Kids Shows – All About The Merchandise

“With the death of Fred Rogers in late February, the children’s television industry said good-bye to one of the last creators who didn’t sell merchandise to finance his show. Today, more than 20 programs draw on his pedagogical legacy to educate the preschoolers he gently welcomed to ‘Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,’ but with one big difference: Unless kids buy the goods, their favorite shows and characters disappear.”