The Hub, the new children’s network that Hasbro and Discovery have teamed up to launch this fall, announced a large portion of its programming schedule at an upfront presentation in New York.
President and CEO Margaret Loesch announced six original series and seven U.S. premieres for the channel.
Launching Oct. 10, The Hub will feature four programming blocks aimed at specific demographics. A preschool block for kids ages 2-5 will air from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a block aimed at ages 6-12 airing from 1 to 6 p.m., a block called Family Prime Access from 6-7 p.m., and the Family Prime block from 7 to 11 p.m.
The original series debuting on The Hub are:
‘ Dan Vs. The animated series revolves around Dan, a loveable loner, and Chris, his reluctant sidekick, as they strike out against the frustrations modern life has put upon him (real or imagined). Produced by Film Roman, a unit of Starz Media Company, in association with The Hatchery
‘ Family Game Night. An hour-long, live-action game show series featuring kids and adults playing a range of classic Hasbro strategy games, such as Cranium, Bop-It and Connect4. Produced by Hasbro Studios.
‘ G.I. Joe: Renegades. An animated action/adventure G.I. Joe origins series. The show follows the G.I. Joe team as it develops and goes up against their nemesis, the Cobra organization. Produced by Hasbro Studios.
‘ Pound Puppies. Set in Shelter 17, the series follows a team of dogs and their mission to find a home for every puppy. Produced by Hasbro Studios.
‘ R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour. A scary-themed half-hour, live-action anthology series based on/inspired by kid horror author R.L. Stine. Produced by The Hatchery.
‘ The 99. This animated series is an adaptation of the eponymous comic book that follows the adventures of superheroes from 99 countries that work together to maximize their powers and foster peace. Created by Dr. Naif al-Mutawa, a Middle East scholar/clinical psychologist, each member of The 99 embodies one of 99 positive values (e.g. wisdom, mercy, and strength). Produced by Teshkeel Media & Endemol Digital UK Production Group.
The Hub also has acquired the following programs, all of which are new to the United States.
‘ Animal Mechanicals (preschool, 52×11) produced by Halifax Film.
‘ Cosmic Quantum Ray, a CGI animated series produced by Moonscoop Entertainment.
‘ Deltora Quest (52 episodes) a CGI animated series produced by Dentsu.
‘ Maryoku Yummy (preschool) – animated series produced by American Greetings Properties and DQ Entertainment in association with Telegael Media.
‘ Strawberry Shortcake (26 episodes), a new CGI animated series produced by American Greetings Properties.
‘ The WotWots (preschool), a puppet series from Weta Workshop that is produced by Pukeko Pictures.
‘ Twisted Whiskers, a CGI animated series produced by American Greetings Properties, and co-producers DQ Entertainment and Moonscoop.
The Hub also has acquired the rights to Fraggle Rock from The Jim Henson Co.; Meerkat Manor, produced by Oxford Scientific Films; and will acquire individual feature titles for Family Movie Night.