Saturday, June 14, 2014
Reading Rainbow, Magic School Bus Returns
If you grew up in the 90s watching public broadcasting like I did, you’re probably familiar with Reading Rainbow and Magic School Bus. One was a show that inspired children to become interested in reading. The other inspired children to become interested in science. Both made learning fun, and both are making a comeback.
With Reading Rainbow, the former host LeVar Burton held a Kickstarter for his old show's revival. In only 12 hours, his kickstarter reached its $1 million goal. The funds will be used to create a new web series and free classroom version.
As for Magic School Bus, a new CGI-animated reboot, Magic School Bus 360, is currently in the works. 26 episodes are being planned for the series, which is scheduled to stream on Netflix in 2016.
Aside from Sesame Street, both of these shows made public broadcasting entertaining for me, and I’m more than excited to see them return once more to inspire young minds.
The only thing that would make this better is if Bill Nye were to bring back his old show. Considering how he’s managed to maintain his popularity even until now, that wouldn't surprise me. C'mon Bill! LeVar managed to gain support to bring his show back. Why don't you do the same?