25+ years seemed worth of at least a mention:

The “Reading Rainbow” is at an end on PBS.

The program aired its final episode Friday, wrapping a more than two-decade run that began in 1983. “Reading Rainbow,” hosted by LeVar Burton, was designed to spark a love for books in its young audience.

The once-popular show’s ratings had slipped and production on new episodes stopped several years ago, PBS said. Along with the end of the broadcasts, the “Reading Rainbow” site at pbskids.org will be discontinued in December.

via AP

Liz Gannes at NewTeeVee reports that budget cuts were to blame for the series end and cites comments (and reminisces on her high school commencement ceremony where Burton spoke!) from host LeVar Burton on Twitter made last February 18 that he’d like the keep the some version of the show alive online:

Want y’all to know that I’m seriously moving forward with an idea for a new version of a Reading Rainbow like show. Webisodes for adults.

Posted by:TV By The Numbers

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