Monday, August 24, 2020

How Avatar: The Last Airbender’s Pai Sho Was Turned Into A Real Game

Uncle Iroh's favorite game, Pai Sho, played a pivotal role in Avatar: The Last Airbender, and now fans can play the game in the real world.

Though its final episode aired more than a dozen years ago, Nickelodeon’s beloved animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender continues to enjoy an enduring legacy. The acclaimed animated series boasts a large, dedicated fan base, in addition to a variety of related media including a sequel series, comic books, video games, and a hotly anticipated live-action Netflix adaptation. There was a live-action film at some point, but a lot of fans are reticent to confirm its existence.

One more recent addition to the Avatar franchise has been the game Pai Sho. Already familiar to Airbender fans from its appearance in the TV series, the game has since taken on a life of its own, and is now available for real world fans to play in multiple different iterations.

Pai Sho is a previously fictional board game from the Avatar universe. Originally introduced in Season One as Uncle Iroh’s favorite pastime, the game becomes steadily more important as the series goes on. The seemingly innocuous game piece Iroh goes to great lengths to replace, a white lotus tile, becomes a recurrent motif throughout the series and, without spoiling anything for the uninitiated, plays a key role in Avatar's finale.

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Though the game, as depicted in the original series, bears resemblance to several real games — namely Go, Xiangqi, Chinese Checkers, and Pai Gow, from which it likely derives its name — Pai Sho was not formalized into a proper board game until several years after Avatar’s finale. While Avatar: The Last Airbender series co-creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko created the game for the TV show, they did not fully flesh out the concept aside from a handful of rules that directly related to specific episodes, such as Pai Sho’s use in gambling in Season Two.

As stated by The Legend of Korra director Ian Graham in a behind-the-scenes featurette for his episode “The Stakeout,” the rules of Pai Sho were eventually formalized by Nickelodeon in the form of an online game. This led to the creation of an actual rulebook, which was used internally by one of the episode storyboard artists to draw scenes revolving around the game.

Though Nickelodeon’s version of Pai Sho is no longer hosted on their website, fan interest in the game remains strong. An entire subreddit dedicated to the game, /r/paisho, was created in April 2013, followed by the International Pai Sho Association, or IPSA, in February 2017. IPSA offers several Pai Sho-related resources on its website, including official rules, video tutorials, and guides for making one’s own game set. The organization eventually hosted the first official Pai Sho tournament online.

These days, the most popular variation of Pai Sho available to fans is known as Skud Pai Sho, a fan-made amalgamation of the various versions and community-created rules that have sprung up over the years. The game can be played online or purchased as a physical set from The Garden Gate, a website dedicated to the various iterations of Pai Sho. The site is run by the creator of Skud Pai Sho, and includes information on multiple different Pai Sho-inspired games, including a link to an archive of the original Nickelodeon game.

Whether fans choose to purchase their own beautiful handmade set, play online at The Garden Gate, or simply watch Iroh play on Netflix, Pai Sho is available for Avatar: The Last Airbender fans to enjoy in a variety of iterations. Just be sure to take a look at the rulebook before giving it a go — rule bending is not an accepted practice, not even for the Avatar.

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Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for Monday, August 24, 2020 | NickRewind

Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for Monday, August 24, 2020 | NickRewind

Rugrats, provided to Creators Syndicate by Nickelodeon, based off the popular animated television series has been created for children and family's to laugh and enjoy together.

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ViacomCBS Partners with OSN to Strengthen its Streaming Business in the Middle East with Paramount+

ViacomCBS Networks International Partners with OSN to strengthen its streaming business in the Middle East with Paramount+

Available on OSN streaming app and OSN Live TV from September 1st, Paramount+ will give fans access to premium content wherever they are, whenever they want

Dubai: ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) and OSN, the region’s leading entertainment network, today announced the upcoming launch of Paramount+, a premium streaming service that features content from ViacomCBS brands, including Paramount Channel, Comedy Central, MTV and ViacomCBS International Studios (VIS) and third parties. Available in MENA only on OSN streaming app and OSN Live TV from September 1st, the service will be ViacomCBS’ first streaming service for youth and adults in the region.

Olivier Jollet, Senior Vice President Emerging Business, ViacomCBS Networks Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia (EMEAA), said “Paramount+ is an exciting new addition to ViacomCBS’ offering in the region and will provide the best content to audiences across the MENA region, through our ongoing relationship with OSN.The Paramount+ launch marks the beginning of our important streaming journey in the Middle East.”

Rolla Karam, Interim Chief Content Officer at OSN said, “Our extensive partnership with ViacomCBS is a testament to OSN’s continued commitment to digital transformation. Our strategy remains focused on keeping OSN at the forefront of digital innovation, further cementing our position as a leader in the delivery of world-class content. We are thrilled to offer Paramount+ to viewers in the region and are confident our subscribers will enjoy the highly-anticipated content available to them through this launch.”

Paramount+ will be the new home for Paramount Channel's content in the region. Aligned with ViacomCBS Networks International strategy to build a meaningful branded presence in the streaming area while maintaining the leadership position in linear TV, Paramount Channel, currently available on OSN Set Top Box channel 34 in the Middle East, will change its screen beginning September 1 and move to Paramount+, to give subscribers an even more diverse and high-quality portfolio, anywhere, at any time.

Paramount+ will deliver content across a variety of different genres, including much-loved movies, first-run TV series, cutting-edge comedy series from ViacomCBS, all subtitled in Arabic and Telenovelas dubbed in Arabic as well as subtitled in English.

In addition to blockbuster and classic movies, such as the Men In Black trilogy, for the launch, Paramount+ is set to showcase a range of content exclusives in the market, such as: widely-anticipated ViacomCBS International Studios’ TV series To Catch A Thief, a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic movie; 100 Days To Fall in Love, the original comedy series produced by Telefe and Awesomeness TV’s Betch, an all-girl sketch comedy show, starring ‘The Betches,’ and featuring celebrity hosts.

Paramount+ is committed to constantly expanding its broad library offering, with fresh content and exclusive premieres every month.

ViacomCBS service Paramount+ will be available in the Middle East from September 1st 2020 only through the OSN streaming app for USD 9.50/month and OSN Live TV package.

Paramount+ debuted as an SVOD aggregation service in October 2017 in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway. It has since expanded to Poland, Hungary, Latin America and Russia.

About ViacomCBS Networks International

ViacomCBS Networks International, a unit of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAC), is comprised of many of the world’s most iconic consumer brands. Its portfolio includes Network 10, Channel 5, Telefe, Viacom International Studios, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount Network and Pluto TV among others. In addition to offering innovative streaming services and digital video products, ViacomCBS Networks International provides powerful capabilities in production, distribution and advertising solutions for partners on five continents and across more than 180 countries.

About OSN

OSN is the region’s leading entertainment business with the rights to broadcast in 17 countries across the MENA. The company is owned and operated by Panther Media Group, registered in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and has two shareholders, KIPCO and the Mawarid Group Limited.

OSN has a history of providing exceptional value for customers with its focus on exclusive and in-demand content, and innovative digital platforms for anywhere, anytime access.

OSN is the exclusive distributor of The Walt Disney Company’s new Disney+ Originals in the Middle East region, across both its box and streaming services. OSN’s strength is its unbeatable range of exclusive programming and best-in-class entertainment led by its long-term partnerships with studio majors including Disney, HBO, NBC Universal, Fox, Paramount, MGM, and Sony to name a few.

OSN is the home for premium and nowhere-else content in Arabic, English, Filipino. OSN broadcasts the latest content at the same minute as in the US, including popular series, blockbuster movies, and the best in kids and lifestyle programming. In addition, OSN also provides entertainment content for devices such as laptops, tablets and mobile phones via its online and mobile app entertainment platform, offering movies and series on the go.

OSN has been at the forefront of digital technology innovation in the Middle East introducing OSN on Demand, the region's first VOD service.

OSN’s ambition is to deliver entertainment everywhere for everyone, which is informed by the company’s three key pillars: A customer-first approach, unrivalled exclusive content and unbeatable value.


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Nickelodeon UK Ratings For Week Of Monday 10th - Sunday 16th August 2020

Nickelodeon UK Network Ratings for week of Monday 10th - Sunday 16th August 2020.

Viewing figures were up on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. over the previous week, according to BARB data, with only Nicktoons and Nick Jr. Too experiencing drops. New show Mako Mermaids made its Top 15 debut on Nickelodeon, whilst The Adventures of Paddington topped Nick Jr.'s ratings. It's also marvellous to see It's Pony in Nick's Top 15.

Nickelodeon Total:

1. THE THUNDERMANS (SAT 10:31) - 81,300
2. THE THUNDERMANS (SUN 10:31) - 70,300
3. HORRID HENRY (FRI 16:44) - 42,100
4. THE THUNDERMANS (TUE 07:28) - 40,500
5. IT'S PONY (TUE 07:15) - 40,500
6. IT'S PONY (TUE 07:00) - 40,500
7. HORRID HENRY (TUE 06:44) - 40,500
8. THE THUNDERMANS (TUE 10:31) - 40,200
9. THE THUNDERMANS (SUN 10:00) - 38,200
10. THE THUNDERMANS (MON 11:31) - 37,000
11. HORRID HENRY (FRI 16:32) - 34,400
12. THE THUNDERMANS (TUE 11:31) - 33,900
13. HORRID HENRY (THU 06:44) - 33,800
14. THE THUNDERMANS (TUE 10:00) - 33,700
15. MAKO MERMAIDS (FRI 19:00) - 31,800

NickToons Total:

1. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (MON 21:29) - 102,900
3. HORRID HENRY (SUN 17:44) - 81,100
5. THE LOUD HOUSE (SUN 17:14) - 76,200
6. MR MAGOO (SUN 16:49) - 76,200
7. THE LOUD HOUSE (SUN 17:00) - 76,200
8. HORRID HENRY (SUN 17:29) - 76,200
10. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (MON 22:15) - 75,200
11. THE LOUD HOUSE (THU 13:44) - 68,800
12. MR MAGOO (SUN 16:37) - 66,100
13. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (MON 23:14) - 63,600
14. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (MON 21:00) - 63,000
15. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (MON 23:29) - 59,600

Nick Jr. Total:

3. PEPPA PIG (SAT 22:00) - 110,300
4. PEPPA PIG (SAT 21:49) - 103,900
6. PEPPA PIG (WED 14:34) - 101,000
7. PEPPA PIG (SAT 22:19) - 100,500
8. PEPPA PIG (WED 14:29) - 94,400
9. PEPPA PIG (WED 14:44) - 94,400
10. PEPPA PIG (WED 14:49) - 92,800
12. PEPPA PIG (SUN 22:14) - 88,300
14. PEPPA PIG (SUN 22:29) - 86,200
15. PEPPA PIG (SUN 22:19) - 84,500

Nick Jr. Too:

1. 44 CATS (SUN 16:14) - 125,000
2. PEPPA PIG (FRI 22:49) - 110,200
3. PEPPA PIG (SUN 18:14) - 88,600
5. 44 CATS (MON 16:14) - 87,300
7. PAW PATROL (MON 09:14) - 85,100
8. PAW PATROL (WED 14:30) - 80,600
9. PEPPA PIG (SUN 18:00) - 78,600
10. PEPPA PIG (MON 23:45) - 77,000
11. PEPPA PIG (MON 11:50) - 76,600
12. PEPPA PIG (SUN 18:05) - 74,500
13. PAW PATROL (SUN 15:31) - 68,500
14. PEPPA PIG (FRI 12:14) - 68,500
15. 44 CATS (MON 15:59) - 67,800

Note: Nick Jr. Too is listed as Nick Jr 2 on BARB.

Nickelodeon Network:

1. THE ADVENTURES OF PADDINGTON (WED 11:14) - Nick Jr Total - 152,300
2. THE ADVENTURES OF PADDINGTON (WED 10:59) - Nick Jr Total - 148,900
3. 44 CATS (SUN 16:14) - Nick Jr 2 - 125,000
4. PEPPA PIG (SAT 22:00) - Nick Jr Total - 110,300
5. PEPPA PIG (FRI 22:49) - Nick Jr 2 - 110,200
6. PEPPA PIG (SAT 21:49) - Nick Jr Total - 103,900
7. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (MON 21:29) - NickToons Total - 102,900
8. BEN AND HOLLY'S LITTLE KINGDOM (WED 12:14) - Nick Jr Total - 101,000
9. PEPPA PIG (WED 14:34) - Nick Jr Total - 101,000
10. PEPPA PIG (SAT 22:19) - Nick Jr Total - 100,500
11. PEPPA PIG (WED 14:29) - Nick Jr Total - 94,400
12. PEPPA PIG (WED 14:44) - Nick Jr Total - 94,400
13. PEPPA PIG (WED 14:49) - Nick Jr Total - 92,800
14. BEN AND HOLLY'S LITTLE KINGDOM (SUN 12:14) - Nick Jr Total - 91,600
15. PEPPA PIG (SUN 18:14) - Nick Jr 2 - 88,600

Ratings data provided by BARB.

Programmes of less than 5 minutes duration are excluded from these reports.

Linear TV viewing only; Data for viewing programming on PC/laptops, Tablets and Smartphones is currently unavailable.

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RoboSplaat Presents Talk Cereal with Greg Cipes & Special Guest Debi Derryberry

RoboSplaat Presents Talk Cereal with Greg Cipes & Special Guest Debi Derryberry

Talk Cereal with Greg Cipes (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) & Special Guest Debi Derryberry (Jimmy Neutron)!

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Dorg Van Dango | FULL EPISODE! | Nickelodeon UK

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Brand new show, Dorg Van Dango, available now on Nicktoons and starts 31st August at 5pm on Nickelodeon! Click the following link for more info!:

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Dorg Fights Crime: Dorg’s mom is planning the ultimate sale at her 98 Cent Store. But when items start to go missing, Dorg and the Magicals suspect there’s a thief in the mall! The gang is determined to catch the crook, until they discover who it is…

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