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PBS Renews ‘Daniel Tiger,’ ‘Odd Squad,’ From Fred Rogers Co.

Daniel Tiger will have a few more beautiful days in “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,”  while the team of agents from “Odd Squad” will have many more problems to solve. PBS has renewed each program, both produced by the Fred Rogers Company, for a third season and second season, respectively.

The third season of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” will feature 20 new episodes, slated to begin rolling out in 2016. Meanwhile, “Odd Squad” will kick off in 2016 with 25 live-action episodes. Both series will also offer new games on the PBS Kids website, pbskids.org.

“We are thrilled to extend our mission with new adventures from ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’ and ‘Odd Squad,’ two series that help kids learn strategies for overcoming obstacles and model positive life skills such as problem solving and collaboration,” said Lesli Rotenberg, general manager of children’s media for PBS, in a prepared statement.

Fred Rogers passed away in 2003, but the Pittsburgh-based company he founded has moved away from simply backing old repeats of his famous kids’ program and instead moved forward by launching three new kid-focused series in the span of just two years. A third PBS Kids program, “Peg + Cat,” which focuses on math skills, was recently renewed for a new season also set to start in 2016.

“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” the first original show from the Fred Rogers Company since it launched the iconic “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” was nominated for the 2015 Television Critics’ Association Award for outstanding achievement in youth programming. The program, which airs daily on PBS Kids, has been one of the top 5 children’s series for ages 2-5 throughout the 2014-15 season, according to the Fred Rogers Company. The show also  garnered more than 45 million video streams in May 2015 across all PBS Kids digital platforms, making it the second most-streamed show on PBS Kids. Executive producers of the series are Angela C. Santomero, Kevin Morrison of the Fred Rogers Company, and Vince Commisso of 9 Story Entertainment.

Odd Squad is a live-action series designed to help kids between 5 and 8 build math, problem-solving and collaboration skills. The show focuses on young agents who are part of an agency that investigates unusual occurrences. The program is created by Tim McKeon and Adam Peltzman and produced by Sinking Ship Entertainment and the Fred Rogers Company. The second season of “Odd Squad” is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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