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Family TV Round-Up: Valentine's Day Programming, New 'Yo Gabba Gabba Episodes,' More 'Pokemon' for Cartoon Network and More

by Rich Keller, posted Feb 5th 2011 10:00AM
ABC will air 'Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown' and 'A Charlie Brown Valentine' on February 11 at 8PM.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.

Being February, it's time for the networks and cable outlets to pull out the Valentine's Day episodes. As usual, there are some classic returns as well new episodes of your kids' favorite series. Here's a quick breakdown of what's being offered for family viewing.

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Family TV Round-Up: Disney Junior Premiere Date, 'Hannah Montana Forever' Finale Numbers and More

by Rich Keller, posted Jan 21st 2011 5:00PM
Disney Junior, the reformatted Playhouse Disney, debuts on February 14.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 begin with two news items concerning Disney Channel. The first deals with the premiere date, or transformation, of Playhouse Disney to Disney Junior. The cable outlet has selected Valentine's Day as the launch date for its newest preschool programming block.

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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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'Justified' Creator Also Wrote for Nickelodeon's 'Hey Dude'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 25th 2010 7:30PM
Graham Yost may have brought the noir western back to television with the hit FX series 'Justified,' but it's not his first foray into the wild west. That is if you can actually call his first western "wild."

According to his IMDB page, Yost's first writing job was for the short-lived Nickelodeon series 'Hey Dude' in the late 80s and early 90s, an afternoon sitcom about the day in the life of an Arizona dude ranch. He wrote 13 episodes of the series, the most of any other writer on the staff.

He went on to write a number of screenplays for hit action movies such as 'Speed' and 'Broken Arrow,' and even contributed to critically acclaimed mini-series including 'From the Earth to the Moon' and 'The Pacific.' Still, it just amuses me to know that such a storied and impressive career all started on Mr. Ernst's ranch. It also shames me a little bit to admit that I remember watching that show.

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Kevin James Hosting Nick's 'Kids' Choice Awards'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 16th 2010 7:00PM
The actor, comedian and former 'King of Queens' star will host this year's Nickelodeon awards show.

Kevin James has been announced as the host of the 23rd annual 'Kids' Choice Awards' set to air on March 27.

What a shame. That means his breathtaking tour-de-force film 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop' won't be eligible for a nomination, per the 'Kids' Choice' voting bylaws pact of 1997 overseen and enacted by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, then-UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and the guy who played Barth on 'You Can't Do That on Television.'

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Ever wondered what happened to the cast of Salute Your Shorts?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 22nd 2010 7:28PM
Me neither.

But that still didn't stop the folks from Celebuzz from compiling a "Where Are They Now?" list of the Nickelodeon summer camp comedy's principle cast from bad Bobby Budnick all the way to Z.Z. Ziff.

The tales of the cast post kiddie-cable stardom range from the barely out of work to busier than you or I will ever be. I won't spoil anything for you, but let's just say that Ug became the most successful person to ever come out of Camp Anawanna.

[via Buzzfeed]

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Nick orders more SpongeBob

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 16th 2009 1:00PM
Are you ready kids? (Aye, aye captain!) I can't hear you! (Aye, aye captain!)

Oooooooooo...

Guess who's been asked to do 26 episodes for TV?

(SpongeBob SquarePants!)

Nickelodeon submitted the order for more hilarity!

(SpongeBob SquarePants!)

The show that Stephen Hillenburg helped create

(SpongeBob SquarePants!)

Now has episodes that total 178!

(SpongeBob SquarePants!)

Ready?

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Cowabunga! Nickelodeon buys the Ninja Turtles

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 21st 2009 4:06PM
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesNickelodeon is hoping to win back some of those younger eyeballs by buying up one of the most beloved children's franchises of all time.

The "first kids' network" bought the global rights to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with plans to turn the property into a CGI TV series and feature film by 2012.

The network has high hopes for the cartoon series. They have invested a lot of time and money into winning over young teens and this could be just the thing to win back their old core audience: young kids and heavy stoners.

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Nickelodeon returning to its game show greatness with Brainsurge

by Danny Gallagher, posted Sep 13th 2009 12:02PM
Nickelodeon's BrainsurgeThe first network for kids has had some cult classics on their hands. Recently, however, they really haven't released anything remotely memorable, even in the minds of our easily amused, sugared-up youngins.

That's because they have really strayed from the genre that made them so great: game shows. Strayed really isn't a strong enough word. Replace strayed with "shunned with the fervor of an Amish elder who spots a member of his ordnung waiting in line for the new Palm Pre."

Thankfully, the network has learned from their mistakes and re-animated the ghosts of their most classic game shows with Brainsurge.

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Canadian TV legend Les Lye dead at 84

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 24th 2009 8:01PM
Les Lye as Barth from Just when it seemed the wrath of the TV celebrity grim reaper finally decided to take his coffee break, the break room runs out of coffee.

Actor and comedian Les Lye passed away on Tuesday from unidentified causes. He was 84.

Of course, here in the States, we know Les as that old guy who played all of the adults on You Can't Do That On Television on Nickelodeon. That was just the tip of the poutine for TV's Ross Ewich.

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Drake Bell seriously injured in car crash

by Annie Wu, posted Dec 31st 2005 3:34PM
One of the stars of Drake and Josh, Drake Bell, was seriously injured in a car crash on Thursday evening. He and a passenger were waiting in a left-turn lane when a car hit them head-on. Bell's injuries are serious but not life-threatening... They include a fractured neck, a broken jaw, facial lacerations, and knocked-out teeth. He will reportedly undergo plastic and dental surgery soon. Bell was still in the process of shooting the fourth season of Drake and Josh.

It's absolutely terrifying to hear about someone getting so badly hurt in an accident when they weren't being reckless. In case you don't know who he is (because you aren't subjected daily to pre-teen programming like I am), Drake and Josh is a really popular show on Nickelodeon (not to mention one of the slightly-watchable ones)... Hopefully, he recovers and can return to work. I know a lot of fans are devastated.

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