MARIO LOPEZ TO JOIN THE CAST OF SPROUT’S UPCOMING ORIGINAL SERIES, “THE CHICA SHOW,” AS THE VOICE OF STITCHES

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Lopez to also appear on The Sunny Side Up Show, Sprout’s live morning program, on Friday, June 29

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — June 25, 2012 – 24-hour preschool television channel Sprout announced today that Mario Lopez (Extra, Dancing with the Stars) will join the cast of its newest original series, The Chica Show, as the voice of Stitches. Premiering exclusively on Sprout later this year, The Chica Show is a mix of live action and animation, starring Chica the Chicken, the popular host from Sprout’s hit The Sunny Side Up Show. Viewers can also tune-in to The Sunny Side Up Show on Friday, June 29 at 9:00 a.m. ET when Mario will be joining his future co-star for a guest appearance.

Designed with Lopez’s personality in mind, Stitches is a lovable rag doll who springs to life via animation as a warm, vibrant and fun-loving boy. Stitches is a loyal friend to Chica and the other characters on the show, as they take viewers on imaginative adventures that promote social-emotional development in preschoolers through creative play.

“I’m so excited to be on The Chica Show!,” said Mario Lopez. “Sprout is my daughter Gia’s favorite network and she absolutely loves The Sunny Side Up Show. We’re big fans of their programming and I hope to be working with Sprout for years to come.”

“It’s been wonderful working with Mario to bring Stitches to life,” said Andrew Beecham, senior vice president of programming at Sprout. “Sprout’s programming is designed for parents and their preschoolers to enjoy together and we know that viewers of all ages will love the eclectic mix of funny, charismatic, charming characters in this new original series.”

The Chica Show is a mix of live action and animation that follows the Chica the Chicken and her cast of friends as they explore all the whimsical, humorous costumes and accessories in the Costume Coop – a playful shop filled with every costume imaginable – where Chica helps her parents. When it closes, she and her friends magically transform into animated characters and set off on adventures that offer teachable moments for preschoolers – whether it’s embarking on a voyage with Vikings to discover why manners are important, or jetting off to a rock star concert to discover why practice makes perfect. Each episode takes viewers on a journey into Chica’s imagination where problems are solved, questions are answered and faraway lands are explored.

Chica first became a superstar on The Sunny Side Up Show, Sprout’s live morning program, and has quickly become one of preschool television’s most beloved characters. As host of the show, Chica receives thousands of interactions from fans every month in the form of emails, photos, birthday cards and weather reports.

For additional information on Sprout programs or schedules, or to play games, download free coloring pages or find great activities for kids, visit SproutOnline.com. To find out where Sprout is available in your area, call 1.8.SPROUT.411 or go to SproutPlease.com.

About Sprout®
Available in over 50 million homes, Sprout is the first 24-hour preschool destination available on TV, on demand and online for children ages 2-5 and their parents and caregivers. The 24-hour digital channel, which launched in September 2005 along with the website (SproutOnline.com), is the only channel that follows the day of a preschooler from breakfast to bedtime with its distinctive, interactive programming and original hosted blocks. Sprout’s VOD offering is the #1 on demand service for younger children with over one billion views.

Sprout is a partnership among NBCUniversal, PBS, Sesame Workshop and Apax Funds. Its program lineup of gold-standard, curriculum-based preschool shows includes: Sesame Street®, Bob the Builder™, Barney & Friends™, The Wiggles®, Caillou®, Pajanimals™, Thomas & Friends™, LazyTown™, and more.

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Lopez to also appear on The Sunny Side Up Show, Sprout’s live morning program, on Friday, June 29

Philadelphia, PA, June 25, 2012 – 24-hour preschool television channel Sprout announced today that Mario Lopez (Extra, Dancing with the Stars) will join the cast of its newest original series, The Chica Show, as the voice of Stitches. Premiering exclusively on Sprout later this year, The Chica Show is a mix of live action and animation, starring Chica the Chicken, the popular host from Sprout’s hit The Sunny Side Up Show. Viewers can also tune-in to The Sunny Side Up Show on Friday, June 29 at 9:00 a.m. ET when Mario will be joining his future co-star for a guest appearance.

Designed with Lopez’s personality in mind, Stitches is a lovable rag doll who springs to life via animation as a warm, vibrant and fun-loving boy. Stitches is a loyal friend to Chica and the other characters on the show, as they take viewers on imaginative adventures that promote social-emotional development in preschoolers through creative play.

“I’m so excited to be on The Chica Show!,” said Mario Lopez. “Sprout is my daughter Gia’s favorite network and she absolutely loves The Sunny Side Up Show. We’re big fans of their programming and I hope to be working with Sprout for years to come.”

“It’s been wonderful working with Mario to bring Stitches to life,” said Andrew Beecham, senior vice president of programming at Sprout. “Sprout’s programming is designed for parents and their preschoolers to enjoy together and we know that viewers of all ages will love the eclectic mix of funny, charismatic, charming characters in this new original series.”

The Chica Show is a mix of live action and animation that follows the Chica the Chicken and her cast of friends as they explore all the whimsical, humorous costumes and accessories in the Costume Coop – a playful shop filled with every costume imaginable – where Chica helps her parents. When it closes, she and her friends magically transform into animated characters and set off on adventures that offer teachable moments for preschoolers – whether it’s embarking on a voyage with Vikings to discover why manners are important, or jetting off to a rock star concert to discover why practice makes perfect. Each episode takes viewers on a journey into Chica’s imagination where problems are solved, questions are answered and faraway lands are explored.

Chica first became a superstar on The Sunny Side Up Show, Sprout’s live morning program, and has quickly become one of preschool television’s most beloved characters. As host of the show, Chica receives thousands of interactions from fans every month in the form of emails, photos, birthday cards and weather reports.

For additional information on Sprout programs or schedules, or to play games, download free coloring pages or find great activities for kids, visit SproutOnline.com. To find out where Sprout is available in your area, call 1.8.SPROUT.411 or go to SproutPlease.com.

About Sprout®
Available in over 50 million homes, Sprout is the first 24-hour preschool destination available on TV, on demand and online for children ages 2-5 and their parents and caregivers. The 24-hour digital channel, which launched in September 2005 along with the website (SproutOnline.com), is the only channel that follows the day of a preschooler from breakfast to bedtime with its distinctive, interactive programming and original hosted blocks. Sprout’s VOD offering is the #1 on demand service for younger children with over one billion views.

Sprout is a partnership among NBCUniversal, PBS, Sesame Workshop and Apax Funds. Its program lineup of gold-standard, curriculum-based preschool shows includes: Sesame Street®, Bob the Builder™, Barney & Friends™, The Wiggles®, Caillou®, Pajanimals™, Thomas & Friends™, LazyTown™, and more.

www.SproutOnline.com

www.facebook.com/Sprout

www.twitter.com/SproutTV

MARIO LOPEZ TO JOIN THE CAST OF SPROUT’S UPCOMING ORIGINAL SERIES, “THE CHICA SHOW,” AS THE VOICE OF STITCHES