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Corus Buys New 'Power Rangers Samurai' Series

Canadian broadcaster buys new and archive episodes of Power Rangers franchise.

TORONTO -- Refreshing the 1990s Power Rangers franchise, Corus Entertainment has picked up the new Power Rangers Samurai kids TV series from distributor MarVista Entertainment for the Canadian cable market.

Corus’ Nickelodeon Canada cable channel will air the new half-hour series from Friday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m., four days after the primetime kids series bows on Nickelodeon Stateside.

The U.S.-based Nickelodeon channel earlier acquired the rights to the Power Rangers franchise after it was bought back from Walt Disney by Haim Saban’s Saban Capital Group.

Power Rangers Samurai features a new cast of Rangers who must master the ancient Samurai Symbols of Power which give them control over the elements of Fire, Water, Sky, Forest and Earth.

Corus’ Teletoon French-language channel will also air the new Power Rangers kids series later this spring.

The agreement between Corus and MarVista includes library episodes of the 1990s Power Rangers franchise to air on English and French language versions of Teletoon Retro north of the border.

The Canadian deal follows an agreement between MarVista and Saban Brands to shop the international TV rights to the Power Rangers franchise.