TELETOON at Night Gives Sundays a Whole New Personality with Host Fred Kennedy
Press Release from TELETOON
“Fearless” Fred Kennedy to host TELETOON At Night’s Sunday night programming block beginning Sunday, October 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Toronto, Canada (October 4, 2010) – Sundays on TELETOON At Night – a programming block for older teens and adults – gets an extra punch of hilarity and absurdity this fall with the launch of TELETOON’s first-ever hosted block, Fred At Night. Featuring host Fred Kennedy (also known as Fearless Fred, 102.1 the Edge), Fred At Night airs every Sunday beginning Sunday, October 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
The post-10 p.m. block will include a series of eight hosted segments throughout TELETOON At Night’s exclusive Sunday night programming line-up of Robot Chicken, The Dating Guy, Archer and the TELETOON At Night Pilot Project. Fred will be hanging out with viewers over the course of the two-hour block, introducing series’ episodes for that night, sharing his views on the animation style, characters and storylines, and providing commentary on his many passions from music, comics and movies to technology, celebrities and current events. Periodically, Fred will also interview various show creators, fans and voice actors during the block.
“Fred At Night is a dream gig for me. It’s hard to believe that I actually have a job where I can rant about the things that I absolutely love like cartoons and comics,” said Fred Kennedy, Host of Fred At Night on TELETOON At Night. “I can’t wait to give my take on the Sunday night line-up, women I’d like to date like Tifa from Final Fantasy V11 or the life lessons I’ve learned from Star Wars.”
“The TELETOON At Night viewer craves edgy, smart comedy and wants to interact with people who share their appreciation for this kind of programming,” said Alan Gregg, Director, Original Content, TELETOON Canada inc. “Fred is the archetype of the typical TELETOON At Night viewer and along with his amazing store of animation, superhero and cartoon knowledge, he makes the perfect host to connect with this programming block’s audience and develop a community of like-minded viewers – both on-air and online.”
In addition to the on-air content, Fred At Night will produce and offer exclusive online content for teletoonatnight.com to further engage with TELETOON At Night viewers. Fred will create blog posts weekly; topics will include a regular video review of TELETOON At Night’s upcoming Saturday Night Movie, a “Top 5” video segment featuring a different theme each week, a blog series titled “She’s Too Good For You” focusing on Fred’s object of affection for the week and Fred’s review of the series’ weekly episodes. Viewers will also be able to follow and interact with Fred through social media networks including Twitter and Facebook.
Fred At Night is a TELETOON Original Production and will be produced in-house weekly in Toronto.
About Fred Kennedy
Fred Kennedy (also known as Fearless Fred) is the host of Fred At Night, a post-10 p.m. programming block featuring smart and witty adult-oriented programming on TELETOON At Night.
With a succesful career in radio and concurrently the host of the afternoon drive show on Toronto’s 102.1 the Edge, Fred makes his debut as a television host on Fred At Night, bringing with him his love of cartoons, superheroes and comics.
Born and raised in Nova Scotia in a military household, Fred spent his pre-teen years in Belgium and lived in a number of different cities across Canada. During his adolescence in Edmonton, Fred would tune in to Drive Time with Matt and Jake on 100.3 The Bear on his way home from school. Eight years later he wound up hosting that same time slot and renamed it Fearless Fred's Radio Extravaganza, a radio show which won him the Steve Young Broadcaster of the Year Award in March of 2009.
The attention he earned from the award led to an offer of hosting afternoon drive on 102.1 the Edge and he made the move to Toronto in fall 2009 with his wife and cat.
Fred has not only been dissecting cartoons since he was five years old, but he is an avid reader and writer of comic books, loves playing video games, has a very respectable t-shirt collection, enjoys cupcakes, and even trains his cat to rob banks.
Fred At Night Programming Line-Up
The following Fred At Night programming schedule beginning Sunday, October 17:
Robot Chicken (New Episodes*)
10 p.m. ET/PT
Old-school stop-motion animation and fast-paced satire are the hallmarks of this eclectic show created by Seth Green and Matt Senreich. Action figures find new life as players in frenetic sketch-comedy vignettes that skewer TV, movies, music and celebrity.
*New Episodes begin January 2011
The Dating Guy (Canadian Premiere)
10:30 p.m. ET/PT
The Dating Guy is a cocktail of dating, sex and friendship. Following four 20-something friends, Mark, Woody, Sam and VJ, the series exposes their romantic, working and every day struggles as they attempt to find love or some kind of "happy ending". From the ins and outs of dating a werewolf to the subtleties of seducing a virgin porn star, the series gives a no-holds-barred eclectic and comical view to the world of dating.
Archer (Canadian Premiere)
11 p.m. ET/PT
Archer is the story of suave master spy Sterling Archer, who deals with global crises along with a slew of personal issues, including an overbearing mother/boss and a career-fixated ex-girlfriend. Boasting the less-than-masculine code name of “Duchess”, Archer works at an international spy agency with other highly-trained employees who aim to confuse, undermine, betray and royally screw each other.
TELETOON At Night Pilot Project (Broadcast Premiere)
11:30 p.m. ET/PT
From an amnesiac Rasta and neurotic talking stick figures to a New York mafioso hiding out in suburbia, TELETOON At Night Pilot Project features the top nine pilots from over 200 submissions created through the TELETOON At Night Pilot Project. Straddling a wide range of topics, animation styles and comedy sensibilities, each half hour is a hilarious tale.
TELETOON At Night is a special programming block on TELETOON for older teens and adult audiences who have an appetite for smart and culturally topical comedy shows. Available in both English and French, TELETOON Canada inc. brings kids, youth and adults the best in animated and animation-related entertainment with four nationwide specialty television channels – TELETOON, TÉLÉTOON, TELETOON Retro and TÉLÉTOON Rétro – and select programming is also available On Demand, Mobile TV, iTunes and teletoon.com. Founded in 1997, TELETOON Canada inc. is owned by Astral (50%) and Corus Entertainment (50%). For more information, please visit www.teletoon.com .