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'Reading Rainbow' Readies Return?

by Scott Harris, posted Mar 22nd 2010 4:15PM
They say that behind every rain cloud there's a silver lining, and at the end of every rainbow there's a pot of gold. For fans of the beloved PBS show 'Reading Rainbow,' however, there has been little evidence of either since the show was canceled in 2006.

Until now.

Yes, word on the street is that there may be a new version of 'Reading Rainbow' coming to your television sets soon. And by "the street" we mean "LeVar Burton's Twitter feed." Details are sketchy, which is bound to happen when you break news with a 140 character limit, but according to Burton himself, "Reading Rainbow 2.0 is in th [sic] works!" They say that behind every rain cloud there's a silver lining, and at the end of every rainbow there's a pot of gold. For fans of the beloved PBS show 'Reading Rainbow,' however, there has been little evidence of either since the show was canceled in 2006.

Until now.

Yes, word on the street is that there may be a new version of 'Reading Rainbow' coming to your television sets soon. And by "the street" we mean "LeVar Burton's Twitter feed." Details are sketchy, which is bound to happen when you break news with a 140 character limit, but according to Burton himself, "Reading Rainbow 2.0 is in th [sic] works!"

Burton, of course, hosted 'Reading Rainbow' for the entirety of its 25 year run on PBS. The show, which taught children the fundamentals of reading and promoted reading as a recreational activity for kids, was a staple on the network before funding dried up four years ago. Whether or not the new version will appear on PBS or a different network -- or perhaps take a different form entirely, such as perhaps a podcast -- is unknown, but you can be assured that as soon as Burton tweets again, we'll bring you the news.

For a glimpse of what we may be in store for, here's a look at a classic 'Reading Rainbow' moment featuring Run DMC:


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