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Family TV Round-Up: 'Sesame Street' goes back to China, A New Nickelodeon Series and More

by Rich Keller, posted Dec 17th 2010 4:30PM
Big Bird returns to China in a new set of shows spoken in Mandarin ChineseWelcome to the Family TV Round-Up, a recap of all kid-friendly programming across the television universe. We'll sum up all the news related to children's programming, as well as profile the people and shows that your kids, tweens and teens are talking about.

Back in 1983, the Children's Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) and China Central Television worked in conjunction to produce 'Big Bird in China,' a primetime special that aired on NBC.

In the special, Big Bird and the big dog known as Barkley travel through the country to find the Phoenix bird. Highlights of the show featured Big Bird walking across the Great Wall of China as well as strolling around the city of Beijing.

Twenty-seven years later, Big Bird is making a return to the country and bringing some new friends to boot.

In 'Sesame Street's Big Bird Looks at the World' the big, yellow bird will be joined by Elmo and Lily in a series of 11-minute episodes that focus on questions about the world around them. As the show will be a co-production between Sesame Workshop and Shanghai Toonmax Media, which will actually handle creative control, the characters will be speaking in Mandarin Chinese. The show will premiere on China's Ha Ha Channel on Dec. 22.

In other news...

A correction on last week's mention of the new PBS series 'Design Squad Nation.' The news item mentioned the show will follow kids across the nation and around the world as they try to solve a number of scientific and mathematical problems. According to Mike Wood at WGBH, the public television station producing the series, the kids will actually be working to solve a number of engineering problems. Thanks to Mike for the clarification.

Nickelodeon has greenlit a new live-action comedy series to premiere in February. Titled 'Bucket & Spinner's Epic Adventures,' the series will revolve around the adventures of two surfer teens as they try to make their way through life as well as school.

Cartoon Network is finally getting its own awards show in the form of 'The Hall of Game Awards.' To be broadcast in the spring of next year, the ceremony will honor the best athletes and biggest plays over the last year. Fans can already vote for their favorites at the award show's website. On Dec. 23, between 5-7PM ET, Cartoon Network will reveal a phone number that viewers can call and register to win a trip to the awards ceremony.

Premiere dates for ABC Family's 'Pretty Little Liars' and 'Greek' are set. Both return on Mon., Jan. 3 at 8PM and 9PM respectively. The network's other original shows, 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager' and 'Make It or Break It' will return in the spring.

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Richard Ott

I wonder if during Sesame Street's 42'nd season,
Carol Spinney will dub his voice for a US version of
"Big Bird Looks At The World", in case Sesame Street
decides to stop showing Elmo's World after 13 years?
Big Bird did his "Greetings" segment about 10 years
ago, and I'm sure the producers wouldn't think twice
about him doing another series like that one, or even
a TV Movie sequel to Big Bird In China & Japan with
his furry traveling companian, Barkley, if the person
who played Barkley is still around, today. Woof, Woof!

December 17 2010 at 6:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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