PBS Draws Curtain on Mr. Rogers

Station makes room for newer shows with higher ratings
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2008 5:53 PM CDT
PBS Draws Curtain on Mr. Rogers
Kids play in the Mister Rogers Neighborhood exhibit at the Louisiana Children's Museum.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – Today is not a beautiful day in Mister Rogers' neighborhood. The show has aired for the last time on most PBS stations, making way for newer programs with higher ratings, the Chicago Tribune reports. Loyal fans have created a website and Facebook group to try to save the reassuring cardigan-clad friend who teaches kids about what one fan calls "clumsy, awkward, uncomfortable real life."

"This is an old program and appeals less and less to the market," says the head of the nonprofit Fred Rogers started to run the show. PBS says it may eventually offer episodes online, and is in talks to produce a new series with the same group. But, one booster said: "The fact that that's not going to be there is pretty sad."
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