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New Episodes of SUPER WHY! Soar Onto PBS KIDS Starting August 17

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PBS KIDS’ popular preschool series to premiere five new reading and grammar-focused episodes just in time for back-to-school; additional new episodes to debut throughout fall 2015

Television Critics Association Press Tour, Los Angeles, CA, August 1, 2015 – Beginning August 17, PBS KIDS will premiere new episodes of the Emmy-nominated preschool series SUPER WHY! Developed for children ages 3-6, SUPER WHY! helps kids explore reading and the alphabet, word families, spelling, comprehension and vocabulary as they follow their favorite Storybrook Village characters on interactive adventures.

“With a brand-new slate of episodes, SUPER WHY! will delight families with entertaining, engaging stories just in time for the back-to-school season,” said Linda Simensky, Vice President, Children’s Programming, PBS. “In this mystery-themed week, viewers will join the Super Readers as they solve puzzles and explore their origin stories, and gain the power to read along the way.”

SUPER WHY!’s all-new week will kick off on Monday, August 17, with five episodes. More episodes of SUPER WHY! will premiere on PBS KIDS later in the year, including a literacy-themed week starting September 21 and a Hanukkah-themed episode during the holiday season. New clips and full episodes will be available on pbskids.org and the PBS KIDS Video App starting on August 17 and throughout fall 2015.

New digital content for SUPER WHY! will also launch this fall, including a mobile-friendly website and mobile-friendly games featuring the Super Readers and focusing on early literacy skills. PBS KIDS offers five apps from the series, designed to help children develop a variety of important literacy skills and encouraging a love of reading. More information on PBS KIDS’ SUPER WHY! apps is available at pbskids.org/apps.

New Episodes of SUPER WHY! Premiering August 17-21, 2015 (check local listings)

“The Story of the Super Readers” – premieres Monday, August 17

Super You jumps into The Story of the Super Readers to learn the history of the Super Readers.

“Roxie’s Missing Music Book” – premieres Tuesday, August 18

Whyatt can’t wait to show his new comic book to his friends, but it’s missing!

“The Banana Mystery” – premieres Wednesday, August 19

Pig’s lemonade stand is sabotaged when someone keeps taking his lemons.

“The Underwater Lost Treasure” – premieres Thursday, August 20

Pig has to search all around to find the missing piece of his puzzle.

“The Cowgirl Mystery” – premieres Friday, August 21

When Whyatt’s game is missing, he learns to remember details and gather evidence to find answers.

About PBS KIDS

PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital platforms and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS also offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning. The PBS KIDS Video App is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

About SUPER WHY!

Reading is power and SUPER WHY! is the only preschool property created to help kids learn the fundamentals of reading through interactive storybook adventures. Produced by Out of the Blue Enterprises in conjunction with DHX Media, the series has a groundbreaking multimedia aesthetic — with a winning combination of two- and three-dimensional animation formats, relatable and engaging characters, and immersive environments. The program represents a novel approach to preschool educational television, featuring a team of superhero characters with reading powers, who jump into books to find answers to everyday preschool challenges. For more information on SUPER WHY!, visit pbskids.org/superwhy.

About Out of the Blue Enterprises

Out of the Blue Enterprises is a leader in children’s educational media, with a portfolio of breakthrough, interactive, and curriculum-based entertainment concepts that span a variety of viable platforms, including television, video, mobile apps, and consumer products. Out of the Blue creates and produces SUPER WHY!, the hit Emmy-nominated literacy series on PBS KIDS;  Creative Galaxy, a new interactive art series for Amazon Studios; Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, the animated series inspired by Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood; and Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Room;, and handles all licensing and merchandising activity for SUPER WHY! and DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD. The company also develops top-rated mobile educational game apps, including SUPER WHY!, and Colorforms. Out of the Blue recently acquired the nostalgic Colorforms brand, with the intent to develop and expand across all media and toy platforms. Led by Co-Founders Angela C. Santomero, Creator of the hit preschool entertainment franchise, Blue’s Clues; and Samantha Freeman, a former Nickelodeon and toy industry executive, Out of the Blue aims to engage kids and families with age-appropriate, entertaining, and engaging learning experiences. www.outoftheblueenterprises.com

Contacts

Maria Vera, PBS, 703-739-3225, mvera@pbs.org

Allison Salzberg, 360PR, 617-585-5793, asalzberg@360pr.com