PBS Kids Go!

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PBS Kids Go!
PBS Kids Go! Logo.svg
NetworkPBS
PBS Kids
LaunchedOctober 11, 2004 (2004-10-11)
ClosedOctober 7, 2013 (2013-10-07)
Country of originUnited States
OwnerPBS
Key peopleNatasha Wing, Latoya Ravenau
HeadquartersLos Gatos, California
FormatAfternoon programming block
Running time2 hours
Original language(s)English

PBS Kids Go! is an American television brand used by PBS for programs aimed at older children ages 6–10, in comparison to the younger-skewed PBS Kids. It was primarily broadcast on PBS stations during the afternoon hours on weekdays. It debuted on October 11, 2004, and was closed on October 7, 2013.

History[edit]

The PBS Kids Go! programming block was launched in October 2004. With the discontinuation of the original PBS Kids Channel (a revived version has been launched as of January 16, 2017) in favor of PBS Kids Sprout in 2005, PBS Kids Go! continued its run on PBS.[1]

In April 2006, PBS announced that, in October 2006, a 24-hour digital multicast network called PBS Kids Go! Channel would be launched with additional content. Slated were several programming blocks, an evening Go! family block targeted at both children and their families, a Spanish language-programming block, "PBS Kids Vayan!" and a school block. KidsWorld Sports, HIT Entertainment’s Wishbone reruns and Kratts’ Creatures were planned as exclusive programs for the network. These exclusive shows plus those from the PBS block would total seven hours of original programming. At this time, PBS planned on adding one or two new series per year. The network was to be fee-based, allowing those stations that subscript to place the network's exclusive programs on their analog channel if they order. A branded interactive club was also part of the plan, with stations working it into their existing club or starting a new club and branding it how they would like to.[1]

With only one third of PBS stations affiliating with the network and half needed on July 6, 2006, the network was withdrawn. PBS left open the possibility to re-offer the network. Stations found that the sliding scale licensing fees were too high for what little exclusive programming they received, especially after spending additional funds for the PBS HD feed.[2]

On August 7, 2013, PBS announced that the PBS Kids Go! brand would be discontinued and replaced by another graphic redesign for PBS Kids. The redesign was introduced two months later on October 7, 2013 with the launch of Peg + Cat. PBS Kids Go! dissolved, as few parents and kids understood what the brand was about.[3]

Programming[edit]

  • 1 Premiered before the launch of PBS Kids Go!
  • 2 Aired under the PBS Kids banner.

Final programming[edit]

Television shows[edit]

Title Original run PBS Kids Go! run
Arthur1 October 7, 1996 - present October 11, 2004 - October 7, 2013
Cyberchase1 January 21, 2002 - present October 11, 2004 - October 7, 2013
Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman May 29, 2006 - November 4, 2010 May 29, 2006 - October 7, 2013
WordGirl September 3, 2007 - August 7, 2015 September 3, 2007 - October 7, 2013
The Electric Company January 23, 2009 - April 4, 2011 January 23, 2009 - October 7, 2013
SciGirls February 11, 2010 - January 9, 2020 February 11, 2010 - October 7, 2013
Wild Kratts January 3, 2011 - present January 3, 2011 - October 7, 2013

Web series[edit]

Title Original run PBS Kids Go! run
Space Race March 22, 2011 - January 4, 2014 March 22, 2011 - October 7, 2013

Former programming[edit]

Television shows[edit]

Title Original run PBS Kids Go! run
Wishbone1 October 9, 1995 - August 31, 2001 October 11, 2004 - September 6, 2009
Kratts' Creatures1 June 3, 1996 - September 1, 2000 N/A
Zoom2 January 4, 1999 - May 6, 2005
DragonflyTV1 January 19, 2002 - May 30, 2010 October 11, 2004 - May 30, 2010
Maya & Miguel October 11, 2004 - October 10, 2007 October 11, 2004 - December 31, 2010
Postcards from Buster October 11, 2004 - February 24, 2012
Design Squad February 28, 2007 - March 20, 2011

Web series[edit]

Title Original run PBS Kids Go! run
KidsWorld Sports October 27, 2006 - May 4, 2007

Shorts[edit]

PBS Kids Go! aired shorts, usually at the end of Maya & Miguel, and in-between episodes of Arthur, to fill time after long-form programming. These include Go! Figure, WordGirl, Oh Noah, A Word From Us Kids and miscellaneous shorts featuring live-action kids talking about things they do; about their families' heritage; or other topics with Maya (Candi Milo) or Miguel (Nika Futterman) doing a voiceover.

Writing and illustrating contest[edit]

In 2009, PBS launched the first contest called PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest to continue the annual writing and illustrating competition for children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade, which started in 1995 as the Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest. After 2013, it was renamed as PBS Kids Writers Contest.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Egner, Jeremy (April 3, 2006). "World and Go! streams flow into PBS plans". Current. Archived from the original on April 25, 2016. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  2. ^ Everhart, Karen (July 17, 2006). "PBS Kids Go! channel: plan is no-go for now". Current. Current Publishing Committee. Archived from the original on May 9, 2016. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  3. ^ "PBS Kids Go! goes bye-bye as colorful branding revamp rolls out to stations". Current.org. 2013-08-07. Retrieved 2013-08-16.