Saturday, March 10, 2018

All-New Season Of 'Thomas & Friends' Rolls Onto Nickelodeon USA With Hour-Long Special “The Adventure Begins”, Premiering Monday, March 12 [Schedule Updates]

Update (3/1): There has been a couple of timetable changes, click here for Nickelodeon's amended Thomas & Friends schedule!

Original Nickelodeon USA Press Release via NickPress.com:

ALL ABOARD!


ALL-NEW SEASON OF BELOVED PRESCHOOL SERIES, THOMAS & FRIENDS, ROLLS ONTO

NICKELODEON WITH HOUR-LONG SPECIAL “THE ADVENTURE BEGINS,”

PREMIERING MONDAY, MARCH 12, AT 10 A.M. (ET/PT)



Nickelodeon welcomes the iconic series Thomas & Friends to its roster of preschool hits with the acclaimed hour-long special, “The Adventure Begins,” debuting Monday, March 12, at 10 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon and the Nick Jr. channel. The special follows Thomas on his first adventure as he explores the Island of Sodor, meets exciting new friends, discovers the true meaning of hard work and friendship, and transforms into the Number 1 engine. All-new, never-before-seen Thomas & Friends episodes from season 21 will air regularly weekdays at 5 p.m. (ET/PT) on the Nick Jr. channel, and brand-new specials will air on Nickelodeon throughout the year.

Leading up to the linear premiere of Thomas & Friends, an all-new full-length episode and short-form content are available now on NickJr.com and the Nick Jr. App.

Nickelodeon recently announced a new U.S. television and consumer products partnership with Mattel for Thomas & Friends, which includes Nick serving as the exclusive consumer products agent across multiple merchandise categories including apparel, accessories, home goods, consumer electronics, and more. Later this year, Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie and season 22 of the same name, which includes newly revamped content and show format, will make its Nickelodeon debut.

Thomas the Tank Engine was originally created over 70 years ago by the Rev W Awdry, as a storybook for his son. That story quickly grew to become the award-winning global brand franchise it is today, enjoyed by families around the world across multiple touch-points and formats, including; toys, apps; consumer products; publishing; live attractions and much more with over 1 engine sold per second. Thomas & Friends is aired in over 160 territories, in over 50 languages with over 1.16 billion lifetime views on YouTube, and offers more than 80 hours of original content produced from 500 episodes and 12 specials.

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Thomas & Friends | Premiering March 12th on Nickelodeon! | Nick Jr.

All aboard, parents and preschoolers! Get excited for all the ACTION before it's on television by watching this sneak peek of Thomas & Friends! Watch Thomas, the world’s most famous tank engine, meet his friends Edwards, James, Percy, and more, for the very first time. Then, be sure to tune-in to Nickelodeon and watch Thomas and Friends on March 12th, to see where it all began.

Update (3/1): Zap2it TV Listings is reporting that there's been some slight changes to Nickelodeon's Thomas & Friends timetable.

Nickelodeon will kick off Thomas & Friends with the acclaimed hour-long special “The Adventure Begins,” debuting Monday, March 12, at 12:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. The special will simulcast on the Nick Jr. channel at 5:00 P.M. (ET/PT).

Nickelodeon will then start to air brand-new episodes from Thomas & Friends season twenty one weekdays at 12:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Below is a list of the currently announced episodes:

Tuesday 13th March 2018 - Unscheduled Stops; Springtime for Diesel

Wednesday 14th March 2018 - Dowager Hatt's Busy Day; Stuck in Gear

Thursday 15th March 2018 - Blown Away; Wild Water Rescue

Thursday 16th March 2018 - The Little Engine Who Raced Ahead; Philip to the Rescue: An energetic diesel boxcab named Philip challenges Gordon to a race; Philip saves James from a bad accident.

(Adjusted times for DST)

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Originally published: Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

Post image via Cartoon Buzz; Huge thanks to @TVShowsFan for the schedule updates; Additional source: RapidTables
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