FOUR launch date confirmed

The new look channel FOUR will launch on Sunday February 6, Mediaworks TV confirmed today.

Fans of The Simpsons can look forward to the long awaited All New Simpsons episode, ‘Elementary School Musical’ starring The Flight of the Conchords, which will play up first on Sunday February 6 at 6pm as the show finds a new home exclusively on FOUR.

The exciting new look FOUR will target 18-49 year-olds (previously 15-39) and will have wide ranging appeal with its broad line-up of programming. As the home of pure entertainment, FOUR has a host of key new shows that offers viewers a fresh and consistently exciting line-up.

Brand new shows to FOUR include Joel McHale’s comedy about returning to college – Community, Total Wipeout, a spinoff of Wipeout hosted by the ever popular Richard Hammond, Outsourced, a new comedy about a US catalogue-based company whose call centre gets outsourced to Mumbai, and spy-drama Covert Affairs – starring Golden Globe nominee Piper Perabo.

Other favourites moving exclusively to FOUR include America’s Next Top Model, (the one where they come to New Zealand), The Biggest Loser, all new episodes of The Simpsons and Top Chef: Just Desserts, a spin-off of the Emmy-winning Top Chef series.

Strong children’s programming sees the return of perennial favourite Sesame Street to New Zealand screens for the first time in over a decade. This will screen with a host of other shows in the dedicated FOUR Kids blocks that run from 6am-10am, and 2pm – 4pm weekdays.

Drew Neemia and Shannon Ryan will remain key talent on FOUR with a highly interactive new show screening weekday afternoons.

Mediaworks TV CEO, Jason Paris says as promised, FOUR will be a channel which appeals to anyone looking for great entertainment.

“We’re here to push the boundaries and freshen up entertainment,” he says.

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