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Jennifer Garner pitching a show for moms

by Anna Johns, posted May 15th 2007 7:29PM
jennifer garnerNew mom Jennifer Garner is hoping to return to television, this time as an executive producer. She and Lauren Sanchez-Whitesell, former host of So You Think You Can Dance?, are pitching a show by moms and for moms to an unnamed network next week. Sanchez-Whitesell tells People that she will host and Garner will executive produce and make occasional appearances.

She compares it to The View, but for mommies. Topics will include everything from advice on getting kids to eat and sleep and behave, and also talk about the strains put on a marriage when kids come into the picture. (It sounds like ParentDish for television!)

Sanchez-Whitesell has a one-year old son with husband Patrick Whitesell, who just happens to be Ben Affleck's agent. Affleck and Garner had a daughter, Violet, in December of 2005.

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Al Roker hosts childhood obesity special tonight

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 31st 2007 3:22PM

Al RokerTonight at 9:00 p.m. on the Food Network, Al Roker will host Childhood Obesity: Danger Zone, a special that delves into the obesity epidemic that now affects more than 12 million children in America. The special will focus mostly on children, including: a teenager who weighs 500 pounds; the public policy initiative put in place by Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee to help overweight children; and a doctor who teaches kids how to shop for healthy food.

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CBS specials to raise money for children

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 15th 2007 8:03AM

CBSThis July, CBS will broadcast two specials geared toward raising money for disadvantaged children around the world.

The first special, Why Listen, will follow six different celebrities to different countries where they'll meet children and learn about organizations designed to help them.

The second special, Listen Live, as the title indicates, will be broadcast live and will feature the usual celebrities and music acts synonymous with these kind of television events. Viewers, of course, can also call in and donate. There is no official word yet on who will appear on the two specials.

The specials are both tied to the Listen Charity, an organization that doles out funds to over two-hundred different charitable organizations for disadvantaged children.

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A whole bunch of Casper

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 27th 2007 9:05AM

casperSince my doctor recommends I talk about cartoons at least six times a day, I thought I would mention this awesome collection of Casper the Friendly Ghost cartoons. There are many other videos to be found on the site, and some of them are NOT SAFE FOR WORK, so click ahead with caution and/or lustful excitement, depending on where you are at this exact moment.

Like Matt Groening, I have trouble not referring to Casper as "Casper the Little Dead Boy," since that's essentially what he is. As cute and adorable as he was, you've got to admit a cartoon based on the spirit of a deceased child is somewhat morbid.

The first Casper cartoon, "The Friendly Ghost," was created for Famous Studios in 1945, and you can watch it both here and here. The "friendly ghost" wouldn't be given a name, however, until the first Casper comic book was published in 1949.

[via Boing Boing]

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Kids get behind the camera for new TLC documentary series

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 12th 2007 4:16PM

cameraWhile video-sharing sites and online communities like MySpace are making user-generated video more and more common, TLC is hoping to bring that same concept to television with My Life As a Child, a new documentary series set to air February 26 at 7pm.

Last year, TLC asked kids ages 7 to 12 to document their lives on camera. Twenty kids out of four hundred were chosen to have their footage used in the series. The kids featured include eight year old published author Adora; Cole, a boy with cerebral paulsy who takes karate classes; and Lisetanne, a black girl being raised by her white adoptive mother. The series will focus on aspects of growing up that is typical for kids of all generations, plus new experiences such as growing up in a same-sex household.

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Frontline investigates Catholic priest's sex crime cover up

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 10th 2007 2:01PM

hand of godPBS' Frontline series will air "Hand of God" on Tuesday, January 16 at 9pm. The 90-minute special tells the story of Paul Cultera, who, in the 1960s at the age of fourteen, was sexually abused by his priest, Father Joseph Birmingham in Salem, Massachusetts. It wasn't until thirty years later that Cultera decide to confront the Catholic Church and launched his own investigation into whether or not the Archdiocese of Boston was moving Father Birmingham from parish to parish and putting other children in danger. Cultera placed ads around towns where Father Birmingham had lived, which resulted in many more people coming forward and alleging abuse. Birmingham allegedly abused almost 100 different children.

"Hand of God" was filmed and directed by Joe Cultera, Paul's brother.

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Jon Stewart to appear on Jack's Big Music Show

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 4th 2007 3:02PM

jack's big music showIf you have little kids in your house, you might want to tune into Noggin's Jack's Big Music Show on February 2. Daily Show host Jon Stewart will be appearing on the show, making it the best opportunity for you to enjoy a kid show along with your kids, not counting that time David Brinkley appeared on Teletubbies*. Stewart, who watches the show with his children, is a big fan.

Also, if you're a Flaming Lips fan like I am, the same episode will feature a video collaboration between the Lips' Steven Drozd and Steve Burns of Blue's Clues. Burns and the Lips have a history together: Drozd helped produce and also plays on Burns' album, "Songs for Dustmites" (which is actually quite good), and Burns also appears in the Flaming Lips movie, Christmas on Mars, which may or may not ever be finished. The band is kinda making it whenever they have free time.

Thanks to my buddy Wild Bill for the info.

*May not have ever happened.

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Ellen's Acres coming to Cartoon Network

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 4th 2007 9:08AM

ellen's acresAnimation Collective, the company behind Wulin Warriors, has developed another series for Cartoon Network, a preschool series called Ellen's Acres. I'll assume most of you couldn't care less about this, but if you have young ones, either children of your own or a small child who just happened to follow you home one day, they might want to check it out when it premieres on January 8.

Ellen is a little girl who lives with her parents at Emerald Acres Hotel in Nevada. There are no other children her age around, so she has to rely on her own imagination to have fun. That sounds a little like Calvin and Hobbes, and not too different from my own experiences growing up in a rural area away from the city, except Ellen plays with a radial tire and I played inside large tractor tires. Trust me, it's fun when you're five.

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Producers of Mister Rogers Neighborhood want to create new show

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 28th 2006 3:01PM
Fred RogersAccording to the AP, the producers of the classic PBS children's show Mister Rogers Neighborhood want to create a new show. Kevin Morrison, the CEO of Family Communications, Inc. told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that they are in talks with producers of various children's shows about creating a new program that is completely different from the one Fred Rogers hosted from 1968 to 2001. Rogers died in 2003.

No concrete plans were reported, but even Rogers' widow, Joanne, seems to be in favor of the move. "I really think Fred would be proud of the organization for trying to continue their leadership in the field of children's television," she told the Post-Gazette.

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Elmo's dad is shipped overseas

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 27th 2006 4:09PM
Elmo and LouieOn tonight's PBS special When Parents are Deployed, Elmo gets some sad news - his father Louie is leaving for parts unknown. While no specific branch of the military is mentioned, it's clear that Louie is being shipped off to either Iraq or another war-torn country. Elmo, the army brat, is in for some heartbreak. And, from the sound of the New York Times' review of the special, so are we. Elmo's segments are played between interviews with actual soldiers and their often traumatized children.

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Well, since we're free to mock Barney -- VIDEO

by Annie Wu, posted Nov 30th 2006 9:41AM
BarneyRecently, Julia posted a piece about a lawsuit filed against a man that made fun of Barney on his little website. The end result favored the satirist, so Julia said, "America, you are free to mock Barney" and... y'know what? I think I will.

I don't recall how I stumbled across this video (probably late-night YouTube surfing), but I definitely remember watching it at, like, three in the morning and laughing deliriously for an obscene length of time. It's a charming mash-up of Barney video and Tupac audio. That's right. Somehow, the flailing of Barney's tiny hands suddenly become the aggressive gestures that conduct the beat of a west-side thug. Plus, the dancing children and sparkles add a nice touch.

Obviously, the visuals are work-safe, but, since it's gangsta rap, you may want to turn down the volume or pop on some headphones. Here we go...

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Study links TV watching to autism

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 17th 2006 4:06PM

toy tvOngoing research at Cornell University has revealed a possible link between autism and children under the age of three who watch television. The study found that when cable became more prominent in households in the '80s, autism rates also increased. The study has not found anything specific in television viewing that may trigger autism in young children, only that there is a strong correlation between the two. Some have pointed out it may not be television, but indoor air pollution that may be the root of the problem.

While experts study this and try to come to a consensus, I think laypersons should see this as a reminder that too much television exposure at a young age is not a good thing. As Slate's Gregg Easterbrook points out in his article, humans evolved responding to three-dimensional stimuli, and repeated exposure to two-dimensional images, whether it turns out to be directly linked to autism or not, is still not a good thing in the early stages of development.

[via Netscape]

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Bert and Ernie's first appearance ever

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 17th 2006 7:56AM
bert and ernieAfter the jump, I've placed a YouTube clip of the first appearance of Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street. Ernie is in his bathtub, but there's no rubber ducky to be found. Oh, and he calls his bathtub "Rosie" but I'll let you watch the clip to find out why that is. The voices are a little different than what they eventually evolved into, but even with this first appearance you can see how well Jim Henson and Frank Oz bounced quips and one-liners off one another. I love watching really early Sesame Street episodes, because the puppeteering, while excellent, hadn't quite reached the perfection it would in the show's later years. If you look closely, you can actually see part of Frank Oz's arm and head in the lower right corner. Part of me kind of prefers that raw, unedited look. Enjoy:

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Attention preschoolers: more Max and Ruby on the way

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 10th 2006 6:05PM
max and rubyOkay, we probably don't get a lot of preschoolers reading this blog, but if you happen to be a parent with young kids who are fans of the Nick Jr series Max and Ruby, they can look forward to new episodes featuring the brother and sister bunny duo in Spring of 2007. The episodes will air, as usual, during Nickelodeon's Nick Jr morning block of preschool programming, and on Noggin. The new slate of episodes will kick off with an Easter special. Also, at some point during the new episodes, one of the bunnies will be mortally wounded with a shotgun. Wait, sorry, I'm confusing this series with Dallas. Anyway, kids will learn the usual lessons about sharing, compromise, and respecting others. Also, they'll learn that bunnies wear clothes and talk, which is absolutely true.

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Nickelodeon's Halloween marathon for all ages

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 10th 2006 8:09AM

catsratchIf your kids are looking for an alternative to Cartoon Network's Halloween marathons, Nickelodeon is offering a bunch of Halloween-themed episodes at the end of this month for every age group from the Nick Jr set to young teens. Kids can catch spooky episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants; Catscratch; Fairly OddParents; Mr. Meaty; The X's; Danny Phantom; The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius; Hey, Arnold; Kappa Mikey; Rugrats; The Amanda Show; Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide; Unfabulous and Zoey 101.

The little tykes will also be able to catch episodes of Blue's Clues, Dora the Explorer, The Backyardigans, Wow! Wow! Wubzy, LazyTown and Wonder Pets. Hey, kids gotta have something to watch while they're shoveling all that candy into their mouths.

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