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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?!

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

Why I won't let my toddler watch TV

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My darling daughter Lily is now 20 months old, and though she’ll occasionally wander into the living room and glance up at the TV screen for a few moments before I get a chance to click it off, I can safely say that my wife and I have never allowed her to watch television. We don’t use the TV as a “babysitter,” and though it might be nice for the two of us to relax together by watching a show as Lily plays on the floor nearby, we deny ourselves that all-too-convenient pleasure. As long as Lily is in the room, the television stays off. It doesn’t exist for her. We are proud puritans on the subject. Not that we plan to keep our daughter in the TV dark forever. At a certain point — maybe in the next year, or maybe not until the year after that, when she’s coming up on four — we’ll start to let her tune in to certain shows, and from more or less the moment we do, her addiction to the religion of television will have begun. I’m talking about the addiction that everyone in this culture shares.

I shared it from a young age, in what seemed back then like a TV era legendary for its prime-time schlockiness. It was the age of Hogan’s Heroes, Lost in Space, Flipper, The Beverly Hillbillies, and other landmarks of Western Civilization. Even as a kid, I watched these shows not because they were good but simply because they were on, and they exerted a major influence on my imagination. (So did Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In and MAD magazine.) Considering my own affectionate, junk-calorie relationship to the trash I grew up on, it may seem hypocritical of me to say that my own child can’t, for now, watch anything. But actually, what I’m keeping her away from isn’t bad shows. It’s the simple act of watching television — of staring at people that aren’t really people because they’re just images on a screen. They don’t, you know, respond. And I don’t want that cozily passive yet fundamentally unnatural, I-sit-here-and-watch-without-interacting relationship to influence the development of Lily’s brain. Since she’s not even two years old, that brain is still being wired; she’s too young, really, to know what television is. For right now, everyone she looks at should be someone who looks back.


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