Once the holidays are over, For Kids Entertainment shifts our excitement into the new winter season on TV! From a returning show that’s better than ever to some new debuts, here’s what’s new for kids TV.
Sofia the First Television Show
After the success of the adorable movie, Sofia the First will now be a regular television series on Disney Jr. The first episode kicks off on this Friday, January 11 — Disney Channel (9:30-10:00 a.m. ET/PT) and Disney Junior (5:30-6:00 p.m. ET/PT) — and features Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet as the voice of Sofia’s flying horse, Minimus!
New episodes of Sesame Street are back Feb 4 on PBS (check local listings) and kicking off with Kristen Bell who, along with Abby Cadabby, explains the word “splatter.” PLUS! As a HUGE Downton Abbey fan, I can’t wait for the spoof Upside Downton Abbey where “everything in Upside Downton Abbey keeps falling to the ceiling.”
Once Upon a Time
Ohhhh… it’s back and juicer than ever! Though my 4 year old is a fan, it may be too scary for some of the younger set. My 6 year old and 8 year old also just love watching this every Monday (since we record it on Sundays on ABC). Incorporating all of our favorite Disney characters in the most creative ways and intertwining their lives is endlessly fascinating. Now, Snow White’s stepmom’s, a.k.a. the evil queen’s, mom is in town and has teamed up with Captain Hook to seek revenge on all the characters. The premier episode this week did not disappoint and we can’t wait for Sunday (well, Monday when we watch ).
Danielle Tiger’s Neighborhood
My son repeatedly made sure I include this mention – a new favorite of his from PBS (check local listings). Danielle Tiger’s Neighborhood “tells its engaging stories about the life of a preschooler using musical strategies grounded in Fred Rogers’ landmark social-emotional curriculum. Through imagination, creativity and music, Daniel and his friends learn the key social skills necessary for school and for life.” The series launched in September and airs weekday mornings — be sure to check your local listing for times.
Sheriff Callie’s Wild West
After the uber success of Doc McStuffins, I am beyond excited to check this new show out on Disney Jr. A “western” for the preschool set, Mandy Moore (Disney’s “Tangled”) is the voice of Callie, a kitty cat sheriff who ensures that the town of Nice and Friendly Corners remains the friendliest town in the West. A release date has yet to be announced but it looks like it’s on schedule for the fall.
This spring get ready for “the adventures of spirited, five-year-old Henry Hugglemonster, the middle child in a family of fun-loving monsters. Based on the book series I’m a Happy Hugglewug by Niamh Sharkey, each 22-minute episode features two stories that transport young viewers into the world of Henry Hugglemonster as he guides the audience through the ups and downs of being part of a loving, bustling monster family.”