Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Nickelodeon USA to Premiere 'Thomas & Friends' Season 22 on Friday 7th September 2018

Bust my buffers! Nickelodeon USA will start to premiere and show Thomas & Friends season 22, titled "Big World! Big Adventures!", in September 2018!

Update (8/29): Nickelodeon USA will air the brand-new Thomas & Friends movie Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie, kicking off season 22, on Friday 7th September 2018 at 9:00am ET/PT!

Update (8/14): Nickelodeon USA will start to premiere Thomas & Friends: "Big World! Big Adventures!" on Friday 7th September 2018! Scroll down for the trailer!

To better portray diversity, Thomas & Friends is getting an update for its 26 x 11-minute 22nd season! Entitled Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures!, the new season will take Thomas beyond the fictional Island of Sodor for the first time. The major refresh will see the iconic blue engine Thomas traveling farther than ever before, taking kids on a journey of wonder and curiosity as he adventures around the world to discover and learn about new countries and cultures. The show has a more contemporary feel, a brand-new theme tune and a refreshed Steam Team to include three girls and three boy engines, and Thomas, ensuring gender equality across the show, increasing global appeal for preschool viewers. This all-new format series will feature faster-paced action, increased humor, new music, new international friends, animals and exciting fantasy elements.

Thomas & Friends Travel the World 🗺️ Brand New Episodes Beginning September 7th | Nick Jr.

This fall, 🍂 get ready to explore extraordinary new places as Thomas takes his talents all over the world! Starting September 7th, Thomas & Friends is gearing up for bigger, faster, and more epic adventures than ever before! Be sure to tune in on September 7th to watch the brand-new series of Thomas & Friends, only on Nickelodeon. To find full episodes of Thomas & Friends, you can visit the FREE Nick Jr. App. 🗺️

As part of the 22nd season, Thomas will also be embarking on an ambitious trip around the world, leaving Sodor for the first time in the action-packed, feature-length film, Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie. The series made its debut in cinemas across the UK in July 2018, and will premiere on Nick USA later this year.

Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! is also set to premiere on Channel 5's Milkshake strand in the UK weekdays at 6:55am BST from Monday 3rd September 2018!

Consumer products that support Thomas & Friends™: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie include new Fisher-Price toys that will help kids bring to life Thomas’ newest adventure including the exciting Thomas & Friends™ Turbo Jungle Set (FJK50) and Nia engines in the TrackMaster, Wood and Adventures segments. The Turbo Jungle Set features a motorized Thomas train that can travel up to 2.5 times faster than normal TrackMaster engines so kids can recreate scenes from the movie. Peter Andre’s character ‘Ace’ will be available as a toy in both the Adventures and TrackMaster ranges this summer.

The news follows Thomas & Friends switching tracks to move from its longtime US broadcast partner PBS to Nickelodeon USA in March, with Nickelodeon becoming the brand’s exclusive US licensing agent.

Thomas the Tank Engine was created more than 70 years ago and that story quickly grew to become the award-winning No. 1 preschool train brand franchise it is today, selling one engine every second, enjoyed by families in more than 160 territories and more than 55 languages across multiple touch-points and formats.

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More Thomas: Peter Andre to Voice Mischievous Australian Rally Car 'Ace' in 'Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie'!

Originally published: Friday, August 10, 2018.

H/T: Huge thanks to TV Shows Fan for the news!; Additional source: ToonZone Forums /@kanc.
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