Monday, November 22, 2021

ViacomCBS Signs Raft of New and Renewed Partnerships for Nick Jr. Favourites Pinkfong Baby Shark, Paw Patrol and Blue’s Clues

ViacomCBS Consumer Products UK has announced a clutch of partnerships for its Nick Jr. pre-school properties Pinkfong Baby Shark, Paw Patrol and Blue’s Clues!

The deals for Pinkfong Baby Shark (created by SmartStudy), Paw Patrol (produced by Spin Master Entertainment) and Blue’s Clues & You! span all categories from apparel to toys, to toilet training solutions and outdoor furniture, reflect a buoyant year for the company’s consumer products business, with the UK delivering strong double-digit year-on-year (YoY) growth.

Following the successful launch of Baby Shark’s Big Show on Nick Jr., which quickly became a huge ratings driver, Pinkfong Baby Shark has proven to be a licensing hit with agreements secured across multiple categories. The world’s favourite little shark will be represented by multiple brands including brand-new deals with ToyTopic (toys) and Alfred Franks (sunglasses). In addition, Solutions EU will develop toilet training products while Alliance Medical will offer branded first-aid kits. Other categories include toys and outdoor furniture, arts, craft, novelty, sensory learning and educational ranges (RMS) as well as cupcakes (Symingtons). A renewed partnership with Character World for Baby Shark has also been agreed for the next two years.

With the success of the TV series and this year’s movie, along with a sequel movie, Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie set for release in October 2023, Paw Patrol has also seen continued expansion with RMS and Addo bringing Paw Patrol to the novelty, arts and craft space in brand-new deal agreements. Renewed agreements with Akyroyds, TDP, MV Sports and Solution EU have also been signed.

Blue’s Clues & You!, which climbed into top 10 favourite pre-school shows in the UK shortly after launch, has experienced strong sell-through at Asda’s George, and a raft of deals for the property have been secured across multiple categories including apparel, accessories, home, arts and crafts, puzzles and outdoor sporting goods, together with FTM deals with Smyths and

Venetia Davie, Vice President (VP), ViacomCBS Consumer Products, UK, Ireland, ANZ and Israel said: “Baby Shark, Blue’s Clues & You! and Paw Patrol are pre-school favourites amongst young children and parents alike. Paw Patrol has established itself as a true evergreen and continues to deliver. In 2021, we saw an uptick in consumer awareness and engagement with the release of Paw Patrol the movie, which drove consumer products sales. In 2022, we are working closely with Spin Master Entertainment to maintain that momentum with three new content themes before moving into the pups’ 10-year anniversary and sequel movie in 2023.

Blue’s Clues & You! saw strong sales out the gate, so much so that in 2021 our key challenge has been keeping toys in stock. Baby Shark is a very promising new franchise, and in 2022 we will see significant growth in both infant and pre-school categories. It is a privilege to be the home of such strong pre-school brands.”

Originally published: November 22, 2021.

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Nickelodeon UK Ratings for Week of Monday 8th - Sunday 14th November 2021

Nickelodeon UK Network Ratings for week of Monday 8th - Sunday 14th November 2021.

Ratings were down across the Nickelodeon network this week compared to the previous week (Nov. 1-7), with only Nick Jr. reporting an increase in viewership.

Nickelodeon Total:

1. THE THUNDERMANS (FRI 10:31) - 49,400
2. HORRID HENRY (TUE 14:14) - 42,100
3. HORRID HENRY (SAT 07:16) - 39,900
4. HORRID HENRY (THU 13:59) - 38,900
5. HORRID HENRY (THU 14:15) - 38,200
6. HORRID HENRY (SAT 07:31) - 34,300
7. HENRY DANGER (SAT 14:59) - 26,041
8. HORRID HENRY (SAT 07:00) - 24,900
10. DANGER FORCE (MON 17:00) - 20,800
11. SIDE HUSTLE (MON 16:31) - 19,404
12. HENRY DANGER (SAT 15:30) - 18,800
13. THE THUNDERMANS (THU 24:00) - 18,700
14. THE THUNDERMANS (FRI 16:59) - 18,300
15. DANGER FORCE (WED 07:31) - 18,200

NickToons Total:

1. HORRID HENRY (WED 18:59) - 42,300
2. THE CASAGRANDES (TUE 06:59) - 32,100
3. THE PATRICK STAR SHOW (SUN 08:31) - 29,400
4. THE LOUD HOUSE (TUE 06:45) - 29,300
5. THE LOUD HOUSE (TUE 06:30) - 24,400
6. THE LOUD HOUSE (TUE 06:00) - 24,400
7. THE LOUD HOUSE (TUE 06:15) - 24,400
8. THE SMURFS (WED 16:14) - 24,100
9. THE LOUD HOUSE (THU 21:14) - 23,500
10. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (WED 16:44) - 22,800
11. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (SUN 19:14) - 21,600
12. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (THU 13:00) - 21,100
13. THE LOUD HOUSE (WED 18:14) - 20,500
14. THE LOUD HOUSE (TUE 29:44) - 19,300
15. THE SMURFS (THU 17:14) - 18,700

Nick Jr. Total:

1. PEPPA PIG (WED 15:49) - 176,600
2. PEPPA PIG (SUN 18:49) - 153,200
3. PEPPA PIG (WED 15:19) - 149,500
4. PEPPA PIG (THU 13:44) - 131,200
5. PEPPA PIG (THU 26:29) - 130,900
6. PEPPA PIG (THU 13:59) - 129,800
7. PEPPA PIG (THU 13:49) - 126,300
8. PEPPA PIG (WED 15:34) - 123,000
9. PEPPA PIG (THU 13:34) - 114,500
10. PEPPA PIG (THU 26:50) - 109,000
11. PEPPA PIG (WED 15:44) - 107,800
12. PEPPA PIG (FRI 13:35) - 105,400
13. PEPPA PIG (THU 13:19) - 104,100
14. PEPPA PIG (THU 06:30) - 101,900
15. PEPPA PIG (FRI 14:15) - 96,200

Nick Jr. Too:

1. PAW PATROL (SAT 11:14) - 49,800
2. PAW PATROL (TUE 24:29) - 46,700
3. PAW PATROL (SUN 11:29) - 46,000
4. PAW PATROL (SUN 10:44) - 44,800
5. PAW PATROL (WED 18:29) - 44,000
6. PAW PATROL (TUE 16:44) - 43,300
7. PAW PATROL (TUE 17:14) - 42,700
8. PAW PATROL (MON 24:29) - 42,200
9. PAW PATROL (WED 18:59) - 42,000
10. PAW PATROL (WED 19:14) - 42,000
11. PAW PATROL (WED 18:44) - 42,000
12. PAW PATROL (SAT 15:59) - 41,200
13. PAW PATROL (WED 16:29) - 40,900
14. PAW PATROL (SAT 10:59) - 40,100
15. PAW PATROL (SAT 16:29) - 38,800

Note: Nick Jr. Too is Nick Jr. PAW Patrol during November 2021; Nick Jr. Too is listed as Nick Jr 2 on BARB.

Nickelodeon Network:

1. PEPPA PIG (WED 15:49) - Nick Jr Total - 176,600
2. PEPPA PIG (SUN 18:49) - Nick Jr Total - 153,200
3. PEPPA PIG (WED 15:19) - Nick Jr Total - 149,500
4. PEPPA PIG (THU 13:44) - Nick Jr Total - 131,200
5. PEPPA PIG (THU 26:29) - Nick Jr Total - 130,900
6. PEPPA PIG (THU 13:59) - Nick Jr Total - 129,800
7. PEPPA PIG (THU 13:49) - Nick Jr Total - 126,300
8. PEPPA PIG (WED 15:34) - Nick Jr Total - 123,000
9. PEPPA PIG (THU 13:34) - Nick Jr Total - 114,500
10. PEPPA PIG (THU 26:50) - Nick Jr Total - 109,000
11. PEPPA PIG (WED 15:44) - Nick Jr Total - 107,800
12. PEPPA PIG (FRI 13:35) - Nick Jr Total - 105,400
13. PEPPA PIG (THU 13:19) - Nick Jr Total - 104,100
14. PEPPA PIG (THU 06:30) - Nick Jr Total - 101,900
15. PEPPA PIG (FRI 14:15) - Nick Jr Total - 96,200

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.

Originally published: November 22, 2021.

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First Look: New 'Rugrats' Holiday Episode to Premiere on Paramount Plus and Nickelodeon in Dec. 2021

Rugrats is celebrating the holidays!


The beloved animated series has set a special half-hour holiday episode on Paramount+, which will highlight and celebrate several denominations, ET has revealed. Titled "Traditions," the upcoming installment will drop on the ViacomCBS-owned streaming service Thursday, Dec. 2 and will also air Friday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on Nickelodeon.

The multi-denominational special kicks off as Tommy's first Chanukah falls on Christmas Eve, and the Pickles juggle their family traditions to make sure each feels important, while also celebrating Las Posadas with Betty and her family. The episode aims to explain the various ways that the holidays are celebrated and explore how families from different cultures come together to create their own unique traditions.


Lending their voices as guest stars for the episode are Raini Rodriguez as Gabi, Swoosie Kurtz as Minka, Henry Winkler as Boris (who ad-libs the Chanukah prayer heard in the episode) and Tata Vega as Tia Esperanza.

Rugrats “Traditions” was written by executive producers Kate Boutilier and Eryk Casemiro. Lalo Alcaraz (The Casagrandes) served as a research consultant, and co- producer Rachel Lipman (Rugrats) served as a cultural advisor.

Original Rugrats cast member Cheryl Chase, who voices Angelica, spoke to ET about the new "Traditions," which was written by executive producers Kate Boutilier and Eryk Casemiro. 

"It's a wonderful story. It's very heartwarming," Chase said of the episode. "It explains the ABCs of the holidays, and it explores how families with different cultural backgrounds, they come together and they celebrate new and unique traditions." As for how Angelica plays into the story, the veteran actress said with a chuckle, "She's up to her old shenanigans and it's not the best Angelica, let's put it that way!"


This is far from the first Rugrats holiday episode the franchise has put on. The classic holiday episode “A Rugrats Chanukah” is available to stream, along with the entire original Rugrats series, on Paramount+. Fans can also catch “A Rugrats Chanukah” in the Nickelodeon Pluto channel’s 24- hour marathon of the episode starting at 6 a.m. (ET/PT) on Sunday, November 28, the first night of Chanukah. Following the marathon, the iconic episode will air every night of Chanukah (Sunday, Nov. 28 through Sunday, December 5) on NickRewind at 11 p.m. (ET/PT), and another six times throughout Nick Pluto Flashback Friday on Friday, December 3.


For Chase, her favorite Rugrats episode thus far of the new iteration is "The Two Angelicas," which dropped in May, and centers around Angelica's new lookalike talking doll. "The babies, they like the doll and she gets all upset, and she doesn't like that," she said. "The animation is so beautiful -- the designs of the show and the colors and brilliant colors and the detail that you see in the CG animation -- how they designed the characters. It's beautiful. It's a fun episode for me to see."


Chase acknowledged it's been a surreal time warp reuniting with her fellow Rugrats castmates and hearing stories from fans of the original who have families of their own, introducing the series to their kids. "It's fun to hear the original voices because it just makes you feel like... It just brings back the memories we had watching the first time around," she reminisced, adding that the responses she's gotten from viewers are "mainly with the older grownup fans that have their kids watching... [and it's just a] family experience." "I love to see that, that I'm bringing joy to the family like that. The parents are rediscovering their childhood through their kids who are learning it for the first time. So it's really so fun for me."

From Nickelodeon Animation Studio, Paramount+’s new Rugrats series is a reimagining of the classic ‘90s hit that features rich and colorful CG-animation and follows the babies as they explore the world and beyond from their pint-sized and wildly imaginative point of view.  The series stars EG Daily (Tommy Pickles), Nancy Cartwright (Chuckie Finster), Cheryl Chase (Angelica Pickles), Cree Summer (Susie Carmichael) and Kath Soucie (Phil and Lil DeVille) reprising their roles, alongside Ashley Rae Spillers and Tommy Dewey (Didi and Stu Pickles); Tony Hale (Chas Finster); Natalie Morales (Betty DeVille); Anna Chlumsky and Timothy Simons (Charlotte and Drew Pickles); Nicole Byer and Omar Miller (Lucy and Randy Carmichael); and Michael McKean (Grandpa Lou Pickles).

E.G. Daily On ‘Rugrat’s New Holiday Special “Traditions”: ‘We Embrace Everyone And Everything’

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(ViacomCBS) – Rugrats will unveil a brand new holiday special on Paramount+ this Thursday, December 2nd. In 1996 the original Rugrats series put out the beloved “A Rugrats Chanukah” special and now 25 years later a new generation of fans will be treated to “Traditions.”

CBS‘ Matt Weiss spoke to E.G. Daily (Tommy Pickles) about the Rugrats revival and this Thursday’s special holiday episode.

MW- Hi E.G.! Good to see you, how are you doing?

EGD- Well darling, how are you?

MW- Doing well over here, the last time we spoke Rugrats 2.0 hadn’t been released to the world yet and now that it’s out there what’s the reception been like?

EGD- People are so happy. It’s like if you have a favorite pair of shoes and then you lost them for a long time and you finally found them again. It’s just is so cozy and so familiar. You just feel so at home and I think right now that’s what we need after the last two years of insanity.

We just need to feel comfortable and at home and we need to feel that sense of safety with our loved ones. That’s what Rugrats is about.

MW- The nice thing about the show is there is the adults watching it with nostalgia for their childhood and a whole new generation of kids who are getting to watch Rugrats for the first time.

EGD- Absolutely, the original Rugrats fans are millennials and parents now, so in the show we’re dealing with all the young millennial stuff, which is so smart and so cool. When they were kids they were watching their life through the imagination of these babies. Now we get to go into these incredible adventures with the CGI and we’ve grabbed a whole new audience. The writers are just so super smart too with knowing just when to bring in characters from the past and we’ll be seeing more of those for sure.

MW- Has there been an episode from this new crop that’s really stood out to you?

EGD- It’s so hard because they’re so clever. They’ve been able to recaptured all that funny stuff like the way the babies mess up words. impossible. They’re always coming up with new ones that just crack me up. So I’m just fascinated every time I get a script and we get to do it, so I really love all of them!

MW- And now we have a brand new holiday episode titled “Traditions” which comes out Thursday, December 2nd on Paramount+. What can we expect from this new special?

EGD- Well, Rugrats just loves family and loves to make sure everybody feels included. I love this word multi-denominational and that’s what it’s all about. We embrace everyone and everything with all families, all culture, all traditions.

Everybody needs to feel a part of something and everybody needs to feel embraced and respected. We’re not separating from anyone, we are not about that. We’re about love, we’re about family and we’re about embracing all the ways people like to celebrate. So that’s what the episode will be all about.

MW- A new holiday special for a whole new generation, I can’t wait to watch it myself. Thank you so much for the time today E.G. and all the best!

EGD- You are so welcome. Thank you and happy holidays!

The Rugrats holiday special “Traditions” comes to Paramount+ on Thursday, December 2nd and will air on Nickelodeon the following Friday, December 10th at 7:30 PM ET/PT. Check your local listings for more information.


EG Daily Talks the New Rugrats Holiday Special

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It's the holiday season and that means it is also the season for holiday specials. This year, the Rugrats revival on Paramount+ is getting into the holiday spirit with an all-new holiday special of its own. On Thursday, December 2nd, the all-new, half-hour special episode titled "Traditions" will air on Paramount+ and will air a week later on Friday, December 10th on Nickelodeon. The multi-denomination episode will celebrate a number of holiday traditions as Tommy's first Chanukah falls on Christmas Eve, prompting the Pickles family to juggle their family traditions to make sure each feels important while also celebrating Las Posadas with Betty and her family.

The special episode will feature several guest stars, including Raini Rodriguez as Gabi, Swoosie Kurtz as Minka, Henry Winkler as Boris, and Tata Vega as Tia Esperanza. The episode will also explain the various ways the holidays are celebrated and explore how those from different cultures can come together to create their own new, unique holiday traditions.

Ahead of this special holiday episode of Rugrats, sat down with the voice of Tommy Pickles, E.G. Daily to chat about "Traditions", what makes the episode so special, bringing Rugrats to a new generation, and her own favorite holiday traditions. Read on for our interview with Daily.

The special holiday episode of Rugrats, "Traditions", premieres Thursday, December 2nd on Paramount+. The episode will also air Friday, December 10th at 7:30 p.m. ET on Nickelodeon. 

This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

About "Traditions" Tell me a little bit about this holiday special, "Traditions." What can people expect from it?

E.G. Daily: Oh, it's so awesome. Well, they can expect what they always expect with a Rugrats episode, which it's going to be super cozy. You're going to see the kids' point of view about funny things, the way they see it. You're also going to see some special guest stars on this particular episode, Swoosie Kurtz and Henry Winkler and some others. The biggest thing of all is you're going to get to see all the different Rugrats characters in all the different ways they celebrate their holidays, which is so sweet. You're really going to learn a lot about everybody else's culture and how they ring out the holidays. We really embrace that on Rugrats, so that's what you'll see.

Celebrating traditions and cultures

I remember the other Rugrats special from the '90s, "A Rugrats Chanukah". I remember how heartwarming and informative that episode was, and it's still super special all these years later. Why do you, as a performer, feel it was important to do this new special that incorporates all these other traditions as well?

Well, I think it's really crazy, we've had a crazy last almost two years in the world and there's been a lot of separation and a lot of isolation from family members and loved one. Also, it just created some negative energy between people. I think what's important is that at the end of the day, politics and personal choices about decisions, about things, is really stuff at the end of the day that at the end of the day doesn't matter, that what matters is family and loved ones and friends and celebrating and a beautiful meal. That's what Rugrats brings.

Rugrats brings that all these characters will come together and they will celebrate each other. There's no separation and there's no better or less than, worse than. Everybody is just all about family and love and familiarity. What better than this episode, which is "Traditions", it's going to celebrate all of the different traditions and cultures.

Guest stars

You mentioned there is some great, fantastic guest stars in this episode, Raini Rodriguez is back as Gabi. Swoosie Kurtz as Minka, Henry Winkler as Boris, just name a few of them. What is it like for you to be a part of not only this really special and inclusive episode, but to also get to have your work out there with some of these really great talents in this special episode?

I mean, first of all, we never know really until the last second who's popping in, because Rugrats, the team and Paramount+ and Nickelodeon, they're so good about like, "We're going to surprise you with this guest person and we're going to surprise you with bringing back this other person." I think we're being just as surprised as you guys are. When we show up and we find out, it's just as awesome. Henry Winkler, I've worked with before and he's just the most incredible person. To find out that he's going to be in our Rugrats, it just feels so great and so classic that we get to work with people like The Fonz, who gets play in our iconic Rugrats and he's so iconic. I just feel super lucky.

Again, I never know, just like you, what they're going to do next. We're always like, "What's happening now, guys?" or, "Who's coming in now? What's the script about now?" They're just so brilliant, it's so brilliant. I'm happy to be part of it, and I like the surprises.

New generations

Now, you've been the voice of Tommy Pickles since the beginning and have been a huge part of the Rugrats experience for so many people, myself included. Now we have kids of our own who are experiencing Rugrats. What's it been like for you to bring Tommy and the whole Rugrats crew to this whole new generation, as well as back into the lives of people like me who were there the first time around.

Well, it's funny because I was having babies when I was doing Rugrats. I was actually in labor during a Rugrats episode. It's on tape somewhere. Then that night I had a baby. My babies were literally born into Rugrats. They were in my body during Rugrats and they were just outside the studio being nursed in between sessions. It's so cool that my kids got to grow up. Then now, of course, now that Rugrats is rebooted, all those babies and kids that were growing up during Rugrats are now millennials and they're parents of them their own, so they get to introduce their kids to this whole show that they were grown up on. The only difference is they're bringing today's contemporary stuff, subject matters like vloggers and cell and dating apps. They get to have fun with Rugrats with today's times things and their kids get to jump in and go, "Oh my gosh, this is such a cool show." Then on top of that, we have this great CGI animation, so they get to see it in this vibrant, gritty, tactile way. I just think, overall, it's just so awesome. The way they're bringing everything back, it's just awesome.

Hoping everyone tunes in

That's a once in a lifetime amazing experience, that's so cool.

Yeah, it's so awesome. Yeah, and this new episode, "Traditions", it's going to be so great so I hope everybody tunes in. It's really so welcoming right now after all the craziness we've been through, to be back with our family and this Rugrats family and getting to see all the yummy holiday stuff through all the different cultures. It's going to be so great.

Favorite tradition

With this Rugrats special being called "Traditions", I have to ask, and I'm a huge holidays person so I have to ask, do you have a favorite holiday tradition of your own?

I particularly like having menorah candles. I always tell my kids, we celebrate anything fun and beautiful and anything that embraces everyone. I particularly like lighting holiday candles. I actually have a menorah that's all the Rugrats characters. It's so cute.

But I know I just love everything about Christmas and the lights and the magic of it. Like I said, I celebrate everything fun, beautiful and all-inclusive, just like the Rugrats are.


From Vulture:

New Rugrats Is Making New ‘Traditions’

In December of 1989, Fox revolutionized animated television with The Simpsons. Two years later, in August 1991, Nickelodeon did it again, three times over, with its inaugural slate of Nicktoons: Doug, The Ren & Stimpy Show, and Rugrats. All three series proved influential, but it was Rugrats that endured as a runaway success, coming as close to rivaling The Simpsons’ status in pop culture as nearly any other animated show of any era.

While Klasky Csupo’s first hit was far from its last — the studio went on to produce Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, The Wild Thornberrys, Rocket Power, and As Told by Ginger for Nick in the years that followed — it was surely its biggest, spawning a franchise spanning three series, three films, two TV films, a baker’s dozen video games, a handful of books, a comic strip, and even a live performance over the next two decades. And that’s without mentioning the merchandise. The Rugrats Movie was the first animated film not produced by the Walt Disney Company to gross more than $100 million in the U.S. Angelica Pickles went on The Rosie O’Donnell Show. Rugrats was big business.

Then there was a lull until earlier this year, when Klasky Csupo came back with a new Rugrats for a new generation, a computer-animated revival of the same name streaming on Paramount+, Nickelodeon parent company ViacomCBS’s subscription service. In addition to creators Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, and Paul Germain, the show is executive-produced by veterans of the original series, Kate Boutilier and Eryk Casemiro, who wrote the immensely popular special episode “All Growed Up” and developed its sequel series, All Grown Up! And the vast majority of the cast from the original series has returned to voice the child characters (the late Christine Cavanaugh being one sad exception), although the adults have been recast and, in some cases, reimagined.

Like many Hollywood projects before it, Rugrats started with a phone call, in this case from Ramsey Ann Naito, who is now president of Paramount’s animation division. “We thought, well, if we don’t do it, we might regret someone else taking our babies and doing something to them, making it so radically different that we’ll kick ourselves for not doing it,” Casemiro said. And while the core premise remains the same — a bunch of imaginative babies romp around on adventures while their guardians’ attention is elsewhere and hilarity (with a healthy dose of sentimentality) ensues — some differences were inevitable, even beyond the CG style, which Casemiro noted had already been decided upon before they came aboard. 1991 and 2020, after all, are worlds apart in many ways.

“In the original, Charlotte Pickles was the only one with a cell phone,” Casemiro said. “We are in a definitely different world right now. There was all this possibility with technology.” Then there were the generational differences, which are perhaps best reflected in the changes to Grandpa Lou. Audiences in the ’90s would have found the World War II veteran grandpa a familiar figure, but with a 2020 setting, “We definitely did the math and said, this grandpa would not be a WWII veteran,” Boutilier said. “He would be in his late 60s from the end of the hippie era. We wanted a little bit of a warmer, more enlightened, modern Grandpa Lou, who does yoga and streams concerts with his headphones on so the babies can sneak away.”

The rest of the adults were also tweaked to better represent millennial parenthood and to better account for diversity. Stu and Didi Pickles live with Grandpa Lou, not vice versa, taking into account the gap in home ownership between millennials and prior generations. Betty DeVille is explicitly queer, and the DeVilles are Latinx. The Carmichaels, Randy and Lucy, are already neighbors this time around, and part of the main adult friend group from the start — a natural effect of the decision to age their daughter, Susie, down from Angelica’s age to closer to Chuckie’s, making her nonverbal to adults and more of a central part of the main child cast. And Charlotte, while still a #girlboss, is less of a ’90s cliché.

On the child end, the other major change is to Kimi Watanabe, aged up to be more of a peer of Angelica’s in addition to being recast. That decision, voice actor Charlet Chung said, gave her the opportunity to bring a bit more spunk to the character. “As an Asian American actor, I’ve seen the evolution of the way characters are portrayed,” Chung said. “When we’re talking ’80s and ’90s, there was this trope of the demure or very soft-spoken or timid Asian American. But it’s really nice to portray, even in a child character, a strong girl with a good moral compass who wants to do the right thing but is also really positive and cheery and kind. For me, seeing the character change toward that direction was just a delight.”

For the returning cast, a new Rugrats meant an opportunity to both return to central roles in their careers and to reunite with old colleagues and friends — even though the voice recording took place during lockdown. But unlike in 1991, when recording at a studio was pretty much entirely necessary, more advanced home-recording technology allowed the cast to record their voice work from home. It helped, said E.G. Daily, who voices Tommy Pickles, that the cast knew each other so intimately already.

“We were like family,” Daily said of her relationship with her fellow voice actors back in the day. “I was in labor during a Rugrats episode — I was literally in the booth with everyone and contracting in between lines. We got to experience life together.” For the reboot, even before COVID-19 hit, the EPs “mostly chose to keep everyone separate to record,” Daily said. “But we know each other so well that we kind of already knew how the other person will respond — their voice, their character, their intonation.”

The legacy of the franchise remains important to both showrunners and actors. That’s one reason why, this week, it continues a tradition of holiday specials that attempt to look beyond the stereotypical Christmas special. The appropriately named “Traditions” is a tale of multiple families and generations, all from different backgrounds, learning to balance multiple holiday traditions on the same day: the lighting of the menorah on the first night of Hanukkah, the cutting and decorating of a fir tree on Christmas Eve, and the placement of Baby Jesus in the manger on the final night of Las Posadas.

“Holiday episodes are always a great way to dig in a little deeper on character and are a favorite with the programming department, especially as we brand December as Nickmas,” Casemiro said. (While the episode debuts on Paramount+ on December 2, it will also run on Nickelodeon on December 10, and Nickelodeon Pluto will rerun the original Rugrats holiday special, “A Rugrats Chanukah,” throughout the holiday.) “We had produced the ‘Chanukah’ special as well as ‘Babies in Toyland,’ but had never considered that Tommy Pickles comes from a two-faith family. We used those specials as a sort of North Star for how we would treat the more sacred aspects of the holiday — balancing seriousness with comedy.”

Cheryl Chase, who voices Angelica, said it was “quite touching” to work on a holiday special focused on how different families and their cultures come together and blend various traditions together and celebrate together. “I think watching the special, children will get a glimpse into different faiths, different cultures and traditions, that maybe their families don’t share,” she said.

And while millennials may be skeptical of the CG reinterpretation, Chase and the other voice actors have no such qualms. “All the minute details — the little sparkles on Angelica’s shoes, or stains on Tommy’s shirt, or the texture of the carpet — can capture so much realism,” she said. “It just brings the whole show alive, like you’re actually in with them. It’s quite beautiful.”


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Originally published: November 10, 2021 at 20:48 GMT.

H/T: @Montanajackso15; Additional source: Animation Magazine.

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Paramount Plus Celebrates the Holidays With Festive Collections, Seasonal Specials, Black Friday Deal and More


The Streaming Service Lines Up Hours of Holiday Merriment for Kids, with the Premiere of “A Loud House Christmas,” an All-New “Rugrats” Holiday Episode and Seasonal Episodes from Beloved Series Including “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “iCarly,” “Dora the Explorer,” “Peppa Pig” and More

Festive Fun for the Whole Family Includes Christmas Classics Such as “A Christmas Carol,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Serendipity” and More, Plus Iconic Holiday Episodes of “Cheers,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “Frasier,” “Happy Days,” “The Brady Bunch” and More

Gift Yourself Paramount+ with a Special Black Friday Deal Offering New Customers One Month Free, Using Code PEAKSALE

Nov. 22, 2021 – Paramount+ is celebrating the holidays with a seasonal spectacular that includes new festive titles and episodes for kids, plus a curated selection of classics for the whole family. The service will also be streaming new live and on-demand holiday movies from CBS, as well as must-watch specials such as One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. The rotating collection of feel-good holiday content can be streamed here.

For kids, Paramount+ has rounded up a sleigh-load of festive programming, including A Loud House Christmas, an original live-action holiday movie based on Nickelodeon's Emmy Award-winning animated series, premiering on Nov. 26, and an all-new special Rugrats episode that debuts on Dec. 2. In the multi-denominational special episode titled “Traditions,” Tommy’s first Chanukah falls on Christmas Eve, and the Pickles family must juggle their family traditions to make sure each feels important, while also celebrating Las Posadas with Betty and her family. The episode features guest stars Raini Rodriguez as Gabi, Swoosie Kurtz as Minka, Henry Winkler as Boris, and Tata Vega as Tia Esperanza. This new episode joins Rugrats’ growing slate of holiday episodes on the service, which includes “A Rugrats Kwanzaa,” “Rugrats Chanukah” and “The Santa Experience.”

This season, pint-sized viewers will also jingle all the way to “SpongeBob’s Winter Wonderland” selection, which includes beloved episodes from the hit-animated series such as “Patchy the Pirate Presents the SpongeBob SquarePants Christmas Special,” “It’s a SpongeBob Christmas!” and “Frozen Faceoff.” The streaming service’s family-friendly offering is rounded out with a collection from Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. that includes holiday episodes from hit kids’ series, such as Bubble Guppies (“Happy Holidays, Mr. Grumpfish”), iCarly (“iChristmas”), Dora the Explorer (“A Present for Santa”), Henry Danger (“Holiday Punch”), PAW Patrol (“Pups Save Christmas”), Peppa Pig (“Santa's Grotto/Santa's Visit”) and The Fairly OddParents (“Merry Wishmas”), as well as specials such as “Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas,” “All Star Nickmas Spectacular,” Top Elf and “Sonic the Christmas Blast.”

Also sliding down subscribers’ chimneys this holiday season are Christmas classics such as A Christmas Carol, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Happy Christmas, Serendipity and Surviving Christmas, plus fan-favorite episodes from iconic series such as Beverly Hills, 90210 (“Christmas Comes This Time Each Year”), Cheers (“Christmas Cheers”), Everybody Hates Chris (“Everybody Hates Kwanzaa”), Frasier (“Frasier Grinch”), Happy Days (“Guess Who's Coming to Christmas”), Taxi (“A Full House for Christmas”) and The Brady Bunch (“The Voice of Christmas”).

In addition, Paramount+ will be the streaming home for new live and on-demand holiday movies from CBS, including A Christmas Proposal, which follows a down-on-her-luck chef, Maria Winters (Jessica Camacho), as she agrees to pose as the girlfriend of a hotshot Seattle attorney, Julian Diaz (Adam Rodriguez), for the holidays; and Christmas Takes Flight, a holiday battle of wills between pilot Jenny Beckett (Katie Lowes) and Matt Hansen (Evan Williams), a number-crunching CEO who purchases Jenny’s family-owned, regional airline. Additional can’t-miss events streaming on the platform include: One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, a new live concert special honoring the musical legacy and enduring friendship between the two musical icons, and New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash, a star-studded special featuring country music’s hottest superstars ringing in the new year from downtown Nashville.

Consumers can enjoy the streaming festivities, plus binge the service’s expansive slate of original series, movies and live sports during the holiday break, by taking advantage of Paramount+’s special Black Friday deal that gives new customers one month free when they use the code PEAKSALE. This season’s Watchlist musts include Clifford the Big Red Dog, Ghosts, Mayor of Kingstown, Star Trek: Prodigy, SOUTH PARK: POST COVID, which premieres exclusively on Paramount+ on Nov. 25, and The Real World Homecoming: Los Angeles, debuting Nov. 24. Try Paramount+ for FREE at!

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Originally published: November 22, 2021.

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Danger Force & Side Hustle Cast Ident 2 | Nickelodeon UK

Danger Force + Side Hustle Cast Bumper 2 (Nickelodeon UK)

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Loud House Christmas Song In Real Life Vs. Cartoon 🎄 | The Loud House #Shorts

Loud House Christmas Song In Real Life Vs. Cartoon 🎄 | The Loud House #Shorts

The Loud family loves to sing and celebrate Christmas and now both the animated Louds and the real life Loud family are singing together in this mashup!

The Loud's come to life in “A Loud House Christmas!” premiering November 26 on Nickelodeon and Paramount+Click HERE for all the deets!

A Loud House Christmas Commercial Break Bumpers (2PM Batch #1, November 22, 2021)

These commercial break bumpers aired during the rerun of the SpongeBob episode "Goo Goo Gas/Le Big Switch" today at 2PM.

Don't forget to tune in today at 3PM to see a week long TLH marathons this week on Nickelodeon.

Watch The Loud House & The Casagrandes on Nickelodeon and Paramount+!

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Originally published: November 21, 2021.

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Nickelodeon UK Premieres 'Danger Force' Season 2


Fan-Favorite Villains are Back This Season: Frankini, Drex, Rick Twitler, Toddler, Jeff and Mitch Bilsky

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London--Nickelodeon’s crime-fighting hit series Danger Force, TV’s number-one live-action kids’ show, is kicking off the season two premiere with an epic four-part event, culminating with the return of Jace Norman (Henry Danger) as Henry Hart. Season two of Danger Force premieres Monday 15th November 2021 on Nickelodeon UK & Ireland, with Norman guest starring in the episode airing Thursday 18th November 2021 at 5:00pm.

In the season two premiere of Danger Force, notorious villain Rick Twitler (David Blue) returns to Swellview with a devious plan to control Mika's mind through an intense virtual reality video game and use her powers to destroy the internet. Danger Force must free Mika of Rick Twitler’s control before the world reverts back to the Dark Ages forever. The new season will also feature fan-favorite villains from the “Danger-verse” returning, including: Frankini (Frankie Grande), Drex (Tommy Walker), The Toddler (Ben Giroux), Jeff (Ryan Grassmeyer) and Mitch Bilsky (Andrew Lewis Caldwell), among others.

Monday 15th November 2021 - An Imposter Among Us: Rick Twitler returns with a new plan to control Mika's mind through a spooky VR video game. It's up to Danger Force to exer-cise the Rick Twitler out of Mika before they're all plunged back into the Dark Ages for good. (#201)

Tuesday 16th November 2021 - A Danger Among Us: After Miles has a vision that Rick Twitler is still around, so "Danger Force" travels deep into the Man's Nest's to find him, running into an old foe along the way. (#202; Originally titled "The Drex Factor")

Wednesday 17th November 2021 - A Cyborg Among Us: After the entire Man's Nest is launched into outer space, Danger Force must safely land the ship back on Earth before Rick Twitler (David Blue) and his army of Living Sentient Computer Viruses overtake the world and destroy the internet forever. (#203)

Thursday 18th November 2021 - A Henry Among Us: After Volt and ShoutOut are kidnapped by Cyborg Rick Twitler, Henry Hart returns from Dystopia in an attempt to save his friends and stop the anti-internet cyborg for good. (#204; guest starring Jace Norman as Henry Hart/Kid Danger)

Danger Force follows the students of Swellview Academy for the Gifted (SW.A.G. for short), a school conceived by Captain Man (Cooper Barnes) and brought to life by Schwoz (Michael D. Cohen), as they continue to master their superpowers as they battle even bigger villains than ever before to protect the citizens of Swellview. Chapa (Havan Flores), Miles (Terrence Little Gardenhigh), Mika (Dana Heath) and Bose (Luca Luhan) must also keep their real identities a secret from both from their families and the villains who are out to destroy them.

Danger Force is developed and executive produced by Christopher J. Nowak (Henry Danger, Sam & Cat). Cooper Barnes and Jake Farrow (Henry Danger, Sam & Cat) serve as executive producers. The series is produced by Jace Norman and Mike Caron (Side Hustle, Henry Danger), who also serves as director of the four-part premiere event. Danger Force was created by Schneider & Olsen. Production of Danger Force for Nickelodeon is overseen by Shauna Phelan and Zack Olin, Co-Heads of Nickelodeon & Awesomeness Live-Action. Omar Camacho serves as Nickelodeon’s Executive in Charge of Production for the series.

NEW Danger Force SNEAK PEEK! 'An Imposter Among Us' | Nickelodeon UK

Mika is acting SUS! Turns out that Rick Twitler has returned, with a new plan to control Mika's mind through a spooky VR video game! It's up to Danger Force to exer-cise the Rick Twitler out of Mika before they're all plunged back into the Dark Ages for good.

Catch brand new Danger Force, coming 15th November at 5pm, only on Nick! 📺

The Danger Documentary is directed by Brent Coble and executive produced by John Pagano and Ashley Kaplan, Senior Vice President, Digital Studios.

The home of SpongeBob SquarePantsTeenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesPAW Patrol and Nella the Princess Knight, Nickelodeon UK & Ireland Network is available in over 13 million cable and satellite homes and now reaches more than 10 million viewers a month. Launched in 1993, the top-performing Nickelodeon network comprises seven dedicated entertainment channels for kids aged 4-15 and their families: Nickelodeon, Nickelodeon HD, Nickelodeon +1, Nicktoons, Nick Jr., Nick Jr. +1 and Nick Jr. Too. The entertainment company has built a diverse multi-platform business by putting kids first in everything it does – Kids Rule! Content is at the core of the business with critically-acclaimed and hugely-popular television programming from the UK and around the world. In addition to the quality television programmes, Nickelodeon also produces bespoke content available online, as well as consumer product and recreation opportunities such as the UK’s first-ever Nick theme park, Nickelodeon Land and the slimiest music festival for kids, SLIMEFEST UK.

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Good to be Bad Weekends Promo 1 | November 2021 (Nickelodeon UK)

Good to be Bad Weekends Promo 2 | November 2021 (Nickelodeon UK)

Danger Force Promo | November 2021 (Nickelodeon UK)

Bottom Buddies Promo - November 2021 (NickToons UK)

The Smurfs Promo - November 2021 (NickToons UK)

The Smurfs Bumper 1 (NickToons UK)

The Smurfs Bumper 2 (NickToons UK)

The Casagrandes New Episodes Promo 1 - November 2021 (NickToons UK)

The Casagrandes New Episodes Promo 2 - November 2021 (NickToons UK)

Originally published: October 08, 2021.

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What's On Nick | Nickelodeon Premiere Highlights | Week 47

Your guide to What's New on Nickelodeon for the week of Monday, November 22 - Sunday, November 28, 2021!

For Nickelodeon's full highlights for November 2021, click here!

For Nickelodeon's Holiday highlights, click here.

All times ET/PT.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Podcast - Avatar: Braving the Elements Episode #25: Enter the amazing world of Avatar through the official companion podcast, Avatar: Braving the Elements from Nickelodeon. Join hosts Janet Varney (the voice of “Korra”) and Dante Basco (the voice of “Prince Zuko”) each week as they re-watch every episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender then break down key themes, notable battles, and behind-the-scenes trivia you can’t get anywhere else. Special guests from cast members to producers join them to explore elements of the Avatarverse, including the origins of the story and how Avatar was brought to life.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

7:00 p.m. - NFL Slimetime - Week 11: Join Television host Nate Burleson and Nickelodeon star Dylan Gilmer as the end zones become the “slime zones” and watch weekly NFL highlights like you’ve never seen them before. This episode will also be available on Paramount+ the next day. (#111)

Thursday, November 25, 2021

9:00 a.m. on NBC - Nickelodeon in 95th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: Catch the SpongeBob SquarePants & Gary, Chase from PAW Patrol and Papa Smurf from The Smurfs balloons as well as the Blue's Clues & You! float in the 2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Blue’s Clues & You! star Josh Dela Cruz and former Blue’s Clues hosts, Donovan Patton and Steve Burns, will perform “You Can’t Spell Blue without YOU” on the float alongside a 22-foot-tall Blue covered in 13 pounds of glitter, on Thursday, Nov. 25, in the TV presentation!

7:00 p.m. - Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan - Taking Credit: Hoping to be a baller in his latest music video, Dylan (Dylan Gilmer) secures a credit card and starts ordering everything he needs to look the part, but after getting Rebecca (Celina Smith) and Charlie (Hero Hunter) on board, the kids learn that credit card debt has to be paid back. [promo]

7:30 p.m. - That Girl Lay Lay - Make Room For Lay Lay: Lay Lay (Alaya High) wants to make her mark on her shared bedroom with Sadie (Gabrielle Nevaeh Green, but in true Lay Lay form, she takes things a step too far and her bling goes beyond the practical. (#109) [promo]

Podcast - SpongeBob BingePants Episode #8: Take a deep dive down to Bikini Bottom with this official SpongeBob SquarePants companion podcast from Nickelodeon. Hosts Frankie Grande (Henry Danger) and Hector Navarro (Nickelodeon Animation Podcast) love SpongeBob SquarePants. That's why they've decided to rewatch the entire series, starting all the way back to the iconic first episode. Each week, Frankie and Hector have hilarious conversations, and interview special guests from voice actors to veteran artists, uncovering behind-the-scenes secrets about everyone’s favorite sea sponge. SpongeBob BingePants is a weekly celebration of all things absorbent and yellow and porous!

On Paramount+:

- NFL Slimetime Week 11

Friday, November 19, 2021

7:00 p.m. - A Loud House Christmas: Nickelodeon’s Emmy Award-winning animated series is getting real in the original live-action holiday TV movie A Loud House Christmas! Lincoln Loud (Wolfgang Schaeffer) realizes his family may be apart for Christmas and enlists the help of his best friend, Clyde McBride (Jahzir Bruno), to ensure that the entire Loud family celebrate the holidays together. A Loud House Christmas will stream on Paramount+, the streaming service from ViacomCBS, that same day. A Loud House Christmas brings the town of Royal Woods to life for the holidays and follows Lincoln Loud as he gears up for the ultimate Christmas, until he finds out that most of his sisters have plans to be elsewhere for the big day. Determined to remind his family that they all need to be together, Lincoln and his best friend Clyde McBride embark on a mission to preserve the family’s holiday traditions.

12:00 p.m. - Blue's Clues & You! - A Blue’s Clues Festival of Lights: A special, surprise guest comes to Periwinkle’s house to celebrate Chanukah, the very joyful, festival of lights. Josh and Blue play Blue’s Clues to figure out who the surprise guest is, and celebrate the holiday by spinning dreidels, frying latkes, and singing an original Chanukah song. (#306) [info/sneak peek]

8:30 p.m. on NICK JR. CHANNEL - The Adventures of Paddington - Paddington and the Sleep Over: Simi and Toq go to Mr. Brown's for a sleep over. (#216B)

8:30 p.m. - The Loud House - The Loudly Bones: Lisa discovers that the dinosaur bones she found in her backyard may not be what they seem. (#524B)

Saturday, November 20, 2021

8:00 a.m. - Power Rangers Dino Fury - The Makeover: The villains use a Sporix Beast with body-swapping powers to chase pirate treasure, which interferes with Amelia’s attempt to makeover Pop-Pop for a date… (#1119)

Sunday, November 21, 2021

On AwesomenessTV - VIBE ROOMSecrets, scandals, and all the TikTok drama you can handle — it all goes down in the Vibe Room as Owen Holt & Markell Washington spill the tea on on your favorite content creators and get the inside scoop on what really went down behind the scenes of the most popular AwesomenessTV shows from the cast members themselves!



In an expansion of Nickelodeon’s partnership with Save the Children, the national leader in helping children prepare for and succeed in school across rural America, the organization will be Nick’s prosocial partner for its second annual “Blue Friday,” a day of giving and learning on Friday, Nov. 19. Nickelodeon has made a donation to Save the Children to support early learning opportunities for kids in need, and through Blue’s Clues & You!, will continue to help the nonprofit provide learning opportunities and education materials to kids and families in the U.S. with its early childhood education programs. The educational hub,, has resources for parents including learning materials, math and science curriculum videos, Blue’s Clues & You! activity sheets and more. Across America and around the world, Save the Children gives children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. For over 100 years, the nonprofit has been committed to addressing children’s unique and unmet needs, working to ensure they thrive as learners and in life.


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Originally published: November 22, 2021.

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