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In a lot of ways, the TRANSFORMERS are like BATMAN. At the core, you know the basic gist, but they can be re-worked for different age groups and interests, from preschool to grownups, lighthearted to completely dark. I dig that, and TRANSFORMERS: RESCUE BOTS are a prime example of how the franchise can be molded - to get kids into that robotic action at a young age, with fun stories that help teach the virtues of safety and kindness. There are no battles with the Decepticons here, instead placing a team of Autobot Rescue Bots (at the request of Optimus Prime) on the island of Griffin Rock, Maine, where they work side-by-side with their human friends to learn valuable lessons each week. Airing on The Hub Network (where Season Two just began this month), Shout! Factory Kids has been handling the DVD side of things, and the latest collection, HEROES ON THE SCENE just hit the streets.

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The TRANSFORMERS are currently celebrating their 30th Anniversary this year, and today comes some big news from The Hub Network regarding the televised future of the franchise. Production is underway right now for a brand-new TRANSFORMERS series that will make it's debut on The Hub at some point in 2015. Blending 3D characters with hand-painted environments, the new series is toplined by fan-favorite, BUMBLEBEE as he steps up to lead a brand-new team of Autobots.

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Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, and like the Chicago River this weekend, it's time to break out the "green" for some shamrock-themed fun for the whole family. One oddity this year is that Addie's school is celebrating it as "Clover Day," which is a term I've not heard before. If they're trying to be "PC" by de-Sainting it, that strikes me as weird since Christmas and Hanukkah weren't renamed... even if you don't celebrate it, that doesn't change the name (maybe that's just me). Regardless, here's a few pieces of St. Paddy's Day fun...

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Last month, I gave you the details on SABRINA SECRETS OF A TEENAGE WITCH returning to The Hub Network for a new run of all-new episodes. Well, the action gets started this Saturday, March 15th at 12pm ET/9am PT, and the folks at The Hub have provided THE ROCK FATHER with a pair of clips from "Sabrina the Troll Princess,"  featuring voice star Ashley Tisdale (PHINEAS AND FERB, SCARY MOVIE 5, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3) as Sabrina. Take a look...

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As a kid that grew up with Hasbro's TRANSFORMERS and was there in 1984 when it all began, I don't recall Bumblebee being a big deal. Back then, he was a HERBIE-like Volkswagen Beetle - one of the smallest Autobots of the bunch, and although a fun toy, it was characters like Optimus Prime, Ultra Magnus and Jetfire that really grabbed me. Fast-forward thirty years, and Bumblebee is big deal - a fan-favorite for a whole new generation of kids (and some grownups, too) who dig the lighthearted "scout" 'bot in his current form - that of a Chevrolet Camaro (in the live-action films), or the similarly-designed, though completely fictional, "Urbana 500" as he appeared in the recent series, TRANSFORMERS PRIME.

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My friends at The Hub Network have teamed-up with the website Awkward Family Photos for a special week of Hub Network Family Movies featuring some very awkward families. “Awkward Family Movie Week” every night at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT beginning Monday, March 10 through Sunday, March 16 on the Hub Network. Check out the full details below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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