Fall 2009 Programming will include Dinosaurs and Electricity!
Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
This fall, two new shows have new homes in the Monday-Friday WTVP 47.1 PBS KIDS/PBS KIDS GO! broadcast schedule
- Dinosaur Train, from the Jim Henson Company, and
The Electric Company, from Sesame Workshop.
Dinosaur Train -
Created by Craig Bartlett (Hey Arnold!), Dinosaur Train embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains while encouraging basic scientific thinking and skills as the audience learns about natural science, natural history and paleontology. Dinosaur Train is seen through the eyes of Buddy, a preschool-aged Tyrannosaurus Rex. Buddy and his adoptive family of Pteranodons go for adventures on the Dinosaur Train to meet and learn about all kinds of dinosaurs in different eras. Dinosaur Train joins the PBS KIDS preschool block weekdays at 8:30 a.m.
The Electric Company -
The series entertains kids aged 6-9 while simultaneously teaching fundamental reading skills, drawing from pop culture – music, comedy, technology and celebrities – to create a playful, hip, multi-media experience. Having launched in January 2009 as a weekly series, we're thrilled that The Electric Company moves into the weekday strip at 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.
The Monday through Friday morning lineup starting September 7 will include:
One change of note will be the departure of
Reading Rainbow, a staple in the WTVP schedule
for nearly 25 years. The series has not been in
production for several years, and PBS was not
able to secure funding for extended broadcast
rights, which expire on August 28. The excellent
series will certainly be missed.
For further information contact Linda Milller, WTVP Vice President of
Programming (309) 677-4747 or firstname.lastname@example.org