‘Endeavour’ Remains Among TV’s Top Crime Dramas In Its Sixth Season

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British TV network itv’s hit crime drama Endeavour will return for a seventh season.  The announcement was recently made on PBS’ official Masterpiece website following the airing of the finale for the series’ sixth season on PBS.  That means that fans of the famed sleuth will have at least one more season to enjoy.  The announcement, which is posted at to.pbs.org/31PxG7Z, states the seventh season will air sometime in 2020, but does not specify the air date for the season premiere.  As audiences wait for the premiere of Season Seven, they can enjoy the series’ sixth season on DVD and Blu-ray.  Released July 9, this latest season is another positive addition to the ongoing series.  That is due in part to the season’s writing, which will be addressed shortly.  The work of the series’ cast adds even more interest and appeal to the season.  It will be addressed a little later.  The bonus content featured with the season’s home release rounds out its most important elements.  It will also be addressed later.  Each noted item is important in its own way to the whole of the season’s home presentation.  All things considered, they make the collection another positive offering from itv and PBS.

The recently released sixth season of EndeavourSeason Six is yet another positive addition to the series.  That is proven in part through the season’s writing.  Audiences will note over the course of season six, that the series’ writers do not just rely on all of the same storylines that made up the series’ first five season in terms of the crimes.  To top it off, the character development – that ongoing storyline that started in Season One – continues to evolve throughout this season, too.  In regards to the crimes featured throughout each of the season’s four episodes, fans of Law & Order SVU will find appealing the story in the season premiere, “Pylon.”  The disappearance of a young girl leads Endeavour Morse and his now former partner DI Friday to an investigation into the Thames Valley’s seedy underworld of perverts, which leads to a years-old cold case being solved.  The suspect in the case is someone that no one would have expected.  The noted girl is eventually found, and her cause of death is just as unexpected.  It won’t be given away here, but it is a plot element that has not been used up to this point in the series.  The season’s second episode, “Apollo,” is a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.  It serves as the basis of a murder mystery that also pays tribute to the late great Gerry Anderson and all of his supermarionation series.  The murder happens, as it turns out, because of a love triangle between three people who are working on the fictional puppet-based series.  “Confection,” the season’s third episode, is another whodunit centered on a romantic tryst.  The season finale “Duguello” takes the season out on a bang as it takes in the all-too-familiar crime drama plot elements of corrupt cops and government officials for its basis.  That is the extent of what will be given away here, but its outcome plays a key role in what happens at the Thames Valley headquarters.  Again that element will be left for viewers to discover for themselves.  All four stories offer more than their own share of entertainment and engagement for crime drama fans on both sides of the Atlantic.  The fact that the writers continued on this season, to bring viewers new, twist-filled stories that will keep them guessing right to the end is in itself just one key element of the season’s writing.  The writing involved with the season’s secondary story elements is just as important to note as that of the primary stories.

The writing involved with the season’s secondary stories – Morse’s relationship with Friday, Friday’s relationship with his (and Endeavour’s) new boss, and even Friday’s relationship with his own wife adds its own share of entertainment and engagement to this season.  The writers are to be commended for how they handled each element within the bigger picture of the season.  The change in Morse and Friday’s relationship is gradual and subtle.  That subtlety in this storyline  does just enough to leave viewers watching to see when the longtime friends’ friendship will finally reach its breaking point (and it does, too).  In the same breath, Friday’s relationship with his wife creates its own share of drama too because of the subtlety in how it was approached.  The balance of these secondary story lines with the primary story lines involving the crimes makes for more than enough entertainment and engagement.  It shows once again why Endeavour remains one of the best crime dramas on television today if not the absolute best.  While the writing at the center of Season Six does more than its share to keep viewers entertained and engaged, it is only one part of what makes this season work so well.  The work of the show’s cast does just as much to make it so appealing.

As noted, the story line involving Friday and Morse’s friendship creates its own interest for viewers.  While the work of the show’s writing team deserves its own accolades for that interest, stars Shaun Evans (Morse) and Roger Allam (Friday) deserves its own share of credit, too.  It would have been so easy for the pair to go over the top as tensions rose between their characters, but being the consummate professionals that they are, that never happened.  The same can be said of Allam’s work as he works on-screen alongside new co-star Simon Harrison (DCI Ronnie Box).  The duo’s work together creates just the right amount of tension as their partnership progresses.  Those developments play expertly off of the aforementioned work between Allam and Evans for a bigger developing story that shows in whole, just how hard the cast worked to keep viewers watching.  Much the same could be said of Allam’s interaction on camera with co-star Caroline O’Neill, who plays Thursday’s wife Win.  As the couple’s marriage seems to break down due to Thursday’s work life, it would have been just as easy for the pair to ham it up.  Thankfully that didn’t happen in this case, either.  The result is even more engagement for viewers.  All things considered here, the cast’s work interpreting each script within this season makes for just as much entertainment and engagement for viewers as the stories that form the season’s basis.  For all that it does to add to the season’s enjoyment, the work of the cast is not the last of the season’s most important elements.  The bonus content that is featured with the season’s home release rounds out its most important elements.

The bonus content featured within the home release of EndeavourSeason Six is a series of featurettes that finds the cast discussing various aspects of the season.  Harrison, Allam and Richard Riddell sit down to talk about the stylistic difference in law enforcement between Morse, Jango and Box in one of the featurettes.  The featurette in question even presents a tribute to the famed British crime drama The Sweeney as Harrison discusses Box’s methodology.  Fans of that series (which was the basis for FX’s former hit crime drama The Shield) will appreciate this mention, and in turn the noted relationships between Friday and Box, Friday and Morse and Box and Morse.  In yet another of the bonuses, the cast talks about the tribute to Gerry Anderson in the episode “Apollo.”  Viewers will be interested to learn about the episode’s tie to Anderson’s timeless series Thunderbirds with this episode, as well as the fact that the puppeteers had to be trained (yes, trained) in how to handle the puppets for certain scenes within the episode.  There are also brief vignettes with certain cast members that features those cast members sharing fond thoughts about their characters and scenes that they recorded for Season Six.  Some of those scenes made the final cut while others weren’t so lucky.  All things considered here, the bonus content featured with the home release of Season Six is brief, but still adds its own share of entertainment and insight to the whole of the season.  When that is considered alongside the engagement and entertainment guaranteed through the season’s acting and writing, it becomes no mystery why the sixth season of Endeavour is another success for the series.

EndeavourSeason Six is another strong new entry in the long-running crime drama’s run.  That is proven in part through the writing that went into the series.  Both the primary and secondary story lines show the strength of said writing.  The work of the series’ cast is just as strong as the writing.  The bonus content, though brief, adds its own entertainment and insight to the whole of the season’s presentation.  Each item is important in its own way to the season’s whole.  All things considered, they show why Endeavour continues to be one of television’s top crime dramas in its sixth season, if not the best.  More information on Endeavour is available online now at:

 

 

 

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PBS Distribution Taking Audiences Back To Space Again Later This Month In New ‘NOVA’ Episode

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PBS Distribution is taking audiences back into the cosmos again with another new episode of NOVA.

NOVAThe Planets is scheduled for release Aug. 27 on Blu-ray and DVD.  The five-episode presentation takes viewers from the Milky Way’s inner planets all the way to its outermost regions.

Narrated by actor Zachary Quinto (StarTrekStar Trek Into DarknessStar Trek Beyond), takes viewers on the intergalactic journey using the most up-to-date planetary research and footage captured by orbiters, landers and rovers.  From the mystery of why Earth is the only planet of the rocky planets that can sustain life to how the outer planets and gas giants came to form and sit where they do now, the program takes viewers on a previously inexperienced journey through the galaxy.

NOVAThe Planets will retail for $29.99 (DVD) and $34.99 (Blu-ray).  It can be pre-ordered at a reduced price of $24.99 (DVD) and $29.99 (Blu-ray) through PBS’ store.  More information on this and other episodes of NOVA is available online now at:

 

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PBS Distribution’s New ‘Ready Jet Go!’ DVD Is One Big Joy For Audiences Of All Ages

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Fifty years ago last month, one of the most historic events in the history of mankind took place – the first moon landing.  Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first – and only – humans to step foot on the surface of the moon.  This past month, the world stopped and watched once again, just as it did all those years ago, to commemorate the momentous event.  As part of the commemoration of the lunar landing, PBS Distribution released a brand new DVD from its hit science-based PBS Kids series Ready Jet Go! fittingly titled One Small Step.  The DVD features three episodes that coincide with the moon landing that will entertain and engage audiences of all ages.  They form the foundation of the DVD, and will be discussed shortly.  The lessons that are connected with the DVD make for their own share of interest to the DVD’s presentation and will be addressed a little bit later on.  The primary and secondary content featured within the confines of One Small Step makes this DVD a presentation that will hopefully have younger viewers once again wanting to be astronauts instead of YouTube stars, and will have grown-ups remembering their own joy of wanting to go to the stars.  In all this DVD will certainly entertain and engage viewers of all ages, but will hopefully re-ignite (yes, that pun was intended) the awe and wonder which we as a people once held of America’s space program, as we examine the possibility of one day returning to the moon or even traveling farther into the galaxy.

PBS Distribution’s recently released Ready Jet Go! DVD One Small Step is a wonderful new addition to the shows’ ongoing series of DVD releases.  It is a presentation that will most certainly entertain viewers of all ages while also engaging and educating said audiences.  That is due in no small part to the stories featured in each of the DVD’s three featured episodes.  The DVD’s title episode features the disc’s longest story.  It follows Jet and his human friends as they celebrate the anniversary of the moon landing.  The recollections lead Jet to reveal to his friends, his own “super saucer,” which the kids use to take a trip to the moon together.  There’s just one problem, Jet doesn’t fully know how to operate the vehicle, leading him to accidentally crash land on the moon.  The crash landing might not be such a bad thing in the long run, though.  As Sydney and Jet 2 work to repair the saucer – this is subtle, but an important element.  It will be addressed in the discussion on the DVD’s lessons – Sean and Mindy explore the moon’s surface, ultimately finding the footprints left by Aldrin and Armstrong, as well as the platform on which the lunar lander sat before lifting off to return to the command module.  In the end, the kids return safely to Earth, happily recalling their own momentous moon landing.

The DVD’s second episode, “Earth Mission To Moon” is a standard length story.  This story is another that finds Jet and company taking a trip to the moon.  Chronologically, it was not the first time the kids went to the moon.  Neither was “One Small Step,” either.  The first time the kids went to the moon was in the episode “How Come The Moon Has Craters?” – Season 1 Episode 5.  The kids go to the moon to find out why it is full of craters.  Getting back on track, “Earth Mission To Moon” finds the kids headed to the moon as they re-enact the Apollo 11 moon landing, and return to Earth. This time, they make the trip with the companionship of Jet’s mom.  Along the way, viewers get to see a side-by-side comparison of the kids’ trip to the original Apollo 11 mission from beginning to end.  The footage does not run through the entire episode, but just at specific points.  That aside, it is another great way to celebrate the moon landing.

The third and final episode featured in One Small Step is “Mindy’s Moon Mission.”  It’s Mindy’s birthday in this episode.  Mindy gets a special gift that lets her feel like she’s on the moon.  As a result of that gift, Jet and the gang head to the moon for a game of lunar soccer.  It’s one more celebration of all things lunar.  This is just one more example of the entertainment that audiences will get through the stories featured in One Small Step.  While the DVD’s entertainment factor goes a long way toward making the DVD’s presentation positive, it is just one of the elements that serves that purpose.  The lessons that compliment the stories add even more appeal for audiences.

Each of the stories featured within this DVD presents plenty of entertainment for audiences of all ages.  Of course, the stories alone are just one part of what makes One Small Step another appealing Ready Jet Go! offering from PBS Distribution.  The lessons that accompany the stories add even more appeal to the DVD’s presentation.  One important lesson incorporated into the DVD’s content presents a message of female empowerment.  It comes in the DVD’s title story.  As Mindy and Shawn are out exploring the moon, Sydney works with Jet 2 to fix Jet’s “super saucer.”  Whether the incorporation of this message into the story was intentional is left up to the show’s writers to tell, but it is there.  Showing a female (of any age) doing any kind of mechanical work, such as working on a vehicle, is extremely rare, even in the 21st Century, let alone an African-American female.  To that end, the portrayal of Sydney taking on the task of fixing a machine created by a male is something that will certainly appeal to so many female viewers.  What’s more, it is also a message that promotes women getting involved in science, technology, engineering and math in general.  That will create even more appeal.

As the first story ends, it transitions to one of the show’s live action segments.  This time, Amy Meisner shows a young girl and guy how astronauts eat in space.  This is a basic lesson, but it still offers its own educational content.  The lesson in the second story is a full-on lesson about space travel that promotes space science.  The very promotion of space science (and science in general) is crucial in an age in which young people care more about being social media stars than stars of the scientific realm.  Again, here is even more appeal.

The lesson at the center of the DVD’s final story is another basic presentation, but still enjoyable for young viewers to learn.  It presents once again, the lesson about weight variances on the galaxy’s various celestial bodies.  This time the lesson is presented as Mindy enjoys bouncing on her inflatable attraction.  It is a basic lesson, but still an important lesson nonetheless, and presented in an accessible fashion for young viewers.  Keeping that in mind, it adds its own share of that engagement and entertainment for said viewers.  When the engagement from this lesson is considered with the engagement (and discussion) that the other noted lessons will generate, the whole of that content undeniably shows why it is important in its own right to the whole of One Small Step.  When it is considered along with the value of the DVD’s primary content – the stories – the whole of that primary and secondary content makes the DVD’s average price point more money well-spent.

The combined primary and secondary content featured within One Small Step does a lot to make the DVD another positive entry in the ongoing series of DVDs released from Ready Jet Go!.  Keeping that in mind, it makes the DVD’s average price point money well-spent.  The average price point for this DVD is $7.58.  That price is obtained using prices listed at PBS’ store, at Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Books-A-Million, Amazon and Barnes& Noble Booksellers.  The most expensive price listing is at PBS’ store at $9.99 while the least expensive listing is at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at $4.99.  While PBS’ price may be the most expensive at the time of this review’s posting, the fact of the matter is that even at $10, that is still money well spent, considering families will have the entertainment and education to enjoy any time they want.  Going back to the noted content, that is a lot of entertainment and education, even in just three episodes.  Keeping all of this in mind, the average price point for Ready Jet Go!: One Small Step is a price that is affordable and will hardly break any viewer’s bank.  When this is considered along with the overall content, the DVD in whole proves to be one big joy for audiences of all ages.

PBS Distribution’s recently released Ready Jet Go! DVD One Small Step is one big success for the show and for PBS and PBS Distribution.  That is due in part to the stories at the center of each of the disc’s three episodes.  Two of the three stories pay direct tribute to the Apollo 11 anniversary while the other simply presents a fun lesson about the differences in gravities on different celestial bodies.  Speaking of lessons, the lessons tied into the episodes add even more appeal to the DVD’s presentation.  They combine with the stories to make the DVD’s average price point of less than $10 anything but a budget breaker.  Keeping that in mind, the DVD has a lot for audiences to appreciate.  To that end, the DVD in whole proves itself to be one big joy for audiences of all ages.  It is available now.  More information on Ready Jet Go!: One Small Step is available online now along with lots of Ready Jet Go! games, activities, printables and more at:

 

 

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New ‘Wild Kratts’ DVD Is Creepy Fun For The Whole Family

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August is officially here, and while the nation is still in the dog days of summer, the last full month of summer means the countdown to fall’s return is on.  With that countdown is also the official countdown to the unofficial opening of the annual holiday season, Halloween.  As that countdown begins, PBS Distribution is getting an early start getting families into the holiday spirit with an early Halloween treat – Wild Kratts: Creepy Creatures.  Set for release Aug. 13, the 65-minute DVD features two Halloween-themed episodes of the hit series that will give audiences of all ages plenty of creepy fun.  The stories themselves are just one part of what families will appreciate about this new DVD.  The lessons that are tied into the stories make for their own share of engagement and entertainment.  They will be discussed a little later.  Considering the DVD’s combined primary and secondary content, they make the DVD’s average retail price point money well spent.  This will also be addressed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Wild Kratts: Creepy Creatures.  All things considered, they make Wild Kratts: Creepy Creatures a wonderful new educational and entertaining treat for audiences of all ages.

PBS Distribution’s new Wild Kratts DVD, Creepy Creatures is an enjoyable new early Halloween treat for audiences of all ages both in the classroom and the living room.  That is proven in part through the stories featured within each of the DVD’s two episodes.  The story in the DVD’s title episode finds Chris, Martin and their friends preparing for a Halloween party.  The preparations feature a search by Chris and Martin for costumes that are based on some creatures that most people might find otherwise creepy.  The brothers Kratt are not the only ones looking for some creepy creatures, though.  Zack Varmitech is spying on the brothers as they make their plans, and decides to kidnap a bunch of animals to create his own haunted house, all in an effort to make money off of his villainous ways.  The catch is that Zack can’t do it alone, so he gets his fellow villains to help him.  Of course things don’t go exactly as planned for the bad guys, as the Wild Kratts gang coming out on top.

The DVD’s second episode finds Chris, Martin and company dealing with a group of intruders to the Tortuga. Before Chris and Martin discover who the intruders are, the Jimmy Z is led to believe the Tortuga is haunted by an eight-eyed creature, leading to the Halloween theme.  The intruders in question turn out to be a mother raccoon and her babies.  The discovery leads to some more new creatures powers for the brothers, as well as a lesson about what makes raccoons so unique.  Along the way, there is also plenty of entertainment for audiences of all ages.  The entertainment offered through this episode’s story, and that in the DVD’s main episode leaves audiences agreeing the stories themselves that are featured in the DVD give viewers plenty of reason to add this DVD to their Halloween viewing.  While the stories present their own entertainment value to the DVD, the lessons tied in with the stories adds its own share of interest and entertainment, too.

The lessons that are presented within each of the DVD’s episodes are key in that they serve to dispel the beliefs that people have about the featured “creepy” creatures.  Case in point is a brief but concise lesson about the reality of vampire bats.  The brothers, in their search for the perfect Halloween costume, find a vampire bat.  They explain vampire bats are not at all what Hollywood has made them out to be.  They explain how little blood vampire bats take from other animals in order to survive and how little damage they do to other animals in getting that blood.  It makes fully clear that humans have nothing at all to fear from vampire bats.  Chris and Martin also find a certain species of tarantula, another creepy creature.  They dispel the beliefs about those arachnids, too.  There is even a dispelling of sorts about raccoons in the DVD’s second episode.  Many people have the belief that raccoons are disease ridden and just ramble through people’s garbage, causing all kinds of problems for people.  Chris and Martin show, through this lesson that they are in fact, not the rabble rousing scavengers that they have been made out to be. Rather, they are just out there surviving, and generally try to stay away from humans.  It’s just one more key lesson featured in the DVD.  There are plenty of others for viewers to discover when they purchase this DVD themselves.  When the collective lessons are considered along with the entertaining and engaging stories in the two featured episodes, the whole of that primary and secondary content makes the DVD’s fully affordable average price point money well-spent.

The average price point of Wild Kratts: Creepy Creatures does not break the $10 mark.  In fact, it barely breaks the $5 mark, coming in at approximately $5.70.  The price is obtained by averaging prices at Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and PBS’ store.  The DVD was not listed at Walmart at the time of this review.  The most expensive of the listed prices is $6.99 – at the sites of PBS and Books-A-Million – and the least expensive is $4.65 – at Barnes & Noble Booksellers.  Regardless of which retailer one uses, PBS still benefits from those sales.  The money spent, again regardless of retailer, is again money well-spent.  It will obviously not break any family’s budget.  What’s more, buying the DVD means audiences can watch the DVD any time, not just on Halloween or the days leading up to Halloween.  There are no worries about trying to find the episodes online if viewers have it in physical form.  There again is even more proof of the value of the DVD.  When this is considered along with the content itself and its value, all things considered make Wild Kratts: Creepy Creatures clearly an early Halloween treat the audiences of all ages will enjoy.

PBS Distribution’s new Wild Kratts DVD Creepy Creatures is another enjoyable offering from the series.  That is despite the fact that the DVD features only two more episodes, which is a standard for the company’s Wild Kratts DVDs.  It is so enjoyable in part because of the presentation’s primary content, its featured stories.  The lessons featured along with the stories adds even more appeal to the DVD’s presentation.  The combined content makes the DVD’s average price of less than $6 money well spent, especially considering that audiences who purchase the DVD will be able to enjoy all of the noted content whenever they want.  Each item noted in this review is important in its own way to the whole of the DVD.  All things considered, they make Wild Kratts: Creepy Creatures anything but creepy, but rather an entertaining, enjoyable early Halloween treat for audiences of all ages.  It will be available Aug. 13.  More information on the DVD is available along with lots of Wild Kratts activities, games, printables and more at:

 

 

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PBS Distribution Adding More Content To Its Prime Streaming Channel

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PBS Distribution is adding more PBS Kids content to its streaming service next month.

Pinkalicious & PeterifficA Pinkaperfect Birthday and Let’s Go LunaVolume 3 will be added to the company’s PBS Kids Prime Video Channel.  In the new Pinkalicious & Peteriffic special, it’s Pinkalicious’ birthday, and she gets her birthday wish — everything turns pink.  The problem is that not everyone is as enthusiastic about everything being pink as she is, so she and her friends take a trip to Fairyland to find the Birthday Fairy to undo her wish.

Let’s Go LunaVolume 3 continues Luna’s adventures around the world with her friends, the group learning more lessons about different cultures and peoples. This latest collection picks up where Let’s Go LunaVolume 2 left off, featuring episodes 11-15.

The first short in episode 11 is titled “Guitar To Sitar.”  The strings on Carmen’s guitar need replacement as she is writing a song for her mother’s birthday, leading to the a bazaar where she searches for new strings.  This leads her to the discovery of a sitar.  The episode’s second segment, “Spring Has Not Sprung” continue the group’s adventures in India.  Andy wants to get some photos of Delhi’s springtime settings, but the gray clouds cause some problems for him.

Episode 14 finds Luna and company down under in Australia.  The first half of this episode, “Boomin’ Boomerang,” finds Carmen being asked to take part in a boomerang competition, but she is struggling with her self-confidence.  It’s up to her and her friends to make her believe she has what it takes to compete.  The episode’s second short, “House Music” takes the gang to the famed Sydney Opera House as Andy wants to hear the band Syd and the Sydneys.

Luna herself takes center stage in Episode 15’s first half, “You Can’t Move The Moon.”  Luna has to take the place of Salami Strong in a sumo wrestler match in this episode after Salami is injured ahead of the match.  The episode’s second short, “Lizardzilla!,” reveals the magic of the movie industry and reminds young viewers that movies are just that, movies.  This is done as Leo admits he is too afraid to watch the movie Lizardzilla.

These episodes are just a portion of what audiences can expect in Let’s Go Luna!Volume 3.  Episodes 13 and 12 are also featured in the new volume.

Families can subscribe to PBS Kids’ Prime Video Channel for $4.99/month. Full episodes of Pinkalicious & Peterific and Let’s Go Luna! are also available for free on PBS Kids/ 24/7 channel on television and online at each show’s official website.

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Three New PBS Kids Titles Available Now Through PBS Distribution

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PBS Distribution released three new titles for the whole family this month.

Released July 9 were Ready Jet Go!: One Small Step and ArthurArthur Celebrates Community.  The first of the two titles was a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.  It features a special hour-long episode that looks back at the historic moon landing mission after Jet tells his friends that he has built a new super saucer.

The announcement leads Jet and his friends to the moon, and a rough  landing on the moon leads Jet and Sunspot to go missing, leading his friends to search for the pair.  In the process of the search, Jet’s friends find things left behind by the Apollo 11 mission.

Ready Jet Go!One Small Step can be ordered online at PBS’ online store now.  Ready Jet Go! games, activities and printables are available online at:

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ArthurArthur Celebrates Community features four episodes from the beloved animated series that teach invaluable lessons about compassion, civility, honesty and open-mindedness.  One of those lessons comes in the form of “When Rivals Come To Roost,” which finds the students of Lakewood Elementary having to share their school — and science fair secrets — with the students of Mighty Mountain after the school floods.

The episode’s second story, “The Longest Eleven Minutes,” finds Muffy having to deal with the internet going out as she obsesses over her blog.

The controversial “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone” is also featured in this new collection.  This episode finds everyone’s grumpy Lakewood teacher tying the knot, but not to who they might think.

Also featured in this collection are the stories, “The Feud,” “House Guests,” “Binky Can’t Always Get What He Wants,” “Muffy’s Car Campaign” and “Truth or Poll.”

ArthurArthur Celebrates Community is available now through PBS’ online store.  Lots of Arthur activities, printables and activities are available online now at:

 

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On July 16, PBS Distribution released a brand new collection of classic episodes from the beloved series Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood in the form of Mr. Rogers NeighborhoodWould You Be Mine Collection.  This second collection of classic episodes features 30 more episodes from the series, spread across four discs.

One of the series’ most beloved episodes, “A Visit to the Crayon Factory” is featured as a bonus in this collection.  Also appearing in the collection are famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, equally famous performance group STOMP and Olympian Suzie McConnell.  The set’s run time tops 14 hours, giving the whole family lots of entertainment.

Mr. Rogers NeighborhoodWould You Be Mine Collection is available now through PBS’ online store.  More fun for the whole family is available through activities, printable and games at:

 

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PBS Distribution Giving Families A Special Early Halloween Treat Next Month

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Chris and Martin Kratt return to DVD next month with a new Halloween-themed collection of stories.

Wild Kratts: Creepy Creatures is scheduled for release Aug. 13.  The DVD features two family friendly Halloween-themed episodes; the first being the DVD’s title episode.  In this episode, Chris and Martin decide to find some “creepy cool” creatures in order to celebrate Halloween.  In the process, Chris and Martin learn that Zach and his fellow villains have some naughty tricks up their sleeves, so it is up to Chris and Martin to save Halloween.

The DVD’s second episode, “Masked Bandits,” finds some spooky things going on around the Tortuga.  Jimmy thinks the Wild Kratts’ gang’s airship is haunted because of everything going on, but that might not necessarily be the case.

Wild KrattsCreepy Creatures‘ run time is 74 minutes on one disc.  The DVD will retail for MSRP of $6.99.  It can be pre-ordered online at PBS’ online store.

More information on Wild Kratts‘ new DVD is available online along with lots of games, printables and activities at:

 

Website: http://pbskids.org/wildkratts

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wildkrattsofficial

 

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