Nickelodeon Greenlights 14 New Series, TV Movies and Pilots
Nickelodeon announced today that it has greenlit over a dozen new live-action, animation and TV movie projects - featuring "top creative talent in front of and behind the camera, iconic characters from its most popular series and an animated talking snake - that will begin rolling out this fall and into 2013."
The slate includes a new Nick at Nite series Wendell and Vinnie and two Nick spin-off comedy pilots, Sam & Cat and Gibby, featuring beloved characters from hit series iCarly and Victorious. The network has also greenlit the pilot Instant Mom for Nick at Nite, while Nick TV movies Swindle and Nicky Deuce will be commencing production later this year. The CG-animated series Monsters vs. Aliens and 2D-series Sanjay & Craig have also been greenlit with both productions based at Nickelodeon's Animation Studio in Burbank, Calif.. In addition, Nick preschool has added a new animated series Monty and Norville and a pilot Blaze and the Monster Machines.
Details of Nickelodeon's new content are as follows:
Wendell and Vinnie (Nick at Nite series) - iCarly's Jerry Trainor stars as Vinnie, a lovable, goofball uncle who becomes the guardian to his buttoned-up 12-year-old nephew Wendell (Buddy Handleson, Shake It Up). Nicole Sullivan (The King of Queens, The Penguins of Madagascar) also stars as Vinnie's high-strung older sister Wilma. The comedy series, greenlit for 20 episodes, was written by Jay Kogen (Frasier, George Lopez) and will be executive produced by Aaron Kaplan (GCB, Terra Nova).
You Gotta See This (Nickelodeon series) - Nickelodeon combines the best of the web, behind-the-scenes footage, celebrity interviews, pranks and bloopers in its new series You Gotta See This, premiering this fall. Hosted by Chris O'Neal and Noah Crawford (stars of How to Rock), the half-hour series rolls all the must-see clips of the week into one hilarious package. Nickelodeon is currently in production on this 20-episode series in Los Angeles.
Swindle (Nickelodeon movie/Working Title) - With daring heists, crazy disguises, pie fights and sumo wrestlers, the network greenlights Swindle, an original TV movie featuring an impressive ensemble cast of Nickelodeon stars. When an evil collector cons Griffin out of a million dollar baseball card that could have saved his best friend's home, he unites a ragtag group of his classmates who need to work as a team to take down the swindler. Swindle is based on a popular children's book by Gordon Korman. Production will commence this fall in Vancouver, Canada.
Nicky Deuce (Nickelodeon movie/Working Title) - Based on a popular children's book by The Sopranos' Steve Schirripa and Charles Fleming, Nicky Deuce stars iCarly's Noah Munck as Nicholas Borelli II, a nerdy, over-protected teen who transforms into the title character. Nicholas gets caught in the adventure of a lifetime when he spends the summer with an uncle he never knew he had. Production on this original TV movie will commence this summer in Montreal, Canada.
Sam & Cat (Nickelodeon pilot/Working Title) - In the comedic spin-off Sam & Cat, from iCarly and Victorious creator Dan Schneider, feisty Sam Puckett (Jennette McCurdy) and daffy Cat Valentine (Ariana Grande) become best buddies and unlikely roommates. They love their freedom and independence, but quickly realize that fun and adventure do not come cheap. Rather than get traditional after-school jobs, Sam and Cat become teen entrepreneurs by starting their own babysitting business.
Gibby (Nickelodeon pilot/Working Title) - Noah Munck reprises his role as Gibby in the spin-off from iCarly creator Dan Schneider. In the comedy pilot, Gibby takes a job at The Bixby, a recreational center where kids of all ages hang out, socialize, play sports and take unique classes. Gibby becomes a mentor to four quirky middle-schoolers, helping them break out of their shells and embrace life in true "Gibbehhh" style.