STAY TUNED: WGCU premieres local show for kids, by kids

BILL GREEN

WGCU Public Media will premiere a locally produced children’s show at 9 a.m. today that is “for kids and by kids.”

The premiere episode of WGCU’s “Curious Kids” — with a cast of local talent ranging from 8 to 12 — will feature steel drum playing, “The Recycling Boogie,” a visit to ECHO (Ecological Concerns for Hunger Organization) in North Fort Myers and the exploration of a tropical recipe from Trinidad.

“Curious Kids” program producer and children’s singer-songwriter Rosie Emery says each episode will include a music video featuring one of her fun songs. Revolving around three main themes — my backyard, my world and my self — show segments will be filmed on location throughout Southwest Florida.

“The overall theme is curiosity. Kids are curious about all kinds of things within these themes,” says Emery, a veteran children’s entertainer for 21 years. “Within each show, we will look at other countries to highlight similarities and differences in culture, customs and ecology.”

The program will re-air at 10 a.m., Sunday, and 4:30 p.m., Monday.

News and notes

Drescher draws from real life: Almost 10 years after they co-created “The Nanny,” Fran Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobson are close to landing another comedy series starring the nasal-voiced actress.

Word is TV Land is finalizing a series pickup for Drescher and Jacobson’s pilot, “Happily Divorced.” The order is expected to be for 10 episodes, including the pilot. Based on Drescher’s real life, “Happily Divorced” stars “The Nanny” alumna as a woman who re-enters the dating world after finding out her husband is gay and juggles her relationship with her current boyfriend and ex-husband.

Chenoweth returns to TV: Broadway vet Kristin Chenoweth has joined the ABC pilot “Good Christian Bitches.” The dramedy project, from “Sex and the City” executive producer Darren Star, follows a woman (Leslie Bibb) who moves back to her Dallas neighborhood after a divorce only to become the center of salacious gossip from the community’s churchgoing wives.

Something to ‘Scream’ about

Neve Campbell, the eco-conscious Toronto native, vents to Health magazine in the April issue that hit newsstands Friday. She talked about the pressures of looking slim and beautiful in Hollywood, what she finds inspiring, and her starring role in “Scream 4.”

On “Scream” costar Courteney Cox: “We fell in love with each other ... She’s one of the coolest women I’ve ever met.”

On “Party of Five” costar Jennifer Love Hewitt: “She is a stunning, beautiful, voluptuous, confident, talented young woman.”

On feeling the pressure to get thin for a role: “There’s definitely a standard that is expected … I watched too many of my dancer friends throwing up. They’d end up really sick, or in the hospital, or not being able to have children. And I won’t do that to myself. Maybe I’m not a stick, but I’m really healthy and happy, and I think I look good.”

Reader comments on Wolf dismissal

On Craig Wolf, B.D. Douglas of Naples writes: “A TV news anchor has three bosses, at least. The viewers, the station manager and the news director. A TV anchor in a small/medium market has a limited chance of extended survival. There is always someone else out there willing to work for less and probably appeal to a majority of those three bosses.”

Floster2000 writes: “For NBC-2 to hide behind not commenting on why they let him go is ironic. A news operation refusing to communicate is more than you can stand as a reporter. For Wolf however, station silence saves him from having to accept the hard truth in public.”

Ron Fiano of Naples writes: “I am shocked at the firing of Craig Wolf. He is a rock of temperament, wisdom and excellence. The owners/management should all be fired because they don’t know how to run this business. I am gone for good from this channel.”

Fred Gilliam of Fort Thomas, Ky. and Bonita Springs writes: “We have been coming down here for many years and always enjoyed and looked forward to the Channel 2 news with Craig Wolf. Just isn’t the same without him. Nothing in the news was good this week — earthquake, Libya, Wisconsin, NPR, etc. However, even hearing horrible news from Craig Wolf was better than hearing it from someone else. Thank you for telling us what happened even though it wasn’t something we wanted to hear. Anyway I can lend my voice to protest his termination?”

Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist with a secret life as a couch potato. Contact him at bgreen@naplesnews.com.

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