LeVar Burton may not be the new “Jeopardy!” host, but there is a strong consolation prize for the thousands and thousands of fans who stumped for him during the process; a new “Reading Rainbow” documentary. A new movie is in the works chronicling the journey of the hit children’s educational show from the 1980s and 1990s.
Butterfly in the Sky is being produced to “honor the show’s legacy and teach younger generations about this milestone in television history in our current era of distance learning.” All that to say, it’s showing the kids what great educational programming was all about.
Documentary ‘Butterfly in the Sky’ will focus on LeVar Burton’s ‘Reading Rainbow’ 📖🌈 https://t.co/nLW5KrSELn
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For Dads of a certain age, “Reading Rainbow” was a huge and influential show. It hit PBS in 1983 and became a classroom favorite. Lasting more than two decades the show won HUNDREDS of awards, including a Peabody Award and a couple dozen Emmys.
We’ve seen some great TV documentaries over the past few years, featuring beloved icons such as Mister Rogers and Anthony Bourdain. LeVar Burton is still around, so we’ll get new perspective from him on the show’s legacy in addition to archival footage and interviews with people inspired by the show. It’s going to be a massive hit.
How could it not? Just look at the fervor Burton’s fans had in the Jeopardy crusade. An entire generation was inspired to read because of Burton, and that impact wasn’t forgotten. Thousands and thousands of fans took to social media and signed petitions because they thought no one could better helm an educational TV legacy than someone who had already created another educational TV legacy.
Burton has had a long career in entertainment, but make no mistake, so much of that fan passion comes from his long tenure with “Reading Rainbow.” Now, his legacy will be cemented with a tribute fitting for one who impacted a generation.