PBS Kids Go!

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PBS Kids Go!
Country United States
Availability National
Owner PBS
Key people
Natasha Wing
Launch date
October 11, 2004 (2004-10-11)
Dissolved October 7, 2013 (2013-10-07)

PBS Kids Go! was an educational television brand used by PBS for programs intended for older children, in comparison to the younger-skewing PBS Kids. It is primarily broadcast on PBS stations during the afternoon hours on weekdays. It debuted on October 11, 2004, and discontinued on October 7, 2013.

On August 7, 2013, PBS announced that the PBS Kids Go! brand would be discontinued and replaced with new and revamped PBS Kids branding. The new branding began on October 7, 2013 with the launch of Peg + Cat.1

Digital channel

In 2005, PBS announced that, in October 2006, a 24-hour digital multicast network called PBS Kids Go! Channel would be launched with additional content, including an evening "Go! Family" block targeted at both children and their families and a Spanish language-programming block.

The channel would initially be made available to PBS stations that have digital multicast capability. PBS planned to make agreements with local digital broadcast stations (such as WGBH) and cable operators (such as Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Cox Communications, and Cablevision) for channel placement. Plans were also to have similar arrangements worked out with satellite providers (such as DirecTV and Dish Network) and video-on-demand services. PBS and Verizon reached an agreement to distribute PBS Kids Go! Channel (along with other digital PBS channels) over its Verizon FiOS services.citation needed

However, on June 6, 2006, PBS announced that the PBS Kids Go! Channel would not launch in October 2006 due to financial issues, as reported by Broadcasting & Cable's website. Instead, the channel was delayed for several months, and eventually shelved for unknown reasons.

List of PBS Kids Go! programs

Final programming

Show title Original run PBS Kids Go! run
Arthur 1996–present 2004–2013
Cyberchase 2002–present 2004–2013
Martha Speaks 2008–present 2008–2013
Wild Kratts 2011–present 2011–2013
WordGirl 2007–present 2007–2013

Former programming

Show title Original run PBS Kids Go! run
The Amazing Colossal Adventures of WordGirl 2006–2007 2006–2010
Animalia 2007–2010
Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series 2001–2002 2004–2005
Between the Lions 2000–2010 2004–2011
Biz Kid$ 2007–2012
Design Squad 2007–2010
DragonflyTV 2002–2010 2004–2010
The Electric Company 2009–2011 2009–2013
Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman 2006–2010
Liberty's Kids 2002–2003 2004–2006
Maya & Miguel 2004–2007 2004–2010
Postcards from Buster 2004–2008
2012 (returned)
Reading Rainbow 1983–2006 2004–2009
The Saddle Club 2001–2011 2004–2011
SciGirls 2010–2012
Wunderkind Little Amadeus 2008–2009
Zoom 1999–2006 2004–2006
The Zula Patrol 2005–2010

Online programming

Specials

  • Cyberchase: Starlight Night (December 31, 2004)
  • Maya & Miguel Mania (May 6, 2005)
  • Maya & Miguel's TWINniversary (October 10, 2005)
  • Maya & Miguel: The Best Thanksgiving Ever (November 18, 2005)
  • Maya & Miguel: Miguel's Wonderful Life (November 25, 2005)
  • Maya & Miguel: Mother's Day, Maya's Way! (May 12, 2006)
  • Arthur's Missing Pal (August 18, 2006)
  • Cyberchase: The Halloween Howl (October 31, 2006)
  • Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman: Fetch-a-thon (May 21 - 25, 2007)
  • Arthur's Perfect Christmas (December 24, 2007)
  • Cyberchase: Halloween Week (October 27 - 31, 2008)
  • The Electric Company: Four-Episode Mini-Marathon (January 19, 2009)
  • Cyberchase: Father's Day (June 19, 2009)
  • WordGirl: Summer Road Trip Week (July 13 - 17, 2009)
  • The Electric Company: It’s Viewers’ Choice (October 12 - 16, 2009)
  • WordGirl: WordGirl Makes a Mistake (December 28, 2009)
  • Martha Speaks: New Episodes on President's Day Week #1 (February 15 - 19, 2010)
  • Cyberchase Summer Challenge (June 25 - July 23, 2010)
  • WordGirl: There’s a New Villain In Town (July 19 - 23, 2010)
  • Arthur/Martha Speaks: Back-to-Back Premieres (October 11 - 15, 2010)
  • Martha Speaks: New Episodes on President's Day Week #2 (February 21 - 25, 2011)
  • Arthur: Arthur Author Week (May 30 - June 3, 2011)
  • Martha Speaks: Summer Fun Week (June 27 - July 1, 2011)
  • The Electric Company: What’s the Story? Week (July 4 - 8, 2011)
  • WordGirl: A Better Mousetrap (July 8, 2011)
  • WordGirl: Ludicrously Literate Library Week (July 11 - 15, 2011)
  • Wild Kratts: Wet Kratts Week (July 18 - 22, 2011)
  • Martha Speaks: Shelter Week (October 3 - 7, 2011)
  • WordGirl: Fill in the Blank Week (October 10 - 14, 2011)
  • Wild Kratts: Predator Week #1 (October 17 - 20, 2011)
  • WordGirl: A World Without WordGirl (December 16, 2011)
  • WordGirl: The Rise of Miss Power (February 20, 2012)
  • Wild Kratts: Predator Week #2 (March 19 - 23, 2012)
  • Martha Speaks/Arthur: Poetry Week (April 2 - 6, 2012)
  • Postcards from Buster Week (April 16 - 20, 2012)
  • WordGirl: Chuck the Evil Sandwich-Making Guy Week (April 23 - 27, 2012)
  • Wild Kratts: Zach Attack Week (June 4 - 8, 2012)
  • WordGirl: Tobey's Robot Summer Week (June 11 - 15, 2012)
  • Arthur: Baby Kate Adventure Week (June 18 - 22, 2012)
  • The Electric Company: Prankster Planet Week (July 9 - 13, 2012)
  • Martha Speaks: Dog Daze Week (July 23 - 27, 2012)
  • Biz Kid$: Three Minutes to Change the World (September 1, 2012)
  • Wild Kratts: Weird Kratts Week (October 22 - 26, 2012)
  • Martha Speaks: Martha's Thanksgiving (November 19, 2012)
  • Wild Kratts: Lost at Sea (January 21, 2013)
  • WordGirl: (M)Arch Enemy Week (March 11 - 15, 2013)
  • Wild Kratts: Rainforest Week (April 1 - 5, 2013)
  • Wild Kratts: Bug Week (June 3 - 7, 2013)
  • Martha Speaks: Puppy Week (June 24 - 28, 2013)
  • Arthur: Sports Week (July 29 - August 2, 2013)
  • WordGirl: What's Up With WordGirl Week? (August 5 - 9, 2013)
  • Wild Kratts: Reptile Week (August 19 - 22, 2013)

Shorts

PBS Kids Go! has aired shorts, usually at the end of Maya & Miguel, and in between episodes of Arthur, to fill time after long-form programming. These include "Go! Figure", "WordGirl", Oh Noah, "A Word From Us Kids" and miscellaneous shorts featuring live-action kids talking about things they do; about their family's heritage; or other topics with Maya or Miguel doing a voiceover.

Writing and illustrating contest

In 2009, PBS launched the first contest called PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest to continue the annual writing and illustrating competition for children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade, which started in 1995 as the Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.

See also

References

  1. ^ "PBS Kids Go! goes bye-bye as colorful branding revamp rolls out to stations". Current.org. 2013-08-07. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 







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