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Jason Bateman is a singing spy on 'Yo Gabba Gabba!': EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Just when you thought you couldn’t love Jason Bateman more than you already do, the Arrested Development star peels back even more layers with this fully committed turn as a (sort of) villain on Nick Jr.’s Yo Gabba Gabba! this Saturday (June 22, 8:30 a.m. ET/PT). Bateman plays a bad spy who has stolen the Gabba gang’s balloon art, so they set off on a mission to retrieve the balloons. Not sure what else happens, but in this exclusive clip, they seem to have made friends.

Watch the video below and tell us what you think is the best thing about it: the nehru jacket, the boots, the arm movement, the singing?!
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'Moms, you've entertained the kids all day...': Hold up, hold up. Why I'll never be a NickMom

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There’s been a lot of hand-wringing and outrage  ever since Viacom added a block of Mom-centric programming to its schedule last month. Much of the grievance stems from the fact that the nighttime content is too “racy” or “foul” for the preschool Nick channels. But I could care less whether a woman swears or disrobes on the same channel my daughter watched eight hours earlier in the day. What chaps my hide, and has so ever since I saw the first misguided promo during an umpteenth viewing of my kid’s favorite Max & Ruby episode, is the strange idea that I’d ever turn to Nick for comfort or distraction after a long day of playing with and chasing and cajoling a child.

Instead I want to watch Homeland, even though I’ve yet to make it past last season’s amazing cabin and now feel hopelessly out of the cultural conversation. I want to watch Parenthood, not because it’s entertainment cynically directed at parents but because it is beautifully acted and exquisitely written. (And because Monica Potter is extraordinary and she better get nominated for an Emmy for this cancer arc.) I want to watch, and perhaps I’m blowing any credibility here, The Real Housewives. (It’s for work. Or at least that’s what I tell myself. And seriously, if you ever want to feel like a good parent, just watch a couple of episodes of any city. All the kids, except for Beverly Hills’ Portia, look miserable and the moms look at their children with the same disconcerting mixture of judgment and unfamiliarity.) READ FULL STORY

The Fresh Beat Band takes our Pop Culture Quiz... sort of

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We thought that it’d be a great idea to have the verrrry upbeat stars of Nick Jr.’s popular musical show The Fresh Beat Band take a break from their live tour to stop by our office for a little pop culture quiz. Shout, Twist, Marina, and Kiki were totally psyched for the visit. TOTALLY PSYCHED!!  But somehow we just couldn’t all get on the same page.

Take a look at the video after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Will you be kicking back with NickMom tonight?

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After all of the hours upon hours that you’ve probably spent watching Nick Jr with your kids, the network is rewarding you with a new primetime comedy block targeted to moms starting tonight (Monday, Oct. 1) 10-12 p.m. Four new shows will debut: NickMom Night Out, a stand-up comedy series, MFF: Mom Friends Forever, which follows two besties who run a video blog together, What Was Carol Brady Thinking?, a sort of pop-up video version of The Brady Bunch with Carol’s imagined thought bubbles; and Parental Discretion with Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, a talk/variety show hosted by the comedienne/author (Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay).

Wilder-Taylor’s show is the most promising, with its (safely) edgy humor. Her standup is pretty good but  her on-site visits (she crashes a kid’s birthday party in the first episode) really hum. Some of the other segments are great fodder for Wilder-Taylor, like ”You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby,” which calls out old commercials for their sexist takes. Segments like one on a helicopter mom don’t immediately click, but  are definitely worth keeping an eye on. The clip below is a sample of her trip to a tattoo shop looking for mom-appropriate ink (but you should check out the birthday party one tonight when she makes a party princess actress blush with a prostitute reference and gets heckled by some kids). READ FULL STORY

Bill Hader dances on 'Yo Gabba Gabba!' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Bill Hader had some downtime this summer while Saturday Night Live was on hiatus, and the Emmy-nominated actor — and recent second-time dad — stopped by the popular Yo Gabba Gabba! to sing and “dancey-dance” in what looks to be very reminiscent of one twisted SNL digital short.

Some of Hader’s SNL co-stars (Fred Armisen, Ratchel Dratch) have previously appeared on Yo Gabba Gabba! and had a great time, he told show staffers, which influenced his decision to make an appearance almost as much as his daughter’s enthusiasm for the show.

Hader’s episode, “Olympics,” will air Sunday, August 19 at 8:30 p.m. on Nick Jr.

Can’t wait? Check out an exclusive clip of Hader doing “The Rainbow Drop” below: READ FULL STORY

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