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Family Channel Premieres Handy Manny Season 3

stral Media’s Family Channel presents the Canadian premiere of the third season of Handy Manny on Saturday, December 5 at 7:30 a.m. ET/PT.

Press Release from Astral Media

Toronto, December 3, 2009 – Astral Media’s Family Channel presents the Canadian premiere of the third season of Handy Manny on Saturday, December 5 at 7:30 a.m. ET/PT. The premiere of the third season of this viewer favourite starring Wilmer Valderrama airs as part of a Handy Manny marathon, beginning at 6:10 a.m. ET/PT, and will be available on Family OnDemand beginning Tuesday, January 5.

The third season of the Emmy-nominated series includes a stellar cast of guest stars. Joining Handy Manny in Season Three are Rosario Dawson as a marine biologist, Dale Earnhardt Jr. as a race car driver, Jim Belushi as a drawbridge operator and Giada De Laurentiis as the owner of a pizza parlour. Lance Bass returns in the recurring role of klutzy surfer dude, Elliot.

With his raucous set of talking tools, hardworking handyman Manny Garcia (voiced by Wilmer Valderrama) helps his neighbors by taking on their repair projects, no matter how big or small. Handy Manny is set in a multicultural, multi-generational community and follows a curriculum that models problem solving. In addition to imparting life lessons about working together, communication and setting goals, the series also teaches viewers Spanish words and phrases and exposes them to aspects of Latin culture. Handy Manny is available in over 135 countries and in 23 languages.

Starring with Wilmer Valderrama are Carlos Alazraqui as Felipe, Dee Bradley Baker as Turner, Grey Delisle as Flicker, Nika Futterman as Stretch and Squeeze, Tom Kenny as Mr. Lopart and Pat, Kath Soucie as Dusty, Fred Stoller as Rusty and Nancy Truman as Kelly.

Handy Manny Season 3 will premiere on Playhouse Disney on Sunday, December 6 at 9:30 a.m. ET/PT.

Family Channel is a premium, commercial-free network offering the best in family television entertainment in 6 million homes across Canada. Dedicated to celebrating family life and providing a fun experience for all, Family airs a unique mix of series, movies and specials, with a large portion of programming supplied by Disney. Family Channel also offers Family OnDemand in select areas, a Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) service that features hit Disney movies and series, top-rated Canadian series and Playhouse Disney programming. Visit us at Family.ca.

Family Channel is an Astral Television Networks. Astral Media is a leading Canadian media company, active in specialty and pay television, radio, outdoor advertising and interactive media. Astral Media's solid and dynamic presence in the country's major markets rests on its commitment to offer a unique combination of high-quality, targeted media for all its audiences. For more information about Astral Media, please visit www.astralmedia.com.

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