Awards show for kids chooses tasteless hosts

Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz are hosts of the 17th Annual Kids' Choice Awards (7 p.m. today, Nickelodeon), and I've got a problem with that. I have no illusions about these festivities. Like every other kid's show, they are intended to sell new movies, music, video games, toys, candy, makeup and other stuff to an impressionable audience. And I'm not talking about the commercials.

My principal beef is with the hosts. Myers now considers himself a children's entertainer because he worked with Diaz on the cartoon "Shrek" and filled "The Cat in the Hat" with flatulence jokes. I generally like Mike Myers, or at least the first two "Austin Powers" movies. That is, I enjoy their delirious vulgarity, but I wouldn't bring children to see them. Ms. Diaz's most famous movie is best remembered for an image of her hair "styled" with something nasty Ben Stiller left on the sink. Explain that to the "Dora the Explorer" crowd. I guess Rosie O'Donnell has become too controversial for these festivities, but an actress famous for having semen in her hair is OK.

I know I sound old and cranky, but there used to be a sensible distinction between kids' stuff and adult entertainment, and everyone was happier. Nobody dreamed of inviting Lenny Bruce to appear on "Romper Room," or having Captain Kangaroo headline at the Sands with Frank, Sammy and Dean. Judy Garland provided the voice for the 1962 animated feature "Gay Purr-ee," but nobody thought of her as a children's entertainer. I'm sure she didn't think of herself that way.

Tonight's other highlights

  • The NCAA Tournament (7 p.m., CBS) continues.
  • The voices of David Spade and John Goodman animate the 2000 cartoon "The Emperor's New Groove" (7 p.m., ABC).
  • Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo star in the 1999 remake of "The Thomas Crown Affair" (7 p.m. NBC)
  • Donald Trump is host of "Saturday Night Live" (10:30 p.m., NBC), featuring musical guests Toots and the Maytals.

Sunday's highlights

  • Scheduled on "60 Minutes" (6 p.m., CBS): a coal industry whistle-blower; a nurse and alleged mass-murderer; and car loan rip-offs.
  • Charlton Heston stars in the 1959 epic "The Ten Commandments" (6 p.m., ABC).
  • "Sesame Street: The Street We Live On" (7 p.m., PBS) celebrates the educational series' 35th birthday.


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