LeVar Burton can now use his Reading Rainbow catchphrase with impunity 

Because the world is overwhelmingly sad and frustrating these days, LeVar Burton was sued back in August by New York public broadcasting network WNED for using his old Reading Rainbow catchphrase—”but you don’t have to take my word for it”—on his LeVar Burton Reads podcast. WNED owns the rights to Reading Rainbow, but…

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LeVar Burton gives Go The Fuck To Sleep an oddly reassuring reading

“Butterfly in the sky! I can fly twice as high!” These words are indelibly etched in the memories of those who grew up watching PBS’ venerable children’s program Reading Rainbow. The successful May 2014 Kickstarter campaign to revive the show as an app suggests that the literacy-encouraging series still holds a fond…

The Reading Rainbow Kickstarter netted $6 million, with help from Seth MacFarlane

One of Kickstarter’s most heartwarming success stories came to a satisfying conclusion this week, as LeVar Burton’s effort to resurrect Reading Rainbow—the PBS show he hosted for 23 years—as a digital series, met with resounding success. After raising a million dollars in the first day, Burton raised his goal to $5…

Patrick Stewart and other Star Trek alumni will help LeVar Burton bring back Reading Rainbow

From 1983 to 2006, Roots and Star Trek: The Next Generation actor LeVar Burton showed legions of elementary school-age kids the joys of reading with Reading Rainbow. Now Burton is using Kickstarter to try and bring Reading Rainbow into the future. After the success of an iPad app they launched in 2012, Burton and his…

LeVar Burton explores Reading Rainbow’s dark side in a new Funny Or Die clip

LeVar Burton’s decades-long commitment to Reading Rainbow is nothing if admirable, especially in the wake of his more-than-successful Kickstarter campaign to bring the show back. His vigor might be more than just charity, though, as a new Funny Or Die clip demonstrates. In “Reading Rainbow’s New Theme Song,” Burton…