Xuxa (TV series)

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Xuxa
Xuxa (TV series).jpg
Genre Children
Written by Thomas W. Lynch
Directed by Gary Halvorson
Starring Xuxa
E. E. Bell
Mark Caso
Natasha Pearce
Jeff Dunham
Opening theme Xuxa's Theme (O Xou da Xuxa Começou) – Xuxa
Ending theme Xuxa's Theme (Instrumental)
Composer(s) Dido Oliveira, version: Eric Thorngren and David Wolff
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 65
Production
Executive producer(s) Thomas W. Lynch
Marlene Mattos
Producer(s) Xuxa
John D. Lynch
Location(s) CBS Television City
Hollywood, California
Production company(s) Lynch Productions
MTM Enterprises
Distributor MTM Enterprises (1993–1997)
20th Television (1997–present)
Release
Original network Syndicated
Audio format Stereo
Original release September 13 – December 10, 1993

Xuxa was the name of the Brazilian entertainer's weekday self-titled children's television series that ran in syndication in the United States during the 1993–1994 season and was distributed by MTM Enterprises. In 1994, the series had a two-year run on The Family Channel until 1996. The series was based on her similar children's series that was televised in Brazil and Latin America.[1]

The series was initially broadcast by 124 stations across the country. The shows were produced at Studio 36 of CBS Television City in Los Angeles. 65 episodes were taped for its only season of the show. Taping of the episodes was done in a 5-week period in the summer of 1993.[2]

Helping Xuxa on the show were the Pixies (three U.S. "Paquitas" plus one Brazilian Paquita), the Mellizas (uncredited), Jelly, Jam, and ten "child wranglers" for the 150 kids on set. The series also featured E. E. Bell as Jelly the Panda Bear, Mark Caso as Jam the Jaguar, Natasha Pearce as Paquita, and Jeff Dunham.

Background[edit]

The series was an English-language version of her Brazilian show created by Tom Lynch and Marlene Mattos,[3] and was an attempt to adapt it for American viewers, featuring games, stories, songs and celebrity guests (like Exposé). The costs of the weekly production were budgeted between US $150,000 to US $200,000 according to Broadcasting & Cable magazine. [4]

In addition to being seen in the United States, the show also aired in many countries throughout the world, among them Japan, Israel, Russia, Singapore and some Arab countries.[5]

Episodes[edit]

  • The Olsen Twins
  • Another Olsen Twins
  • Mat Plendl
  • Another Mat Plendl
  • Marty Putz
  • Ed Alonzo and his Cat Trainer
  • American Gladiators
  • Woody Itson
  • Mark Nizer
  • Magician Ed Alonzo
  • More Magician Ed Alonzo
  • Mess of Mutts
  • Team Rollerblade
  • Universal Studio Animals
  • Mongolian Acrobats
  • Jeff Dunham & Peanut
  • Juggling Duo The Mums
  • Miniature Horse
  • Bob Golic
  • Skate Squad
  • Ronn Lucas
  • Another Ronn Lucas
  • The Butterfly Man
  • Rudy Coby
  • Orangutan
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks
  • The Harlem Globetrotters
  • Olga the Gymnast
  • Trampoline
  • Kim Zmescal
  • Circus
  • Marsupial
  • Rebel Ropers
  • David Larible
  • Jugglers
  • Waylon Jennings
  • Jeff Dunham
  • Robert Nelson
  • Amos Levkovitch
  • Michael Feinstein
  • Cheech Marín
  • Deborah Blando

Home video[edit]

VHS: Funtastic Birthday Party and Celebration with Cheech Marin[edit]

The show received five volumes on VHS, released in 1994 by The Family Channel and Sony Wonder. Two of VHS are highly sought after today: Funtastic Birthday Party and Celebration with Cheech Marin.[6]

Talk To Me[edit]

Xuxa recorded 21 songs for the English version of her show. Eric Thorngren and David Wolff wrote the songs. A CD was created to be released, but Xuxa suffered from back pain and releasing the CD did not take place as planned. However, the songs were later released with her dolls, by RoseArt. The following is a list of all the songs from Xuxa:

  • Xuxa's Theme (Opening's Theme)
  • Chindolele
  • Ilarie (this song is the Xuxa's most famous song)
  • Our Song of Peace
  • Crazy About You
  • Xuxa's Dance
  • An X On Your Heart
  • Talk To Me (only one version of this song is in English)
  • Xuxa's Recipe
  • Do Say
  • Rainbow
  • Xuxa's Alphabet
  • Miracle of Life
  • All America
  • Crystal Moon (this song Xuxa never sung)
  • Froggy Froggy
  • Today's A Happy Day
  • The Tribe of Love
  • Life Is A Party
  • The Flea
  • Alert (Say No To Drugs)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tobenkin, David (16 May 1994). "'Xuxa' resurfaces on Family Channel. (children's television show) (Brief Article)". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Suzan Bibisi (5 September 1993). "Xuxa: Hello, Hello,' America". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "'Xuxa' gets go-ahead". Variety. April 28, 1993. 
  4. ^ Freeman, Mike (August 2, 1993). "Xuxa works on U.S. makeover. (South American childrens' [sic] television star)". Broadcasting & Cable. 
  5. ^ MARCELO MIGLIACCIO (May 28, 1994). "Xuxa já pode ser vista nos cinco continentes" (in Portuguese). Folha de S.Paulo. 
  6. ^ "Sony Wonder Has Some Wonderful News!". Billboard (in Portuguese). February 19, 1994. 

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