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Family TV Round-Up

Family TV Roundup: 'Sid the Science Kid' Celebrates Earth Day, Another New Show for Disney Junior and More

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 15th 2011 4:00PM
Sid and his family will be celebrating Earth Day with four new episodes of 'Sid the Science Kid.'Welcome to the Family TV Roundup, 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 your kids, tweens and teens are talking about.

'Sid the Science Kid,' the PBS Kids show produced by the Jim Henson Company, will be celebrating the upcoming Earth Day with not one, but four new episodes with themes related to the environment. Running April 18–21 (check local listings for times), the CGI-animated episodes will focus on questions such as what happens to dirty water when it goes down the drain, how pollution affects the air we breathe, what recycling means and how animal habitats can be found almost anywhere.

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Family TV Guide: Disney Channel Gets 'Ditz'-y, New 'ThunderCats' Trailer and More

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 8th 2011 3:55PM
Disney Channel acqires the rights to a new comic book character and a vampire babysitter.Welcome to the Family TV Roundup, 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 your kids, tweens and teens are talking about.

Disney Channel continues to work on filling the gaps being left by 'Hannah Montana,' 'Wizards of Waverly Place' and perhaps 'The Suite Life on Deck.' Though it has many shows already in production, such as 'ANT Farm' and the new Debby Ryan series 'Jessie,' the cable outlet is always looking for new material.

The newest is simply known as 'Ditz,' an as-yet-unpublished comic book character created by veteran writer/artist Neal Adams, Disney Channel recently acquired the rights to develop 'Ditz' into a new live-action series.

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Family TV Roundup: Upcoming Shows for Cartoon Network, The Hub and More

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 1st 2011 1:00PM
Both Cartoon Network and The HUB presented their slate of programs for 2011-12.Welcome to the Family TV Roundup, 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 your kids, tweens and teens are talking about.

America's family-friendly networks have been busy over the last month with presentations to advertisers on their upcoming shows for the 2011-12 season. First up were the Disney and Nickelodeon family channels. Today we take a look at the new lineups for Cartoon Network and The HUB.

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Family TV Roundup: 'iCarly' and 'Big Time Rush' DVD Giveaway, Disney Junior Upfronts and More

by Rich Keller, posted Mar 25th 2011 2:00PM
TV Squad is giving away copies of the upcoming 'iCarly' and 'Big Time Rush' DVD sets.Welcome to the Family TV Roundup, 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 your kids, tweens and teens are talking about.

This week we'll start off with a fun giveaway: 'iCarly' and 'Big Time Rush,' two of Nickelodeon's most popular live-action programs, are coming out on DVD in the next few weeks. TV Squad is giving three lucky readers a chance to win one copy each of 'Big Time Rush: Season 1 Volume 1' (out March 29) and 'iCarly: Season 2 Volume 3' (out April 5).

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment with your favorite moment from either show. Check out the official rules at the bottom of the post, and read on for the rest of this week's Family TV Roundup.

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Family TV Round-Up: Nickelodeon and Disney Upfronts, New 'Thundercats' Trailer & More

by Rich Keller, posted Mar 19th 2011 1:45PM
'Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness' is just one of the animated features the network presented during its upfront.Welcome to the Family TV Roundup, 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 your kids, tweens and teens are talking about.

Both Nickelodeon and Disney have presented their 2011-12 upfronts to the press and advertisers. As usual, both have lineups featuring new series and made-for-TV movies that will appeal to all ages. Here's a quick breakdown of what to look forward to.

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Family TV Round-Up: 'Dora the Explorer' Primetime Special and More

by Rich Keller, posted Mar 4th 2011 4:30PM
Dora is off on another adventure March 14. This time it's to find her ballet shoes.Welcome to the Family TV Roundup, 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.

Dora the Explorer
and her menagerie of helpers continue their preschool domination with a new primetime special airing on Monday, March 14. In 'Dora's Ballet Adventure,' the pint-sized explorer is frantic after the ballet shoes she needs for her recital go missing. In their place is a pair of scuba flippers presented by the delivery duck. The rest of the 30-minute episode deals with Dora and Boot's quest to find the missing ballet shoes.

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Family TV Roundup: Remembering Dwayne McDuffie, Disney Junior Ratings and More

by Rich Keller, posted Feb 25th 2011 4:30PM
'Static Shock,' based on the late Dwayne McDuffie's comic book 'Static,' aired in Kids' WB! for 4 seasons.Welcome to the Family TV Roundup, 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.

Not many folks are very familiar with the name Dwayne McDuffie, but you might know his television work. Especially if you were a regular viewer of shows like 'Justice League Unlimited' and 'Ben 10: Alien Force.' On Tuesday, one day after his birthday, McDuffie died at the age of 49 due to complications from emergency heart surgery.

In this week's column, we take a brief look at McDuffie's impact on animated television.

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Family TV Roundup: Jack Black Is Back to Host the Kids Choice Awards and More

by Rich Keller, posted Feb 18th 2011 4:00PM
Jack Black will host 'Nickelodeon's 2011 Kids Choice Awards,' will will air in April.Welcome to the Family TV Roundup, 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

It's three times the slime for kid-at-heart Jack Black. After taking a few years off, the actor and musician will return to host Nickelodeon's 2011 Kids Choice Awards, airing Saturday, April 2, at 8PM from the University of Southern California's Galen Center.

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Family TV Round-Up: Barney Live on Valentine's Day, New 'Suite Life' Movie and More

by Rich Keller, posted Feb 13th 2011 6:00PM
Barney will be joining the gang at Sprout's 'Sunny Side Up Show' this Monday.Welcome 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.

Last week we spoke about Valentine's Day-themed family programming that would be appearing up to and including the actual holiday. This week, we can add one more program to the list of those who will be offering up love-themed shows.

On Monday, starting at 9AM, PBS Kids Sprout's 'Sunny Side Up Show' will be highlighting the holiday with an appearance by everyone's favorite purple dinosaur, Barney.

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Family TV Round-Up: Valentine's Day Programming, New 'Yo Gabba Gabba Episodes,' More 'Pokemon' for Cartoon Network and More

by Rich Keller, posted Feb 5th 2011 10:00AM
ABC will air 'Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown' and 'A Charlie Brown Valentine' on February 11 at 8PM.Welcome 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.

Being February, it's time for the networks and cable outlets to pull out the Valentine's Day episodes. As usual, there are some classic returns as well new episodes of your kids' favorite series. Here's a quick breakdown of what's being offered for family viewing.

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Family TV Roundup: Liam Neeson on 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars,' 'Lemonade Mouth' Comes to Disney Channel and More

by Rich Keller, posted Jan 28th 2011 3:10PM
Liam Neeson will voice Qui-Gon Jinn over the next two episodes of 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars.'Welcome to the Family TV Roundup, 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.

After a decade away from the character he portrayed in 'The Phantom Menace,' Liam Neeson is returning to the Star Wars universe in Cartoon Network's 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars.' During the next two original episodes (tonight and Feb. 4 at 8:30PM), Neeson will portray Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, the man who helped bring Anakin Skywalker into the realm of the Jedi.

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Family TV Round-Up: Disney Junior Premiere Date, 'Hannah Montana Forever' Finale Numbers and More

by Rich Keller, posted Jan 21st 2011 5:00PM
Disney Junior, the reformatted Playhouse Disney, debuts on February 14.Welcome 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.

We begin with two news items concerning Disney Channel. The first deals with the premiere date, or transformation, of Playhouse Disney to Disney Junior. The cable outlet has selected Valentine's Day as the launch date for its newest preschool programming block.

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Family TV Round-Up: 2010 Ratings for Disney Channels, More SpongeBob for Nickelodeon and More

by Rich Keller, posted Jan 14th 2011 2:02PM
Disney Channel had its highest ratings ever across all day parts last year.Welcome 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.

We start this week with some year-end ratings news from the Disney family of cable channels. According to a recent press release, the company reported that ABC Family, Disney Channel and DisneyXD had the most watched years across many of their age brackets.

For ABC Family, rankings were up for women and adults 18-49. Last year also marked the highest fourth quarter and December ratings in the network's history thanks to the annual '25 Days of Christmas' and original movies like 'Christmas Cupid.'

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Family TV Round-Up: What's On Tap for 2011

by Rich Keller, posted Jan 8th 2011 1:30PM
'Voltron Force,' an updated version of the 1980s cartoon, will premiere on NickToons in the spring.Welcome 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.

Over the last two weeks we reviewed the past year in family programming. This week we're going to take a look ahead at what parents and children can look forward to in the new year.

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Family TV Round-Up: 2010 -- The Year in Review (Part 2)

by Rich Keller, posted Jan 1st 2011 11:00AM
'Good Luck Charlie' was one of the new generation of live-action series to premiere on Disney Channel in 2010.Welcome 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.

Last week, we took a look at the past year for family programming on the major networks, PBS, ABC Family and Cartoon Network. This time around we'll look at Disney Channel, DisneyXD, The HUB, the Nickelodeon family of channels and PBS Kids Sprout.

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