Tuesday, September 05, 2006

good night, melanie and hush...


good morning, miss lori and hooper!
Originally uploaded by mamazilla1972.

so, the paloma was mildy disappointed to find that instead of "It's a Big Big World" on tv (at it's regularly scheduled time) this morning, there was this caffeinated, happy, playful, smiley lady. she was disappointed until the funny lady started dancing.... i was a little curious myself.

it turns out that the new lady on the pbs block is Lori Holton Nash, a fellow chicago mommy and founder of CAMPUS inc, a kids program "dedicated to developing the creative spirit within each child" that started in our *sigh* old 'hood, the South Loop, *sigh*. viva la south loop!

the chicago journal has this article titled, mornings with lori. i love this paragraph,"The adopted daughter in a mixed-race marriage that reflected her own white and African-American ethnicity, Holton Nash is a self-described "poster child" for PBS. She lives in a Chinatown town house that she shares with her husband, Larry Nash, a well-known Chicago personal trainer, and her children: son, Skyler, 8, and daughters Kaiann, 5, and Jaedyn, 3." i read this and thought, is it just me or is this upbringing so familiar to those of us who grew up in chicago (or any big city, i guess). i *heart* chicago.

apparently, lori beat out 1,000 applicants nationwide. she had this to say about her audition, "Everybody there was Caucasian, early 30s, late 20s, and had a guitar, so I'm wondering how I got in the room,". hee hee, i'm just picturing a room filled with laurie berkner, ralph's world, dan zanes wannabes (who are all stars of the cd shuffle feature at this house btw).

the article also mentions that hooper is a dog. but, i think that's incorrect. i'm pretty sure he's a guinea pig. check out the pbs page for miss lori and hooper - if it looks like a guinea pig, jokes like a guinea pig, has trouble sharing like a guinea pig, yada, yada, yada....

hopefully, PBS will have found a permanent replacement for melanie martinez, the former host of the good night show on pbs sprout, as well. not that i wanted her to be replaced in the first place. i read somewhere, that in the interim, noel mcneal (of bear in the big blue house fame) will be taking over as special guest host with a star and a firefly.

and lastly, in related former kids tv host news.... pee wee's playhouse: the movie is currently in production!!! paul reubens recent HILARIOUS appearance on the jimmy kimmel show is below:

5 comments:

Shelton, T said...

We watched Miss Lori, too and thought she was great. In a time of too-much TV, I hope it works for PBS.
As far as PBS Sprout, it seems strange that Noel MacNeal would host. Will he be a puppet on the show? The imdb site says he has worked with the Dave Chapelle Show on a spoof about drugs and STD's?
As a parent who has signed numerous petitions to get Melanie back after they ridiculously fired her- I want to know why this was allowed??
A woman can't do spoofs, but a man holding a puppet can?
I think I have to write another letter.

mamazilla said...

i really hope that they bring melanie back or that she gets another opportunity to host another kids show. i thought she really did a good job and of course, i can't help but root for another (underdog) mom. i can't imagine repressing every part of my adult self in front of my child. i would go crazy. but, for some reason, pbs feels the need to expect that of its television personalities. makes me wonder if kevin has any skeletons in his closet....

Ms Bees Knees said...

i've got nothin for ya... being as this seems to be *mommy talk* and i am a childless [sexy] spinster....

heeennnnyyyywayyy...

i missed you toots. thanks for swinging by the old bee hive. it was good hearing from you. give paloma and porkchop smooches from their aunt bees.

mamazilla said...

SLACKER! i gave you pee wee!

PEE WEE!!! PEE WEE!!! PEE WEE!!!

tessence said...

I saw a promo for this lady this morning and her little friend called himself a guinea pig.

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