Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Nickelodeon Ups Order for Two New Remotely Produced Hit Shows - 'Group Chat' and 'Unfiltered'


Social Media Sensation Brent Rivera to Co-Host Group Chat with Jayden Bartels

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HOLLYWOOD, Calif.—August 27, 2020—Nickelodeon has ordered an additional six episodes of its remotely produced talk show Group Chat and seven episodes of its game show Nickelodeon’s Unfiltered. Social media star Brent Rivera, who has amassed over 73 million followers across his social media platforms, joins current co-host Jayden Bartels for Group Chat with Jayden and Brent. Rivera also serves as executive producer on the series. Nickelodeon’s Unfiltered will return with new episodes beginning Saturday, Sept. 5, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT), followed by the premiere of Group Chat with Jayden and Brent at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

Group Chat with Jayden and Brent is a video chat rundown of the week’s latest hot topics, taken directly from what kids love and are talking about across social media. Each episode introduces audiences to different celebrity guests as they play games and give viewers insight into their lives. Celebrity guests who have appeared to date include: Ben Simmons, Anna Cathcart, Alex Wassabi, Peyton List and Johnny Orlando, as well as cast members of The Kissing Booth 2 (Joel Courtney, Joey King, Maisie Richardson-Sellers and Taylor Zakhar Perez) and Feel the Beat (Sofia Carson and Wolfgang Novogratz).

In Nickelodeon’s Unfiltered, hosted by actor and comedian Jay Pharoah, panelists Lex Lumpkin and Gabrielle Nevaeh Green from All That, along with America’s Got Talent winner Darci Lynne, must guess the identities of virtually disguised celebrity guests, who are hidden behind an animated 3D filter and voice changer. The panel works to decipher the mystery through rounds of Q&A, wacky trivia and hilarious game competitions. Mystery guests who have appeared to date include Chance the Rapper, David Dobrik, Iain Armitage (Young Sheldon), Liza Koshy (Double Dare), All That alum Gabriel Iglesias, Asher Angel and Candance Cameron Bure.

The first season of Group Chat, which Bartels co-hosted with Annie LeBlanc, debuted May 23 and ranked as the number-one unscripted live-action show on cable with kids 6-11 in the second quarter of 2020. Nickelodeon’s Unfiltered premiered on July 11 and is currently the number-one ranked unscripted live-action show across all TV with kids 6-11 to date.

“I’m incredibly excited that I have the opportunity to host and executive produce a show on Nickelodeon!” Brent said in a statement to HollywoodLife. “I grew up watching Nickelodeon and to have the ability to host a show on this great network is truly a dream come true.”

Nickelodeon’s Unfiltered is executive produced by Pharoah and Shaina Farrow (Special Skills). Ben Pluimer (Legendary Dudas) also serves as executive producer. Production of Group Chat with Jayden and Brent and Nickelodeon’s Unfiltered for Nickelodeon is overseen by Ashley Kaplan, Senior Vice President, Digital Studios; Luke Wahl, Vice President, Digital Studios; and Paul J Medford, Vice President, Unscripted Current Series.

Nickelodeon, now in its 41st 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 brand includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, location based experiences, publishing and feature films. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC).

Jay Pharoah, Host of Nickelodeon’s Unfiltered

Jayden Bartels, co-host of Group Chat with Jayden and Brent

Brent Rivera, co-host of Group Chat with Jayden and Brent

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Update (9/8) - Nickelodeon’s Unfiltered was one of the best new TV formats to air during July and August 2020, according to Teleformat!

Update (9/6) - Fans can play-along at NickPlay.com during the premiere of Group Chat with Jayden and Brent!

Update (8/31) - Nickelodeon has released Unfiltered stickers which fans can use in their Stories!:

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Originally published: Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 18:31 BST.

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