Briefs: The Next Kids' Superbrand?

Except for the researchers taking notes, a Nickelodeon focus group looks like story time at a preschool. In one recent New York City session, four 4- and 5-year-olds heard a story from a future episode of the cable network's hit show Go, Diego, Go!, in which a boy enlists a falcon to recover a magic flute. "The snake sings, 'Yuka, yuka, yik yik ...'" the storyteller reads. Kids giggle, observers scribble, and Nickelodeon finds another way into kids' imaginations--and their parents' wallets.

Diego, whose show is a spin-off of the wildly popular Dora the Explorer (he's Dora's animal-rescuing cousin), is about...

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