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Martha Speaks: Cora! Cora! Cora!/Cora Encore! (Season Four Premiere)

Airs Monday, February 20, 2012 at 2 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Animated image of real-life Hollywood couple Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") and Jennifer Westfeldt ("Friends with Kids") - with Martha and their real-life dog, Cora, from the kick-off episode for season four of MARTHA SPEAKS.

The popular children’s series MARTHA SPEAKS kicks off its fourth season with Hollywood star power. Real-life couple and actors Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") and Jennifer Westfeldt ("Friends with Kids") guest-star alongside their German Shepherd mix, Cora, in an action-packed two-part episode premiering Monday, February 20, 2012. MARTHA SPEAKS is based on the best-selling books by Susan Meddaugh, and follows the adventures of Martha, a lovable dog whose appetite for alphabet soup gives her the power of human speech.

Mobile Downloads

Enjoy four games in a single app designed to boost oral vocabulary. Train and play dress up with your favorite pups with the MARTHA SPEAKS Dog Party App for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Proceeds support PBS Kids. Explore this App and more

Activities

Visit the MARTHA SPEAKS website for games, videos, printable and more.

Martha Speaks Read-Aloud Book Club

Bring the excitement of MARTHA SPEAKS to your library! The MARTHA SPEAKS Read-Aloud Book Club creates a fun environment for young kids to read and talk about books, and to learn about the many positive roles dogs play in our lives.

“It’s very exciting to have Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt appear together on Martha Speaks with their dog Cora,” says Senior Executive Producer Carol Greenwald. “Not only are they both great actors and very funny, but they do a wonderful job helping us teach kids new vocabulary words like audition and reunite. And Cora is a star in the making, stealing the spotlight from all of the (animated) human characters!”

“Cora is incredibly special to us -- and a total original,” says Hamm. Westfeldt adds, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share her with kids all over the country.”

"Cora! Cora! Cora!" features a traveling production of "Antony and Cleopatra," a case of mistaken identity and a troupe of circus dogs that are sure to make viewers howl with laughter. Helen’s family friend Kit Luntanne, voiced by Jennifer Westfeldt, is upset that she’s had to leave her lovable dog, Cora, at home while she travels with her acting troupe.

Martha tries to help by visiting Kit at the theater to give her authentic dog support. Backstage, Martha meets Ham Johnson, voiced by Jon Hamm, an actor who admires Kit and wants to impress her. Together, they hatch a plan to reunite Kit with Cora.

In part two, "Cora Encore!," confusion ensues as Martha and Ham cross paths with a troupe of circus dogs who all look exactly like Cora. Can Martha and Ham find the real Cora before she’s sent off to perform on the high wire? Or before Kit finds out about the mess they’ve made?

Video

Preview: Martha Speaks: Cora! Cora! Cora!/Cora Encore!: Season Four Premiere

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skippyjr | April 16, 2012 at 10:03 a.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

My kids favorite show! A talking dog, who woulda thunk it!

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