Mark Wahlberg Plans to Reboot ‘Captain Kangaroo’ (Video)

Children’s program aired from 1955-1984

Mark Wahlberg will reboot the popular children’s program, “Captain Kangaroo,” the actor shared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday.

“I’ve been trying to figure out cool ways to get my kids interested in science, technology, engineering, things like that, mathematics,” the actor told DeGeneres. “What made me interested in school was ‘Captain Kangaroo.’”

Wahlberg cautioned that the revival is still very much in the planning stages — he doesn’t have a network or streaming platform attached to it yet. “It’s still in its infancy, but we’re making it happen.”

The original series, which ran from 1955 to 1984, was hosted by Bob Kreeshan in his trademark red jacket with oversized pockets (hence the name, “Captain Kangaroo”). Airing on CBS on weekday mornings, the show was the longest-running nationally broadcast children’s program, with more than 6,000 episodes.

Wahlberg said they’re going to have a S.T.E.M. program (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) scientist be the new “Captain Kangaroo.” He didn’t divulge any more details about the planned reboot, but did offer Ellen deGeneres one of Kreeshan’s red jackets.

Watch the video above.