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COVER STORY : Boys & Girls : Start Your Remotes!

September 05, 1999|SUSAN KING | TIMES STAFF WRITER

The fall season of children's television features a fresh mix of familiar comic book faces: Sabrina, Spider Man, Archie and the gang, as well as several educational series for the preschool set. Even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary sleuth; Sherlock Holmes, has been rejuvenated for youngsters.

The season also marks the launch of Bobber Entertainment and Media's BKN, the Bohbot Kids Network. The flagship BKN service, Bulldog TV, targets boys ages 6-11.

Here's an overview of what's new for kids this fall:

Network

ABC

"Sabrina, the Animated Series": Based on characters in the Archie Comics, this animated

"'prequel" to the ABC primetime series features "Sabrina" star Melissa Joan Hart as the voice of Aunt Zelda and Aunt Hilda. Hart's 13-year-old sister Emily who provides the voice of the young Sabrina, won't get her powers until she's 16. The series joins ABC;"s "'One Saturday Morning" lineup. Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 11: weekdays at 7:30 a.m. and Sundays on URN at 10 a.m. as part of "Disney's One Too" animation block. Sept. 6.

CBS

"Blaster's Universe": First an educational CD-ROM series, this animated show follows the adventures of an Earth boy and alien girl who use problem-solving to save the Earth from space villains. Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 2.

"Rescue Heroes": Animated series about a group of heroic characters who promote safety first" during their successful and elaborate rescue missions. Saturdays at 8 a.m. Oct. 2

"New Tales From the Cryptkeeper': The ghoulish one is host, storyteller and participant in these morality tales that emphasize values for children. Satur day at 9 a.m.

Oct. 2

Fox

"BeastWars": Animated series set in mysterious world where wild animals transform into robot warriors to battle evil enemies for control of their energy source and freedom. Weekdays at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 13.

"Digimon: Digital Monsters": Seven youngsters befriend small digital monsters and team up to unveil the mystery of the black force. Weekdays at 4 p.m. Sept. 13.

"Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century": Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famed literary detective is brought back to life--thanks to Inspector Beth Lestrade--and rejuvenated as a 25-year-old. The educational animated series emphasizes critical thinking, problem-solving and social values. Saturdays at 7 a.m. Sept. 18.

"Beast Machines": The "Beast Wars" characters fight against an evil dragon an his minions in this animated program laced with humor. Saturdays at 10 a.m. Sept. 18.

"Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot": Based on the Dark Horse comic book, the animated action-adventure series follows two robots who are entrusted with defending the world against evil. Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 18.

"Xyber 9": Mysterious saga about a young man who is assisted on a journey to be king by a super computer and powerful friends. Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 25.

"The Avengers": Animated series based on the 1963 Marvel Comics about a team of superheroes based in New York City in the high-tech future. Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 25.

"Spider-Man Unlimited": All new escapades of the famed web-crawler, Peter Parker. Saturdays at 9 a.m. Oct. 2.

KCET

"Dragon Tales": Animated series focusing on the adventures of a 6-year-old girl and her younger brother who discover a magic dragon in the playroom of their new home. Sept. 6 from 7:30 to 10 a.m.; moves to its regular time slot, weekdays at 8 a.m., on Sept. 7.

WB

"Detention": Animated comedy offers an insider's look at a middle school's "lovable outsiders"--eight preteens who regularly get detention after school. Tia and Tamera Mowry supply the voices of twin sisters Lemonjella and Orangella. Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 11.

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Cartoon Network

"Mike, Lu & Og": Cartoon series about a sophisticated New York girl who leaves her home as an exchange student to live life on a native island. Nov. 12.

"Courage, the Cowardly Dog": Created, written and directed by John R. Dilworth, the series focuses on a timid dog who must defend an old farm couple from paranormal elements. The pilot received an Oscar nomination in 1996 for best animated short. Nov. 12.

Disney Channel

"The Jersey": Live-action sports series follows the coming of age of a 13-year-old boy and his girl cousin who jump into the lives of a variety of sports heroes. Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30 and 11.30 p.m. Sept. 24.

Fox Family Channel

"It's itsy bitsy Time": Preschool block that combines a mix of live-action, traditional and stop-action animations for the little ones. Weekdays at 9 and 11.30 a.m. Sept. 6.

"Jellabies": These six bounceable and stretchable characters with the ability to make everyone smile live in the land of Jelly in this 3-D animated series with music for the preschool set. Weekdays at 12:50 Am. Sept. 6.

"Angela Anaconda": Gutout-style animated series features 8-year-old Angela as she competes with her archrival by creating payback fantasies. Saturdays at 9:30 a. m. and 1 p.m.; Sundays at I p.m.; and Thursdays at 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Oct 9.

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