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LEARN HOW TO MAKE BALLOON ANIMALS WITH NINJA GORILLA ON ZOOMOO’S NEW SHOW POP FICTION, EXCLUSIVELY ON DIRECTV

Pop Fiction debuts this Sunday, May 1 at 1pm ET/12pm CT and rebroadcasts at 5pm ET/4pm CT exclusively on channel 432 DIRECTV

ZooMoo, the channel that’s “All about animals, all the time,” debuts its latest program Pop Fiction (Cuentos Pop), starring Gorilla Ninja! Like any good ninja, Gorilla Ninja knows how to use his hands in a very creative way and can create amazing animals using balloons.

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Pop Fiction (Cuentos Pop) debuts this Sunday, May 1 at 1pm ET/12pm CT and rebroadcasts at 5pm ET/4pm CT exclusively on channel 432 DIRECTV.

In Pop Fiction (Cuentos Pop), Gorilla Ninja opens his storybook and details how animals came to be exactly as they are today. Always with a trick up his sleeve, Gorilla Ninja converts colorful balloons to animal form to better illustrate his stories. Have you ever wondered how the giraffe’s long neck came to be? How the turtle got its shell? Or how do tigers get their stripes? In Pop Fiction (Cuentos Pop), you’ll get all the answers to these questions and more.

Balloons aren’t Gorilla Ninja’s only area of expertise. Watch this video to learn how to make an origami penguin with Gorilla Ninja and his primate friend, the extraordinary Francis the lemur. To learn more about the animal world through the art of origami, don’t miss ZooMoo’s Origanimals (Origanimales) every Saturday and Sunday at 11:30am ET / 10:30am CT (repeats at 4:30am and 6:30pm ET / 3:30am and 5:30pm CT).

ZooMoo, the first interactive children’s channel in the world designed to promote a love of nature and animals through a unique and safe experience combines puppets, cartoons and the most incredible images of natural history worldwide in high definition (HD) to tell stories about the animal kingdom. This channel has more than 7,000 individual stories about animals, and more than 500 hours of original content, which are seen by 140 million people in 23 countries.

The channel is complemented by a free downloadable, standalone App that when synced to the channel enhances the interactivity by also turning smartphones and tablets into an extension of the channel, providing a one-of-a-kind multiplatform experience that allows viewers to automatically collect animals they encounter on the TV screen by bringing them to life on their mobile devices with games, music, puzzles and other activities.

For more information visit: http://america.zoomoo.tv/

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ZOOMOO, AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH DIRECTV CHANNEL 432, CELEBRATES EARTH DAY AND THE YEAR OF THE MONKEY WITH THE ORANGUTAN FAMILY FUN SPECIAL

“All about animals, all the time,” ZooMoo zeroes in on the orangutan and all the endangered primates who are losing their natural habitat

ZooMoo is celebrating Earth Day and 2016 as the Year of the Monkey with the Orangutan Family Fun Special (Especial de la Familia Orangután). This show pays homage to all the different species of primates that are decreasing in numbers and increasingly facing threats to and loss of their natural habitats. During this program, the orangutan Baby DJ (Monito DJ) scans his family tree next to his father Douglas Orang to learn (and also teach) about the different primates that are part of their extended family, such as the chimpanzees, macaques, proboscis monkeys, Japanese macaques, langurs, gorillas and gibbons. The Orangutan Family Special airs Saturdays at 8am and 6pm ET / 7am and 5pm CT exclusively on DIRECTV’s channel 432.

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The Orangutan Family Fun Special is not the only show on ZooMoo that features fascinating primates. In Storytime, Mom Orang’ (Mamá Orangután) reads stories about the animal world to her baby Baby DJ before bedtime. Check out this clip from Storytime, which teaches children about the African legend of how the bat got its wings.

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Baby DJ is always ready to take off his headphones for Storytime

Programs like Storytime demonstrate that when you teach about the various types of animals from around the world, learning about other human cultures becomes inevitable.

Another primate in ZooMoo’s cast is a creature from southern Madagascar so spectacular that its mere existence marvels the mind: the lemur. On the screen, this exotic species is brought to life by Francis, an extroverted artist, painter and sculptor with a deep French accent who explores the animal world through art. You can watch Francis the Lemur showcase his artistry on the shows Draw it and Sculpt it. Here is a clip from Draw it where he paints a blowfish.

…and another one from Sculpt it, where he uses clay to mold a ferocious crocodile.

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Francis is always amazed by his own creations

Featuring programming that is designed to foster a lifelong love for animals and nature through a safe and unique television experience, ZooMoo’s Orangutan Family Fun Special is the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day while spending quality and enriching time with the kids.

ZooMoo combines puppets, cartoons and the most incredible images of natural history worldwide in high definition (HD) to tell stories about the animal kingdom. This channel has more than 7,000 individual stories about animals, and more than 500 hours of original content, which are seen by 140 million people in 23 countries.

ZooMoo also offers multimedia content and a mobile application that can be used by itself, but when synced to the channel it enhances the television experience by turning smartphones and tablets into an extension of what’s on the TV screen allowing children to automatically collect the animals that appear on it.

For more information visit: http://america.zoomoo.tv/

Angela Ortiz, from SeFijaOnline.com, talks with Sleepy Hallow’s Nikki Reeds and Jessica Camacho at WonderCon2016.

The two talk about their growing roles on the show and their feelings about the Sleepy Hollow universe.

Watchathon Week is back!! Beginning April 18 – 24 you will be able to have unlimited access to the hottest shows out there on premium, broadcast and cable networks. No matter what you want to watch, Watchathon makes it easy! You can catch you on your favorite shows are start watching that one popular show everyone talks about!

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If you’re like most people, you simply cannot find the time to stay current with all the great TV that’s available. Fortunately, there’s Watchathon Week, an annual TV binge-athon that gives Xfinity TV customers free, unlimited access to the hottest shows from premium, cable and broadcast networks on Xfinity On Demand. With carte-blanche access to more than 250 series from April 18 – 24, there may be no better time to hunker down and catch-up on all you’ve been missing. What’s more, most of this great programming will also be available on-the-go via the Xfinity TV mobile app and website.

Of course, not everyone watches the same sort of shows. What kind of TV watcher are you?

The One-Show Die Hard:

You have no intention of moving from the couch until you finish your series from start to finish. Maybe you’ve heard co-workers gab about HBO’s Game of Thrones or you’ve heard good things about STARZ’s Power but never got around to watching. Or maybe you plan to use the week to watch every episode from every seasons of FOX’s The Simpsons. That’s right – every single episode (nearly 600 of them!) from the series are yours for the binging during the week. Here’s your chance to settle in, fire up your set-top box and let the episodes roll on Xfinity On Demand.

The One-Genre Fanatic:

Is any and all reality TV your thing? If so, use the week to catch up on current seasons of NBC’s The Voice, Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta and ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. If you prefer reality that broadens your horizons a bit more you can check out every episode from every season of Discovery’s hits Bering Sea Gold and Gold Rush. Just looking for some good drama? During Watchathon Week, you can follow the infamous trial of the O.J. Simpson case on FX’s American Crime Story or step into the historic worlds of History’s The Vikings and STARZ’s Outlander and Black Sails.  If you simply prefer to watch some laugh out loud comedy, USA’s Playing House, NBC’s Superstore, FOX’s The Grinder and TV Land’s Younger can put a smile on your face and prove a great option for when you’re in the need for something quick and light.

The Español Loyalist:

You know you’ve got options and choose to watch your entertainment in Español, because you can. Whether you’re a fan of telenovelas or looking for a new top rated show in English to obsess about in Spanish with SAP (secondary audio programming), Watchathon Week gives you free access to more of the programming you want in your language of preference. So what are you waiting for? Get in on the action today and catch up on all four seasons of Telemundo’s super series El Señor de los Cielos. You’ll also have access to programs available only during Watchathon Week like Nuestra Tele’s La Viuda de la Mafia and Pasiones’ Xica de Silva, as well all episodes of Telemundo’s Dueños del Paraiso and the current season of La Viuda Negra from UniMás.

The FOMO Inflicted:

In other words, do you have a “fear of missing out” and always want to be in the know with the latest pop culture developments? If so, Watchathon Week is your chance to catch up on current seasons of all the buzziest TV you’ve been missing, including the FOX’s Empire and AMC’s The Walking Dead. You can also check out the entire first season of the hot new shows that had everyone talking, including USA’s Mr. Robot, FOX’s Scream Queens, ABC’s Quantico and NBC’s Chicago Med.

The Indecisive:

Can’t make a decision? It’s hard when there are so many options. Don’t worry—Xfinity’s team of entertainment experts has you covered with a long list of recommendations on www.Xfinity.com/Watchathon to help you make the most of the week.

So, binge on.

HULU and UNIVERSAL INK GROUNDBREAKING DEAL FOR CURIOUS GEORGE® TV

All TV Episodes and Future Seasons, as well as Specials

From One of the Most Celebrated Kids Series,

To Stream Exclusively on Hulu

SANTA MONICA, CA – In an extensive, multi-year agreement forged by the NBCU Television & New Media Distribution group, Hulu has secured the exclusive subscription streaming rights to one of the highest-rated kids television properties, CURIOUS GEORGE®The deal will bring past and future seasons of the two-time Emmy® Award-winning series, as well as television specials and feature-length original movies from everyone’s favorite monkey, exclusively to Hulu. All of the offerings will be available to stream in Hulu’s commercial-free Hulu Kids environment.

Beginning March 31st, Hulu will become the exclusive subscription streaming home to all nine seasons – over 100 episodes – of CURIOUS GEORGE® TV series, which is produced by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s production arm, Universal 1440 Entertainment. Hulu will also be the U.S. premiere home to new seasons of the series over the coming years. In addition, television specials including Curious George: Swings Into Spring, Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest and Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas, along with the feature-length originals Curious George: Follow That MonkeyCurious George: Back To The Jungle and future direct-to-TV specials will become available to stream exclusively on Hulu.

“CURIOUS GEORGE® is one of the most beloved characters in kids programming and we are delighted to bring the TV series to Hulu,” said Craig Erwich, SVP, Head of Content, Hulu. “As we continue to add the best of premium television to our service, this partnership represents both an expansion and a commitment to our kids and family offering.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Hulu on CURIOUS GEORGE®, and we salute them for recognizing the value of this important children’s series and the significance of its addition to their kids and family offering,” said Frances Manfredi, President NBCUniversal TV & New Media Distribution.

“For 75 years, CURIOUS GEORGE® has transcended generations, inspiring and delighting children and parents around the world,” said Glenn Ross, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Universal 1440 Entertainment. “Through this landmark alliance, television’s acclaimed property has found the ideal digital home in Hulu Kids, ensuring that Curious George’s extraordinary legacy and longevity carry on for many years to come.”

Since its television debut, CURIOUS GEORGE® has consistently ranked as the highest-rated children’s animated preschool series on PBS Kids.  The series has earned the esteemed distinction of being the top children’s animated preschool series across all TV networks for five of its nine seasons.  In addition to winning two Emmy®  Awards for Outstanding Children’s Animated Program, the PBS KIDS program has also earned a total of 12 Emmy® nominations across various categories.

All CURIOUS GEORGE® episodes, specials and feature-length originals will be made available to stream in Hulu’s commercial-free Hulu Kids environment which is designed to let kids and parents discover the best of kids TV including hits from content partners including Nickelodeon, Disney, Cartoon Network and PBS. Recommended programming within Hulu Kids is restricted to other commercial-free children’s programming so kids can quickly and securely jump to their favorite shows. The CURIOUS GEORGE® franchise will be available to stream in both Hulu’s No Commercials and Limited Commercials subscription plans.

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ZOOMOO AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY ON DIRECTV LAUNCHES SAFARI POP

The new program broadcasts exclusively on DIRECTV channel 432 every Sunday at 12pm ET / 11:00am CT

ZooMoo, the first interactive children’s channel in the world designed to promote a love of nature and animals through a unique and safe experience, has released a new show called Safari Pop. Throughout this program the host, Gorilla Ninja (one of the channel’s biggest star) uses his superpowers to transport children to different parts of the world, like the desert, snow, somewhere high up in the trees, under water, etc., so they will learn about the animals that live there.

Tune in to Safari Pop exclusively on DIRECTV channel 432 every Sunday at 12pm ET / 11:00am CT (with repeats on the same day at 5 and 7 pm ET / 4 and 6pm CT).

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Gorilla Ninja, who uses his incredible karate skills to convert any object into an amazing creation, also appears in other ZooMoo programs next to his fellow cast members. You can also watch him in the show ¡Perdido! (Lost!), where Flash the puppy teaches children about different parts of the world using photographs as clues so his friends along with viewers, may find him when he is lost. Gorilla Ninja is also on the program A Esculpir (Sculpt It) next to its host Francis the raccoon, where children are taught to create art pieces with clay. Together they all help young children develop knowledge and affection for animals, taking children on a lifelong journey of love for nature conservation with each of its programs.

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ZooMoo combines puppets, cartoons and the most incredible images of natural history worldwide in high definition (HD) to tell stories about the animal kingdom. This channel has more than 7,000 individual stories about animals, and more than 500 hours of original content, which are seen by 140 million people in 23 countries.

ZooMoo also offers multimedia content and a mobile application that can be used by itself, but when synced to the channel it enhances the television experience turning smart phones and tablets into an extension of what’s on the TV screen allowing children to automatically collect the animals that appear in it.

For more information visit: http://america.zoomoo.tv/

Fear the Walking Dead

Written by Jesus Figueroa

With a successful season one, “Fear the Walking Dead” returns with new scenarios which can be interesting to see what comes out of them.

“The Walking Dead” sparked an uproar with a spectacular and haunting final scene and “Fear the Walking Dead” takes no break before coming back with the season premiere the week after the season six finale for “The Walking Dead.” Although both series come from the same Walking Dead Universe each have a difference to them.

“The difference for us in (Fear the Walking Dead) is there’s not a safe place,” co-creator Dave Erikson said. “We are going from one unsafe place trying to find another safe place. There’s not a safe place out there.”

“Fear the Walking Dead” proved in an outstanding, and record breaking fashion, that it can stand alone as a series and that even though everything the audience has known about this universe is still applicable, there is still so much to be explored.

“I don’t think we will ever truly shake the walking dead,” actor Frank Dillane said. “I don’t think we want to.”

Six episodes in season one for “Fear the Walking Dead” were just barely enough to give the audience a taste of what was skipped over in “The Walking Dead.” The audience now begins to see how society broke down and through some amazing characters just how far things were pushed to survive.

“I think what is great for this season is that it is 15 episodes,” Actress Alycia Debnam-Carey said. “Six episodes was a very small amount of time for us to establish our own show, to break away from such a huge franchise mothership.”

For the series to break off and show a section of this story which has no comic book background was daring. The franchise has become beloved by the fans because of the way it stays true and yet deviates from the comic. It allows for more creative ways to tell the story when criticism for moving away from an original story isn’t present.

“It’s very refreshing to be working on ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ because there is no comic book series to draw from,” creator Robert Kirkman said. “It’s all new and exciting and there is a lot more potential to surprise the audience.”

The manner in which these characters grow becomes more natural because the audience is seeing it for the first time. There is no prior ties with characters in “Fear the Walking Dead” and the audience can relate to them, enjoy them, hate them and watch them grow almost at the same pace as the writers.

“I expect we will see quite a journey from (Alicia),” Debnam-Carey said.

I’m sure there is still much to learn about every character as six episodes just began the back story and the story to everything in this series. The twist and turns of this series, the characters that step up and become leaders, the beloved characters who become hated for their actions all have created a series with heart and depth. There’s still one character which can go either way — hero or not — in Victor Strand. Victor has this mystery around him because the audience hasn’t gotten to know him as well as the rest of the cast.

“I think that Victor (Strand) believes in things in black and white terms,” actor Coleman Domingo said. “I think that what he says he means. I think that he may not reveal too much because maybe it’s about him maybe strategizing.”

There’s much more to be seen and even more to be learned in the story. The end game for these characters ha not been established and it’s unclear where they are headed, except it has been seen that they are going to be out at sea.

“This season put us in an entirely different environment, on the ocean in a boat in the elements, and none of us are sea farers except for (VictorStrand)” Kim Dickens said. “It’s been very exciting for us. It’s offered us alot of new challenges just as actors.”

Characters have started to change, the innocent are beginning to be exposed to a harsher truth and they are being forced to grow up quicker and adapt to this new world. The biggest change comes from two characters who have lost their mothers and are now dealing with their loss in different ways.

“(Ophelia) is trying to figure out who she can trust, who is a friend and who is a foe,” actress Mercedes Mason said.

“You see Chris in a very dark place,” actor Lorenzo James Henrie said. “Like Ophelia they both lose their mother. You see Chris in a very dark place.”

These situations define who people, characters, become in the series. Just like “The Walking Dead,” this series works with character development to logically show where these characters end up. These characters face difficult situations physically, mentally and emotionally. Each one of the characters reacts differently and it’s what makes them so real.

“I don’t even know exactly what is too far, I don’t think we know until we are in that situation,” Domingo said. “Honestly, I think that’s the interesting thing about these characters, they have no idea, we have no idea the stuff that we are made of and when we are at these cross roads what we will actually do.”

What has captured the attention of people is the way the story develops, the way the characters adapt, the human element to a zombie story. The best part of this series is that it tries to work on the psychology behind how humans adapt to a world where zombies are introduced, and how they are changed to survive for the long haul.

“That is one of the thematically elements, that question of what will you sacrifice, in terms of your ethics and morality, to survive,” Kirkman said.

This dive into the human mind, the soul and essence of a person is what makes these series fantastic. The special effects are amazing and the icing on the cake, but the heart of this show is the way it portrays the human element.

“I think that’s why this genre is so fascinating, because you think the audience can live into these primal fears that we have,” Dickens said. “What if we are not protected, what if society is crumbling around us, what if the government isn’t taking care of me, what if I can’t protect my family.”

The characters are all in situations that the audience can put themselves in. This isn’t a horror story where the supernatural takes center stage, it’s a psychological drama where humans take the center stage and some supernatural stuff happens around them. The best part is watching how each of their minds work and what they do to adapt and fit in.

“Where Chris is, everyone who is not his dad, he’s going to be searching for something from them,” Henrie said. “The big thing for Chris is he is trying to find affection from everyone, but at the same time he is trying to find out where does he (fit in).”

This story may be taking place in California, but it’s not limited to the area. It’s made universal.

“Theoretical it is global, so, whatever our characters, be it in Georgia or California, are suffering through right now they are suffering through out the entire world,” said.

“We are well aware that we are taking on something a lot bigger this time around,” Mason said. “It’s more exciting.”

This show moves fast and the timeline is short. There’s so much happening and characters deal with so much. Through it all the story continues and there’s no point where it feels it drags along. It’s chaotic and thrilling while still insightful and though provoking.

“It’s confusing for our show because this is all happening in a short period of time,” Alycia Debnam-Carey said. “They started setting up things in earlier drafts of scripts, that were quite transformative or character changes, physical appearance and characteristic changes and I think they figured out they needed to stretch it out a little more.”

AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead” premieres April 10.

Outsiders

Hey TV fans!! Earlier this week I had the chance to interview Ryan Hurst and Kyle Gallner for Variety Radio Online. We chatted about about the new series “Outsiders” on WGN America and they even answered a few Twitter questions from their fans. Talk about some really cool dudes.

“Outsiders” airs Tuesday’s at 9pm on WGN America.

LISTEN HERE TO INTERVIEW

Parents can now upload videos of their children interacting with their favorite pets for a chance to be featured in a new ZooMoo TV segment called Mi Querida Mascota y Yo (My ZooMoo Pet and Me)

While Valentine’s Day has come and gone, here at ZooMoo we show our love for animals and nature every day. Children love learning with us, but now we want to learn from them while making them a part of our channel.

Does your son or daughter want to be on TV? Does s/he have a beloved pet?  We’d love to hear all about that furry little friend (if he or she is funny, naughty, very intelligent, etc.) and what makes this relationship with your son or daughter so special.

Participating is easy. Visit zoomoo.tv/miqueridamascotayyo where you can upload a video of your child with his/her pet for a chance to be among those selected to appear in the new ZooMoo segment, Mi Querida Mascota y Yo (My ZooMoo Pet and Me). Don’t miss this opportunity for your kids to be featured on their favorite “all animals, all nature, all the time” learning channel!

ZooMoo is the world’s first interactive kids channel designed to foster a lifelong love for animals and nature through a safe and unique television experience that is both entertaining and educational. ZooMoo interweaves puppetry, animation, and the world’s best natural history footage available in HD to tell stories about the animal world. The channel is available in Spanish in the U.S., exclusively through DIRECTV’s channel 432, where it brings to life more than 7,000+ separate animal stories and over 500 hours of original content. ZooMoo can also be seen in 23 countries and boasts a worldwide audience of more than 140 million. For more information please visit http://america.zoomoo.tv/  and http://prensa.zoomoo.tv/ .

ZooMoo TV is complemented by a free downloadable, standalone App that when synced to the channel enhances the interactivity by also turning smartphones and tablets into an extension of the channel; it provides a one of a kind multiplatform experience that allows viewers to automatically collect animals they encounter on the TV screen and bring them to life on their mobile devices with games, music, puzzles and other activities.

For more information, please visit: http://america.zoomoo.tv/

Click here to view a video of ZooMoo’s launch.

Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of iwatchmike.com and ThisFunktional.com, talks with actress Jaina Lee Ortiz about her role in FOX’s “Rosewood.”

Ortiz talks about playing Detective Villa, the relationship with Dr. Rosewood and where she feels it’s headed and what will happen next on “Rosewood.”

“Rosewood” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. PST on FOX.

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