Pre-school hit returning


The hit animated preschool series “Ni Hao, Kai-lan” will be back for a second season on Nick Jr. The Viacom cable net announced the pickup of 20 new half-hour episodes of the series that introduces preschoolers to Mandarin language and Chinese culture as they go on interactive adventures in Kai-lan’s beautiful, culturally-rich world.

Production on the second season, scheduled to premiere on Nick Jr. in winter 2009, will kick off in August in Burbank, California.

Nick Jr. says the program, which launched in February, consistently ranks among the top five preschool programs on all commercial television. The series currently ranks as the number-two show on Nick Jr., right behind “Dora the Explorer.”