Nickelodeon to Premiere IF ONLY I WERE AN ONLY CHILD, 12/17
Brothers and Sisters can be your best friends, but they can also drive you nuts. Kids across America rank the top ten ways siblings get under your skin in the half-hour Nick News with Linda Ellerbee special, IF ONLY I WERE AN ONLY CHILD, premiering Monday, Dec. 17, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. Some of the frustrating things discussed include not sharing, copying, picking, tattling, and embarrassing them in front of friends.
"I fell asleep on the couch," says 12-year-old Nikki from Lynwood, Calif. "And (my sister) got all her makeup and painted me."
"At school, every time he sees me....he's always got to run beside me and go, 'Brother! Brother! Brother!'" says 14-year-old Austin from Lexington, S.C.
The special also features celebrities discussing sibling rivalries.
"My brother went and took this IQ test and he scored 149," says child actor Nolan Gould of Modern Family. "Then a couple days later, I went and took the IQ test and I scored 150. And so, my brother, not to be outdone...he went and took the IQ test again, and he got 151."
"I've taken a bite of every sandwich my brother's ever made," says Seth Meyers of Saturday Night Live. "We call it the sandwich tax."
"Sure, siblings can be annoying," Ellerbee says. "But (as an only child), I envy you. You had and have each other. Even at those times when all you want to do is wring each other's neck."
Nick News, produced by Lucky Duck Productions, is now in its 21st year and is the longest-running kids' news show in television history. It has built its reputation on the respectful and direct way it speaks to kids about the important issues of the day. Over the years, Nick News has received more than 21 Emmy nominations and recently won its ninth Emmy Award for Under the Influence: Kids of Alcoholics in the category of Outstanding Children's Nonfiction Program. Additional Emmy wins for outstanding children's programming include: The Face of Courage: Kids Living with Cancer (2010); Coming Home: When Parents Return from War (2009); The Untouchable Kids of India (2008); Private Worlds: Kids and Autism (2007); Never Again: From the Holocaust to the Sudan (2005); Faces of Hope: The Kids of Afghanistan (2002) and What Are You Staring At? (1998). In addition, in 1995, the entire series won the Emmy. In 2009, Nick News was honored with the Edward R. Murrow Award for best Network News Documentary for Coming Home: When Parents Return from War - the first-ever kids' television program to receive this prestigious award. Nick News has also received three Peabody Awards, including a personal award given to Ellerbee for explaining the impeachment of President Clinton to kids, as well as a Columbia duPont Award and more than a dozen Parents' Choice Awards.
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