The Hub unveils programming schedule
Discovery/Hasbro children's network to launch in October
NEW YORK -- Six originals, including a new animated "G.I. Joe" series, game show "Family Game Night" and a series from kids horror master R.L. Stine, as well as "Fraggle Rock" and the U.S. premiere of "Strawberry Shortcake" will be on the programming schedule of children's network The Hub when it launches in October.
Margaret Loesch, president and CEO of the joint venture between Discovery Communications and toy giant Hasbro, made the announcement, which also included seven U.S. premieres, on Monday.
The channel also detailed its previously mentioned programming blocks. They consist of a pre-school (ages 2-5) block from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., a 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Kids Afternoon/Kids Prime block (ages 6-12) and "Family Prime Access" (6 p.m-7 p.m.) and Family Prime (7 p.m.-11 p.m.).
"I'm delighted with the caliber of programming -- which includes some beloved and popular brands -- that we are bringing to the network's new lineup," said Loesch. "At The Hub, viewers will find consistently entertaining, empowering and enriching programs, including programs designed to educate young viewers and their parents."
Monday's programming additions join The Hub's previously announced original series "Transformers Prime" and "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic," both from Hasbro Studios and based on Hasbro brands.
The original Hub series added Monday are:
* "Dan Vs."
About Dan, "a loveable misanthrope who, along with his reluctant sidekick Chris, haphazardly seeks revenge against the frustrations of modern life that -- whether in reality or in his imagination -- conspire against him."
* "Family Game Night"
Hour-long game show, in which kids and adults play for points and prizes as teams. Games are based on such Hasbro classics as Cranium, Bop-It! and Connect 4.
* "G.I. Joe Renegades"
The animated series explores the origins of the elite fighting force and their nemesis, the Cobra organization.
* "Pound Puppies"
Teams of dogs must find homes for puppies in need.
* "R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour"
A half-hour live-action anthology series based on and inspired by the master of kid horror.
* "The 99"
Based on a comic book, the animated series follows the adventures of superhero characters who must work together to maximize their powers. Each member of The 99 embodies one of 99 global values.
U.S. premieres added by The Hub Monday include:
* "Animal Mechanicals"
It is described as "an action/adventure series for preschoolers that combines the excitement of monster truck rallies with the fantastic world of mythical, transforming animals on cool quests."
* "Cosmic Quantum Ray"
CGI-animated comedy-action-adventure series about "an elite, eccentric team of intergalactic heroes that saves the Universe almost every day."
* "Deltora Quest"
52-episode anime series about The Shadow Lord, an evil sorcerer who has taken over the kingdom of Deltora by destroying a magical object.
* "Family Movie Night"
Special presentations of films with family appeal.
* "Fraggle Rock"
Jim Henson classic.
* "Meerkat Manor"
With documentary footage and narration, it tells the story of the Whiskers, one of more than a dozen families of meerkats.
* "Strawberry Shortcake"
The brand for girls in CGI-animated form.
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