Here’s a shot of Clifford the Big Red Dog (or maybe it’s puppy Clifford) in his doghouse staring forlornly at an empty bowl. It’s a little display set up by, I’m guessing, our Community Engagement Department in one of the hallways here at UNC-TV. It’s cute, most definitely, but it always makes me a little sad. Someone fill his bowl already!
It’s now the Year of the Dog according to Chinese astrology and there have been loads of loyal canine companions on shows UNC-TV has broadcast over the decades. From Wellard on EastEnders to Barkley on Sesame Street, these memorable mutts have dug holes in our hearts and buried bones in our souls (if you’ll forgive the very disturbing and messy metaphor). But which pooches are my personal faves? I thought about it and came up with MY TOP FIVE DOGS from PBS shows and other public television fare we’ve aired here at UNC-TV.
5) MARTHA (Martha Speaks) Wagstaff City’s most vocal canine gained her power of human speech when she was fed alphabet soup and it went to her brain instead of her stomach. Not the most scientific of origins but it’s a dandy comedic premise for a kids show. Continue reading →
Good news for fans of Ruff Ruffman – the star of the fan-favorite PBS Kids series will be returning this fall in The Ruff Ruffman Show, an all-new short-form animated digital series.
Along with his assistants Blossom and Chet, the canine host extraordinaire will answer questions from real kids, take on challenges and learn the value of perseverance – all while modeling science inquiry skills.
The 20-episode series is designed to help kids ages 4-8 learn core science concepts through videos, game-play and hands-on activities and will be available on PBS Kids digital platforms on September 20.
As you may have gathered, I’m a big fan of Wishbone – the little dog with the big imagination. It was a cool show with a great premise (bring classic books to a young audience) and an ultra-cute canine star. So you can understand my surprise to stumble upon this promotional Wishbone stand-up in a co-worker’s cubicle.
The display probably dates back to the early days of the show (mid-90s) but I’ve no idea as to its actual origins. I could ask but I don’t want to tip my hand if the cardboard doggie happens to go walkies.