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January 15, 2013 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
When singer-songwriter Alicia Keys wanted to create an animated children's television series about the exploration of music, she turned to Burbank animation firm Bento Box for ideas. Bento's producers suggested an alternative: Instead of a TV show, how about an interactive storytelling app? That idea became "The Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee," which was released through the iTunes store last fall for $3.99 and expands to Android mobile devices and tablets this month. Featuring original compositions from Keys, the animated series uses music, games, rewards and a journal to tell the story of a relationship between a young girl and a mystical grandmother.
January 30, 2012 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Ian Abercrombie, 77, the British character actor who played Elaine's demanding boss, Mr. Pitt, on "Seinfeld," died Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said his friend Cathy Lind Hayes. He suffered complications of kidney failure and recently had been diagnosed with lymphoma. As the eccentric Justin Pitt, Abercrombie appeared in seven episodes opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Elaine Benes in the high-rated sit-com. "I was a pain in the neck. I was a hypochondriac.
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ABC said Monday that it will add two new animated series to its Saturday morning childrens' lineup this fall--"Beetlejuice" and "The Adventures of the Gummi Bears." The schedule, which begins Sept. 9, will also feature the returning animated series "A Pup Called Scooby Doo," "The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh," "Slimer and the Real Ghostbusters" and "The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show," plus the returning live-action series "Animal Crack-Ups" and the "ABC Weekend Specials," entering its 13th season.
As schoolkids start hitting the books again, television programmers are back in action too, premiering their new children's programming beginning this week. PBS is betting on the "Bookworm Bunch," a new Saturday programming block. CBS--sluggish on Saturday mornings past--is borrowing from its cable sibling Nickelodeon, which always gets high marks from young viewers. And the WB, the No. 1-ranked broadcast network among kids last season, offers up a spinoff of its top-rated "Pokemon" show.
June 8, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The hosts of "Car Talk," brothers Ray and Tom Magliozzi, had a long, wildly successful run for 25 years on NPR. They're currently planning to hang up their mics later this year and get out of the radio business on a high note. But the talents that made them beloved (their attitudes and their voices) didn't necessarily make them multimedia stars. The brothers tried multiple times to branch out into TV, but with limited success. Their first attempt came in the 1995 sitcom "The George Wendt Show.
August 3, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Nickelodeon unveiled a new slate of projects on Friday, including a spinoff of its hit series "iCarly. " The pilot "Gibby," created by"iCarly's" Dan Schneider, follows Gibby, Carly's odd friend, as he takes a job at a rec center for kids of all ages. Noah Munck will reprise his role as Gibby, who will become mentor to four quirky middle-schoolers. Another show from Schneider combines characters from "iCarly" and his "Victorious" series. The pilot, "Sam & Cat," teams Carly's best friend, Sam Puckett (Jennette McCurdy)
Don't look for "Sabrina, the Animated Series" to be as quirkily entertaining as the prime-time live-action ABC series. This is surprisingly pedestrian stuff, fodder for an ambitious daily schedule: Beginning today on UPN and in syndication, it will run Sundays through Fridays as part of Disney's animated block, "Disney's One Too." On Sept. 11, it will also become part of "Disney's One Saturday Morning."
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