March Break television fare

-- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:31 AM ET

Hey kids! Next week is March break for most children and parents in the GTA (some boards break a week or two later, screwing with dozens of travel plans. Thanks, nitwits!).

Before your kids get bogged down with exercise/family time, here are several new brain-zapping TV options. Batteries not included:

The Doodlebops: (CBC, 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.). Multi-coloured Doodleboppers Deedee, Rooney and Moe leap and sing through a half-hour of kiddie rock. They look Dr. Seuss, sound Spice Girls. They're The Monkees for munchkins.

Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends: (premiering tonight at 5 p.m., Teletoon). From the dude behind The Powederpuff Girls comes this animated story of an 8-year-old and his imaginary pal Blooregard (or "Bloo," a mischievous blue blob). Turns out that there is a whole orphanage full of these phantom folk, including Wilt, the imaginary pal of a basketball lover. An instant hit on the U.S. Cartoon Network.

Zoey 101: (premieres Friday, March 25 at 6 p.m. on family channel). This live-action comedy stars Jamie Lynn Spears (Britney's kid sister) as a girl attending an all-boy's school. She'd still be there if she hadn't tried out for the swim team.

The Zimmer Twins: (premieres in May, Teletoon). Here's the story: Twins Edgar and Eva Zimmer have psychic powers. They can do anything a kid can imagine -- literally. Young viewers are invited to log on to the Teletoon website starting March 14 (teletoon.com) and write endings to six web-based stories. Favourite entries will be chosen and later animated to complete the shorts (airing later in May). Cool!

Radio Free Roscoe: (Season Four premieres March 21 at 7:30 on family channel). The Canadian-produced teen comedy will air four episodes Monday to Thursday the week of the 21st before returning to its regular Sunday slot. As well, you can meet two of the series' stars, Kate Todd and Ali Mukaddam, at the Eaton Centre March 17 at 10 a.m. for an autograph session. The Roscoe cast just returned from mall tours out West where they were mobbed like Idol winners.

Being Ian: (Tuesdays at 6:30, YTV). This animated series from B.C. has already earned a 22-episode pickup. Aimed at 9-12-year-olds, it follows the adventures of young film buff Ian Kelley and his overactive imagination. Caricatures of Don Cherry and other Canadian icons have already made the zany 'toon trip.

nerve: (Mondays 5:30, CBC). Aimed at teens and young offenders, this punk, edgy series offers personal stories from young adults (an earlier episode featured a dude suspended from his pierced body parts) that should scare parents silly. What nerve! From my old pal Ralph Benmergui.

In addition, a new series from Bill Nye -- The Science Guy -- premieres April 3 on PBS. The Eyes Of Nye is actually aimed at adult viewers, but older kids raised on the original will want to check out their lab buddy. Science rules!


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