It's a peculiar TV tradition: The new season of children's programming seems to arrive the same week the wee ones are packed off to school. Certainly there's no connection between academics and kids television, but all things in moderation, as they say. As in years past, the new crop of kids shows is divided between new arrivals and returning favourites. And of course, parental discretion is advised.
Prank Patrol (Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m.) encourages viewers to send in ideas for practical jokes to spring on people.
Unfabulous (Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.) features an angst-ridden girl who deals with adolescence by writing and performing songs in the safety of her own bedroom.
Krypto the Superdog (Sept. 10 at 7 a.m.) follows the adventures of Superman's superpowered dog and his new young pal.
Avatar the Last Airbender (Sept. 10 at 10 a.m.) involves a boy whose destiny is to fight in an inter-galactic war.
Tots will adore the fantastic visuals of Toopy & Binoo (Sept. 5 at 3:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.), about two chums stumbling through life.
Bob the Builder: Project Build It (Sept. 10 at 11 a.m.) finds Bob constructing an entire town.
Go, Diego, Go (Sept. 7 at 7:30 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.) features Dora the Explorer's cousin, who enjoys similar adventures.
Canadian Geographic Kids (Sept. 5) takes young viewers on a new season of exciting outdoor Canadian adventures, from whitewater rafting to exploring a tropical rainforest.
Martin and Diana are the lead characters in the animated series Martin Mystery (Sept. 10 at 2:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.).
It's a Big, Big World, premiering in January 2006, is produced in "shadowmation," combining puppets and computer graphics.
Curious George returns in a new series in which he teaches young viewers about science and math.
Carl Squared (Sept. 3 at 7 p.m.) concerns a teen who mistakenly orders a clone of himself over the Internet.
Delilah and Julius (Sept. 3 at 4 p.m.) follows the young spies as they battle would-be global conquerors.
Bratz is the name of a line of dolls, and now it's also the name of a TV show (Sept. 4 at 5:30 p.m.) whose purpose is to sell more of those dolls.
Gerald McBoingBoing (debuted Aug. 29 at 3 p.m.) reincarnates the 1950s Dr. Seuss cartoon about a boy who speaks only in sound effects.
Among the most notable of Family's 29 new series: Naturally, Sadie features a girl trying to come to grips with teenage behaviour by studying animals in the wild.
Brandy and Whiskers (started Sept 1 at 12:15 p.m.) features a dog and rabbit who forge an unlikely friendship.
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody (Sept. 3 at 8:15 a.m.) features twin 12-year-olds running amok in a hotel.
Take2 is Entertainment Tonight for teens, hosted by twin 14-year-olds.
Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! is a cartoon about robot monkeys battling bizarre creatures.
Family will also air 13 original movies throughout the year, and bring back series like That's So Raven, Zoey 101, Phil of the Future, Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide and Jake Long.
The sole new addition to CBC's preschool schedule is George Shrinks (starts Sept. 12, weekdays at 7 a.m.) about a ten-year-old boy who happens to be three inches tall.
Returning to CBC's preschool block: Arthur, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Clifford's Puppy Days, The Doodlebops, Dragon Tales, Ebb and Flo, Franklin, Little Bear, Me, Too!, Mumble Bumble, and the enduring Mr. Dressup.
New to CBC's after-school timeslot (weekdays, 4 to 5 p.m.): The Very Good Adventures of Yam Roll in Happy Kingdom, an animated series about talking sushi; and The Morgan Waters Show, a faux talk show hosted by a wacky kid.
For pre-schoolers, TVO has added This is Daniel Cook (weekdays at 7:55 a.m. and 12:25 p.m.) in which a six-year-old takes other children on daily adventures.
Gordon Gnome (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m.) is a British series about a little gnome who likes to work in his garden.
Charlie and Lola is based on a series of books about a young lad and his hyper sister.
Tutenstein (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 5:30 p.m.) features a 3000-year-old mummy brought back to life.
Brilliant Creatures (Mondays and Fridays at 5:30 p.m.) examines odd creatures from around the world.
Miss Bg (Saturdays and Sundays at 9:45 a.m.) is about a feisty young lady trying to teach her brother the ways of the world.
Heads Up (Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.) has host Bob MacDonald teaching kids about science.