September 3, 2000 |
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.
September 5, 1999 |
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.
January 15, 2013 |
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.
September 1, 1996 |
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.
March 28, 2014 |
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.
September 6, 1999 |
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."
September 9, 2001 |
After learning that her beloved 17-year-old cat, Sagwa, only had a month to live, best-selling author Amy Tan ("The Joy Luck Club") had a most amazing dream. As she slept, visions of ancient China filled her head and a story unfolded about how Siamese cats got their distinctive markings. "The story came to me almost as a whole," recalls Tan. "Sagwa was really a mutt but looked like a long-haired Siamese cat, so I called her a Chinese cat." Tan remembered the dream and put it down on paper.