Published Jan 24, 2013Whistler extraordinaire Andrew Bird is reportedly eyeing a new gig, having announced plans to launch a children's television program tentatively titled Professor Socks' TV Show.
Bird announced the live-action show in an interview with Hit Fix [via Consequence of Sound], and explained that he's currently seeking out funding for the project. He'll play the titular role, a "confused professor who's out to lunch on most scientific facts."
The character apparently has a dresser full of magic foot-warmers that take him on various "vocational fieldtrips." Bird noted that this could have Socks, as well as a librarian character and an animatronic fox, explore anything from "how they make bubble gum to the ballet."
"I'm hoping it can show kids what they can possibly be," he said.
The show was apparently inspired by hours watching Sesame Street with his 2-year-old son, and will also bring Bird's tunesmithing in to play. He noted that the musical component of the show would be a "good excuse to play the old jug band stuff, the old hot jazz stuff."
Bird had previously appeared as Dr. Strings on an episode of Jack's Big Music Show, which you can see on YouTube.