Thursday, September 20, 2012

PBS Kids - Arthur Returns for 16th Season on October 15, 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!"

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

"Flippity Francine"                                                             
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

"Get Smart"
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!

"Baby Steps"
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!

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®.

PBS KIDS, the #1 educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, and community-based programs. For more information on specific PBS KIDS programs supporting literacy, science, math, and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

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  1. Glad to see some activity about Season 16 around the web! Can't wait!

  2. I'm glad to see the new episodes, but has anyone else noticed that the animation seems to have changed? It no longer seems to be traditional, hand-drawn animation; the movement is much more limited. It's kind of disappointing to me.

  3. I'm a die-hard Arthur fan, and even though I'm glad to see the new episodes(and Ladonna is great!)they are disappointing on two points-the animation, and the characters themselves.the animation hurts your eyes just looking at it, cant PBS put in the money to at least keep up the traditional animation? and the characters have no heart anymore, and now Arthur seems like just "that PBS kids show..." i mean, come on, there are lots of kids out there who love this show-and they aren't all five year old, which seems like what the new shows are made for. now don't get me wrong, the new ones are good, but, PBS, please bring back Arthur.