NBC teamed up with PBS Sprout to create a block Saturday morning programming geared toward kids. NBC has officially named the time block NBC Kids. NBC kids will show several shows that are currently airing on the Sprout show. The line-up includes: “The Wiggles,” Sprout’s “Noodle & Doodle,” Jim Henson’s “Pajanimals,” “Poppy Cat,” “Justin Time,” as well as the popular “LazyTown,.” Is this the beginning of NBC’s venture into their own children’s channel? Maybe. Several stations like Nickelodeon and Disney started airing the “junior” version of their shows on certain time blocks of their established stations before venturing out and creating a distinct “junior” station: Nick Jr. television station has been around for several years, and the Disney Junior station started airing this March. But, for the time being children can watch NBC Kids on Saturday morning starting July 7th.
Children and Parents that watch the PBS Sprout Goodnight show are familiar with the Pajanimals. The Pajanimals have been seen a short segments on PBS Sprout for several years. Now the show is airing as a regular series on the network. The Show is co-produced by The Jim Henson Company, the same ones behind shows like: Sid the Science Kid, Dinosaur Train, Fraggle Rock, and Muppet Babies.
The PAJANIMALS series follows the amazing adventures of four sweet and gentle characters—Sweetpea Sue the pony, the excitable duck Squacky, the creative cow CowBella and the optimistic puppy Apollo—who were designed and built by the world-famous Oscar® and Emmy® Award-winning Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ from original concepts by Los Angeles-based toy and clothing designer, artist Jeff Muncy. Through their imaginary journeys, these cuddly musical puppets venture out on amazing journey of discovery, modeling the skills preschoolers need to move through their days successfully.