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(Uproxx) Video LeVar Burton's tearful reaction to raising $1 million to reboot Reading Rainbow. Butterfly in the sky, flapping dust all around my eye space   (uproxx.com ) divider line
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2014-05-29 11:08:12 AM  
Good for, well everybody.
 
2014-05-29 11:38:21 AM  
A million in less than a day... thats pretty impressive.
 
2014-05-29 12:17:19 PM  
Some people are just better than others.
 
2014-05-29 12:18:09 PM  
Neat.
 
2014-05-29 12:19:00 PM  
Almost at 1.8 million now. So awesome.
 
2014-05-29 12:19:14 PM  
Butterfly in the sky. I can go twice as high.

http://vimeo.com/42437780

So funny and good at the same time
 
2014-05-29 12:22:40 PM  
He can see?
 
2014-05-29 12:22:58 PM  
I don't wanna bash the success, but I would like to think that this didn't need to be crowd-sourced. Maybe he tried execs and they didn't think it was gonna work?
Good to know there's that many people who are as excited as I am.
 
2014-05-29 12:23:06 PM  
He seems so lovely. This video made me weepy.
 
2014-05-29 12:24:04 PM  

wambu: He can see?


hahahaha
 
2014-05-29 12:24:13 PM  
I will now have that song stuck in my head all day...
 
2014-05-29 12:24:33 PM  
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2014-05-29 12:24:56 PM  
I credit  Community for reminding some of us about Reading Rainbow.  Honestly!  It was there - on the tip of my memory, but the season 2 focus on it in an episode brought it right back to the front of my memory. So, I gotta give them some credit.
 
2014-05-29 12:25:29 PM  
He was terrible on Sheldon Cooper Presents Fun With Flags.

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2014-05-29 12:25:32 PM  
so..... dusty.....
 
2014-05-29 12:27:02 PM  

zulius: I don't wanna bash the success, but I would like to think that this didn't need to be crowd-sourced. Maybe he tried execs and they didn't think it was gonna work?
Good to know there's that many people who are as excited as I am.


He wants to give it away for free to schools.  The execs don't think that would be a profitable venture.
 
2014-05-29 12:28:12 PM  
I think the only kid-based project that could bring in more cash than Reading Rainbow would be a plan to resurrect Fred Rogers.  I'd give my life savings to that.
 
2014-05-29 12:28:47 PM  
I've seen those teary eyes before...

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2014-05-29 12:29:56 PM  
He got my money ;)
 
2014-05-29 12:30:26 PM  

Barbeaubot: I think the only kid-based project that could bring in more cash than Reading Rainbow would be a plan to resurrect Fred Rogers.  I'd give my life savings to that.


Sign me up. Twice.
 
2014-05-29 12:32:03 PM  

Barbeaubot: I think the only kid-based project that could bring in more cash than Reading Rainbow would be a plan to resurrect Fred Rogers.  I'd give my life savings to that.


Yeah... that plan needs more thought.

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2014-05-29 12:32:41 PM  

Farkhole: Butterfly in the sky. I can go twice as high.

http://vimeo.com/42437780

So funny and good at the same time


So, so good. And his Neil Young stuff too. I was never a big Fallon fan when he was on SNL -- not that I disliked him, but seeing the content he's putting out now makes me think he was underutilized by Lorne Michaels.
 
2014-05-29 12:33:07 PM  

Barbeaubot: I think the only kid-based project that could bring in more cash than Reading Rainbow would be a plan to resurrect Fred Rogers.  I'd give my life savings to that.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GeQv1eWm-o

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2014-05-29 12:34:04 PM  

Farkhole: Butterfly in the sky. I can go twice as high.

http://vimeo.com/42437780

So funny and good at the same time


That is the best thing Fallon ever did. holy cow thats hilarious and I despise fallon.
 
2014-05-29 12:34:17 PM  

Barbeaubot: I think the only kid-based project that could bring in more cash than Reading Rainbow would be a plan to resurrect Fred Rogers.  I'd give my life savings to that.


ABC After School Specials? I mean before they got all preachy of course...
 
2014-05-29 12:35:01 PM  
The original was great!  But you don't have to take my word for it...
 
2014-05-29 12:35:07 PM  

push3r: Barbeaubot: I think the only kid-based project that could bring in more cash than Reading Rainbow would be a plan to resurrect Fred Rogers.  I'd give my life savings to that.

Sign me up. Twice.


Fred Rogers was the second coming of Christ. We just didn't notice.
 
2014-05-29 12:35:34 PM  
The critics saying that this shouldn't have been crowdsourced have missed one of the biggest points of crowdfunding -- letting the people fund it directly means that the Reading Rainbow folks aren't accountable to anyone for anything. They can go forth with their vision for what they need to do and they can spend the money however they want to!

That's bad if they're not good, accountable people. But these are folks who have worked in Public Broadcasting for decades. They know how to work with limited funds and how to ensure that the higher purpose behind what they're doing is their focus.

So it's no wonder that many people (myself included!) want to back this. It's a great group of people, doing a wonderful thing for society.
 
2014-05-29 12:36:26 PM  

zulius: I don't wanna bash the success, but I would like to think that this didn't need to be crowd-sourced. Maybe he tried execs and they didn't think it was gonna work?

TV execs fall well below snails in terms of intelligence, but they do think about money so the whole "give it away" idea must've struck a sour note.

That said, crowdfunding is a way to gauge consumer interest so even if this was to be a syndicated show, there's still reason to crowdfund it.  If you raise over $1 million in 24 hours, that's something you can take to the idiots in suits who think there's zero interest for a children's education program. . . at which point they take over all creative control and turn it into shiat.

Long story short, this is something that's best crowdfunded all the way.
 
2014-05-29 12:36:57 PM  
This is good.
 
2014-05-29 12:38:40 PM  

dragonchild: TV execs fall well below snails in terms of intelligence


I'm a TV exec and I have an IQ of 140. Every amazing show you've ever seen on television was made possible by a TV exec.
 
2014-05-29 12:39:36 PM  
Relevant because I'm currently reading Three Days in a River on a Red Canoe and Gregory the Terrible Eater to the kiddo.
 
2014-05-29 12:43:18 PM  

shower_in_my_socks: dragonchild: TV execs fall well below snails in terms of intelligence

I'm a TV exec and I have an IQ of 140. Every amazing show you've ever seen on television was made possible by a TV exec.


So were all the horrible shows.
 
2014-05-29 12:44:01 PM  

gu1tarjohn: The original was great!  But you don't have to take my word for it...


I had forgotten about him saying that after talking about a book. It brought a smile to my face. Thank you.
 
2014-05-29 12:45:15 PM  

shower_in_my_socks: Every amazing show you've ever seen on television was made possible by a TV exec.

Every amazing show I've ever seen on TV* had to fight tooth and nail against the latest round of sitcoms to get on the air and more often than not was taken over by stupid ideas or cancelled after a few seasons over asinine disputes.  There are also plenty of never-weres whose show plans were destroyed by execs and unceremoniously dumped in the pile of wasted ideas.
 Taking your claim at face value, no, you guys don't get credit for shiat.


*Clarification:  U.S. network TV
 
2014-05-29 12:46:48 PM  

shower_in_my_socks: dragonchild: TV execs fall well below snails in terms of intelligence

I'm a TV exec and I have an IQ of 140. Every amazing show you've ever seen on television was made possible by a TV exec.


I was gonna say (sorta tangentially)... the problem lay squarely in the public's lap.  You don't want shiat shows? Well, the money is in the demand for those shiat shows.  Tell your neighbors to quit watching dumb stuff.

/h.s. buddy graduated from caltech, produces kids' science shows
//they're mainly at the mercy of the viewing public's desires
///tangentially - this is why public broadcasting in education is so important, since profitability isn't the goal
 
2014-05-29 12:47:03 PM  
Levar Burton is easily one of the most decent people alive.  I don't think he could be nasty if he tried.
 
2014-05-29 12:47:58 PM  
More fish for Kunta!
 
2014-05-29 12:48:18 PM  

shower_in_my_socks: dragonchild: TV execs fall well below snails in terms of intelligence

I'm a TV exec and I have an IQ of 140. Every amazing show you've ever seen on television was made possible by a TV exec.


So...thanks for Cop Rock?
 
2014-05-29 12:48:39 PM  

zulius: I don't wanna bash the success, but I would like to think that this didn't need to be crowd-sourced. Maybe he tried execs and they didn't think it was gonna work?
Good to know there's that many people who are as excited as I am.


Oh, I'm sure there would've been tons of TV execs who would've been totally willing to pony up a bunch of cash for the project.  But Burton doesn't give a shiat about making money off of the project.  Going the crowd funding route, he has way more control over content, distribution, pricing, etc.  I think everyone's a winner here, really.
 
2014-05-29 12:49:12 PM  
Looks like it was shot during a break while filming Perception.
 
2014-05-29 12:49:39 PM  
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2014-05-29 12:50:27 PM  
Wouldn't that short out the visor?
 
2014-05-29 12:52:40 PM  
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My image editing experience is limited to scribbling in Microsoft Paint, but this image seems ripe for a photoshop thread.
 
2014-05-29 12:54:42 PM  

darwinpolice: zulius: I don't wanna bash the success, but I would like to think that this didn't need to be crowd-sourced. Maybe he tried execs and they didn't think it was gonna work?
Good to know there's that many people who are as excited as I am.

Oh, I'm sure there would've been tons of TV execs who would've been totally willing to pony up a bunch of cash for the project.  But Burton doesn't give a shiat about making money off of the project.  Going the crowd funding route, he has way more control over content, distribution, pricing, etc.  I think everyone's a winner here, really.


One thing though... he want's to make it web-based.  In his kickstarter video, he basically said that the future is the internet, and basically that kids didn't want a 30-minute television show.
 
2014-05-29 12:55:40 PM  
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2014-05-29 12:56:15 PM  

Barbeaubot: I think the only kid-based project that could bring in more cash than Reading Rainbow would be a plan to resurrect Fred Rogers.  I'd give my life savings to that.


Already done, sort of.  Hello, neighbor!


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My kid LOVES this stuff.  Very thematically similar to Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, with a few familiar characters.
 
2014-05-29 12:56:40 PM  
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2014-05-29 12:59:20 PM  
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2014-05-29 12:59:30 PM  

shower_in_my_socks: dragonchild: TV execs fall well below snails in terms of intelligence

I'm a TV exec and I have an IQ of 140. Every amazing show you've ever seen on television was made possible by a TV exec.


Everybody on the internet has a genius IQ.  It's just a matter of degrees.
 
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