Unless you have a toddler-aged child, I’m not sure this news will be of interests to you, but THR is reporting that Nickelodeon (and Noggin) have picked up “Yo Gabba Gabba” for a third season, which means that parents will have a fresh new batch of episodes to oooh and ahhhh over.
Yeah. “Yo Gabba Gabba” is a kid’s show that most parents dig. Why? Because “Yo Gabba Gabba” resurrects the groovy spirit of late 70s “Sesame Street,” before it got Elmo’d to death (did you know that the last twenty minutes plus of every “Sesame Street” episode is now devoted to Elmo? I got nothing against Elmo, per say, but that sure takes a lot of screen time away from the Cookie Monster and Grover).
“Yo Gabba Gabba” is the brainchild of Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz — Jacobs was the frontman from the ska-punk band “The Aquabats.” Those two basically assembled their crew of friends, including Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh (who draws) and Biz Markie (who beatboxes), and they put together these ridiculously catchy, ska/Deee-Lite “Groove is in the Heart” techno ditties that will stick in your head for hours. And unlike the ear poison that is Barney (blech), these songs are kind of great, even if they are about the “party in your tummy.” The Shins have even shown up to play.
Indeed, if you’re not a parent and you whizzed by the show while channel flipping, you might recognize Jack McBrayer (from “30 Rock”), Elijah Wood, Tony Hawk, or Melora Hardin (“The Office”), among many others, doing the “Dancy Dance” and wonder if, perhaps, they’ve lost their goddamn minds, prancing around with a bunch of puppet monsters and robots like jackasses. But it is awesomely bizarre, and the kids totally dig it (Jack Black is scheduled to appear in an upcoming ep). It’s like a goddamn acid trip for toddlers.
Anyway, no word on who is scheduled to appear in a third season, but the showrunners are hoping to fetch Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz, Run DMC, and effing Bill Murray. How cool would that be?