CTW readies 4 kids shows

'Tiny Planets' to launch orbit

Children’s Television Workshop will be launching a quartet of kids shows for January’s NATPE confab with hopes to match the success of “Sesame Street” and “Dragon Tales.”

Headlining the latest entrants to the market will be “Tiny Planets,” a CGI animated series that introduces pre-school viewers to colors, numbers, etc., through trips to new worlds on their “space couch.”

The Workshop will join forces with 3-D animation studio Pepper’s Ghost Prods. with 65 episodes on order for spring 2001.

Aimed at young crowd

Additionally, CTW will ready “Fred the Wonder Dog,” co-produced jointly with Rudling Prods., featuring a combo of toons, puppets and live-action for 5- to 8-year-olds.

“Squonk Trucks” — written by John May and Suzanne Bolch of “The Magic Schoolbus” and “The Journey of Allen Strange” fame — will aim for an older crowd of 8-11.

Finally, upcoming series “Life of Reilly” follows the live-action drama of a teen forced to move to Australia after his parents divorce. The series will by co-developed with the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

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