Wednesday, April 27 2016 21:39

Netflix Family TV: Three New Offerings to Watch Right Now, and More Coming Soon...

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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...

DANGER MOUSE: Season One - Debuting April 29th, this reboot of the 1980s spy series has been on my radar for ages now, and with it finally here, you can bet we're watching on day one. The original British series ran for over a decade both in its homeland, and here in the 'States. Following the pattern, this reimagining first made it's debut in the UK last year, winning audiences before coming Stateside for some James Bond-style spy adventures. This is also the same series that gave us COUNT DUCKULA. Now, will Jazwares bring their new DANGER MOUSE toys to the U.S.? That's my next question...

LOST AND FOUND MUSIC STUDIOS: Season One - Whenever I see kids rockin' out on television in a sort of "assembled" band, I think about the original run of KIDS Incorporated... circa 1984. Here we have a Canadian import that's making a Global splash, and it's a series that might appeal to an audience that skews slightly younger than the tween/teen crowd it's intended to. The basic gist: kids find their musical identities in a special music program, with the best students mounting a full-scale tour.

KONG: KING OF THE APES - The wild card of my picks this time around, I just think that the children of 2016 need to learn some respect for giant monsters. And robots. Set in the future, you've got King Kong fighting robotically-enhanced dinosaurs that look like they're wearing Dino Riders cosplay - and the action happens around San Francisco. Will audiences get behind it? I have no idea, but I'm in on concept alone.

BONUS ROUND: I've already posted this, but on that "giant robot" note, get the kids ready for VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER! This update of the 1980s classic hits Netflix on June 10th...

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James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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