Zoom (1999 TV series)

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Zoom
Zoom TV logo.png
Genre Children
Created by Christopher Sarson
Developed by WGBH Boston
Opening theme "Come On And Zoom"
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 202
Production
Executive producer(s) Kate Taylor
Producer(s) Jonathan Meath[1][2]
Location(s) Boston, Massachusetts
Running time approx. 30 minutes[3]
Production company(s) WGBH-TV
Release
Original channel PBS Kids (1999-2004)
PBS Kids GO! (2004-07)
Picture format Closed-Captioned, Color
Audio format Mono
First shown in United States
Original release January 4, 1999 (1999-01-04) – December 30, 2005 (2005-12-30)
Chronology
Preceded by Zoom (1972 TV series)
External links
Website

Zoom is an American television program for ages eight and up, created almost entirely by children. It originally aired on PBS from January 4, 1999 to December 30, 2005. It was a remake of a 1972 TV series by the same name. Both versions were produced by WGBH-TVin Boston. Reruns were aired until around early 2007.[citation needed]

Description[edit]

Zoom made a comeback in 1999 in largely the same format, with many of the same games and continued to feature content and ideas submitted by viewers. This second Zoom series ran for seven seasons (1999–2005) and featured 32 Zoomers but was not renewed after the 2005 season due to falling ratings blamed on the increased competition in children's programming.[4]

Cast members[edit]

ZOOM Cast Member 1 Cast Member 2 Cast Member 3 Cast Member 4 Cast Member 5 Cast Member 6 Cast Member 7
Season 1 (1999) Alisa Besher Zoe Costello Lynese Browder Jared Nathan David Toropov Pablo Velez, Jr. Keiko Yoshida
Season 2 (2000) Caroline Botelho Kenny Yates Ray MacMore Jessica Ogungbadero Claudio Schwartz
Season 3 (2001) Kaleigh Cronin Rachel Redd Kevin "Buzz" Barrette Frances Domond Eric Rollins
Season 4 (2002) Estuardo Alvizures Garrett DiBona Aline Toupi Matt Runyon
Season 5 (2003) Elena "Shing Ying" Shieh Mike Hansen Kortney Sumner
Season 6 (2004) Kyle Larrow Francesco Tena Cara Harvey Maya Morales
Season 7 (2005) Taylor Garron Nick Henry Emily Marshall Noreen Raja

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
First aired Last aired
1 41 January 4, 1999 (1999-01-04) November 29, 1999 (1999-11-29)
2 40 February 7, 2000 (2000-02-07) March 31, 2000 (2000-03-31)
3 40 March 12, 2001 (2001-03-12) May 4, 2001 (2001-05-04)
4 21 January 25, 2002 (2002-01-25) June 7, 2002 (2002-06-07)
5 20 March 31, 2003 (2003-03-31) July 18, 2003 (2003-07-18)
6 20 April 19, 2004 (2004-04-19) June 25, 2004 (2004-06-25)
7 20 April 4, 2005 (2005-04-04) June 24, 2005 (2005-06-24)

Merchandise[edit]

Four videos were released based on the show: Party with Zoom (June 22, 1999, ISBN 157807200X), The Zoomers Video Special: The Making of ZOOM! (January 11, 2000), America Kids Respond (March 20, 2001), and Zoom: America's Kids Remember (October 8, 2002). Additionally, a two-disc set with four full episodes plus various footage from all six seasons of the 1970s version was released on October 28, 2008.[5]

Four books by Amy E. Sklansky compiled from material submitted by viewers were published by Little, Brown and Company:

See also[edit]

  • Studio See (another PBS children's program that used content from viewers)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About This Person: Jonathan Meath". The New York Times: Movies & TV. 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-13. Jonathan Meath Filmography: Zoom (TV Series) 
  2. ^ "Jonathan Meath". Yahoo! TV. 2010-11-13. Retrieved 2010-11-13. The Making of Zoom. Producer. Zoom. Senior producer. 
  3. ^ Zoom, Internet Movie Database, September 5, 2014
  4. ^ "Children's show 'Zoom' a victim of ratings drop". Boston Globe. December 9, 2004. 
  5. ^ Zoom - Cover art and contents for Zoom - Back to the '70s 2-DVD set, tvshowsondvd.com, October 7, 2008

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