosophy of multiple intelligences, which highlights seven different learning styles for young children -- physical, emotional, social, cognitive, metacognitive, creative/artistic, moral/ethical/spiritual. Each of the aforementioned Disney series uses one or more of these learning styles to communicate valuable lessons and learning to children."
Complementing the Disney programming will be award-winning Canadian series such as FRANNY'S FEET, HENRY'S WORLD, KATIE AND ORBIE, KING and a new season of THE SECRET WORLD OF BENJAMIN BEAR.
Rounding out the Playhouse Disney schedule will be such programs as ALADDIN, BEAR IN THE BIG BLUE HOUSE, BUZZ LIGHTYEAR OF THE STAR COMMAND, HIGGLYTOWN HEROES, JOJO'S CIRCUS and DISNEY'S LITTLE MERMAID.