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Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 2:37PM EDT
Looney Tunes is getting a short-form revival
Warner Bros Animation announced it is creating new episodes of the cartoon classic that span one to six minutes, with plans for 1,000 minutes each season. The new episodes will be made available across multiple platforms, including digital, mobile and broadcast.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 10:08PM EDT
Disney Junior renews Fancy Nancy for Season 2 ahead of its premiere
The animated kids' series about a high-spirited 6-year-old makes its series debut on July 13.
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 4:10AM EDT
Marc Summers feels obligated to thank Roseanne and Will & Grace for Nickelodeon's Double Dare reboot
"For whatever reasons, I’ve always been surgically attached to the program and the format," says Summers, who will return to the rebooted game show as its narrator. "You mention Double Dare and fortunately, the next words out of their mouths is Marc Summers, which is pretty darn cool." He adds that he expects the Double Dare revival to be a hit because of its escapism. "The world’s kind of crazy, and people want to go back to their past when things were a little more fluff," he says. "Today, there’s so many alarms that pop up on television, and then there’s a little thing that didn’t exist when we first launched: the Internet. The access that kids have is totally insane."
Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 7:10PM EDT
Mark Wahlberg says he's working on a cooler, hipper reboot of Captain Kangaroo
Wahlberg tells Ellen DeGeneres he was inspired to reboot the classic kid's show, which starred Bob Keeshan and ran from 1955 to 1984, because he was looking for cool ways to get kids interested in the STEM subjects of science, technology, math and engineering. “We are bringing a cool STEM scientist as Captain Kangaroo,” he explains. “We need somebody a little younger, a little cooler, a little hipper.” Wahlberg didn't have further details, like whether it would be a morning show.
Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 2:17PM EDT
Norman Lear teams with Nickelodeon on a hip-hop kids' animated series
Man of the House, from writer/illustrator Michael Molina, revolves around an 11-year-old Columbian-American boy named José, who tries to form a hip-hip group with his neighbor.
Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 2:17PM EDT
Boomerang streaming service announces new versions of Scooby-Doo and The Flintstones
Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs! revolves around Flintstone kids Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm and Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? will feature the Mystery Inc. gang teaming up with celebrities.
Posted Monday 5/21/18 at 1:08PM EDT
Clifford the Big Red Dog is being rebooted
Amazon Prime Video and PBS Kids are launching a "reimagined" version of the animated kids' show in 2019. The new version will feature a new design and new location, with a strong emphasis on social-emotional skills such as empathy.
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 1:36PM EDT
Here's the first look at She-Ra
Meet the cast of the upcoming Netflix animated series reboot, arriving later this year.
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 8:42PM EDT
Phineas and Ferb is moving this week from Netflix to the DisneyNow app
Disney is also celebrating the cartoon's 10th anniversary by showing all 126 episodes on DisneyXD through the month of May.
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 1:08PM EDT
Disney Channel orders Star Wars Resistance animated series
The anime-inspired Star Wars Resistance will premiere on Disney Channel this fall and also air on Disney XD. According to Variety, "the show follows a young pilot named Kazudo Xiono who was recruited by the Resistance to spy on the increasing threat of the First Order. The time period explored in the series will be uncharted territory as the events occur prior to the 2015 blockbuster The Force Awakens."
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 10:40PM EDT
An appreciation of Schoolhouse Rock!'s Bob Dorough
Dorough, who died Monday at age 94, didn't create the hit kid's education TV series, but the composer's songs will live on among people of all ages. "I attempted to write songs that would entertain anyone, from ages 2 to 92," he once said. As Travis M. Andrews explains, "even Schoolhouse Rock! devotees might not know of Bob Dorough, the accomplished musician and composer behind most of those tunes ... His 94 years of life were packed with a Forrest Gump-esque career that brought him in contact with several historical icons and eventually launched him into writing educational earworms for ABC in between experimental jazz records." ALSO: Ranking Bob Dorough's Schoolhouse Rock! songs.
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:12PM EDT
Schoolhouse Rock! composer and performer Bob Dorough dies at 94
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 4:27AM EDT
Paw Patrol's firefighter costume is being recalled for being fire hazard
The flashlight contained in Nickelodeon kids' show firefighter outfit has the potential to overheat and cause a fire and/or burns.
Posted Monday 3/26/18 at 7:27PM EDT
Nickelodeon and "King of the Tween Comedies" Dan Schneider part ways after a long successful relationship
The former Head of the Class star became famous as a mega-producer of Nickelodeon's hit tween comedies, creating and/or producing Drake & Josh, The Amanda Show, Zoey 101, iCarly, Kenan & Kel, Victorious, All That and the current No. 1 hit show on Nickelodeon, Henry Danger. "Since several Schneider’s ... projects are wrapping up, both sides agreed that this is a natural time for Nickelodeon and (production company) Schneider’s Bakery to pursue other opportunities and projects," Nickelodeon said in a statement.
Posted Wednesday 3/14/18 at 6:35PM EDT
Netflix ends its "patches" reward program for kids
Netflix says of the controversial plan to reward children for watching television: “We’ve concluded the test for patches and have decided not to move forward with the feature for kids. We test lots of things at Netflix in order to learn what works well – and what doesn’t work well – for our members.”