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New Shows Coming to WTVP Children’s Schedule:

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:

5:30 a.m. Between the Lions
6:00 a.m. Arthur
6:30 a.m. Martha Speaks
7:00 a.m. Curious George
7:30 a.m. Sid the Science Kid
8:00 a.m. Super Why!
8:30 a.m. Dinosaur Train
9:00 a.m. Sesame Street
10:00 a.m. Clifford the Big Red Dog
10:30 a.m. Word World
11:00 a.m. Caillou


In the afternoons, you’ll see:

2:30 p.m. Martha Speaks
3:00 p.m. Arthur
3:30 p.m. WordGirl
4:00 p.m. The Electric Company
4:30 p.m. Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman
5:00 p.m. Cyberchase




The weekend PBS KIDS/PBS KIDS GO! Schedule – effective September 7 – will focus on the most requested and popular shows from the Monday-Friday morning lineup, plus some special kid favorites.

5:00 a.m. Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
5:30 a.m. Angelina Ballerina
6:00 a.m. Curious George
6:30 a.m. Sid the Science Kid
7:00 a.m. Super Why!
7:30 a.m. Dinosaur Train
8:00 a.m. Thomas & Friends
8:30 a.m. Bob the Builder
5:00 a.m. Sesame Street
6:00 a.m. Curious George
6:30 a.m. Sid the Science Kid
7:00 a.m. Super Why!
7:30 a.m. Dinosaur Train
8:00 a.m. Clifford the Big Red Dog 
8:30 a.m. Martha Speaks
9:00 a.m. Arthur
9:30 a.m. WordGirl
10:00 a.m. The Electric Company
10:30 a.m. Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman
11:00 a.m. Cyberchase


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 linda.miller@wtvp.org





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