Nick knows jumping on the musical bandwagon will bring in monster ratings. Can't really blame 'em, I guess.
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Is Nickelodeon so creatively bankrupt these days, that they have to copy what the Disney Channel is doing?
Kids going through "High School Musical" withdrawal can check out a different musical also set in high school on Presidents' Day.
Nickelodeon will premiere its original TV movie "Spectacular!" on Presidents' Day (Feb. 16) at 8 pm ET/PT. Nothing says patriotism and honoring our forefathers like doing jazz hands by our lockers.
"Spectacular!" stars scruffy-haired Nikko (Nolan Gerard Funk), who's hit the skids after he's been kicked out of his band and then summarily dumped by his girlfriend. What's a teenage rebel to do with all this passion and edgy creativity? Why, join show choir of course! Nikko gets pulled into the musical group Spectacular, led by preppy Courtney (Tammin Sursok) and mentored by the absent-minded Mr. Romano ( Greg Germann).
Naturally, the two musical worlds collide, causing both sides to eventually learn from each other in time to take a stand against rival group Ta-Da, headed by Spectacular defectee Royce (Simon Curtis), at a national musical championship.
"'Spectacular!' is a riveting story with heart, great music and tons of tween appeal," says Nickelodeon's exec VP of development and original programming, Marjorie Cohn. "It's uniquely Nickelodeon because it stays true to our tradition of great characters driving the story, but the edgy music gives it a contemporary twist."
"Spectacular!" features 10 original songs composed by Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil. Gerrard has written hits for the likes of Hilary Duff, Kelly Clarkson and and "HSM," while Nevil's credits also include songs for "HSM," the, "Hannah Montana" and the '80s dance hit "C'est La Vie."
Madonna and Britney Spears choreographer R.J. Durell created the dance numbers.
It's not really a shocker. Nick already aired American Mall, even though it was an MTV Production originally.
and playing Ripcord in GI Joe, huh
fyi that trailer didn't mention musicals at all. After reading that wiki article I might change my mind on checking it out. Hopefully all references are about
dancing and not singing.
Okay, got that off my chest. Do continue with the topic at hand.
Well this was kind of expected.
I too saw the commercial and video and thought, "What is this, a HSM clone?"
You can bet that when a new property comes along and gains high status, somehow there will be imitators and duplicators to try and horn in on the success of said property, and hope it will benefit them too.
It can't be too bad, right?
I'll reserve my judgment for the show.
Nickelodeon should realize that they already have their own "HSM" in the form of "SpongeBob". Like "HSM" for Disney, "SpongeBob" pretty much arrived without much fanfare (although "SpongeBob" did debut after the Kids' Choice Awards) and exceeded expectations to become a huge marketing machine for the network. Nickelodeon would be more concerned in what they can do best at instead of trying to beat the other guy at their game.
And when Nick does have a quality show (ie Ned's Declassified), they ignore it and pimp out Drake & Josh and Zoey 101 instead. It's like Disney understands that ok we can air Cory in the House, but best to push Hannah and Wizards of Waverly over it.
There's a light in the distance...
I don't need a signature. I'm too cool for one. LOL
Pokemon/Spongebob success at the moment. It's a billion dollar money making machine. Now Nick is struggling to find shows as good as D&J and Ned. iCarly is doing well (even beating HM in certain age groups) but it's not making the billions Nick wants. Had D&J or Ned been made in 2006 rather than 2004, Nick would have approached things differently. Not only would they pimp the shows but Drake Bell would be releasing two albums per year, the show's soundtrack and his solo one.
It goes back to the problem I think Nick has. They can't seem to employ stars that the kids can really relate to / doesn't know how to market anything past the actual show. Kids watch iCarly but don't care what else Miranda Cosgrove does like they follow Miley Cyrus around, etc.iCarly is doing well (even beating HM in certain age groups) but it's not making the billions Nick wants.
He may be releasing more music but it would still be horribly and disjointed in promotion just like they are with Miranda Cosgrove. It was quite easy to see Disney = sitcom, music, marketing, money. All the Nick execs had to do was watch Disney for a day lol.Had D&J or Ned been made in 2006 rather than 2004, Nick would have approached things differently. Not only would they pimp the shows but Drake Bell would be releasing two albums per year, the show's soundtrack and his solo one.
Hell, Drake Bell himself had to explain to them why they should be promoting "Makes Me Happy" since it was in the Big Shrimp movie. Something just isn't clicking at Nick yet.
There's a light in the distance...
As for Spectacular, it doesn't look too bad but it doesn't look like something I would be excited about.
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