Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood Spin-off Coming to PBS

'Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood' will feature original characters

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 1, 2011 10:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – Fred Rogers died in 2003, but Mister Rogers' Neighborhood will live on. PBS announced a new animated spin-off yesterday: Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood will follow the four-year-old son of the series' original Tiger. The show will take place back in the familiar Neighborhood of Make Believe, and four-year-old Daniel Tiger will be joined by other preschool-aged children of the original series' now-grown characters, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The original series aired on PBS from 1968 to 2001, and repeats ran until 2008, notes TV Guide. The spin-off will debut in fall 2012, and will be accompanied by a website with interactive games and resources for parents and teachers.

This Jan. 4, 1984 file photo shows Fred Rogers, star of Public Television's Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, as he rehearses with some of his puppet friends in Pittsburgh, Pa.
This Jan. 4, 1984 file photo shows Fred Rogers, star of Public Television's "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," as he rehearses with some of his puppet friends in Pittsburgh, Pa.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, file)
Fred Rogers, the host of the children's television series, 'Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood,' rests his arms on a small trolley in this promotional  portrait from the 1980's.
Fred Rogers, the host of the children's television series, 'Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood,' rests his arms on a small trolley in this promotional portrait from the 1980's.   (Getty Images)
Fred Rogers, the host of the children's television series, 'Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood,' sits for a promotional portrait in this picture from the 1980's.
Fred Rogers, the host of the children's television series, 'Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood,' sits for a promotional portrait in this picture from the 1980's.   (Getty Images)
This June 28, 1989 file photo shows Fred Rogers as he rehearses the opening of his PBS show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood during a taping in Pittsburgh.
This June 28, 1989 file photo shows Fred Rogers as he rehearses the opening of his PBS show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" during a taping in Pittsburgh.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, FILE)
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