PBS Press Tour, Los Angeles, CA, July 31, 2011 — This morning, at the Television Critics Association’s Summer Press Tour, PBS announced the launch of production for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, a new animated multi-platform series inspired by one of the most beloved PBS classic television series, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The new preschool series is an animated version of the original Neighborhood of Make Believe in which a four-year-old Daniel Tiger is the star of the show who talks directly to the home audience inviting them in to his world. The first television series produced by The Fred Rogers Company since Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood will launch in Fall 2012 on-air on PBS KIDS, along with a robust website, including free, interactive games for kids, online resources for parents and teachers, and other cross-platform content.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is based on the next generation of the original Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood characters. All of the original characters have grown up and now have preschoolers of their own. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood stories revolve around a four-year-old Daniel Tiger, son of the original Daniel Tiger, and his preschool friends. The series uses musical strategies grounded in Fred Rogers’ landmark curriculum and music. In this way, the songs will give parents and kids a concrete way to practice important pro-social skills together.