PR: Boomerang to Spotlight Wilma Flintstone for Mother's Day Marathon, May 11
Throughout time, mothers have been revered for their love, nurture and support…not to mention their hard work. To celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 11, Boomerang, Cartoon Network’s 24-hour commercial-free sister network, gives birth to a 7-hour tribute to that modern Stone-Age matriarch, Wilma Flintstone. During the WILMA FLINTSTONE MOTHER’S DAY MARATHON, which airs from 12-7 p.m. (ET), viewers will see Wilma Flintstone through the years-as she and Fred first court, during her pregnancy, as a new mother and, finally, as she becomes a grandmother. The holiday marathon kicks off with five and one-half hours of Wilma-centric escapades from the original The Flintstones animated series and concludes with the 90-minute animated feature Hollyrock-A-Bye Baby(1993).
Following are the programming details for Boomerang’s WILMA FLINTSTONE MOTHER’S DAY MARATHON: (All times ET)
* 12 p.m.: “Bachelor Daze” – In a flashback, Wilma and Betty, waitresses at a fancy Bedrock hotel, first meet their future husbands, Fred and Barney.
* 12:30 p.m.: “Fred Flintstone Woos Again” – When the Flintstones find out that the official who married them was never licensed, Wilma takes the opportunity to make Fred court her all over again.
* 1 p.m.: “Social Climbers” – Wilma convinces Fred to climb the social ladder of success by enrolling in the Bedrock Charm School before a big ambassador’s reception. But everyone soon learns it’s not at all fun playing “stuffy.”
* 1:30 p.m.: “The Happy Household” – Money is tight at home, so Wilma decides to get a job. She becomes a star when she lands a gig on a TV cooking show.
* 2 p.m.: “The Kissing Burglar” – Wilma becomes smitten over a bandit who romances his lady victims with a rose and a kiss before robbing them. Fred sets out to teach her a lesson by dressing up as the burglar, until the real burglar shows up!
* 2:30 p.m.: “The Surprise” – Fred finds out that there will be a new addition to the Flintstone family when Wilma announces she’s expecting a child.
* 3 p.m.: “Mother-in-Law’s Visit” – In anticipation of becoming a father, Fred promises to be more kind, considerate and thoughtful. But when his mother-in-law arrives with lots of advice, Fred is pushed to the limit.
* 3:30 p.m.: “Fred’s New Job” – With a baby on the way, Wilma encourages Fred to ask for a raise. His tightwad boss Mr. Slate, decides to make it hard on Fred as an example to anyone else asking for more money.
* 4 p.m.: “The Blessed Event” – Fred is so nervous about Wilma’s impending delivery that he decides to stage a dress rehearsal. All is going well until the practice run turns into the real thing, with Wilma giving birth to baby Pebbles.
* 4:30 p.m.: “Carry On Nurse Fred” – Wilma and Fred are settling into their new roles as parents, but the nurse Wilma’s mother hired is not making things easier for the Flintstones.
* 5 p.m.: “How to Start a Fight with Your Wife Without Really Trying” – Bad marital advice leads Fred into a huge argument with Wilma, so they separate. But when both Fred and Wilma have nightmares warning that the other is in trouble, they both wake up and rush into each other’s arms.
* 5:30 p.m.: “Hollyrock-A-Bye-Baby” – Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm, now young adults and recently married, move to Hollyrock to try to break into the movie business. It turns out the two have been working on a double feature-twins. Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty head out west to visit their kids. While helping his son-in-law sell his script, Fred gets tangled with a glamorous movie actress and some shady jewel thieves in this 90-minute animated feature.
On Sept. 30, 1960, The Flintstones premiered nationwide at 8:30 p.m. (ET) on ABC. The show immediately assumed historic status as the first animated situation comedy on television, the first animated series to go beyond the seven-minute cartoon format, and the first to feature human characters to be shown on prime time. The series centered around the modern stone-age family, Fred and Wilma Flintstone, their daughter Pebbles and their dinosaur-dog, Dino. The family’s best friends lived next door, Barney and Betty Rubble, and their son Bamm-Bamm. The Flintstones ran for six years (1960-66), totaling 166 original episodes, and spawned multiple series spin-offs throughout the years.
Boomerang is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s (TBS, Inc.) 24-hour cable/satellite network offering the best in classic animated entertainment. In partnership with Cartoon Network, the service boasts 75 percent unduplicated programming and is available to cable/satellite operators and their customers in Spanish. Boomerang’s official Web site is located at http://Boomerang.CartoonNetwork.com
Cartoon Network, currently seen in more than 91 million U.S. homes and 160 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s 24-hour, ad-supported cable service offering the best in original, acquired and classic animated entertainment for kids and families. Overnight from 10 p.m.-6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animation for young adults 18-34.