Nickelodeon Unveils Plans at Annual Upfront for More than 650 New Episodes Across Every Genre
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The presentation was punctuated with appearances by
"Kids have a ferocious appetite for new content and it is our intention to serve them more, innovative work than ever before," said
- New episodes of returning hit series including SpongeBob SquarePants, T.U.F.F. Puppy,
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, The Penguins of Madagascar, The Fairly OddParents and The Winx Club.
- The Legend of Korra, in which the mythology of the beloved animated franchise from Avatar: The Last Airbender creators
Michael Dante DiMartinoand Bryan Konietzkocontinues. The series centers around a new Avatar named Korra, a 17-year-old headstrong and rebellious girl who continually challenges and bucks tradition on her quest to become a fully realized Avatar in a world where benders are under attack. The half-hour series will debut on Saturday, April 14, at 11:00 a.m.(all times ET/PT), as part of Nickelodeon's Saturday morning block ( 8AM-Noon), which has been the number-one destination for Kids 2-11 for 12 consecutive years and currently delivers more than three million total viewers each week. The Legend of Korra will air regularly on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
- Raving Rabbids, which will join the net's animation line-up in spring 2013, brings to television the hysterical physical comedy that has become so popular in Ubisoft's Raving Rabbids video games.
Nickelodeonhas secured global broadcast rights for 26 new CG episodes of Raving Rabbids, which will be produced by Ubisoft.
- Monsters vs. Aliens, the all-new animated television series marking the third partnership between
Nickelodeonand DreamWorks Animation. Green-lit for 26 episodes and based on the popular characters from the 2009 blockbuster hit feature film ( $383 millionworldwide gross); the new series will continue to follow the funny escapades of the beloved, well-meaning monsters.
- Robot & Monster, which will also be hitting
Nickelodeon's air for a 26-episode run for the 2012-2013 season. Created by Josh Sternin, Jeff Ventimiliaand Dave Pressler, this CG-animated buddy comedy is set in a unique world where gangs of Howling Cyber Monkeys roam the streets at night, everybody loves bacon, and robots and monsters live side by side, but typically don't get along.
- It's A SpongeBob Christmas! -
Nickelodeon's first full-length stop-motion animated special is inspired by the classic Rankin/Bass (Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town) specials, and the popular SpongeBob song released in 2009, "Don't Be a Jerk, It's Christmas," written by Tom Kenny(voice of SpongeBob) and Andy Paley. In "It's A SpongeBob Christmas!," Plankton vows to get his Christmas wish — the Krabby Patty formula — by turning everyone in Bikini Bottom bad by feeding them his special jerktonium-laced fruitcake. The special features John Goodmanas Santa Claus, and will air in December 2012.
- Seven new animation pilots picked up for the 2012-2013 season, including four pilots helmed by hit-maker
Butch Hartman(The Fairly OddParents, T.U.F.F. Puppy).
As part of the overall 650 new episodes the network is rolling out this year,
- More new episodes of hit live-action hit series-- iCarly, Victorious, Big Time Rush and Supah Ninjas.
- A 26-episode pick-up of Marvin, Marvin, an original new series starring internet sensation
Lucas Cruikshank(AKA Fred). Executive Produced by Jeff Bushelland The Collective, the half-hour comedy follows the exploits of Marvin, an alien teen, living with a human family, while trying to fit into life on earth.
- The third installment of the hit Fred movies—
Fred Goesto Camp, as well as a pick-up of 28 additional 11-minute episodes of FRED: THE SHOW.
- A development project for
UKpop sensation One Direction, who will next collaborate with Nick when they perform live at Nickelodeon's 2012 Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeleson March 31.
- Rags, amusic-infused modern-day fairy tale debuting this spring. The two-hour original TV movie centers on
Charlie Prince( Max Schneider), an orphan living with his acerbic and unloving stepfather and spoiled stepbrothers, whose dream of being a singer might come true once he meets pop star Kadee Worth( KeKe Palmer). Rags is executive produced by Nick Cannon, directed by Billy Woodruff(Beauty Shop, Honey) and features original music by Rodney Jerkinsand choreography by Rosero McCoy (America's Best Dance Crew),
- A Fairly Odd Christmas, a sequel to 2011's hit live-action TV movie, A Fairly OddMovie: Grow Up Timmy Turner, which will bow this holiday season. The original TV movie follows the exploits of
Timmy Turner( Drake Bell), and his well meaning fairy godparents, as he tries to save Christmas, but first he's got to get himself off the naughty list.
- Figure it Out, a contemporary revival of the hit '90s family friendly game show. The show, which begins production in
Los Angelesthis April, will launch later this year with 40 brand-new episodes. Figure It Out features a panel of celebrities trying to guess kid contestants' unique talents and skills by asking 'yes' or 'no' questions while being bombarded by messy visual and tactile clues.
- Casting for the new
Nick at Niteseries Hollywood Heights(previously titled Reach for a Star), a daily scripted series based on the wildly popular Televisa telenovela, Alcanzar Una Estrella. The 80 one-hour episodes currently in production will star Brittany Underwood, Melissa Ordway, Cody Longo Anthony and Justin Wilczynski. Hollywood Heightsis a co-production with Televisa and is being produced by Sony Television and will debut in primetime on Nick at Nitein June.
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