KCET ADDS NEW PROGRAMS TO CHILDREN'S SCHEDULE AND DEDICATES ALL NEW 24/7 CHANNEL TO CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
The Jim Henson Company and Sid & Marty Krofft Join KCET Line-Up
Los Angeles - January 19, 2011 - KCET continues its longtime commitment to quality children's programming with the launch of a new children's schedule, which premiered Saturday, January 1. In addition KCET, now the largest independent public television station in the country, launched KCET Kids & Family Channel, a new 24/7 digital multicast channel dedicated to serving young viewers, their families and caregivers with a distinctive mix of quality programming in English and Spanish.
"KCET has a stellar reputation as a provider of quality content for children and their parents and caregivers," says Joyce Campbell, KCET Vice President, Education and Children's Programming. "We are delighted with the new programs we have for broadcast on KCET in the new year, as well as a whole new channel of programming for kids and families which allows us to provide viewers with quality content in English and Spanish designed to encourage learning and discovery together."
MORNING CHILDREN'S BLOCK ON KCET
With Jim Henson's Construction Site, a production of the celebrated The Jim Henson Company, children enter a special place beyond the fence where, through the antics of the machines, children are exposed to important messages about the nature of learning, thinking and behaving. Children learn along with Digs and his friends as they find out the importance of certain beliefs, strategies and behaviors for learning and doing their best. The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, also a production of The Jim Henson Company, features the whimsical tales and of some of the favorite characters created by celebrated children's author Theodore Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss). The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss stars the Grinch, his dog Max, Terrence, Horton, Yertle and all the residents of Seussville. Helping children understand valuable lessons about friendship, imagination and much more, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss is fun entertainment for the whole family.
KCET also brings two legendary 1970 series from Sid and Marty Krofft back to weekend mornings, in The Sid & Marty Krofft hour. The Krofft brothers, puppeteers who have been producing entertainment treasured by families for 50 years, are creators of H.R. Pufnstuf and Lidsville. H.R. Pufnstuf follows the adventures of Jimmy, who finds himself on Living Island, and meets a kindly dragon named H.R. Pufnstuf. Together they encounter an imaginative world and try to escape the antics of "mean ol' Witchiepoo." In Lidsville, Mark (Butch Patrick) falls into a world of lively hats inhabited by a friendly Genie (Billie Hayes) and an evil magician (Charles Nelson Reilly) as he searches for a way back home.
Curiosities are everywhere in Cookie Jar Entertainment's Busytown Mysteries - and so are Huckle Cat, Lowly Worm, Sally Cat, Hilda Hippo, plus Pig Will and Pig Won't. Each episode is an innovative blend of humor and learning based around six unforgettable friends and many other colorful characters from the amazing world of Richard Scarry's books. Viewers follow the friends as they scour Busytown looking for the answer to the episode's mystery. Looking for fun and adventure - with everyone driving their own unique vehicle - getting there is half the fun!
The animated series PEEP and the Big Wide World gives wings to the innovative idea of teaching science to preschoolers. Wry and distinctive visual humor, charming plotlines, and lovable characters combine with a comprehensive science program to attract and engage kids three to five years old. Set in and around a pond, a bush, and a tin can, the show follows a newly hatched chicken named Peep, and his friends Chirp and Quack (a robin and a duck), on their daily adventures. Surrounding them is a large urban park -- a place of great wonder and mystery, a place they are forever eager to explore, a place they call "the big wide world." Each half-hour episode contains two stories which highlight specific science concepts, plus two live-action shorts presenting real kids playing and experimenting with these concepts in their own big wide worlds. Narrated by award-winning comedienne Joan Cusack, with a theme song performed by Taj Mahal, PEEP and the Big Wide World is a funny, engaging series that celebrates being curious, being adventurous, and, for at least one character, being a duck.
Mustard Pancakes features singer/songwriter Courtney Campbell, and her family of fun-loving friends. Each episode mirrors a slice of everyday life, from problems to celebrations and everything in between. Courtney lives with her cat, Mr. D., and her three dogs, Oogleberry Ink Dog, Tiny Tina Ten Toes and Mo. Courtney's home and her offbeat family are warm, friendly and inviting. A cozy place where all children feel comfortable hanging out, singing songs and hearing stories.
Programming also includes KCET's Peabody Award winning series A Place of Our Own and Los Niños en Su Casa, which provide parents and caregivers of young children the tips and guidance needed to raise healthy, happy children.
Monday through Sunday
5:30 a.m. Raggs
6:00 a.m. Los Niños en Su Casa
6:30 a.m. Jim Henson's Construction Site (Spanish)
7:00 a.m. Jim Henson's Construction Site
7:30 a.m. The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss
8:00 a.m. Richard Scarry's Busytown Mysteries
8:30 a.m. Peep and the Big Wide World/ Pocoyo
9:00 a.m. Mustard Pancakes
9:30 a.m. A Place of Our Own
Saturday and Sunday
The Monday - Friday schedule continues on Saturdays from 5:30 - 9:00 a.m.
9:30 a.m. Sid & Marty Krofft's H.R. Pufnstuf
10:00 a.m. Sid & Marty Krofft's Lidsville
10:30 a.m. A Place of Our Own
KCET KIDS & FAMILY CHANNEL
KCET Kids & Family (KCETFAM) features lively, entertaining, educational and multilingual programs from well-known producers including The Jim Henson Company, Knight's Cove Entertainment and American Public Television. Informative, inspiring, educational and entertaining, the programming covers a range of topics that positively impacts the lives of children and families. Among the many themes featured are making healthy choices, learning sign language, fun ways to explore science, discovering creative approaches to problem solving, plus exploring personal growth, kid friendly financial lessons and more. KCET Kids & Family Channel will be available on 28.2, Time Warner Cable ch. 237, Cox ch. 103 and Charter ch. 310.
KCET Kids & Family also provides programming for children entering their tweens, including My Hometown from the television arm of Canada's Knightscove Media Corp. Additional tween programming includes, American Public Television's BizKid$, an entertaining, fast-paced series that teaches kids how to use credit wisely and how to be their own financial managers, and The Saddle Club, a series that follows three 12-year-old heroines who form the Saddle Club at Pine Hollow Stables; relationships and personal development are emphasized as the girls meet the challenges of riding and caring for their horses, while juggling school, home and growing up.
Additional programs include Big Green Rabbit, which encourages families to make good decisions about their health and the health of the planet; Signing Time, the multi-sensory series that introduces children and their parents to American Sign Language (ASL), a "hands-on" second language used by millions; Wild Animal Baby Explorers, a series that empowers children to investigate the wonders of the natural world; Zula Patrol, a dynamic, focused and fun learning experience about science and exploration that inspires children to think innovatively and approach problems evenhandedly; Wunderkind Little Amadeus, a series about young Mozart on his boyhood adventures set against the composer's unforgettable compositions that inspire children to make their own music and discover ways to overcome challenges with clever musical solutions; Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series, based on Lucy Montgomery's classic novels, the series follows the adventures of 10-year-old Anne Shirley as she faces timeless problems kids face such as self-esteem, gossip, bullying, friendship, sharing and more; Curiosity Quest, an upbeat educational family program that sends host Joel Greene to search for answers to viewers' questions; and Wyland's Art Studio, featuring conservationist and marine-life artist Wyland as he takes viewers step-by-step through the creative process behind his photorealistic paintings and offers environmental tips.
On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. With a viewership of 3.6 million viewers in the average month, KCET becomes the largest independent public television station in the country effective January 1, 2011. KCET is the second most-watched public television station in the U.S. and has the largest geographic reach of any public television station in California. Nationally produced series from the station's Hollywood studios include Sid The Science Kid and the Peabody Award-winning series A Place Of Our Own and Los Niños En Su Casa, series for caregivers of young children.
Past KCET productions for PBS have included School: The Story Of American Public Education, narrated by Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep; American Family, the first primetime drama to feature an all-Hispanic cast; The First Year, a documentary about five beginning teachers in the Los Angeles public school system; Storytime, a series aimed at getting young children interested in stories and books; and Puzzle Place, a single comedy/drama storyline featuring a multiethnic cast of puppets who helped children learn about sharing, decision making and other daily encounters in a child's life.
Throughout its more than 40-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. More than half of the funds raised to support KCET's operating budget come from individual support. For additional information about KCET productions, Web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit www.kcet.org.