Zoom (1999 TV series)
|Format||Children's television series|
|Created by||Christopher Sarson|
|Developed by||WGBH Boston|
|Opening theme||"Come On And Zoom"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||7|
|No. of episodes||201|
|Executive producer(s)||Kate Taylor|
|Original channel||PBS Kids|
|Picture format||Closed-Captioned, Color|
|First shown in||USA|
|Original run||January 4, 1999– June 24, 2005|
|Preceded by||Zoom (1972 TV series)|
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 June 24, 2005. It was a remake of a 1972 TV series by the same name. Both versions were produced by WGBH-TV in Boston. Reruns were aired until September 1, 2006.
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.
|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)||Zoe Costello||Jared Nathan||Keiko Yoshida||Pablo Velez, Jr.||Alisa Besher||David Toropov||Lynese Browder|
|Season 2 (2000)||Ray MacMore||Caroline Botelho||Claudio Schwartz||Alisa Besher||Jessie Ogungbadero||Kenny Yates||Zoe Costello|
|Season 3 (2001)||Frances Domond||Kenny Yates||Rachel Redd||Eric Rollins||Kaleigh Cronin||Buzz Barrette||Caroline Botelho|
|Season 4 (2002)||Aline Toupi||Garrett DiBona||Rachel Redd||Matthew Runyon||Estuardo Alvizures||Kaleigh Cronin||Caroline Botelho|
|Season 5 (2003)||Caroline Botelho||Aline Toupi||Estuardo Alvizures||Garrett DiBona||Mike Hansen||Kortney Sumner||Elena "Shing Ying" Shieh|
|Season 6 (2004)||Mike Hansen||Kortney Sumner||Francesco Tena||Cara Harvey||Kyle Larrow||Maya Morales||Elena "Shing Ying" Shieh|
|Season 7 (2005)||Nick Henry||Taylor Garron||Francesco Tena||Noreen Raja||Emily Marshall||Kyle Larrow||Elena "Shing Ying" Shieh|
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired (U.S. dates)|
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||41||January 4, 1999||November 29, 1999|
|2||40||February 7, 2000||March 31, 2000|
|3||40||March 12, 2001||May 4, 2001|
|4||20||January 25, 2002||June 7, 2002|
|5||20||March 31, 2003||July 18, 2003|
|6||20||April 19, 2004||June 25, 2004|
|7||20||April 4, 2005||June 24, 2005|
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.
Four books by Amy E. Sklansky compiled from material submitted by viewers were published by Little, Brown and Company:
- Zoom Zingers (1999, ISBN 0316952613)
- Zoom Fun With Friends (1999, ISBN 0316952753)
- Zoomdos You Can Do! (2000, ISBN 0316952761)
- Zoomfun Outside (2000, ISBN 0316952788)
- Studio See (another PBS children's program that used content from viewers)
- "About This Person: Jonathan Meath". The New York Times: Movies & TV. 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-13. "Jonathan Meath Filmography: Zoom (TV Series)"
- "Jonathan Meath". Yahoo! TV. 2010-11-13. Retrieved 2010-11-13. "The Making of Zoom. Producer. Zoom. Senior producer."
- "Children's show 'Zoom' a victim of ratings drop". Boston Globe. December 9, 2004.
- Zoom - Cover art and contents for Zoom - Back to the '70s 2-DVD set, tvshowsondvd.com, October 7, 2008
- The Boston Globe: "Children's Show ZOOM a victim of ratings drop," at the Wayback Machine (archived April 30, 2009) story about the 2006 cancellation of Zoom
- "Zoom: America's kids respond"