Tue Jul 3
While most other network shows are currently enjoying their summer hiatus, the cast and crew of CW Network's Everybody Hates Chris are hard at work. Unlike most adult-driven shows, Chris is under a bit of a time crunch; you see, its stars are growing up a tad too fast for the plot lines. Child actors speeding through their awkward years before our eyes is, of course, not an unfamiliar phenomenon. Even the producers of the Harry Potter films—which have taken into account its stars' transformation into adults—have been biting their nails. Its three lead players are now lanky17- and 18-year olds, and two more cinematic installments are still due in the child-oriented franchise. For producers relying on their actors' cuteness to lure in viewers, adolescence is an inconvenient obstacle—especially when its arrival is sudden and impossible to schedule. Unlike Harry Potter , a series whose fans themselves grow between one film and the next, TV shows often...
Three Strikes, You're Out?
Tue Jul 3
Baseball season is in full swing, especially for those Little-Leaguers who have found themselves in prestigious all-star teams across the country. Unfortunately, this means that the ball and bat version of stage moms and dads are coming out of hibernation for the season. Need some tips for how to deal with those parents who haven't seemed to grow out of that "Hey, batter, batter, batter..." heckling stage? Yeah, we thought so. Still, no matter how popular the very American sport is on home turf, the game doesn't seem to be translating well for the Chinese. According to the Associated Press , parents are too uninterested in the base-running sport to encourage kids to start playing, which is hurting China in the worldwide competition scene. Jim Lefebvre, the manager of China's Olympic baseball team and a former major league player and manager, said that part of the problem is how new the sport is in the country, and also that "China has no Little League, no high school,...
Sony gets detention
Tue Jul 3
Tisk tisk, Sony Italy. According to the UK's Pocket-Lint , the company is handing out fake book covers, disguised as classic works but really functioning as shields for school kids' PSPs. Thanks to Sony, sneaking a game device into class is now easier and ever—not to mention encouraged. Thankfully, as news of this clever business tactic spreads, we find it hard to believe that teacher's won't catch on to the plot soon. Unfortunately, the sight of a preteen glued to Dante's Divine Comedy is now subject to suspicion.
Even in the summer, kids break a sweat
Mon Jul 2
Surprise, surprise: We live in an unremittingly anxious, overworked society. And, if college admission rates, standardized tests and extracurricular education programs are any indication, we are doing an efficient job at passing on our stress to the next generation. Careless childhood summers, when the largest decision of the day involved choosing between the pool and the tree house, are long gone. These days it's summer school, training camps and special skills workshops. Some parents view summers as an opportunity to offer their kids advance preparation for the school year: with the help of tutors and camps, kids can hike up their math grades or have a better chance of making the basketball team. Other parents hope that tightly scheduled days will prevent laziness; after all, these days the risk of becoming a premature couch potato is higher than ever. Finally, supervised activity is a saving grace for parents who are themselves overscheduled. While news outlets habitually...
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