PBS KIDS Slates New Civics-Themed Content


PBS KIDS has slated the premieres of new civics-themed content in July, including season two of City Island.

The second season of City Island, produced by Future Brain Media, will premiere on July 5, with new episodes rolling out each Friday. The new content features 585 new characters and over 400 locations, all used to cover topics such as fact-based reporting, advertising and the internet.

The new season also includes two special musical episodes, “Theater Street” and “Holidays,” written by Rachel Wenitsky (The Tonight Show, SNL, Story Pirates). The series stars Kimia Behpoornia (Abbott Elementary) and Kimiko Glenn (Orange is the New Black). Guests for season two are Rosie Perez, Ali Stroker, Vanessa Bayer and Rachel Bloom.

Together We Can, a collaboration with Sesame Workshop, is set to bow on July 3. The series is a collection of 20 music videos, with songs sung by a cast of kids, who are joined by celebrity guest stars Savannah Guthrie (NBC’s Today), Christopher Jackson (In the Heights, Hamilton), Hoda Kotb (NBC’s Today) and Christian Slater (Mr. Robot). Each music video encourages viewers to learn, listen and lead. They support children in seeing themselves as active members of their communities and give them context on how the government plays a role in our everyday lives.

The first ten music videos will premiere on July 3, while the remaining ten will debut on August 7.