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KCET Children's Schedule and 24/7 Kids & Family Channel
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
airs Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and on weekends from
5:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and provides an entertaining and informative
alternative to network programming for children. Joining the KCET line-up are productions from The Jim Henson
Company, Sid & Marty Krofft, Cookie Jar Entertainment and more.
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.
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
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
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,
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
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
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.
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