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Scholastic Media Gets New WordGirl Order From PBS

Scholastic Media announced today a new production order from PBS for 26 additional episodes of the Emmy Award-winning series, WordGirl.

Press Release from Scholastic Media

Scholastic Media announced today a new production order from PBS for 26 additional episodes of the Emmy Award-winning series, WordGirl.  Produced by Scholastic Media and its animation studio Soup2Nuts, the show airs daily on PBS KIDS GO! – the afternoon programming block for early elementary school children.  This renewal ensures a fourth season for the series.

Since the series debuted in 2007, it has featured a top-tier cast of comedy voice talents including Chris Parnell (TV’s “30 Rock”) as the Narrator, Dannah Phirman (TV’s “MAD TV”) as WordGirl, Jeffrey Tambor (TV’s “Arrested Development”) as the evil Mr. Big, and many more.

WordGirl chronicles the ongoing adventures of Becky Botsford, a mild-mannered fifth-grader who, when duty calls, transforms into WordGirl, a superhero with a super vocabulary.  In each episode, WordGirl and her monkey sidekick Captain HuggyFace use cunning physical ability and top-notch grammar to defeat vocabulary villains like The Butcher (who mangles more than just meat), Lady Redundant Woman (known to use a copy machine to multiply her wickedness), Chuck The Evil Sandwich-Making Guy (no explanation necessary), and Doctor Two-Brains (the cheese-loving result of a botched human-to-mouse brain exchange).

WordGirl’s third season began in September and airs five days a week on PBS KIDS GO! (check local listings).  The series has won numerous parenting and industry excellence awards, including a 2008 Emmy Award for “Best Writing in Animation,” a Television Critics Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Animation,” a Gracie Award for its portrayal of a strong female character, a KidScreen Award for Best Voice Talent, and an iParenting Media Award.  It was nominated for three 2010 Emmy Awards including “Outstanding Children’s Animated Program,” “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program (Ed Asner),” and “Outstanding Writing in Animation (Jack Ferraiolo and Ryan Raddatz).”

For more information on WordGirl visit mediaroom.scholastic.com/wordgirl, pbskidsgo.org/wordgirl and pbs.org/pressroom.  Review screeners of upcoming episodes, including WordGirl’s Halloween special, also are available.

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