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Nick to roll out new Dora show globally later this year

MUMBAI: US kids broadcaster Nickelodeon has announced that its animated character Dora sets off on her next big adventure in ‘Dora and Friends: Into the City!’, a new preschool series starring the Latina heroine in new adventures, with new friends and a new interactive curriculum.

The show kicks off in the US on 18 August and will roll out internationally later in the year. The half-hour series (20 episodes) features the character Dora living in a city, attending school and at the centre of a peer group that works together to give back to the community—having both real-life and magical adventures along the way.

Created by Chris Gifford and Valerie Walsh Valdes, ‘Dora the Explorer’ will air every weekday during the preschool block on Nickelodeon US.

‘Dora the Explorer’, which even after 14 years remains the most-watched preschool show on TV, will continue to air.

Nickelodeon preschool executive VP Teri Weiss said, “’Dora and Friends: Into the City!’ expands on Dora’s legacy of being a compassionate leader, friend and role model, in a setting where she can have dynamic peer relationships and experience the world around her in new and exciting ways. Preschoolers will explore with their favourite pal Dora and her friends while developing interpersonal skills and a sense of community that will help them navigate new social situations like starting school and making friends. And, of course, learn Spanish along the way.”

Developed with the support of educational experts and tested by preschoolers themselves, ‘Dora and Friends’ is set to a contemporary soundtrack of Latin-influenced pop music and features an interactive curriculum focusing on community service, problem solving, emotional skills, Spanish language and Latino culture.

Set in the fictional city of Playa Verde, Dora and her friends go on adventures, whether it’s rescuing a lost stuffed monkey for a little boy in the hospital or returning a ring to an ancient Mayan Princess. Throughout her journeys, Dora uses Map App on her smartphone and a magical charm bracelet to navigate the city and overcome any obstacle. In the new series, Dora continues to be a good friend, leader, and problem-solver with a group of new friends—Kate, Naiya, Emma, Alana and Pablo—who share her passion for learning and exploring.

At ‘Dora and Friends’ on Nickelodeon’s website, NickJr.com, kids and parents can learn about the show, download and print e-books and print Dora and Friends colouring pages. Besides, kids can play ‘Dora and Friends’ games, including the new ‘Dora and Friends It’s Concert Day’ game, where they meet Dora’s new friends, discover her city and help everyone get ready for a big concert.

The series premiere episode will be on NickJr.com, as well as available for streaming and download on iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, Sony, Vudu, Nook and Fios Flex View the day after air.