Next PBS remix viral video candidate? LeVar Burton's Reading Rainbow

PBS mixmaster Melodysheep at it again after Mister Rogers, Bob Ross, Julia Child remixes take off on YouTube

LeVar Burton, he of Roots and Star Trek: The Next Generation fame, is getting another career boost thanks to a new YouTube remix video featuring his old PBS Reading Rainbow show autotuned to the hilt.

The video is the work of Melodysheep, a.k.a. John D. Boswell of PBS Digital Studios, who has scored previous YouTube viral video hits by remixing the words of now deceased PBS stars Mister Rodgers, Julia Child and Bob Ross. The new LeVar Burton video is a departure in that respect, in that Burton is alive.

(Bob Ross, meanwhile, was doubly honored this year via a Google Doodle!)

The Burton video, which promotes good old fashioned pre-Kindle/Nook books, has some catching up to do with the other PBS remix videos, with the Child video gaining 1.1 million views, the Ross one grabbing more than 4 million views and the Mister Rogers one attracting 7.6 million views.

As of this writing, the Burton one has just 305. One early complaint: The video doesn't use the show's original theme song.

The Emmy and Peabody Award winning Reading Rainbow aired from 1983 until 2006, and lives on as an iPad app.

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