Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Make A Wish

Make A Wish was an American television series which ran on ABC from 1971 to 1976. Produced by ABC News, it was hosted by musician Tom Chapin and created and produced by Lester Cooper. It replaced Discovery, a similar series for children also produced by ABC News (which began in 1962).

The series, originally broadcast on Saturday mornings but later moved to Sunday mornings, focused on a particular theme. One episode, for instance, was about snakes, another about motorcycles. Chapin would introduce the topic in much the same manner: "I think a snake is what I'll be. Imagine all the possibilities." After that there would be a sort of free association featuring stock footage, animation, and Chapin's music and voiceover commentary.

The series won a Peabody Award for Best Children's Series in 1971.

The music performed on the show was written by Tom's brother, Harry Chapin. One song written for the show was "Circle."

Make A Wish would be replaced in 1976 with Animals, Animals, Animals.

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