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Bindi Irwin Gets TV Show

E! Online is reporting that Bindi Irwin is getting her own TV show. Just something about that totally rubs me the wrong way.

I'm not sure if it's because her dad, Steve Irwin (better known as the Crocodile Hunter), died just a little over a month ago… or if it's because she is only 8-years-old… or because the late Irwin will appear in footage… do I have to go on?

"Bindi, the Jungle Girl" is a 26-part documentary that will air on Discovery Kids. In the series, the wee Irwin will teach us all not to fear the animals. In some cases, fear can be a good thing if you ask me!

It's commendable that she wants to carry on her daddy's work. I am just not sure why the whole thing has to kick into high gear so quickly.

The show is currently in production and "Bindi" will make its debut in January 2007. -- Rachel Cericola


Posted by Rachel Cericola on October 18, 2006 12:32 AM
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I believe this show was in the works before Steve Irwin died. In fact, I think the stingray incident that killed Irwin was being filmed for this show. Early eps will show Irwin working with his daughter.

I think it's great she's doing a show that will appeal to kids and perhaps teach them a love for wildlife.

-- Posted by: Connie at October 18, 2006 1:01 AM

It definitely was in production before he died... his scenes were already shot.

I do think she will appeal to kids, and that is a good thing. Just something about it being put on the "fast track" bothers me. People don't take time to mourn anymore!

-- Posted by: Rachel at October 18, 2006 10:14 AM

Ah, I follow you now. She was a real trooper at his memorial at the Australia Zoo. Perhaps the family being involved in this production is their coping mechanism for his death?

-- Posted by: Connie at October 18, 2006 10:58 AM

Rachel - your instincts are completely correct and on the mark. There's lots wrong with the scenario - (this is a professional point of view - I'm a mental health professional - one of my specialties is children).

People like the above poster who think it's great that children will learn etc. etc. should take a second to think about what's going on around this child and the show. Indeed, what is the rush? This child has no idea what has happened yet. She does know that she got lots of great attention at the very public, very televised funeral.

Stick to your instincts - they are spot on.

-- Posted by: Sheridan at October 18, 2006 12:32 PM

Forgot to say that it's really not Bindi's decision - it's the adults around her who should be re-thinking this. I believe they've gotten a lot of negative feedback since her grandfather came out with some statement about how all the child psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors and others who think it's bad for her don't know what they're talking about... something like that.

Anyway - thanks for the post - nice to hear a voice of reason.

-- Posted by: Sheridan at October 18, 2006 1:11 PM

In response to Sheridan .... the mental health worker specialising in children .... Let me ask the "experts" ... have you ever dealt with such an extrordinary child like Bindi before? Have you ever dealt with children who are so loved and cared for by their parents? Have you ever dealt with a child who could tell you more about any animal than you? Have you dealt with a child like Bindi who has travelled and experienced more than you will in your lifetime? NO! The Irwins are a very different family, with a very different lifestyle, and who are we to say it is wrong! Get a life all you "experts". Concentrate on all the real mental health clients you already have on your books, but cant find the time to help them. They are the people who need your help. The Irwins are doing fine without your help.

-- Posted by: Sue Pleming at October 18, 2006 9:55 PM

Thanks Sue for your kind words and suggestions for my work. I would take it into consideration except that in answer to your question - I have worked, and continue to work, with very exceptional children. Children in the performing arts on a worldwide scale and adults who were child prodigies and are now living with the negative results of their experiences.

Funny you should mention it - I've actually also developed programs and lectured on the topic among others. So.

As for where I've travelled and what I've experienced - I'm guessing you really have no idea.

Having said that. I stick with my original statement.

Enjoy your day.

-- Posted by: Sheridan at October 19, 2006 12:40 PM

Hi to all, I am not here to dwell on the previous statements made here, but I will add this and leave it alone, Bindi as any 8 year old child knows what she wants and knows that she will achieve it, who's to say if she should wait or if she should go through it now, remember that she is infact the one who is grieving her father not you nor I. There for please realize that we all grieve in different ways and being the mother of a 6 year old who has too lost her father at the age of 3 and only wishes she could remember all the wonderfull things about her father, Bindi Irwin, will always remember her father this way.

-- Posted by: Jennifer at October 20, 2006 11:10 PM

NOBODY SHOULD JUDGE HOW THIS LITTLE GIRL MOURNS.IF SHE WANTS TO FOLLOW IN HER DADS FOOTSTEPS,THEN MORE POWER TO HER, AND FURTHERMORE NOBODY SHOULD COMMENT ON HOW SHE IS BEING BROUGHT UP.

-- Posted by: TERRY at October 21, 2006 7:30 PM

hello Bindi it's May Drage u rock i am so sorry that ur dad died i love ur speach t is so sweet i am 1 of ur dad's fans can u plz email to me on msn my email address is may_drage_nintendogs@Whotmail.com and i was wondering if u can give u me ur email address i was wondering where do u live and what is ur st address i live in wa perth i wish u came to wa perth so i can see u ur so cute.from May u rock girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!my dad died aswell see ya we all love u and ur family.

-- Posted by: May Drage at October 27, 2006 5:36 AM

Bindi is following her dads foot steps.
This may be here way to feel close to him after his passing. Why is everyone always looking for a way to make people look bad or wrong for what they do. Her mum is right there with her, its a FAMILY show just as was the Croc Hunter show.
Get off your soap boxes and leave this family alone. They are the ones saving animals and making the world a better place.

-- Posted by: Erin at December 7, 2006 2:46 PM

Sue pleming said it best , if my father passed away doing what he loved and he made me a part of it , i would also be on a mission to carry on his work . Bindi you should carry on your dads work , I will watch and support you 100% . CROCS RULE FOREVER ! Dan W

-- Posted by: dan at January 12, 2007 8:56 PM

hey bindi me and payton just think your so adorable and your eight and way smarted than us so yeah its kind of sad that were like four years older than you and now we feel dumb. we went to a science museum today for a project for school and saw a dead croc it scared us really really bad so we wanted to know why you like snakes and crocs so much because those are our worst enimies anyway write back talk to you later bye
love caitlyn and payton

-- Posted by: caitlyn and payton at January 15, 2007 3:30 PM

Bindi, I am a huge fan of yours and I love animals to, I hate that your dad died doing what he believed in. there will never be another like him I try to watch Jeff Corwin but the passion your dad had goes beyond compare. I wish you luck on your new shows I will be watching. If you get time to send me a e-mail that would be great, or if you and your mom are in Louisville Ky, i would like to meet you I am only seven .

YOur Friend,
Brittany

-- Posted by: brittany at January 22, 2007 8:00 PM

bindi, u rok girlfren, your the best 8 year old person i no, ir familt is the best and i would like to meet you someday, i wanna work at your zoo and be ur co-star. keep up the great work, wen ur thinkin of your dad just remember he loved u soooooooooooooooo much, u will always be in his heart. im here if ya wanna talk. chat to me on msn, i_will_luv_james4eva@hotmail.com or catbel_rulz@hotmail.com luv ya , cat mwa mwa mwa

-- Posted by: bindi rocks on...... at March 4, 2007 2:37 AM

Omg hi bindi
ur awsome u soo rock
dont get scared but im ur look a like and im not kiddin im 13 and live in australia melb
and people at skool chase me around yellin bindi lol
wats ur msn ill add u
love larii

-- Posted by: Laree at March 10, 2007 2:42 AM

u rock Bindi u are my number one fan u and your Dad i was so sorry to here about your dad i was so sad i nearly cried i watched lots of your dads proggrams on sky and i cant wait till your tv show comes out on tv ill try watch u every day i no u live in Australia and i no u might be busy helping out at the zoo or helping animals but when u have time can u please get back to.this is my email mac.chadwick@hotmail.com by the way my name is Mckenzie and i live in Auckland and i am 11 years old i would really like to be friends with u so please keep in touch xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxMckenzie

-- Posted by: Mckenzie at May 21, 2007 3:46 AM

I want to be just like your dad too. I am 10.
please E-mail back.

-- Posted by: tess Sangree at July 23, 2007 9:14 AM

hi bindi i am ur dads and urs and ur mum and brother’s biggest fan ever i have been watching croc hunter since i was 3 and i am such a big fan i want to met u so badly my name is hari and i am go to edgegrove school i am such a big fan i made a web called www.freewebs.com/haris-steveirwin-fansite/ please go on it. i am such a big fan of ur dad that i have these elosions when i am asleep that i talk to him at night and by the way happy birthday and please talk to me by email because i really like u i was 12 two days ago my email is haripatel100@yahoo.co.uk
i still can not belive ur dad is gone i still cry i made him a song

plz email me

-- Posted by: hari patel at August 10, 2007 11:06 AM

Bindi i just love your
show it is so awsome
i was wondering what is your favorite
animal that lives in austraila

-- Posted by: Anonymous at September 2, 2007 12:58 PM

Dear Bindi please give me your e-mail

-- Posted by: Mikayla at March 22, 2008 5:20 AM

Hi Bindi

My name is Wendy Khin

I have been wanting to contact you since the loss of your father I'm really sorry

Im just a few months older than you

I was born on 11.1.98

I think your talented and brave

My email address is lil_cute_babu@hotmail.com

Please email me.

-- Posted by: Wendy Khin at June 14, 2008 10:43 PM

hi bindi happy birthday for tomorow

-- Posted by: brigitte jane smith- mcewan at July 22, 2008 2:11 AM

Hello Bindi,
I would like you to come to the Werribee Park Zoo, so I can play with you and see all the animals.
At Cristmas time I will come to visit your Zoo with my Brother Clem.
And if I can I'll send you a photo of Me and Clem.
All the best, Wil (4 years) and Clem ( 3 years).

-- Posted by: Wil Twardowski at September 22, 2008 10:00 PM

hi bindy. my name is grace.

what is it like too go under water and tuch a shark.
my email address is gracie.archer@yahoo.com.au

-- Posted by: grace at December 13, 2009 11:49 PM

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