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Adult Swim Picks Up 'Pee Wee's Playhouse'(Turner Broadcasting Welcomes Back Pee-Wee Herman)
TV WEEK ^ | June 5, 2006 | By James Hibberd

Posted on 06/05/2006 6:45:42 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay

The Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block has picked former CBS series "Pee Wee's Playhouse," the channel said Monday.

The late-night network purchased the rights to all 45 episodes of Paul Reubens' quasi-children's show, which aired from 1986 to 1991. CBS cancelled the series after Mr. Reubens was arrested in an adult theater and charged with indecent exposure.

Since, reruns of the series have been rare. Adult Swim said many of the episodes have not been aired since their original run. Adult Swim will launch the series July 10.


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: adultswim; cartoon; cbs; childporno; genx; homosexualagenda; nbc; peeweesplayhouse; stonephillips; tedturner

The Cartoon Network is a cable television network created by Turner Broadcasting. Promotions for Adult Swim are targeted towards the college age group (18-24), which make up the majority of their viewers.

Over a decade later in 2002, after being charged in 1991 on indecent exposure in a Sarasota adult theater, the child entertainer, Pee-Wee (Paul Reubens), was again arrested and charged with possession of child pornography. His lawyers determined that a tape seized in another case had been mistakenly included in the evidence against Reubens which they "believed was a mix-up in the LAPD evidence room", resulting in a plea bargain, whereas; the child pornography charge was dropped, with Reubens pleading guilty to a charge of "possessing obscene images of minors". As a result, in 2004, the child entertainer had to register his address with the sheriff's office and could not be in the company of minors for the next 3 years without their parents' permission.

In 2004, Reubens, gave his version in an interview with NBC's Dateline's Stone Phillips: “I probably have become more infamous from two misdemeanors than probably anyone I could think of.”

Phillips asked: “If you're secure in your belief that this was art, nothing illegal, why not let a jury look at the evidence? Why settle?”

Reubens responded: “Personally, I think we're living in a very scary time. Do we let the legal system decide in a courtroom what's obscene and what's not obscene? I didn't want be in a situation where there was a possibility I could got to jail for something that's that material. I mean, that just seemed insane to me.”

Reubens admitted to "possessing a massive collection of what he calls 'vintage erotica,' films and muscle magazines with titles like: "Boy Nudist" and "Shame Dame," as well as some photographic studies of teen nudes. But he says that what the city attorney's office views as pornography, he considers art".

Now, at age 53, Pee-Wee, is back with his "Playhouse" reruns set to air on the Turner Broadcasting's Cartoon Network-Adult Swim block, July 10.

1 posted on 06/05/2006 6:45:46 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

10 ounce mouse is about the best thing going on Adult Swim.


2 posted on 06/05/2006 6:47:53 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (I think Randy Travis must be paying his bills on home computer by now)
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To: fight_truth_decay

He may be a pervert, but that was a FUNNY tv show. I watched it with my kid, but I watched it because it was hilarious.


3 posted on 06/05/2006 6:49:54 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: fight_truth_decay
Leave it to CBS to glorify a pervert and others to watch him thinking he's "talented" and "funny". Yeah, go ahead and $upport the pervert.
4 posted on 06/05/2006 6:52:28 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) !)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Leave it to CBS to glorify a pervert and others to watch him thinking he's "talented" and "funny". Yeah, go ahead and $upport the pervert.
5 posted on 06/05/2006 6:52:30 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) !)
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To: Clemenza

I hope this doesn't cut into the Ultra Teen Hunger Force schedule.


6 posted on 06/05/2006 6:54:54 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (http://auh2orepublican.blogspot.com/)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Man, what ever happened to Samuri Jack? Did CN and Gene Tarkowsky[sic] just have a falling out or what?


7 posted on 06/05/2006 6:59:11 PM PDT by Clock King ("How will it end?" - Emperor; "In Fire." - Kosh)
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To: SamAdams76

Haven't seen that one... Harvey Birdman is my favorite, with Aqua Teen near the top of the list, too...


8 posted on 06/05/2006 7:34:29 PM PDT by Zeppo
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To: Zeppo; SamAdams76; AuH2ORepublican

Oh, they best not mess with Sealab or the Venture Brothers!


9 posted on 06/05/2006 7:40:22 PM PDT by Xenalyte (There are some things money can't buy, like a dinosaur.)
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To: Clock King

Thank goodness Samurai Jack is on DVD - it's a wonderful show! Interesting to see that series of cartoon commercials obviously done by Genndy in Sam Jack style, though.


10 posted on 06/05/2006 9:21:02 PM PDT by Moonmad27
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To: fight_truth_decay
A lot of people act like the PeeWee Herman character started with "Pee Wee's Big Adventure." Reubens started the character as part of a night club act. It was pretty risque. In one gag, PeeWee and a friend put on shoe mirrors to look up a girl's dress (the girl was an adult, but wearing a baby doll skirt and carrying a doll. As PeeWee tries to see her underwear, she says, "I'm not wearing any underwear." He gets disappointed and puts the shoe mirror away.

The whole show was heavy on sexual overtones, and part of the humor was that you couldn't figure out if this guy was real or not. One of the night club acts was shown as an HBO special, and is still floating around out there.

Tim Burton apparently made the decision to keep the bizarre aspects of the character, but tone down the sexual humor enough so that parents wouldn't mind taking their kids, and the fake night club kid's show host became a real one.

I kind of feel sorry for the guy. Michael Jackson is, IMHO, a lot more dangerous, and he still has fans clamoring for him.

11 posted on 06/05/2006 9:40:33 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (I like to make everyone's day a little more surreal)
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To: Zeppo

I like HB a lot! But they started showcasing the "Gay Agenda" in more recent shows, which kinda turned me off. My favorite episodes are with Mentak the Mind-Taker. Awesome script-writing!


12 posted on 06/05/2006 9:46:05 PM PDT by Clock King ("How will it end?" - Emperor; "In Fire." - Kosh)
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To: Slings and Arrows; martin_fierro

Ping-a-ling.


13 posted on 06/05/2006 11:30:10 PM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007 (Conservatives teach you how to fish. Liberals give you the fish by stealing it from the fisherman.)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; SandyInSeattle; Darksheare; ...



14 posted on 06/05/2006 11:44:53 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Pray for peace, prepare for war.)
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To: Dog Gone

The best part of that show was the sexual double entendre between the girl with the 60s hairdo and the fireman, or the repairman, or the cowboy... she was a ho!


15 posted on 06/06/2006 3:47:41 AM PDT by ovrtaxt (My donation to the GOP went here instead: http://www.minutemanhq.com/hq/index.php)
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To: Slings and Arrows

'In one gag, PeeWee and a friend put on shoe mirrors to look up a girl's dress (the girl was an adult, but wearing a baby doll skirt and carrying a doll. As PeeWee tries to see her underwear, she says, "I'm not wearing any underwear." He gets disappointed and puts the shoe mirror away.'

haHa!


16 posted on 06/06/2006 6:02:45 AM PDT by bitt ("Land of the Free, because of the Brave...")
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To: Dog Gone

It's good to know that I'm not the only one. That show was a riot.


17 posted on 06/06/2006 6:07:44 AM PDT by Shyla
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To: Clock King
Man, what ever happened to Samuri Jack?

Yea! Wuzup wit dat? I LOVED that show!

18 posted on 06/06/2006 6:13:48 AM PDT by DoctorMichael (A wall first. A wall now.)
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To: qam1

ping


19 posted on 06/06/2006 5:49:29 PM PDT by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: freepatriot32; ItsOurTimeNow; PresbyRev; tortoise; Fraulein; StoneColdGOP; Clemenza; m18436572; ...
Xer Ping

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20 posted on 06/06/2006 6:22:13 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Heh. This should be interesting.

I love adult swim. For good or ill, a lot of that stuff just slays me and even the serious shows are pretty darn good. MUCH better than most of the crap that passes as network television.

21 posted on 06/06/2006 6:47:15 PM PDT by tortoise
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To: fight_truth_decay

Awesome.


22 posted on 06/06/2006 6:48:40 PM PDT by FierceDraka ("I am not a number - I am a FREE MAN!")
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To: fight_truth_decay
Mekka Lekka Hi-Mekka Hiney Ho
23 posted on 06/06/2006 6:51:59 PM PDT by txroadkill
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To: Richard Kimball

You took the words right out of my head!

Thanks


24 posted on 06/06/2006 7:21:08 PM PDT by LubyGee (Insert something witty)
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To: LubyGee

I know you are but what am I?


25 posted on 06/06/2006 7:44:38 PM PDT by Big Guy and Rusty 99 ("Conspiracy theories are the products of feeble minds." - A. Horvet)
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To: Big Guy and Rusty 99

If I weren't so tired, I'd get you back.;)


26 posted on 06/06/2006 7:49:09 PM PDT by LubyGee (Insert something witty)
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To: Xenalyte
Oh, they best not mess with Sealab or the Venture Brothers!

New season of VB June 25. Just heard it on Adult Swim.

I must have my Monarch and Brock Sampson.

27 posted on 06/06/2006 8:27:54 PM PDT by RepoGirl ("Taste the meat, not the heat..." Hank Hill)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Do we let the legal system decide in a courtroom what's obscene and what's not obscene?

Um...yeah, we do.

28 posted on 06/06/2006 8:33:40 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Try Jesus--If you don't like Him, satan will always take you back.)
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To: txroadkill

What was the name of the lady who used to visit PeeWee. I remember there was a cowboy as well.


29 posted on 06/06/2006 8:36:46 PM PDT by dc27
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To: AuH2ORepublican

It's still Aqua Teen, isn't it, or have they changed the name? Actually, I haven't been able to catch it for quite a while.


30 posted on 06/06/2006 8:49:50 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido

Yes, it's still the Aqua Teens, I messed up.

Were the Ultra Teens the brother and sister on Super Friends who could turn themselves into an animal or thing and a type of water product, respectively? Or were they the Super Teens? In any event, I always thought it would be cool if the brother had said "in the form of a water buffalo" and the sister yelled out "oh, no, paradox!" and they blew up.


31 posted on 06/06/2006 9:36:41 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (http://auh2orepublican.blogspot.com/)
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To: AuH2ORepublican
The wonder twins? -- "Wonder twin powers, activate!"

[Incidently, the artist of Superfriends (and so much more...) Alex Toth just passed away. Here is a link to the post here at FR in case anyone missed the sad news.]

I miss Adult Swim, unfortunately we don't have cable right now. Can't say whether I'd be into watching Pee-Wee or not, I never really thought he was that funny - too over the top after a while for me...
32 posted on 06/06/2006 10:09:21 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (http://sweetliberty.alfablog.com)
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To: Shyla

It was quite hilarious.


33 posted on 06/07/2006 4:03:34 PM PDT by rwfromkansas (http://xanga.com/rwfromkansas)
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To: rwfromkansas

Kind of amazing that it was a kids show - the audult humor was right in your face. At the same time though, the old Warner Bros. cartoons were a scream too. I miss them.


34 posted on 06/07/2006 5:02:53 PM PDT by Shyla
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