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'Noodle and Doodle' puts West Michigan on national television

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'Noodle and Doodle' shot in Holland

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Holland-based production company is putting the finishing touches on a nationally televised show.

Enthusiastic Productions just launched "Noodle and Doodle," a new children's arts and crafts show reaching millions of young viewers.

The show is airing on the national 24-hour preschool television network: PBS Sprout.

"It's fun to be a part of something that big," said Enthusiastic Productions President Teresa Thome. "This will be seen in millions and millions of households across the country and hopefully someday beyond."

Each episode features area kids making arts and crafts and learning how to cook preschool-appropriate healthy snacks in the kitchen.

The opening sequence features a Double-Decker bus driving in and around West Michigan.

"We were in people's homes, we were on the beach, we were in the city," said Thome. "We have a pretty good representation of what West Michigan is about."

This summer, the crew wrapped on an intense schedule of shooting 26 episodes in 27 days.

Sprout Producer Kristofer Updike says they acomplished so much because of the the great partnership between the compnaies.

"We've been able to produce a lot, in a short amount of time," he said. "More so than many productions that I've worked on."

Grooters Productions, who edits the Emmy-Award winning "Come On Over!" for Enthusiastic Productions provided post-production services for the show.

Noodle and Doodle was shot almost entirely in Holland, using local talent and contractors to fill jobs. The studio at Hope College was used as a set.

"We had 30 to 40 contractors for Michigan," Thome said. "Plus over 100 extras and actors. The greater impact locally is just being able to put people to work."

Enthusiastic Productions was founded in 2005 as a partnership between the Grand Rapids Children's Museum and artist, Joel Schoon Tanis.

Noodle and Doodle airs Saturdays and Sundays on Sprout at 9:20 and 11:40am.

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