Former adolescents Michael Davis and Mark Nollinger can still summon their inner middle-schooler when they watch tween TV. They got together the other day to compare notes on the new season for kids who are approximately 5 feet tall, wear braces and inject the word "like" between words, like, all the time.
Michael Davis: Which new or returning shows will send parents screaming out of the room?
Nollinger: It's too early to tell with the new shows, although I can imagine that even some folks who loved Beavis and Butt-Head as college students might not welcome Mr. Meaty (premiering Sept. 22, on Nickelodeon) into their living rooms as parents. Personally, I can handle just about anything as long as I don't have to hear the Camp Lazlo theme song ever again. I do
Robert Edelstein, father of kids 11, 7 and 2 and frequent contributor to TV Guide on the subject of kids' TV, recently exchanged some observations about the new fall season with Tv Guide's family editor, Michael Davis. They screened previews of some new and returning shows for schoolkids, including one from André Benjamin of OutKast.
Michael Davis: I love the idea that André Benjamin from OutKast has created a series for Cartoon Network, entitled Class of 3000 (November, Cartoon Network). You liked it, right?
Robert Edelstein: Absolutely — though, to be fair, I've only seen one two-minute preview reel. But you can tell by the style, the look, the sound of the voices and the pedigree (Benjamin and cocreator T
Over the last few weeks, TV Guide correspondent Robert Edelstein previewed a spate of new programs for preschool audiences. After he was done (and ate a box of animal crackers, washed down by a juice box... ), he debriefed TV Guide's family editor, Michael Davis.
Michael Davis: What was the best new series of the bunch?
Robert Edelstein: I completely loved Curious George (PBS, premiering Sept. 4). To me, it hit the ever-elusive triple: It's spirited-enough fun for kids, it's got sophistication — within its presentation — to be way more than tolerable for adults, and it has enough warm and fuzzy references to the Curious George we remember. But the secret of its success is found in three words: William H. Macy, the voice of the narrator. OK, I guess that's two words and one ini