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Nickelodeon, Disney and Cartoon Network, take note (although I'm sure you've already taken plenty of notes): There's a new network in town, and it's called The Hub.
You may not have heard of The Hub, but you've definitely heard of her parents: A joint venture of Hasbro and Discovery Communications, The Hub will take over the Discovery Kids Channel on Oct.10, featuring a broad range of shows for families and kids from preschoolers through age 12.
The shows are drawn from from Discovery's archive of educational programs, beloved shows from the late '80s, brand new and groundbreaking series, and various shows based on -- you knew this was coming -- popular Hasbro toys and games.
Hasbro-inspired shows actually only comprise 25% of The Hub's programming slate, in an effort to lure other toymaker-produced shows onto the network. (Hi, can Barbie come to the phone?)
And in case you were wondering, the FCC prohibits programs based on children's products from advertising that product within the program. So, for example, you won't see G.I. Joe commercials within firing range of the G.I. Joe show.
Here's a list of notable shows from The Hub's lineup, along with my reactions (hey, this is a blog, not "TV Guide"). If it all seems very retro, that's because it's focused mostly on toys, animation, game shows and nostalgia. Apparently, 2010 is the new 1985.
Transformers: Generation 1
Trasformers return to their birth medium. Everyone but Michael Bay knows this franchise works best as a TV show.
The Wonder Years
If only Kevin (Fred Savage) had stayed with Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar) -- look at her now!
The original United Nations of muppets
Pictureka! and Family Game Night
Live-action game shows based on classic Hasbro games, without the fight over who gets the red piece.
An original series, based on the Hasbro toys, about a team of dogs helping puppies in need. It might sound a little uncool until you consider two of the dogs are voiced by Eric McCormack and Betty White!
Doogie Howser, M.D.
At the time, how many of you thought the Hollywood career of Neil Patrick Harris had peaked?
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Joe's probably more relevant than ever, but does any contemporary kid know what G.I. stands for?
In all new computer-animated adventures, Strawberry (who now looks more like The Little Mermaid than Raggedy Ann) and her friends in Berry Bitty City turn out to be VAMPIRES! (Okay, okay just kidding about the vampire part).
The Adventures of Chuck and Friends
An original series featuring Tonka's Chuck the Truck and his friends, perhaps looking to steamroll a certain craftsman named Bob.
R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour
A new horror-themed anthology series from the master of kid creepery himself.
Cosmic Quantum Ray
A computer-animated comedy series about a team of intergalactic heroes who save the universe amidst a backdrop of quantum physics. Think Cyberchase: The College Years.
An original animated show based on a popular multicultural comic book series about 99 superheroes, each from a different country. The comic books were recently praised by President Obama for spreading tolerance.
an anime fantasy adventure show -- magic, gems, kingdoms and all that -- based on a successful children's book series. Is it just me, or does this sound a little like Dora the Explorer for tweens?
In the Night Garden
A live-action interpretation of the classic picture book, imported from the United Kingdom from the people who twisted your brains with Boobah and Teletubbies.
A preschool series about two puppet-like aliens exploring the animals in a zoo.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
The candy-colored horses with Farrah Fawcett-esque manes are back and more magical and friendship-ier than ever.
Yet another toy-inspired animated show about animals with warped features.
What shows in The Hub's lineup are you most excited about? Chime in below!
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