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Tartikoff, Smithsonian team for CBS kids show

TV veteran Brandon Tartikoff and the Smithsonian Institution are developing a half-hour kids gameshow for CBS’ Saturday morning lineup in 1998.

CBS has greenlit a pilot presentation for the show, whose title will begin with “Smithsonian Presents.” The show is the first project since CAA began repping The Smithsonian, and it will be produced by Tartikoff’s H. Beale Co., Lancit Media and Stephen Radosh Prods.

Lancit has a prior production deal with the Smithsonian, and Radosh has produced reality and gameshows and specials for network and syndication, including the “Treasure Hunt” pilot for Columbia TriStar TV and Buena Vista TV’s talker “Danny.”

The show will be a live-action, multimedia game targeted to kids and teens ages 8-14. Two teams of three kids each will compete to discover connections between seemingly unrelated subjects. There will be three rounds, including a virtual-reality time travel round that will employ artifacts from the Smithsonian.

“The origin of the game derives from a game I used to play with my daughter’s carpool,” Tartikoff said. “I’d ask them either-or questions that imparted knowledge about the world, such as ‘What weighs more, an elephant or a taxi?’ ”

With use of Smithsonian objects, such as the original Coca-Cola bottle, questions, he said, could include, “Who’s older, president Clinton or the original Coca-Cola bottle?”

The show will probably be competing for a slot on CBS’ lineup with the Children’s TV Workshop, which also is developing educational shows for the network.

AA’s Bruce Vinokaur and Alex Hartley brokered the deal.

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