PBS Sets 'Car Talk' Cartoon
July 12, 2007 at 5:45 AM (PT)
NPR's "CAR TALK" is coming to TV a an animated sitcom for PBS. Ten episodes of the new show, the title of which will be determined by a radio contest, is being produced with a target of a SUMMER 2008 debut and will feature the off-air "adventures of CLICK and CLACK and their crew of mechanics and co-workers" at TOM and RAY MAGLIOZZI's fictional garage.
"We want to apologize in advance to JIM LEHRER, BILL MOYERS, the folks at FRONTLINE, NOVA and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE for the damage we are about to do to your network's reputation," said the MAGLIOZZI brothers in a press release. "Oh, and BIG BIRD, too. Sorry, pal."
"TOM and RAY are larger than life characters, and the only way to keep them larger than life, and not diminish them on TV, is through animation," said creator and executive producer HOWARD K. GROSSMAN. "We've brought on a world-class animation team, and I'm confident the series will rank among the best anywhere." ("Unlikely!," responded TOM)
"We're looking forward to bringing TOM and RAY to television, with new characters and stories that capture the humor of the radio series and take it even further," said PBS Chief Content Officer JOHN BOLAND. "Through animation and fresh content, we anticipate the show will be a hit among current fans of the radio show and new audiences. PBS has long been a leader in creating animated, educational programming for children, but, with 'CAR TALK,' we will present our first primetime animated series for a general audience."