Islands and exotic lands figure big among the new shows for kids this fall. Action-adventure anime from Japan, preschool lessons set by the sea in Scotland and a drama of survival on a remote beach are just a few of the offerings.
Here's a sampling of what's new for tots to teenagers:
"Go, Diego, Go!"
Airs: Weekdays at 11 a.m. on Nickelodeon beginning Wednesday. A prime-time special airs Tuesday at 8 p.m.
Ages: 2 to 5
Dora the Explorer's 8-year-old cousin is the star of this new animated action-adventure series. Diego's trilingual -- speaking English, Spanish and talking to animals, too.
A call for help at an animal rescue center in the rain forest kicks off each episode. Diego aims to assist with a scientific approach that teaches preschoolers about animals as well as problem-solving skills.
Actress Rosie Perez lends her voice to the educational series as "Click," a high-tech camera with a knack for locating lost animals.
Airs: Saturdays at 8 a.m. on Fox, starting this week
Ages: 3 to 7
"Magical DoReMi" is action-adventure anime aimed at girls.
The DoReMi trio -- Dorie, Reanne and Mirabelle -- are third-graders, best friends and apprentices striving to be full-fledged, good witches. Using music and magic, they learn to cast spells and learn about friendship, courage and love.
The show, a hit in Japan, is new to U.S. audiences. It's part of Fox's "4 Kids TV" Saturday block, which includes two other new series:
* "Bratz" at 9 a.m. Four friends produce their own teenage magazine, based on their experiences in high school and travels around the world; for girls 6 to 11.
* "G.I. Joe Sigma 6" at 10 a.m. A team of heroes -- Duke, Snake Eyes, Heavy Duty, Scarlet, Long Range and Tunnel Rat -- face villains in this action-fantasy geared to boys 6 to 11.
Airs: Saturdays at 9 p.m. on Cartoon Network, starting this week
Ages: 9 to 14
Twelve-year-old Naruto is a smart kid who constantly gets into trouble. He's an orphan striving to become a master ninja, but first he must learn to control a dangerous demon within.
The anime adventure series has aired in Japan for a few years. "Naruto" debuts in English on U.S. television as part of Cartoon Network's "Toonami" action-adventure block on Saturdays.
Airs: Saturdays at 9 a.m. on WB, starting Sept. 17
Ages: 6 to 11
Six animated superheroes -- descendants of Looney Tunes characters -- work together to save the city-planet of Acmetropolis in 2772.
The great-great-great-whatever grandsons and daughters of Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tasmanian Devil, Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote are on the team, each with unique abilities. But the same incident that gave them their super powers gave villains special strengths as well -- setting the stage for battles to control the world.
Also new to the "Kids' WB!" Saturday block are:
* "Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island" at 8:30 a.m. An eternal optimist and his friends are at the center of this animated comedy.
* "Johnny Test" at 10:30 a.m. Johnny, a fearless 11-year-old boy, with a genetically engineered dog, is always willing to be the guinea pig in his twin sisters' scientific experiments.
Airs: Mondays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m.
on Toon Disney, starting Sept. 19;
and Saturday and Sundays at 9 a.m
on ABC Family, starting Sept. 24
Ages: 6 to 11
Genetically engineered Ed and his four friends are couriers for Dojo Deliveries in a futuristic world. Their aim: To deliver mysterious packages while dodging obstacles set up by evil Mr. Bedlam.
Ed, a guileless teenager, is trying to discover who he is -- and what special powers he has -- while working and playing with his friends.
Airs: Weekdays at 9:30 a.m. on Discovery Kids Channel, starting Sept. 26; weekdays at 6 a.m. on TLC as of Oct. 3
Ages: 2 to 6
This BBC import's style may remind some parents of the late Fred Rogers show, but this neighborhood is a Scottish village by the sea.
Miss Hoolie leads a live-action cast and preschoolers in songs, dances and activities such as feeding newborn lambs and getting a haircut.
"Flight 29 Down"
Airs: Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. on NBC, starting Oct. 1
Ages: 8 to 14
When a plane is forced to land on a remote beach in Micronesia, the students who were on their way to a camping trip are -- dare we say -- "lost."
The pilot takes three of the kids to explore the island and seek help, while seven others must learn survival skills and how to get along.
Created by Stan Rogow, executive producer of "Darcy's Wild Life" and "Lizzie McGuire," the show is filmed in Hawaii.