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Shrek is getting kids to eat onions. Great. Now someone sell them on broccoli.

Today’s Wall Street Journal contained a fun little article about how Shrek Forever After‘s tie-in with the Vidalia Onion Committee is getting youngsters to eat onions. The campaign, which includes in-store displays with giant inflatable Shreks and images of characters on the packaging, is being credited, at least in part, to some eight million more pounds of Vidalias being sold so far this year compared to the same period last year. “There’s no question that Shrek has driven sales at the consumer level,” says John Tumino, a sales director at Richter & Co., a Charlotte, N.C., company that supplies onions to Safeway.

I have a four-year-old at home, and she will not eat onions, Vidalia or any other. She’s not buying the “but these onions are sweet!” line. She meticulously extracts every tiny speck from her fried rice, piling them on the edge of my plate. Or flinging them on the floor. So you can color me intrigued if Shrek — whom she likes, though not as much as Donkey, who is also featured in some in-store displays — can get her to eat them. After all, it’d make my life easier if I didn’t have to worry about whether stuff had onions in it…or fight to enjoy my dinner while a certain little someone amasses a greasy heap of discards next to food I’m trying to eat.

But there’s no major nutritional value to onions, so it’s more interesting than a godsend if a movie character gets her to eat them. Broccoli, brussells sprouts, salmon, breakfast that doesn’t have to be drowned in sweeteners — now we’re talking. READ FULL STORY

'Wipeout': Host Jill Wagner talks spills, big red balls

wipe-out-hostImage Credit: ABCI like to watch other people fall down. It’s just funny. And don’t think I’m above falling myself. As a matter of fact, it happens frequently, and I know others enjoy it. It’s that simple principle that has led ABC’s Wipeout to summertime success. Contestants take on different obstacle courses in an effort to knock out the competition and win the $50,000 grand prize. The new season premieres tonight, and with 60 obstacles added to the course, there will be no shortage of falls. Host Jill Wagner took some time to answer some questions about the show, and share her behind-the-scenes secrets.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Why do you think the show has been so successful?
I think that people love Wipeout simply because it’s just plain, simple fun. Falling down — I mean, I know you probably laugh when you see people fall down, as long as they don’t get hurt. It’s the same thing with Wipeout. It’s never going to get old. I think that kids really love it, and it’s a really good family show. It’s nice to see something that you can sit down with your kids and watch them laugh and also laugh as well.

What’s the worst wipeout you’ve seen on the show?
That [answer] would take entirely too long. There’s like a billion. It seems like every day I go out, I’m like, “Okay, it’s not going to get worse today. It can’t get any worse.” And then it does. I mean people surprise me, though. People’s bodies can bend in ways that I never thought they could unless they had been drinking, and they haven’t been drinking. It’s a little bit of Wipeout madness. It’s crazy. READ FULL STORY

Goodbye 'Little Orphan Annie,' fare thee well funnies

Little-Orphan-Annie_320.jpg In sad news for nostalgists everywhere, today marked the final column of the long-running Annie comic. After nearly 87 years of the freckle-faced orphan’s antics, she has sung her last “Too-mah-row, too-mah-row, I luv ya! Too-mah-row.” Who among us is old enough to remember the pleasure of your mother or father handing you over that brightly colored broadsheet in the morning so you could diligently check in on the happenings of Annie or Marmaduke or Blondie? It makes me feel all of 117 years old when I go on about the old days, but seriously, has orange juice ever tasted better than when washed down with a wistful serving of my beloved Calvin and Hobbes?

Well goodbye Annie… for now. Thanks for the memories, girl. I hope not to see you bastardized on some callous and glossy remake on the Disney channel one day. Tonight I’ll rent the 1982 movie in your honor. (From a video store no less! Take that progress.)

What say you PopWatchers? I wax affectionately and yet I didn’t even realize Annie was still being printed. Am I part of the problem? Do any of you still read newspaper comics, or better yet share them with your kids? Is Calvin and Hobbes the best newspaper comic of all time? Anyone out there care to stage an argument that the 1999 movie is in fact superior to the 1982? Didn’t think so.

'Voltron' returning to TV. What other toys deserve a comeback?

80s-cartoonsHey, kids of the 1980s, guess what? The defender of the universe — that’s right, Voltron — is coming back to the small screen, and to your local Toys “R” Us. Variety reports that rather than bring kid’s franchise Voltron to the big screen right away (à la Transformers and G.I. Joe), rights holders World Events Prods and Classic Media have decided to launch an animated Nicktoons series, as well as a Mattel toy line.

Seems to be the in vogue move these days — a ThunderCats series will air on Cartoon Network, while The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers will find a slot on Nickelodeon. (Since I was about two years too old for Power Rangers and never watched, can someone explain to me why the “Morphin” is without a “g”? Please, give me an answer that makes sense so I can scrap this off my pet peeve list!) It’s certainly a smart way to develop a built-in audience — if any studio were to transform existing TV show My Little Pony into a feature film when I was young, I probably would have picked up, oh, 30 tickets so I could watch it alongside the 29 ponies I played with in the bathtub. (Thanks to commenter Auriana for reminding me that there was, indeed, a My Little Pony movie. Not sure where my head was. Ponyland, perhaps?)

But my question is: Where does Rainbow Brite fit in all of this? Is Joel McHale the only person willing to bring her back to the small screen? (Just look at the longing look in her eye!) And what franchises would you like to see return to TV?

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'Mighty Morphin Power Rangers' does a flying jump-kick to Nickelodeon

Power-RangersImage Credit: Everett CollectionNo one will ever be able to argue that Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was a good show. But the combination of repurposed video from Japan and candy-colored inane high school drama somehow proved weirdly appealing, at least to nine-year-old me. (For some reason, I still remember what a Dragonzord is.) So I’m vaguely intrigued by the news from the Hollywood Reporter that the Power Rangers franchise is making a leap from Disney to Nickelodeon after being bought back by the original owner Haim Saban.

The plot of Power Rangers is helpfully explained by the introductory text to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie: The Videogame for Game Gear. Besides introducing Amy Jo Johnson to the world (she played the Pink Ranger), Power Rangers didn’t leave a huge cultural footprint…or so I thought. Apparently, the high-concept toy advertisement TV series is about to begin its 18th season. (According to the article, the franchise has also generated “well over $5 billion” worldwide, which I think finally explains the financial crisis.)

Saban is betting that the move to Nickelodeon might reboot the franchise’s appeal. (Personally, I’m pulling for a gritty post-apocalyptic makeover. ) He also indicates that he’s considering theme park attractions. PopWatchers, any excitement for the possible return to glory of this franchise? Is it crazy to wonder if Rangers‘ popularity indirectly led to the success of the similarly martial-arts themed The Matrix years later?

'Jack's Big Music Show' vs. 'Rachel Maddow': Kids watch the darndest things

Rcahel-Maddow-JacksImage Credit: Ali Goldstein/MSNBC; Noggin/NickRachel Maddow is my six-month-old baby’s favorite TV personality. Maybe it’s the sing-song cadence of Maddow’s voice. Maybe it’s the bright colors of her set. Maybe it’s her politics. Whatever it is, Chloe will sit quietly whenever Maddow is grilling conservatives or waxing on about infrastructure.

This was a surprise. As a new parent, I’ve been combing the channels looking for children’s shows that would be both entertaining for Chloe as well as educational. So far, she hasn’t shown much interest in anything on kiddy TV. I’m the only one who seems to be having any fun. I’ve sat with Chloe on my lap through five full episodes of Jack’s Big Music Show on Nick Jr., giddily tapping my foot and clapping my hands, shouting “Yippee!” on cue, along with the show’s adorable puppets. (David Rudman, the guy who voiced Cookie Monster on Sesame Street, is the brains behind this enchanting little series.) Chloe, though, just fusses through it all, waiting for me to switch the channel to MSNBC.

So here’s the challenge, PopWatchers: Help me find a kid’s show that my baby daughter will enjoy more than she does cable news. What’s the best, healthiest, and most entertaining show for kids on the air today?

'The Hills' re-enacted by kids much better than 'The Hills'

I am loving this The Hills parody — in which little kids re-enact scenes from the MTV show — like Justin Bobby loves this hat. Because its name-tagging (Heidi: Face changes daily; Spencer: Horrible person; Audrina: Can’t make eye contact) and script (Lauren: “I missed you guys so much…I hate you guys so much!”) is practically indistinguishable from the labeling and dialogue in the real show.

If I have to nitpick: Little Spencer is tragically missing a creepy flesh-colored beard, Little Audrina is far more present than her actual counterpart, and Real Heidi is a heckuva lot more petrifying than masked Little Heidi. Bonus points, though, for the shot of Little Audrina looking at the ceiling.

Who would rather watch this than The Hills? Raise your hand, PopWatchers! [via Buzzfeed] READ FULL STORY

This kid is in for a rude awakening when his next cubicle isn't flanked by a fun wraparound bench

I suppose this Young Explorer (just like Dora, but you don’t have to move!) playset from Little Tikes is a more realistic toy for developing useful life skills than, say, the Hannah Montana FM Wireless Microphone. Twenty years from now, Striped Shirt is probably more likely to man a systems hub of animated slot machines than become an ego-straddling pop star. But it’s really too soon to say. [Gizmodo]

I’m just jealous. Kid! Trade lives with me!

Who’s cube is better — yours or Striped Shirt’s? (If only he was wearing a denim vest.)

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

Why can't America have a heavy-metal dinosaur band for children?

Hevisaurus is a kid-geared metal band from Finland whose members are dinosaurs. Why must America be saddled with Barney when such obviously awesome dinotainment is available? READ FULL STORY

As 'Supernanny' celebrates 100 episodes, Jo Frost dishes on TV as babysitter, Mary Poppins' message, and those power suits

Our favorite modern-day Mary Poppins, Jo Frost, is celebrating the 100th episode of Supernanny, airing on ABC tonight at 9 p.m EST. That’s 100 episodes of tantrums, struggling parents, and tough discipline from the suit-clad, London-born childcare expert enforcing “time outs” with families across America.

In tonight’s 100th episode, Frost revisits some of the most memorable families from the show’s past: the McMillions of Arlington, TX (mom raising three boys while her husband served in Afghanistan); the Weinsteins of Amherst, OH (truckdriver dad David was a raging bull while his wife was a pushover with their four kids); the Lewises of Claremont, CA (Mom had to cope with her husband’s death and raising two toddlers); and the Newsomes of Tallahassee, FL (divorced mom struggling with her kids, a crazy work schedule, and downsized house).

EW.com caught up with the Naughty Step Supremo to talk about those suits, her fear of flying, and what she thinks of kids watching TV.

EW: As you celebrate 100 episodes of Supernanny, what has been the hardest day on the job?
I work so closely with families, every day is a tough day. But that’s part and parcel of what I do. You know going in that you’re not having ice cream. There are days when it’s incredibly tough. Emotionally it takes its toll, physically, mentally. I come home and I am “knackered” as we would say…

Also, I’ve been travelling to meet families for over six years, hotel to hotel. I don’t really like flying. That’s been a challenge for me. But I love what I do. And I have a purpose of what I do and I’m very passionate about what I do…This feels right for me, it feels like what I’m supposed to be doing.

How long will you keep doing Supernanny?
My expertise is in child care, in extreme situations or not, and being a family advocate. I want to continue to do that…But who knows. Everyone has to evolve. READ FULL STORY

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