New live-action PBS KIDS series “Odd Squad” premieres Nov. 26
Pensacola, FL, November 21, 2014 — The newest PBS KIDS series “Odd Squad” premieres with an hour-long TV special airing Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast. The live-action show follows two young government agents, Olive and Otto, who use math skills and collaboration to investigate weird and unusual phenomena. The complete “Odd Squad” launch includes an integrated multimedia learning package designed for children ages 5 to 8. Following the premiere, the new series will continue as part of WSRE’s PBS KIDS weekday lineup, airing Monday through Friday at 3:30 p.m.
In each episode of “Odd Squad,” the young agents use math to put things right when oddness strikes. Olive and Otto solve cases ranging from disappearing zeroes to runaway dinosaurs, and the agents often find additional clues in the “Mathroom,” a futuristic space just a teleport away.
The “Odd Squad” television series is part of a multiplatform media experience that will include interactive content online and on mobile. With the show’s digital content, kids will have the opportunity to solve cases and stop oddness, just like Olive and Otto and the rest of the Odd Squad. Interactive features will include games, parent resources, mobile apps and more.
“While ‘Odd Squad’ is designed to help kids with math, they will be so entertained that they may not realize how much they are learning,” said Jill Hubbs, director of WSRE Educational Services. “We’re excited to be introducing this new PBS KIDS show for this age group, which is a little older than the targeted audience of our current daytime lineup.”
With an ongoing commitment to use the power of media to help open up worlds of possibilities for children, PBS KIDS serves young audiences wherever they live, learn and play through educational apps, on TV, online and in the classroom.
“Research shows that kids perform better when exposed early to math concepts, and ‘Odd Squad’ introduces these topics in a fun and engaging way,” said Lesli Rotenberg, general manager of PBS Children’s Programming.
“As viewers join Olive and Otto on their extraordinary adventures, they will also learn the importance of working together, communication and perseverance — skills that are integral to problem-solving and success in school and in life,” said Rotenberg.
“Odd Squad” is created by Tim McKeon (“The Electric Company,” “Fosterʼs Home for Imaginary Friends,” “Adventure Time”) and Adam Peltzman (“The Electric Company,” “The Backyardigans,” “Wallykazam!”) and produced by The Fred Rogers Company and Sinking Ship Entertainment. It is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the U.S. Department of Education through the CPB-PBS Ready To Learn Initiative, a program that supports the development of innovative educational television and digital media targeted to preschool and early elementary school children and their families.
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