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Discovery Kids sets NBC sked

Saturday morning lineup bows in October

Discovery Kids unveiled its Saturday morning lineup, which bows in October on NBC. Sked was announced Wednesday by Scott Sassa, NBC’s West Coast prexy, and Marjorie Kaplan, Discovery Kids’ senior VP/general manager.

Three-hour block features six new shows, including gameshow “Endurance,” from the producers of “Moolah Beach”; “Black Hole High,” where five science club members investigate scientifically irrational and mysterious happenings in their town; and an untitled series from producer Tom Lynch, whose “Just Deal” airs Saturday mornings on NBC. Drama, shot on location in Africa, will depict an American girl’s coming of age in a foreign environment.

Two new shows are reworked, kid-friendly versions of skeins already airing on sister stations Animal Planet and TLC, respectively: “Croc Files” and “Junkyard Dogs.”

“Our exciting slate will give a whole new audience of kids something to watch on Saturdays and then talk about with their friends at school on Monday,” Kaplan said.

Discovery Kids on NBC fulfills the FCC’s three-hour minimum of educational programming and marks the end of the TNBC slate, which has run Saturdays on the Peacock since 1993.