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New recommendation from researchers: Keep your toddlers away from the boob tube.
Jul 29, 2005
Scientists say no television for young children
Colin Mahan

In a recent study, Dr. Frederick Zimmerman and Dr. Dimitri Christakis, both of the University of Washington's Child Health Institute, say new research indicates that toddlers under the age of 3 should not be allowed to watch television at all. They also say that even for older children, the negative effects of too much ...

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Apr 08, 2015
The Teletubbies Are Returning to TV
A rebooted version of the BBC series will premiere later this year.
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France outlaws programming aimed at young'uns; Italian medical group protests hospital dramas such as ER, Grey's.
Aug 20, 2008
TV banhammers dropped abroad

The United States of America prides itself on one of its basic founding principles: the right to free speech. The Constitutional right to blurt out (almost) anything we want gives us creative expression, which is a cornerstone of America's gargantuan entertainment industry.

We'll put whatever we want on television, as long as it's somewhat entertaining and sells enough beer and deodorant to make it profitable. Because of this, we let things such as "technical accuracy" slide--most people watching Grey's Anatomy care more about what's going on in between Meredith's sheets than whether she's properly clamping a systemic artery.

Not so in Italy, where a prominent medical group is protesting hospital dramas for their many medical gaffs, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The National Federation of Medical Colleges has singled out American-made doc shows ER, Grey's Anatomy, House, and Scrubs, along with several ...

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New 24-hour TV channel primes little ones to become great passive consumers.
May 12, 2006
Babies get some infantainment

Babies are finally shown what they have been missing, and now there is no turning back.

BabyFirstTV is a 24-hour channel devoted entirely to children who are 6 months to 3 years of age. The channel is available for a fee on DirecTV, and runs commercial-free.

The new channel is the latest in a growing trend of entertainment for children who are less than a year old. Sesame Workshops, creators of Sesame Street, recently released the Sesame Beginnings, a DVD series for babies that "simulates parent-child interaction." In the 1990s, Teletubbies was a pioneer in the field, introducing babies to TV with bizarre characters and repetitive songs and actions.

Critics say the new wave of "infantainment" is simply an exploitive attempt to make money.

"It's another facet of this whole commercialization of childhood where kids are seen as a market," David Elkind, professor of child development at Tufts University ...

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Looks like new show will not have any tinky-winky controversies.
Mar 26, 2007
As Teletubbies turn 10, creators launch new show

After sparking a sensation, and controversy, with the Teletubbies a decade ago, the creators of the tiny, colorful TV characters are back with a new, preschooler show--and being welcomed with opened arms.

Anne Wood and Andrew Davenport, whose new show In The Night Garden debuted in Britain this month, admit they were stunned at the negative reaction when the Teletubbies were launched in a BBC children's television series in 1997.

Young children adored the rotund characters who lived in Teletubbyland making toast, playing games, and engaging in other daily routines, but some parents objected to the characters speaking in baby talk.

The controversy escalated when American televangelist, the Reverend Jerry Falwell, suggested that one of the four, Tinky Winky, the purple character who carries a handbag, may be homosexual.

"We laughed when we first heard it, but in the United States certain communities took it seriously to our horror ...

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Teletubbies started in the U.K. and proved to be a popular children's show. In fact, it proved so popular that the show was rebooted fifteen years after its cancellation (the original and revived series can be watched on Nick Jr. in the U.S.). Teletubbies is a show about creatures known as Teletubbies (so called because they're tubby, and have TV screens in their stomachs). The Teletubbies live in Teletubbyland, and faraway place inhabited by only the Teletubbies, talking flowers, talking trumpets, a baby sun, the Noo-Noo, a bunch of rabbits, and the narrator. There house is known as "The Tubby-Tronic Superdome", and has everything they need, four beds, a tubby-toast maker, a tubby-custard makers, and a slide used as an alternate entrance. In the middle of their dome, they have a panel of switches and buttons and their tubby sponges which they use to bathe themselves. Each day, the Teletubbies discover new things together, watch videos on their tubby-screens, and have fun together. In Teletubbyland, there's a large windmill, and when it spins pink dust, it let's the teletubbies know that something magical is about to happen. The Teletubbies were developed in U.K. by Ragdoll and BBC. Characters Tinky-Winky The largest of the four teletubbies. He is purple, and has a triangle antenna (because of these features, critics assume he is gay, but rest assure, he isn't, he may be a tom-girl, but he's not gay.) His favorite thing is his hand-bag which he can amazingly fit large things in. His best friends are Dipsy and Po. He may be large, but he's quiet and gentle. His song is "Tinkle-Winkle, Tinky-Winky" Dipsy The second largest teletubby. He is green with a dipstick antenna. His favorite thing is his black and white tie-dye top hat. His best friends are Tinky-Winky and Laa-Laa. He's more of a loner teletubby, and doesn't like "cute" stuff. His song has a reggae beat. Laa-Laa The second smallest teletubby. She is yellow, with a spiral antenna. Her favorite thing his her giant orange ball that she seems to have no control of. Her best friends are all of the teletubbies. She has a free-spirit and can always find away to enjoy things, her favorite word is "nice." Her song is "La la la la la la la la." Po The smallest teletubby. She is red, with an "O" shaped antenna. Her favorite thing is her red and blue scooter which she can ride at an alarming speed. Her best friends are Tinky-Winky and Laa-Laa. She is very quiet and usually shy, but loves to go fast. Her song is "Fidy Fidy, Mar Mar Mar" Noo-Noo The Teletubbie's vacuum cleaner that can suck up anything in his path, even things twice his size. He lives inside the Tubby-tronic Superdome. Trumpets Trumpets that come out of the ground and sing songs or recite poems for the Teletubbies to enjoy. Baby Sun A sun with a baby's face in it. Narrator Basically tells the story, or what the Teletubbies "what to do". Show Secrets -The teletubbies in real-life are huge, the costumes can reach up to 10 feet! -After ten minutes, the actors have to remove the Teletubby heads from their costumes due to carbon dioxide build up. -Nikki Smedley landed the part of Laa-Laa when she was make-believing she was a table at the audition. -The Noo-Noo is operated by a small man inside him. Alot of people have been saying that Teletubbies is teaching their kids to be gay. That is a lie. Teletubbies is a show for kids to have fun. Opening Sequence (Sun rises) Narrator: Over the hills and far away, Teletubbies come to play. Narrator: 1! Tinky-Winky: 1! Narrator: 2! Dipsy: 2! Narrator: 3! Laa-Laa: 3! Narrator: 4! Po: 4! Narrator: Teletubbies! Trumpet: Time for Teletubbies! x4 (Bouncy Music plays and everyone talks in a sing-song voice) Narrator: Tinky-Winky Tinky-Winky: Tinky-Winky! Narrator: Dipsy Dipsy: Dipsy! Narrator: Laa-Laa Laa-Laa: Laa-Laa! Narrator: Po Po: Po! Narrator: Teletubbies Teletubbies: Teletubbies! Narrator: Say Hello! Teletubbies: Eh-oh! (Their way of saying hello) Narrator: Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa, Po, Teletubbies Teletubbies: Teletubbies! (Music Stops playing) Teletubbies and Narrator: Big Hug! (Windmill spins) Teletubbies: Uh oh! (They all hide) Trumpet: Where have the teletubbies gone? Closing Sequence Trumpet: Time for tubby bye-bye! x3 Teletubbies: Awww! Narrator: Goodbye Tinky-Winky Tinky-Winky: Ba-bye! Narrator: Goodbye Dipsy Dipsy: Ba-bye! Narrator: Goodbye Laa-Laa Laa-Laa: Ba-bye! Narrator: Goodbye Po Po: Ba-bye! Teletubbies (in random order): Boo! Narrator: No Teletubbies: No Narrator: Goodbye Tinky-Winky Tinky-Winky: Ba-bye! Narrator: Goodbye Dipsy Dipsy: Ba-bye! Narrator: Goodbye Laa-Laa Laa-Laa: Ba-bye! Narrator: Goodbye Po Po: Ba-bye! Narrator: The sun is setting in the sky, Teletubbies say goodbye (Music starts playing) Tinky-Winky: Ba-bye! Dipsy: Ba-bye! Laa-Laa: Ba-bye! Po: Ba-bye! Tinky-Winky: Ba-bye! Dipsy: Ba-bye! Laa-Laa: Ba-bye! Po: Ba-bye! (Music stops playing and sun sets)

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