Zoom (1999 TV series)
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|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|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|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 (1999) is an American television series, for ages 8 & up created almost entirely by children, which aired on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) originally 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.
Season One (1999): Zoe Costello, Jared Nathan, Keiko Yoshida, Pablo Velez, Jr., Alisa Besher, David Toropov, Lynese Browder.
- Jared, Keiko, Pablo, David and Lynese left after season one but Zoe And Alisa stayed for season two.
- Jared, Keiko, Pablo, David and Lynese visited to reunite with Zoe And Alisa and meet the Season 2 Zoomers that replaced them.
Season Two (2000): Raymond "Ray" MacMore, Caroline Botelho, Claudio Schwartz, Alisa Besher, Jessica "Jessie" Ogungbadero, Kenneth "Kenny" Yates, Zoe Costello.
- Ray, Claudio, Alisa, Jessie, and Zoe left after season two but Caroline and Kenny stayed for season three.
Season Three (2001): Frances Domond, Kenneth "Kenny" Yates, Rachel Redd, Eric Rollins, Kaleigh Cronin, Kevin "Buzz" Barrette, Caroline Botelho.
- Frances, Kenny, Eric and Buzz left after season 3 but Rachel, Kaleigh and Caroline stayed for season four.
Season Four (2002): Aline Toupine, Garrett DiBona, Rachel Redd, Matthew "Matt" Runyon, Estuardo Alvizures, Kaleigh Cronin, Caroline Botelho.
- Rachel, Matt, and Kaleigh left after season four but Aline, Garrett, Estuardo and Caroline stayed for season five.
Season Five (2003): Caroline Botelho, Aline Toupine, Estuardo Alvizures, Garrett DiBona, Michael "Mike" Hansen, Kortney Sumner, Elena "Shing Ying" Shieh.
- Caroline, Aline, Estuardo, and Garrett left after season five but Mike, Kortney, and Shing Ying stayed for season six.
Season Six (2004): Michael "Mike" Hansen, Kortney Sumner, Francesco Tena, Cara Harvey, Kyle Larrow, Maya Morales, Elena "Shing Ying" Shieh.
- Mike, Kortney, Cara, and Maya left after season six but Francesco, Kyle and Shing Ying stayed for season seven.
Season Seven (2005): W. Nick Henry, Taylor Garron, Francesco Tena, Noreen Raja, Emily Marshall, Kyle Larrow, Elena "Shing Ying" Shieh.
- After the seventh and final season of ZOOM was over it was the last appearance for Taylor because she went on do FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman, and it was the last appearance for rest of the ZOOMers too for Nick, Francesco, Noreen, Kyle, Emily, and Shing Ying.
- Season one cast member, Jared Nathan was a third-year acting student at the Juilliard School; he was killed in an automobile accident in Hollis, New Hampshire on December 28, 2006. The driver of the automobile in which Nathan was riding was alleged to be drunk.
- Season One cast member Keiko Yoshida, is currently a Spanish teacher at Canterbury School in California.
- Season One and Two cast member, Alisa Besher, is currently an administrative and program assistant for CEC ArtsLink in New York City.
- Season two and three cast member, Kenny Yates is currently working in Hollywood as a performer and producer. He has worked on mostly spoof movies with Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg and has had small parts in each of their movies including a speaking role in Meet the Spartans. He has also worked on such movies as The Help (film) and Law Abiding Citizen.
- Season Two, Three, Four and Five cast member, Caroline Botelho is currently hosting an award-winning Web-based video series and interactive network, Advanced Technological Education Television (ATETV).
- Season Three cast member, Kevin "Buzz" Barrette is currently a medical student at Boston University School of Medicine.
- Season Three and Four cast member, Kaleigh Cronin graduated as a Musical Theater student from Carnegie Mellon University in 2011. She is currently appearing on the 2nd National Tour of the Tony Award winning musical Jersey Boys.
- Season Four and Five cast member, Garrett DiBona, is currently a logistics account manager at Total Quality Logistics.
- Season seven cast member, Taylor Garron was a contestant of Season 1 of FETCH and lasted in 6th place with 1400 points. Currently A Senior at the University Of Massachusetts Amherst
Four videos were released based on the show: Party with Zoom (1999, ISBN 157807200X), The Zoomers Video Special: The Making of ZOOM! (2000), America Kids Respond (2001), and Zoom: America's Kids Remember (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.
- The Juilliard Journal Online
- "Driver faces DWI charge after death of young NH actor". Union Leader. 2006-12-28. Retrieved 2007-02-06.
- Associated Press (2006-12-30). "Jared Nathan, at 21; former cast member of PBS's 'Zoom'". The Boston Globe (The New York Times Company). Retrieved 2007-02-06.
- 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," story about the 2006 cancellation of Zoom
- "Zoom: America's kids respond"