March 24, 2004 |
Viacom Inc., owner of the CBS, Nickelodeon and MTV television networks, plans to collaborate with Shanghai Media Group on producing children's programs in China's largest city -- the first such joint venture since China opened TV production to foreign investment. Viacom Chief Executive Sumner Redstone said at a news conference in Beijing that his company would have a "huge stake" in the venture, though it's limited by law to a minority share.
March 12, 2004 |
It's Wednesday night at the Warner Theatre, the clock hovering around the normal bedtime hour for this preschool-and-up set, and the kids are on their feet. Screaming. "Vamos a la casa! Vamos a la casa!" Up on stage, the object of their adoration is a woman dressed as a little girl, with a brown bob and a purple backpack, a pink T-shirt and bright orange shorts. "Hola!" she yells to her pint-size admirers. "Hola!" they holler back, not at all in unison. "Hola, hola, hola ... !"
February 26, 2004 |
Kids' WB! is moving into live-action shows this summer with its first original movie and a hidden-camera prank show called "Gagsters." The movie, "Zolar," follows a band of semi-pro athletes who discover their newest team member is an alien. It will include cameos from sports stars.
January 26, 2004 |
Bob Keeshan, better known as Captain Kangaroo, died Friday at age 76, and that he wasn't older seems to have been a matter of general surprise -- the impression being that he was a geezer from the day he first threw open the doors of his Treasure House, in October 1955. He was only 28, in fact, but he had already been Clarabell the Clown on "Howdy Doody," Corny the Clown on "Time for Fun" and Tinker the Toymaker on "Tinker's Workshop."
January 23, 2004 |
A certain word is about to enter the everyday lexicon of parents whose preschoolers watch public TV. Say it once with a New Age-y, echoey inflection, and then many times, loudly, in rapid succession: "Boohbah." "Boohbah," which began airing this week on PBS stations, is the latest British television import for young children, and the latest from the creators of the massively popular "Teletubbies."
October 7, 2003 |
Tune into a PBS station during the day and there's "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," with beloved TV icon Fred Rogers. The shows, with their quiet reassurance, emotion-exploring songs and puppet vignettes, are the self-effacing legacy of Rogers, who died in February.
September 14, 2003 |
This fall's new series for kids feature the usual mix of aliens, warriors, kung fu fighters, spirits and even spinoffs of popular series. But perhaps the most unusual series for the small fry is PBS' "Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks." A sophisticated 3-D, computer-animated series, "Jakers" follows the adventures of a spunky 8-year-old pig named Piggley and his friends, Dannan the Duck and Ferny the Bull, who live on a farm in Ireland.
June 2, 2003 |
At a time when commercial broadcasters seem to be decreasing their commitment to children's programming, the Corp. for Public Broadcasting has given its largest single grant for a children's show to fund "The Misadventures of Maya and Miguel," a new PBS animated situation comedy chronicling the lives of 10-year-old Latino twins. It's set to premiere in the fall of 2004. Scholastic Entertainment Inc.
March 20, 2003 |
Ever wonder what the toddlers on Nickelodeon's cartoon series "Rugrats" would be like as adolescents? You'll be able to find out this fall when the cable network unveils "All Grown Up," a spinoff series that features Tommy, Chuckie and the gang as preteens, with 13-year-old Angelica still the older nemesis. That was one of seven new series Nickelodeon announced Wednesday. Others included "Romeo!"
August 9, 2002 |
Bob the Builder has stolen Barney's spotlight. The popular English construction worker, armed with his signature tool belt and hardhat, has hammered his way past the singing and dancing purple dinosaur and into the hearts of children around the world. But although Barney's popularity has plummeted since his heyday, he's not giving up without a fight.