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New Sesame Street Muppet Is Poor and Hungry

Lily will teach kids about hunger in prime-time special

(Newser) - Sesame Street has got a hungry, impoverished new character—and it isn't Oscar the Grouch or the Cookie Monster. Lily, a 7-year-old girl whose family often struggles to get enough to eat, will appear in the show's prime-time special "Growing Hope Against Hunger" this Sunday, reports Entertainment ... More »

SpongeBob Bad for Kids? Sorry, Weenie Scientists

He's a great, lovable role model: Mary Elizabeth Wiliams

(Newser) - A new study suggests SpongeBob is a menace to kids' attention spans, but he won't be disappearing anytime soon from the TV screens in Mary Elizabeth Williams' house. "The study—and the response to it—say much about adult expectations of children," she writes in Salon . Kids... More »

SpongeBob Hurts Kids' Brains

Show weakens their ability to focus, research suggests

(Newser) - He lives in a pineapple under the sea, and apparently he poses a threat to your kid’s attention span. Researchers showed one group of children a nine-minute SpongeBob SquarePants segment; another group watched a clip of the same length of an educational PBS show called Caillou; a third spent... More »

'Papa Joe' Simpson Scores Sitcom Deal

Jessica Simpson's dad will star in Nickelodeon show

(Newser) - Joe Simpson, father of Jessica and Ashlee, will star in a Nickelodeon comedy loosely based on his experience raising his singer/actress daughters. Joe, who is a psychologist in addition to being his daughters’ manager and a TV producer, and will portray a Texas psychologist raising two daughters. The twist? One... More »

Thomas the Tank Engine Is Sexist: Prof

Show OK for kids to watch, just tell them about Orwellian overtones

(Newser) - Not that you shouldn’t let your kids watch Thomas the Tank Engine or anything, but the show exhibits a “conservative political ideology” that “sidelines” female characters and discourages individuality. At least that’s the opinion of a Canadian political scientist who undertook a study of the classic... More »

Pee-wee Staging Comeback

(Newser) - Goofy kids character Pee-wee Herman will live again on a Los Angeles stage in a November comeback series by creator Paul Reubens, reports the Los Angeles Times. "I've put him away for a long time but part of him has always been with me," Reubens said in an... More »

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