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August 17, 2010 > Curious George premiers new season

Curious George premiers new season

Social Science themed episodes encourage preschoolers to engage with the world around them

Submitted By Tara Rafieymehr Pettinato

Hot on the heels of his 2010 Emmy Award win for "Outstanding Children's Animated Program," everyone's favorite little monkey is back for a new season, bringing his contagious enthusiasm and curiosity to a new set of adventures centered around social science. Premiering Labor Day, September 6 (check local PBS listings), the fifth season of Curious George finds the lovable monkey learning about different cultures, modes of transportation, and even bartering!

In the season premiere episode, "George and Marco Sound it Out," viewers are introduced to George's new friend, eight-year-old Marco, who plays in his family's pan-Latin band, Lobos de Plata. George loves watching Marco's band perform in Endless Park, so when the bandstand is suddenly taken down, the pair set out on a whirlwind adventure to find the perfect place for the band to play. Throughout the new season, Marco introduces George to unique elements of Hispanic culture like food, music, and celebration.

"Curious George is such a great ambassador to learning for kids," said Senior Vice President of Animation Production for Universal Studios Family Productions, Ellen Cockrill. "In season five, George brings young viewers into the world of new cultures and the different social systems that tie cultures together."

George sets off on many new adventures this season including trading and bartering with his friend Allie, finding a chameleon in a big city, and getting lost on the subway with The Man with the Yellow Hat. And viewers can expect more monkey business in winter/spring 2011 when Curious George returns for new episodes where George learns about sheep herding, Vietnamese foods, and even how to celebrate Mother's Day in a very special way!

"This season, George again takes his curiosity out into the world and this time learns a lot about the social world around him," said WGBH Executive Producer, Dorothea Gillim. "The season's focus on social science introduces viewers to different cultures and social activities along with the series' underlying mission to foster understanding of science, math, and engineering."

Based on the best-selling Curious George books by Margret and H.A. Rey, Curious George the television series expands George's world to include a host of colorful characters and original locales, while maintaining the charm of the beloved books. Visit pbskids.org/curiousgeorge.

Curious George is funded by public television viewers. National Corporate Sponsorship is provided by Chuck E. Cheese, Sun-Maid Growers, and Rainforest Cafe.

Curious George is a production of Imagine Entertainment, WGBH Boston, and Universal Studios Family Productions. Curious George and related characters, created by Margret and H.A. Rey are copyrighted and trademarked by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and used under license. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLP.

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