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Archive for April, 2009

Babar and Zula Patrol Featured on qubo this April

Friday, April 3rd, 2009
Elephants and aliens reign supreme on qubo this spring. Starting in April, BABAR, the animated series starring the internationally renowned elephant king, returns to qubo’s broadcast blocks with seven premiere episodes while the 21st century’s wackiest space team, THE ZULA PATROL, debuts nine premiere episodes. Beginning April 1, qubo will roll out a new schedule, reflecting the addition of BABAR to its line-up (see attached grid below for specific network schedules). Each of the premiere episodes of BABAR and THE ZULA PATROL will debut first on the Wednesday-Friday “qubo on ION Television” block, followed by a showing on “qubo on NBC” on Saturday mornings and “qubo on Telemundo” in Spanish on weekend mornings. The premiere episodes will also air on qubo Channel.

Providing a great opportunity for family viewing, both BABAR and THE ZULA PATROL feature entertaining stories that impart valuable life lessons while engaging young minds. BABAR, based on the beloved classic books by Laurent de Brunhoff, reinforces pro-social messages that celebrate the bonds of family while the hilarious antics of THE ZULA PATROL teach critical facts about science and astronomy.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the premiere episodes:

BABAR

ROWNG PAINS : Premieres April 1, at 3:30 PM on “qubo on ION Television”
Alexander learns a hard lesson about responsibility when he lets his rowing team and Zephir down.

THE LEAD BLIMP: Premieres April 25, at 3:30 PM on “qubo on ION Television”
Arthur becomes a hero when his “lead blimp” tops the jungle popularity polls. But the blimp doesn’t work yet and the greatly anticipated maiden voyage is only a few hours away.

EVERY BASKET HAS A SILVER LINING: Premieres May 9, at 3:30 PM on “qubo on ION Television” When Pom makes the school basketball team as “towel boy” he lets Babar believe he’s a top player. Yet Pom is in for trouble, when Babar makes plans to attend a game.

BABAR airs Wednesdays at 3:30 PM (ET) on ION Television, 11:30 AM (ET) Saturdays on NBC and 8:30 AM (ET) Saturdays in Spanish on Telemundo. BABAR also airs daily on qubo Channel at 3 PM and 8:30 PM (all times ET)

THE ZULA PATROL

FLY US TO THE MOON/ CASTAWAY ASTEROID: Premieres April 9, at 3:30 PM on “qubo on ION Television” Wizzy and Wigg want to go to the Moon to see the moon-ball championship game. / After Gorga snorts up Wizzy’s and Wigg’s toy box full of toys, Multo proposes that they make a solar sail kite to play with instead.

MY AIR LADY/ YOU’RE CRAMPING MY SPACE: Premieres May 2, at 3:30 PM on “qubo on ION Television” A windstorm knocks the electricity out at a Generator Station that powers all of Zula, plunging the Zula Patrol into a Zulean version of the dark ages. / The Zula Patrol is reunited with Buzzy the Ferret when he rescues them while they are stranded in space.

POWER FLOWER/ BLUBGLUB Premieres May 30, at 3:30 PM on “qubo on ION Television” When Zeeter finds a lone flower on a previously unexplored island on Zula, she wants to save it by bringing it home. / Dark Truder returns to his roots by starting small to jumpstart his career in villainy.

THE ZULA PATROL airs Thursdays at 3:30 PM (ET) on ION Television, Noon (ET) Saturdays on NBC and 9:00 AM (ET) Sundays in Spanish on Telemundo. THE ZULA PATROL also airs daily on qubo Channel at 4 PM and 9:30 PM (all times ET)

qubo® is a groundbreaking bilingual, multi-platform entertainment destination for children and families that focuses on literacy, values and healthy lifestyles while celebrating the unlimited possibilities of a child’s imagination. Most of qubo’s shows are associated with popular children’s books, and the network’s interstitial programming continues to reinforce messages about early literacy and healthy living. Beyond its quality television offerings, qubo utilizes its interstitial programming, website and outside partnerships (with the U.S. Olympic committee and Reading is Fundamental) to promote messages about healthy living and literacy. qubo also recently adopted a set of nutritional guidelines for acceptable foods that can be advertised on air. Formed in 2006 by an unprecedented alliance of leading distribution partners and content players in children’s television, including Scholastic, ION Media Networks, NBC Universal, Corus Entertainment and Classic Media, qubo offers dynamic content in multiple environments. Currently broadcast on NBC Saturday mornings, ION Television Wednesday- Friday afternoons and Telemundo weekend mornings (check local listings) qubo also includes a 24/7 qubo Channel and website, http://www.qubo.com/.

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