qubo, a 24/7 digital TV brand airing value- and literacy-focused kids programming announced its new lineup for fall 2007, starting Oct. 6. With new episodes that emphasize qubo's mission of providing family-friendly content that encourages children's literacy, positive values, imagination and more, the roster features new series like POSTMAN PAT and MY FRIEND RABBIT, as well as returning favorites, including VEGGIETALES, DRAGON, JACOB-TWO-TWO and JANE AND THE DRAGON.
Now entering its second year, qubo can be found on NBC on Saturday mornings, ION Television Friday afternoons, Telemundo weekends and seven-days a week on qubo's digital channel and a highly interactive online component, www.qubo.com.
One of the newest members of the qubo family is POSTMAN PAT, making its U.S. network television debut on qubo this fall. POSTMAN PAT (produced by Cosgrove Hall Films) is one of the top-rated shows airing on the BBC and CBeebies. Postman Pat invites viewers to join him as he sets off each morning to deliver the mail to his neighbors in the town of Greendale. Everyone in town knows Postman Pat, and his loyal sidekick, Jess the Cat, as they leave a lasting impression and help provide timeless lessons about neighborliness and community.
Also coming to qubo is MY FRIEND RABBIT, a new series inspired by the popular book by Eric Rohmann. Produced by Nelvana, this series captures the unique spirit and charm of Rohmann's book as it lets young viewers into the world of Rabbit and his best friend, Mouse. Together, they try to find the end of rainbows, turn the moon on and off, play Follow the Leader with their geese friends, the Gibble Girls, and learn about life from a menagerie of friends that includes alligators, rhinos and more.
Series returning with new episodes are VEGGIETALES, JANE AND THE DRAGON, 3-2-1 PENGUINS! and DRAGON. Coming soon are more VEGGIETALES episodes featuring the fun-filled adventures of Bob the tomato, Larry the cucumber and their veggie friends (who have their own movie coming out soon). DRAGON, the series provided by Scholastic, features a big, blue friendly dragon who first appeared on the pages of the popular book series of the same name, written by award-winning children's author Dav Pilkey (of CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS fame). Viewers can also look forward to more of the daring interplanetary adventures of 3-2-1 PENGUINS!, as well as new medieval adventures with a knight-in-training and her special companion in JANE AND THE DRAGON. The series co-produced by Weta Prods. and Nelvana.
All of qubo's shows are associated with popular children's books. Throughout the programming block there will continue to be positive messages reinforcing early literacy through interstitials produced by Scholastic.
The new qubo fall season schedule will begin airing on NBC on Oct. 6 at 10:00 am (ET/PT, check local listings for exact times). The programming block airs Fridays on ION Television from 3-6:00 pm (ET/PT) and Telemundo on Saturdays and Sundays from 8-9:30 am (ET/PT). The programming also airs on the qubo digital network that launched in January 2007.
"qubo launched last fall with the mission of bringing together the world's premier kids entertainment companies to provide a safe place for youngsters to enjoy family-friendly programming that stresses imagination and literacy," said Rick Rodriguez, president/gm of qubo. "The very enthusiastic response we've gotten from parents, kids and families tells us that we are meeting our goal, and we are excited to bring more new shows to our audience."
Formed in 2006, quo is an unprecedented alliance of leading distribution partners and content players in children's television, including Scholastic, ION Media Networks, NBC Universal, Corus Ent. and Classic Media/Big Idea, qubo offers dynamic content in multiple environments. Currently broadcast on NBC Saturday mornings, ION TV network Fridays afternoons and Telemundo weekend mornings (check local listings) qubo also includes a 24/7 digital broadcast channel and website, www.qubo.com.