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by Mike Moody, posted Nov 17th 2008 3:04PM
Amy Poehler's Smart Girls st the Party web seriesAmy Poehler is really taking this mommy thing seriously. The Saturday Night Live vet just launched a new web series, and I'm happy to report that it's probably not what you'd expect.

Smart Girls at the Party is aimed at young girls and their parents, not Poehler's usual audience of late night TV watchers or cult comedy fans. Every five-to-ten minute episode will feature Poehler interviewing a talented and creative young girl.

"The show aims to help girls find confidence in their own aspirations and talents," says On Networks, the series' online distributor.

It's kind of like a blend of Reading Rainbow, Larry King Live and Gilmore Girls. Actually, I could see Rory and Lorelai Gilmore digging on Poehler's mock-serious interviewing style, the sunny power-pop theme music, and the show's "smart girls rule" attitude.

The premiere ep, "The Writer-Cameron" hit the web today. It features Poehler chatting with Cameron King, a 10-year-old who likes to write ghost stories. During the interview, the show cuts to Cameron reading one of her stories in her bedroom. Here's a sampling of the talented "writer/poet/playwright/collector, and scooter enthusiast's" prose:

"Dead. He was dead. He was lying before me, dead. My best friend, Sammy Clyde, dead."

At first it was a little hard to take this thing seriously. There's definitely a satirical tone at work here, but it's clear that Poehler and crew are aiming to celebrate kids' raw creativity, not make fun of it. That odd blend of satire and earnestness is what will make Smart Girls work for fans of Poehler's brand of subversive silliness. Young girl viewers will probably enjoy the light tone and seeing themselves represented on a talk show. Who knows, maybe kids like Cameron might even inspire some young girls out there to express themselves in creative ways.

Smart Girls has a pretty good kid show pedigree. It features Meredith Walker, a former Nickelodeon Nick News producer, plus singer Amy Miles, host of LOMAX: The Hound of Music on PBS. Poehler's hubby Will Arnett can also be seen gettin' down during the dance party that ends every episode. The show, sponsored by Barbie of all things, is available to stream or download from OnNetworks.com, iTunes and Adobe media Player. Expect eight eps to hit the web every Monday this season. According to On, Poehler has already signed on for an additional four seasons. Stream the entire premiere ep below.

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Matt

was that Kristen Wiig dancing at the end?

December 24 2008 at 7:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
destroyer of particles

This is an interesting move for Amy Poehler. I like it though. I guess that's what motherhood'll do to you.. I mean that in a good way..Kudos to you Amy!

November 18 2008 at 2:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jed

This is also available via TivoCast.

November 18 2008 at 9:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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