PBS KIDS 'Arthur' to Premiere 16th Season with New Character, Ladonna
via press release:
ARTHUR Kicks Off Sweet 16 Season by Welcoming a New Friend to Elwood City on PBS KIDS
Season Premiere Features New Character Ladonna Compson,
a Louisiana Native with the Gift of Gab
Part of Five Brand-New Episodes Airing Monday-Friday, October 15-19
(check local listings)
(Boston, MA, Monday, September 17, 2012) ARTHUR, television’s longest-running children’s animated series, returns for a 16th season with five all-new episodes featuring new adventures, new laughs, and a brand-new character on PBS KIDS!
In the two-part season premiere, “Based on a True Story,” we meet Ladonna Compson, a Louisiana native with the gift of gab. Ladonna charms Arthur and friends with her amazing “true” stories. But are her stories really fact…or fiction?
“We’re delighted to welcome Ladonna to the ARTHUR family. We know many kids will relate to her struggles to fit in and make new friends at school,” noted Executive Producer Carol Greenwald. “We trust that fans will enjoy Ladonna’s many stories as much as we do!”
Check out this exclusive sneak preview: http://tinyurl.com/9k5haxs
And don’t miss the debut of Elwood City’s newest resident on Monday, October 15 on PBS KIDS (check local listings)!
The fun continues throughout the week with four new episodes airing Tuesday, October 16 through Friday, October 19. Episode descriptions and airdates below:
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
When Muffy posts a goofy video of Francine on the Muffington Post, Francine worries she will become the laughing stock of the entire school. Can Francine regain her dignity? Or will she have to swap her cleats for clown shoes?
“Muffy Takes the Wheel”
It’s the 1st Annual Lakewood Derby and Muffy’s revved up! But when she enlists her dad to help her make the winning car, he completely takes over. Can Muffy hit the brakes on this runaway project? Or will she be left in the dust?
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
“All About D.W.”
When Emily gets the starring role in the preschool play, D.W. is beside herself with jealousy. She should be Little Red Riding Hood, not Tree #2! Undeterred, D.W. appoints herself Emily’s understudy (just in case!). But when the big moment arrives, can D.W. handle the spotlight?
D.W. and Emily are upset when they get stuck with the blocks at playtime. But apathy turns to obsession when they begin building their dream house. Forget snacks and naptime! They’ve got a palastle to build!
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Everyone loves HUGO-the new interactive whiteboard that claims to be 100% accurate. If only Mr. Ratburn knew how to use it…After a crash course from Brain, Mr. Ratburn embraces the high tech teaching tool; that is, until HUGO corrects him in front of the class. Let the battle of rat vs. machine begin!
Mei Lin can say “hello” AND play the piano?!? Kate can’t even wave! Worried about her sister’s future, D.W. enlists the help of Brain to determine if Kate is above average, below average, or (gulp!) just average-average…Meanwhile, Kate and Pal are puzzled by D.W.’s odd behavior and vow to find a “cure.”
Friday, October 19, 2012
“Night of the Tibble”
The Tibble Twins are having their first sleepover! The lucky victim…err, guest: James. Will the Tibbles lock him in the dark basement? Strap him to the terrifying Flatter Fling? Serve him cupcakes and cookies for dinner?!?
“Read and Flumberghast”
A cupcake’s been stolen! The primary suspect: Tommy Tibble. D.W. gathers a jury and demands that justice be served. Can D.W. get Tommy to confess? Or will she lose control of this kangaroo court?
Join Arthur and friends for these and other adventures beginning Monday, October 15 on PBS KIDS! And stay tuned for more new episodes in Spring 2013!
Join ARTHUR online at pbskids.org/arthur
Come visit the redesigned ARTHUR website at pbskids.org/arthur. On the site, you can watch your favorite ARTHUR videos and sing along to classic ARTHUR songs with the karaoke feature. Connect with Arthurand friends and explore interactive surprises on every page!
The ARTHUR website is also home to a variety of educational materials, including resources, lesson plans, and activities, to help kids gain a better appreciation for the world around them. Visit the ARTHUR website at pbskids.org/arthur and watch video clips and full episodes at pbskids.org/video.
ARTHUR, based on the best-selling books by Marc Brown, is television’s longest-running children’s animated series. Over the past 15 seasons, ARTHUR has remained one of the highest-rated weekday children’s series on PBS among children 6-11. ARTHUR has won numerous awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award, a BAFTA, and six Daytime Emmys®-four for Outstanding Children’s Animated Program. ARTHUR is produced by WGBH Boston and 9 Story Entertainment. Executive producers are Carol Greenwald (WGBH), Vince Commisso (9 Story), and Marc Brown (Marc Brown Studios). Directed by Greg Bailey. Funding for ARTHUR is provided by public television viewers. Corporate funding is provided by Chuck E. Cheese’s®.
About WGBH Boston
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the leading producer of primetime and children’s programs for PBS, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and Martha Speaks. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio, a leader in educational multimedia, and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to the 36 million Americans who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards…even two Oscars. For more information, visit http://www.wgbh.org.
About 9 Story Entertainment
9 Story Entertainment is one of the industry’s leading creators, producers, and distributors of award-winning animated and live action content for young audiences around the world. With an extensive animation studio in Toronto, 9 Story has 200 creative and production staff, and has produced over 600 half hours of quality children’s and family programming, seen on some of the most respected children’s channels and platforms around the world. The company’s distribution arm, 9 Story Enterprises, offers a rapidly growing catalogue which includes several beloved brands such as Wibbly Pig, Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars, Wild Kratts, Almost Naked Animals, and the new season of Arthur. Their much-anticipated new shows include Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Camp Lakebottom, and the primetime animated comedy Fugget About It. For more information, visit http://www.9story.com.
About PBS KIDS
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