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School Kids Find Jamie Oliver's Food Revolting

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 31st 2010 3:01PM
jamie oliverJamie Oliver's 'Food Revolution' is only two episodes in but it has already brought some serious numbers for ABC. Anyone that has been watching the series, though, can tell that the celebrity chef's mission to bring healthy eating habits to Huntington, West Virginia has not been an easy task. Tears have been shed, chicken nuggets have been dumped, lunch ladies have been angered.

For viewers, most of this article from the New York Post is pretty much stating the obvious, saying that a majority of school children are not pleased with the state of things. What is interesting, though, is the rise of brown bag lunches from home (mostly chips and cookies) and some thoughts from the food services director on how the change has been implemented.

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New Clone Wars episodes stunning, but less kid friendly

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 7th 2009 10:00AM
The Clone Wars is strong on action, but inching away from kids.Cartoon Network's Star Wars: The Clone Wars just might be the best action/adventure show on television. Come to think of it, it might be the only true action/adventure show on television.

But, as the show ramps up the action content and significantly sweetens its visuals, its increased intensity might be driving away some younger viewers.

As The Clone Wars moves through its second season, the war is growing -- both in scope and violence. Viewers are seeing more dead Clonetroopers, more crashed vehicles and more beloved characters in deadly jeopardy.

Its ratings continue to cruise in hyperspace (especially for males), but I wonder if the darker tones of season two could drive younger kids and their parents away from the show.

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Bullied boys strike back with Cartoon Network's Commando

by Brad Trechak, posted Nov 5th 2009 11:10AM
Cartoon NetworkThe Cartoon Network is stepping away from cartoons yet again. This time they're creating a new reality show in which scrawny teenaged boys ages 13 to 16 will be put through high-tech training an effort to stop them from being bullied or to get back property that has been borrowed and not returned. The series will be called Going Commando. Insert joke here.

I'm somewhat ambivalent on this show. On one hand, teaching kids problem-solving skills is a great idea. On the other hand, the show should also teach the kids the discipline needed to use their knowledge for good rather than evil (perhaps the show could be sponsored by Google?).

I'm sure many of us nerdy types were bullied in our youth and would have enjoyed the use of "night vision, hydro reconnaissance or rappelling" in an effort to fix the problem or at least make it go away. So what do you think? Is this program a good idea or a disaster waiting to happen?

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Heroic Brit dies protecting CBBC kids from elephant

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 4th 2009 11:02AM
A CBBC tour guide died protecting children from a mad elephant.When watching any nature special from PBS or the BBC featuring dangerous wild animals photographed at reasonably close range, how often do you stop and consider the very real danger men and women are in while getting that footage?

That danger proved deadly this past weekend when a rampaging African elephant trampled and killed a British tour guide (Anton Turner, 38) who was trying to protect a group of children visiting Tanzania.

The kids were in Africa serving as TV hosts for the CBBC (BBC's children's channel) show, Serious Explorers. Seven children were planning to follow the steps of Victorian explorer Dr. David Livingston.

Reports say, when the elephant charged a group of the CBBC kids, Turner challenged the elephant and attempted to shoot his rifle at the animal. But, he was unable to open fire in time and was trampled. Turner leaves behind a pregnant wife.

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Subtle Subtitles: Octomom!

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 30th 2009 3:31PM
The Jay Leno Show
If you haven't seen our game before, we give you a picture from a recent episode of a TV series and you provide the caption!

Last week's winner is Christopher with this: "You have to tell me Martha, how did you do it, the people love you. You went to prison, all I did was switch to 10 o clock, and get their shows canceled and they hate me?"

This week's picture is a scary pic of Octomom and her kids going trick-or-treating.

Octomom and kids

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Who wants to buy a new ring for Kate Gosselin?

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 29th 2009 5:57PM
I know, it sounds like the worst idea for a game show ever, but actually I'm referring to this interview that Kate Gosselin did with Ellen DeGeneres the other day. She talks about all the stuff we've heard about already, but she also talks about a ring that she wants to buy "once she has a job."

It's funny how Kate says a bunch of lines that would ordinarily get a round of applause from an audience but I don't think they care. And it's great that Kate isn't doing talk shows and appearing in the public eye like Jon is, isn't it?

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Yo Gabba Gabba! returns to amuse, confuse, terrify kids

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Oct 15th 2009 11:01AM
Yo Gabba Gabba! and its colorful cast are returning to entertain (and maybe scare) little kids.Disclaimer: Children should not take Acid. In fact, no one should sample LSD, but children should really stay away.

That said, speaking theoretically, if kids did drop a soaked sugar cube or six, they would see visions potentially less bizarre than what they take in during an episode of Yo Gabba Gabba(!). The Nick, Jr. and Noggin show is back this week with new episodes for fascinated children and really high adults.

A lot of kids love it. It's colorful, kinetic, and everybody involved keeps a smile on their face -- even the bizarre anthropomorphized, toys-turned-life size characters -- Muno (red cyclops), Foofa (pinkish bow thing), Brobee (the green monster with no elbows) ), Toodee (the blue cat) and Plex (the yellow, 50s-ish robot).

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Nickelodeon changes logo, continues to kill my childhood

by Annie Wu, posted Aug 5th 2009 10:02AM
nickelodeon logoAre you weeping, children of the late-80s and early-90s? As you may have heard, Nickelodeon is getting a new logo. Understandably, they're going for something that can be incorporated into their infinite number of other properties, but the removal of that classic splatter is certainly the end of an era. Take a look at some of the new ways they'll be using the updated logo.

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Jon & Kate returns tonight

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 3rd 2009 5:05PM
Hey Kids, Mom & Dad Don't Love Each Other Anymore On National Television returns with two new episodes tonight at 9. Here's a sneak peek. If only one of the things that Kate is going to do that she's never done before was "not do a reality show."

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Will you watch Octomom's reality show?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 27th 2009 2:30PM
SulemanNadya Suleman, who will always be known as "Octomom" because it's funnier, has officially signed papers for a reality TV show to feature her and her 14 kids. No word yet on which network will air the show (it might air overseas first as it's a British company producing the show) or what it will be called, but I'm hoping it's called Fourteen is Enough or Nadya & Nobody Plus 14.

Will you watch Octo-Mom's show?
Yes, I think it will be interesting79 (6.0%)
I'll tune in once just to see how it's handled92 (7.0%)
I'd rather watch cheese get moldy1146 (87.0%)

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Jon & Kate filming again

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 17th 2009 2:31PM
Jon and KateI'm pretty cynical, but even I don't believe that Jon & Kate's marriage woes are a ratings stunt for their show. I truly believe it's all real. But that doesn't mean that I don't think that the way the whole thing is being handled isn't for ratings. The show returns on August 3, and as you can see from this pic above, they aren't exactly acting like Jonathan and Jennifer from Hart to Hart. Sure, it's just a snapshot in time and means nothing, but...well, you just know things aren't so great.

Kate is probably thinking, "Jon, you had to bring your girlfriend with you?"

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Fake Kate answers fake Jon on fake Match.com

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 13th 2009 11:24AM
We've already shown you the FunnyorDie.com video that shows "Jon Gosselin" and his Match.com profile video. You knew it was just a matter of time before "Kate" got her response. This probably works better if you watch Jon & Kate Plus 8, but I don't watch it and I still found it funny.

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Jon Gosselin goes on Match.com (via FunnyorDie.com, that is)

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 2nd 2009 4:33PM
This is pretty funny: Funny or Die has created a Match.com video for Jon & Kate Plus 8 star Jon Gosselin. Now that he's going to be free from Kate, he's looking for a date. Didn't mean for that to rhyme.

The funniest part is the screen name they give Jon.

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This Monday, Jon & Kate will make a special announcement

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 18th 2009 1:33PM
TLC has a new promo for this Monday's "special" episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8. The couple, going through marital problems that have been well documented everywhere, have a special announcement to make to fans of the show.

So, what could this announcement possibly be? Divorce? Separation? They bought a new couch? Maybe they're going to add another kid to the family and the show will now be called Jon & Kate Plus 9.

My guess? They're going to sell all of the kids to Brad and Angelina, buy a Winnebago, and drive across the country for their new show Jon & Kate: Who Needs Kids Anyway?

[via People]

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Maybe Jon and Kate should be parents first, TV stars second?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 4th 2009 2:40PM
So I'm watching Today this morning, and J.D. Hyman from People said that Jon Gosselin told him that he'll end the show the minute that the kids don't want to do it anymore. And I thought to myself, that's exactly wrong. Shouldn't Jon (and Kate) be making the decision? These kids aren't 18, they're all under ten (some as young as five)!

What do you think? Let us know in the poll after the jump.

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