Heyyy you guyyys! Have you heard the news? PBS is bringing back "The Electric Company," the groovy educational 70s kids show many deemed Sesame Street's older, hipper brother. I have to admit, I'm pretty excited about this, even though I am clearly no longer part of the target market and will rarely - if ever - tune in to watch the new version. But how fortunate for today's youth! While I was too young to remember the original programming days of The Electric Company (or TEC), I spent my formative years watching the reruns. Seriously, PBS was AWESOME back in those days. Does anyone else remember Reading Rainbow with LeVar Burton? Or 3-2-1 Contact? Loved it!
As for the new Electric Company - scheduled to take to the airwaves in January 2009 -sources say it will be a modern (duh!) and danceable version.
"It’s the old one mixed with ‘High School Musical’ and a Dr Pepper commercial," said Linda Simensky, senior director of programming for PBS Kids.
Hmmmm...not sure how I feel about that. But if they can come even close to the casting coup they pulled off back in the day - hellooo Morgan Freeman, Rita Moreno and Bill Cosby - I'm sure it will be just fine. Despite his wall of acting awards, I still want to shout out "Easy Rider" every time I see Morgan Freeman on the telly.
I'm also glad to see they'll be addressing healthier eating in light of the skyrocketing obesity rates among youth. Apparently the show will be set, for the most part, at a natural-foods diner that is headquarters to a not-so-secret society known as the Electric Company. The four semi-superheroes who meet there have pledged not only to use their powers for good but also to eat sensible portions of healthy meals. The gang ranges in age from 13 to 20 and can scramble, recall, project and animate words in astounding ways.
So for all you Electric Company fans, here are a couple clips that will either have you waxing nostalgic about various childhood memories or hooting with laughter.
Also, I know this recipe is NOT for macaroon ice cream but hey, it's sucralose-sweetened and low-calorie. What more can ya ask for?