PBS Kids Sprout(SM) Puts 'Em to Sleep With Non-Stop 'Snooze-A-Thon' on Christmas Eve

Preschool Network's Alternative to the Television "Yule Log" Airs

Uninterrupted for 11 Hours Beginning at 7:00 P.M. ET on December 24

Sprout Also to Debut Two U.S. Television Premiere Movies This Holiday


Dec 05, 2007, 00:00 ET from PBS KIDS Sprout

    PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 5 /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 offering a unique
 solution this Christmas Eve for parents trying to get their little ones
 settled down and ready for bed.
     From 7:00 p.m. ET on December 24 straight through to 6:00 a.m. ET
 Christmas morning, Sprout will air its first "Snooze-A-Thon," an 11-hour,
 uninterrupted block showcasing popular nighttime host Nina and her puppet
 sidekick Star from The Good Night Show(R) snoozing comfortably on the set.
 So, no matter what time of night the kids are up checking for the sound of
 reindeer hooves on the roof, parents can tune into Sprout to show them that
 even their favorite television friends are fast asleep waiting for Santa to
 arrive with their presents.
     "Parents have told us that bedtime is the most challenging time of day,
 and getting children settled in on Christmas Eve can be even more
 difficult," said Andrew Beecham, senior vice president of programming for
 PBS KIDS Sprout. "We help parents wind down their kids each night with The
 Good Night Show, but wanted to do something unique with Nina and Star for
 this special night."
     Sprout is kicking off the holiday season with two U.S. television movie
 premieres: Caillou's Holiday Movie from Cookie Jar Entertainment, which
 premieres on Wednesday, December 12 at 4:30 p.m. ET; and Bob the Builder: A
 Christmas to Remember from HIT Entertainment, which premieres on Tuesday,
 December 18 at 4:30 p.m. ET and features music from Elton John.
     For additional information and programming schedules visit
 SproutOnline.com or to find out where Sprout is available in your area,
 call 1.866.9.SPROUT.
     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, HIT
 Entertainment, PBS and Sesame Workshop. Since debuting its video on demand
 (VOD) service in April 2005, PBS KIDS Sprout has become the #1 On Demand
 service for younger children, generating over 300 million orders. The
 24-hour digital channel, which launched in September 2005 along with the
 website (SproutOnline.com), is the only channel that follows the day of
 child from breakfast to bedtime with its distinctive programming.
 Currently, Sprout is available in 35 million unique households.
     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(R), Teletubbies(TM), Dragon Tales(TM), Pingu(TM), Make Way For
 Noddy(TM), Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks(TM) and more.