Friend Of DT Matt Haber interviewed the creators of Wonder Showzen for an article on Salon.com. Co-creator John Lee explains how, when it's in the context of shooting, the fragile-little-mind-warping things the show's child actors say are totally harmless. The stage parents are totally in on the game, too, though:
"We just did a shoot where we basically sprayed fake blood on 10 kids and the parents loved it," Lee says. "If you're a parent, you're like, 'That’Äôs great! I wanna see my kid covered in fake blood.'"I was just saying that to my wife the other day. "What might help the kid release her latent psychic powers?" She asked, and I was all, "Well, we could cover her in fake blood. Worked for Carrie." [In the end, we opted for the TV. She sits in front of it 12/24 saying, "They're heeeeere." Thank you, Sesame Beginnings!]
And yet somehow, it's Showzen that comes with a warning before the opening credits: "If you allow a child to watch this show, you are a bad parent or guardian."
[update: DT reader Jay sent in the URL for the new official WS site: wonder.mtv2.com, which he happens to have designed. Jay is also the creator of the photo of Clement "Goodnight Moon" Hurd as a bong-smoking Dr. Seuss. Am I the only one seeing a trend here?]