Yo Gabba Gabba! was announced about a year ago, and speculation commenced as to which network would pick it up. This week Nick Jr. put out a press release not only proudly claiming the series (and announcing its imminent debut), but making it sound like something the parents might want to watch, too:
Nickelodeon invites preschoolers and their families to rock out with Nick Jr.’s new live-action music series Yo Gabba Gabba! The interactive, half-hour 20-episode series, produced by The Magic Store and W!LDBRAIN, will debut with a simulcast of the premiere episode, “Eat” on both Nick Jr. and sister network NOGGIN on Monday, August 20 at 10:30 a.m. (ET/PT*) with an encore on Nick Jr. at 1:00 p.m. (ET/PT).
Nick Jr. will premiere a new episode of Yo Gabba Gabba! every day from Tuesday, August 21 – Thursday, August 23 at 10:30 a.m. (ET/PT) and the series will air regularly weekdays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nick Jr. Through an original beat-driven soundtrack and innovative retro style, Yo Gabba Gabba! highlights simple life lessons in the lives of preschoolers, like sharing, healthy eating and making their bed. The series’ unique magazine format features original animation, vibrant walk-around puppets, real kids, diverse music genres, and celebrity and musical guest appearances in every episode.
The first season of Yo Gabba Gabba! will feature a recurring role by Hip Hop legend Biz Markie in a “Biz’s Beat of the Day” segment where he teaches preschoolers how to beat-box, and a recurring role by singer, illustrator and composer Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo) in a “Mark’s Magic Pictures” drawing segment. Additional guest stars include, Elijah Wood in the premiere episode (“Eat”), Mya, The Shins, Sugarland, Rahzel, Tony Hawk, Laila Ali, Sean Kingston, Nikki Flores, Hector Jimenez, Smoosh, The Aquabats, The Aggrolites and Cornelius.
It’s just as well that I don’t have preschoolers anymore; I don’t know that I’m cool enough to watch this.
Want to find out more? If you’re still looking for info after reading the whole press release, check out the Yo Gabba Gabba! website or check out some of the clips available on YouTube. In fact, I’ll leave you with this one, but I warn you: it’s a real earworm. I’m sorry. (Then again, if you must have a song stuck in your head, why not one about eating your veggies?)