Reading Rainbow

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Top Videos: The Best of Robin Williams’ Standup

Robin Williams

This week, the world mourned the loss of comedic genius Robin Williams, who committed suicide on Monday at age 63. To honor his legacy, which spanned decades and included several comedy specials in addition to movies and scripted TV shows, we've pulled some of the best segments from his standup routines, many of which were broadcast on HBO.(Warning: The language in many of the videos is NSFW.)

Elsewhere, The Tonight Show parodied House of Cards with "House of Cue Cards," and LeVar Burton introduced "Tweeting Rainbow" on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Also, the creator of "Prancercise" returned with an all-new fitness video. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:

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Seth MacFarlane Promises to Match Reading Rainbow Donations

Seth McFarlane

The Reading Rainbow Kickstarter just got a little bit brighter, thanks to Seth MacFarlane.

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LeVar Burton Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Revive Reading Rainbow

Levar Burton

LeVar Burton has launched a Kickstarter campaign to make Reading Rainbow a web series.

"Ever since Reading Rainbow began in 1983, I have dedicated myself to fostering a love of reading in children, just as my mother did for me," Burton writes on the website. "Over the past year, I have watched Kickstarter bring communities together to support artists and inventors. Again and again, I have been inspired by watching like-minded people team up to accomplish impossible dreams, and to change the world. Now, I am hoping you will join me on my mission: to bring Reading Rainbow back for every child, everywhere."

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Exclusive Sneak Peek: Star Trek: The Next Generation's Second Season Finally Hits Blu-ray

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Strap in for some new-old voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Another 22 episodes will be in your orbit when the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation reenters the stratosphere on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday. And, hey, it's only been 22 years since the season's finale and 15 years since it was released on VHS! That's like nothing in light years, right?

Someone should go ask Data (Brent Spiner). Let's just call this set his showpiece. The most exciting entry (of many) in this set's special features is an extended version of the episode "The Measure of Man," in which Data must prove to a Starfleet court (with the help of Patrick Stewart's loyal, fatherly Captain Picard as his "lawyer") that he's a sentient being in order to prevent some corporate-paid mad-as-heck scientist from cracking open his head in order to study his positronic brain. This isn't just a longer episode — some scenes are shot entirely differently than in the broadcast version. Some you've never seen before. (You purists also get the original version and a hybrid copy with more extra material.)

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LeVar Burton Bringing Back Reading Rainbow — With an App

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton is resurrecting Reading Rainbow for yet another generation — by releasing an app.

Burton, executive producer and host of the program that ran on PBS for 26 years until 2009, is creating a mobile application through his site RRKidz, which he started in September.

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Premiered: 1983, on PBS
Rating: TV-Y
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Premise: A long-running series that tries to instill the joy of reading in children (the target age is 4-8). It has succeeded, as its Peabody and numerous Emmys and Parent's Choice awards attest.

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