‘Arthur’ to end on PBS Kids after 25-season stint

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FILE – In this Wednesday, March 4, 2020, file photo, children’s book author and illustrator Marc Brown, an Erie, Pa., native, meets with Grandview Elementary School students in Millcreek Township, Pa. Brown is a three-time Emmy award winner and the creator of the “Arthur” television series adapted from his books. “Arthur” will soon come to an end. Kathy Waugh, an original developer of the show, said during a podcast released Wednesday, July 28, 2021, that PBS Kids plans to end the long-running children’s series after 25 seasons. The final season will air in 2022. (Jack Hanrahan/Erie Times-News via AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Arthur” will soon come to an end.

PBS Kids plans to end the long-running children’s series after 25 seasons, said an original developer of the show during a podcast released Wednesday. The final season will air in 2022.

Kathy Waugh, who was a guest on the Finding DW podcast, said the animated series is no longer in production. She said the show’s wrap party was two years ago.

“I think (PBS) made a mistake, and I think ‘Arthur’ should come back and I know I’m not alone in thinking they made a mistake,” Waugh said. “I don’t know if it was a ratings issue or if it felt like it needed to be retired.”

The series, which first aired in 1996, is based on the popular book series by Marc Brown, who created the Arthur character in 1976. It stars the aardvark character along with his family and friends.

Executive producer Carol Greenwald said PBS Kids will continue to air reruns of the show.

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