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Matthew Broderick to Guest Star as Cyber Dad of the Year on PBS KIDS GO!

Press Release from WNET.ORG and PBS KIDS GO!

NEW YORK -- Award-winning film and stage actor Matthew Broderick will guest star as the voice of Max in a special "Father's Day" episode of CYBERCHASE -- the Emmy Award-winning animated math series -- premiering June 19 on PBS KIDS GO! (check local listings). In this exciting episode, Hacker sets out to ruin Father's Day while Max and the CyberSquad try to stop him.

"My son loves CYBERCHASE, so I was happy to lend my voice to the show," said guest star Matthew Broderick. "The best part is that I haven't told him I did it; I'm waiting to surprise him when we watch the episode together. I'm sure he'll be more impressed by it than any other work I've done!"

"We're thrilled to have Matthew Broderick as a guest star in this special CYBERCHASE episode," said Neal Shapiro, President and CEO of WNET.ORG. "Only on CYBERCHASE would Father's Day mix with math for a half hour of pure entertainment. As a dad, it's a series I'm proud to have in the WNET.ORG family of programs."

CYBERCHASE features a trio of smart, curious kids who outwit the dastardly villain Hacker (Christopher Lloyd) during his mad quest to rule Cyberspace. With help of their bird pal Digit (Gilbert Gottfried), the CyberSquad uses math and brain power to foil Hacker's evil schemes. This time, it's the annual Father's Day Parade in Tikiville, and Max (guest star Matthew Broderick) is this year's Cyber Dad of the Year. Max was once a schoolmate of Hacker's -- and continually bested Hacker in all of their endeavors. Hacker has decided it's time to get even. His dastardly scheme is to replace Max with a Max robot and make the robot do awful things during the parade. The CyberSquad must use number patterns to crack a series of coded messages sent by Hacker to save the day in Tikiville. Matthew Broderick voices both the easy-going, likeable Max and the evil Max robot in this thrilling Father's Day CYBERCHASE adventure.

Following the June 19 on-air premiere, the full "Father's Day" episode with Matthew Broderick will be available for streaming at CYBERCHASE Online at pbskidsgo.org/cyberchase and on the PBS KIDS GO! video player at pbskidsgo.org/video. For more Cyberchase fun, kids will also be able to print their very own CYBERCHASE Father's Day cards and experience other activities at CYBERCHASE Online.

Now in its seventh season, CYBERCHASE brings math challenges to kids through television, online games, short form online videos and rich outreach activities.

CYBERCHASE -- the only math series for children on American TV -- airs daily on PBS KIDS GO! across the country. Check local listings at CYBERCHASE Online: pbskidsgo.org/cyberchase. In the tri-state area, CYBERCHASE can be seen weekdays at 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. on THIRTEEN, Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m. on V-me and Monday-Friday at 7 a.m. on WLIW21.

CYBERCHASE is produced by THIRTEEN in association with Title Entertainment Inc. and WNET.ORG. Executive producers are Sandra Sheppard, THIRTEEN's Director of Children's and Educational Programming, and Frances Nankin. Ellen Doherty is senior series producer.

Major funding for CYBERCHASE is provided by the National Science Foundation, Ernst & Young LLP, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman, PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional funding is provided by The Volckhausen Family.

About WNET.ORGNew York public media company WNET.ORG is a pioneering provider of television and web content. The parent of Thirteen, WLIW21 and Creative News Group, WNET.ORG brings such acclaimed broadcast series and websites as Worldfocus, Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Charlie Rose, Wide Angle, Secrets of the Dead, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, Visions, Consuelo Mack WealthTrack, Wild Chronicles, Miffy and Friends, and Cyberchase to national and international audiences. Through its wide range of channels and platforms, WNET.ORG serves the entire New York City metro area with unique local productions, broadcasts and innovative educational and cultural projects. In all that it does, WNET.ORG pursues a single, overarching goal -- to create media experiences of lasting significance for New York, America and the world. For more information, visit www.wnet.org.

About PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO!PBS KIDS, for preschoolers, and PBS KIDS GO!, for early elementary school kids, offer all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online and outreach programs. With positive character role models and content designed to nurture a child's total well-being, PBS's online and community resources – including PBS KIDS online (pbskids.org), PBS KIDS GO! online (pbskidsgo.org), PBS Parents (pbsparents.org), PBS Teachers (pbsteachers.org), PBS KIDS Raising Readers and literacy events across the country -- leverage the full spectrum of media, technology and community to build knowledge, critical thinking, imagination and curiosity. Empowering children for success in school and in life, only PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO! have earned the unanimous endorsement of parents, children, industry leaders and teachers. PBS is a nonprofit media enterprise owned and operated by the nation's 356 public television stations, serving more than 115 million people on-air and online each month and reaching 99% of American homes.

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