Feb. 7, 2011 (Canada NewsWire Group) --
New Series Power Rangers Samurai premieres
this Friday, February 11 at 8 p.m. ET
TORONTO, Feb. 7 /CNW/ - Corus Entertainment's Nickelodeon (Canada), a leading entertainment brand for kids, is bringing one of the most popular franchises in kids television history to an entirely new generation with the Canadian broadcast premiere of Power Rangers Samurai this Friday, February 11 at 8 p.m. ET. The all-new half-hour series features a new cast of Rangers and never-before-seen villains, as well as high-octane action, martial arts and advanced special effects.
"We're very excited to bring Canadian audiences this next chapter in Power Rangers history," said Ted Ellis, Vice President, Kids/Family Programming. "Keeping with the original show's core messages of friendship, teamwork and empowerment, this new series is sure to provide fun and quality entertainment for existing and new fans alike."
Stemming from the long-running hit original series, Power Rangers Samurai features martial arts and advanced special effects. All 20 episodes follow a new generation of five Rangers, who must all master the ancient Samurai Symbols of Power which give them control of the elements Fire, Water, Sky, Forest and Earth. Under the guidance of their mentor, Ji, and with the aid of their devoted animal Zords (Lion, Dragon, Ape, Turtle and Bear), the Rangers battle to save Earth from the dark forces of the Netherworld led by the evil Master Xandred.
The Samurai Rangers are: Jayden, the team's leader and Red Ranger; Mia, the Pink Ranger, a confident and caring "big sister" of the group; Kevin, the Blue Ranger who is a great swordsman and lives by the code of the Rangers; Emily, the Yellow Ranger and the youngest but most optimistic of all the Rangers; and Mike, the Green Ranger, who is labeled the rebel because he would rather be destroying video monsters than real ones.
In episode one premiering this Friday, February 11 at 8 p.m. ET (r) Saturday, February 12 at 9 a.m. ET, Power Rangers Samurai: The Team Unites, Mike can't anticipate an attack like Kevin and Jayden, so he grows frustrated and takes a break from training to meet up with old friends. But when a monster named Rofer attacks, Mike unsuccessfully attempts to fight him alone, and his friends are injured. Jayden and mentor Ji explain the hard truth that Samurai Rangers must stay away from family and friends in order to protect them from the dangers of being a Ranger. Inspired, Mike begins to take his training more seriously.
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From SCG Power Rangers LLC, an affiliate of Saban Brands, the long-running hit kids' TV phenomenon, now heading into its 19th season, is helmed by Haim Saban, who created and produced the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series in 1993.
One of the world's leading entertainment brands for kids, Nickelodeon (Canada) features a line-up of award-winning Nick properties, from current live-action comedies, animated favourites, special events such as the Kids' Choice Awards, to classic hits, 24-hours-a-day. Putting kids first in everything it does, this service gives viewers more Nick more of the time. Visit nickcanada.com.
Nickelodeon (Canada) is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children's book publishing and children's animation. The Company's multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), CosmoTV, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
All Nickelodeon times are ET.
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