Disney Junior, the rechristened programming block aimed at kids 2 to 7, will premiere Monday, Feb. 14 with new animated series Jake and the Never Land Pirates, it was announced Monday at the Television Critics Association press tour.
Presently known as Playhouse Disney, Disney Junior will be scheduled weekdays from 4 a.m. through 2 p.m., (ET/PT) and weekends 4 a.m. to 9 a.m., on Disney Channel in more than 99 million U.S. homes. This year it will also debut on 25 Disney Junior channels -- currently Playhouse Disney channels -- and free-to-air broadcast partners around the world. In 2012 Disney Junior will debut as a 24-hour basic cable and satellite channel in the U.S.
Five other programs joining the launch day schedule are Mickey Mousekersize, Special Agent Oso: Three Healthy Steps, A Poem Is..., Babar and the Adventures of Badou and Tinga Tinga Tales.