TV Guide June Preview

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The following appeared in TVGuide. The citation is Vered, Annabel (1996-06-08). "A heat wave of sizzling stars". TV Guide Vol. 44 Issue 23, p30. There's also a feature on Irene Bedard, voice of Alice Starseer.

Cartoon trailblazer Jonny Quest has found his way back to the airwaves. The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest (premiering August 26, TNT, Monda-Friday, 8 A.M./ET, and Saturday, time to be announced; TBS, Monday-Friday, 4:35 P.M./ET; Cartoon Network, Monday-Friday, 8 P.M. and 12 A.M./ET) returns to the story of an ordinary boy and his extraordinary escapades, but now Jonny is a rambunctious teen who travels with a sensible female buddy, Jessie. Although they're just friends, "you might imagine when they become adults there might be a Trace-Hepburn thing going on between them," says Fred Seibert, president of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, which produces Quest. The Turner networks plan to air the show an unprecedented 21 times a week. "Different audiences watch the networks at different times," says Seibert. "So what better way to expose the show to as many kids as possible?"

Irene Bedard

Her voice is familiar even if her face isn't: Last summer, Irene Bedard made her mark as the gentle-voiced Native American princess Pocahontas in the animated Disney blockbuster of the same name. This summer, the 28-year-old actress will be a visible presence on TV, starring in two live-action movies, Grand Avenue (HBO, June 30, 8 P.M./ET), a drama about Native American families struggling with identity issues, and Crazy Horse (TNT, July 7, 8, P.M./ET), the story of the great Indian leader and his true love, Black Buffalo Woman. Bedard, the daughter of an Inupiat Eskimo and a French Canadian Cree, is pleased to have a chance to play a variety of Native Americans. "We've had very one-dimensional depictions of us as a people,"says the actress, who was nominated for a Golden Globe last year for her portrayal of Mary Crow Dog in TNT's Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee." 'Pocahontas' brought my career to a more visible area, and you wouldn't think that would be the case with playing an animated character," she says. "But what's most important to me is that I grew up being called Pocahontas in a derogatory manner, and now there are millions of little girls around the world who want to be like Pocahontas."

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