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Kids Incorporated

Kids Incorporated logo, 1984–1992
Format Sitcom with music
Created by Thomas Lynch,
Gary Biller
Starring Eric Balfour (1991)
Charlie Brady (1993)
Nicole Brown (1992-1993)
Dena Burton (1993)
Jared Delgin (1992)
Moosie Drier (1984-1988)
Stacy Ferguson (1984-1989)
Kenny Ford (1988-1992)
Anthony Harell (1993)
Jennifer Love Hewitt (1989-1991)
Anastasia Horne (1991-1993)
Haylie Johnson (1991-1993)
Ryan Lambert (1985-1988)
Connie Lew (1987-1988)
Martika (1984-1986)
Rahsaan Patterson (1984-1987)
Devyn Puett (1988-1989)
Renee Sands (1984-1987)
Jerry Sharell (1984)
Richard Shoff (1987-1989)
Opening theme "Kids Incorporated Theme" - written by Michael Cruz; performed by Martika (1984–1986), full cast (1987–1993)
Country of origin Flag of the United States United States
No. of episodes 150
Production
Running time 22 min
Broadcast
Original channel Syndicated (1984–1986), Disney Channel (1986–1993)
Original run September 7, 1984February 9, 1994
External links
IMDb profile

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Contents

Plot

The series revolved around a group of children and teenagers who performed in their own rock group, Kids Incorporated. The band members struggled to deal with issues ranging from divorce to violence to schoolyard crushes while performing regularly at a local restaurant/theatre, The P*lace (called The Malt Shop in the pilot). It was originally named The Palace, but the "a" in the neon sign burned out. It was never explained how the KI group funded or profited from their performances, but the show did not aim for strict realism. The action took place on abstract, "stagey" sets and the plots involved many fantasy elements (such as the band meeting a singing robot).


The city in which the P*lace was located was never disclosed. However, according to frequent director Paul Hoen, the show was supposed to be set in Fort Greene, a section of Brooklyn, New York City. The school depicted on the Kids Incorporated set had signage reading P.S., and later, Public School 127. The P.S. designation is associated only with NYC schools. Fort Greene is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. ... This article is about the borough of New York City. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...


Cast and characters

The cast of Kids Incorporated comprised mainly children and teenagers. The only recurring adult members of the cast were Moosie Drier ("Riley", 1984–1988), Sean O'Riordan ("Flip", 1989–1992) and Dena Burton (1993), who played managers of The P*lace. Parents rarely appeared on the show or figured directly into episode plots. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


The Kids Incorporated group

The members of Kids Incorporated ranged in age from eight to mid-teens. From 1987 to 1988 there were six members of the group; in other seasons, the band always consisted of three girls and two boys.


The characters on the show usually carried the names of the actors who played them (for instance, Stacy Ferguson's character was also named "Stacy"). However, in some cases, the names were shortened (Anastasia Horne became "Ana"), and in others, they were completely replaced. For example, Martika's character was named "Gloria" while Jerry Sharell's character was named "Mickey". Rahsaan Patterson was called "The Kid" and his real name was not revealed as Rahsaan until well into the series (and even after then, the show still continued to refer to him as "The Kid"). Jennifer Love Hewitt's character was called "Robin". Stacy Ann Ferguson, professionally known as Fergie (born March 27, 1975), is an American pop and R&B singer, songwriter, and occasional actress. ... Anastasia Horne is an American actress/singer who has appeared on television and in the theater. ... Marta Marrero (born May 18, 1969 in Whittier, California, USA), better known as Martika, is an American pop singer and actress. ... Jerry Sharell is an American singer / actor who was best known as Mickey on the syndicated version of the childrens musical-variety series Kids Incorporated. ... Rahsaan Patterson is an African-American singer and actor, best known for portraying The Kid on the popular 1980s television show Kids Incorporated. ... Jennifer Love Hewitt (born February 21, 1979) is an American actress and singer-songwriter. ...


Actors left the series when they "aged out" of their roles as kids. The disappearances of some long-running actors, such as Martika, Renee Sands, Stacy Ferguson, and Rashaan Patterson, were written into the script, however, most of the time the performers were replaced without comment.


Stacy Ferguson held the record as the longest-running cast member, staying with the show for six seasons. Moosie Drier was part of the cast for five seasons; Renee Sands, Ryan Lambert, Kenny Ford, and Rahsaan Patterson were in the show for four years each. Several of the other performers, however, like Jerry Sharell, left the show after only one season; Sharell's departure was said to be due to creative differences with producers Thomas W. Lynch and Gary Biller. In particular, he was unhappy with the show's often bizarre and outlandish storylines.[citation needed] To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Renee Sands (born Renee Ilene Sandstrom, February 15, 1974 in Worcester, Massachusetts) is an American singer and actress best known for her work on the 1980s childrens television show Kids Incorporated and as a member of the vocal trio Wild Orchid, which also included fellow Kids Inc. ... Ryan Lambert was a performer who starred in the television show Kids Incorporated from 1985 until 1988 and was the lead singer in the San Francisco-based eclectic rock band elephone. ... Rahsaan Patterson is an African-American singer and actor, best known for portraying The Kid on the popular 1980s television show Kids Incorporated. ...


All of the members of the cast were strong singers and performed their own vocals. Several, such as Devyn Puett, were also trained dancers and occasionally showcased their abilities. However, none of the performers played instruments. In many scenes in the show, the characters are shown pretending to play the piano, guitar and other instruments. Devyn Puett was best known for her role of Devyn in the long running kids musical show Kids Incorporated where she remained for two seasons. ...


For many of the cast members, Kids Incorporated was the beginning of a fruitful career in the music industry. Currently, the most visible ex-KI kid is probably Fergie (Stacy Ferguson), who performs with the Grammy-award winning group The Black Eyed Peas. Others who have been largely successful in the fields of music and acting include Martika ("Toy Soldiers"), Renee Sands (Wild Orchid), Rahsaan Patterson, Eric Balfour (24), (Jennifer) Love Hewitt (Party of Five, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Ghost Whisperer) and Ryan Lambert (The Monster Squad, Elephone). Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... The Black Eyed Peas is an American hip-hop group from Los Angeles, California, who have enjoyed worldwide pop success. ... Appearing on Martikas self-titled debut album in 1989, Toy Soldiers is a slow ballad. ... Wild Orchid performing, c. ... Rahsaan Patterson is an African-American singer and actor, best known for portraying The Kid on the popular 1980s television show Kids Incorporated. ... Eric Salter Balfour (born April 24, 1977) is an American actor. ... For other uses, see 24 (disambiguation). ... Party of Five is an American dramatic television series that premiered on FOX Network, September 12, 1994 and ended on May 3, 2000 after six seasons. ... I Know What You Did Last Summer is an Award-winning 1997 horror film. ... Ghost Whisperer is an American television drama-fantasy-thriller that premiered on CBS September 23, 2005. ... Ryan Lambert may refer to: Ryan Lambert Architecture Doctorate (Arch. ... This article is about the film. ...


The dancers

Supporting Kids Incorporated's singers was an ensemble of five young dancers. These cast members appeared in the background in scenes in The P*lace, they also performed choreographed routines and served as backup singers and musicians (pretending to play) during Kids Incorporated's performances.


Generally, the dancers were peripheral to the story; the plots of the episodes never incorporated them. However, during Season 1, dancer Wendy Brainard performed as a singer for Corey Hart's "It Ain't Enough" and Donna Summer's "Dim All the Lights". In addition, over the years, more than twelve of the dancers were given speaking roles in various episodes. For other persons named Corey Hart, see Corey Hart (disambiguation). ... Donna Summer (born LaDonna Adrian Gaines, on December 31, 1948) is a legendary American singer, songwriter, and artist, best known for a string of dance hits in the 1970s that earned her the title Queen of Disco and as one of the few disco-based artists to have longevity on... Dim All The Lights is a song by Donna Summer released as a single in the latter half of 1979. ...


The longest-running dancer in the Kids Incorporated cast was Gina Marie Vinaccia, who appeared on the show for four years, from 1985 to 1988. Other noted KI dancers included actor Mario Lopez (Saved by the Bell), recording artist Shanice and Broadway choreographer and dancer Darren Lee. **- Denotes winner of best dancer competition. Mario López, Jr. ... Saved by the Bell was an American teen sitcom which originally aired between 1989 and 1993. ... Shanice (born Shanice Lorraine Wilson on May 14, 1973 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a Grammy Award nominated American R&B singer. ...

  • Charon Aldredge — 1991–1993
  • Ken Arata — 1993
  • Wendy Brainard — 1984–1986
  • Dee Caspary — 1987–1988
  • Joseph Conrad — 1989
  • Nicole Cropper — 1987–1988
  • Kimberly Duncan — 1988–1989
  • Brian Friedman — 1991–1993
  • Andre Fuentes — 1993
  • Aaron Hamilton — 1984
  • Jennifer King — 1991–1992
  • Leilani Lagmay — 1989
  • Darren Lee — 1985–1986
  • Mario Lopez — 1984–1986
  • Danielle Marcus-Janssen — 1991–1993
  • Challyn Markray — 1987
  • Tony Perrin — 1991–1992
  • Brian Poth — 1987–1988
  • Carletta Prince — 1984
  • Tiffany Robbins — 1989
  • Cory Tyler — 1989
  • Gina Marie Vinaccia |— 1985–1988
  • Andrea Paige Wilson — 1984–1986
  • Shanice Wilson — 1984
  • Ian Whinnem — 1984 (one episode)

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Guest stars

Guest stars on Kids Incorporated included both established celebrities and newcomers. Gwen Verdon, Kathy Johnson, Barry Williams, Billy Blanks, David Hasselhoff, and Ruth Buzzi were among the stars who appeared during the run of the show. Young actors who guest starred on KI included Brittany Murphy, Andrea Barber, Scott Wolf, and Jason Hervey. Gwyneth Evelyn Verdon (January 13, 1925 – October 18, 2000) was an acclaimed Tony Award-winning American dancer and actress, known professionally as Gwen Verdon. ... Kathy Johnson, also known as Kathy Johnson Clarke (born September 13, 1959) is an American commentator and retired artistic gymnast. ... Barry William Blenkhorn (born September 30, 1954), known professionally as Barry Williams, is an American actor best known for his role as Greg Brady in the ABC television series The Brady Bunch. ... Billy Blanks Billy Blanks (b. ... David Michael Hasselhoff (born July 17, 1952 in Baltimore, Maryland), nicknamed The Hoff, is an American actor who is best known for his lead roles on Knight Rider and Baywatch. ... Ruth Buzzi (July 24, 1936—) is an American actress and comedienne of theatre, film, and television. ... Brittany Murphy (born Brittany Anne Bertolotti on November 10, 1977) is an American singer and actress. ... Andrea Laura Barber (born July 3, 1976 in Los Angeles, California, USA) is an American actress who is best known for playing Kimmy Gibbler on the American ABC sitcom Full House. ... Scott Wolf on Everwood Scott Richard Wolf (born June 4, 1968) is an American actor. ... Jason Hervey is an American actor, born April 6, 1972, in Los Angeles, California. ...


Music

Music was an integral part of Kids Incorporated, and several songs were included in every episode. While these numbers were usually performed onstage in the context of a concert at The P*lace, they were also occasionally used to illustrate a character's internal monologue or conflict. The vocal responsibilities were shared by all five singers; every cast member was given an opportunity to perform featured or solo songs throughout the course of the season.


While there were a few original pieces in the KI repertoire, the group mainly performed songs that were previously recorded by other artists. Artists and songs covered included Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, "Hip-Hop Hooray!" by Naughty by Nature, "Friday I'm in Love" by The Cure, "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi, "Physical" by Olivia Newton-John, "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" by Wang Chung, "All Fired Up" by Pat Benatar, "The Promise of a New Day" by Paula Abdul, "Pump up the Jam" by Technotronic, "Motownphilly" by Boyz II Men, "Strange but True" by Times Two, "I Have Nothing" by Whitney Houston (performed by Anastasia Horne) and "Breakaway" by Tracey Ullman. Madonna Louise Ciccone Ritchie (born August 16, 1958), better known as simply Madonna, is a six-time Grammy[1] and one-time Golden Globe award winning American pop singer, songwriter, record and film producer, dancer, actress, author and fashion icon. ... “Springsteen” redirects here. ... Naughty by Nature is an American Hip hop group that at the time of its formation in 1991 consisted of Treach, Vin Rock, and the DJ Kay Gee. ... Friday Im In Love is the second single taken from the album Wish 1992 from The Cure. ... This article is about the rock band. ... Livin on a Prayer is Bon Jovis second single from their Slippery When Wet album. ... Bon Jovi is a hard rock band originating from Sayreville, New Jersey. ... Physical is an Olivia Newton-John song that was a #1 hit. ... Olivia Newton-John AO OBE (born 26 September 1948) is a Grammy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated English-born Australian pop singer, songwriter and actress. ... A frame from the video for Everybody Have Fun Tonight Everybody Have Fun Tonight is a song by Wang Chung. ... Wang Chung is a British New Wave music group. ... All Fired Up is a hard rock album by NWOBHM band Fastway. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... The Promise of a New Day is the second single (and lead-off track) from American artist Paula Abduls album Spellbound. ... Paula Julie Abdul (born June 19, 1962) is an American multi-platinum selling Grammy Award-winning singer, dancer, television personality, jewelry designer, and Emmy Award-winning choreographer. ... Pump Up The Jam is the first song off of Technotronics album Pump Up the Jam: The Album. ... Technotronic is a studio-based Belgian House Music project formed by Jo Bogaert (a. ... Motownphilly is the Boyz II Mens 1991 debut single for their debut album, Cooleyhighharmony. ... Boyz II Men is an American R&B/soul singing group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Times Two was a male duo of vocalists/keyboardists that wrote most of their material while watching old sitcoms like the Andy Griffith Show. ... I Have Nothing is a song by American singer Whitney Houston and is the third single released from the The Bodyguard soundtrack album. ... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963) is a six-time Grammy award winning, American R&B singer, soprano, pianist, actress, film producer, and former model. ... Anastasia Horne is an American actress/singer who has appeared on television and in the theater. ... Breakaway (spelled Break-a-Way on the original 45 RPM label, and spelled Breakaway on most subsiquent releases and compilations) is a song written by Irma Thomas and Jackie DeShannon and originally recorded by Irma Thomas in 1964 and released as the B-Side of her single Wish Someone Would... Tracey Ullman (born December 30, 1959) is a English comedian, actress, singer, dancer, screenwriter, and author, who is most famous for being the host of her eponymous variety television show. ...


Due to the young ages of both the performers and the target audience, lyrics referencing alcohol, drugs, violence, sex and slang were generally edited out of the songs and replaced with more benign language. However, occasionally songs were performed as written, "objectionable" lyrics intact. Examples of uncensored songs that were presented on the series include "Dancing with Myself" by Billy Idol ("The Storybook House" episode, 1989), "Seven Wonders" by Fleetwood Mac (1988) and "Smooth Criminal" by Michael Jackson (1989). Dancing With Myself is a song by the band Generation X 1981. ... Billy Idol (born William Michael Albert Broad, 30 November 1955 in Middlesex) is an English rock musician. ... Tango in the Night is an album by the British-American band Fleetwood Mac, released in 1987 (see 1987 in music). ... This article is about the band. ... Audio sample Smooth Criminal is a song on Michael Jacksons Bad album (1987). ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ...


The large number of songs performed in the series, and the subsequent licensing fees attached therein, present a considerable challenge to releasing Kids Incorporated on DVD or returning it to television. In 2005, for example, a proposal to air Kids Incorporated as part of The Disney Channel's Saturday night teen line-up fell through when Disney officials suggested removing much of the music and replacing it with blooper reels. The year 2005 in television involved some significant events. ...


Production and broadcast history

The original pilot film for Kids Incorporated was produced in 1983 and shopped to several networks by creators Thomas W. Lynch and Gary Biller. Thomas W. Lynch (born on February 25, 1956 in Los Angeles, California) is an American television series producer who is the head of his own production company, the Tom Lynch Company, based in Beverly Hills, California. ...


The series was not picked up by a major network, but, distributed by MGM/UA Entertainment Co. Television, began a syndicated run in the fall of 1984. The original four cast members, Stacy Ferguson, Martika, Renee Sands and Jerry Sharell, were joined by Rahsaan Patterson and a company of five backup dancers. MGM Television Entertainment logo MGM Television (first known as Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television, and later MGM/UA Television) is an American television production/distribution company that was launched in 1955 and a subsidiary of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc. ... In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast programs to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... Stacy Ann Ferguson (born March 27, 1975), professionally known as Fergie, is a Grammy Award-winning American Pop/R&B singer. ... Marta Marrero (born May 18, 1969 in Whittier, California, USA), better known as Martika, is an American pop singer and actress. ... Renee Sands (born Renee Ilene Sandstrom, February 15, 1974 in Worcester, Massachusetts) is an American singer and actress best known for her work on the 1980s childrens television show Kids Incorporated and as a member of the vocal trio Wild Orchid, which also included fellow Kids Inc. ... Jerry Sharell is an American singer / actor who was best known as Mickey on the syndicated version of the childrens musical-variety series Kids Incorporated. ... Rahsaan Patterson is an African-American singer and actor, best known for portraying The Kid on the popular 1980s television show Kids Incorporated. ...


In syndication, the show was usually shown on Tuesday or Sunday evenings, however, this depended largely on decisions made by local television stations. For example, KTRV in Boise, Idaho aired the show at first on Tuesday, then Saturday nights at 6:30 PM, while WNBC in New York City aired it first on Sundays at 1:00 PM then moved it back to 9:00 AM. KPTV in Portland, Oregon first aired it Saturday mornings at 10:30 AM, then moved it back to 9:30 AM. The shuffling time slots affected the ratings, and KI was cancelled the weekend of May 25, 1986. Reruns aired on the CBN Cable Network (now ABC Family) from 1985-1986. KTRV, also known as Fox 12, is a Fox affiliate for the Boise, Idaho area. ... “Boise” redirects here. ... WNBC, channel 4, is the flagship station of the NBC television network, located in New York City. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... KPTV is the Fox television affiliate serving the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. ... Nickname: Location of Portland in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates: , Country State County Multnomah County Incorporated February 8, 1851 Government  - Mayor Tom Potter[1]  - Commissioners Sam Adams Randy Leonard Dan Saltzman Erik Sten  - Auditor Gary Blackmer Area  - City 376. ... is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... The Christian Broadcasting Network, or CBN, is, as its name implies, a Christian television broadcasting network in the United States. ... ABC Family is an American cable television network currently owned by Disney-ABC Television Group, a division of The Walt Disney Company. ...


It was due to the positive ratings from the CBN reruns that in the summer of 1986, Kids Incorporated was given a second chance when The Disney Channel acquired the rights to the series. It resumed production with the same cast, and new episodes began airing on November 3, 1986. Disney's buyout package also included the entire syndicated run; as such, edits had to be made to remove fee plugs & commercial outros. The show's main time slot on the Disney Channel was 4:00 PM ET/3:00 PM CT. The Disney Channel is a cable TV network run by The Walt Disney Company in the United States. ... is the 307th day of the year (308th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Metronome, a public art installation showing the time in New York City The Eastern Time Zone (ET) of the Western Hemisphere falls mostly along the east coast of Northern America and the west coast of South America. ...  CST or UTC-6 The Central Time Zone observes standard time by subtracting six hours from UTC during standard time (UTC-6) and five hours during daylight saving time (UTC-5). ...


After the sixth season (1989) was filmed, Kids Incorporated was put on hiatus for two years, during which time most of the cast moved on to other projects or "aged out". The only performers who were invited to return to the show in 1991, when it resumed production, were Kenny Ford and Love Hewitt. Jennifer Love Hewitt (born February 21, 1979) is an American actress and singer-songwriter. ...


Budget cuts and the expiration of Disney's lease with MGM prompted another hiatus in 1993, after only ten episodes of Season 9 had been filmed. However, the last episode of this season, which aired on February 9, 1994, actually turned out to be the final one of the series. By the summer of 1995, when the show was scheduled to resume production, most of the cast members were graduating from high school/college or getting married and could no longer sustain the Kids Incorporated image. Thus, the show did not continue. is the 40th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ...


The format of the show would have changed, giving the songs less importance and placing them in breaks in the main storyline action. Some proposed scripts had no songs at all. In addition, the show's filming would have moved from Los Angeles to Vancouver, Canada. The hype for the new Kids Incorporated project was all over Los Angeles, Inglewood and New York but never came to fruition. For other uses, see Vancouver (disambiguation). ...


After its default cancellation, Kids Incorporated continued to be shown in reruns on The Disney Channel until May 30, 1996. is the 150th day of the year (151st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ...


Kids Incorporated was filmed at Hollywood Center Studios in California for its entire run. It was one of the only shows, along with The Mickey Mouse Club, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and You Can't Do That On Television, in which the complete season took place within the calendar year, instead of the traditional fall-spring shooting/broadcast schedule. For instance, if an actor was with the show from 1985 to 1988, he actually appeared in four seasons, not three. Annette Funicello on The Mickey Mouse Club The Mickey Mouse Club was a very long-running variety television series in the 1950s, produced and televised by the Walt Disney Studios, featuring a regular but ever-changing cast of teenage performers, of which the most popular was Annette Funicello. ... Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (MMPR) is an American live-action television series, created for the American market based on the sixteenth installment of the Japanese Super Sentai franchise, Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger. ... You Cant Do That on Television (YCDTOTV) is a Canadian childrens television program, created by Roger Price and produced from 1979 until 1990. ...


A significant amount of time passed between the filming of each season, accounting for the speed at which the kids in the cast seemed to age. Excepting specials, such as the 1986 holiday show Rockin' in the New Year, production took place during July-August of each year. In later seasons, this schedule was moved to the spring.


Producers

Throughout its history, various producers and production companies were associated with Kids Incorporated, including K-Tel Entertainment, Lynch-Biller Productions (later Lynch Entertainment; now The Tom Lynch Company), RHI Entertainment, and MGM Television (aka MGM-Pathe). Hal Roach Studios/Quintex, the studio responsible for the Our Gang (Little Rascals) short films series of the 1930s, was also involved with KI. K-tel International is an As-Seen-On-TV company, which is most noted for their compilation music albums such as The Super Hits series, The Dynamic Hits series and The Number One Hits series. ... MGM Television Entertainment logo MGM Television (first known as Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television, and later MGM/UA Television) is an American television production/distribution company that was launched in 1955 and a subsidiary of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc. ... Harold Eugene Roach ( January 14, 1892 – November 2, 1992) was an American film and television producer from 1910s to 1980s, born in Elmira, New York. ... Qintex Ltd. ... A poster for the 1931 Our Gang comedy Love Business featuring depictions of (from left to right): Pete the Pup, Jackie Cooper, and Norman Chubby Chaney. ... A short film (also short or short subject) is a motion picture that is shorter than the average feature film. ...


Kids Incorporated effectively launched the career of creator and producer Gary Biller; and of creator and producer Thomas W. Lynch, who would go on to co-create The Secret World of Alex Mack and Romeo! among other shows). Prior to Kids Incorporated, Lynch and Biller produced and created a long-running music video series for TBS, Night Tracks. Thomas W. Lynch (born on February 25, 1956 in Los Angeles, California) is an American television series producer who is the head of his own production company, the Tom Lynch Company, based in Beverly Hills, California. ... The Secret World of Alex Mack is an American television series that ran on Nickelodeon from October 8, 1994 to January 15, 1998, replacing Clarissa Explains It All on the SNICK line-up. ... Romeo! was an American television series that began in 2003 starring rapper Lil Romeo. ... TBS also stands for Tokyo Broadcasting System, a Japanese television network. ... Night Tracks was an American television series which ran from 1983 to 1992 on WTBS (later known as TBS) on late night weekends. ...


Merchandise

Kids Incorporated: The Beginning and other videos

The 1983 pilot film was never shown on television, however, in 1985 it was released on VHS as Kids Incorporated; The Beginning. In order to include cast member Rahsaan Patterson, who joined the show after the pilot was shot, a new storyline was edited into the film. His character "The Kid" was depicted as the new kid in town, who was very shy and afraid to audition for the band. He also revealed the origins of the Kids Incorporated group. Patterson's scenes were filmed 1984, and edited in with the 1983 footage of the rest of the cast. Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS, is a recording and playing standard. ... Rahsaan Patterson is an African-American singer and actor, best known for portraying The Kid on the popular 1980s television show Kids Incorporated. ...


Two additional KI videos were released in 1985, entitled Chartbusters and The Best of Kids Incorporated. While the show was still in syndication, four records were also released, entitled Kids Incorporated, New Attitude, Kids Incorporated:The Chart Hits and a second Kids Incorporated. At least two of these records achieved platinum sales status. The reason the albums stopped coming out when the show moved to Disney was because the label that produced the albums, K-Tel Records, filed for bankruptcy at around the same time.


Current DVD plans

As of November 2006, MGM and The Disney Channel have had several talks with Thomas Lynch about releasing the series on DVD or re-broadcasting it on Disney primetime. MGM has stated that the official reason for Kids Incorporated's absence from the DVD and TV markets has not been because of domestic or music rights, but because of recent financial changes to the companies involved with the series. The final decision for future Kids Incorporated releases lies with MGM and Disney. MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... The Disney Channel is a cable TV network run by The Walt Disney Company in the United States. ...


In the past, the series has been held from DVD and television due to complicated questions of rights and logistics. In addition to the numerous issues involving the music played in the show, matters have been further complicated by the fact that the rights to Kids Incorporated are split between three different companies. Currently, MGM owns American domestic television rights, and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment holds DVD rights, while the video archives reside with the Disney Channel. MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... For Disney Channel in other countries, see Disney Channel around the world. ...


In a 2005 interview, cast member Stacy Ferguson (better known by her stage name Fergie) hinted that the show would be released on DVD, however, all three studios were quick to deny any such rumor. Stacy Ann Ferguson (born March 27, 1975), professionally known as Fergie, is a Grammy Award-winning American Pop/R&B singer. ...


International Versions

Japan

An original Japanese adaptation of Kids Incorporated, entitled StarS, ran from 1999 to 2001. Between 13 and 26 episodes were filmed in each of the show's three seasons. A second version, StarS2, is scheduled to premiere on MBS in the summer of 2007. Both series have been produced by TOEI and co-produced by Sunrise Studios.


In addition, the American KI, dubbed into Japanese, was shown on the MBS network until 2001.


New Zealand

The original New Zealand version of the show, High Life, began production in 1990. It ran periodically for five seasons, broadcasting six episodes per year, until 1995, when TVNZ-2 cancelled it. Highlife is a type of music that originated in Ghana near the end of the 19th century and spread to other West African English-speaking countries. ... TV2 is a television channel in New Zealand, which is owned and operated by TVNZ. It targets a younger audience than its sister network, TV One. ...


Other countries

Iraq, United Kingdom, Iceland, Federated States of Micronesia, Samoa, New Zealand all dubbed the original show.


Awards

Young Artist Awards The Young Artist Award is an award which is presented yearly by the Young Artist Foundation. ...

  • Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Cable or Off-Primetime Series (1994)
  • Special Ensemble Award (1987)

The show was also nominated for Outstanding Youth Ensemble awards in 1990, 1993 and 1995.


Emmy Awards An Emmy Award. ...

  • Best lighting design (Carl Gibson)

Trivia

  • In the spring of 1986, the cast performed at Knott's Berry Farm in Orange County, California as a part of a small promotional tour. Martika, Rahsaan, Renee and Stacy were joined on stage by actor/singer Tommy Puett (of Life Goes On fame) filling in for Ryan, who was not able to attend. Tommy's sister Devyn Puett would join the cast in 1988.
  • On a couple of episodes during Seasons 4 and 6, the show's credits list Stacy as Stacey Ferguson.
  • During the first season, the text on the fire curtain on the old theatre stage in The P*lace reads "asbestos." By Season 2, this was changed to "Fire Curtain," reflecting the growing public concern about asbestos safety in the late 1980s.
  • Several of the KI principals and dancers auditioned several times before they joined the show, including Ryan Lambert, Ken Arata, and Brian Friedman. Nicole Brown originally unsuccessfully auditioned in 1991, was not cast, and was invited to return for auditions for Season 8 by former cast member Devyn Puett. She joined the show in 1992.
  • Many other prominent child and teen actors auditioned for Kids Incorporated at various points, including Jennifer King (1987-1989), Brittany Murphy (1990) and Amy Jo Johnson.
  • Thomas Lynch's son appeared in a Season 3 episode along with Gary Biller's son Nick Biller and daughter Lauren Biller.
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt was originally credited in this series as simply "Love Hewitt". Today she professionally uses her full name.
  • The Bloodhound Gang covered the Kids Inc. theme song on their debut album, "Use Your Fingers".

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Knotts Berry Farm is a brand name of two separate entities: a theme park in Buena Park, California, and a manufacturer of food specialty products (primarily jams and preserves) based in Placentia, California. ... Cities in Orange County Orange County is a county in Southern California, United States. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Devyn Puett was best known for her role of Devyn in the long running kids musical show Kids Incorporated where she remained for two seasons. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Asbestos (disambiguation). ... The Bloodhound Gang performing live in Germany The Bloodhound Gang are a comedic American rapcore synth-pop band, mixing an alternative/punk sound with hip-hop. ...

External links and references

  • Kids Incorporated at the Internet Movie Database
  • Unofficial Kids Incorporated Website
  • "Hollywood Reporter Salutes 100 episodes of Kids Incorporated" 1989

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