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‘Bus’ makes cable drive

Skein to be part of pre-school programming block

NEW YORK — Kiddie staple “The Magic School Bus” will head for TLC and the Discovery Kids Channel in February.

Half-hour series, which stars Lily Tomlin, will be part of Ready Set Learn pre-school programming block airing on both nets from 6-9 a.m.

“The Magic School Bus” has been broadcast on Fox affiliates to fulfill part of its FCC educational requirement. That run will end in mid-September.

Launched on PBS in 1994, the science-adventure series is produced by Scholastic Prods. in association with Nelvana.

“Ready Set Learn is the perfect destination for ‘The Magic School Bus,’ ” said Deborah Forte, prexy of Scholastic Entertainment and an exec producer of the show. “Children have been enchanted by the sheer fantasy and imaginative fun of the series.”

Based on the bestselling series by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen, “School Bus” franchise has grown to include CD-ROMs, homevideos and an upcoming traveling museum exhibit. Since its bow, show has picked up numerous awards, including two Emmys and a Parents Choice Gold Medal.