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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 Round-Up: The Year In Review, Part 1

by Rich Keller, posted Dec 27th 2010 3:30PM
Katy Perry's revealing costume was the big news story during the 41st season of 'Sesame Street.'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.

With 2011 just a week away, it's time to reflect on what happened in family programming in 2010. Turns out, there was a good deal of activity during the year -- so much that it can't all fit in this column. So, to cover everything that took place, we'll split the review into two parts.

This week we'll take a look at NBC, PBS, ABC Family and Cartoon Network.

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Family TV Round-Up: More Family-Friendly Christmas Programming, PBS Launches 'Design Squad' Spin-Off and More

by Rich Keller, posted Dec 10th 2010 2:55PM
Ryan Seacrest hosts the 'Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade' on Christmas Day.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.

Fifteen more days until Christmas means 15 more days of holiday specials. Here are some more family-friendly offerings being offered by the networks:

ABC: The '2010 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade' will air on December 25 from 11AM to 1PM. Filmed at Florida's Disney World and California's Disneyland, the parade will feature guest stars Maria Carey, Selina Gomez, Lee DeWyze and the band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. The show will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Nick Cannon.

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Family TV Round-Up: More 'Harry Potter' for ABC Family, New 'Dinosaur Train' and More

by Rich Keller, posted Dec 3rd 2010 3:30PM
The two part 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' will be coming to ABC Family in 2013.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 with ABC Family and their love for the Harry Potter movie series. Last week, the cable outlet signed a deal with Warner Brothers to acquire the rights to the last two entries in the franchise -- 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2.' The agreement, which will give ABC Family first-run rights on basic cable, allows the network to run Part 1 of the movie in the spring of 2013, with part two to air in the winter of that same year.

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'Yo Gabba Gabba!' 101: A Primer

by Marina Zogbi, posted Nov 27th 2010 2:30PM
Yo Gabba Gabba!If you have a young child, you can stop reading now because you're undoubtedly already acquainted with 'Yo Gabba Gabba!' and are either completely addicted or a bit tired of it.

For everyone else -- those baffled by references to "dancey dance" or by adult friends singing about a party in their tummy -- this primer is for you.

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Family TV Round-Up: 'Sonny With a Chance' Sans Demi Lovato, Thanksgiving Specials and More

by Rich Keller, posted Nov 19th 2010 3:05PM
'Sonny With a Chance' may go 'So Random!' without star Demi Lovato.Welcome to the Family TV Round-Up, a recap of all kid-friendly programming across the television universe. We sum up all of 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 off with the dilemma facing the producers of Disney Channel's 'Sonny With a Chance.' With star Demi Lovato on indefinite hiatus due to personal reasons, the idea of focusing the newest season on the other characters of the show doesn't seem right.

Therefore, instead of the behind-the-scenes look at the fictional teen sketch show 'So Random!,' the producers will re-center the series on the sketch/music-variety show itself.

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Elmo's Best Moments: Celebrating 25 Years of the Furry Red Monster

by Rich Keller, posted Nov 18th 2010 11:40AM
Elmo was born 25 years ago thanks to the puppetry of Kevin Clash.November 18, 1985 was a day that changed children's television. It was on this day that Elmo, the furry red monster of 'Sesame Street,' came into his own, thanks to puppeteer Kevin Clash.

An extra for years, voiced on occasion by folks like Carol Spinney (Big Bird) and Richard Hunt (Scooter from 'The Muppet Show'), Clash turned the very minor character into a 3 1/2-year-old mainstay that, depending on your feelings, transformed 'Sesame Street' in a good or bad way.

Since his introduction to 'Sesame Street,' Elmo has become the face of the four-decade old series, appearing on talk shows, primetime series, his own movie ('Elmo in Grouchland') and on the toy shelves as Tickle Me Elmo. He even has his own 15-minute show-within-a-show on 'Sesame Street' titled 'Elmo's World.'

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Family TV Round-Up: 'Jonas' No Longer, Disney Junior and More

by Rich Keller, posted Nov 12th 2010 11:30AM
'Jonas' will not be retruning to the Disney Channel schedule next year.Welcome to the Family TV Round-Up, a recap of all kid-friendly programming across the television universe. We sum up all of the news related to children's programming, as well as profile the people and shows that your kids, tweens and teens are talking about.

A plethora of Disney related news this week, starting with the end of the 'Jonas' franchise on Disney Channel. After two years of 'Jonas' and 'Jonas L.A.,' the show has been canceled. In a statement the network said they were looking forward to working with the brothers on future projects.

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Family TV Round-Up: More Charlie Brown for ABC, 'Harry Potter' Marathon & More

by Rich Keller, posted Nov 5th 2010 2:00PM
Charlie Brown will celebrate Thanksgiving once again when 'A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving' airs on ABC later this month.Welcome to the Family TV Round-Up, a recap of all kid-friendly programming across the television universe. We sum up all of the news related to children's programming, as well as profile the people and shows that your kids, tweens and teens are talking about.

ABC Family is going Harry Potter crazy prior to the release of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1' on Nov. 19. From the 11th through the 14th, the network will air the first five movies in the franchise, from 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' to 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.'

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Family TV Round-Up: Return of 'The Super Hero Squad Show,' Ratings Success for the Latest 'Scooby-Doo' TV Movie ... and More

by Rich Keller, posted Oct 22nd 2010 11:00AM
A new season of 'The Super Hero Squad Show' premieres at 7:30 a.m. on Cartoon Network.Welcome to the Family TV Round-Up, a recap of all kid-friendly programming across the television universe. We sum up all of the news related to children's programming, as well as profile the people and shows that your kids, tweens and teens are talking about.

Marvel Comics cartoons are all over the television as of late. First was the premiere of 'The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes' on DisneyXD. Now Cartoon Network is going to jump back into the fray with the second season premiere of Marvel Television's 'The Super Hero Squad Show.'

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Family TV Round-Up: Premiere Ratings for The Hub; Disney Channel's New Made-for-TV Movie; 'Kung Fu Magoo'...and More

by Rich Keller, posted Oct 15th 2010 3:55PM
'Scooby-Doo! Curse ofthe Lake Monster' premieres on Saturday at 7 p.m. on Cartoon Network.
Welcome to the Family TV Round-Up, a recap of all kid-friendly programming across the television universe. We sum up all of the news related to children's programming, as well as profile the people and shows that your kids, tweens and teens are talking about.

Halloween is right around the corner. And with it come the routine specials and themed-episodes that normally surround this holiday, which is becoming more and more popular each year. Here are some of the upcoming family TV offerings:

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Family TV Round-Up: The Hub Launches, Steven Tyler on 'Wonder Pets,'...and More

by Rich Keller, posted Oct 8th 2010 1:30PM
The new kids network, The Hub, premieres at 6:00 a.m. this Sunday.

Welcome to the Family TV Round-Up, a recap of all kid-friendly programming across the television universe. We sum up all of the news related to children's programming, as well as profile the people and shows that your kids, tweens and teens are talking about.

This week we begin with the launch of The Hub. As Kim Potts reported, the new kid-oriented network will premiere on October 10 at 6AM, replacing Discovery Kids. This will be a unique network as it's a joint venture between Discovery Communications and Hasbro Studios, makers of such toy lines as Transformers and G.I. Joe. In fact, new animated versions of those product lines, as well as those connected to Strawberry Shortcake, My Little Pony and Pound Puppies, will be featured on the cable outlet.

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'Dora the Explorer' Actress Sues Nickelodeon

by PopEater Staff, posted Oct 7th 2010 7:30PM
Dora and CaitlinThe 14-year-old actress who voiced the popular character 'Dora the Explorer' is suing Nickelodeon for allegedly cheating her out of millions of dollars.

Caitlin Sanchez, who became the voice of the adventurous cartoon character in 2007, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday claiming Nickelodeon and its parent companies exploited her with a dubious contract that made millions for the network, but little for her.

In an official statement, a Nickelodeon spokesperson said that the claims were baseless.

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Farewell, Discovery Kids Network ... Say Hello to The Hub

by Kim Potts, posted Oct 7th 2010 1:00PM
Family Game Night
What's the hubbub with The Hub, Bub? It's the new kids TV network that will occupy the airwaves previously devoted to the Discovery Kids network.

The Hub, a joint project by Discovery Communications and toy and game company Hasbro, launches on Oct. 10 (yes, 10/10/10 at 6AM ET) in 60 million homes, and is best described as Nickelodeon-meets-TV Land.

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Elmo Speaks Out About 'Sesame Street' Cutting Katy Perry Skit (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Sep 24th 2010 11:10AM
Katy Perry in 'Sesame Street'Elmo wants Katy Perry back on 'Sesame' Street.

The furry red Muppet appeared on 'Good Morning America' to address the recent controversy over Katy Perry's 'Sesame Street' guest appearance on the children's show. When her 'Hot 'N Cold' duet with Elmo was released on YouTube, some viewers complained about her cleavage and the segment was cut from the TV broadcast.

"We'll have another [play date]. Elmo loves Ms. Katy and we had a good time," Elmo said. "So we'll have another play date! Yes Miss Katy, come, come, come, come -- we'll have another play date!"

'Sesame Street' executive producer Carol Lynn Parente told 'GMA' that during filming, nobody thought Perry's dress was inappropriate. She also said that parents were "very split" over Perry's appearance.

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