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PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch
Launched September 30, 2000
Closed 2004

PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch was a three-hour lineup of shows on PBS produced by Nelvana, and was funded by Playskool. The block was usually shown on Saturday mornings, however some stations aired it on Sundays. [1] Television series in the block were based on popular children's books. The shows were George Shrinks, Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse, Elliot Moose, Seven Little Monsters, Timothy Goes to School, and Corduroy. The block premiered on September 30, 2000. PBS started the Bookworm Bunch mainly to compete against Nick Jr. on CBS, which would launch the following week. On September 29, 2001, it was cut down to two hours, losing Corduroy and Elliot Moose. At the end of the 2001-2002 season, Timothy Goes to School and Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse ended production, but they would stay on reruns until the block's cancellation. PBS cancelled the Bookworm Bunch in September 2004, making way for Thomas and Friends and new shows.

In 2003, PBS scheduled a weekday version of the block, with the new series The Berenstain Bears and new episodes of both Seven Little Monsters and George Shrinks. Berenstain Bears and Seven Little Monsters were seen during the same half-hour time-slot. These programs continued to air, even after the close of the weekend morning block. Seven Little Monsters was, however, discontinued several weeks later. George Shrinks and Berenstain Bears continue to air reruns to this day on a few stations.

Closing songs

Timothy Goes to School: "Friends Are Special By Nancy Cassidy"

Marvin the Tap Dancing Horse: "La Bamba By Nancy Cassidy"

Seven Little Monsters: "This Little Light of Mine By Nancy Cassidy"

George Shrinks: "Boom Boom Ain't It Great to Be Crazy By Nancy Cassidy"

bookworm bunch aired the first level of timhony goes to school

References

  1. ^ http://www.current.org/ch/ch014bkworm.html

PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch was a three-hour lineup of shows on PBS produced by Nelvana and Hanna Barbera Productions, and was funded by Playskool. The block was usually shown on Saturday mornings, however some stations aired it on Sundays. [1] Television series in the block were based on popular children's books. The shows were The Flintstones, Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse, Elliot Moose, Seven Little Monsters, Timothy Goes to School, and Corduroy. The block premiered on September 30, 2000. PBS started the Bookworm Bunch mainly to compete against Nick Jr. on CBS, which would launch the following week. On September 29, 2001, it was cut down to two hours, losing Corduroy and Elliot Moose. At the end of the 2001-2002 season, Timothy Goes to School and Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse ended production, but they would stay on reruns until the block's cancellation. PBS cancelled the Bookworm Bunch in September 2004, making way for Thomas and Friends and new shows.

In 2003, PBS scheduled a weekday version of the block, with the new series The Berenstain Bears and new episodes of both Seven Little Monsters and The Flintstones. Berenstain Bears and Seven Little Monsters were seen during the same half-hour time-slot. These programs continued to air, even after the close of the weekend morning block. Seven Little Monsters was, however, discontinued several weeks later. George Shrinks, The Flintstones, and Berenstain Bears continue to air reruns to this day on a few stations.

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