WordGirl and Chuck Vanderchuck score Daytime Emmy nods!

May 01, 2013
Big TV news today: we’ve been nominated for three Emmy Awards! WordGirl received two nominations for ‘Outstanding Children’s Animated Program’ and ‘Outstanding Writing in Animation’ (Tom Martin and Eric Shaw Head Writers; Jack Ferraiolo, Jayne Hamil and Ryan Raddatz Writers). These are the ninth and tenth Emmy award nominations for everyone’s favorite master of vocabulary which, earned Emmy Award wins for ‘Outstanding Writing in Animation’ in 2008 and 2012. (By the way, now in its fifth season on PBS KIDS, WordGirl has also won three Gracie awards, a Television Critics Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Animation,’ a Kidscreen Award for Best Voice Talent, and an iParenting Media Award.) Chuck Vanderchuck received a nomination for ‘Outstanding New Approaches/Original Daytime Program or Series.’ Chuck Vanderchuck’s “Something Something” Explosion is an interactive online web series on PBSKIDSGO.ORG aimed at helping kids understand music and music composition through online episodes and integrated games and activities on the web; it’s produced by Scholastic Media/Soup2Nuts. In each webisode, kids get to be a member of the band, interacting with Chuck, the lead singer and main creative force behind the band who dreams BIG, and Ramona, Chuck’s band mate who helps make his big ideas into reality. Chuck and Ramona present different musical genres including Salsa, Jazz, Rock, Country, and Reggae. Children learn about different instruments used for each musical style, and play games through which they will have the chance to identify instruments, write lyrics, compose melodies, create costumes, and play in a virtual concert. Specific areas explored include basic rhythmic and melodic patterns, as well as geography and cultural lessons related to music genres. We’ll definitely be tuning in to the Awards on June 16. Congratulations to all!