Things are looking rosy for the arts-focused animated preschool series Pinkalicious & Peterrific, which will return to PBS KIDS for two more seasons. The 13 x half-hour second season will bow in spring 2020, followed by the 12 x half-hour third season at an undisclosed date.
In addition to new episodes, an hour-long special about Valentine’s Day and three digital games (available on PBS KIDS’ website and through the PBS KIDS Games app) are also in the works.
Based on the bestselling book series by Victoria Kann, Pinkalicious & Peterrific is produced by Sixteen South Studios and WGBH Boston with funding from PBS, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Northern Ireland Screen. The show follows a brother and sister as they find creative solutions to problems they discover in their neighborhood, with a focus on music, dance and visual arts.
“In season two we’re ramping up the dancing aspect of the show and the overall influence of music,” says Jamie Teehan, series director at Sixteen South.
The team has received a stream of photos and videos from fans since the show first premiered in February 2018, he says, many of which focus on dance.
“We have some old school ideas about kids getting out into the world and experiencing real life, as opposed to social media,” Teehan says. “The show’s second and third season will really try to inspire kids to explore the world through art.”
Moving forward, there will also be an increased focus on specials. According to Colin Williams, creative director of Sixteen South, the response from fans around the first season in general—but especially its birthday-themed hour-long special—has been so positive that there may be additional opportunities for “super-long” episodes.
“To summarize the ‘special’ with that word doesn’t do it justice,” Williams says. “It was really a mini-feature. It was the longest piece of work that we’ve ever done and to create one story that captured the audience the whole way through was a massive achievement.”