Bad Cookie Monster!

Is Sesame Street good for children?

A paper in Australia reports that DVDs of classic episodes of Sesame Street are being labeled “adult only” because they do not suit the needs of today’s preschool children. Cookie Monster is evil for devouring cookies and thus promoting bad habits that lead to obesity.

The needs of today’s preschool children???
The show met the needs of preschool children just as poorly during the original screenings: It promoted obesity by encouraging little kids to sit quietly in front of the tube and promoted mental anorexia by encouraging little kids to sit mentally passive in front of the boob tube.
In the linked article

Andrew Fuller, a clinical psychologist and consultant on children’s television production, said a sanitised world was far more dangerous than the whacky world of Sesame Street.
“Unless we expose kids to a diverse range of characters and behaviour they will not be prepared for the real world,” he said.

Before tube world kids gathered this experience in…the real world!

Via Karen DeCoster.

More Heroes!

Heroes be back for a 2nd season and we will get 6 episodes of a spin off called Heroes Origins during the summer hiatus:

While the focus this spring centered on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”spin-off, NBC was quietly developing one of their own – and announced this morning that “Heroes” has spawned a second series of its own.
“Heroes: Origins” will air in “Heroes'” Monday night time slot when that smash hit takes a hiatus. The net has ordered six segs of “Origins,” which, combined with “Heroes,” makes for 30 hours altogether.
“Heroes: Origins” will center on characters not yet seen on the original show. Peacock has also added an interactive element to the show: Viewers will be asked to pick their favorite character from “Origins,” who will then join the cast of the full-blown “Heroes” skein the following year.
The initiative to keep the “Heroes” franchise in originals for as long as possible harkens back to the golden age of TV, when series aired 39 weeks worth of originals, then took a break.

We don’t own a TIVO yet so off to get some more VHS tape so I’ll be able to watch these in the time slot of my choice at a leisurely, let’s go back an watch that scene again, pace!

Via Cinerati.


Mix X-files, Twin Peaks and all your favorite super hero comics together. Then add some special sauce to produce Heroes.

It is the best show on the tube at this time. Well, certainly the best show that I’ve watched over the past few years.

All time? Maybe….but that answer will have to wait a few years.