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ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2014 | by Greg Braxton
Aaron McGruder, the creator of "The Boondocks" comic strip and animated series, has finally weighed in on his exit from the show, saying an emotional goodbye to his edgy characters just a few weeks before the April 21 launch of the fourth and final season of the series on Adult Swim. His comments come a week after Sony Pictures Television, which produces the animated series about 10-year-old black militant Huey Freeman and his gangsta-wanna-be younger brother Riley living in the suburbs with their grandfather, said in a press release that the upcoming season "was produced without the involvement of Aaron McGruder, when a mutually agreeable production schedule could not be determined.
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NEWS
September 5, 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.
NEWS
September 3, 2000 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
September 1, 1996 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Parents should be happy to learn that not all the new fall kids' series are "Power Ranger" clones. In fact, there are actually some educational series in the offing: the PBS quiz series "Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego?," the syndicated "The Why Why Family" and the History Channel's "Inspector Gadget's Field Trip," among them. Meanwhile, such legendary superheroes as "Superman," "The Incredible Hulk" and "Flash Gordon" will headline new animated series.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 1999 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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."
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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