PBS KIDS has ordered a second season of 2D-animated preschool show Alma’s Way from Fred Rogers Productions.
Targeting four- to six-year-olds, the upcoming season will feature 25 half-hour episodes and two 30-minute specials, and it’s set to premiere in fall 2023 on PBS KIDS linear and digital channels. Like season one, it will be available in both English and Spanish.
Created by Sonia Manzano (Sesame Street) and produced in association with Ontario-based Pipeline Studios (Elinor Wonders Why), Alma’s Way follows a Puerto Rican girl who ventures into the Bronx to demonstrate her decision-making and social awareness skills. In each episode, she experiences different aspects of Latino culture, such as celebrating Nochebuena and making traditional meals.
The series has performed well since premiering in October 2021 on PBS KIDS. It has consistently ranked among the top-10 PBS KIDS shows in streaming viewership each month, according to the US public broadcaster.
Last year, Fred Rogers Productions received a US$1-million grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations to support the production of Alma’s Way and Donkey Hodie—which premiered in May 2021. The company has also appointed Brand Central as the licensing agency on record for Alma’s Way, charging the team there with putting together a consumer products program that reflects the show’s educational and cultural focus.