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PR: Dora the Explorer Celebrates Three Kings Day on Jan 6, 2009

DORA THE EXPLORER CELEBRATES A TRADITIONAL HISPANIC HOLIDAY IN

“DORA SAVES THREE KINGS DAY,”

PREMIERING TUESDAY, JAN. 6, AT 8:00 P.M. (ET/PT) ON NICKELODEON

Preschoolers Learn About Seasonal Traditions and Festivities in First-Ever

Three Kings Day Episode of Dora the Explorer

(*Art and screeners available upon request)
NEW YORK, Dec. 15, 2008 - Celebrate Three Kings Day with Dora! The reigning queen of preschool TV will take tots on a new half-hour prime-time adventure in “Dora Saves Three Kings Day,” premiering Tuesday, Jan. 6, (Three Kings Day), at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Nickelodeon. In this first-ever Three Kings Day-themed episode of Dora, preschoolers will learn about an important Hispanic cultural tradition as they help Dora find the animals that have run away with the presents and treats for the big Three Kings Day party. Three Kings Day also known as El Dia de los Reyes Magos celebrates the coming of the three Magi to offer gifts to the newly born king. Currently in its fifth season, international phenomenon Dora the Explorer is the number-one-rated preschool series on all of commercial television.
In “Dora Saves Three Kings Day,” Dora, Diego and Boots are at cousin Diego’s rescue center dressed up as kings for the Three Kings Day party at Dora’s house. They’ll ride on a horse, camel and an elephant to carry the presents, treats and special Three Kings cake to the party. The trio is ready to go when Swiper accidentally scares the animals away. There can’t be a Three Kings Day party without the animals and treats! They set out on an adventure to find the elephant at the five golden rings, the camel in the hot desert and the horse who is on his way to Dora’s house. Along the way they meet Dora’s friend Najim from Egypt and Nelly from Mexico, who help find the runaway animals.
Nickelodeon will roll out content from “Dora Three Kings” across the following platforms:

    • Beginning Monday, Dec. 29, Nick Jr. Video, Nick Jr.’s broadband video service available on Nickjr.com, will begin streaming a two-minute ‘sneak peek’ and song clips from “Dora Saves Three Kings Day,” plus additional themed episodes from Dora the Explorer. Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 7 the full episode of “Dora Saves Three Kings Day” will be available on Nickjr.com.
    • Beginning Monday, Dec. 29, a two-minute sneak peek, song and episode clips from “Dora Saves Three Kings Day” will be available on various wireless carriers.
    • Throughout January, a sneak peek, shorts and song clips from “Dora Saves Three Kings Day,” plus additional Dora the Explorer episodes will be available via Nickelodeon on Demand.

Dora the Explorer, created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh Valdes and Eric Weiner, is a play-along, animated adventure series starring Dora (Caitlin Sanchez). Dora is a seven-year-old Latina heroine whose adventures take place in an imaginative, tropical world filled with jungles, beaches and rainforests. She explores her world just as preschoolers do everyday, and the show is designed to actively engage its audience in an interactive quest using a variety of learning techniques.
In every episode, Dora and Boots (Regan Mizrahi) invite the audience to participate in an exciting adventure, where each step of their journey consists of a problem or puzzle that Dora and the audience must think their way through in order to solve the next problem. Dora is proudly bilingual and uses her knowledge of English and Spanish to communicate with her friends, overcome obstacles and reach her goals. In each episode, Dora teaches Spanish words or phrases to the viewers and then asks them to use it to solve a problem and forge ahead. Ultimately, Dora and her best friend, Boots, triumph, and the story always ends with a “We Did It!” anthem.
Nickelodeon, now in its 29th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, magazines and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 96 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 14 consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).

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