Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Nickelodeon Presents '#KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall', Hosted by Actress Kristen Bell

๐Ÿ”ด The Kids' Guide to Coronavirus w/ Kristen Bell! | #KidsTogether

"What is coronavirus? How do you prevent it? And when will we be able to go back to school?" In this special Nickelodeon Town Hall, Nick will answer these questions and more from real kids like you on how to navigate all of the recent changes to our daily lives!

Kristen Bell hosts as she connects with kids from all over and gets in touch with medical experts to offer some tips on social distancing, ways to keep safe and healthy, and fun activities to enjoy at home! With special appearances by Alicia Keys, David Dobrik, JoJo Siwa, Kel Mitchell, Kenan Thompson, Noah Centineo, Young Dylan, Jayden Bartels, Russell and Ciara Wilson, and more!



TV Event Includes Performance by Alicia Keys and Celebrity Contributions

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HOLLYWOOD, Calif.—March 27, 2020—Nickelodeon will present #KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall, an exclusive hour-long special offering a kid’s-eye view of life today amid COVID-19, on Monday, March 30, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT). Hosted by actress Kristen Bell (The Good Place, Frozen, Veronica Mars) and featuring a performance by Alicia Keys, the special will directly address kids’ questions and concerns, include tips and insights from medical experts on ways to be healthy, and give first-person accounts from kids and families around the country who are social distancing and making changes to their everyday lives and relationships.

With host Bell and all guests connecting via video from locations across the U.S., the taped special will also include Dr. Nadine Burke Harris (California Surgeon General) and Dr. Vivek H. Murthy (former U.S. Surgeon General), as well as appearances by Charli D’Amelio, Josh Gad, Kel Mitchell, Kenan Thompson, and Ciara and Russell Wilson, among others.

Ellen DeGeneres, John Cena, David Dobrik, Noah Centineo, Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Matthew Morrison, Tia Mowry (Sister, Sister, Instant Mom) and Chloe Kim will be a part of #KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall, ET is reporting.

Other celebrities contributing home videos, including YouTube personality Emma Chamberlin’s how-to on having housebound fun with your pet. Music artists JoJo Siwa and DJ Khaled also took part, Nickelodeon said.

Said Bell, “It’s so important to remember that we are all in this together, and our kids and loved ones need outlets to help them process and understand what’s going on and, most importantly, to still feel connected. I hope kids and families come away from this special feeling a little more comfortable and that they enjoy some much-needed moments of humor during this difficult time.”

“I feel like right now, kids’ questions and worries might be getting overlooked,” the Good Place star told The Associated Press when explaining why she participated. “I wanted kids to feel empowered to ask questions, and create a place where they are heard.

"Children need and deserve that

“I hope people see that kids’ worries are just as important as every adults, and I hope people encourage their kids to ask vulnerable questions, and take their ideas of how to help seriously,” Bell added. “Some of these kids are getting some amazing work done helping people in their community!”

“With families everywhere focused on staying healthy and essentially every kid out of school, we immediately understood this is the time to act quickly and be there for the audience in a way that can hopefully help them better cope with what’s going on,” said Brian Robbins, ViacomCBS’ head of kids and family content.

#KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall will simulcast across Nickelodeon, TeenNick and Nicktoons, and will be available on Nick On Demand, Nickelodeon YouTube, the Nick App and the Nick Pluto TV channel following the premiere. The special will also appear on Nickelodeon’s international networks.

#KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall is part of Nickelodeon’s overall global, multiplatform prosocial initiative #KidsTogether, which launched on March 18, and uses Nick’s most popular characters and talent to engage with kids and families on tips for staying healthy and also ideas for activities to do together while in the home. Featuring SpongeBob SquarePants, Blue’s Clues & You!, Henry Danger, Bubble Guppies, The Casagrandes, and more, #KidsTogether is intended to serve as an additional resource for parents while providing kid-appropriate, kid-directed information through original short-form videos, interstitials, downloadable activities and social content, with elements aggregated for easy access on a central online destination, A brief discussion guide for #KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall will also be available on following the premiere of the special.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

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From Variety:

TV Tries to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus

Nickelodeon, Disney and Sesame Workshop, three of the nation’s best known makers of kids’ entertainment, are going to start tackling more dramatic stuff.

The ViacomCBS kids’ network will tonight at 7 p.m. eastern present “#KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall,” an hour-long special that aims to help kids gain more understanding about changes wrought in their lives by the spread of coronavirus. Disney Channel, meanwhile, on Friday unveiled a series of messages from many of the actors who populate its programs that show up in breaks between shows. And Sesame Workshop this week will distribute videos that talk about how to sneeze properly and providing comfort, among other topics. One highlight: a “Washy Wash” song from Elmo.

Getting the tone right is crucial. “We want to strike a balance between being informative and not frightening kids,” says Paula Kaplan, executive vice president of talent for Nickelodeon, in an interview.

All three media outlets typically offer comedy, music and humor. But they also feel a responsibility to help their younger viewers through a tumultuous era.

Nickelodeon’s Kaplan says the news show will be hosted by actor Kristen Bell (pictured, above), whom many viewers will know through her affiliation with Disney’s “Frozen” franchise, and mix in recommendations for staying healthy while examining changes brought on by social distancing and sheltering at home. Guests, who connected with Bell via video from all over the United States, include Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, the California Surgeon General as well as former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, along with Ellen Degeneres Charli D’Amelio, Kel Mitchell, Kenan Thompson, Russell and Ciara Wilson, JoJo Siwa, Jayden Bartles, Lea Michele, John Cena and Tia Mowry.

The show will tackle everything from how to ask a parent to help with a math problem to whether a pet dog can get the contagion, Kaplan says, along with other topics.

The Disney interstitials include cameos from Milo Manheim, Kylie Cantrall, Meg Donnelly and Sky Katz, among others. The company consulted with Dr. Arthur Pober, a specialist in media, education and child psychology. Animated Sesame spots will be distributed animated spots will be distributed via partners including HBO, PBS KIDS and local PBS stations, Univision, the Ad Council and YouTube. Additional tools that include coping strategies and child-friendly explanations for tough questions are available on

Nickelodeon has a well-regarded history in speaking to children during moments of crisis or confusion. Between 1992 and 2015, the kids’ outlet produced more than 150 episodes of “Nick News” with well-regarded anchor Linda Ellerbee. The series tackled issues ranging from global warming to hate crimes and sexual harassment. Disney has also recently worked to talk to kids about serious issues, including a series of vignettes that talked about what to do if a child finds a gun in the house. The Disney Channel series “Andi Mack” tackled gun safety issues in 2018. And Sesame Workshop has for decades talked to kids about all kinds of issues ranging from death to having a parent who may be incarcerated.

But those efforts were prepared with lots of advance time. Nickelodeon’s Kaplan says the new special came together over the last seven days, with producers reaching out to actor Bell after seeing her social-media postings about how her family has coped with the pandemic. “She has been living thorough this. Her husband was quarantined and for a time was away from the family,” explains Kaplan. “She has handled this with humor and empathy and really just talks directly and specifically to kids.”

Producers were working on the program, which will be taped, over the weekend, says Kaplan. Many previous kids’ news specials featured guests talking to children in the studio, but “this was a very different model,” the executive says. “Nobody could be together.”


From The Daily Mail Online:

'We've been at each other's throats': Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard admit self-isolating with kids is 'stressful'

They are one of the most popular and down-to-earth celebrity couples in Hollywood.

And Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard pulled no punches as they joined Katie Couric for an Instagram Live session on Monday.

Asked how they are doing during the 'safer at home' order due to the coronavirus crisis, Shepard responded: 'We're getting along good with the kids and we're getting along good with adults we're friends with... This has been stressful for mom and dad.'

Bell continued the candid exchange, saying: 'We've been at each other's throats real bad, real bad, oh yeah.'

Shepard pointed out that sitting side by side for the social media appearance was 'as physically close as we've been in a couple of days.'

'America's sweetheart has some character defects... just want to let you know,' he said.

Bell, 39, and Shepard, 45, have been together since 2007, announcing their engagement in 2010 and marrying in 2013.

They have two daughters - Lincoln, seven, and Delta, five.

The couple spoke to Couric to plug Bell's Nickelodeon coronavirus special set to air Monday night.

The hour-long #KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall will be simulcast across Nickelodeon, TeenNick and Nicktoons beginning at 7 p.m. It will also be available on Nick On Demand, Nickelodeon YouTube, the Nick App and the Nick Pluto TV channel following the live screening.

'Parents have a better ability to assess.. 'we're having trouble coz we're spending so much time together, this is crazy, we need to be gentle with one another',' Bell explained. 'Kids don't have that language, and sometimes adults use really scary words and the kids don't yet even know how to ask the questions they're thinking of.'

The special will feature kids asking questions about COVID-19 as well as experts including the Surgeon General of California, Bell said.


From USA Today:

'This is weird': Kristen Bell hosts star-studded Nickelodeon coronavirus special for kids

Monday night's "#KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall” brought many celebrities together – by way of videos and video chats, of course.

The hour-long special hosted by Kristen Bell answered young people's questions about the coronavirus pandemic, shared how kids were making an impact during the health crisis and helped separate fact from fiction. It even attempted to calm fears of a toilet paper shortage. Thankfully, Tara M. Sinclair, associate professor of economics and international affairs at The George Washington University, predicted "our bums are going to be OK."

"The good news is that there's lots of toilet paper in the warehouses, and it's really a pretty easy product to make," she assured viewers. Phew!

Ciara, Kristen Bell offer 'kids-eye view' in coronavirus special on Nickelodeon

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Several celebrities also revealed how they were spending their days in quarantine.

"Stranger Things" actress Millie Bobby Brown and her sister Ava were working on memorizing a map of the U.S. "Black-ish" star Anthony Anderson constructed garden boxes.

Ciara said she, her quarterback husband Russell Wilson and their kids are "finding ways to be creative with our schedules."

The "Like a Boy" artist said they've been staying active while being indoors.

"We just turned the house into a soccer field," she said. "It's been a lot of fun."

Kevin Hart is also enjoying quality time with his expanding brood. "I'm gonna be honest with you, I've been just spending time with my wife and my kids," he said. "Getting to know my family more, loving them as much as I possibly can. Finding ways to just improve, to be better."

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Ellen DeGeneres understands the challenges people are facing. "This is a hard time, I get it," she acknowledged. "I'm stressed, but I'm also exercising every day. I'm taking walks. I'm playing Frisbee with my dog."

"Hang in there," the comedian added. "We're all gonna be OK."

Josh Gad is also getting in face time with his family and pet. "My kids and I are going on a lot of walks," he said. "My dog has never been happier in her life."

Singer Charlie Puth revealed he's attempting to learn the guitar and suggested people pass the time with a new hobby, while tennis legend Serena Williams highlighted her garden. Singer Meghan Trainor showed off her fort-building skills and said she was spending her time writing songs and working on arts and crafts.

Coronavirus: Sesame Workshop enlists Elmo, Cookie Monster on hand washing

Musician Alicia Keys performed her song "Underdog" during the special.

"Music is so powerful. It brings us together," the author said while playing a purple piano. "Sometimes challenges do the same thing. They show us who we are, what we're made of. And there's nothing we can't get through when we do it together. So, I want to dedicate this song to us, for defying the odds."

Bell also showed off her talents, joining an a cappella performance of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and learning the #DistanceDance from TikTok personality Charli D'Amelio.

Bell closed the program by acknowledging this unprecedented time.

"This is weird," she said. "We've never experienced anything like this, not in your lifetime, not in mine, not even in my mom's."

"Yes, the world has hit a reset button, but resetting isn't all bad." she added. "We're being forced to look at the world and our friends and our family with more love and more gratitude. I think I needed a little reset on that. I think maybe we all did."

Bell and her husband, actor Dax Shepard, have tried to help those struggling during the pandemic. The pair decided they would not collect rent from their tenants for April and donated $150,007.96 to No Kid Hungry. Bell said on Instagram that the $7.96 came from the couple's two children: Lincoln, 7, and Delta, 5.

Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard waive April rent for Los Angeles tenants: 'People over profits'

'Be good to each other': Alicia Keys discusses new memoir, shares hopeful messages amid coronavirus


From Desert News:

‘Frozen’ star Kristen Bell hosts Nickelodeon special on coronavirus

Kristen Bell answered questions from children about COVID-19 and the pandemic

“Frozen” star Kristen Bell recently hosted the “#KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall” event to answer questions from young children about the coronavirus.

What happened:
Bell and other celebrities joined together to answer questions from children about COVID-19 and the worldwide pandemic.
The group also asked how children are handling the health crisis and attempted to explain more on misinformation.

Other celebrities on the show included “Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown, “Black-Ish” star Anthony Anderson and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

As USA Today reports, Kevin Hart appeared to explain what he and his children are doing during their quarantine: “I’m gonna be honest with you, I’ve been just spending time with my wife and my kids. Getting to know my family more, loving them as much as I possibly can. Finding ways to just improve, to be better.”

More tips from Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon put together a helpful sheet of tips and guidelines for children and parents to stay safe from the coronavirus pandemic, including the call for social distancing.

The guide calls for people to take a breather and relax any tensions felt because of the pandemic, and to follow the news and heath guidelines so you’re always up-to-date on what’s happening.


From ET:

Kristen Bell Says She and Dax Shepard Have Been 'At Each Other's Throats' During Self-Isolation

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are getting real about the challenges of self-isolating as a family due to the coronavirus pandemic. In an Instagram Live interview with Katie Couric, Bell and Shepard said that, while things are good between them and their daughters -- Delta, 5, and Lincoln, 7 -- things as a couple are harder.

"We're getting along good with the kids and we're getting along good with adults we're friends with. This has been stressful for momma and dada," Shepard admitted.

"We've been at each other's throats real bad, real bad," Bell agreed, before adding that sitting next to each other for the interview was "as physically close as we've been in a couple of days 'cause we've just found each other revolting."

"America's sweetheart has some character defects," Shepard added.

Shepard then stepped out of the frame for the remainder of the interview, prompting Couric to suggest that Bell and her husband find a way to get some alone time in their house amid isolation.

"He's too big, Katie. He's too loud and too big. He's everywhere," Bell responded.

Bell went on to discuss #KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall, which she hosted Monday night on Nickelodeonalongside guests including Ellen DeGeneres, John Cena, David Dobrik and Noah Centineo. The special, Bell explained, was put on in an effort to listen to kids' concerns over the pandemic and offer emotional support.

"Kids are worried about missing their summer camps, they're missing their birthdays. My daughter's birthday was on Friday. It was a bummer," she said of her eldest daughter, Lincoln. "We did a big Zoom class party and had all the parents on FaceTime, but it wasn't really the same."

"It's not the world's worst thing that can happen, but those kids do deserve an opportunity to say, 'I'm bummed!'" Bell added.

As for how her own kids have responded to the pandemic, Bell said that they "have not asked a ton of questions."

"As a parent you can see when their eyes are asking questions and their mouths don't know how to say it. So we've been very open about telling them what the disease is," Bell said. "... We've tried to give them an opportunity to ask questions, but it hasn't really happened. It's kind of strange."

Watch the video [here] for more on Bell and Shepard's daughters.


More Nick: Nickelodeon Launches #KidsTogether--A Global Prosocial Initiative to Help Kids and Families Stay Informed and Engaged With Activities; Noggin to be Offered Free to Kids in Need in Partnership with National Head Start Association and First Book

Originally published: Friday, March 27, 2020 at 16:56 GMT.

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