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Boomerang to Run Musical "Flintstones" Marathon on October 25, 2009

Boomerang will host a Flintstones marathon on October 25, 2009, from 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM (Eastern) which will showcase the musical episodes of the show. Highlights will include “The Hit Song Writers,” with a guest spot by famed songwriter Hoagy Carmichael; “Ann Margrock Presents” with guest star Ann-Margaret; and “Surfin’ Fred” with guest star James Darren.

The full press release follows:


Boomerang Presents Pre-Historic Musical Countdown “Bedrock ‘N’ Roll”

Network Pays Homage to the Melodic Side of The Flintstones with a
Musical Marathon, Sunday, Oct. 25

In addition to making television history as the world’s first prime-time animated series (ABC), The Flintstones also offered viewers many samplings of fun, culturally relevant music that delighted viewers throughout the show’s six-year run. On Sunday, Oct. 25, these classic animated musical moments will return for a command performance as Boomerang presents a day-long marathon of the best of The Flintstones musical episodes: BEDROCK ‘N’ ROLL. From 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. (ET), America’s favorite Stone-Age families-Fred, Wilma and Pebbles Flintstone plus Barney, Betty and Bamm-Bamm Rubble-will “rock out” to prehistoric beats while they welcome a number of celebrity guests, including Ann-Margaret (Ann Margrock) and James Darren (Jimmy Darrock).

“While not specifically a musical series, The Flintstones presented some of the catchiest TV tunes of the day,” said Stacy Isenhower, senior vice president of programming and scheduling for Boomerang and Cartoon Network. “So while fans of all ages can enjoy the family animated entertainment, this musical marathon also will illustrate the high level of tuneful creativity and talent that went into the making of these timeless classics.”

The Flintstones premiered nationwide Sept. 30, 1960 and immediately earned a place in television history as the first animated situation comedy and the first cartoon series to be shown in prime time. Music has always been an integral part of The Flintstones as more than a dozen episodes showcased a variety of production numbers featuring original songs. The show made television history when, in 1961, Hoagy Carmichael was welcomed as the first guest star on an animated series. This landmark event began a trend that carried through to other Hanna-Barbera series hosting animated celebrity guests, such as Scooby-Doo and The Jetsons.

Once again showing the depth and breadth of its incredible classic cartoon library, Boomerang presents a rollicking good time with a commercial-free marathon of 15 jamming episodes guaranteed to get your toes tapping. The seven-and-a-half hour rock block will be followed by an encore presentation so that music aficionados coast-to-coast can join in the fun. Highlights in the “Bedrock ‘N’ Roll” Marathon include:

* “The Hit Song Writers,” 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. (ET): When Fred discovers that Barney is a compulsive poet, he seeks songwriting assistance from famed composer Hoagy Carmichael.

* “Ann Margrock Presents,” 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. (ET): While working on the new Bedrock Bowl, Fred and Barney prepare an act for the dedication ceremony starring Ann-Margrock.

* “Surfin’ Fred,” 1:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. (ET): Fred’s quiet seaside weekend is interrupted by a national surfing contest. Fred gets caught up in the activities and must be saved by surf idol Jimmy Darrock.

* “Shinrock-A-Go-Go,” 3 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. (ET): Fred and Barney check out the new TV show, “Shinrock,” hosted by Jimmy O’Neilstone. When Fred drops a bowling ball on his foot, Jimmy takes it as a new dance and names it “The Frantic.”

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 96 million U.S. homes and 166 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 entertainment for young adults 18-34.

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