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Beakman's World Expands

Sony has cleared the live-action, off-net syndicated educational kids series, Beakman's World, in 65% of the country, including the Fox owned-and-operated stations, for fall 2006.

The show, which ran on CBS from 1993-98, stars Paul Zaloom as an eccentric scientist, sort of a Mr. Wizard for a new generation.

Stations will likely be hunting for even more FCC-friendly shows--Beakman was one of the FCC-friendliest--with new digital kids TV rules expected to go into effect soon.

Beakman was a co-production of Columbia Pictures Television, Columbia TriStar Television Distribution and Universal Belo Productions.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.