‘Daniel Tiger’s Neigh­bor­hood’:

2 p.m. week­days, KBTC

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For Mrs. Rogers to sign off on a new show, it must pro­mote her late hus­band’s val­ues. And the youngest of view­ers, in this case 2to 4-year-olds, must be en­ter­tained.

The new PBS show “Daniel Tiger’s Neigh­bor­hood” de­buts Mon­day (check lo­cal list­ings). It’s a sweet, not trea­cly an­i­mated show fea­tur­ing two re­lated 11-minute episodes and a live-ac­tion short film. Each week­day episode gen­tly de­liv­ers moral lessons.

It’s a fair bet that the par­ents of the tar­get au­di­ence grew up on “Mis­ter Rogers’ Neigh­bor­hood,” and they will rec­og­nize the char­ac­ters’ her­itage.

Daniel Tiger is the son of the orig­i­nal show’s Daniel Striped Tiger. His best friend is O the Owl, who lives with his Un­cle X in a tree. He’s also pals with Ka­te­rina Kit­ty­cat, daugh­ter of the orig­i­nal show’s Hen­ri­etta Pussy­cat, and Prince Wed­nes­day, the youngest mem­ber of the neigh­bor­hood’s royal fam­ily.

“There was no doubt in my mind that the need was there,” Joanne Byrd Rogers says. “They missed Mis­ter Rogers’ val­ues.”

Af­ter be­ing mar­ried to Fred Rogers for more than 50 years, she de­scribes those val­ues as “hon­esty, truth, loy­alty and do­ing the best you can.”

The new show was years in the mak­ing. Ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers Kevin Mor­ri­son of The Fred Rogers Com­pany and An­gela C. San­tomero, cre­ator of “Su­per Why!” and “Blue’s Clues,” were ideal choices to bring this to life, she says.

“They all speak Fred­dish, as we say,” Rogers says.


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