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April 30, 2008

Yo hipsters


Buried within the reams of Daytime Emmy nods today (go Giada!) is a gem of a show that if you haven't seen yet, well, you're just not one of the cool kids. (Still time to catch up and act like you were hip to it all along).

"Yo Gabba Gabba," for those without preschoolers or unfailing radar for indie music darlings appearing anywhere on the dial, is a Nick Jr. series that's snagged the likes of the Shins, Tahiti 80, Supernova, the Aggrolites and I'm From Barcelona to be part of its bright, primary colored scenarios.

Mark Mothersbaugh dropped by to teach the little ones how to draw in a segment dubbed Mark's Magic Pictures, and Biz Markie regularly gave his Beat of the Day in the first season of the show, which launched last fall. Elijah Wood did a jig in "dancey dance time," and everybody sang, "There's a Party in My Tummy."

Intrigued yet?

The magazine-style live-action show, the brainchild of a couple L.A. musician friends, will be vying for outstanding achievement in costume design/styling against the likes of "Sesame Street" and "Barney and Friends." Not too shabby for a brand-new show.

Scott Schultz, co-creator with Christian Jacobs, he of the kitsch cool band the Aquabats, said the show stems not from a triple Ph.D in child psychology but a desire to be a kid again.

"We wanted to make a show for our own kids that we could have fun watching, too," Schultz said shortly after learning of the Emmy nod. "We weren't counting on adult interest."

Adult (and teen) interest came, though, as evidenced by an outpouring of fan videos on the YouTubes and repeated tips of the hat on "The Soup."

Now you're all up to speed. Season 2 coming in fall, get your fix here meantime and remember, TiVo, friends, TiVo.


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