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Arthur; It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll


It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll Special Program BSB (Back Street Boys)

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It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll
Series Description

Each of the Arthur episodes consists of two independent stories that focus on themes and events central to children's lives. Whether it's facing down a bully, worrying about a new teacher, or being the very last person on earth to lose his baby teeth, Arthur and his friends manage to solve their third-grade dilemmas with imagination, kindness and a lot of humor. "What children love about Arthur is that he feels real to them," says Carol Greenwald, WGBH executive producer. "The emotions he experiences are universal. When Arthur triumphs over something, kids think they can, too. "The series will build on that sense of empowerment by showing how Arthur and his friends use effective, age-appropriate, problem-solving skills. Bringing a book-based series like Arthur to public television will also promote reading and writing skills. Series release date: 10/1996

Program Description

A Backstreet Boys' concert tour stop in Elwood City is the backdrop for this musical ARTHUR special. For Muffy, their imminent arrival brings to fruition her crush on Backstreet Boy heartthrob Nick Carter. In response to Muffy's infatuation with Nick and his group, Francine creates an "anti-cute, anti- commercial" band called U Stink. But things start to fall apart for Francine -- including her friendship with her bandmates and Muffy -- when her band becomes a huge success. Through a HARD DAY'S NIGHT-esque chain of events, the special culminates in U Stink and the Backstreet Boys onstage performing an impromptu duet.

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Greenwald, Carol (Series Producer)
CINAR (Series Producer)
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