Pee-wee Herman, the comedian who gets laughs by acting like a child, will star in a Saturday-morning TV series for children on CBS this fall.
Herman, who last year starred in the motion picture "Pee-wee's Big Adventure," will join the CBS lineup in September in "Pee-wee's Playhouse."
That is one of four new series CBS has added to its children's lineup for the fall. The others, all animated, are "Teen Wolf" (based on the movie of the same name), "Galaxy High" and "Wildfire."
Rejoining the lineup from CBS' current schedule will be "The Berenstain Bears," "Muppet Babies" and "Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling." In addition, the network plans to add reruns of "The Puppy's Great Adventures" to the Saturday morning menu.
In addition, "CBS Storybreak," featuring animated versions of popular children's books, will return to the schedule in January with 10 new episodes. Bob Keeshan, who formerly played "Captain Kangaroo," will host the series again.
"Pee-wee's Playhouse" will be produced in New York and will feature live-action and animated segments. The show also will sport a supporting cast and cameo appearances by well-known performers, the network said.
Richard Pryor starred in a Saturday-morning series for CBS in 1984 but it fared poorly in the ratings and was canceled after one season.
Of the three new cartoon series, "Teen Wolf" and "Galaxy High" are comedies--the former about a boy whose typical teen-age problems are compounded by the fact that he and his family periodically turn into a werewolves, the latter about a high school whose students come from planets throughout the universe. The other new entry, "Wildfire," is an adventure series about a princess seeking to free her kingdom from the control of an evil witch.
The CBS shows being dropped when the new lineup premieres Sept. 13 are "Wuzzles," "Richie Rich," "Dungeons & Dragons," "Pole Position" and "The Get Along Gang."