PBS is returning to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood a decade after the series ended with a new animated spin-off.
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood will feature original Mister Rogers characters who still live in the Neighborhood of Make Believe, but have since grown up and now have children of their own, PBS announced Sunday at PBS' fall TV preview session. Daniel Tiger, the 4-year-old son of the original Tiger, will be the new series' star.
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood ran on PBS from 1968 to 2001, with repeats airing until 2008. Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood will be the first show from the Fred Rogers Co. since the original program. The new show will debut in fall of 2012 as part of the PBS Kids lineup.
"Fred Rogers revolutionized children's media with Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, and Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood continues on this path of innovation, helping the next generation of young children learn and grow in new ways," said Lesli Rotenberg, a PBS senior vice president. "Joining the PBS Kids family of series that cover important curricular areas like literacy and science, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood fills a critical gap in children's media today: modeling the behaviors and habits that kids need in order to excel in formal learning settings — essentially, learning how to learn."
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