The Hub's New Season Unveils 9 Original Shows

The Hub, the fledgling kids/family network from Discovery and Hasbro, will debut a limited series featuring an animated Warren Buffett, who also provides the voiceover.

Tabbed "Secret Millionaire's Club," four half-hour shows have the animated Buffett as a clandestine adviser to kids learning about basic business and other matters from the investor extraordinaire.

Buffett is credited as a creator, while producers are A Squared Entertainment and Andy Heyward, former CEO of DIC Entertainment. As to Buffett's compensation, a Hub representative said that is a matter between Buffett and the production company, A Squared.

Overall, as the kids' upfront approaches, the Hub -- which was launched in October -- said it has nine new original series on deck for the 2011-12 programming year. The Hub, which runs kids' programming during the day and promotes co-viewing in prime time, is in 60 million homes.

On tap is "Clue," based on the venerable Hasbro game, presented as a live-action series with six teens that come together and work to solve a crime mystery.

Taking advantage of the Hasbro properties, there is also "Scrabble Showdown," a game show with families competing in word games and puzzles testing "speed, spelling and vocabulary."

"Majors & Minors" is a new reality-competition series in music with 16 young performers. No one is voted off, yet one winner gets a recording deal with the RCA/Jive label and a role in a tour.

The Hub also said it has acquired syndicated episodes of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?"

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