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'Degrassi' turns 13: Sneak a peek at the premiere -- EXCLUSIVE

T-minus one day until Degrassi‘s triumphant return to TeenNick! Though TV’s greatest Canadian import is heading into its 13th season, it shows no signs of slowing down — expect a new season filled with hookups, breakups, and other capital-D Drama, starting with the scene you’ll see exclusively below.

In it, we catch up with Maya and a newly bleach-blond Tristan, who are getting ready to have the best summer vacation ever — even though one of their pals has apparently been written off the show. (At least there’s a brief explanation for why she’s missing, delivered with typical Degrassi finesse. That’s more than Kendra got!)

Nickelodeon's 'AwesomenessTV' just the latest YouTube-to-TV success story

AwesomenessTV — a YouTube channel with its own series, sketches and musicians — is making the jump to television tonight: The formerly online-only channel will premiere a half-hour comedy on Nickelodeon that includes fresh material stirred in with YouTube clips. Daniela Monet (Victorious) will host the show, also called AwesomenessTV, and continue to work for the online outlet, which has garnered more than 1 billion YouTube views.

AwesomenessTV CEO Brian Robbins told Variety that the YouTube channel will continue to be the first priority, but said they’re looking forward to finding more viewers. “The long-term goal is to build audience and own eyeballs over time,” he said. “It might take a little time for ad revenue to catch up. But an eyeball is an eyeball is an eyeball — no matter where it is, on TV or online.”

Nickelodeon is not new to the concept of adopting content from the web: The channel worked with Lucas Cruikshank (better known as Fred on YouTube) on three films. Cartoon Network picked up Annoying Orange, a YouTube channel with more than a billion hits, and created The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange. Those adorable AT&T ads featuring roundtable chats with kids started out as the brainchild of a YouTube star: Beck Bennett was an aspiring actor and comedian with thousands of hits on the video site when he got his big break in the spots.

So is YouTube just a springboard for bigger and better things?

Bill Nye: Listen up, millennials. The science guy is back with a new app!


If you were a child of the nineties (or a parent of one) you understand the excitement that happens when you hear the chants of “Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill!” Whether you were watching at home or at school, Bill Nye the Science Guy was must-see-TV for a generation. The classic show that ran on PBS from 1993 to 1998 used outrageous experiments and plenty of corny jokes to teach kids all about the scientific method, the speed of light, the Periodic table, craters, dinosaurs, and so much more. And no matter what was the science-based topic, it was always clear that Nye was having a great time teaching kids to ask questions about the world around them.

So it’s no surprise that now, 20 years after the program originally aired, when speaking with 57-year-old Nye about anything — from his new brand-new science app for kids to his day job as CEO of the Planetary Society —  the conversation eventually finds him passionately expounding on something he wants you to learn: From South Africa’s new space program to how the dinosaurs likely died (a ginormous crater!), Nye will talk at length about how it’s all interconnected, and how there is so much more to discover. His excitement is still contagious, so it’s encouraging that a brand-new self-titled free app will help a whole new generation of kids do things like try some do-it-yourself experiments or check out a sun dial. “All the kids are doing it with their electric computer machines,” he explains with a laugh about why the time was now to create an app. “They’re fun. It’s a way to engage people and include people in a way beyond the 22-minutes they spend watching [a] show. Bring it on!” READ FULL STORY

Egg-citing news about an all-new Furby line -- EXCLUSIVE

Dah-ay-loh-oo-tye, Furby fans (and anyone who spent 1998 cowering in fear of their Furby)! There’s big news on the horizon for Hasbro’s recently relaunched electronic pet — and though we don’t have much information about the “next generation” of furry toys, we do know that a new line is coming, and it has a name: Furby Boom. Here’s a teaser image:

'Jack the Giant Slayer': Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell ... a deleted scene! -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

A classic fairy tale gets the modern-day action-movie treatment in Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Slayer, which stars X-Men actor Nicholas Hoult as the titular adventurer and Eleanor Tomlinson as the princess who catalyzes his trip up the beanstalk. (She’s been whisked into the clouds by the enormous plant.)

The film is filled with lavish CGI, romance, and a bit of edge, as you’ll see from this deleted scene starring two royal guards. (Let’s go ahead and call them Mulder and Scully.) Warning, kids: This is what happens when you don’t believe in magic.

Scott Baio just wants to be normal in 'See Dad Run' clip -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Scott Baio just wants to be a normal guy — or, at least, his TV show character does.

See Dad Run stars Baio as David Hobbs, an actor who played the perfect TV dad on a long-running sitcom. After the show ends, Hobbs switches parenting roles with his wife, Amy (Alanna Ubach), who returns to her work as a soap opera actress. David must make the adjustment from a picture-perfect TV dad to an improving real-life dad of three kids.

In this week’s episode, his son Joe is in the spotlight after a heroic action but finds it hard to go back to being a regular Joe when his 15 minutes of fame end, so David tries to show him being “normal” can be fun — even if it means sometimes giving up celebrity perks.

Watch below as Baio’s Hobbs sneaks into a basketball game with his son:

Beatles legend Ringo Starr to release 'Octopus's Garden' as picture book

It seems Ringo Starr would like to be in an octopus’s garden in the shade once more. Simon and Schuster Children’s Books has announced a publication agreement with legendary singer-songwriter-drummer Ringo Starr for a children’s book edition of his famed song, “Octopus’s Garden.” Marking the 45th anniversary of the song’s creation, the picture book is to include a CD containing a narration of the story plus an original, previously unheard song from Starr. Aliens Love Underpants illustrator Ben Cort is set to illustrate the book. READ FULL STORY

Tony Awards: Tween reporter scores interviews with Jane Lynch, Bernadette Peters and more

The Tonys were certainly a night to remember for one lucky 11-year-old, who represented KidzVuz on Sunday’s red carpet. As the only tween reporter on the carpet, she was able to snag interviews with a whole host of presenters and nominees, including Glee star (and current Miss Hannigan in Broadway’s Annie) Jane Lynch, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella star Laura Osnes and even theater icon Bernadette Peters.

Check out a compilation of her red-carpet moments below:

New 'Phineas & Ferb' videogame-EXCLUSIVE debut trailer!

Having already mastered the art of mischief-making on the small screen, school vacation-loving siblings Phineas and Ferb are now poised to conquer home and portable game consoles in Phineas and Ferb: Quest for Cool Stuff. Playing as both the brothers, as well as their pet platypus/secret agent Perry, fans will seek out sweet loot as the former and do battle with the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz as the latter.

On top of thumb-blistering gameplay, the title packs a visual presentation on par with the show’s vibrant animated style and features fan-favorite characters such as Candace, Isabella, Baljeet, and Buford. Clever writing, complemented by voice talent from the Disney Channel hit, will also help bring the Tri-State Area-dwelling cast to life.

Players can’t begin their quest for cool stuff until August, but the following exclusive debut trailer — narrated by Major Monogram, no less — offers a sneak peek at the summer fun to come. READ FULL STORY

Rhythm-game makers Harmonix and Disney team up for 'Disney's Fantasia: Music Evolved'-VIDEO


After transforming living rooms into virtual dance floors and concert stages with Dance Central and Rock Band, music-game makers Harmonix are partnering with the House of Mouse for their next title. Possibly the studio’s most ambitious effort to date, Disney’s Fantasia: Music Evolved isn’t so much a traditional objective-based game as it is a creativity-encouraging tool for budding conductors.

More inspired by Walt Disney’s 1940’s animated classic than based on it, the Kinect-enabled title puts players in the role first made famous by a wizard hat-wearing Mickey Mouse. As the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, players will use hand gestures to interact with colorful on-screen prompts, creating musical masterpieces from familiar tracks such as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven.” READ FULL STORY

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