With cable (well, satellite TV), which was necessary to get any TV reception at all, came Casper's discovery that there are television channels with kids things on that aren't PBS. The only ones we really get are Nickelodeon, but there are about 5 different Nickelodeon sub-channels. Sponger Bob appears to be on almost all the time, and Casper is also fond of the Fairly Oddparents and (new discovery) Danny Phantom. She also wants to watch iCarly sometimes, and dear lord she only just turned 5 and can't possibly be a tween yet, right? Thankfully, while she has a Hannah Montana shirt and recognizes her in ads, she has never watched that show, and she appears completely unaware of High School Musical.
Thankfully, there is Avatar the Last Airbender, with which she is currently obsessed, and which I both enjoy and think is actually good (not necessarily overlapping categories). I bought the first season on DVD for mr. flea's birthday next week (he is at least as obsessed as Casper) and we are most of the way through it. Casper is, perhaps not coincidentally, interested in starting Tae Kwan Do, which is available at her after-school twice a week, and she and Dillo practice their bending moves around the house (Dillo saying "fire nation!" and making raaar face while moving his arms is oh so cute.)
In other TV news, I can still get her to 'choose' PBS kids most of the time (when it's on) by pointing out that Dillo isn't really that interested in the big kid TV shows. He loves Super Why, though, and Casper does too when she actually watches it, and can mostly shout out the right answers now. She also likes Word Girl, and Sid the Science Kid, and especially Wishbone, that little dog who visits history and literary works. Dillo's favorites are the more age-appropriate Clifford, Curious George, and Sesame Street.
And really, I swear we don't watch as much TV as this makes it sound!