My kids absolutely loved Little Bill when they were little. What’s not to like? Little Bill is the youngest of three kids; he has a pet mouse named Elephant and lots of friends at school and a grandmother he calls Alice the Great. He’s a goofy, likable kid who is just like kids they know and yet not. It’s got all the ingredients for a perfect kids’ show.
Cosby announced last week that his animated series, “Little Bill,” which is aimed at getting preschoolers interested in learning, is returning to television on cable’s Noggin network. It previously was part of the Nickelodeon cable network’s “Nick Jr.” programming bloc for preschoolers.
In an era where the education reform act No Child Left Behind dominates education, the comedian complained recently, “The high school dropout rate in some cities is as high as 55 to 75 percent. While the behinds are moving forward, some of the minds are left behind.”
Beginning Monday, Cosby’s show will air weekdays on Noggin at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. EDT. It will be broadcast at 1:30 p.m. EDT on the weekends.
I don’t know if watching Little Bill is going to prevent children from being left behind, but it’s certainly likely to hold your preschooler’s attention long enough for you to go check your email and maybe make some lunch….