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All New Curious Goerge Episodes - Mother's Day & Hispanic Heritage

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Two Favorite Episodes Featuring Georges New Friend Marco Kick Off the Celebration May 3 and 5 --

Press ReleaseBoston, MA, and Universal City, CA (April 12, 2011) – CURIOUS GEORGE continues its 5th season with a brand new Mother’s Day episode celebrating Hispanic heritage and Latina moms. Premiering Friday, May 6, 2011 (check local listings) on PBS KIDS, “Mother's Day Surprise features George helping Marco surprise his Mami with a party. Together, they make a piñata and other festive decorations while Marco's sister and the Man with the Yellow Hat prepare some of the guest of honors favorite foods. But when they see her arriving early, will the crew be able to pull it together in time to make this one Mother's Day she'll never forget? Learn about Hispanic culture and help George and Marco celebrate El Día de la Madre in this special episode of CURIOUS GEORGE.

This Mother's Day, we'll continue Season 5's exploration of the social sciences by showing kids how Marco and his family celebrate El Dia de la Madre, says WGBH Executive Producer Dorothea Gillim. We hope that through George's adventures, kids will be inspired to explore their own family's customs.”

Leading up to the Mother's Day episode, CURIOUS GEORGE will be re-airing two of its favorite episodes featuring George's new friend Marco. In George and Marco Sound it Out, airing Tuesday, May 3, 2011, Marco helps George find a place for his favorite band, Lobos de Plata, to play after their bandstand in the park is taken down. After a day of checking the acoustics at different locations around town, their last hope is the museum. Will it have a room that is quiet, won’t produce echoes, and is large enough for an entire band? Then in George's Home Run, airing Thursday, May 5, 2011, Marco tries to hit his first Little League home run while George plays scorekeeper. Marco helps George learn how to count from 1 to 10, and George returns the favor by agreeing to be a pinch runner for an injured Marco. Can a speedy little monkey run the bases fast enough for Marco to get his first home run? Tune in for these adventures and more May 3-6 on PBS KIDS!

CURIOUS GEORGE is a wonderful cultural ambassador for kids, says Senior Vice President of
Animation Production for Universal Studios Family Productions, Ellen Cockrill. Through these episodes and online, CURIOUS GEORGE introduces our young viewers to Hispanic heritage, and illustrates how fun it can be to explore new cultures.”

CURIOUS GEORGE is funded by public television viewers. National Corporate Sponsorship is provided by Chuck E. Cheese’s® and Rainforest Cafe®.

CURIOUS GEORGE is a production of Imagine Entertainment, WGBH Boston, and Universal Studios Family Productions. Executive producers are Ron Howard (Imagine), Brian Grazer (Imagine), Ellen Cockrill (Universal), Carol Greenwald (WGBH), Dorothea Gillim (WGBH), Jon Shapiro and David Kirschner. 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. Television series: ©2011. Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Media Contacts: Mike Wood, WGBH Boston, 617.300.5334,
Lori Nahama, Universal Studios, 818.777.0634,
Image Contact: Jessica Hartzell, WGBH Boston, 617.300.5361,

CURIOUS GEORGE the television series is designed to inspire kids to explore science, math, and engineering in the world around them in a fun and entertaining way. Based on the best-selling Curious George books by Margret and H.A. Rey, the daily series on PBS KIDS expands George's world to include a host of colorful characters and original locales, while maintaining the charm of the beloved books. Each half-hour episode includes two animated stories followed by short live-action pieces showing real kids who are investigating the ideas that George introduces in his stories. The series encourages inquiry and curiosity, promotes hands-on exploration, and shows parents and caregivers how to support childrens science and math-related play.

Imagine Entertainment was founded in 1986 by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer to create movies, television and other original programming. Since its inception, Imagine Entertainment has been honored with more than 60 prestigious awards, including 10 Academy Awards and 37 Emmys. Their past productions include the Academy Award-winning films A Beautiful Mind, 8 Mile, Apollo 13 in addition to The Da Vinci Code, and Curious George, and the Emmy and Golden- Globe-winning television series 24 and Arrested Development. Imagine Entertainment has a long standing production/distribution agreement with Universal Pictures.

About WGBH Boston
WGBH Boston is America's preeminent public broadcasting producer, the source of one-third of PBS's prime-time lineup along with some of public televisions best-known lifestyle shows, many public radio favorites, and a roster of childrens programs that empower kids with innovative, entertaining, curriculum-based content. Among the WGBH produced childrens titles: Arthur, Curious George, Postcards from Buster, Between the Lions, Design Squad, Martha Speaks and Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman. WGBH is the number-one producer of websites on, one of the most trafficked dot-org websites in the world, and a pioneer in educational multimedia and in technologies and services that make media accessible to the 36 million Americans who rely on captioning or video descriptions. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards . . . even two Oscars. In 2002, WGBH received a special institutional Peabody Award for 50 years of excellence. For more information, go to

Universal Studios Family Productions is part of Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios ( Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Boston-based Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company is a global education leader and the world's largest publisher of educational materials for pre-K-12 schools. The Company publishes a comprehensive set of best-in-class educational solutions, ranging from research-based textbook programs to instructional technology to standards-based assessments for students and educators. The Company also publishes an extensive line of reference works and award-winning literature for adults and young readers. With origins dating back to 1832, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt combines its tradition of excellence with a commitment to innovation. To learn more about Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, visit

PBS KIDS for preschoolers and PBS KIDS GO! for early elementary school kids, offers children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online and community-based programs. For more information on specific PBS KIDS GO! programs supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit

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