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Is Watching 'SpongeBob' Bad for Young Kids?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 12th 2011 6:45AM
SpongeBob SquarePantsMost parents who allow their young children to watch TV spend a lot of time fretting over issues such as which shows are age-appropriate, which ones are educational or improving, and which ones could be harmful.

The latest kids' show to be called into question is Nickelodeon's long-running cartoon series, 'SpongeBob SquarePants.' According to The Wrap, a study due to be published online Monday by the journal 'Pediatrics' found that watching just nine minutes of 'SpongeBob' had a negative effect on four-year-olds' attention spans.

Nickelodeon questioned the validity of the findings, criticizing the small size of the control group and pointing to the fact that 'SpongeBob' is targeted at children aged six to eleven, not four.

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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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Journal of a Couch Potato: A Day with Disney Junior

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 17th 2011 4:30PM
Disney JuniorI haven't been a "junior" anything in a very long time. But I'm a guy, and guys like cartoons as much as kids do, right? Maybe even more sometimes.

For my second Journal of a Couch Potato, I watched the new "Disney Junior" (formerly "Playhouse Disney") programming block on The Disney Channel, a mix of old and new shows. The changes were made to include more "social values" into the pre-school programming.

It all starts at 4AM ...

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Exclusive 'Power Rangers Samurai' Photo: First Look at the Rangers Unmasked

by Kelly Woo, posted Feb 2nd 2011 2:30PM
Power Rangers Samurai
The Power Rangers are back, with a new look, a new cast and on a new network. 'Power Rangers Samurai' debuts on Nickelodeon Monday, Feb. 7, at 8PM ET. When the series, now in its 19th season, made the jump from Disney to its new home, it got a shiny, martial-arts-influenced reboot.

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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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Yogi Bear 101: A Primer

by Rich Keller, posted Dec 24th 2010 2:00PM
Yogi Bear has been an animated television icon for half a century.For 52 years, Yogi Bear has been a staple of television's animated universe. With intelligence higher than that of the average bear, a trusty compatriot named Boo-Boo and an addiction to pick-a-nick baskets, the confident Yogi has been a favorite of kids, their parents and their grandparents for generations.

With the release of the 'Yogi Bear' movie on Dec.17, a new generation of viewers were introduced to the character, now animated in glorious CGI. For those not familiar with Yogi, Jellystone Park or Ranger Smith, here is a primer for you.

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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.

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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: 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: Cartoon Network Premieres, Further Information on The Hub...and More

by Rich Keller, posted Sep 17th 2010 12:00PM
The Clone Cadets will be part of the 3rd season of 'Stars Wars: The Clone Wars.'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 start off with news from Cartoon Network. Today we will see a slew of new episodes for some of the network's more popular outings.

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Guess who's coming to Sesame Street?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 21st 2010 10:40PM
There are few signs in this crazy business that you have become an indelible and beloved member of the pop culture lexicon than getting a cameo appearance on an episode of Sesame Street. Case in point: Gallagher, O.J. Simpson and Kanye West have yet to appear on an episode of Sesame Street.

Well, would you want West teaching your kids the difference between "near" and "far," things that are yellow and why George Bush hates black people?

Some upcoming episodes of the long running PBS kids' show will include appearances by Christina Applegate on Jan. 25, Hugh Jackman on Jan. 27, Debi Mazar and Sarah Jessica Parker on Feb. 16 and Paul Rudd and Eva Longoria-Parker on Feb. 18.

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Gruffalo stars as centerpiece of BBC's Christmas

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Dec 9th 2009 1:02PM
The Gruffalo is becoming a BBC star this Christmas.When Christmas time rolls around, you can enjoy visits from Santa Claus, St. Nick, the Ghost of Christmas Past and, if you're watching the BBC, the Gruffalo.

The popular children's book is now an animated special for the BBC (soon to visit the U.S.) and is now the centerpiece of the network's holiday season.

Written by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler and published in 1999, The Gruffalo is a 700-word story that's been translated into multiple languages and adapted into a stage play. It tells the story of a mouse outwitting several deadly animals as he walks through the forest until he meets the title beast.

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Japanese children's TV is very different from ours

by Brad Trechak, posted Sep 5th 2009 2:04PM
The Ancient Dogoo GirlGranted, I laughed when I saw this, but I can imagine that some would be appalled. If this ever appeared on American television, it would be pulled in about three seconds. Basically, it's a children's show (geared for boys ages 6 to 11) called The Ancient Dogoo Girl, and it's about a teen girl (who hopefully is played by someone older) with some sort of ancient magic bra that shoots energy weapons or spikes or magic beams or some such equivalent. No, I am not kidding about this.

I see some Japanimation influence on the show (they have a cute sidekick robot of some sort), and quite possibly some hentai influence, as well. What does it say about a culture when even its children's television is degrading to women?

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