PBS ordered 25 additional episodes of the preschool series with episodes to begin airing later in 2014.
The series, a next-generation animated show for preschoolers, debuted in September 2012 and follows the children of the characters from the Neighborhood of Make-Believe on PBS classic “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”
Each episode of “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” includes two, 11-minute animated stories and one or two short, live-action segments. The live-action segments are filmed in Pittsburgh and in season two the segments at the end of each episode will be more reminiscent of Mister Rogers’ visits in the real world.
“We will have a set group of kids who will recur,” explained Paul Siefken, vice president of broadcast and digital media for The Fred Rogers Co. “When you see one of the children going out to visit the Benedum to see The Nutcracker … they get the opportunity to ask questions and meet with some of the behind-the-scenes people to find out more about how something works. … It’s exciting for us to be able to go a little further with the interstitials and have the children play more of the role Fred played in the original series, meeting people and asking them questions.”
Animated stories in the new season will explore what it means to be a big helper, dealing with change and making mistakes. There’s also a script in development based on Fred Rogers’ quote to “look for the helpers” in times of distress, a quote that gained new life on social media after the Newtown Elementary School shooting in 2012.
“We’re working on figuring out the right tone of the episode,” Mr. Siefken said. “We think it’s important to give kids a chance to see grownups are there to help them in good times and bad.”
Season two will also include new games on the show’s website, http://pbskids.org/daniel/, and those will continue to be built by the South Side’s Schell Games, which debuted a new game (“Make Believe”) on the site this week. A third digital release of music – on iTunes and Amazon – is expected next week to coincide with “Daniel’s Big Feelings Week” of new episodes airing Feb. 17-21. And the first two DVDs of episodes are available Feb. 25.
Read more in Wednesday's Post-Gazette.
Here is the official renewal announcement from PBS:
THE FRED ROGERS COMPANY ANNOUNCES SECOND SEASON
OF TOP-RATED PRESCHOOL HIT “DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD”
ON PBS KIDS
25 All-New Episodes Featuring the Adventures of Daniel Tiger and his Friends in the
Neighborhood of Make-Believe to Premiere Starting in 2014
Pittsburgh, PA, February 11, 2014 – There will soon be even more DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOODfor parents and preschoolers from coast-to-coast to love! The Fred Rogers Company has announced a second season of the ratings-winning animated hit, with 25 engaging new episodes to begin rolling out later this year, as well as new interactive games and digital experiences. Season 2 of the popular program, the first original TV series from The Fred Rogers Company since MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD, will feature a host of charming, relatable stories and catchy musical strategies that have become the show’s hallmark and helped it earn high marks among parents and preschoolers alike.
“The foundation of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood has always been the gentle life lessons pioneered by the inimitable Fred Rogers, and the success of the series in its first season shows that Fred’s methods continue to resonate strongly with children and families today,” said Paul Siefken, Vice President, Broadcast and Digital Media, The Fred Rogers Company.
“We’re delighted to bring a whole new season of this endearing show to life for fans young and old, helping parents navigate even more everyday preschool challenges – and providing some fun surprises along the way,” said Angela C. Santomero, Series Creator and Co-Executive Producer.
“Since its debut on PBS KIDS in September 2012, DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD has been a great success and season-to-date it has been one of our top three shows with moms every month,*” said Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children’s Programming, PBS. “We look forward to continuing to give families strategies to help their kids learn and grow with more episodes, digital games and apps from this family favorite.”
DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD was created by some of today’s preeminent innovators of quality children’s media. Creator Angela Santomero, from lead production partner Out of the Blue Enterprises, is co-executive producer, along with Kevin Morrison of The Fred Rogers Company and Vince Commisso of the award-winning animation studio 9 Story Entertainment. Each episode showcases two engaging stories starring 4-year-old Daniel Tiger and his best friends, who invite young viewers to come with them on fun adventures as they explore the colorful Neighborhood of Make-Believe. The innovative use of irresistible musical strategies reinforces the unique theme of every show, so that preschoolers and parents will want to sing along and incorporate them into their daily lives.
About The Fred Rogers Company
The company was founded by Fred Rogers in 1971 as the non-profit producer of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for PBS. In the years that followed, it not only created hundreds of episodes of this much-loved program, but also extended Fred’s values and approach to other efforts in promoting children’s social, emotional and behavioral health and supporting parents, caregivers, teachers and other professionals in their work with children. The Fred Rogers Company continues to build on Fred’s legacy in innovative ways through a wide variety of media, and engaging new generations of children and families with his timeless wisdom. For more information, visit us at www.fredrogers.org.
About Out of the Blue Enterprises
Out of the Blue Enterprises is a leader in children’s educational media, with a portfolio of breakthrough, interactive and curriculum-based entertainment concepts that span a variety of viable platforms, including television, video, mobile apps and consumer products. Out of the Blue creates and produces Super WHY, the hit Emmy-nominated literacy series on PBS KIDS; Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, the ratings-winning animated series inspired by Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood; and Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Room, and handles all licensing and merchandising activity for Super WHY and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. The company also develops top-rated mobile educational game apps, including Super WHY, Chuggington: Terrific Trainee and Colorforms: Revolution. Led by co-founders Angela C. Santomero, creator of the hit preschool entertainment franchise Blue’s Clues, and Samantha Freeman, a former Nickelodeon and toy industry executive, Out of the Blue aims to engage kids and families with age-appropriate, entertaining, and engaging learning experiences. www.outoftheblueenterprises.com
About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, mobile and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer- and mobile-device-based browsers. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.
*Ratings source: NTI NPower, Live+ 7 AA% Ratings among Ladies of the Household with Kids under 3 years-old, PBS Top Rated Kids Programs and Monthly Highlights October, November and December 2013.