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Fall TV is not just for grownups

With all the animation and family fare on cable these days, it's easy for new shows to get lost in the onslaught. Here's a quick look at some of this fall's best new arrivals:

Preschool

Little Einsteins (Disney Channel)

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June, Annie, Quincy, and Leo take young viewers on a musical mystery tour of the world, solving puzzles - such as how to get Leo's baton back from a bald eagle - and introducing classical music and fine art along the way. The show uses simple animation to deliver complex but fun experiences.

Jack's Big Music Show (Noggin)

Jack the musical puppet hosts this live action show featuring loads of danceable tunes as well as enthusiastic and kid-friendly contemporary stars: Yolanda Adams, Sweet Honey in the Rock, the Dirty Sock Funtime Band, and Buddy Guy.

Early elementary

Zula Patrol (PBS)

Billing it as "the only public-TV science and astronomy show for kids" sells "Zula" short - it's that and a lot more. Sly, engaging animation with wonderful trips into deep space, pursuing story lines full of information, makes this a show adults will enjoy along with their young ones.

Go, Diego, Go! (Nick Jr on weekdays, CBS on Saturdays)

More science and more adventure, this is a spin-off of Dora the Explorer featuring her 8-year-old cousin, Diego. The show features lots of animals, gadgets, and Latin-American culture.

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Elementary

Get Ed (Toon Disney)

Boys and girls will have fun watching this bionic teenager, who works for a futuristic messenger service, as he dodges the bad guys and basically saves the world from all manner of cartoon evil - with the help of two pretty cool and smart girls.


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