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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 4:31 am    Post subject: (US) Nickelodeon 2007-2008 Preview Reply with quote

More Than 700 New Episodes of Programming for Preschoolers, Kids and Tweens to Air on Number-One Network Nickelodeon in 2007-08

Three New Animated Series to Join Lineup in 2008, Including Making Fiends, Bubble Guppies and The Umizumiz

Freshman Hits The Naked Brothers Band and Just Jordan Picked Up for Second Seasons; Net Picks Up More Episodes of Number-One Kids' Show SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents, Dora the Explorer and Zoey 101

NEW YORK, March 8 - Joining previously announced new series Tak and the Power of JuJu, Back to the Barnyard and Ni Hao, Kai-lan premiering this fall, Nickelodeon today announced it is adding three new animated series to its 2008 schedule: The Umizumiz, Bubble Guppies and Making Fiends. The number-one network for kids also announced new season pickups of breakout freshman hit The Naked Brothers Band and Just Jordan, as well as new episodes of top-ranked SpongeBob SquarePants, tween favorites Zoey 101 and The Fairly OddParents, and top preschool series Dora the Explorer. In total, Nickelodeon will premiere more than 700 new episodes of new and returning series throughout the 2007-08 season.

"Our goal is always to give preschoolers, kids and tweens the very best programming in television, and to combine fresh new creative ideas with enduring hits that kids love," said Tom Ascheim, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Nickelodeon Television. "SpongeBob is number-one with kids and Dora is tops with preschoolers, so we're going to give them more, as well as new episodes of their favorite live-action and animated shows. And we are very excited about the new shows that will be joining the lineup this year."


For the upcoming 2007-08 season, Nickelodeon Preschool will add to its lineup The Umizumiz, an interactive series set in a global urban city brought to life in a fusion of animation, photography, origami patterns and preschool punk music; and Bubble Guppies, an interactive, animated variety show for preschoolers set in a vibrant 3D, CGI-animated underwater classroom. Nickelodeon will also add Making Fiends to its schedule, an offbeat and outrageous animated tale about two unlikely friends, Vendetta and Charlotte.

The network has also picked up 13 additional episodes each of TEENick freshman hits The Naked Brothers Band, featuring new heartthrobs Nat and Alex Wolf, and Just Jordan starring teen standup Lil' JJ, along with 13 episodes of the TEENick favorite Zoey 101, starring Jamie Lynn Spears.

Joining a 2007-08 animation slate featuring previously announced series Mighty B, Tak and the Power of JuJu, Back to the Barnyard and the newly launched El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, are 13 additional episodes of the number-one kid series SpongeBob SquarePants and 20 episodes of the animated hit The Fairly OddParents. On Nick Jr., preschoolers can look forward to an all-new fifth season of perennial favorite Dora the Explorer, which includes 14 new episodes and three hour-long television movies.

New series for the Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. 2008 season include:

Making Fiends
Developed from Nickelodeon's TurboNick broadband platform, where it appeared as a series of shorts, Making Fiends is an offbeat, flash animated series centering on two girls, Charlotte and Vendetta. Each episode explores the struggle between these two polar opposites. Vendetta makes fiends to instill fear over their dreary town of Clamburg and despises cheerful Charlotte for always foiling her most brilliant and fiendish plans. Meanwhile, Charlotte loves her new town, is oblivious to the danger that Vendetta poses to her and thinks that all of Vendetta's fiends are rather cute. Making Fiends was created by Amy Winfrey and is based on her popular Making Fiends online films. Winfrey won a student academy award in 2000 for her short The Bad Plant. Her other original work includes the films Big Bunny and Muffin Films. Winfrey was also an animator on South Park. Supervising producer Dave Wasson was the creator of the Cartoon Network series Time Squad, executive producer and director of the Disney series The Buzz on Maggie and creator of the Emmy Award-winning Oh Yeah! Cartoons short for Nickelodeon, "Max and his Special Problem."


The Umizumiz

Premiering in 2008 on Noggin, The Umizumiz is a new animated interactive series for preschoolers about a miniature urban repair squad that solves everyday preschool problems in Metro City with help from the viewers at home. The Umizumiz features an adventure math curriculum that includes foundational skills like counting, estimating, patterns and measuring which engages preschoolers by exploring math in real life contexts. Viewers will hop inside the Zipmobile with the Umizumiz and sing along to spirited, catchy, "preschool punk" take-away songs. The Umizumiz was created by Soo Kim and Michael Smith and is co-created and executive produced by Jennifer Twomey.

Bubble Guppies

Bubble Guppies is a new interactive, animated variety show for preschoolers set in a vibrant 3D, CGI-animated underwater classroom. Bubble Guppies has an emergent curriculum: ideas that emerge from preschoolers' own discoveries. Each episode will delve into a preschool topic from a variety of angles as the cast and viewers at home explore the swaying kelp forests, fantastical coral reefs, and undersea gardens of their aquarium-inspired surroundings. Bubble Guppies is created by Robert Scull, who also serves as executive producer on Nick Jr.'s The Backyardigans, and Jonny Belt, supervising art director and co-executive producer of The Backyardigans. Scull and Belt also developed the series along with Janice Burgess, creator of The Backyardigans.

Nickelodeon, in its 28th 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, magazines and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in almost 92 million households and has been the number-one- rated basic cable network for almost 12 consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc.

(copied and pasted from Bryan's "Nick & More" Board: http://nickschedules.proboards52.com/index.cgi?board=nicknews&action=display&thread=1173391074 )

(Edited by azumanga: Changed subject to be more to do with article and less cryptic.)
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmmmmmm that's odd Miranda wasn't mentioned at all...she was in NY and still is there as we speak....she will also be doing a special behind the scenes with pics at the upfronts for me to put on to nickcentral!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Miranda's new show iCarly has now been announced from nick!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2007 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OMG FOP is coming back??? Surpris

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2007 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

March 8, 2007

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Nickelodeon's upfront invites kids to put their mark on its TV and off-air brands
By Shirley Brady

Nickelodeon talent and execs at today's upfront in New York

Nickelodeon held its upfront ad sales presentation this morning in New York. Viacom's powerhouse kids programmer touted more than 700 new episodes for the 2007/08 TV season, including three new series in '08 and second season pick-ups for The Naked Brothers Band and Just Jordan.

Nick's three series slated for next year—The Umizumiz, Bubble Guppies and Making Fiends—will join a freshman class of previously announced new series—Tak and the Power of JuJu, Back to the Barnyard and Ni Hao, Kai-lan—starting this fall. There will (naturally) be new episodes of hit series SpongeBob SquarePants, tween faves Zoey 101 and The Fairly OddParents, and preschool star Dora the Explorer.

As with all of Viacom and MTV Networks these days, the programmer highlighted its digital growth online at Nick.com, TurboNick (its broadband channel) and Nicktropolis, its virtual world website that has registered 1 million unique viewers since launching five weeks ago. It took Second Life three years to hit that benchmark.

Last month, Nick.com attracted almost 17 million unique users while TurboNick delivered almost 77 million streams (5 million just for SpongeBob's Best Day Ever viewer-selected episode in November), representing triple digit growth since Feb. 2006. Nicktropolis expands this month with an area for Nick's Kids Choice Awards. Related online hangouts for Nick fans include Neopets and AddictingGames.com, both owned by Viacom.

User-generated content was another big theme, from Nick's ME:TV interactive daypart that already allows kids to contribute to live on-air telecasts via TurboNick, to upcoming live action comedy series iCarly (Sept.), which will incorporate kids' contributions into scripted episodes and the show's webcast.

"This will be the first scripted series that (brings) kid-created content into each episode," said Cyma Zarghami, president of Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group, on a post-upfront call with reporters. "iCarly (played by Miranda Cosgrove) has a website where kids can go and periodically they'll get an assignment to put something on the Web. The producer (Dan Schneider, whose past Nick work includes The Amanda Bynes Show), who just is a hit maker for us, will decide what to do with that content and he'll incorporate it into the series."

ME:TV is also creating a seamless on-air and off-air Nick experience. "It's really the idea of breaking down the walls between linear TV and Web-based content," she noted. "Kids send in their content, they rank it, they can pick their preferences on TurboNick and then we pick some stuff and put it on ME:TV in a live programming block two hours everyday between 5:00 and 7:00, Monday through Friday."

The goal, Zarghami added, isn't just to be in the user-generated content business. It's about "personalization, it’s the control," she commented. "It’s the connectedness between the two. That’s what we bring to the table. That’s what MTV Networks brings to the table—a legitimate connectedness between the Internet and television in a way that is going to be relevant for all of these audiences."

Nick ad sales chief Jim Perry estimated between 5-10% of his upfront tally will go towards multiplatform sales, encompassing Nick's on-air and off-air (digital and print) properties.

Perry predicted a robust upfront market for kids TV programmers across the board, with increased spending from toy companies, studios (theatrical and DVD releases) and food advertisers. New categories include automotive (Nick has featured nine car brands to date), travel, financial, consumer electronics and other non-traditional categories of so-called "kidvertisers."

"The family dynamic has changed and more and more parents are sitting down and watching TV with their children," Perry observed on the post-upfront conference call. "We're finding a lot of people coming to us to reach the family. And so we think that those non-endemic categories will lead to a lot more money coming into the market."

With a nod to those parents, Nick at Nite beefs up its schedule with America's Funniest Home Videos on Apr. 30 and The George Lopez Show, which will premiere during Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15). Nicktoons, meanwhile, is poised to hit the 50 million homes benchmark and is ramping up its programming, particularly with shortform content.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2007 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

anil16 wrote:
OMG FOP is coming back??? Surpris


Yeah, and I guess Jimmy isn't... Triste
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2007 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rugrat wrote:
anil16 wrote:
OMG FOP is coming back??? Surpris


Yeah, and I guess Jimmy isn't... Triste

It's been confirmed that it's not, unfortunatly. Triste
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2007 4:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think this is FOP's final season, same for DP, D&J, and several other shows. I tell ya, these new shows had better be hits or Nickelodeon is in trouble.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2007 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hihey there isn't a new season of Drake & Josh....it has a spin-off the season currently airing is the final season. I'm guessing this will be the last season of Zoey though.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2007 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought FOP has been canceled for like a year now but now im really happy that its coming back--even if it is the final season it will be nice to see some new episodes. Très content

I dont see why Nick doesen't order new JN episodes--i mean they air just as much re-runs for Jimmy as they do for FOP and SB.If they like it enough to overplay the episodes i dont see how it doesen't deserve a new season.

Nick is just weird.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2007 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How weird a bunch of these shows really arn't all that old and maybe has 3 to 4 seasons and they are already canned? I thought DP, FOP,Jimmy, and more were really popular and I was just starting to get into all of these to.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jimmy lasted from 2002-2007, which is 5 years
Danny Phantom lasted from 2004-2007, which is 3 years

Rocko lasted from 1993-1996, which is 3 years
Doug lasted from 1991-1994, which is three years.

If you look at Nick's past, Nick current Nicktoons are lasting longer than the classic ones. It doesn't seem like it cause we're older now and time goes faster. Tire la langue

BTW, they are making new FOP episodes. Sourire
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess Nickelodeon couldn't convense the two creators of Avatar, to another season, even though their story is only 3 seasons.

To bad the Simpsons creator doesn't have the same ability to just say no to more money.

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