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Starting this Saturday, NBC’s new morning children’s programming will feature a goofy cucumber, a spunky tomato, and some very cute French peas. Yes, Big Idea Productions, the force behind the hugely successful VeggieTales series of videos, recently signed a deal to provide a two-hour block of programming on NBC as well as Spanish programming for sister network Telemundo and other VeggieTales programming for the “I” network–formerly known as the Pax Network–every Friday afternoon.

Not all of the VeggieTales episodes on NBC will be original stories–at least not at first–but carefully edited versions of previous Veggie adventures, including the “Larry Boy” and “3-2-1 Penguins” series, that will align with NBC standards. Gone will be the Bible verse at the end of each story but the messages about sharing, being thankful, and other wholesome themes will remain intact.

More importantly for those of us adults who are closet Veggie fans, the shows will feature a silly song or two, like “The Bunny Song” and “The Grapes of Wrath.”

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