Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood came to a close in 2001 after beloved host Fred Rogers announced that he was ending the TV series to focus on his health. Sadly, Rogers died of stomach cancer in February 2003 at the age of 74. The series continued to air in reruns on PBS until 2008.
Rogers’ production company, family, and friends have done much to keep his legacy alive and now, his puppet characters are returning to television in a new animated spin-off.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, starring the four-year-old son of the original Daniel Striped Tiger, is expected to debut in the fall of 2012.
Here’s the press release from PBS:
PBS ANNOUNCES NEW SERIES INSPIRED BY MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD CHARACTER DANIEL TIGER
DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, set to launch in Fall 2012 as part of PBS KIDS preschool line-up, will focus on preparing kids for school success.