PBS KIDS Sprout(SM) Celebrates First Birthday With Month-Long Birthday Bash, New Shows and Movie Premieres - Video and Photos Available

New Fall 2006 Programming Includes the Emmy Award-Winning Jakers! The

Adventures of Piggley Winks(TM), Sprout Diner, The Birthday Show and more

Aug 23, 2006, 01:00 ET from PBS KIDS Sprout

    PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- PBS KIDS Sprout, the first and
 only 24-hour preschool destination available on TV, on demand and online
 for kids ages 2-5 and their parents and caregivers, is celebrating its
 first birthday this September with a month-long birthday bash filled with
 surprises, three new programs and two world television premieres.
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     In less than one year, Sprout has not only expanded its distribution to
 almost 20 million households, but it has been recognized for excellence in
 programming and marketing with five Telly Awards, seven Promax/BDA Awards
 and two Mark Awards. Additionally, Sprout's most recent Q Score (measuring
 familiarity and appeal) outranked all other kids' networks and topped both
 Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny among moms of kids ages 2-5. Sprout is the #1
 Kids On Demand service with over 100 million VOD orders since Sprout On
 Demand launched in April 2005.
                                 Birthday Bash
     Movie Premieres & Other Surprises
     All month long, beloved Sprout friends like Bob The Builder(TM),
 Barney(TM), Big Bird, Noddy(TM), Caillou(R) and Angelina Ballerina(TM) will
 deliver special on-air birthday greetings throughout the day. From
 Thursday, September 21 through Tuesday, September 26, Birthday Host Kevin
 will present a daily three-hour block from 3-6 p.m. ET that features
 Sprout's own Mr. Mailman delivering presents to children who unwrap them to
 reveal the next birthday- themed show. The biggest presents will be the
 world television premieres of Angelina's Princess Dance on Thursday,
 September 21 at 5:00 p.m. ET and Bob the Builder's first musical special,
 Bob the Builder: Built to be Wild on Tuesday, September 26 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
     The Birthday Show
     Although Sprout's actual birthday is on Tuesday, September 26, the
 on-air party begins much earlier. The Birthday Show premieres on Monday,
 September 11. Hosted by Sprout's own Kevin, this new and expanded Sprout
 favorite will be enhanced with fun-filled birthday party ideas for kids and
 parents, including games, crafts, and party planning tips in addition to
 expanded daily readings of homemade birthday cards submitted by viewers and
 the Sprout birthday song. Replacing Sprout's original daily "birthday
 segments," The Birthday Show will continue beyond the month of September
 airing throughout the day as part of Sprout's regular programming.
                         New Sprout Season...New Shows
     Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks(TM)
     Kicking off Sprout's new fall schedule on Sunday, September 10 is the
 debut of the six-time Emmy Award-winning Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley
 Winks. The new animated series launches with a special three-hour Grand
 "Tails" Day block hosted by Grandpa Piggley Winks in honor of National
 Grandparents Day. Featuring six back-to-back episodes of Jakers!, this
 special block will begin at noon ET and repeat again at 3:00 p.m. ET.
 Moving forward, Jakers! will air every day on Sprout at 4:00 p.m. ET.
     Jakers! follows the adventures of Piggley Winks and his friends Dannan
 the duck and Ferny the bull on Raloo Farm in the rural Irish village of
 Tara in the 1950s. It draws upon the rich heritage of storytelling and
 intergenerational communication to invite children into an imaginative,
 diverse world and engage young viewers in adventures that teach important
 life lessons. Viewers are encouraged to log onto
 http://www.sproutletsgrow.com/grandtails (launching 8/28) for ways to
 celebrate Grandparents Day with Jakers! and Sprout.
     The Good Night Show
     Beginning the following evening at 6:00 p.m. ET, Noel MacNeal, an Emmy-
 nominated, 20-year veteran of children's television, will join The Good
 Night Show as Leo, the series' special guest host. Helping parents wind
 down their kids after a busy day, Leo will play games, sing songs and
 create bedtime stories with Star, the lovable and lively star-shaped
 puppet. New to The Good Night Show will be Lucy, an enchanting puppet
 firefly, who will help introduce episodes of Sprout favorites such as
 Dragon Tales(TM), Angelina Ballerina(TM) and Bob The Builder(TM). Best
 known for his role as Bear in Bear in the Big Blue House(TM) and Breakfast
 With Bear(TM), and as a long-time performer on Sesame Street(R), as well as
 Blue's Room(TM) and Oobi(TM), MacNeal will act as special guest host Leo
 while Sprout continues its multi-city search for the new host of The Good
 Night Show, which will tape its third season later this fall.
     Sprout Diner
     The following week, opening its doors on Monday, September 18, will be
 Sprout Diner, a new Sprout original short-form program designed to
 encourage preschool children to eat healthy foods and to inspire parents
 and caregivers with healthy eating ideas. Each animated episode features
 its own nutritious and fun recipe inspired by popular preschool characters
 like Barney, Elmo, the Teletubbies, Noddy, Sagwa, Caillou and the
 Berenstain Bears. Sprout Diner owner Brussel Sprout, his daughter Bean and
 her daughter Alfalfa create healthy, nutritious dishes for each character
 that calls in to order after a hard day's play.
     Children and their parents are encouraged to visit
 http://www.sproutletsgrow.com to download the recipes so they can make them
 together at home. KidsHealth.org, a national non-profit children's health
 organization and the web's most visited children's health site, acted as
 nutritional consultants for the recipes which include yummy, healthy treats
 like Bob's Berry Delicious Shake, Elmo's Funny Face Pizza Pies and Barney's
 Purple Hummus Dip.
     About Sprout
     PBS KIDS Sprout(SM), the first and only 24-hour preschool destination
 available on TV, on demand and online for kids ages 2-5 and their parents
 and caregivers, was created as a partnership among Comcast Corporation, the
 country's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications
 products and services; HIT Entertainment, a leading provider of quality
 entertainment for young children; PBS (Public Broadcasting Service), the
 most trusted distributor of award-winning children's programming; and
 Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame
     Since debuting its video on demand (VOD) service in April 2005, PBS
 KIDS Sprout has become the #1 Kids On Demand service, generating over 100
 million orders since launch. The 24-hour digital channel, which launched in
 September 2005 along with the website (http://www.sproutletsgrow.com), is
 available on digital cable and satellite to almost 20 million committed
 subscribers. The network's program lineup of gold-standard,
 curriculum-based children's shows includes: Sesame Street(R), Bob the
 Builder(TM), Barney & Friends(TM), Thomas & Friends(TM), Angelina
 Ballerina(TM), Sagwa: The Chinese Siamese Cat(TM), Caillou(R), The
 Berenstain Bears(TM), Jay Jay the Jet Plane(TM), Teletubbies(TM), Dragon
 Tales(TM), Pingu(TM), Make Way For Noddy(TM), Jakers! The Adventures of
 Piggley Winks(TM) and more.