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Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Steve Buscemi to voice a shape-shifting dolphin in Disney Junior role
Source: New York Daily News
The former Boardwalk Empire star will guest on this week's episode of Elena of Avalor.
Posted Friday 9/21/18 at 1:26PM EDT
Disney Channel renews Ducktales for Season 3
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The renewal comes one month before its return for Season 2 on Oct. 20.
Posted Wednesday 9/19/18 at 2:34PM EDT
Ex-Sesame Street writer says his comments about Bert and Ernie being gay were misinterpreted
Source: The New York Times
Mark Saltzman told Queerty he always saw Bert and Ernie as a "loving couple" inspired by his relationship with his partner Arnold Glassman, who died in 2003. Saltzman says he was trying to say that Bert and Ernie were like his real-life relationship -- opposites who found a way to love each other. “As a writer, you just bring what you know into your work,” he told The New York Times. “Somehow, in the uproar, that turned into Bert and Ernie being gay,” he added. “There is a difference.”
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 3:13PM EDT
Sesame Street responds after ex-writer says Bert and Ernie are a gay couple: They "do not have a sexual orientation"
Mark Saltzman, who began writing for Sesame Street in 1984, said in an interview with Queerty the duo are a reflection of his same-sex relationship with film editor Arnold Glassman, joking that he's Ernie while Arnold is Bert. "I remember one time that a column from The San Francisco Chronicle, a preschooler in the city turned to mom and asked 'are Bert & Ernie lovers?' And that, coming from a preschooler was fun. And that got passed around, and everyone had their chuckle and went back to it. And I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were," Saltzman told Queerty. "I didn't have any other way to contextualize them." Sesame Workshop responded to the interview via a Twitter statement, saying: "As we have always said, Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation." ALSO: Why is Bert trending higher on Twitter than Ernie?
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 11:07PM EDT
NRA depicts Thomas & Friends with KKK hoods to slam diversity
NRATV used the iconic kids' character Thomas the Tank Engine to mock the show's recent partnering with the United Nations to increase diversity on the program. Mattel later denounced the use of its show in association with hate images.
Posted Tuesday 8/28/18 at 1:48PM EDT
Nicksplat streaming service to offer Nickelodeon classics
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Nick classics from Clarissa Explains It All to Doug and All That will be available on the $6-per-month standalone channel on the two-year-old video platform VRV.
Posted Friday 8/10/18 at 1:34PM EDT
Check out the first image of the live-action Dora the Explorer
Source: USA Today
Peruvian-American actress Isabela Moner, 16, has begun filming the live-action movie adaptation of the iconic animated kids' TV educational show.
Posted Friday 8/03/18 at 3:50PM EDT
Disney Channel greenlights space alien comedy Gabby Duran & The Unsittables
Kylie Cantrall, age 12, will play the title role in the comedy about a pre-teen babysitter who's put in charge of "an unruly group of very important extraterrestrial children who are hiding out on Earth with their families, disguised as everyday kids."
Posted Saturday 7/28/18 at 12:28AM EDT
What it was like growing up as Mister Rogers' real-life neighbor
Adam Eisenstat was 12 when he learned that Fred Rogers lived two blocks away. When he met the kids' TV star, he was exactly as he was on television. But before meeting him, Eisenstat says couldn't stand Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, "especially the host, with his wimpy voice and mawkish homilies. I thought it was corny and dull, especially that tired routine of putting on his cardigan and Keds, warbling the theme song, and then changing back into his suit jacket and dress shoes to close out the show. And it was so insufferably earnest, with no hint of flash or slyness, qualities that were abundant in Sesame Street and The Electric Company, which I much preferred." After meeting him in person and having a serious conversation, Eisenstat says, "I couldn’t think of Rogers as anything less than completely authentic."
Posted Friday 7/20/18 at 5:13PM EDT
Adventure Time sets its series finale for Labor Day
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The Cartoon Network series previewed the final episode at Comic-Con.
Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 8:37PM EDT
Nickelodeon relaunching Rugrats with a new TV series and a live-action movie
The 1990s animated series that ran from 1991 to 2004 has been picked up for a new 26-episode season on Nickelodeon, starring Chuckie, Tommy, Phil, Lil, Susie, Angelica and a new world of characters. The kids' TV franchise will also be made into a live-action film featuring CGI characters that will be released on Nov. 13, 2020. “Now feels like the ideal time to reintroduce this iconic cast of characters to a whole new generation of young fans,” said Brian Robbins, president of Paramount Players. “Kids who grew up with Tommy Pickles and the Rugrats crew will now be able to share that experience with their own children.” Rugrats follows Nickelodeon's new plan to revive classic shows, from Blue's Clues to Double Dare.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
Broadcasters want the FCC to cancel the three-hour minimum requirement for kids' TV programming
With so many options for children's programming, broadcasters want to move their kids' TV programs to little-watched secondary digital channels.
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 5:29PM EDT
Full House franchise earns its first Emmy nomination 31 years after its premiere
Source: New York Daily News
Netflix's Fuller House was nominated for outstanding children's program. “CONGRATS to everyone at @fullerhouse on our EMMY nom. Only took 30 years!” John Stamos tweeted.
Posted Monday 7/09/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Double Dare revival sparks trademark dispute
Viacom let its classic game show's trademark expire in 2001 and 2002, which allowed a man with a history of squatting on classic kids' show titles to obtain the trademark to Double Dare earlier this year. Now Viacom is suing to get a judge to declare that Double Dare belongs to Nickelodeon.
Posted Friday 7/06/18 at 3:07PM EDT
Bug Juice summer camp reality show returns this month to Disney Channel
Bug Juice: My Adventures at Camp premieres July 16. The 16-part reboot of the hit 1990s summer camp reality show was filmed at Camp Waziyatah in Waterfdord, Maine, the location for the original Bug Juice series that ran for three seasons beginning in 1998.