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The TeenNick HALO Awards 2012

The TeenNick HALO Awards 2012

Spring 2013 Television
Ages: 10 & Up
Producer: Nickelodeon
Rating: TV G

At 33, Nickelodeon is a dinosaur compared to the network's targeted audience. But think of Nick as the nerdy but cool parent who still knows how to have fun with the kids. And while a lot of the shows have immature, goofy themes, The TeenNick Halo Awards are impressive for recognizing and fostering great ideas by kids that are often for kids.

Nick Cannon created, produces and hosts this award show which honors teens around the country who are "Helping And Leading Others," i.e. HALO. The recipients, usually, high school seniors or college freshman, have made a difference in their community through volunteer service. The twist here is that it turns the tables on Hollywood by having celebrities like Emma Stone, Justin Bieber, Josh Duhamel, Heather Morris, and Nicole Richie honoring the non-famous. Often times, these stars share interest in the causes the award recipients work for and offer mentoring, advice and help that is featured in short, documentary like segments in between the live action presentations. In addition to adding WOW factor to an award ceremony, these stars serves as a reminder that even the famous aren't immune from regular problems.

The HALO Awards offer proof that kids are great problem solvers when given the chance. Even "ordinary" kids can make a difference. The 90-minute special is extremely well-produced and includes live musical performances, short speeches and lots of inspiration. There's a great deal of emphasis on big brand names and corporate sponsors that donate to each winner's effort. However, it serves a greater good and is a reminder that even big businesses can work with "the little guy" to do positive things.

Laura Fries   ©2013 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and 20 year member of the Television Critics Association Laura has been writing about television and film entertainment for more years than she cares to admit. She lives with her husband and daughter in Alexandria, Virginia.

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