Universal Kids Unveil Launch Lineup
NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment has recently relaunched their kid-centric network Sprout under the new brand Universal Kids, and as part of the rebrand’s launch lineup, a whole slew of acquisitions from DreamWorks Animation Television will be offered along with other proven hits of both the animated and live-action varieties. The rebrand aims to expand the network’s target audience to kids aged up to 12, when it previously catered exclusively to preschoolers.
The animated offerings that are part of the launch lineup include:
All Hail King Julien – Premieres Sept. 10 at 8 p.m.; airs M-F at 6:30 p.m. thereafter.
This animated series serves as a prequel to the original “Madagascar” movie franchise. All Hail King Julien portrays the adventures of a hard-partying lemur and his wild friends on their return to Madagascar. Filled with dancing, partying and plenty of humor, this series brings kids and families together for entertainment.
The Deep – Premieres Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m.; airs Sun.-Fri. At 7:30 p.m.
An animated series of the adventures of the Nekton family, a brilliant team of underwater explorers with state-of-the-art technology and an unquenchable thirst for discovery. While others look up to the stars, this family knows that an infinite number of things shine brightly in the darkness below. Explore the mysterious depths of the ocean with the Nektons, where most of our world lies unexplored and unexplained.
Dragons: Riders of Berk – Premieres Sept. 10 at 7 p.m.; airs M-F at 7 p.m.
Follow Hiccup, Toothless and the rest of the Viking teens as they balance the new cohabitation of Dragons and Vikings while helping the residents of Berk overcome their fears. With far more dragons than they ever imagined, the newly installed Dragon Training Academy will be put to the test and only teamwork can save the day!
Masha and the Bear – Premieres Sept. 11 at 6 p.m.; airs M-F at 6 p.m.
Lively little Masha lives near the forest, where she has many adventures with her best friend, a bear who used to be in the circus. With kindness and comedy in its heart, the show follows the adventures of Masha and The Bear.