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Amazon to launch original kiddie TV programming starting next week

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Amazon is getting into the kiddie television programming biz. The online giant’s Amazon Studios will unveil three original children’s TV shows this summer, with the first series set to launch next week, according to a report on May 15 from CNET.

The first six episodes of each of the kid-friendly shows will be available exclusively on Amazon Prime this summer. Included in the lineup are two preschool series, including the animated show "Tumble Leaf,” which debuts on May 23 and "Creative Galaxy" which premieres on June 27. On July 25, the live-action series "Annedroids" debuts, just in time to hit the 4 to 7 year old demo during their summer vacation. In addition, two more shows are in development: “Wishenpoof!" and "Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street."

Variety posted detailed descriptions of the first three new shows, and quoted an Amazon rep as saying that the first six installments will be available all at once, while additional episodes of the shows are still in production.

One of the most interesting show in the batch looks to be “Creative Galaxy.” The interactive art adventure series will incorporate art and creative thinking through crafts, music and dance, and it has a pretty impressive cast to boot. TV legend Cloris Leachman (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Malcolm in the Middle”) and Jason Priestley (“Beverly Hills 90210″) star in a live-action segment at the end of each episode that will take viewers through the craft project that was showcased in the galaxy.

Tara Sorensen, Amazon Studio’s head of kids Programming at Amazon Studios, said of the company’s new endeavor: “We’re working with some of the most renowned creators in the business to introduce programming that promotes lifelong learning through play.”

This isn’t the online retail giant’s first foray into the original programming department, but it is the company’s first batch of original children’s shows. Last year, Amazon’s first original TV offerings included "Betas" (which is now canceled) and the recently renewed adult political comedy, "Alpha House.”

Look for the first series, “Tumble Leaf,” starting on May 23 on Amazon Prime.

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