Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Kiss for kids: Classic-rockers developing children's TV show with Cdn studio

TORONTO — Kiss is coming for your kids.

The classic-rock band has finalized a production and development deal for a new children's TV series with Canadian studio E1 Entertainment.

Founding members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley will collaborate with the company to create a comedic half-hour television series.

E1 will handle production and worldwide distribution for the as-yet untitled series, which will be executive produced by Simmons, Stanley, John Morayniss and Frank Saperstein.

It will be the first television show for the veteran band, but not their first attempt at creating something specifically for the small screen.

Fans will remember the group's ill-fated 1978 TV movie, "Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park," a live-action fantasy that the group went on to routinely disparage in interviews.

The announcement comes during a busy period for the band.

In October, the face-painted rockers dropped their first disc in 11 years, "Sonic Boom." The release coincided with an extensive North American tour.

They also appeared during last year's "American Idol" finale and were featured as Dr. Pepper pitchmen in prominent spots during the Super Bowl.

With the new show, they hope to reach a younger audience of potential fans.

"Coupling E1's successes and ingenuity with the global force of KISS guarantees an express pass into the homes of our youngest KISS Army members with a show of superior quality," Stanley said in a release.

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