TV Spotlight: Dinosaur Train Coming to PBS Kids

We’ve had cable for several months now, and after not having it for years, the kids nearly overdosed on all their viewing options.  We were watching A LOT of television at first – and not all of it very “good” television; even though some channels market themselves for the kids or the family, you can still end up with fluff shows filled with snarky tween/teen characters.  It leaves a bad aftertaste.

I remember the first time we went back to PBS after watching only cable channels for weeks.  It was SO REFRESHING!  Especially the PBS Kids shows in the morning.  Hello, let’s learn!  Without commercial interruption!  And with characters I can actually stand!  I know I recently poked fun at some kid’s shows we watch, but honestly, PBS has always been – and still remains – a channel I simply adore.

Last month the execs with PBS Programming announced that they’ll be adding a new show to the PBS Kids line-up in the fall.  The show is called Dinosaur Train, and it will premiere on Monday, September 7th as part of the new season.

The show is the creation of the fabulous & amazing Jim Henson Company and will feature CGI- animation.  Here’s a bit of information from PBS about the new show:

The new series embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains while encouraging basic scientific thinking and skills as the audience learns about natural science, natural history and paleontology.

DINOSAUR TRAIN is seen through the eyes of Buddy, a preschool-aged Tyrannosaurus Rex. Buddy and his adoptive family of Pteranodons go for adventures on the Dinosaur Train to meet all kinds of dinosaurs in different eras and learn fascinating new facts about these incredible creatures.

Right now you can go to the Dinosaur Train website at PBS Kids and get more information about the show’s creation and inspiration, the characters, and the ultimate plans for the interactive website (they will be sneak-peeking the site in July, with a full site launch in August).  You can also watch video clips of the show!  Next month I’ll be able to preview my own screener of the show, and I’ll definitely come back then and let you know what I think!