Picks and Pans Review: Viewer's Choice
PBS, WHICH HAS ENJOYED UNPRECEDENTED success over the past year with its kiddie programming block—Sesame Street; Lamb Chop's Play Along; Barney & Friends; and Shining Time Station—is using two new shows to go after bigger game: the elusive teen viewers.
In the Mix is an hour-long New York-based show that uses four teen hosts to introduce music videos, celebrity interviews (Ian Ziering, Riddick Howe) and features on such subjects as tattoos and acne. Produced in Detroit, Club Connect employs five young hosts in its light half-hour magazine. Both shows seem gee-whiz amateurish when they tackle weightier topics—steroids, say, or race relations. Overall, Club Connect does a better job with fewer resources. For viewing times, check local listings—after you clean your room.