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Nickelodeon Upfront 2013: "TMNT" for Season 3, New Animated Series "Breadwinners" & "Sanjay & Craig"; and More

Nickelodeon hosted its 2013 Upfront at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City today, announcing a slate of new and returning animated programming, with the highlights being the greenlight for a third season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, confirmation of the Monsters vs. Aliens and Rabbids animated series, two new animated series Sanjay & Craig and Breadwinners, a renewal of the Animated Shorts Program, and a slate of new educational programming for pre-schoolers.

Sanjay and Craig Pictured:  Sanjay & Craig (snake) in Sanjay & Craig on Nickelodeon.  Photo Credit: Nickelodeon. ©2013 Viacom, International, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

Sanjay and Craig
Pictured:  Sanjay & Craig (snake) in Sanjay & Craig on Nickelodeon.
Photo Credit: Nickelodeon. ©2013 Viacom, International, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

Sanjay and Craig chronicles the adventures two best friends, one of whom is a snake. The hand-drawn animated series was created and co-executive produced by Jim Dirschberger, Jay Howell (character design for Bob’s Burgers), and Andreas Trolf; executive producers are Nickelodeon alumni Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi (The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Alvin and the Chipmunks). The series has a 20-episode order, and stars the voice talents of Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock) as Sanjay and Chris Hardwick (Back at the Barnyard, Nerdist) as Craig; additional cast members include Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks), Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory), and Grey DeLisle (Fairly OddParents, Avatar the Last Airbender).

Breadwinners was discovered from Nickelodeon’s 2012 Animated Shorts program, and was created by Gary “Doodles” DiRaffaele (MAD, Metalocalypse) and Steve Borst (Teen Titans Go!, MAD). The series will follow two booty-shaking ducks operating a bread delivery service out of a rocket-powered van. Animation looks like it’s Flash-driven, and the series was picked up for 20 full-length episodes.

Monsters vs. Aliens Pictured:  (L-R) Link, B.O.B, Susan and Dr. Cockroach in Monsters vs. Aliens on Nickelodeon.   Photo Credit: ©2013 Viacom International Inc.  All Rights Reserved.  Nickelodeon and all related logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.  Based on the feature film “Monsters vs. Aliens”, ©2009 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved. Monsters vs. Aliens and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of DreamWorks Animation LLC.

Monsters vs. Aliens
Pictured:  (L-R) Link, B.O.B, Susan and Dr. Cockroach in Monsters vs. Aliens on Nickelodeon. 
Photo Credit: ©2013 Viacom International Inc.  All Rights Reserved.  Nickelodeon and all related logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.  Based on the feature film “Monsters vs. Aliens”, ©2009 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved. Monsters vs. Aliens and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of DreamWorks Animation LLC.

DreamWorks Animation’s Monsters vs. Aliens will make the jump from cinema to TV in a 26-episode series coming soon to Nickelodeon, chronicling the further adventures of B.O.B. the blob without a brain, Link the pre-historic fish man, Dr. Cockroach the half-man, half-insect mad scientist, and Susan (a.k.a. Ginormica) the incredible growing woman. The series marks the third partnership between Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation.

Rabbids Pictured: Rabbids on Nickelodeon.   Photo Credit:  Nickelodeon. ©2013 Viacom, International, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

Rabbids
Pictured: Rabbids on Nickelodeon. 
Photo Credit:  Nickelodeon. ©2013 Viacom, International, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

A partnership between Nickelodeon and Ubisoft will bring Rabbids from video game screens to television in a 26-episode CGI series that promises “irreverent, unpredictable, and silly” mayhem with the iconic rabbit-like creatures that explore and wreak havoc in the human world.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has scored big for Nickelodeon since its premiere last year, becoming 2012′s number one new animated program for boys 2-11. Nickelodeon announced a greenlight for a third season of the series while season 2 is currently in production. Among the returning series in the 2013-4 season are The Legend of Korra, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents, Winx Club, T.U.F.F. Puppy, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, and Robot and Monster. Sorry, Korra fans: no premiere date for season 2 was announced. There will be a new Fairly OddPuppy coming, though.

Nickelodeon has also renewed its Animated Shorts Program as “a further commitment to produce hit animated content for kids.” Last year’s shorts program yielded 600 pitches which became 12 shorts, five of which are now in series development. All 12 shorts will air on the network, on www.nick.com, or on Nickelodeon’s new app (which launched on February 21, 2013). This year’s program will be expanded and enhanced to encompass more creative talent from multiple sources (such as comedians and bloggers) and capitalize on the many new media distribution platforms.

Wallykazam! Pictured:  Wally Trollman and his pet dragon, Norville in Wallykazam! on Nickelodeon.   Photo Credit:  Nickelodeon. ©2013 Viacom, International, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

Wallykazam!
Pictured:  Wally Trollman and his pet dragon, Norville in Wallykazam! on Nickelodeon. 
Photo Credit:  Nickelodeon. ©2013 Viacom, International, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

Animation will also figure prominently in Nickelodeon’s pre-school offerings, with the new CG-animated Peter Rabbit series currently airing being joined by three new series, all of which are set to premiere in 2014. Dora and Friends will spin off from the mega-hit show Dora the Explorer, sending a 10-year old Dora on city adventures with a group of four new (human) friends. The series has been picked up for 20 episodes. Wallykazam is Nickelodeon’s first literacy show for pre-schoolers following the adventures of a boy named Wally Trollman and his pet dragon Norville. Wally has a magic stick that makes words come to life, transforming the world around him and aiming to help kids fall in love with words and inspire them to read. Wallykazam is set for 26 episodes. Finally, Blaze and the Monster Machines aims to introduce pre-schoolers to the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). The series will center on eight-year old AJ and his monster truck Blaze as they explore the physics of how things move, master mathematical skills, and learn how everyday technologies work. The CG-animated series has a 20-episode order.

Blaze and the Monster Machines Pictured:  A.J. and Blaze in Blaze and the Monster Machines on Nickelodeon.  Photo Credit:  Nickelodeon. ©2013 Viacom International, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

Blaze and the Monster Machines
Pictured: A.J. and Blaze in Blaze and the Monster Machines on Nickelodeon.
Photo Credit: Nickelodeon. ©2013 Viacom International, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Nickelodeon Group President Cyma Zarghami indicated the network’s commitment to the post-millenial generation of kids (born between 2004 to the present), and the challenges of the shifting media landscape of multiple screens and avenues of content distribution. She documented how the network is researching the new generation of post-millenials, re-inventing its development process and pipeline to speed up series approval and production, and also innovating on new platforms such as the newly released Nick App, which is already approaching 400,000 downloads (making it currently the number 1 entertainment app and number 2 free download on the iTunes Store). Zarghami described the network’s research describing funny as a “badge of honor” with this new generation, and adding that Nickelodeon was poised to ensure their success with the post-millenials because “funny is in Nickelodeon’s core DNA.”

Josh Duhamel also took to the stage to highlight his role as the host of Nickelodeon’s 26th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards, which will air on March 23, 2013, at 8:00 PM (ET/PT), also inviting Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman to join as co-host.

UPDATED: The full press releases from the Nickelodeon Upfront 2013 follows:


NICKELODEON UNVEILS NEW GENERATION OF CONTENT FOR NEW GENERATION OF KIDS AT ANNUAL UPFRONT PRESENTATION

Joining Nick’s Content Portfolio This Season Are: Animated Series Sanjay & Craig
and Breadwinners; New Live-Action Series The Haunted Hathaways and The Thundermans;
and Robust Preschool Lineup Including New Dora the Explorer Spin-Off

Presentation Featured First Research Findings on New Generation of Post-Millennials
and Announcements of Innovative New Content Development Platforms

Presentation Punctuated with Appearance by Josh Duhamel, Host of Nickelodeon’s 26th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards, and Musical Performance by OneRepublic

NEW YORK–Feb. 26, 2013–Nickelodeon today at its annual upfront previewed its strategy to serve the new generation of post-millennial kids; introduced a line-up of brand-new animated and live-action comedy series from new creative voices; outlined plans for new, innovative content development platforms; and presented a new slate of educational preschool programming. Hosted by Nickelodeon Group President Cyma Zarghami, the presentation was held at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Among the new animated projects introduced were: Sanjay & Craig, an animated series about a boy and his best friend–a snake–whose creative team combines two first-generation Nickelodeon creators Will McRob and Chris Viscardi (The Adventures of Pete & Pete) with first-time Nickelodeon creators and co-executive producers Jim Dirschberger, Jay Howell and Andreas Trolf; and Breadwinners, whose creative team (animator Gary “Doodles” DiRafaelle and writer Steve Borst) came from Nickelodeon’s Animation Shorts Program and features two booty-shaking ducks who operate a bread delivery service out of their awesome, jet-fueled rocket van. Additional new animated projects include the previously announced Rabbids and Monsters vs. Aliens. Nickelodeon is also picking up a third season of its hit animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which bowed in 2012 as the number-one new animated series with boys 2-11.

In live-action, two new family comedy series were announced, including The Haunted Hathaways, created by veteran comedy writer-producer Robert Peacock (Reba, The Jeff Foxworthy Show) in his first Nickelodeon show, about a family who moves into a house in New Orleans, LA, only to learn it’s already occupied by a family of ghosts; and The Thundermans, from Jed Spingarn, who most recently served as co-executive producer of the hit Nickelodeon series Big Time Rush, about the sibling rivalry between twins in a family of superheroes. These series join the previously announced live-action series Sam & Cat and the recently launched Wendell & Vinnie.

A robust slate of original new educational programs for preschoolers was also introduced, including Wallykazam!–Nickelodeon’s first literacy show for preschoolers that embeds the curriculum into a rich narrative story with the goal of helping and inspiring kids to read; Blaze and the Monster Machines, which is the first-ever preschool series that features a curriculum dedicated to all areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and follows the adventures of an 8-year-old boy and his monster truck; and Dora and Friends, a spin-off from the original creative team behind megahit Dora the Explorer, which stars the Latina heroine as a 10-year-old who goes on adventures in the big city with a group of new friends.

Nick-AppIn addition, Zarghami outlined Nick’s commitment to researching the newest generation of kids, the post-millennials, born between 2005 to present, as well as how the network is reinventing its development process and pipeline and innovating on new platforms. The presentation also included a look at Nickelodeon’s just-launched Nick App–which now ranks as the number-one title on the Entertainment App list and the number-two title on the Free App list in the iTunes Store, approaching 400K downloads. Also detailed were: a new live afternoon daypart, Nick Studio 10; announcements about new sketch-comedy workshops for live-action development; and a partnership with Brian Robbins’ AwesomenessTV online site.

“We have reorganized our development process in a way that allows us to make content smarter and faster than ever before, tailored specifically for this first generation of post-millenial kids,” Zarghami said. “Our research tells us that for them funny is a badge of honor, and because funny is in Nickelodeon’s core DNA, we believe our position will ensure our success with them.”

In a surprise appearance, actor Josh Duhamel took the stage to highlight his role as host of Nickelodeon’s 26th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards, which will air Saturday, March 23, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). Duhamel was later joined by Viacom President and CEO Philippe Dauman; and the presentation was capped off with a musical performance by Interscope recording artists OneRepublic, who performed their latest hit single, “If I Lose Myself”.

Details of Nickelodeon’s new content slates include:

ANIMATION:

  • Sanjay & Craig–The 20-episode series tells the story of two best friends–one of whom is a snake–and the true adventures of being a kid. Voice actors include: Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock) as Sanjay; Chris Hardwick (Nerdist, Back at the Barnyard) as Craig; Tony Hale (Arrested Development) as Mr. Noodman; Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks) as Megan; Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory) as Vijay; and Grey DeLisle (Fairly Odd Parents) as Darlene. Sanjay & Craig is created and co-executive produced by Jim Dirschberger, Jay Howell (character design for Bob’s Burgers) and Andreas Trolf, and executive produced by Nickelodeon alumni Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi (The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Alvin and the Chipmunks).
  • Monsters vs. Aliens–Inspired by DreamWorks Animation’s 2009 blockbuster feature film ($383 million worldwide gross), this new series follows the further adventures of the beloved monsters — B.O.B., the gelatinous blob without a brain; Link, the prehistoric fish-man; Dr. Cockroach, the half-man/half-insect mad scientist; and Susan (aka Ginormica), the incredible growing woman — as they learn to adapt to a new world filled with bizarre aliens. This series, which is greenlit for 26 episodes, marks the third partnership between Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation.
  • Rabbids–This series brings to television the hysterical physical comedy that is the hallmark in Ubisoft’s wildly successful Rabbids video games. Irreverent, unpredictable and silly, the Rabbids are a mysterious breed of rabbit-like creatures that explore, and often wreak havoc, in the human world. Everything is a source of wonder and amusement, and these indestructible and uncontrollable creatures have absolutely no respect for the social rules that govern society. For them, there are no laws, no rules of the road. It’s all about having fun and saying “Bwaaaaaah!” Nickelodeon has secured global broadcast rights for 26 new half-hour CG episodes of Rabbids, which will be produced by Ubisoft.
  • Breadwinners Pictured (L- R) Two booty-shaking ducks operate a bread delivery service out of their awesome, jet-fueled rocket van in Breadwinners on Nickelodeon. Photo Credit: Nickelodeon. ©2013 Viacom, International, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

    Breadwinners
    Pictured (L- R) Two booty-shaking ducks operate a bread delivery service out of their awesome, jet-fueled rocket van in Breadwinners on Nickelodeon.
    Photo Credit: Nickelodeon. ©2013 Viacom, International, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

    Breadwinners – Created by Gary “Doodles” DiRaffaele (MAD, Metalocyalpse), who was discovered from Nick’s 2012 Animated Shorts Program, and Steve Borst (Teen Titans Go!, MAD), Breadwinners follows two booty-shaking ducks as they operate a bread delivery service out of their awesome, jet-fueled rocket van. The series was picked up for 20 full-length episodes.

  • Nickelodeon has renewed its Animated Shorts Program, as a further commitment to produce hit animated content for kids. Last year, more than 600 pitches were collected during Nickelodeon’s inaugural program. From the pitches, 12 were created and five are in series development. All 12 shorts will air on the network, or appear on www.nick.com or on Nickelodeon’s new app, which launched Feb. 21.
  • Nickelodeon also announced a third season pick up of its hit Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, which was 2012’s number-one new animated program with boys 2-11 across all TV. Season two is currently in production.
  • For the 2013-14 season, the network will also roll out new episodes of returning hit animated series, including season two of The Legend of Korra, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents, Winx Club, T.U.F.F. Puppy, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness and Robot and Monster.

LIVE ACTION:

  • The Haunted Hathaways–Life in The Big Easy gets a little more complicated and way more spirited when the Hathaway siblings (Amber Montana, Breanna Yde) and their mom (Ginifer King) move into a house already occupied by a dad (Chico Benymon) and his sons (Curtis Harris, Benjamin “Lil P-Nut” Flores Jr.) who happen to be ghosts. Created by veteran comedy writer-producer Robert Peacock (Reba, The Jeff Foxworthy Show), The Haunted Hathaways is executive produced by Boyce Bugliari & Jamie McLaughlin (Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures). The series will begin production on 20 episodes this spring.
  • Wendell & Vinnie–A brand-new, live-action family comedy featuring Jerry Trainor (iCarly) in his first starring and producing role, this series follows 30-year-old Vinnie Bassett (Trainor) living the life of a carefree bachelor, when he suddenly becomes the legal guardian of his precocious, wise-beyond-his-years nephew, Wendell (Buddy Handleson, Shake It Up) forming a hysterical odd-couple family dynamic. Nicole Sullivan (Rita Rocks, MadTV) also stars as Vinnie’s older unlucky-in-love sister, Wilma, with Haley Strode (Gangster Squad) as Vinnie’s newly divorced neighbor and love interest, Taryn. Wendell & Vinnie, which has received has received a 20 episode order. The series airs regularly on Saturdays at 8p.m. (ET/PT).
  • Sam & Cat –In this comedic spin-off from award-winning creator and executive producer Dan Schneider (iCarly, Victorious, Drake & Josh, Zoey 101), Sam & Cat stars Jennette McCurdy (iCarly’s Sam Puckett) and  Ariana Grande (Victorious’ Cat Valentine) reprising their roles from their respective hit shows. The series features the pair as unlikely roommates and best friends who become teen entrepreneurs by starting their own after-school babysitting business. Sam & Cat is currently in production on 20 episodes in Los Angeles and will premiere this fall.
  • The Thundermans–The Thundermans are a typical suburban family who happen to have astounding superpowers. At the center of the action are the 14-year-old Thunderman twins, Max (Jack Griffo) and Phoebe (Kira Kosarin), who share the same bathroom, the same school and the same annoying younger siblings.  Their only difference?  Phoebe is a super student with a super sunny disposition who super looks forward to being a superhero someday, and Max aspires to become a super villain. The 13-episode series will commence production this spring and is written by longtime Nickelodeon producer Jed Spingarn, who most recently served as co-executive producer of the hit series Big Time Rush and prior to that, produced on The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and Johnny Bravo.
  • Nick Studio 10–This live, daily afternoon daypart features four friends who make and share outrageously funny content in real time. Beginning this spring, content created on the show will also migrate from on-air to the recently launched Nick App, and content from the app will also be featured on the series.
  • Awesomeness (working title)–Nickelodeon is partnering with Brian Robbins (Smallville, One Tree Hill, Coach Carter) to co-develop a new half-hour sketch comedy show that features a mix of new and existing content from the extremely popular online site AwesomenessTV.
  • Nickelodeon will also premiere more new episodes of its hit live-action series, including Big Time Rush, Marvin Marvin and See Dad Run.

PRESCHOOL:

  • Dora and Friends–An original, animated Dora the Explorer spin-off, Dora and Friends: Into the City stars Latina heroine Dora as a 10-year-old who goes on city adventures with a group of new friends. Fantastical twists and turns abound as the stories take Dora and her friends into exotic magical worlds waiting to be explored. Dora and Friends features a curriculum that fosters a child’s understanding of Spanish, teamwork, music and community service. The series has been picked up for 20 episodes and will launch on Nickelodeon in 2014.
  • Wallykazam –This new animated series is Nickelodeon’s first literacy show for preschoolers that embeds the curriculum into a rich narrative story, with the goal of helping kids fall in love with words and inspiring them to read. The original comedy follows the adventures of a boy named Wally Trollman and his pet dragon, Norville. Wally has a magic stick that makes words come to life and playfully transforms the world around him. Wallykazam! is currently in production on 26 episodes that will premiere on Nickelodeon in 2014.
  • Blaze and the Monster Machines–This original CG-animated series introduces preschoolers to the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This is the first preschool show that features a curriculum dedicated to all areas of STEM. Viewers will join an eight-year-old boy named AJ and his incredible monster truck Blaze on super-sized adventures. AJ and the viewer help Blaze as they explore the physics of how things move, master mathematics and discover how everyday technologies work. The series, which received a 20-episode order, will debut on Nickelodeon in 2014.
  • Peter Rabbit Pictured:  Benjamin Bunny, Peter Rabbit and Lily Bobtail in Peter Rabbit on Nickelodeon.   Photo Credit: Nickelodeon. ©2013 Viacom International, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

    Peter Rabbit
    Pictured:  Benjamin Bunny, Peter Rabbit and Lily Bobtail in Peter Rabbit on Nickelodeon. 
    Photo Credit: Nickelodeon. ©2013 Viacom International, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

    Peter Rabbit–This new CG-animated series is a reimagining of the popular Beatrix Potter children’s books based on the beloved Peter Rabbit character, which have sold over 250 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 35 languages. The series follows the adventures of Peter Rabbit and his best friends Benjamin Bunny and Lily Bobtail. Peter Rabbit features educational goals that encourage preschoolers to learn problem-solving and interpersonal skills, self-efficacy, resilience, positive re-framing and fosters an interest in nature. The series, which received a 26-episode order, launched on Feb. 19 and posted double-digit gains and won its time period across all cable with kids 2-5, adults 18-49 and total viewers.

During the presentation, Nickelodeon highlighted original research into the newest generation of kids, the post-millennials. The network’s early profile of them reveals some of their unique connections to friends, family and funny, including:

Post-millennial kids are part of a Velcro family–The post-millennials’ parents are the Gen-Xers who are striving to right those perceived wrongs from their own neglected childhoods. Their kids, the post-millennials, are therefore more protected and sheltered than any generation before. No one is more important to these kids than mom and dad: 90% of them say their parents are their heroes; 80% say they want to spend more time with their parents; and the majority of the next generation says that family time is the first choice for how to spend free time.

Post-millennials view friendship differently than their predecessors–Unlike millennials before them, friendship is not a game of numbers but is about shared trust among a small circle of people. While the post-millennials may have limitless cyber connections, they choose to have only 2 or 3 real friends in their lives.

This new generation of kids speaks fluent “Grown-Up”–Post-millennials are included in the adult world, and they influence adult decisions. They understand how to keep the adults in their lives happy, and it makes them feel good about themselves. They speak fluent “Grown-Up”.

The post-millennial generation cares deeply about community–This new generation of kids has been exposed at a very early age to war, climate change and a poor economy, which has made their sense of compassion and desire to improve the world particularly pronounced. They genuinely want to make positive contributions and participate alongside one another in making the world a better place.

Post-millennials have a strong affinity for comedy–Humor plays a pivotal role in the lives of post-millennials, uniting them with friends and family and playing a key role in how they view themselves. A majority of post-millennials (74%) describe themselves as funny, and as a descriptor, that rates as highly as being smart. Additionally, when it comes to spending time together as a family, this current generation of kids ranks laughing together higher than vacations, having a meal together and holidays. Post-millennials also consider being funny as a badge of honor, a commodity to be traded with friends, which brings them social currency.

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NICKELODEON DELIVERS DIVERSE ANIMATION AND LIVE-ACTION SLATES WITH 10 BRAND-NEW ORIGINAL SERIES

Network Greenlights New Animated Series Breadwinners
and Live-Action Series The Haunted Hathaways and The Thundermans

NEW YORK – Feb. 26, 2013 – Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids, will add 10 brand-new original series to its animation and live-action rosters for the 2013-2014 season. The network will galvanize its animation line-up with new content including Breadwinners, Sanjay & Craig, Rabbids and Monsters vs. Aliens, in addition to a third season pick up of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Five new live-action series, The Haunted Hathaways, Sam & Cat, The Thundermans, Awesomeness (working title) and Nick Studio 10, along with the just-launched Wendell & Vinnie, will round out the new programming roster.

“The engaging stories and entertaining characters found in these 10 funny and vibrant original animation and live-action series are wonderful additions to Nickelodeon’s lineup for the next generation of kids,” said Russell Hicks, President, Content Development and Production. “An investment in great creator-driven content in both short and long-form is part of our commitment to bringing humor to kids on multiple platforms.”

Details of Nickelodeon’s new animation and live-action slates include:

ANIMATION:

  • Breadwinners – Created by Gary “Doodles” DiRaffaele (MAD, Metalocyalpse), who was discovered from Nick’s 2012 Animated Shorts Program, and Steve Borst (Teen Titans Go!, MAD), Breadwinners follows two booty-shaking ducks as they operate a bread delivery service out of their awesome, jet-fueled rocket van. The series was picked up for 20 full-length episodes.
  • Nickelodeon has renewed its Animated Shorts Program, as a further commitment to produce hit animated content for kids. Last year, more than 600 pitches were collected during Nickelodeon’s inaugural program. From the pitches, 12 were created and five are in series development. All 12 shorts will air on the network, or appear on www.nick.com or on Nickelodeon’s new app, which launched Feb. 21.
  • Sanjay & Craig–The 20-episode series tells the story of two best friends–one of whom is a snake–and the true adventures of being a kid. Voice actors include: Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock) as Sanjay; Chris Hardwick (Nerdist, Back at the Barnyard) as Craig; Tony Hale (Arrested Development) as Mr. Noodman; Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks) as Megan; Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory) as Vijay; and Grey DeLisle (Fairly Odd Parents) as Darlene. Sanjay & Craig is created and co-executive produced by Jim Dirschberger, Jay Howell (character design for Bob’s Burgers) and Andreas Trolf, and executive produced by Nickelodeon alumni Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi (The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Alvin and the Chipmunks).
  • Rabbids–This series brings to television the hysterical physical comedy that is the hallmark in Ubisoft’s wildly successful Rabbids video games. Irreverent, unpredictable and silly, the Rabbids are a mysterious breed of rabbit-like creatures that explore, and often wreak havoc, in the human world. Everything is a source of wonder and amusement, and these indestructible and uncontrollable creatures have absolutely no respect for the social rules that govern society. For them, there are no laws, no rules of the road. It’s all about having fun and saying “Bwaaaaaah!” Nickelodeon has secured global broadcast rights for 26 new half-hour CG episodes of Rabbids, which will be produced by Ubisoft.
  • Monsters vs. Aliens–Inspired by DreamWorks Animation’s 2009 blockbuster feature film ($383 million worldwide gross), this new series follows the further adventures of the beloved monsters — B.O.B., the gelatinous blob without a brain; Link, the prehistoric fish-man; Dr. Cockroach, the half-man/half-insect mad scientist; and Susan (aka Ginormica), the incredible growing woman — as they learn to adapt to a new world filled with bizarre aliens. This series, which is greenlit for 26 episodes, marks the third partnership between Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles–The hit series has been renewed for a third season with 26-episodes. The half-hour CG-animated action-comedy, which was 2012’s number-one new animated program with boys 2-11 across all TV, will continue to showcase the camaraderie of the four mutant brothers as they use their ninjutsu skills to battle the supernatural evil forces that threaten not only New York City, but the entire world. Season two is currently in production at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is executive produced by Ciro Nieli and Peter Hastings.
  • For the 2013-14 season, the network will also roll out new episodes of returning hit animated series, including season two of The Legend of Korra, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents, Winx Club, T.U.F.F. Puppy, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness and Robot and Monster.

LIVE ACTION:

  • The Haunted Hathaways–Life in The Big Easy gets a little more complicated and way more spirited when the Hathaway siblings (Amber Montana, Breanna Yde) and their mom (Ginifer King) move into a house already occupied by a dad (Chico Benymon) and his sons (Curtis Harris, Benjamin “Lil P-Nut” Flores Jr.) who happen to be ghosts. Created by veteran comedy writer-producer Robert Peacock (Reba, The Jeff Foxworthy Show), The Haunted Hathaways is executive produced by Boyce Bugliari & Jamie McLaughlin (Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures). The series will begin production on 20 episodes this spring.
  • Wendell & Vinnie–A brand-new, live-action family comedy featuring Jerry Trainor (iCarly) in his first starring and producing role, this series follows 30-year-old Vinnie Bassett (Trainor) living the life of a carefree bachelor, when he suddenly becomes the legal guardian of his precocious, wise-beyond-his-years nephew, Wendell (Buddy Handleson, Shake It Up) forming a hysterical odd-couple family dynamic. Nicole Sullivan (Rita Rocks, MadTV) also stars as Vinnie’s older unlucky-in-love sister, Wilma, with Haley Strode (Gangster Squad) as Vinnie’s newly divorced neighbor and love interest, Taryn. Wendell & Vinnie, which has received has received a 20 episode order. The series airs regularly on Saturdays at 8p.m. (ET/PT).
  • Sam & Cat –In this comedic spin-off from award-winning creator and executive producer Dan Schneider (iCarly, Victorious, Drake & Josh, Zoey 101), Sam & Cat stars Jennette McCurdy (iCarly’s Sam Puckett) and  Ariana Grande (Victorious’ Cat Valentine) reprising their roles from their respective hit shows. The series features the pair as unlikely roommates and best friends who become teen entrepreneurs by starting their own after-school babysitting business. Sam & Cat is currently in production on 20 episodes in Los Angeles and will premiere this fall.
  • The Thundermans–The Thundermans are a typical suburban family who happen to have astounding superpowers. At the center of the action are the 14-year-old Thunderman twins, Max (Jack Griffo) and Phoebe (Kira Kosarin), who share the same bathroom, the same school and the same annoying younger siblings.  Their only difference?  Phoebe is a super student with a super sunny disposition who super looks forward to being a superhero someday, and Max aspires to become a super villain. The 13-episode series will commence production this spring and is written by longtime Nickelodeon producer Jed Spingarn, who most recently served as co-executive producer of the hit series Big Time Rush and prior to that, produced on The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and Johnny Bravo.
  • Nick Studio 10–This live, daily afternoon daypart features four friends who make and share outrageously funny content in real time. Beginning this spring, content created on the show will also migrate from on-air to the recently launched Nick App, and content from the app will also be featured on the series.
  • Awesomeness (working title)–Nickelodeon is partnering with Brian Robbins (Smallville, One Tree Hill, Coach Carter) to co-develop a new half-hour sketch comedy show that features a mix of new and existing content from the extremely popular online site AwesomenessTV.
  • Nickelodeon will also premiere more new episodes of its hit live-action series, including Big Time Rush, Marvin Marvin and See Dad Run.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 33rd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 18 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).


NICKELODEON ADDS FOUR NEW PRESCHOOL SERIES,
PREMIERES BRAND-NEW EPISODES OF RETURNING FAVORITES
IN 2013-2014

Brand-New Original Preschool Shows Include Dora and Friends, Wallykazam!,
Blaze and the Monster Machines and Peter Rabbit

New Eps to Premiere of Ratings Drivers Bubble Guppies, Team Umizoomi and Dora the Explorer

NEW YORK–Feb. 26, 2013–Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids, will add four brand-new educational preschool series and roll out returning favorites in the 2013-2014 season. The new series include Dora and Friends, Wallykazam!, Blaze and the Monster Machines and Peter Rabbit. In addition, the network will premiere new episodes of ratings drivers Bubble Guppies, Team Umizoomi and Dora the Explorer.

“Nickelodeon’s continued commitment to serve preschoolers has led us to develop landmark shows that have educated and entertained kids like no one else,” said Teri Weiss, EVP of Production and Development, Nickelodeon Preschool. “Our new slate dives into literacy, science and community service, with great characters and fantastic adventures in the tradition of our biggest, most defining hits like Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues, and Team Umizoomi.”

Nickelodeon’s three new preschool series rolling out in the 2013-2014 season include:

Dora and Friends– An original, animated Dora the Explorer spin-off, Dora and Friends stars Latina heroine Dora as a 10-year-old who goes on city adventures with a group of new friends. Fantastical twists and turns abound as the stories take Dora and her friends into exotic magical worlds waiting to be explored. Dora and Friends features a curriculum that fosters a child’s understanding of Spanish, teamwork, music and community service. The series has been picked up for 20 episodes and will launch on Nickelodeon in 2014.

Wallykazam! – This new animated series is Nickelodeon’s first literacy show for preschoolers that embeds the curriculum into a rich narrative story, with the goal of helping kids fall in love with words and inspiring them to read. The original animated comedy follows the adventures of a boy named Wally Trollman and his pet dragon, Norville. Wally has a magic stick that makes words come to life and playfully transforms the world around him. Wallykazam! is currently in production on 26 episodes that will premiere on Nickelodeon in 2014.

Blaze and the Monster Machines – This original CG-animated series introduces preschoolers to the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This is the first preschool show that features a curriculum dedicated to all areas of STEM. Viewers will join an eight-year-old boy named AJ and his incredible monster truck Blaze on super-sized adventures. AJ and the viewer help Blaze as they explore the physics of how things move, master mathematics and discover how everyday technologies work. The series, which received a 20-episode order, will debut on Nickelodeon in 2014.

Peter Rabbit–This new CG-animated series is a reimagining of the popular Beatrix Potter children’s books based on the beloved Peter Rabbit character, which have sold over 250 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 35 languages. The series follows the adventures of Peter Rabbit and his best friends Benjamin Bunny and Lily Bobtail. Peter Rabbit features educational goals that encourage preschoolers to learn problem-solving and interpersonal skills, self-efficacy, resilience, positive re-framing and fosters an interest in nature. The series, which received a 26-episode order, launched on Feb. 19 and posted double-digit gains and won its time period across all cable with kids 2-5, adults 18-49 and total viewers.

Nickelodeon Preschool is “the smart place to play,” with a legacy of providing educational and entertaining programming that empowers kids to learn while they play. Through the years, Nickelodeon Preschool has consistently created highly engaging, age-appropriate, education and innovative shows like Blue’s Clues, Dora the Explorer, Team Umizoomi and Bubble Guppies. Educational consultants are used to develop a deep, unique curriculum for each show and storybook versions of every episode are tested with kids to ensure quality. The content is available on TV, online, mobile, and tablets, allowing kids to interact with and learn from their favorite characters across multiple platforms.

About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 33rd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 18 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B).

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