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Variety: ‘Ready Jet Go’ Gets Second-Season Nod at PBS

August 17, 2016

The second season of “Ready Jet Go,” the PBS Kids series that teaches viewers about scientific thinking skills, has gone into production, according to Wind Dancer Films, the production company behind the series.  The new season will feature 24 new episodes, an hour-long special and a collection of new web games and mobile apps, and is set to launch in late 2017. 

The show is created by Craig Bartlett and introduces three-to-eight-year-old viewers to astronomy, technology, scientific exploration, innovation, and invention. The series incorporates live-action interstitials with noted NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory astrophysicist Dr. Amy Mainzer, a science curriculum consultant for the show. 

The series”follows Jet Propulsion, the new kid in town who also happens to be an alien from outer space. Along with his Earthling friends Sean and Sydney, Jet goes on intergalactic explorations through the solar system. Each episode  poses a question about outer space or Earth science.

The second season is funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the U.S. Department of Education. 

Since its February premiere on PBS Kids,”Ready Jet Go!” has reached 22 million viewers, including 7.6 million kids on linear TV, and its content has been streamed more than 93 million times since January. In addition to airing on PBS stations, full-length segments from the show are available for streaming on pbskids.org and on the free PBS KIDS Video app on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast. The series is also on Amazon Prime Video.