Video: PBS KIDS Sprout(SM) Launches Television's Only Live Preschool Morning Program: The Sunny Side Up Show Hosted, live programming provides preschoolers and their parents a place to

gather and prepare for the day ahead, share birthdays, ideas, crafts and


Show debuts Wednesday, September 26, 2007, 9:00 a.m. ET

    PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 19 /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, will launch television's only live preschool morning
 program, The Sunny Side Up Show, on Wednesday, September 26, 2007 at 9:00
 a.m. ET. This new three hour block will link Sprout's gold-standard shows,
 such as Barney & Friends(TM) and Bob The Builder(TM), with live, hosted
 segments that create a warm, welcoming and fun environment where
 preschoolers and their parents and caregivers can gather each weekday
 morning to prepare for the day ahead and share birthdays, greetings, ideas,
 crafts and interact live with the hosts (via email submissions through
     To view the Multimedia News Release, go to:
     Hosted by Kevin Yamada, who most recently served as host for Sprout's
 The Birthday Show, and Philadelphia-based actress Kelly Vrooman, The Sunny
 Side Up Show takes place inside a whimsical barn in the hills of Sprout
 with staging such a toaster-shaped monitor displaying viewer-submitted
 artwork and photos and a crate-desk for the show's two hosts who will
 rotate weekly. Each day, the host is joined on-air by Chica, a witty,
 playful chicken puppet who communicates with kazoo-like sounds only
 understandable by the hosts. Chica will also supply surprise eggs that can
 be cracked open for clues, games and even a joke-of-the-day.
     Each week, The Sunny Side Up Show will explore a new theme ranging from
 colors, numbers and letters to manners, gardening and pets. Themes will
 also reflect holidays including Halloween, Thanksgiving and Mother's Day.
 Special guests will stop by to visit on a regular basis, so on any given
 day, viewers could get a special treat from a Sesame Street(R) character
 like Big Bird, or Nina from Sprout's The Good Night Show.
     "The show's live aspect allows for viewer interaction to be immediate
 and unique, creating a true sense of community," said Andrew Beecham,
 senior vice president of programming for Sprout. "We've been celebrating
 birthdays on Sprout since we launched two years ago, and The Sunny Side Up
 Show takes this concept of a preschool network made 'for you, by you' to a
 whole new level."
     Sandy Wax, president of Sprout added, "The Sunny Side Up Show rounds
 out our network's distinctive programming line-up that follows the day of
 the preschooler from breakfast to bedtime. Whether you are starting your
 day with our live morning show, discovering new things every afternoon with
 The Let's Go Show, or getting ready for bed each night with The Good Night
 Show, Sprout is always there to share in what's important to preschoolers
 and their families." will play a key role in the show's unique, live
 interaction between viewers and hosts linking preschoolers and their
 parents to the live broadcast encouraging them to share thoughts. For
 example, "What's the weather like where you live?" or "How will you be a
 good egg today and help out at home?" Parents, along with their
 preschoolers, will be able to submit messages and send photos through the
 website directly to the hosts who may share their submissions live on the
     Recently, the Webby Award-winning launched enhanced
 features that included preschooler generated content, parent blogs, new
 games, character pages and more. The site's password protected "My
 Refrigerator" section, the first user-generated, art sharing online
 community for preschoolers and their families, allows parents to upload
 their children's favorite photos and homemade artwork; communicate with
 friends and family through the private Sprout Mail center; keep track of
 their preschooler's favorite games and activities; and view fun event dates
 and activity recommendations from Sprout.
     Fore more information on Sprout and any of its programs, go to
     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 250 million orders. The
 24-hour digital channel, which launched in September 2005 along with the
 website (, is the only channel that follows the day of
 child from breakfast to bedtime with its distinctive programming.
 Currently, Sprout is available in 34 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.


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