Saturday, July 30, 2022

Nickelodeon Premieres 'The Smurfs' Season 2


BURBANK, Calif., June 28, 2022 -- Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Brainy, Clumsy, and the rest of the Smurfs are back for an even Smurfier second season, premiering Monday, July 18 on Nickelodeon. Promising more adventure, more mischief, and more new Smurfs, new episodes return starting Monday, July 4, airing daily on Nickelodeon in the U.S. at 2:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Season two begins Monday, July 18 on Nickelodeon in the U.S., and internationally beginning in September 2022.

Season two of The Smurfs introduces two new characters: Wild Smurf (voiced by Luke Calzonetti), a mischievous character with a strong connection to animal life, whose temper and strange ways will shake up the Smurfs' daily routine; and Leaf (voiced by Jade Wheeler), the fairy destined to replace Mother Nature who doesn't have full command of her powers just yet.

Throughout the all-new season of The Smurfs, the Smurfs will travel through time, swap bodies with each other, and get into magic duels. Constantly pursued by the determined Gargamel and Azrael, and also by ogres Bigmouth and Egghead, the Smurfs and their friends will continue to enchant in new episodes filled with exciting and hilarious adventures.

The voice cast bringing these beloved characters to life includes: David Freeman (7 Promises) as Papa Smurf, the father figure keeping the other Smurfs in line; Berangere McNeese (Matriochkas) as Smurfette, a curious Smurf who is always ready to take part in new adventures; Lenny Mark Irons (No Man's Land) as Gargamel, a conniving human wizard with a bottomless thirst to capture Smurfs; Youssef El Kaoukibi (NRJ Belgium) as Brainy, who considers himself the smartest of the bunch; and Catherine Hershey (Boundary Games) as Willow, the brave and wise matriarch of a new tribe of girl Smurfs.

The Smurfs CG-animated series acquisition is overseen by Layla Lewis, Senior Vice President, Global Acquisitions and Content Partnerships and Dana Cluverius, Senior Vice President, Current Series Animation for Nickelodeon, and Jason Oliveri, Executive in Charge, Current Series Animation for Nickelodeon.

The Smurfs is a Peyo Productions and Dupuis Audiovisuel production, in co-production with KiKA, Ketnet and RTBF, with the participation of TF1 and with the participation of Wallimage (La Wallonie), of Screen Flanders, of BNPPFFF and with the support of the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Government and the participation of the CNC.

SMURFS © Peyo Productions - Dupuis Édition & Audiovisuel – Les Cartooneurs - KiKA - KETNET - – 2022

About Peyo, LAFIG Belgium/IMPS (International Merchandising Promotions & Services)
IMPS, together with LAFIG Belgium, are the official licensors of the little blue-skinned characters 'The Smurfs.' Over the years, IMPS has worked in close collaboration with its agents worldwide to develop successful licensed merchandising, retail and co-branded promotions, publishing activities, broadcasting deals, theme parks, live shows and family entertainment centers that have secured the everlasting success of the Smurfs.  IMPS is run by Véronique Culliford, the daughter of Pierre Culliford, the creator of the Smurfs, who is better known under his pseudonym Peyo. Véronique has run IMPS since 1984 and controls with LAFIG Belgium the rights to the Smurfs characters and the Smurfs licensing worldwide.

About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 43rd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The brand includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, location-based experiences, publishing and feature films. For more information or artwork, visit Nickelodeon is a part of Paramount's (Nasdaq: PARA, PARAA) global portfolio of multimedia entertainment brands.



Update (7/30) - Smurf-tastic Ratings for Season 2 Premiere in the US! The Smurfs, Season 2 premiere on Nickelodeon rated #1 most watched episode on all cable U.S. (week 4-10/07)*

* Source: Nielsen Media Research, Based on Live + Same Day – Persons 2+.

The Smurfs season two will have 48 13-minute episodes and two 22-minute specials.

The Smurfs season two will feature Bigmouth and new ogre Egg Head.

One special will be titled "The Smurfing Machine in Time" (two 13-minute episodes) in which, when Buttercup accidentally causes Smurfette to fall into a barrel of manure, they ask Handy Smurf for a machine to travel back in time to repair the blunder. But a new accident catapults Buttercup and Handy Smurf back pre-historic times, where a monkey steals their time cuckoo clock....

Then in "A Bulky Admirer" (two 13-minute episodes) when Smurfette removes a splinter from Bigmouth's thumb, he immediately falls in love with her and follows her to the village. After he devours the food supplies and wreaks havoc on the village, Smurfette orders him to leave.

And in "A Smurfy Christmas" (one 13-minute episode), as Christmas approaches, the Jokey Smurf mixes up the letters that the Smurfs have asked him to send to Santa Claus. When the presents are unwrapped, nobody has what he asked for! Except for Jokey Smurf himself, nobody finds it funny - especially not Brainy Smurf, who finds himself with the magic dentures of Gargamel. Feeling guilty, the prankster decides to go and recover the present the Smurf's real present.. at Gargamel's house!

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Originally published: June 28, 2022 at 21:03 BST.

Press release via PR Newswire; H/T: ASF /@kanc, Animation Magazine; Special thanks to @RoyalSmurf2022! Additional source: Smurfs

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