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07 June 2006

CARTOON NETWORK HAS AN 'AFTER HOURS' ADULT SWIM?


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ould someone out there who has actually watched "After Hours Adult Swim" fill me in? It can't be what first came to mind, right? I'm trying hard not to imagine Mickey and Minnie, along with Donald Duck swimming au naturale in the pool.

What caught my eye about this headline was the fact that they are about to start showing Pee Wee Herman. Yes, Pee Wee's Playhouse to be exact. The cable network will air all 45 original episodes featuring Paul Reubens as Pee-wee Herman, the biggest kid in the Playhouse.

Reubens created the Pee-wee Herman character in 1978 when he was a member of the Groundlings comedy troupe in Los Angeles. Tim Burton's 1985 feature-length directorial debut, Pee-wee's Big Adventure, led to a regular Saturday morning spot for Reubens and his wacky humor that combined Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood-style lessons and make-believe with one of the most annoying voices ever. Pee-wee's Playhouse premiered on CBS in 1986 and made Reubens a household name.

Which made it all the more disconcerting when Reubens was arrested for indecently exposing himself in a Florida porno theater in 1991, pretty much putting an end to morning fun time with the kids. Reubens, now 53, has been dogged by legal troubles here and there ever since. After police raided his home in 2001, Reubens was booked on a charge of possessing child pornography in 2002, eventually pleading guilty to one misdemeanor obscenity count in 2004, for which he paid a $100 fine and had to register as a sex offender for the duration of his three-year probation.

"I'd say this is a dream come true," he said in a statement following the announcement that his show was going for an Adult Swim.

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