via press release:
MEL BROOKS, REBECCA ROMIJN, JENNA ELFMAN, DORIS ROBERTS,
FREDDY RODRIGUEZ AND SARAH CHALKE GUEST STAR ON DISNEY JUNIOR’S “SPECIAL AGENT OSO” DURING A STAR-STUDDED WEEK OF NEW EPISODES,
BEGINNING MONDAY, APRIL 4
Mel Brooks, Rebecca Romijn, Jenna Elfman, Doris Roberts, Freddy Rodriguez and Sarah Chalke will guest star in new episodes of Disney Junior’s Emmy-nominated series, “Special Agent Oso,” beginning MONDAY, APRIL 4 (1:00-1:30 p.m. ET/PT) on Disney Channel. The star-studded week of new episodes includes Brooks as a sleepy grandpa, Romijn as a helpful department store clerk, Elfman as a safety-conscious mom, Roberts as a forgiving grandma, Rodriguez as a health-conscious dad and Chalke as a preschool director. Academy Award-nominee Sean Astin stars as the voice of Special Agent Oso, a fuzzy, lovable, bumbling stuffed panda bear special agent-in-training who enlists the help of viewers at home to complete his missions.
Comedy legend Brooks said of his guest role: “I did ‘Special Agent Oso’ because my five-year-old grandson Henry watches the show and I wanted to surprise him with an appearance.”
Since the launch of Disney Junior on February 14, “Special Agent Oso’s” weekday 1:00 p.m. telecast is up 150% from the year-ago time period average with Kids 2-5. Its weekday 6:30 a.m. telecast ranks No. 1 in the time period, up 38% from last year and defeating Nick Jr. by 57%. [Source: MNR L+SD Averages (2/14/11-2/28/11; note SAO did not air on 2/21/11)]
The premiere week schedule is as follows (all at 1:00 p.m., ET/PT):
MONDAY, APRIL 4
“Snapfinger/On Old MacDonald’s Special Song” – Oso helps teach Spencer and Nicole how to snap their fingers to their favorite tune. In the second story, Oso steps in to help Henry learn how to play “Old MacDonald” on the piano while Grandpa Mel (Mel Brooks) naps nearby.
TUESDAY, APRIL 5
“License to Order/Table Manners are Forever” – Oso helps Anastasija order her own healthy meal at a restaurant. Freddy Rodriguez (“Ugly Betty”) voices the role of Anastasija’s health-conscious father. In the second story, Oso teaches Zack table manners in preparation for a fancy dinner.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6
“Lost and Get Found/A View to the Truth” – When Juan gets separated from his mother in a department store, Oso helps him stay calm and teaches him what to do when he gets lost. Rebecca Romijn (“X-Men”) guest stars as Miss Garcia, a store clerk who helps Oso reunite Juan with his mom. In the second story, Oso helps Lena learn how to tell her Grandma (Doris Roberts of “Everybody Loves Raymond”) the truth about a broken vase.
THURSDAY, APRIL 7
“A View to a Fire Drill/Thunderbelt” – Oso leads Marie and her friends through a practice fire drill. In the second story, Oso teaches Maya how to buckle her seat belt before she and her safety-conscious mom (Jenna Elfman of “Dharma and Greg”) head to a picnic.
FRIDAY, APRIL 8
“Quantum of Celery/Drink Another Day” – Oso assists Audrey with making a healthy snack that she can bring to school and helps Athena learn how to drink from the water fountain at the playground when preschool director Miss Kalfas (Sarah Chalke of “Mad Love”) encourages her students to stay hydrated while playing outside.
Paying homage to special agent classics, “Special Agent Oso” follows Oso, a stuffed panda bear who works for U.N.I.Q.U.E. (United Network for Investigating Quite Usual Events), an international organization of endearing stuffed animals charged with helping kids accomplish everyday tasks such as mailing a letter, cleaning their room or learning how to use the library.
“Special Agent Oso” airs weekdays at 6:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. ET/PT and weekends at 7:30 a.m. ET/PT during Disney Channel’s Disney Junior programming block for kids age 2-7. The series carries a TV-Y parental guideline.
The new Disney Junior programming block on Disney Channel reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. It invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for kids age 2-7. Disney Junior’s animated and live action series blend Disney’s unparalleled storytelling and characters kids love deeply with learning, including early math, language skills, healthy eating and lifestyles, and social skills. Disney Junior is available on basic cable in more than 99 million U.S. homes (via a daily block on Disney Channel) and to millions of other viewers on 25 Disney Junior channels (fka Playhouse Disney channels) and free-to-air broadcast partners around the world. It is also seen via subscription video-on-demand and a broadband website, DisneyJunior.com. In 2012 Disney Junior will add a basic cable and satellite channel in the U.S.