Kid Scoop: Elves, Kid Climbers, Nick News and Hannah Montana Drama

With each weekly serving of Kid Scoop, we share the latest news in the world of kids' TV and movies, so you can be the know-it-all for a change. This week's scoop features a holiday Landing, a kid mountain climber, and specials from Hannah Montana Forever and Nick News.

Prep for another Landing
If you considered Disney’s Prep & Landing a holiday gift last year -– as many families and critics did -- make room under the tree for even more in 2010 and 2011. A seven-minute short, Operation: Secret Santa, will air with the original Prep & Landing this December, featuring the voice of Hollywood’s busiest 88-year-old, Betty White. A new half-hour special, Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice, airs in 2011. With all of these elves in TV, who's making toys anymore?
Who's Doing Time?
Disney Channel's short-form series The Time I... spotlights children sharing milestone events like riding a bike, flying by oneself, and winning a science fair. But Disney scales a new peak on October 22 with The Time I... Climbed Mt. Everest. The ongoing interstitial features Jordan Romero, who at 14 is the youngest person ever to summit the world's highest mountain. Question: Where can he possibly go from here? Answer: High school.

Identity Crisis
Will Hannah Montana reveal her true identity to the world on The Tonight Show? If the answer to that question means something to you or your kids, tune in on November 7 to watch I'll Always Remember You, a special hour-long episode of Hannah Montana Forever. See some photos from the show, which also stars Jay Leno and Dr. Phil McGraw. Maybe I'm missing something, but does your average tween know Dr. Phil from Dr. Doolittle? And how many of them watch The Tonight Show? Miley might be spending a little too much time thinking like an adult.

Focsuing on Foster Care
Foster care is the subject of the next Nick News special, Foster Care: A Reality Check. Premiering Sunday, October 24, the report spotlights real kids discussing what it's like to be among the half-million children without consistent parents or a single home. "They may not have chosen the path they travel," says Nick News host and creator Linda Ellerbee, "but they have a lot to teach the rest of us about courage, strength and resilience."

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