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SHOWS FOR YOUNGSTERS AND THEIR PARENTS TOO

The 'Wheel' spins for the children on CBS; Disney picks up the 'Muppets'; 'Hang Time' on NBC

September 07, 1997|LEE HARRIS | TIMES WRITER WRITER

Venus De Milo arrives in New York City and reunites with her fellow Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation (Fox, Friday at 4:30 p.m.) to help fight the warriors from the Dragon World. For ages 8 to 13.

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Wheel of Fortune 2000, a children's version of the long-running game show, debuts on CBS (Saturday at 8:30 a.m.) with host David Sidoni and his animated cyber-hostess, Cyber Lucy, who moves around the studio on video walls and interacts with contestants. Young contestants do all kinds of stunts to earn letters to solve word puzzles. For ages 7 to 11.

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To be close to a boy she likes, Pepper Ann auditions for Juliet in the drama club's production of "Romeo and Juliet," on the new animated series Pepper Ann (ABC, Saturday at 8:30 a.m). Instead, she lands the part of the nurse and must wear a padded suit. For ages 6 to 12.

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Based on the magazine, the Sports Illustrated For Kids Show premieres on CBS (Saturday at 9 a.m.) with hosts Rebecca Budig and Eugene Byrd. Each week they are joined by famous sports personalities to encourage learning and positive values. For ages 7 to 11.

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In the "First Game of the Season," on Hang Time (NBC, Saturday at 9:30 a.m.), Michael (Adam Frost) is so obsessed with beating his former high school in Deering's first basketball game that his schoolwork and his teammates suffer. For ages 11 to 16.

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"Weird Al" Yankovic hosts The Weird Al Show, which debuts on CBS (Saturday at 9:30 a.m.). In the first episode, "Promises, Promises," Al tells his friends that they are going to meet a very important celebrity through him. Then he frantically tries to keep his pledge in order to show children the importance of keeping one's word. For ages 7 to 11.

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The Disney Channel will began carrying "The Muppets Tonight" (Saturday and Sunday at 6:30 p.m.), including 12 never-before-aired episodes. Guest stars include Pierce Brosnan and the artist formerly known as Prince,; Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and Gonzo the Great are featured. For ages 2 to 7.

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