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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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King of the Hill: Grand Theft Arlen

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 29th 2007 9:16PM

king of the hill(S11E08)

Peggy: There's a brown spot on the lawn, and there is a brown spot on your son.

Wow, a whole hour of King of the Hill. I must say I thought this one had more yucks than the other episode.

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Which Warner Bros cartoons should be on DVD?

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 11th 2007 2:03PM

tiny toonsTV Shows on DVD points to this survey being conducted by Warner Classic Animation asking potential buyers which series they'd like to see on DVD. Some of the titles listed include Tiny Toon Adventures, Freakazoid, Pac Man, Plastic Man, The Jetsons ('80s version) and Johnny Quest ('80s version).

Which series fans choose will no doubt come down to how old you are. In that case, I'd love to see Tiny Toons and Freakazoid both released on DVD. Despite some purists who felt the shows were too gimmicky and weren't made in the same spirit as the classic Warner Bros cartoons they claimed to emulate, I still found them enjoyable as a youngster, and I think little kids who missed out on those shows would love them. I'll admit that nothing can compare to the old Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, but I'd also be lying if I said Tiny Toons didn't provide me with a lot of laughs throughout junior high.

Anyway, head on over and take the survey. You'll get a nice five dollar coupon for your effort, too. No kidding.

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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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Animation news: Batfink, Walter Tetley and Scrappy Doo

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 24th 2007 2:02PM

scrappy doo

Guess what? Batfink is coming out on DVD in June. The set will include all one hundred episodes of the series.

Actually, screw Batfink. Here's even better news: every episode of The Ant and the Aardvark on DVD next month.

I'm going to make a confession: I actually like A Pup Named Scooby Doo better than the original Scooby Doo. I found the original rote and unimaginative, and while A Pup Named Scooby Doo wasn't exactly the greatest cartoon either, it had funky animation and a self-awareness I could really dig. As far as Scrappy Doo, the spunky little scamp many fans believe ruined the Scooby Doo series (I never thought he was that bad), you can read about his origins over on Mark Evanier's site.

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Animation news: Gumby, Powerpuff Girls and weasels - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 19th 2007 11:01AM

catdogHappy Monday, everybody. I've compiled some interesting news and tidbits from the world of animation just for you:

In keeping with the current trend of depicting cartoon characters as real people, someone has drawn the South Park characters as real people.

As reported by Brad last February, classic Gumby shorts are now available on YouTube, Google Video, and In2TV (which is run by TV Squad's parent company, AOL). The shorts are being made available through DMGI, which is also releasing a Gumby DVD later this year. I've placed the first Gumby short at the end of this post.

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NBC developing British series The Baby Borrowers

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 15th 2007 12:03PM

babyA six-episode commitment is in place for The Baby Borrowers, a new reality series for NBC in which teenage couples are taken through the gauntlet of parenthood in just one month, during which they must care for a baby, then a toddler, then a pre-teen, and finally, grandparents. The new series is based on the popular British series of the same name, and the five couples featured on the show will be supervised at all times. Otherwise, the show would be called something like, Abandoned Babies, which doesn't exactly sell commercial time.

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Nickelodeon's iCarly lets kids contribute to the show

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 10th 2007 1:01PM

Miranda CosgroveSomebody give Nickelodeon a cookie, because the network "gets it."

The new comedy series iCarly, starring Miranda Cosgrove (Drake and Josh) as the host of a Web show, will allow kids at home to contribute content to the series through a special Web site where they can upload videos. Chosen videos may be integrated into future episodes, or become part of the online Webcast. The series will premiere with thirteen episodes this September.

I think this could be a really cool thing, and I hope more shows of this kind follow. Nickelodeon's audience now consists mostly of digital natives, kids more or less born and raised on the Web, and a new approach like this makes a lot of sense.

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Those Scurvy Rascals coming to Nicktoons

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 9th 2007 9:02AM

piratesPirates, it seems, are still cool. At least, nautical-themed cartoons still seem to be all the rage. There's SpongeBob SquarePants, of course, and the upcoming The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack on Cartoon Network, which actually looks like it could be pretty good.

For the longest time ninjas were the cool thing, then it was pirates, and now I wonder who will be the next group to tickle our collective brain. I'm guessing either leprechauns or vikings, but I digress. Let's get back to pirates:

Those Scurvy Rascals is a British series consisting of 26 three and a half minute episodes that focus on a trio of pirates who steal pants rather than silver and gold. The show's Web site has some clips, which are just variations of the opening theme, but the goofy premise and the pirate theme should attract a young audience. Look for the shorts on Nicktoons this spring. Arrr.

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The Simpsons: Springfield Up

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 19th 2007 11:20AM

simpsons(S18E13) I didn't love it, and I didn't hate it -- for the most part, this week's episode was "just okay" in my opinion. It was nice to see Eric Idle return as the snooty muck-raking journalist Declan Desmond (first seen in the episode "Scuse Me While I Miss the Sky"), but the episode felt like two different episodes battling for the same thirty-minute space.

I always enjoy it when the writers come up with ways to incorporate all the secondary and tertiary characters into an episode ("22 Short Films About A Springfield" is a good example), but this one tried to tack on the bit about Homer being depressed with what he's become in life, leading he and his family to take over Burns' summer home and pretend it's their own.

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Just how popular is Grey's Anatomy anyway?

by Jay Black, posted Feb 18th 2007 10:22AM
Yeah, most doctors are this attractive. No really, they are.There's a serious problem at this nation's colleges. Something more serious than liberal professors, binge drinking, and crystal-meth combined. Yes, I'm talking about Dempsey-Mania.

For the second time in the last week, I've had a comedy performance at a college scheduled so that it didn't conflict with the Thursday night airing of Grey's Anatomy. Now, I realize that I'm slightly less yummy than Dr. McDreamy (ahem), but come on -- a live performance (of anything, not just me) surely has to out-rank a TV show, right?

More disturbing to me is the fact that at none of the colleges I'm performing at this year (I'm scheduled to be at around 100) are doing this for any other show. Shows that I thought would be perfect college "event" shows (like The Office or Lost) are ignored, while Grey's Anatomy is tip-toed around. I don't watch the show, so I thought I'd put it to the commentators: what is it about this show in particular that drives college kids so crazy?

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Bert and Ernie get animated

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 12th 2007 7:00PM

bert and ernieSesame Workshop is working on the first two seasons of The Adventures of Bert and Ernie, a brand new series featuring the iconic duo as stop-motion animated characters rather than their usual puppet selves. Actually, the original Bert and Ernie will still appear, but the bulk of the show takes place in their imagination, where they'll be depicted in clay. Also featured in the animated segments will be Ernie's beloved Rubber Duckie and Bert's pet pigeon.

The new series is slated for a first and second season debut in 2008 and 2009, respectively, but as of this writing it appears the series has not been picked up in the United States. I find it hard to believe that PBS or Noggin wouldn't pick up the new series, which has the appeal of long-standing characters and an animation style that's common in many preschool series these days.

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Watching less TV won't make kids exercise more

by Julia Ward, posted Feb 7th 2007 8:04AM
Television Kids EatingI love science. It allows you to say commonsensical things, but with proof. The latest non-revelation to be offered by researchers is that switching off the television does not guarantee that children will exercise. A four-year study of more than 10,000 American children ages 10 to 15 found no correlation between the amount of time spent watching television and the amount of time spent engaged in vigorous activity.

According to the study, long hours spent watching television has contributed to the obesity epidemic among children, but killing your television won't reverse the trend. Watching TV and physical exercise are not "functional opposites." If they were, everyone would be on a "no television" diet.

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Will Elmo return to the big screen?

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 3rd 2007 10:02AM

elmo's worldLike many of you, I've been waiting since the 1999 film The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland for the little red Muppet to return to the big screen. Every morning I would wake up and check all the trade papers to see if li'l Elmo was ready to make his big screen comeback, and every day I was disappointed.

Actually, everything in that paragraph is a lie, though I did see The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland in the theater, along with my then three-year-old nephew and a theater full of little kids (they loved it). Muppet News Flash is reporting that a possible movie version of the "Elmo's World" segment on Sesame Street is in the very early stages of development. So early, in fact, that there's no guarantee the movie will be made at all. If it does get made, word is that it will put Elmo in a CG crayon-drawn world in the vein of Harold and the Purple Crayon or Chalk Zone.

I know parents and those of us who grew up with "classic" Sesame Street aren't especially fond of Elmo, but you can't deny the little guy has his fans. Also, it helps to keep in mind that Elmo is specifically designed to appeal to smaller children, not their older siblings.

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Japanese women love SpongeBob

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 28th 2007 4:01PM

SpongebobSpongeBob SquarePants is hugely popular in the United States with little children and immature adults like myself, but nobody thought he would make much of a splash in Japan.

It turns out those people were wrong, because SpongeBob is watched by 1.9 million households every day in Japan, which is even more impressive when you take into consideration that the series is only shown occasionally on network TV and that many households don't have cable or satellite, where SpongeBob SquarePants is shown on a more regular basis.

Also, it's not little kids who love SpongeBob the most, it's young women. This wasn't an accident, though: SpongeBob was introduced to Japan as a trendy, hip, underground kinda thing, something to be found on clothes and handbags and spread around by word of mouth. Apparently, it's been working.

[via The Beat]

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