Emmy Award Winning WORDGIRL Takes on Villains in '(M)arch Enemy Week'


New episodes premiere on PBS KIDS as fan favorite villains take over March 11-15


New York — February 20, 2013 — Scholastic Media, a division of Scholastic Inc, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, announced today that its Emmy ® Award-winning series WordGirl® will premiere five new episodes on PBS KIDS starting March 11 as part of “(M)Arch Enemy Week,” during which WordGirl will fight against a variety of the series’ most popular – and fan favorite – villains. WordGirl’s adventures that week will include battles for word domination against such formidable villains as Big Left Hand Guy, InvisiBill, Granny May, Dr. Two Brains, and many others.

Now in its fifth season on PBS KIDS (check local listings), WordGirl breaks through the stereotypes of girls in media by putting forth a female character that is strong and independent. Becky Botsford is an ordinary girl but when trouble strikes, she transforms into the super-powered (and super-eloquent) superhero WordGirl! WordGirl is a hero because she faces her issues, finds a way to rise above challenges and teaches vocabulary to kids in a fun, engaging way.

"Every day, WordGirl shows young viewers that being smart is powerful," says Scholastic Media President Deborah Forte, who also serves as Executive Producer of WordGirl and Executive Vice President of Scholastic Inc. “WordGirl resonates with children and parents because of its humor, engaging characters and a relevant and robust curriculum."

The following episodes are scheduled to premiere during ‘WordGirl’s (M)Arch Enemy Week’:

Monday, March 11

When best friends Big Left Hand Guy and InvisiBill risk losing their super villain status, they decide to pull off their biggest heist to date. Can WordGirl stop this determined duo who always manage to escape her at the last minute?
Vocabulary Words: Diminish, Declare

While Chuck’s jail cell is being painted, he's put under house arrest at the Botsfords’. Becky is stuck spending more time waiting on Chuck than fighting the other villains. Vocabulary Words: Release, Rowdy

Tuesday, March 12

After a battle, WordGirl accidentally leaves Captain Huggy Face behind (again), so he spends the day doing all of his favorite things. When an overzealous Chuck strikes, it's up to Captain Huggy Face to single-handedly save the day.
Vocabulary Words: Recall, Zeal

Eileen won’t stop copying Becky – and it’s driving Becky nuts! Can WordGirl stop Eileen from transforming into the Birthday Girl before the bake sale (and Becky’s treasured crumpets) is ruined? Vocabulary Words: Stymie, Guidance

Wednesday, March 13

Scoops takes Becky, Bob and Violet to the museum to find inspiration for his news story for The Big City Times. The team goes on a search when they hear a rumor about a haunted treasure - with The Butcher close behind! Can Scoops, Becky, Bob and Violet find the treasure and evade The Butcher in time for Scoops to meet his deadline?
Vocabulary Words: Rumor, Deadline

TJ plans a meeting to divulge a secret about WordGirl to International WordGirl Fan Club members. However, when Tobey finds out that a secret about his love/nemesis will be revealed, he crashes the meeting with an eavesdropping robot and threatens to destroy the clubhouse. WordGirl has to spring into action to save the clubhouse and her fans!
Vocabulary Words: Divulge, Eavesdrop

Thursday, March 14

Granny May decides to become more notorious by committing bigger crimes involving crazy contraptions. Meanwhile, Becky is frustrated that she does not appear in any yearbook photos since she always has to escape to fight crime as WordGirl. Will Becky/WordGirl ever be able to get her photo in the ye
arbook and find time to interact with the new, high tech Granny May? Vocabulary Words: Interact, Contraption

The Big City Times announces a writing contest prize: win a day with WordGirl! A chance at a full-day encounter with everyone’s favorite superhero causes Tobey, Scoops and TJ to go to extremes to win – ending in a robot-filled squabble at the library.
Vocabulary Words: Encounter, Squabble

Friday, March 15

Dr. Two Brains is stealing the entire city’s milk and using it–with help from the unusually talkative Energy Monster–to superpower his new ray and turn the whole city into cheese! It’s up to WordGirl to find the disappearing dairy and stop Dr. Two Brains, even if it means missing her family feast and having to face the consequences. Vocabulary Words:
Feast, Consequences

Becky has to rely on an old Botsford tradition – the family trial – to convince her family that she vanished from the feast for a good reason. But when the Energy Monster breaks Dr. Two Brains out of jail and the two head over to the Botsfords’ to take back a powerful invention, will Becky be able to prove her innocence and transform into WordGirl in time to stop two super villains?
Vocabulary Words: Vanish, Rely

WordGirl has received seven Emmy® nominations, and two Emmy® Award wins - for ‘Outstanding Writing in Animation’ in 2008 and 2012. The show has won two Gracie awards, a Television Critics Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Animation’, a KidScreen Award for Best Voice Talent, and an iParenting Media Award. WordGirl books are published by Scholastic, series-related games and puzzles are available from Briarpatch, and an app is available for the iPhone.

For more information on WordGirl, please visit mediaroom.scholastic.com/wordgirl, PBSKIDS.org/wordgirl and PBS.org/pressroom. For screeners and artwork, please contact Lena Auerbuch at Scholastic@goodmanmedia.com or 212-576-2700.