A great day in the morning for kids


September 10, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

Prime-time TV tonight is a waste. Therefore, we'll focus on the new shows premiering this morning -- on the new kids' schedule.

* "The Magic School Bus" (8 a.m.-8:30 a.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- To aging Baby Boomers, the phrase "Magic Bus" evokes musical memories of the Who. To their children, the same phrase evokes, instead, the illustrated book series by author Joanna Cole and illustrator Bruce Degen. Lily Tomlin provides the voice of Miss Frizzle, and today's commercial-TV preview of the new PBS series presents the episode in which the titular vehicle shrinks Miss Frizzle and her inquisitive students into the insides of a fellow student. Best part: hanging out in the mouth, right after the kid has chomped on some toasted cheese snacks. Fox.

* "Reboot" (9:30 a.m.-10 a.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Here's a kids' show you and your kids should sample at least once. The animation is generated completely by computer; unfortunately, it feels as if the script is, too, though those might improve down the line. Characters, living inside a supercomputer, are given names such as Glitch, Megabyte and Dot Matrix. They may be dull, but in terms of a new look, "Reboot" leaves all the other Saturday-morning shows in the dust. Check out this premiere show, and decide for yourself whether "Reboot" is a show you'd care to revisit. ABC.

* "Bump in the Night" (10 a.m.-10:30 a.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Technically, it should be called "Bump in the Day," but why quibble? This is a new stop-animation series about the creepy things under a small boy's bed. They're actually the good guys, with the villains being a robot toy named Destructo and the ever-popular Closet Monster. ABC.

* "The Tick" (11:30 a.m.-noon, WBFF, Channel 45) -- This sounded more repugnant than it turns out to be, because the title character, a 400-pound crime fighter, is no more a real tick than Batman is a real bat. But he's just about as stupid as a tick. Former Monkee Mickey Dolenz provides the voice of his sidekick, Arthur. The adventurous trio is rounded out by American Maid, a superheroine who uses her stiletto heels as weapons, and who used to wear a French maid outfit before the politically correct police forced the animators to change her into a sort of asexual one-piece wet suit. Fox.

* "Tales From the Crypt" (11 p.m.-midnight, WBFF, Channel 45) -- Two of the funniest episodes of "Crypt" are shown back-to-back tonight. The first one, "For Cryin' Out Loud," stars Lee Arenberg as an unscrupulous rock promoter, with hilarious supporting turns by Katey Sagal of "Married . . . With Children" as a (literally) drop-dead gorgeous groupie and the late Sam Kinison as the voice of the promoter's conscience. The second -- "What's Cookin'?" -- stars Christopher Reeve and "My So-Called Life" co-star Bess Armstrong as new owners of a diner, with Judd Nelson and Meatloaf finding new ways to serve and be served, respectively. Fox.

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