New Season of MOLLY OF DENALI and Premiere Podcasts for PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC and ODD SQUAD Set to Launch this Fall
Arlington, VA, September 16, 2020 – This fall, kids across the country can tune in to their favorite PBS KIDS series in an exciting new way with three fun and educational podcasts that will take young listeners beyond the screen and even deeper into the exciting worlds of familiar characters from hit PBS KIDS shows. Season 2 of the popular MOLLY OF DENALI podcast kicks off in September (listen to trailer here) and will be followed by the premieres of the PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC and ODD SQUAD: ODD SQUADCAST podcasts later this fall. Audiences can listen along on pbskids.org and anywhere you listen to podcasts.
“Our approach at PBS KIDS is to seek learning opportunities in every new technology and medium. As families continue to seek out meaningful entertainment and creative approaches for at-home learning, we are glad to offer them fresh content with engaging storylines through podcasts,” Lesli Rotenberg, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, Children’s Media and Education, PBS. “Each podcast allows young fans to get closer to their favorite characters, adding another dimension to their story and the chance to join them on more exciting new adventures.”
MOLLY OF DENALI Podcast (8 episodes)
Premieres September 30, with two episodes debuting weekly
The celebrated podcast, produced by GBH in partnership with PRX and Gen-Z Media and based on the hit series MOLLY OF DENALI,returns with an all-new season. Fans can join Molly on a brand-new adventure as she and Trini take a train from Denali to Anchorage, Alaska. But, this is no ordinary train – it’s the mystery train! When a jewel necklace goes missing, it’s up to Detective Mabray and her assistant, Dr. Mumford to solve the case. Listeners can follow along as Molly and Trini search for clues with some unexpected guests, decipher some strange bird calls, and even get stuck in a spooky town, all while riding the mystery train.
Major funding for the MOLLY OF DENALI™Podcast was provided by the T. Rowe Price College Savings Plan and IKEA Retail U.S.
MOLLY OF DENALI is an award-winning animated PBS KIDS series, produced by WGBH Boston, that follows the adventures of curious and resourceful 10-year-old Molly Mabray, an Alaska Native girl who lives in the fictional village of Qyah, Alaska. Molly helps her Mom and Dad run the Denali Trading Post - a general store, bunkhouse, and transport hub - where she assists tourists, trekkers and scientists, and sometimes rides along in Mom's bush plane or makes deliveries via dog sled. MOLLY OF DENALI is the first nationally distributed children's series to feature a Native American and Alaska Native lead character. Informational text, the underlying curriculum, is integrated into the series’ episodes, games, app, website and assets for educators, families and kids. The show was created as part of the Ready To Learn initiative, a collaboration between CPB and PBS funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and with additional support from CPB.
PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFICPodcast (10 episodes)
Premieres with two episodes October 28, followed by one new episode per week
Listeners can join Pinkalicious and her little brother Peter as they sing along to their favorite songs from PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC. Produced by GBH in partnership with PRX, the new podcast will take kids on pinkatastic adventures, encouraging them to dance, sing, make-believe, and more. To extend the series-inspired fun from the podcast, families can also sign-up for the Pinkalicious Activity Guide to receive engaging activities, reading list recommendations and other helpful resources tied to each episode’s theme via email.
Major funding for the PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC Podcast was provided by Kiddie Academy®, Homer, and Target. Additional series content included in the podcast was also funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Northern Ireland Screen.
PINKALICIOUS AND PETERRIFIC is the animated preschool series that inspires children to explore the arts and express themselves creatively. Based on the best-selling picture books by Victoria Kann, the series brings music, dance, theatre and visual arts to life through the adventures of Pinkalicious, her brother Peter, and their many friends. Together, they find creative opportunities and imaginative solutions to problems, encouraging young viewers to do the same.
ODD SQUAD: Odd Squadcast (7 episodes)
Premieres November 25, with two episodes debuting weekly
Spinning off from the “odd-ventures” of ODD SQUAD, the multiple Emmy®-winning series from Fred Rogers Productions and Sinking Ship Entertainment, the eagerly-anticipated ODD SQUAD: Odd Squadcastfollows The Big O as she hosts a weekly radio address for agents all over the world—and tries to stop an odd invasion on headquarters at the same time!
Odd Squadcast was created with major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
A live-action series designed to help kids 5-8 build math, problem-solving, and collaboration skills, ODD SQUAD centers on four young agents who are part of the Odd Squad, an agency whose mission is to investigate strange happenings. Launched as part of the Ready To Learn initiative, a collaboration between CPB and PBS funded by the U.S. Department of Education, ODD SQUAD is now in its third season. Every episode features a math concept that the Odd Squad uses to set things right. To crack each case, the agents use deductive reasoning and logical thinking—along with teamwork and a hefty dose of humor—to explore the “math in the science.”
About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers children ages 2-8 the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital media and community-based programs. PBS KIDS and local stations across the country support the entire ecosystem in which children learn, including their teachers, parents and community. Provided by stations, the free PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream is available to more than 95% of U.S. TV households. Kidscreen- and Webby Award-winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning, including the PBS KIDS Video app, which is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Chromecast. PBS KIDS also offers parent and teacher resources to support children’s learning anytime and anywhere. For more information on PBS KIDS content and initiatives supporting school readiness and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
About Fred Rogers Productions
Fred Rogers Productions was founded by Fred Rogers in 1971 as the non-profit producer of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for PBS. In the years that followed, it not only created hundreds of episodes of this much-loved program, but also extended Fred’s values and approach to
other efforts in promoting children’s social, emotional, and behavioral health while supporting parents, caregivers, teachers, and other professionals in their work with children. Fred Rogers Productions continues to build on Fred’s legacy in innovative ways through a wide variety of media and engages new generations of children and families with his timeless wisdom. The company’s highly-rated, Emmy Award-winning children’s series include Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Peg + Cat, Odd Squad, and Through the Woods as well as Donkey Hodie, the eagerly-anticipated puppet series, inspired by the character from Mister Roger's Neighborhood, launching early 2021 on PBS KIDS. For more information, visit www.fredrogers.org or follow us on Twitter,Facebook, Instagram,and LinkedIn.
GBH is the leading multiplatform creator for public media in America. As the largest producer of content for PBS and partner to NPR and PRX, GBH delivers compelling experiences, stories and information to audiences wherever they are. GBH produces digital and broadcast programming that engages, illuminates and inspires, through drama and science, history, arts, culture and journalism. It is the creator of such signature programs as MASTERPIECE, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, FRONTLINE, NOVA, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, Arthur and Molly of Denali, as well as WORLD Channel and a catalog of streaming series, podcasts and on-demand video. With studios and a newsroom headquartered in Boston, GBH reaches across New England with GBH 89.7, Boston’s Local NPR®; CRB Classical 99.5; and CAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® station. Dedicated to making media accessible to and inclusive of our diverse culture, GBH is a pioneer in delivering media to those who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired. GBH creates curriculum-based digital content for educators nationwide with PBS LearningMedia and has been recognized with hundreds of the nation’s premier broadcast, digital and journalism awards. Find more information at wgbh.org.
PRX is a public media organization shaping the future of audio by producing and distributing content, building technology, and training talented, independent producers. With an award-winning portfolio ranging from iconic public media programming such as “This American Life,” “The Moth Radio Hour,” "The World," “TED Talks Daily,” “The Takeaway,” “Snap Judgment,” and “Reveal,” as well as a growing body of podcast-first productions, including the Radiotopia podcast network, PRX generates more than 100 million podcast downloads per month. More at PRX.org.
About Sinking Ship Entertainment
Sinking Ship Entertainment is an award-winning production, distribution and interactive company specializing in family and kids’ live action and CGI blended content. Since opening its doors in 2004, Sinking Ship has produced over 500 hours of content, and through their globally recognized in-house distribution division, has sold to over 200 countries internationally. The company has rapidly earned a global reputation for high quality, groundbreaking original series and companion interactive experiences. Overall, Sinking Ship has won 21 Daytime Emmy® Awards and a variety of other international awards including Canadian Screen Awards, Youth Media Alliance Awards, Fan Chile Awards, Parents’ Choice Awards, the Shaw Rocket Prize, and the Prix Jeunesse International. In addition to production, Sinking Ship operates a cutting edge VFX and Interactive Studio, creating multi-platform digital experiences and interactive content for audiences around the world. The Toronto-based company is home to over 175 shipmates.