Discovery Kids is hoping its Sunday morning fall lineup will score high viewing action, and is therefore increasing its game show lineup based on last year’s trial run.
Returning is Animal Planet Zooventure, an outdoor game show taped at the San Diego Zoo that airs at 9 a.m. The success of this show, in which young contestants answer animal questions for the chance to win prizes (which include becoming zookeepers for a day), sparked much gaming interest and lead into the net’s newest game addition, Discovery Kids Zap It! In this show, teams comprised of kids both at home and in-studio try to answer questions on a video screen posed by make-believe channels, such as the How-Now-Brown-Cow channel.
‘In the 500 channel universe of the future, it lets kids feel like they have the remote control,’ says Marjorie Kaplan, senior VP, children’s programming, of the rise of the eminently adaptable game genre. ‘It’s an exciting game in which young people at home can feel like they are participating.’
Following the game double-header are: Mega Movie Magic, which features a behind-the-scenes look at hollywood stunts, special effects and how movies are made; Real Kids, Real Adventures which, based on the eponymous book by Deborah Morris, recreates electrifying, true-life experiences of young people from around the world; The Adventures of Ark, a show where a team of teens set out to save animals; and Jaws & Claws, the last show in the block, which takes viewers to the habitats of some of the world’s most terrifying creatures.