Puppet show spinoff of ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ to start airing Monday

PITTSBURGH — “Donkey Hodie,” the puppet show spinoff from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” is set to debut Monday on PBS.

Designed for preschoolers, our partners at TribLive.com reported the show’s creators said they were “inspired by the work of Fred Rogers.”

The program follows Donkey Hodie, the purple-mohawked granddaughter of the original donkey character from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Joining her are Purple Panda, Bob Dog and Duck Duck.

It will include lessons of perseverance, resilience and problem-solving, which show officials said have become more important with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A number of puppeteers with local ties are also involved in the show’s production.