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Stream TeamRemember back in January when I wrote about Netflix "doubling-down" on original content for kids and families? Today comes news that keeps that train rollin', with five new original series being announced, along with word that KONG: KING OF THE APES will be back for a second season in 2017. Among the new programs are SKYLANDERS ACADEMY (bound to be huge and featuring fellow "Rock Father" James Hetfield of METALLICA doing a featured voice!), LLAMA LLAMA, SPIRIT: RIDING FREE, HILDA and SPY KIDS: MISSION CRITICAL. Check out details on all of these new shows below... 

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Netflix #StreamTeamWhen it comes to television in 2016, retro vibes and nostalgia are powerful thing - a trend that's been gathering steam in recent years, often resulting in that perfect emotional mix that can find an updated property becoming cross-generational. As a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam, I've written about the subject at length, with the crew at Netflix leading the charge toward co-viewing and bringing families back together to enjoy the shared experience of something new... but rooted in something old. For the second time this year, I found myself face-to-face with familiar characters from my own youth, first with FULLER HOUSE, and now with something a little closer to my heart... VOLTRON. I'd been invited to DreamWorks Animation in Glendale, California for an early look at VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER, and a meeting with the talent and creatives behind the show. It was also a chance to get involved... if only for a moment.

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Netflix Stream TeamLast week, I found myself in Glendale, California, reporting for duty at DreamWorks Animation on assignment for the Netflix #StreamTeam, all for a gig very near and dear to my heart... that of a kid that grew up in the 80s. Technically, I'm not allowed to tell you the specifics of what I was doing, but I don't think I'll get in too much trouble if I admit that yes, I have seen VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER... I just can't tell you anything about the Netflix Original Series other than that it's streaming on June 10, and today the first official trailer has been released. Whether you loved VOLTRON back in '84, or you're just getting involved, I'd like to hear your thoughts on the video below...

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Netflix #StreamTeamIf you've been following my adventures over these past few months, you may have already seen some of my reporting on the Family TV "Co-Viewing" initiatives that my friends at Netflix have been rolling out. While shows like FULLER HOUSE have gotten a big push already this year, the seeds were planted awhile ago, and one of last year's surprises is coming back, with two new seasons of MGA's Netflix Original Series, Project Mc2 on-deck. The Daytime Emmy-nominated series has shown girls around the world that Smart is the New Cool, and season 2 will premiere worldwide Friday, August 12, followed by Season 3, which will be available in fall 2016. So how about something fresh to watch in the meantime? Here's a few Rock Father-approved choices to check out right now...

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Varèse Sarabande recently released the Original Soundtrack for the Netflix Original Film PEE-WEE’S BIG HOLIDAY via digital retailers, and now a physical release is on-deck. The album will come to CD on May 6, 2016, featuring the score composed by Mark Mothersbaugh (THE LEGO MOVIE, PEE-WEE’S PLAYHOUSE), which includes the song “New York,” performed by Pee-wee Herman.
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MARIA BAMFORD is busy, the Minnesota native long-ago leaving behind "The Land of 10,000 Lakes" in favor of the Los Angeles River. Aside from doing stand-up and making appearances on shows such as ABC's FRESH OFF THE BOAT, Bamford is a prolific voice actor, lending her chords to everything from ADVENTURE TIME and KUNG FU PANDA to WORDGIRL and AXE COP. One of her most-heard roles is that of TALKING GINGER - a boy kitty, performed by a girl. As part of the YouTube hit,TALKING TOM AND FRIENDS: THE ANIMATED SERIES, millions have seen the character from Outfit 7's popular series of apps go on countless adventures. To celebrate Talking Ginger's birthday (today, April 8), Bamford took a few minutes to throw down some knowledge about the curious cat.

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