Ypulse Essentials: MTV Turns 30, 'Mister Roger's Neighborhood' Gets A Spin-Off, 'Harry Potter' Passes $1 Billion

Happy Birthday, MTV! (The hit network turns 30 years old today, but as sister network LogoTV says, it doesn’t look a day over “16 and Pregnant!” To mark this major milestone, here’s a look at how MTV has changed over the years. In other MTV news, there’s an official “Jersey Shore” song appropriately called “The Jersey Shore Fist Pump!” Expect to hear it a lot when the show returns from hiatus this Thursday) (Cleveland) (Teen)

- PBS is revisiting ‘Mister Roger’s Neighborhood’ (in an animated spin-off premiering next fall. The new program will be called “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” and features the children of the original characters. Unfortunately it won’t include Fred Roger’s extensive sweater collection, but it’s still an important tool in helping kids “learn how to learn.” There will also be a website with interactive games and resources for parents and teachers. In other TV remakes, Cartoon Network debuted the reboot of the 1980s animated hit “ThunderCats” on Friday, which is yet another program sparking our nostalgia) (AOL TV) (Entertainment Weekly)

- ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ grossed over $1 billion (which is an impressive feat that only eight other movies have ever achieved! But we’re not surprised since the film marks the end of an era. “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” is close behind and will likely reach this level too!) (The Hollywood Reporter)

- Gleeks can meet their favorite stars (at this year’s Fashion’s Night Out. The New Directions will be at stores throughout the country on September 8 for the shopping night and will also serve as spokespeople for the event, which seems fitting because of their large fan base. Speaking of “Glee,” we’re guessing the guys might be singing “YMCA” next season since there’s a hilarious picture of them dressed as the Village People) (NY Post) (Celebuzz)

- Nickelodeon will mark the 10th anniversary of September 11 (with a special segment to educate children about the attacks on the U.S. The episode — “Nick News with Linda Ellerbee” What Happened?: The Story of September 11, 2001 — will air on September 1, and the network will provide an online discussion guide for teachers, parents, and guardians to use when they talk with their children) (Cynopsis Kids)

- ‘Hunger Games’ author Suzanne Collins has changed the perception of young adult fiction (even among the most skeptical adults. Slate explains why her series is so successful in captivating readers, crossing generational gaps, and transforming millions of people’s opinions about the genre)

- Every generation has its adopted mobile device (and — surprise, surprise — it’s smartphones for Millennials. Although older generations also use such phones, Millennials are even more likely to have them, whereas Baby Boomers tend to have e-readers and Gen Xers have tablet PCs) (MediaPost)

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