PBS KIDS and Fred Rogers Productions today announced the premiere of a new season of Odd Squad. Produced by Fred Rogers Productions and Sinking Ship Entertainment, the third iteration of the series will launch on PBS stations, the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel, and PBS KIDS digital platforms on February 17, 2020.
Featuring 20 new half-hour episodes, this season of the live-action show will take viewers along on adventures all around the world, as Odd Squad hits the road in a Mobile Unit for the first time. The upcoming season will introduce a new cast of four agents — Opal (Valentina Herrera), Omar (Jayce Alexander), Oswald (Gavin MacIver-Wright), and Orla (Alyssa Hidalgo) — who will travel together in their Odd Squad van to tackle oddness wherever they find it. The agents will report back to Ms. O (Millie Davis), who has been promoted to “The Big O” in the new season. As they travel from New York City to Pittsburgh, Australia to Zambia, and beyond, the agents encounter a range of mysterious characters, including the villainous Sand Queen, played by Toni Collette.
The first-ever Odd Squad podcast will debut in the summer of 2020. Odd Squadcast is a serialized podcast that follows “The Big O” as she hosts a weekly radio address for agents all over the world – while simultaneously trying to stop an odd invasion of headquarters. In addition, a new season of OddTube, the digital short-form Odd Squad spin-off that debuted its first season with Agent Olympia (Anna Cathcart), will now be hosted by Agent Orla and is set to go live in Fall 2020.
“We’ve heard incredible stories of how Odd Squad helps kids feel like they can do anything – seeing endless possibilities to what they can accomplish by feeling like they’re a part of the squad,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, Children’s Media and Education, PBS. “The series’ signature mix of funny and educational content have made it a consistent favorite among our viewers, and we’re thrilled that we’re able to expand the ODD SQUAD universe with a new podcast and digital shorts.”
“We can’t wait for fans to climb aboard and join the new agents for all the oddly-fun, learning-fueled adventures in this latest season,” said Paul Siefken, President and CEO, Fred Rogers Productions. “With the debut of the ODD SQUAD podcast, and a returning season of the very popular OddTube, too, kids and families will be able to get even closer to all the ‘odd’ action.”