MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Davey and Goliath, the stop-action animated stars of Sunday morning TV in the 1960s who recently reappeared in a soda commercial, are getting their TV show again.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America plans to produce 26 new episodes of the Davey and Goliath show.
The denomination's predecessor, the United Lutheran Church in America, produced 65 episodes of the Davey and Goliath show and six specials from 1960 to 1971. The show featured, Davey, a young boy, and his dog Goliath, whom only Davey can hear, who face life's ups and downs together.
The shows were made by Art and Ruth Clokey, who also created Gumby.
The church hopes to ''introduce a new generation to Davey and bring quality children's programming to television and video, programming with a moral center and a Christian theme,'' said the Rev. Eric Shafer, the ELCA's communications director.
To help pay for production of the new shows, the ELCA agreed to sell the characters for commercial endorsements, leading to their appearance in a commercial for Mountain Dew that began airing earlier this year.
The church is also licensing videos of old shows as well as other memorabilia, including T-shirts and bobblehead figures, to raise money for the new production.
The new shows are expected to go on the air next year.
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