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Litton Saturday Block Launches Sept. 3 On ABC


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TVNewsCheck, August 29, 2011 5:56 PM EDT


Dave Morgan, president-CEO of Litton Entertainment, today announced the launch of Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown, one of six, original, HD programs comprising Litton’s Weekend Adventure.


Premiering Saturday, Sept. 3, on over 95% of ABC affiliates across the country, the three-hour block will feature programming that, Litton says, “inspires viewers to explore the Earth, to dive beneath the ocean’s surface, to pay it forward and to live a life of health, balance and happiness.”


Jack Hanna will be featured to announce the block's launch on Good Morning America, Tuesday, Aug. 30, during the 8:30-9 a.m. slot. Also featured on Good Morning America will be the hosts of some of Litton’s other shows in the block, Richard Wiese, Born to Explore, on Wednesday, Aug. 31 (8:30-9) and Jeff Corwin, host of Ocean Mysteries on Saturday, Sept. 3.


Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown will lead off Litton's Weekend Adventure. Wild Countdown is hosted from Hanna’s base camp located at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, his home for more than 30 years. Nationwide Insurance and the Columbus Zoo are title sponsors of Wild Countdown and have worked together for decades as partners in conservation.


With the announcement of Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown, the programs comprising Litton's Weekend Adventure is complete. Produced by Litton Studios, Litton's Weekend Adventure features six high-definition, original E/I series including Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin, hosted by Jeff Corwin, best known for his Emmy Award winning shows on the Disney Channel, Discovery and Animal Planet; Born to Explore featuring adventurer and explorer in residence for the American Museum of Natural History Expeditions, Richard Wiese; Everyday Health, an inspirational program about people who confront health challenges by “paying it forward” produced by Mark Koops, the creator and executive producer of The Biggest Loser; Food for Thought with Claire Thomas, hosted by Claire Thomas, a young role model for teens who will show America's youth how to forge a healthy relationship with food, family, and friends; and Culture Click, a hip social studies show anchored by Nzinga Blake.

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Why does it seem like children's programming is the only place to get good wildlife shows anymore?


These are programs that would have a place on Animal Planet if Discovery wasn't busy warping it into another annoying reality TV show channel.
 

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Interesting. Beginning September 3, the only program in ABC's entire lineup (daytime, primetime, late night, over night, news, etc.) not in HD will be Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
 

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Sorely needed. Saturday mornings on ABC have been in "recycle mode" for the last 6 years!
I guess it was a good thing for the actors/tresses, though.
 

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Originally Posted by scorpiontail60 /forum/post/20885142


Why does it seem like children's programming is the only place to get good wildlife shows anymore?


These are programs that would have a place on Animal Planet if Discovery wasn't busy warping it into another annoying reality TV show channel.

This side of the pond two CBBC (Children's BBC) kids shows have been re-versioned and shown in adult/family, rather than kids, slots recently on BBC One. Steve Backshall's "Deadly 60" is a really well made natural history show, and "Horrible Histories" is just a history show (which is also really well made and very well written).


Good kids TV needs good writing, good production, and cannot be patronising. Unsurprisingly, good TV like that appeals to adults as well.
 

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I miss the old days of ABC's Saturday Mornings with the "Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show."
 

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I miss the old days of ABC's Saturday Mornings with the "Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show."

I kind of miss the old days of Saturday Mornings when there was entertainment!
 

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Greatest Saturday morning ABC show ever: Laugh-a-lympics, featuring the Yogis vs the Scoobies vs the Really Rottens.
 

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I miss the old days of ABC's Saturday Mornings with the "Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show."

It seems Bugs and Road Runner were on CBS for some 20 years before it went over to ABC; those toons never got old. They were finally yanked off the air around 1990 or so....guess I need get them on Blu-ray.
 

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I added a lot of these classic cartoons to my DVD library. DVD and Youtube are the only places you can see them anymore.
 
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