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Carol Burnett guest stars in 'Curious George' season premiere -- EXCLUSIVE

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Everyone’s favorite monkey is returning to TV screens with a new season of Curious George.

Carol Burnett guest stars in the season premiere as Curious George’s Great Aunt Sylvia, who is coming for a visit. In an exclusive clip from the show, Curious George oh-oh-ah-ahs with excitement when his beloved aunt arrives — and even better, she comes bearing gifts! Little George is happy to unwrap a monkey-sized front loader. As Great Aunt Sylvia explains, “I drove the real thing when I was in construction.” She gets a loving hug as a thank you, but later they discover the front loader is defective. Keeping with its educational theme, the show then follows George and Sylvia as they try to figure out how to fix the toy.

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NASA-approved 'Space Racers' coming to public television in 2014

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope — it’s Space Racers, an upcoming TV series aimed at preschoolers that hopes to do for science what previous programs have done for language, counting, and problem-solving. The show’s secret weapon? Nothing less than NASA, which is attached as a technical consultant.

The series follows a group of five talented young spaceships — speedy Eagle, strong Hawk, smart Robyn, brave Starling, and competitive Raven — who are students at the Stardust Space Academy. As the ships travel throughout the solar system, they’ll teach their viewers about “exploration, investigation, observation, and how to work together as a team,” according to a release.

Creator and executive producer Richard Schweiger says that the idea for the series first came to him at Washington, D.C.’s National Air and Space Museum five years ago. While watching his two boys play around with rocket ships purchased at the museum’s gift shop, he was struck by an idea: “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, how amazing would it be to do a show where the characters are the spaceships, and the spaceships can go on missions through the solar system?” he explains to EW.

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See Curious George's spooktacular 'kinda sorta haunted house' -- EXCLUSIVE

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There will the thrills and chills aplenty — in a gentle, family-friendly sort of way — in Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest, an upcoming PBS Kids special that finds the mischievous monkey and his yellow-hatted pal celebrating the holiday in style.

In Boo Fest, George and his human pal Allie set off on a quest to discover whether the “Legend of No Noggin” — a story about a spooky scarecrow who haunts the countryside — is true. Along the way, George tries to find the perfect Halloween costume and also stops by a “kinda sorta haunted house” — as you’ll see in the adorable musical clip below.

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'Thomas & Friends' returns to PBS Kids with new look -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

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PBS Kids’ Thomas & Friends just got a little more cinematic.

The next season of the preschool favorite will chug onscreen next week — and don’t be surprised if it looks slightly different. This season, Thomas is being brought to life by a new animation studio: Toronto-based Arc Productions, the company behind 9 and Gnomeo and Juliet. Check below for another sneak peek at their right-on-track work.

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Dave Matthews sings about feeling feelings with 'Sesame Street' -- VIDEO

What do you do when you’re feeling a feeling that’s not a good feeling?

You sing about it! (With a banjo-strummin’ pal who also happens to be Dave Matthews.)

In this adorable Sesame Street video with the South-African-born singer-songwriter, Matthews and Grover are going through some fuzzy emotions, which turn out to be the ones that get a bad rap – jealousy and sadness. Matthews asks the little blue monster what’s wrong and Grover says,

“Dave, right now I am feeling a feeling and it’s not a very good feeling.” And Matthews concurs, “Hey I’m feeling a feeling that’s not a very good feeling as well.” Puppets are so meta.

The pair decides to sing about their broken dreams (“I made a wish with all of my heart to take a rocket ship up to the moon,” Grover croons) and bouts of envy (“I wanna be a superhero too,” Matthews laments) and eventually come to a friendly resolution.

Watch the singer-songwriter and Grover work out their not-so-fun-feelings here with their tune “I need a word”: READ FULL STORY

'Peg + Cat' on PBS Kids this fall: FIRST LOOK

We’re all used to that old trope about a boy and his dog, but what about a girl and her cat? How about a girl and a cat who help teach kids about math?

Well, you can soon find out when Peg + Cat, a new animated preschool series on PBS kids, hits the small screen this fall.  Co-creators Billy Aronson (Rent, Postcards from Buster) and Jennifer Oxley (Little Bill, The Wonder Pets!) have teamed with The Fred Rogers Company for this show which follows the adorable, spirited Peg and her sidekick Cat as they embark on adventures and learn foundational math concepts and skills. Each episode features engaging stories in any number of possible worlds, as Peg and Cat encounter a problem that requires them to use math and problem solving skills in order to move forward.

Take a look at a clip from the new series, which premieres October 7, 2013 with a special one-hour broadcast of two back-to-back episodes. The series will air daily following its premiere. READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Garner does guest voice on 'Martha Speaks' -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

If you need yet another reason to like Jennifer Garner, we’ve got one. On the Feb. 4 episode of PBS KIDS’ Martha Speaks (check local listings), she does a guest voice as a woman whose dog, also named Martha, gets mistaken for titular talking canine Martha, who is due to sing at an animal rescue fundraiser. Watch our exclusive clip below and appreciate Garner’s level of commitment. “Pull yourself together, Jennifer. Pull yourself together.” We need to know how this ends! READ FULL STORY

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