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Daniel Tigers Neighborhood debuts on AETN Sept. 3
Posted 11 Sep 2012
A new generation of preschool neighbors will get to experience the Neighborhood of Make-Believe when Daniel Tigers Neighborhood premieres Monday, Sept. 3, at 10 a.m. on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN).
Daniel Tigers Neighborhood premieres with a special one-hour block of two back-to-back episodes. Following its debut, the series will air on AETN Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and repeat at 12:30 p.m.
As the first TV series inspired by the iconic, award-winning Mister Rogers Neighborhood, The Fred Rogers Company program Daniel Tigers Neighborhood stars 4-year-old Daniel Tiger, the son of the original series Daniel Striped Tiger. Each episode consists of two engaging stories that center on a common early learning theme, building on recent research that proves what Fred Rogers advocated throughout his career: social and emotional competencies are the building blocks of doing well in school in life.
Preschoolers ages 2 to 4 are invited to step into Daniels world, where they closely follow and share Daniels everyday adventures. Together, young viewers and their families learn fun and practical strategies and skills necessary as they observe the Neighborhood of Make-Believe from a kids-eye view.
No one knew better than Fred Rogers how to connect with children, Bill Isler, president of The Fred Rogers Company, said. And, like Fred, Daniel Tiger will visit preschoolers every day.
Daniel Tigers Neighborhood is an exciting new series with all the right elements to appeal to todays children and families. Its well-poised to become a much-loved classic for years to come.
Reminiscent of Mister Rogers Neighborhood, Daniel Tiger begins his day by donning his red sweater, tying his sneakers and inviting his friends at home into the bright and lively Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Daniel Tigers Neighborhood features the next generation of the original characters from the classic program, including O the Owl, who lives with his Uncle X; Katerina Kittycat, daughter of Henrietta Pussycat; Prince Wednesday, King Fridays youngest family member; and Miss Elaina, who lives with her parents, Lady Elaine Fairchilde and Music Man Stan.
The series will be accompanied by interactive content for young viewers, their parents and teachers, including a website featuring a variety of games that offer preschoolers the chance to ride through the Neighborhood on Trolley, pick up Daniel and his friends, and further explore Daniels world and daily routines. Complementary resources for each episode will also be available online for parents, caregivers and teachers.
Over the course of more than 40 years, Mister Rogers Neighborhood, PBS longest-running childrens series, earned four Daytime Emmys. As a testament to his legacy, Rogers received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997 and was recognized in 2002 with a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nations highest civilian honor, for his contributions to childrens development and education using broadcast television.
AETN airs Mister Rogers Neighborhood Saturdays at 5 a.m. and Sundays at 8:30 a.m., as well as weekends at 10 a.m. on AETN-3.