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With each weekly serving of Kid Scoop, we'll 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 Meryl Streep's kid, Steven Tyler, slick dancers and 'Supah' ninjas . What could be more fun?
TeenNick breaks new ground in live action drama… kind of. Gigantic, which premieres October 8 at 10 pm, focuses on the fictional lives of Hollywood teens with famous parents. The stunt-casting twist: The show stars teens who really do have famous parents. Grace Gummer is Meryl Streep's real-life daughter, while Gia Mantegna is Joe Mantegna's daughter. (Watch a Gigantic preview). For those of you playing Kid TV Bingo at home, check off the following: famous kids playing non-famous kids (Kenan & Kel, Zooey 101), non-famous kids playing famous kids (Big Time Rush, Victorious, Naked Brothers Band), famous kids playing famous kids (JONAS), and now kids of famous people playing kids of famous people. Got all that? Second cousins of non-famous people, call your agents now!
Shake a Leg
Not to be outdone, The Disney Channel is stepping out with its own new sitcom, Shake It Up, premiering November 7. Disney calls it "television’s first dance-driven sitcom about friendship and following one's dreams.” (as opposed to all those dance-driven sitcoms about making enemies and selling out). It's about two teenagers, played by newcomers Bella Thorne and Zendaya, who land roles as dancers on a popular teen dance show in Chicago. Will 'dancing' become the new 'singing' in kids TV the way it has in reality television? And is the one-name name a new trend for kid actors? Three things you can count on -- no ballroom dancing, no one saying "cutting the rug", and no Michael Bolton cameos.
Tyler Wanders Aboard Wonder
Before Steven Tyler takes his seat on American Idol, he'll be hanging out with Nickelodeon's Wonder Pets in the October 15 musical special Adventures in Wonderland!. Tyler, Idina Menzel and Ziggy Marley voice The Mad Hatter, The Queen of Hearts, and the Cheshire Cat, respectively, in an homage to the classic tale. In this version, the pets have to round up all three for a special tea party. Don't expect Sarah Palin to show -- it's not that kind of tea party.
New Ninjas on the Block
Ninjas never go out of style. As proof, Nickelodeon has green-lit a new live-action comedy series called Supah Ninjas (Ninjas 1, Spelling 0). Premiering next year, the show is about three high schools students (a shy kid, his bud, and his crush) who enter the secret world of ninjas. Ironically, The Power Rangers, now in their new home on Nickelodeon, will also be saying hi-yaaa! to viewers in 2011. With 17 seasons under their shiny belts, the Rangers can probably teach the Ninjas a thing or two about staying power, but bet on the Ninjas to wear far less dorky costumes.
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