It seemed like a good idea, but will PBS viewers agree?

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“This could be one of those things where we slap our foreheads and say, ‘It seemed like a good idea at the time,'” says PBS program exec John Wilson in the Boston Globe. “Or it could be the start of something big.” He’s describing the prospects for Click & Clack’s As the Wrench Turns, an animated series debuting on PBS next month. The cartoon spin-off of NPR’s Car Talk, which fictionalizes the personal lives of stars Tom and Ray Magliozzi, has been in the works for nearly seven years, and the Magliozzis are skeptical about whether the show will be a hit for humor-challenged PBS, according to the Globe. When asked whether the TV show could help improve PBS’s image, Ray Magliozzi said: “I think they need to run and hide . . . . Because if they’re putting their eggs in our basket, they’re in deep doo-doo.”

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