Sunday, July 31, 2011

Son of Mister Rogers' Make-Believe Pal, Gets PBS Series

The Wrap -- Maybe because "Bob Dog's Neighborhood" just doesn't have thesame ring to it, PBS has greenlighted a new animated series for preschoolers called "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood," the first show produced by the Fred Rogers Company since "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."

The series, which PBS' senior vice president of children's media Lesli Rotenberg announced at the Television Critics Association press tour on Sunday morning, will revolve around four-year-old Daniel Tiger, the son of Daniel Striped Tiger, the always questioning and timid pal of Mister Rogers who resided in the Land of Make Believe in the original series.

The premise of the cartoon is that some of the characters from the original Land of Make Believe have grown up and have pre-schoolers of their own. The series is in production now and will launch in the fall of 2012.

Rotenberg also said that the upcoming season of "Sesame Street," its 42nd, would have a guest appearance by "Bored to Death" star Jason Schwartzman in a segment called "Cast Iron Chefs" and that Elvis Costello will duet with Elmo.

There will also be a "Glee" spoof called -- "G."

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