|Launched||April 1, 1994|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|Format||Children's programming block|
|Running time||6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (EST)|
TVOKids (stylized as tvokids) is a Canadian children's programming block seen daily on TVOntario (TVO), the public educational television network for the province of Ontario, Canada. It was launched on April 1, 1994 and runs from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily.
Since its inception in 1994, TVOKids has had numerous hosts. In chronological order, the hosts of TVOKids are: Patty Sullivan, Kevin Brauch, Joseph Motiki, Rekha Shah, Gisèle Corinthios, Phil McCordic, Julie Zwillich (a.k.a. Julie 1), Julie Patterson (a.k.a. Julie 2), Nicole Stamp, Milton Barnes, Mark Sykes, Jackie English, Ryan Field, Kara Harun, Drew Dafoe, Dalmar Abuzeid, Cassius (Cass) Crieghtney, Melissa Peters, Daniel Fernandes, Mickeey Nguyen and Lucas Meeuse.
The current hosts are Gisèle Corinthios, Daniel Fernandes, Lucas Meeuse, and Laura Commisso.
That TVO Kids Show
That TVO Kids Show was launched on August 26, 2019. It is hosted by Laura and Lucas. This show will be live on-air from Monday to Friday, 4:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m and not run on weekends or holidays. During each episode, a different password code is given to audience than going to live stream via webcam or phone for today topics or feature showcase.[clarification needed] Also sometimes, they bring special celebrity host, sending question to an expert person during show and as well currently happening event right now.
School Age (formerly known as "The Crawlspace" and "The Space") is the name of the after-school programming block. It airs non-stop episodes of shows with a host block in between each episode, varying in length. "The Crawlspace launched on April 4, 1994, and was originally hosted by Patty Sullivan and Kevin Brauch. School Age currently airs Monday to Friday, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. EST and on Saturday and Sunday, 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. EST. It is currently hosted by Daniel Fernandes, Melissa Peters, and Lucas Meeuse.
For a few years,[when?] The Crawlspace (currently The Space) featured a hamster named Tumbleweed as its mascot.
TVOKids' preschool block, (formerly "The Nook" and Gisèle's Big Backyard), airs weekdays between 6:00am and 4:00pm, and features interstitial segments hosted by Gisèle Corinthios and several puppets, including Sticks the Squirrel (Jason Hopley), Jay the Blue Jay (Ali Eisner), Melvin the Skunk (Marty Stelnick), This (Ryan Field), That (Frank Meschkuleit), and Polkaroo. Polkaroo's trio of "Polka Dot Door Friends" Dumpty, Humpty and Marigold also appear in smaller-than-human doll size rather than larger-than-human suits. This is their first re-appearance since Polka Dot Shorts ended in 2001.
TVO ended production of new Gisele's Big Backyard segments in May 2016, but the block continues to air using archived segments.
- tvo kids Homepage
- "TVO to End In-House Production of New Short Segments of Gisle's Big Backyard". Broadcaster Magazine. Retrieved 14 April 2016.