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Queen Elizabeth Enlists ‘Bob the Builder’ to Fix the British Monarchy in Colbert Cold Open (Video)

Queen Elizabeth Enlists ‘Bob the Builder’ to Fix the British Monarchy in Colbert Cold Open (Video)
You can just tell that Oprah Winfrey’s CBS interview of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry has Buckingham Palace shook. On Monday, Stephen Colbert’s cold open saw Queen Elizabeth II attempt to enlist the British “Bob the Builder” gang to “fix” the British monarchy.

Good luck with that, chap. Gonna need some much, much different tools than what you’ve got in that belt.

“I have a special project for you today,” the superimposed Queen Elizabeth II says to Bob in the masterfully edited footage from the kids’ stop motion series. “The British monarchy: can you fix it?”

“Uhhh, fix what?” Bob asks.

“You know: fix the systemic racism, the nepotism, the inbreeding and, let’s say, Andrew,” her majesty replies. “Bob, can you fix it?”

Bob punted that loaded question to his team of heavy-load machinery. No one seemed confident in tackling the enormous task.

“Fine, I’ll
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More Screen Time During Lockdown? Not for These Kids Cable Channels

More Screen Time During Lockdown? Not for These Kids Cable Channels
Even if parents are going batty trying to keep their little ones entertained while cooped up at home during this pandemic, they’re not necessarily plunking the kids in front of the TV — not linear TV at least. Meanwhile, certain streaming services are seeing a lift in interest, underscoring the next generation’s shift in television viewing habits.

For the week of March 23-29, viewership of ad-supported kids’ linear cable networks — a group that includes Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Disney Xd and others — slid 3% from the comparable week in March 2019, according to Bernstein research analysts, citing Nielsen figures. And that year-over-year decline actually marks a major improvement: prior to shelter-in-place measures being implemented, weekly viewership of those channels among 2- to 11-year-olds had been plummeting an average of 25% since the start of 2020.

“Even though the rate of decline significantly decelerated, it’s still in negative territory even though time available in
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Vincent Marzello Dies, James Bond and Superman Actor Was 68

Vincent Marzello Dies, James Bond and Superman Actor Was 68
Sad news today as it is being reported that James Bond and Superman actor Vincent Marzello has passed away at the age of 68. The tragic announcement came from Marzello's wife, Lorelei King, who broke the news of the actor's passing on Tuesday morning.

"The love of my life, my darling husband Vincent Marzello, died this morning. To those who knew him, I'm sorry to post this news rather than contact you personally, but I am overwhelmed. My heart is broken."

Though she did not share any details surrounding the death of her husband, she let friends and supporters know that he had passed on via a post on social media. Despite an official cause of death not being given, it has been reported that Marzello was being treated for cancer in 2009. Following his successful treatment, he was diagnosed with early-onset dementia.

Vincent Marzello was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York,
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Vincent Marzello, ‘Never Say Never Again’ and ‘Bob the Builder’ Actor, Dies at 68

Vincent Marzello, ‘Never Say Never Again’ and ‘Bob the Builder’ Actor, Dies at 68
Vincent Marzello, an actor who has appeared in the James Bond films “Never Say Never Again” and “The Spy Who Loved Me,” as well as lent his voice to the animated series “Bob the Builder,” has died. He was 68.

Marzello was treated for cancer in 2009 and was then diagnosed with early onset dementia following his treatment. His wife, “Notting Hill” actress Lorelei King, shared the news on Twitter on Tuesday.

“The love of my life, my darling husband Vincent Marzello, died this morning. To those who knew him, I am sorry to post the news rather than contact you personally, but I am overwhelmed. My heart is broken,” King said.

Also Read: William Dufris, 'Bob the Builder' Voice Actor, Dies at 62

After a few TV roles, Marzello’s first film part was an unnamed role in “The Spy Who Loved Me” in 1977, followed by another role in the original “Superman” film.
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‘The Witches’ Star Vincent Marzello Dies at 68

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‘The Witches’ Star Vincent Marzello Dies at 68
Actor Vincent Marzello, best known for his roles in “The Witches,” “Superman” and “The Spy Who Loved Me,” died on Tuesday. He was 68.

Marzello’s wife, “Notting Hill” actor Lorelei King, tweeted the news.

“The love of my life, my darling husband Vincent Marzello, died this morning,” she wrote. “To those who knew him, I am sorry to post the news rather than contact you personally, but I am overwhelmed. My heart is broken.”

Marzello most recently lent his voice to the 2017 TV series “The Magical Music Box.” He was a regular on the animated show “Bob the Builder” from 2000 through 2016.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Marzello lived with King in London. He made his acting debut in 1976 in an episode of the TV series “The Brothers.” He has appeared in two James Bond movies, “The Spy Who Loved Me” and “Never Say Never Again.” Marzello is best remembered
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William Dufris Dies: Voice of Bob The Builder In North America Was 62

William Dufris Dies: Voice of Bob The Builder In North America Was 62
William Dufris, who voiced the title character in the U.S. and Canadian version of the children’s series Bob the Builder for its first nine seasons, has died of cancer. He was 62. Pocket Universe Productions, which Dufris co-founded, confirmed the news on social media Tuesday but did not give details.

“There is a hole in a lot of people’s hearts right now.,” the company said in a tweet (see it below).

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Born on February 1, 1958, in Houlton, Me, Dufris got his start in voice acting in London during his early 20s. He worked on audiobooks, language tapes and the like and also acted in BBC Radio
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Netflix Sets Kids Toon ‘Mighty Express’ From ‘Paw Patrol’ Creator

Netflix and Spin Master Entertainment are all aboard on Mighty Express, a CG-animated series for preschoolers from the creator of Paw Patrol. Set to start streaming in September, the series features an ensemble cast of trains and kids in an expansive world with amazing adventures.

Created by Keith Chapman, who created the tot-focused hits Paw Patrol and Bob the Builder, the series sees kids running the train stations and working together with the Mighty Express on heroic adventures.

Spin Master Entertainment Evp Jennifer Dodge executive produces the series, which will be animated by the Vancouver-based toon house Atomic Cartoons.

“Spin Master Entertainment has deep experience developing compelling stories and endearing characters for preschool audiences worldwide,” Dodge said. “We have the unique ability to take classic, beloved themes for kids, add innovation, combined with amazing storytelling and high-end animation to deliver fresh, new content.”

Chapman also is attached to Farmer Mars
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New ‘Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045’ Trailer Plays Like a Video Game Cutscene

When the first teaser trailer for Netflix's upcoming anime series Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 arrived last fall, viewers were quick to downvote it based purely on visuals. They (rightfully) compared the new and relatively cartoonish style to PS2 games, kids cartoons like Bob the Builder, and even porn-parody versions of the beloved title. That upvote/downvote ratio more or less evened out over the last few months, but now a new official trailer for the anime series is here, and fans are riled up all over again. This time, it's not just the visuals they hate, …
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CBS All Access Is Getting an Animated News Comedy From Stephen Colbert

CBS All Access Is Getting an Animated News Comedy From Stephen Colbert
The Twilight Zone” Season 2. Richard Linklater’s long-awaited return to television. DreamWorks’ reimagining of several popular children’s franchises. The CBS executive panel at the Television Critics Association 2020 Winter Press Tour wasn’t lacking for news, but it’s also time to start “Tooning Out the News.”

Marc DeBevoise, CBS Interactive’s CEO and president, and Julie McNamara, executive vice president of original content for the CBS All Access streaming service, shared details about a variety of upcoming CBS All Access projects during their TCA executive session in Pasadena Sunday afternoon.

“Tooning” is an animated political comedy series executive produced by Stephen Colbert, and will feature brief daily segments and a full weekly episode that mocks the news and will include interviews with real guests. The series’ trailer featured a snarky voiceover that poked fun at contemporary social and news topics; the shows within the show will range from “Virtue Signal,
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CBS All Access Fetches New ‘Lassie,’ ‘George of the Jungle’ and ‘Mr Magoo’ Animated Series

CBS All Access announced plans to debut three new editions of popular children’s animated series — “Lassie,” “George of the Jungle” and “Mr. Magoo.”

The three new shows, which come from DreamWorks Animation’s Classic Media, will all debut commercial-free on Jan. 17.

The announcement was made by Marc DeBevoise, chief digital officer of ViacomCBS and President and CEO of CBS Interactive, during CBS All Access’ presentation at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena on Sunday.

Also Read: 'Silence of the Lambs' Sequel 'Clarice' Gets Series Commitment at CBS

“We’ve seen a tremendous response from our subscribers in just the few months since CBS All Access began offering children’s programming,” DeBevoise said. “Bringing new editions of legendary classics like ‘Lassie,’ ‘George of the Jungle’ and ‘Mr. Magoo’ to the service is a fantastic benchmark for CBS All Access, and we look forward to continuing to expand our offering for families.
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CBS All Access Begins To Roll-Out Kids’ Content & Sets Premiere Plans For Nickelodeon Shows

CBS has today begun to roll-out a raft of kids’ content on its digital streaming service CBS All Access.

This comes after the company revealed in August that it had licensed series including new seasons of Dhx Media’s Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, produced with Sony Pictures Animation, and Boat Rocker’s new Danger Mouse, produced with BBC Children’s Productions.

Other titles include the original Danger Mouse series from Boat Rocker Studios and titles from Dhx Media such as the classic Inspector Gadget, The Adventures of Paddington Bear, Madeline and Heathcliff.

Elsewhere, Bob the Builder, Sonic the Hedgehog, Adventures of Super Mario Bros., Archie’s Weird Mysteries, Polly Pocket, Where in the World is Carmen San Diego? and Strawberry Shortcake Berry Bitty Adventures will also be available.

Separately, it will start rolling out select titles from its library of Nickelodeon programming from January.

The kids’ shows will
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Island Of Misfits Developing Kids Animated Series From ‘Paw Patrol’ & ‘Bob The Builder’ Creator

Island Of Misfits Developing Kids Animated Series From ‘Paw Patrol’ & ‘Bob The Builder’ Creator
Exclusive: Island Of Misfits has put in development Farmer Mars (working title), a new animated series from Paw Patrol and Bob the Builder creator Keith Chapman.

The series, aimed at pre-school aged children 3-6, is based on an original concept by Chapman. Set on the planet Mars, it follows a young Earth boy named Rob who gets a job on a farm owned and operated by the upbeat yet absent-minded owner, Farmer Mars. Nestled in the fertile lands of Crater Valley, Martianmallow Farm grows fruits, vegetables, and flowers, but it is most famous for Martianmallows and a weird and wonderful collection of Martian animals that help keep the place running.

“We are very excited to partner with Keith to bring the lovable Farmer Mars to life,” says Dana Landry, President & CEO of IoM. “With his long legacy of creating some of the world’s most recognizable cartoons and characters, we
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NBCU Will Tie Universal Kids Cable More Directly to DreamWorks Animation Content

NBCUniversal is rearranging the toys it uses in its kids-programming playground.

The company’s Universal Kids will place a bigger bet on its ties to DreamWorks Animation, which NBCU bought in August of 2016 for approximately $3.8 billion. The network will stop developing original shows that are not based on DreamWorks properties, according to a person familiar with the matter, though it will continue to acquire series made by third-party producers.

The move takes place amid declining ratings and an executive restructure that has the network’s operations reporting directly to Frances Berwick, the executive who oversees NBCU’s lifestyle-based cable networks, including Bravo and Oxygen. Deirdre Brennan, the former general manager of Universal Kids, left in February. Universal Kids has been the primary vehicle NBCU hoped to ride to get into the multi-billion dollar market for kids entertainment, jockeying with rivals like Walt Disney, Viacom’s Nickelodeon and WarnerMedia’s Cartoon Network.
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Mattel Announces A Slate Of 22 Television Shows For Multi-Platform Distribution

Mattel, Inc. (Nasdaq: Mat) today announced a new slate of 22 animated and live-action TV programs based on the company’s iconic and globally-recognized characters and franchises. The new programs in development are created by Mattel Television for multi-platform distribution and are based on more than 20 properties in Mattel’s rich IP portfolio. This innovative slate of high-quality episodic content for multi-platform distribution will encompass a broad range of genres, including action adventure, humor, game shows, music and more, and are designed to reach a range of demographics including toddlers and preschool, boys, girls, tweens, teens and families.

Ynon Kreiz, Chairman and CEO of Mattel, said: “With the proliferation of broadcasting and streaming platforms, there is a growing demand for high-quality content driven by global brands. Mattel is the owner of one of the strongest portfolios of children’s and family entertainment franchises in the world. We have countless opportunities
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Bob the Builder is back, but can he still fix it? Watch the trailer and find out

Bob the Builder is back and you can see the new-look character in action below.

A new trailer for the revamped series has been unveiled ahead of its premiere on Channel 5.

The new-look Bob was unveiled towards the end of 2014, and fans of the show - as well as original star Neil Morrissey - voiced their disapproval on Twitter.

The handyman and his friends, who made their first appearance on CBeebies, have been given a makeover and 'digified', losing their stop-motion look.

Channel 5 has signed an agreement with producer Hit Entertainment for 104 new 11-minute episodes, with Harry Potter star Lee Ingleby replacing Morrissey as Bob.

Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt and The Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison are also lending their talents to the show.

Bob the Builder will return to screens later this year. Can he still fix it? We'll have to wait and see.
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Thunderbirds: Twitter thinks new-look Tracy brothers aren't so Fab

The first image of the brand new Tracy brothers from the upcoming Thunderbirds reboot was released earlier today (January 15).

As it turned out, the reaction was less than Fab, with many fans of the original series sharing their views on Twitter. Boyband comparisons and terrifying death stares are among the most noted complaints so far.

Here are just a few reactions from Gerry Anderson fans old and new:

It's called Thunderbirds, not Thunderblokes

— Alec Meer HD (@bonzrat) January 15, 2015

So, the new #Thunderbirds are basically One Direction as Power Rangers? http://t.co/z9MjEBqfFe pic.twitter.com/ihIxvXBbqX

Christopher Allen (@chris_allen) January 15, 2015

And I thought that Busted song was the biggest insult to Thunderbirds. These new Tracy Brothers make me want to vomit.

— Daniel Sperling (@dan_sperling) January 15, 2015

As creepy as they are, the new CGI Thunderbirds somehow look even more human than most of the Tory frontbench. pic.
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5 Great Movies To Watch Before Netflix Gets Rid Of Them On November 1

There are many upsides and downsides to the growing world of streaming movies, but easily one of the most frustrating is the lack of permanence that exists in the system. There are thousands of great movies available to watch, but because of the way contracts are structured they can be online one day and gone the next. Case in point: Netflix is losing a ton of great titles as soon as the calendar switches from October to November. The blog Now Streaming has compiled a list of all movies and shows that will be getting removed from Netflix on November 1st. A good number of the titles are things that adult cinefiles probably don't care too much about, such as various Barney, Bob The Builder, and Thomas & Friends movies, but there are some bonafide classics and Oscar winners that will no longer be available to subscribers. The idea of trying
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These Are the Movies Expiring From Netflix on November 1

These Are the Movies Expiring From Netflix on November 1
There’s a lot of exciting new fare arriving on Netflix this month, but alas, it’s like they always say: Netflix giveth, and Netflix taketh away. Here’s the list of movies that will disappear from the streaming librarynet on November 1. If you’ve been putting off watching Apocalypse Now all these years, now's your chance:101 Dalmatians (1996) American Psycho (2000) Apocalypse Now (1979) Apocalypse Now Redux (2001) Balibo (2009) The Big Chill (1983) Blown Away (1992) Bob the Builder (1999-2012) Breezy (1973) Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986) Broadcast News (1987) The Buddy Holly Story (1978) Bullet Proof Monk (2003) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) Candyman (1992) Caveman (1981) Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie (1980) Cloak & Dagger (1984) The Conqueror Worm (1968) The Dogs of War (1980) Elvis ’56 (1987) The Escape Artist (1982) Footloose (1984) For a Few Dollars More (1965) Fire in Babylon (2010) The Good, the Bad
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Blake Lively Debuts Her Baby Bump, Channing Tatum Opens Up About Childhood Struggles + More of Today’s First Dibs

Blake Lively flaunts her growing baby bump, Channing Tatum says he “never considered [himself] a very smart person,” Scarlett Johansson is offered a role in an anime remake, and more of today’s First Dibs.

Mom-to-be Blake Lively says she “is going to amp up [her] style by wearing things that are stretchier.” [Us Weekly] Channing Tatum opens up about having Adhd and dyslexia growing up. [Vanity Fair] Scarlett Johansson is offered the lead role in anime to film adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. [JoBlo] Gone Girl actress Kim Dickens will join Netflix series House of Cards. [Digital Spy] NBC releases the first poster for Peter Pan Live! [Deadline]

Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly had a heated debate on white privilege. [Business Insider] Joshua Jackson reveals why he and Diane Kruger aren’t married. [Gossip Cop] David Beckham recruits Guy Ritchie to direct a new whiskey ad. [THR] Brad Pitt says his kids “like” that he and Angelina Jolie are finally married. [Us Weekly] American Horror Story stars Gabourey Sidibe,
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Blake Lively Debuts Her Baby Bump, Channing Tatum Opens Up About Childhood Struggles + More of Today’s First Dibs

Blake Lively flaunts her growing baby bump, Channing Tatum says he “never considered [himself] a very smart person,” Scarlett Johansson is offered a role in an anime remake, and more of today’s First Dibs.

Mom-to-be Blake Lively says she “is going to amp up [her] style by wearing things that are stretchier.” [Us Weekly] Channing Tatum opens up about having Adhd and dyslexia growing up. [Vanity Fair] Scarlett Johansson is offered the lead role in anime to film adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. [JoBlo] Gone Girl actress Kim Dickens will join Netflix series House of Cards. [Digital Spy] NBC releases the first poster for Peter Pan Live! [Deadline]

Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly had a heated debate on white privilege. [Business Insider] Joshua Jackson reveals why he and Diane Kruger aren’t married. [Gossip Cop] David Beckham recruits Guy Ritchie to direct a new whiskey ad. [THR] Brad Pitt says his kids “like” that he and Angelina Jolie are finally married. [Us Weekly] American Horror Story stars Gabourey Sidibe,
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