Thursday, August 27, 2020

YTV, TELETOON, and Treehouse Announce Unbeleafable Fall Line-Ups


YTV Serves Up Lots of Laughs With Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan and Side Hustle

TELETOON Excites and Delights Animation Fans with New Series Featuring Familiar Faces Including Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs and Looney Tunes Cartoons

Treehouse Introduces New Preschooler Picks The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo, Santiago of the Seas, and The Dog & Pony Show

TORONTO, August 22, 2020 – Like a good pile of leaves, Corus Entertainment’s YTV, TELETOON, and Treehouse have bountiful fall schedules worth jumping into. The fun-filled lineups are guaranteed to have something for everyone, including laugh-out-loud live-action series, educational and entertaining preschooler series, and so many well-known characters and stories that are sure to stir up nostalgia for parents.


The wonder-fall schedule kicks off with Nelvana’s new action-packed animated series Ollie’s Pack (pictured above), premiering Saturday, September 5 at 8 a.m. Ollie’s Pack follows Ollie and his backpack, which doubles as a powerful portal allowing an array of monsters to travel from the Monsterverse into Ollie’s world on Earth. Ollie and his two best friends must protect the earth from the scary monsters that have escaped, while working with the helpful monsters who assist with their everyday tween problems, like sneaking into a movie or winning their school’s Battle of the Bands contest. No matter the circumstances, Ollie’s thirst for adventure undoubtedly gets him into trouble that only he and his friends can resolve.

Kid rapper and pint-sized powerhouse Young Dylan stars in the live-action series Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan (pictured below) debuting on Friday, September 11 at 6:30 p.m. In Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan, Dylan’s grandmother Viola (Aloma Wright) realizes that raising her grandson is too much to take on, so she decides to send him to live indefinitely with her affluent son Myles Wilson (Carl Anthony Payne II), his wife Yasmine (Mieko Hillman) and their two kids Rebecca (Celina Smith) and Charlie (Hero Hunter). Suddenly, the Wilson family household needs to adapt as lifestyles clash between rising hip-hop star Young Dylan and his straight-laced cousins.

Family rules on YTV! A pair of hit family sitcoms join the schedule in September including 8 Simple Rules on Mondays at 8 p.m. and The Middle on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Lincoln and his family are back in all new episodes of The Loud House on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. beginning September 5, and including a special, one-hour premiere episode for Season 5, "Schooled!" on Saturday, September 19. Plus, a new season of The Casagrandes, a spin-off of The Loud House, premieres Saturday, October 24 at 11 a.m.

Coming this November is a brand new live-action buddy comedy, Side Hustle, starring social media sensations and real-life best friends, Annie LeBlanc and Jayden Bartels. The multi-camera series centres on best friends, Lex (Annie LeBlanc) and Presley (Jayden Bartels), who have to create a business fast after inadvertently destroying their neighbour’s car.

Also in November, YTV’s Spencer and Tyra are serving up the ultimate culinary experience on Kid Food Nation presented by PC Children’s Charity. With the help of KFN Heroes, young cooks with local know-how, and well-known Canadian chefs, they take viewers on a food tour to explore the science, ingredients and cultures of Canadian cuisine. Jam-packed with kitchen inventions, taste tests and snack stops, this delicious series puts the power of food into the hands of kids.

YTV is available on National Free Preview from October 1 to October 31. Please check local listings for additional details.


For a rockin’ good time, viewers won’t want to miss Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs premiering Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6 at 9 a.m. with new episodes every weekend at 9 a.m. Pebbles Flintstone and Bamm-Bamm Rubble are best friends growing up in prehistoric times when dinosaurs still walked the earth. They live in the town of Bedrock, a modern stone-age civilization, but whenever they get the chance, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm head to the open wilderness outside of town known as The Crags, where the environments are as wild and amazing as the countless different dinosaurs that live there. Together, along with the help of their crazy but faithful dinosaur, Dino, and their clinical but endlessly accommodating smart stone app Wicky (a bird), Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm travel around the Crags helping new friends, fighting new enemies and learning about life and friendship through their endless crazy adventures.

The Looney Tunes are back in action! Premiering Sunday, October 11 at 9 a.m., Looney Tunes Cartoons echoes the high production value and process of the original Looney Tunes theatrical shorts, with a cartoonist-driven approach to storytelling. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and other marquee Looney Tunes characters will be featured in their classic pairings in simple, gag-driven and visually vibrant stories. Each cartoon will vary from one to six minutes in length and, from the premise on through to the jokes, will be “written” and drawn by the cartoonists, allowing their own personality and style to come through in each cartoon.

Scooby-Doo and the gang are back for more hilarious mystery-solving hijinks in Season 2 of Scooby-Doo & Guess Who? premiering Sunday, October 18 at Noon ET.

Ready or not, here they come! November will see the premiere of Tig n’ Seek, which follows an upbeat and eccentric 8-year-old boy named Tiggy and his cat, Gweeseek. Tiggy not only works at the Department of Lost and Found, finding lost items all throughout WeeGee City, he lives there too! Though he tries to help his friends whenever he can, his over-eagerness and neurotic quirks often lead to chaos in the Department. Tiggy’s partner and best friend is Gweeseek. She’s a graceful, friendly kitty who appears to be a normal cat, but is also capable of inventing extraordinary gadgets to help her friends in times of need.

Also coming this September, TELETOON fans can get their fill of fresh new seasons and episodes of popular series including:

Ben 10, Season 4 – Weekends at 2:45 p.m. beginning September 5
Power Players – Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. beginning September 5
Bakugan: Armored Alliance – Sundays at 12:30 p.m. beginning September 6
Teen Titans Go, Season 6 (New Episodes) – Sunday, September 13 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Power Rangers, Season 27 (New Episodes) – Saturdays at 1 p.m. beginning September 19


Treehouse lifts the curtain on the hilarious new animated series The Dog & Pony Show on Saturday, September 5 at 11:15 a.m., with new episodes every weekend at 11:15 a.m. Produced by redknot, a joint venture between Nelvana and Discovery Inc, The Dog & Pony Show follows two very different best friends who leave their magical world of Rainbow Fjörd and move to the not-so-magical big city of UniCity. Between Pony’s outrageous ideas and Dog’s fascination with the everyday, things never quite go as planned, igniting chaotic adventures for them and their friends!

Bedtime just got a whole lot more fun with The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo premiering Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6 at 6:30 p.m., with new episodes every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. A spin-off of Sesame Street, the series stars Elmo as the host of his own late-night talk show. Its main curricular goals are centered around bedtime routines, with each episode helping preschoolers understand a different aspect of getting ready for bedtime. Celebrity guests include Jimmy Fallon, Kacey Musgraves, Jonas Brothers, Lil Nas X, and Blake Lively.

Preschoolers will set sail for swashbuckling adventures in the brand new animated series Santiago of the Seas, premiering Sunday, November 8 at 7:30 a.m. Infused with a Spanish-language and Latino-Caribbean culture curriculum, the action-adventure series follows eight-year-old Santiago “Santi” Montes, a brave and kind-hearted pirate, as he embarks on daring rescues, searches for treasures and keeps the high seas safe in a fantastical Caribbean world.

Treehouse knows the way to Sesame Street! This November, laugh and learn with Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby and the rest of the Sesame Street gang during Season 51. Then in December, Miss Persona is back and bigger than ever; and she is ready for more dress up and play in Season 3.

This fall will also see new seasons of preschooler favourites including:

Blue’s Clues & You!, Season 2 – Sunday, September 6 at 9:30 a.m.
Esme & Roy, Season 2 – Monday, September 7 to Friday, September 11 at 9:45 a.m.
Thomas & Friends, Season 24 – Sundays at 8:40 a.m. beginning September 20
Ranger Rob, Season 3 – Mondays at 3:15 p.m. beginning October 26

YTV, TELETOON, and Treehouse are Corus Entertainment networks and are available through all major TV distributors, including: Shaw, Shaw Direct, Rogers, Bell, Videotron, Telus, Cogeco, Eastlink, SaskTel and the new STACKTV, streaming on Amazon Prime Video Channels.

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More Nick: 'The Astronauts' - Nickelodeon Debuts First Trailer for New Live-Action Series Premiering Fall 2020!

Originally published: Thursday, August 27, 2020.

H/T: Animation Magazine.
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What Did You Think of New 'It’s Pony' Episode 'Dad's Speech'? | Nickelodeon Fan Poll

What did you think of the brand new It’s Pony episode "Dad's Speech"? Vote in the poll and sound off in the comments below!

Storyboard Artist drawing Alvin | Alvin and The Chipmunks - Official Channel!

Storyboard Artist drawing Alvin | Alvin and The Chipmunks - Official Channel!

How to draw Alvin from a professional Storyboard Artist!

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Silly Hat Mailbox & Story Time! | Josh & Blue's VLOG Ep. 17 | Blue's Clues & You!

Silly Hat Mailbox & Story Time! | Josh & Blue's VLOG Ep. 17 | Blue's Clues & You!

Josh, Blue and Mailbox wear silly hats as they open letters from their friends! Next, Josh reads Blue's favorite story about the Three Little Pigs! Lastly, Josh explores outside with Shovel and Pail as they figure out which animals are awake (or nocturnal) and which are asleep!

Kids can watch their favorite Nick Jr. shows weekdays on Nickelodeon and all week long on the Nick Jr. channel:

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Knossi & SpongeBob - Alge (Offizielles Video) | MusikSpongeBob

Knossi & SpongeBob - Alge (Offizielles Video) | MusikSpongeBob

🦈 Laden und streamen:

KNOSSI & SpongeBob - Alge (offizielles Video)
Der König des Inter-Netzes 🎣 wagt sich mit dem Schwamm-Bob höchstpersönlich in die Untiefen der Algenbucht...

Hier geht´s zum Original von Knossi:


▶️ CREW:
SpongeBob Schwammkopf
Patrick Star
Thaddäus Q. Tentakel
Perla Krabs
Ein paar Algen

Mehr von SpongeBob´s Musik auf

From ingame:

Alge! Alge! Alge! Alge!

Knossi: Remake vom Alge-Song des Twitch-Streamer mit diesem TV-Superstar

Knossis Alge-Song ist in seiner Community schon legendär. Nun hat der Twitch-Streamer ein Remake mit einem ganz besonderen TV-Superstar gemacht.

- Knossi brachte am 31. Januar 2020 seinen ersten Song auf den Markt.
- Sein erster Hit handelt von einer Alge – so benannte er auch seinen ersten eigenen Likör.
- Nun nutzt der Twitch-Streamer seine Chance und bringt ein Remake des Songs mit einem Nickelodeon-Star raus.

Baden-Baden, Deutschland – In der Vergangenheit sorgte der Twitch-Streamer Knossi mit verrückten Aktionen immer wieder für Aufmerksamkeit. Nun scheint es der Streamer auf die Spitze zu treiben und veröffentlicht ein Cover seines Songs Alge, in dem er zusammen mit dem Nickelodeon-Star einer kultigen TV-Serie zu hören ist.

Vollständiger Name Jens Heinz Richard Knossalla
Bekannt als 'Knossi' & 'Der König'
Geburtstag 7. Juli 1986
Geburtsort Malsch
Follower auf Instagram 1.000.000 (Stand: Juli 2020)
Follower auf Twitch 1.047.987 (Stand: Juli 2020)
Knossi: Alge-Song Remake mit Nickelodeon-Star – Twitch-Streamer überglücklich
Seit Anfang 2020 ist Knossi bereits in der Musikbranche tätig und hat bislang zwei Musikvideos im Pop-Genre veröffentlicht. Einer der beiden Titel war ein Solo-Song namens Alge, diesen veröffentlicht er nun in einer Remix-Version erneut. D

abei steht ihm ein äußerst bekannter TV-Star zur Seite, und zwar niemand geringerer als SpongeBob Schwammkopf höchstpersönlich. Für viele Fans ist das natürlich erstmal eine merkwürdige Mischung, doch diese beiden veröffentlichen nun mithilfe von Sony und Nickelodeon einen Song. Dieser wird in Zukunft auch in einer Folge der TV-Serie zu hören bzw. sehen sein. (Alles zu Streaming)

Die Interpreten des neuen Songs „Alge“ sind Jens ‚Knossi‘ Knossalla und SpongeBob Schwammkopf, welcher von „Santiago Ziesmer“ gesprochen wird. Im neuen Lied des Twitch-Streamers geht es hauptsächlich darum, dass Algen die Stadt von Bikini Bottom verunstalten (Bikini Bottom ist eine fiktive Stadt, in der die Serie spielt). Auch Knossi findet mit einigen Strophen seinen Einsatz im Song. Laut dem Streamer wird es Video mit Song auch in einer Folge der beliebten Kinderserie zu sehen geben.

Knossi selbst schien mehr als begeistert von seinem neuen Song zu sein, deshalb sagte er im Livestream, voller Freude: „Die haben das wirklich nice gemacht, im SpongeBob-Style. [...] Ohne scheiß, hat mich sehr gefreut, wirklich. Ich will an der Stelle nochmal sagen, ohne Witz, Sony Entertaiment, Nickelodeon und alle die da mitgewirkt haben an dem Ding, vielen lieben Dank. Es ist für mich eine besondere Ehre, dass SpongeBob daraus einfach ein Song gemacht hat. [...] Ich finds Mega-Geil." Dabei betont er auch, zu hoffen, dass sich einige Fans an dem neuen Projekt erfreuen werden.

Knossi: Nach Song mit SpongeBob – Kritik wegen Verbindung aus Kinderserie und Casino-Content
Unter einem Instagram-Post von Knossi hagelte es nach Ankündigung der Kooperation am 27. August 2020 viel Kritik am Sender Nickelodeon. Dabei bemängelten einige Fans, dass jemand, der dafür bekannt ist an einigen Tagen über 10.000 Euro im Casino zu verspielen, nicht in eine Kinder-Serie gehört. Auch die pompöse Lebensweise des Twitch-Streamers wird hierbei an den Pranger gestellt. So erhielt Knossi von einem Geschäftspartner eine 24-karätige Echtgold-Krone, welche mit Platin-Steinen ummantelt ist. Außerdem legte sich Knossi kürzlich einen Porsche Panamera 10 Jahre Edition zu, den er seitdem als Firmenwagen nutzt.

Da mit dem Lifestyle und Casino-Problem des Streamers bereits jungen Kindern das Gefühl vermittelt werde, dass Geld keine Rolle spielt, könnte das Duett mit dem schwammigen Nickelodeon-Star vielen besorgten Eltern nicht gefallen. In dem Instagram-Post stellt Knossi selbst klar, dass sich dieser Song mit SpongeBob Schwammkopf speziell an Kinder richtet. So schreibt er: „Für eure Kinder, Nichten, Neffen und alle anderen, in denen immer noch ein Kind schlummert!“ Es bleibt also abzuwarten, was aus dem Musikvideo wird, und ob Nickelodeon es tatsächlich im TV ausstrahlen wird.

Die Fans von Jens Knossalla dürfen sich aber jetzt schon wieder auf den Oktober freuen, denn in einem Live-Stream auf Twitch hat der Streamer in einem Live-Call mit dem Rapper Sido bekannt geben, dass es zu Halloween das Horrorcamp geben wird, welches ähnlich wie das Angelcamp ein großes Event werden wird. Natürlich kann man davon ausgehen, dass das Horrorcamp über das Halloween-Wochenende live auf Twitch ausgestrahlt werden wird. Ob Stars wie Pietro Lombardi oder der Streamer MontanaBlack auch vor Ort sein werden ist allerdings noch nicht bekannt. Knossi hat doch tatsächlich seine Krone abgegeben. Der neue Besitzer möchte diese sofort wieder loswerden.. „Idioten und Realitätsverweigerer“, MontanaBlack distanzierte sich klar gegen jede Form des Rassismus.


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Originally published: Thursday, August 27, 2020.

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'Smell Me' Guessing Game | Nick Jr. Israel

ניק ג'וניור | ! Smell Me שי-יה ומור במשחק ניחושים מושלם! | הכירו את

מור כמעט הצליחה לנחש! אתם חייבים לנסות גם | Smell Me - הצמידים החדשים של הקיץ

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ניק ג'וניור ישראל

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'Power Rangers' Season 28 to be Titled 'Power Rangers Dino Fury'; To Premiere on Nickelodeon in 2021

When an army of powerful alien beings is unleashed on Earth threatening life as we know it, a brand-new team of Power Rangers, fueled by the pre-historic power of the dinosaurs, are recruited to deal with the threat! Power Rangers Dino Fury premieres 2021 on Nickelodeon!

Power Rangers Dino Fury, the twenty-eighth season of the iconic Power Rangers, will take footage from the Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger season of the Japanese Super Sentai series.

Dino Fury is the fourth season to be based on dinosaurs, following in the footsteps of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Dino Thunder and Dino Charge. Its sister series Ryusoulger incorporated a knight motif into the dinosaur theme.

We still don't have cast details yet or know when exactly the show will premiere, but this is a pretty good start.

Update (8/27) - Season 28 of Power Rangers, Power Rangers: Dino Fury will journey back to the core roots of the brand, with the action being led by the original five Rangers.

Update (8/14) - Power Rangers Dino Fury will commence filming in Auckland, New Zealand in October, and will have "sanitization stations, workers signing in and out of set, and a bubble system restricting interaction between different departments," to ensure safety.

Hasbro made the announcement about the upcoming season of the long-running children's action series while revealing new Power Rangers toys and products for Hasbro Pulse Fan First Friday. The company revealed four *mighty* new additions to the Power Rangers Lightning Collection, including the first Morpher to join the collection. Fans can preorder the Morpher (pictured above) exclusively at Walmart for $49.99.

The other new Lightning Collection reveals were a Zordon and Alpha 5 2-Pack (Walmart exclusive), a Green Pyscho Ranger, and a Putty Patroller 2-Pack. Check out the video below for more details on all these new collectibles!

The other new Lightning Collection reveals were a Zordon and Alpha 5 2-Pack (Walmart exclusive), a Green Pyscho Ranger, and a Putty Patroller 2-Pack. Check out the video below for more details on all these new collectibles!

From Den of Geek:

New Power Rangers Showrunner Reveals Dino Fury Plans

The new Power Rangers showrunner discusses what’s upcoming for Dino Fury, how COVID-19 impacted production, and writing the show for children and adults.

Back in January fans of Power Rangers learned through an IMDB post that Simon Bennett, director of many Ninja Steel and Beast Morphers episodes and producer of several well-known New Zealand dramas, had “taken over the reins as EP (executive producer) of Hasbro’s famed Power Rangers TV series.” He later stated that he was also the showrunner as well.

At the time this left fans a bit confused since Chip Lynn, who’d worked on the show back in the 90’s and returned in 2015 for Dino Charge, was the executive producer. While TV shows having two executive producers isn’t uncommon the whole situation was further muddled by comments from former Power Rangers actor Austin St. John. At at a convention appearance he started that Lynn was “phasing out” of his role on the show. Fans were left wondering who was in control of Power Rangers’ production and could Bennett’s new position mean a new creative era for the show?

Thankfully we were able to clear up many of these questions with Bennett who not only talked with us about how he got the role of showrunner on Power Rangers but also his plans for the upcoming season and how Lynn will be involved in Power Rangers Dino Fury.

DEN OF GEEK: What landed you the role of the new showrunner of Power Rangers?

SIMON BENNETT: Well, I didn’t make the decision. I can’t say exactly what the reason was other than I had worked as a director on the show for four years on both Ninja Steel and Beast Morphers. Prior to that, I have a long track record in the New Zealand screen industry as a director and creative producer. I think the powers that be probably thought my particular skillset was right for the role when it came up. And so, I was approached, I was shoulder tapped and asked if I might possibly be interested and I jumped at the opportunity.

Partly because as a director, you have limited control of the project you’re working on. You are given the scripts; you have two weeks to shoot them and to bring them into some sort of reality. Then you walk away again because the post production, which is long on a show like Power Rangers, is in the hands of the executive producer.

Directing is a lot of fun and I love it, but it’s only a small part of the process of making a show like Power Rangers. So I am a kind of polite megalomaniac in a way, the opportunity to have involvement with all aspects of the show, from the writing through to the final visual effects and sound mix was too good to pass up.

So for all the fans out there who’ve commented about you directing episodes with lots of fart jokes in them, you had no control over that. You just had the script and you had to do it the best you could.

(laughs) I had the script and I had to make it work. And you know, that’s a lot of fun. One of the things that I love about Power Rangers is the challenges that every script throws out. “How can I possibly make this work?” is one of the questions. You’re given the scripts; you have eight days to prep. When you first read the scripts on day one of prep, you go, “Oh my goodness, how on earth are we going to achieve that?” A lot of ingenuity in collaboration with very clever people and all aspects of the show goes into bringing these things to life and making them happen.

You had mentioned on Twitter that you and Chip Lynn are working closely together on the development of the new season. Is Chip going to be involved in the season once it starts production?

Well, Chip has been in New Zealand, as I have, pretty much for the last year or so that we’ve been developing the new season. He’s been going backwards and forth to the States until the COVID scenario made that increasingly difficult. There’s been a kind of handover going on. Once we go into production on the next season, Chip will be based in the States and I will be based in New Zealand, running the production, running the show. Chip will still be working on the show and he and I are both continuing to work closely with the writers on the scripts.

We’re well into writing the new season. In fact, we started pretty much as soon as shooting finished on Beast Morphers. Way back last May we began developing the new season. So as far as scripts for the new season goes, they’re advanced and looking exciting.

Has it always been this way where the scripts are developed so far ahead of when you actually shoot or is that a more current development?

I think that’s the case. It takes a long time. It’s not quick to write these scripts. There are a lot of complexities and also the adaptation of the Sentai is tricky as well because we have to retrofit Power Rangers around an existing Japanese TV show. We have to spend quite a lot of time looking at the episodes that exist of the particular Sentai season that we’re going to adapt, and looking at the world that the Japanese show has created, like the design and all the elements and the range of characters. Then we have to think about how what they have given us might work for an American audience and what might not work. Because there are couple of differences between Japan and the States and different levels of what works for two-to-six year olds, which is our target audience, and different cultural expectations.

We have to build a world that mirrors what Sentai has already created but it’s got to be fascinating and intriguing for our audience and also generate potential for the number of episodes that we’re going to write. Then once the world and the characters are designed, then we have to come up, obviously, with some arcs that run across the season, but also strong individual stories because there’s always been a directive that episodes of Power Rangers have to work on a standalone basis. There’s not a huge appetite for serial threads. Although the writers do try and sneak in Easter eggs for people who like to watch them in sequence and work out what’s going to happen next and what the clues are.

Obviously the show is made for two-to-six year olds, but then there are a lot of adult fans of the show as well. How do you balance making it for kids, because that’s whom it’s mainly for, but also knowing that there are a bunch of older fans watching it? How do you balance those two audiences or do you just focus more on the kids?

It’s tricky. It really is a challenge because you don’t want to neglect the adult fans either because they are an important and loyal part of the audience for the show. They’re also a very vocal audience because they make their opinions known loudly and clearly online, particularly. I’ve worked on other long running TV shows and I think it’s true to say that the fandom always holds the earlier episodes with a huge amount of fondness and nostalgia because it was when they first fell in love with the show and they were watching it as a kid. It’s a bit like a relationship. You look back on the honeymoon phase with a huge amount of affection and with rose-tinted spectacles, and I think that’s the case with any long-running TV show. And you do learn to accept that, however inventive you might be, whatever great ideas you think up and how modern and exciting you are? You’re unlikely to be able to measure up to the golden memories that a lot of the super fans actually have.

That’s just a given. Having said that, we always try and reward the loyal, long-standing audience members with some things that are only going to mean anything to them. They won’t mean much to the younger audience who are only watching the show for the first time but it’s a juggling act. It always is. The writers here in New Zealand, they are probably of a similar age to a lot of the long running fans and they are fans of the show themselves and they loved the canon lore. We’re always trying to throw in rewards for people who have been long running fans of the show.

In terms of Dino Fury, what do you plan to bring to Power Rangers that’s different from before?

Well, I can’t say anything about the new season and because it’s top secret, obviously. I mean, people know that Ryusoulger is the Japanese Sentai that we’re adapting and that season is dinosaur-themed.

In terms of what I intend to bring to the show? You know, there are a lot of overlords for someone in my position, I don’t have carte blanche to be able to say, okay, let’s make this show unique, different, and my vision, that’s not the way television works. It’s a very collaborative medium. And there are a lot of people who have input into the tone and what the show is. And so I certainly wouldn’t go into this wanting to reinvent the wheel or rock the boat.

What I do hope to do is come up with an exciting world, a bunch of compelling characters, a whole lot of episodes that keep people hooked and on the edge of their seat and some surprises and twists and turns along the way.

What I will be doing is bringing my skill as a drama producer and director to bear on the show and make sure the standards in my view remains consistently high. That’s my job. What I see one of the main jobs of a creative producer being is to work closely with the writers, to completely understand the vision and the intent behind the stories. Then make sure that every single person who works on the show shares that vision so that what we end up with is consistent, rather than a hodgepodge of slightly mismatched ideas. I follow it right through to the end of the process.

COVID-19 has affected the entire world but how has it impacted Power Rangers specifically?

From a practical point of view, it has been a challenge. New Zealand went into a complete lockdown for about six weeks, which meant that we were all working from home. Luckily, we were able to stay productive because we were in the development phase of the show. So we kept writing stories and scripts. We were Zooming many times a day as part of that process. We had to delay production by a couple of months because we didn’t know how things were going to proceed.

At one stage it didn’t look as if we’d be able to shoot because of the level of lockdown, but where we’re at in New Zealand now, it’s pretty much life as normal here because the virus has been eliminated, apart from a few cases who show up at the border from returning New Zealanders. There is a 14-day quarantine for anyone who comes into the country and everyone has to be tested twice during that period so they’re finding the few cases that are coming into the country.

As far as anyone knows, despite a huge amount of testing, there’s no community transmission in New Zealand. So we’re very lucky in that regard and it means that we will be going ahead with the production. Though there are certain logistical issues involved in bringing people into the country.

As far as this show is concerned, I think it would be imprudent to actually try and reflect what is happening now with COVID-19 in stories and scripts that are going to be on air in a year or so’s time because the world is changing so fast. It’s unlikely to be an accurate reflection then of what is the case. And also, by the time COVID-19 happened, we were well on the way with writing the show.

Is that why it was reported that casting sides for the main characters were being posted in New Zealand? Did COVID-19 have to do with that?

I think in previous years, possibly not the last two seasons, but in previous seasons, the casting sides went out to New Zealand as well. But yes, the Coronavirus meant that we have been casting for all the characters in New Zealand, as well as in the U.S. and Australia.

Power Rangers is a very diverse series. It’s one of the most diverse series on air but how do you plan to increase the diversity, not just in front of the camera, but behind the camera as well?

That’s a tricky question. I would say that there is diversity behind the camera, as well as in front of the camera. In terms of the cast, obviously it’s a diverse group of people reflecting the diversity that we find in the world. There’s a huge range of different ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, and other forms of diversity involved in the crew and making the show in New Zealand. New Zealand is a very liberal country and issues like gender fluidity, sexuality, ethnicity, they really don’t affect the making of the show. I would say the film industry here is incredibly diverse and open.

Are there any plans to include more representation, as you said, of different sexualities and gender fluidity in Dino Fury’s characters?

I think I would just have to say watch and wait. I can’t answer that question because of confidentiality issues. You just have to wait to see.

You’ve been directing on the show for some time but now you’re a much bigger creative force as a showrunner. What message do you have to the fans as the newest showrunner for Power Rangers?

Have faith in the strength of the Power Rangers franchise and brand. This is a very powerful and long-lived thing, and it works. The people who are working on the show, work on it with a huge amount of love and passion and attention to detail and faith in the brand and we will bring that passion to bear on the new season. I hope that the fans who watch the show who read Den of Geek will get as much pleasure from what we bring to the screen as we do in (making) it.


From Deadline:

‘The Lord Of the Rings’, ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Series Among 5 Productions Granted New Zealand Border Exemptions

Several more overseas productions will join James Cameron’s Avatar sequels and Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog Netflix film in New Zealand in the coming months.

New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment has announced that Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings series, Netflix series Cowboy Bebop and Sweet Tooth, Peter Farrelly’s film Greatest Beer Run Ever starring Viggo Mortensen, and Power Rangers Beast Morphers series have been granted border exemptions.

A total of 206 foreign-based cast and crew from those productions, along with 35 family members, will be allowed to enter New Zealand in the next six months, according to MBIE manager immigration policy Sian Roguski, quoted by New Zealand’s Stuff. Additionally, 10 more Avatar crew – in addition to the 31 already in New Zealand – had been granted border exemptions. All new arrivals will be subject to self-quarantine.

Some preliminary work on The Lord of The Rings is underway in New Zealand. The series was close to wrapping the first two episodes when production shut down in mid-March. The original plan had been to go on hiatus after Episode 2 and resume filming in September, and I hear that remains the goal.

A couple of episodes into shooting its first season, Cowboy Bebop last fall went on a 7-9-month hiatus following a knee injury sustained by lead John Cho on the set of the show in New Zealand. I hear there is no production return day set yet but the series is expected to resume filming in the coming months.

With strict restrictions, New Zealand has been able to practically eradicate COVID-19, and the country continues to keep its borders closed to fend off a potential new outbreak. That’s why getting a border exemption is a crucial step for any overseas production to be able to film in the country.

Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford on Wednesday announced a boost in funding for international and domestic film and television projects to the tune of more than $230 million.

“Our success at managing COVID-19 gives our country an opportunity to become one of the few countries still able to safely produce screen content,” he said at Parliament, per Staff. “And the inquiries and interest we are getting from international production houses tells me that the international film community sees New Zealand as something of a global safe haven.”

MBIE estimates that the productions cleared to film in New Zealand will create 3000 local jobs and bring in $400 million to the economy.


From Variety:

What New Zealand’s COVID-19 Curveball Means For Its Booming Hollywood Productions


some shoots require close interaction, which is where workers have been able to proceed with a level of comfort that’s scarce elsewhere. “Power Rangers: Dino Fury,” for instance, is currently in pre-production and scheduled to commence shooting in Auckland in October, with sanitization stations, workers signing in and out of set and a bubble system restricting interaction between different departments.

Ultimately, though, scenes will film normally providing alert levels allow them to do so. “‘Power Rangers’ involves combat, stunts and person-on-person fighting,” showrunner and executive producer Simon Bennett told Variety prior to this week’s lockdown. “If everyone had to distance, it wouldn’t be ‘Power Rangers.’ If we were to move to a higher level, we’d have to be very careful about how we worked, but one of the advantages is that most people fighting are wearing masks … the superhero kind! And the masks, costumes and props are heavily disinfected between use.”

Containing the latest outbreak and keeping foreign production rolling as much as possible remains important to the sector, given that the seven productions are injecting 3,000 jobs and NZ$400 million (US$262 million) into the country. Twyford says border exemptions for “Avatar” alone enabled 400 locals to resume working in June. Meanwhile, for the 20 Japan-based stunt performers and six U.S. actors permitted entry for “Power Rangers,” the show’s employing 700 local crew and 2,650 performers.


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Originally published: Friday, May 15, 2020 at 19:16 BST.

H/T: Special thanks to @TheAGames10 for the news!; Additional sources:, ComicBook, The Pop Insider, The Power Scoop.
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