I can’t watch “Pokémon Go” because I fear a real-life invasion of cute monsters. I can’t wait to see what CBS will put on in place of our regular programming. This might be a good time to ask these questions of your children, because they might be the only way they’ll ever see a show like “Squid Game.”
CBS’ prime-time marathon, titled “Kids Say the Darndest Things,” is “a fun and creative way to introduce kids to classic comedy and get them invested in a group of characters,” according to a press release. In the CBS press release, the word “fun” is used five times in this sentence, and “creative” three times. Does “fun” mean it was great even though your child knew nothing about it and who knows what would happen if you missed a second of the hijinks? Or does “fun” mean “fun” that you forget that “fun” is still in the sentence you wrote and thus have to go back and change it?
On any other network, this would not be a problem, but here CBS has decided to throw in some of its most intelligent, original shows into the mix for kids to watch. As my son said of the The Big Bang Theory, “This is stupid and terrible and we don’t watch other things on CBS” (not in that order).
The CBS Kids Next Gen schedule, released Sept. 8, features animated characters like Pawnee’s Plowden and Gilligan’s Island’s Captain Monty in “Spirit One,” which sends the captain and “some of his island crew” into space, “followed by the Phantom Menace.” There’s also a reality show, “Nobody’s Got Time for That,” as well as “Archer.” “Archer” has an audience that’s large enough to rank it No. 60 on Nielsen’s current list of fall’s most popular shows, according to the CBS press release. And Archer is actually funny.