Friday, July 29, 2022

Nickelodeon UK to Premiere New 'The Patrick Star Show' From August 15

Rollout the pink carpet, as Bikini Bottom's biggest star is coming to Nick! Catch brand new The Patrick Star Show, premiering Monday 15th August 2022 on Nickelodeon UK & Ireland, as part of Toons on Toast!


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DoodleBob Comes to Life! ✏️ | Season 2 Episode 3 | Pineapple Playhouse | SpongeBob

DoodleBob Comes to Life! ✏️ | Season 2 Episode 3 | Pineapple Playhouse | SpongeBob


SpongeBob's new friend seems a little...sketchy. Can SpongeBob and Patrick save Bikini Bottom from the terror of DoodleBob? Presenting Pineapple Playhouse S2E3: Frankendoodle. Which scenes do you want to see recreated with puppets?

Watch SpongeBob SquarePantsKamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years and The Patrick Star Show on Nickelodeon, and 200 episodes of SpongeBobThe SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run and The SpongeBob Musical on Paramount+! Try it FREE at ParamountPlus.com.


Listen to The SpongeBob Musical here!

CALLING ALL GOOFY GOOBERS! (ROCK!) Are ya ready for a deep dive into the world of SpongeBob SquarePants? The SpongeBob YouTube channel is THE PLACE for all fan-favorite SpongeBob moments! We’re serving up everything from legendary scenes to remixes of classic songs to deep dives into Bikini Bottom lore. Be sure to check back every week for Music Mondays, Wumbo Wednesdays, and Flashback Fridays! Subscribe now at https://www.youtube.com/SpongeBobOfficial!

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Every RED FLAG We Found in ATLA 🚩 | Avatar: The Last Airbender

Every RED FLAG We Found in ATLA 🚩 | Avatar: The Last Airbender


Katara and Aang were endgame in Avatar: The Last Airbender, but that doesn't mean there weren't a couple red flags throughout their relationship... and that's not just exclusive to those two! Let's take a look at every relationship RED FLAG in Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra!

Did Nick miss any? Let us know in the comments below! ⬇️

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Cowabunga Collection at San Diego Comic Con 2022 Radical Recap! | Konami

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Cowabunga Collection at San Diego Comic Con 2022 Radical Recap! | Konami


A radical recap of the 2022 San Diego Comic Con celebration where fans got to experience 13 classic games of retro 8-bit, 16-bit, and arcade TMNT titles included in the TMNT: Cowbunga Collection. The Comic Con esports gaming lounge featured hands-on gameplay, tournament giveaways, and an exclusive signing opportunity with TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman!

The TMNT Cowabunga Collection is out August 30th for PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Steam® and Nintendo Switch™.

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Honor Society | Official Trailer | Paramount+

Honor Society | Official Trailer | Paramount+


Honor is an ambitious high school senior whose sole focus is getting into an Ivy League college...assuming she can first score the coveted recommendation from her guidance counselor, Mr. Calvin. Willing to do whatever it takes, Honor concocts a Machiavellian-like plan to take down her top three student competitors, until things take a turn when she unexpectedly falls for her biggest competition, Michael.

Honor Society, starring Angourie Rice and Gaten Matarazzo, is streaming July 29th, exclusively on Paramount+! Try it FREE at ParamountPlus.com

Overachievers to the front!✨ Stream Honor Society on Paramount Plus July 29 | AwesomenessTV


Angourie Rice and Gaten Matarazzo star in Honor Society, streaming July 29 on Paramount Plus! 

#GatenMatarazzo #AngourieRice #ParamountPlus #NewMovie

Yes, even Gaten Matarazzo has embarrassing school memories. 😳 #HonorSociety #ParamountPlus #Shorts


Gaten is v good at this game❗️ | AwesomenessTV


but can he win the game of love?? find out in Honor Society streaming now on Paramount+

#GatenMatarazzo #HonorSociety #ParamountPlus #NewMovie


Originally published: June 23, 2022 at 20:12 BST.

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Paramount+ Reveals First Look Clip from 'Mike Judge's Beavis and Butt-Head'

PARAMOUNT+ REVEALS FIRST LOOK CLIP FROM "MIKE JUDGE'S BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD"

From Creator Mike Judge and MTV Entertainment Studios, the New Series Premieres Thursday, August 4 on Paramount+


July 21, 2022 - Paramount+ today revealed a first look clip from MIKE JUDGE'S BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD during the upcoming series' San Diego Comic-Con panel. Beavis and Butt-Head are back and stupider than ever in MIKE JUDGE'S BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD, which features the iconic duo's first original episodes in over 10 years. The original series will premiere on the service Thursday, August 4 in the U.S. and will also be available to stream internationally in all territories where the service is available.

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From creator Mike Judge and MTV Entertainment Studios, the new series follows on the heels of the recently released and critically acclaimed Paramount+ original film BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD DO THE UNIVERSE, which is now available to stream. The service also hosts the 1996 classic movie "Beavis and Butt-Head Do America," as well as remastered versions of the classic series, with the full library available soon.


Created and voiced by writer, producer and director Mike Judge ("King of the Hill"), the characters of Beavis and Butt-Head originated in Judge's 1992 short film "Frog Baseball," which was broadcast by MTV's animation showcase "Liquid Television." After MTV commissioned a full series around the characters, "Beavis and Butt-Head" ran for seven seasons from March 8, 1993, to Nov. 28, 1997. The series was revived in 2011 with an eighth season airing on MTV. During its initial run, "Beavis and Butt-Head" received widespread critical acclaim for its satirical, scathing commentary on society. The show's popularity spawned various related media, including the theatrical film "Beavis and Butt-Head Do America" in 1996.

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Originally published: July 24, 2022.

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Honor Society | Official Trailer | Paramount+ UK & Ireland

Honor Society | Official Trailer | Paramount+ UK & Ireland


Honor Society brings together Gaten Matarazzo (Stranger Things), Angourie Rice (Spider Man) and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad) for a coming-of-age comedy, from the people who brought you To All the Boys I Loved Before. Honor, played by Rice, is a high school senior who strives to succeed at ALL costs. Mr. Calvin (Mintz-Plasse) takes her by surprise when he reveals that she's one of four contenders for his coveted college recommendation. She plans to take down the competition, but things take a turn when she unexpectedly falls for her biggest competition, Michael (Matarazzo). 

Discover how it all plays out, in Honor Society, streaming 30th July on Paramount Plus UK! Try it FREE at ParamountPlus.com

You had us there, Gaten πŸ˜‰ Stream Honor Society from tomorrow on #ParamountPlusUK


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Originally published: July 03, 2022.

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Paramount Appoints Pamela Kaufman As President and CEO of International Markets, Global Consumer Products & Experiences

PARAMOUNT APPOINTS PAMELA KAUFMAN TO LEAD INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AS PRESIDENT AND CEO, INTERNATIONAL MARKETS, GLOBAL CONSUMER PRODUCTS & EXPERIENCES


NEW YORK, July 29, 2022 -- Paramount Global (NASDAQ: PARA, PARAA) today announced that Pamela Kaufman, President of Global Consumer Products and Experiences for Paramount, has been appointed President and CEO of International Markets, Global Consumer Products & Experiences, effective immediately. This newly created position reports to Bob Bakish, President and CEO of Paramount, and reflects Paramount's ongoing strategy of globalizing its operations. Raffaele Annecchino has decided to leave the company in his role as President and CEO of Paramount International Networks, Studios and Streaming.

In her expanded role, Kaufman will be responsible for driving the continued growth of Paramount's international business and ensuring the strength of the company's international operations across six continents, including broadcast and cable networks, streaming and studios, and the Company's commercial capabilities. She will work closely with Paramount's international leadership team, as well as the global content and streaming organization to do so, including helping to guide the continued international rollout of Paramount+ and Pluto TV. Kaufman will maintain her current responsibilities overseeing the global multi-billion-dollar consumer products and experiences organization.

"Pam has been the strategic force behind growing and expanding some of the most iconic global franchises and properties in entertainment," said Bakish. "She is a proven and trusted, visionary leader who has transformed our consumer products organization by driving innovation and operating as a global business. Pam is uniquely qualified to lead our international business as we expand and diversify our worldwide footprint and accelerate Paramount's transformation to operating with a truly global approach."

Bakish added, "I want to extend my thanks to Raffaele Annecchino for the critical role he has played in building Paramount's international business and expanding our global footprint. I am grateful for the dedication he has shown throughout his 25 years at Paramount and wish him well in the future."


"I am honored to take on this role at such a pivotal time for Paramount's international business," said Kaufman. "I know firsthand the global strength of our brand portfolio, and I look forward to working with Bob and the incredible International team as we continue pursuing our global growth strategy, investing in key partnerships, furthering our push into mobile and digital platforms in new markets, and operating as one team globally."

In November 2021, Kaufman assumed the role of President of Global Consumer Products and Experiences for Paramount, overseeing worldwide product and business development, marketing, franchise planning, creative strategy, retail sales and consumer insights for all brands in the portfolio. In less than a year, Kaufman has led the transformation of the consumer products business, unifying the organization by placing the full power of the Paramount ecosystem behind its most valuable IP. Her commitment to transformation, innovation and brand building has led to some of the most groundbreaking partnerships in the company's history, including cutting-edge co-branded collaborations with the biggest names in social media. Kaufman was also responsible for Viacom's first direct-to-consumer e-commerce site in 2019 – The SpongeBob Shop – and has since led the expansion to additional online direct-to-consumer business for merchandise tied to various top CBS and Showtime programming, including similar standalone initiatives for brands such as Star Trek, South Park and MTV.

Prior to being named the President of Global Consumer Products and Experiences, Kaufman served as President of Consumer Products & Chief Marketing Officer for Nickelodeon where she was responsible for building some of Nickelodeon's most memorable franchises ranging from PAW Patrol to SpongeBob SquarePants, shepherding them through important tentpole campaigns and milestone celebrations.

Before joining Nickelodeon in 1997, Kaufman held positions at Turner International, Equity Marketing and Grey Advertising. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Communication from The American University in Washington D.C. and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from The American University in 2019. A committed advocate for gender equality and diversity and inclusion, Kaufman serves on the board of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, as well as Bottomless Closet, a nonprofit that prepares women for workplace success, and the Pace Women's Justice Center.

About Paramount
Paramount Global (NASDAQ: PARA, PARAA) is a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide. Driven by iconic studios, networks and streaming services, Paramount's portfolio of consumer brands includes CBS, Showtime Networks, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount+, Pluto TV and Simon & Schuster, among others. Paramount delivers the largest share of the U.S. television audience and boasts one of the industry's most important and extensive libraries of TV and film titles. In addition to offering innovative streaming services and digital video products, the company provides powerful capabilities in production, distribution, and advertising solutions.

For more information about Paramount, please visit www.paramount.com and follow @ParamountCo on social platforms.

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Originally published: July 29, 2022.

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Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for July 29, 2022 | Nickelodeon

Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for July 29, 2022 | Nickelodeon


Stream the classic and the all new CG-animated Rugrats series on Paramount+! Try it FREE at ParamountPlus.com!

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.

Follow these comics and their take on real episodes of the show and their own spin on hilarious adventures.

Read more Rugrats comic strips!: https://www.creators.com/features/rugrats

More Nick: Paramount+ Renews 'Rugrats' For Season 3; Season 2 to Premiere in 2023!

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Tom Kenny: SpongeBob Himself (Pt 1) | SpongeBob BingePants Podcast

Tom Kenny: SpongeBob Himself (Pt 1) | SpongeBob BingePants Podcast

Nickelodeon Conjures Up 'Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island' Game

Something hidden in the dark will bring the mystery to light. Find the key by playing Nickelodeon's brand new Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island game at areyouafraidofthedark.com, and make sure to tune into the third season of Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT, only on Nick! Click HERE to find out more!


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Nickelodeon to Premiere New 'That Girl Lay Lay' and 'Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan' on August 4

Catch fresh new episodes of That Girl Lay Lay and Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan, premiering Thursday, August 4 starting at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT), only on Nickelodeon! Check out the promos below!:


7:00 p.m. - That Girl Lay Lay - Lay Lay Gets a Pet Pet: When Lay Lay (Alaya “That Girl Lay Lay” High) and Sadie (Gabrielle Nevaeh Green) see Cobo with a cool pet snake, they decide it's time for the Alexander family to adopt a unique pet of their own. (#205)

7:30 p.m. - Tyler Perry's Young Dylan - Dylan & Charlie's Day Off: Faking being sick to stay home from school, Dylan (Dylan Gilmer) and Charlie (Hero Hunter) plan a day of fun, but Rebecca (Celina Smith) tries to expose their lie. (#302)


That Girl Lay Lay & Young Dylan Catch Up Now Promo (That Thursday Night, July 29, 2022)


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Originally published: July 29, 2022.

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The Cast of Transformers: EarthSpark at SDCC 2022 | Nickelodeon

There's a lot about Transformers: EarthSpark that Nick can't reveal yet, but here are a few things they CAN tell us! Transformers: EarthSpark premieres this November on Paramount+ and Nickelodeon! Click HERE to find out more!


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Originally published: July 29, 2022.

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'Are You Afraid of the Dark' Season 3 Sneak Peek Hints at the Creepy History of Ghost Island

The season premieres July 30.


To celebrate the premiere of Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island, the upcoming third season of Nickelodeon's beloved anthology horror series based on the series of the same name from the 90s, Nickelodeon has released a spooktacular sneak peek from the all-new season, which you can check out below, courtesy of Collider!


The new 2-minute exclusive clip from the series' premiere episode "The Tale of Room 13/The Tale of the Teen Spirit" is cut into two distinct parts: one being during the day and the other in the dead of night. The clip sees the members of the Midnight Society, Kayla (Telci Huynh), Leo (Luca Padova), Summer (Dior Goodjohn), and Ferris (Chance Hurstfield) sitting around an unlit bonfire on the beach of the titular Ghost Island. After a brief discussion, the group meets Max (Conor Sherry), who joins the group around the campfire as the clip transitions into night. They asked why the island is called Ghost Island, to which Max says it is because of Room 13, a room that the manager had told the other kids didn't exist.

A second sneak peek can be watched on Dread Central!

Additional casting for the series includes Julian Curtis as Stanley Crane, who is the hotel manager at the island resort. This third season of the rebooted Are You Afraid of the Dark? was renewed back in March 2022 and is following up on its second season Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Curse of the Shadows, which went on to see the series receive a Writers Guild Award and nominations from the Directors Guild Awards and Artios Awards. The original Are You Afraid of the Dark? aired from 1992 to 1996, with the last two seasons running from 1999-2000.

Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island is produced by ACE Entertainment, with ACE founder Matt Kaplan and Chris Foss serving as executive producers and Paul Kim as co-executive producer. JT Billings also serves as an executive producer on the series as well as the showrunner along with original series creators D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel also serving as executive producers. Director of the series Dean Israelite also serves as executive producer. Production of Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island for Nickelodeon is overseen by Shauna Phelan and Zack Olin, Co-Heads of Nickelodeon & Awesomeness Live-Action. Brian Banks serves as Nickelodeon’s Executive in Charge of Production for the series

Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island is set to premiere on Nickelodeon with a two-hour episode on Saturday, July 30, with the remaining episodes airing Saturday, Aug. 6, and Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT).

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Rock, Paper, Scissors: Nickelodeon Unveils First Look at New Animated Series

Nickelodeon today unveiled a first look at the network's upcoming animated series, Rock, Paper, Scissors!


Rock, Paper, Scissors (20 episodes) brings the iconic childhood game to life! This character-driven comedy follows the hilarious shenanigans of roommates Rock, Paper, and Scissors on their hijinks and ridiculous adventures. Rock, the moral compass of the group, is always struggling at his dream of becoming a model; Paper is an inventor and the brains of the group (if by “brains” you mean “making stuff that’s always blowing up”); and Scissors is the wannabe cool guy whose ego brings an endless fountain of chaos to these three friends. No matter how much they compete and mess with each other, at the end of the day, they will always bond over their shared love of one thing: wacky nonsense.


Rock, Paper, Scissors is the first finalized short to be greenlit for series from Nickelodeon's inaugural Intergalactic Shorts Program,

In the short, the iconic trio of Rock, Paper, and Scissors lovingly compete with one another in this buddy comedy about the joy and messiness of friendship. Six additional projects from 2019 are currently in production at Nickelodeon. Additional information will be available soon.

The short, embedded above, serves to introduce the three friends – key in a show whose humor, though often rapid-fire slapstick, is very much character-driven.

Rock, Paper and Scissors are roommates who live in an apartment complex. “It’s time to watch TV!” bawls jubilantly Scissors, decked out in cool sunglasses and with beautifully quiffed hair.

Cut to four seconds of festive joy as the friends dance on the sofa to strobe lights, a confetti storm and frantic music in an example of the show’s humor.

But Scissors wants to watch a highly punitive reality TV, where people get run over by a bulldozer, Rock prefers a body building contest – “My dream is to be model and I never gonna make it if I don’t mimic the moves,” he reasons – and Paper, the most cerebral of the three, prefers Tech Today.

As the three friends grapple for the remote, the large ego-ed Scissors suddenly turns up with a huge shark with immaculate white teeth to get his way. His power play will of course go drastically and comically awry, audiences will anticipate.

Nickelodeon will debut Rock, Paper, Scissors during a special Nickelodeon Animation presentation at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival on Thursday, June 16.

"We knew we were onto something special with creators Kyle Stegina and Josh Lehrman and their hilarious characters in Rock, Paper, Scissors, which we are so proud to bring to series," said Naito.  "Finding and growing talent through the process of pitch to hit is what powers our Intergalactic Shorts Program, and we can't wait to get started finding the next great creator in animation through our program's just-launched second phase."

The original Rock, Paper, Scissors short and series are created, written, and executive produced by Kyle Stegina (Robot Chicken) and Josh Lehrman (Robot Chicken), with Conrad Vernon (Sausage Party) and Bob Boyle (The Fairly OddParents) serving as executive producers on the series.

Nickelodeon unveiled the sneak peek of Rock, Paper, Scissors as part of the launch of the brand's Intergalactic Shorts Program 2.0, which is searching for new and diverse creators from across the globe, focusing on new voices and nurturing their vision for original comedy-driven content with an eye toward representation.

Through the 2022 Program, Nickelodeon will accept ideas from a global pool of storytellers and creative visionaries including artists, writers, and directors. Shorts will run on Nickelodeon's platforms and are in the process of being developed into long-form animated series.

Shorts should feature one-of-a-kind, character-driven comedy and surprising storytelling, combining humor with action-adventure, mystery, sci-fi, and more. In line with Nickelodeon's mission to make the best, original humor-driven content for kids, these creator-driven shorts offer content that is appealing to all members of the family, featuring a co-viewing lens of preschool (K 2-5) and big kids (K 6-11).

Nickelodeon's Intergalactic Shorts Program launched in June 2019 and was overseen by Kari Kim, Vice President, Animation Development, Nickelodeon Animation, with Conrad Vernon serving as the program's executive producer and Paul Watling (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) as co-executive producer. Daniel Wineman, Vice President, Animation Development, Nickelodeon Animation and Chris Rose, Vice President, Production & Development, Kids & Family, Global will oversee the 2022 Intergalactic Shorts Program 2.0.

Update (7/29) - Actor Heidi Schooler (Half Dead Fred) has joined the voice cast of Rock, Paper, Scissors, where she'll voice a few characters in the series!

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Originally published: June 13, 2022 at 20:36 BST.

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Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie | Cast & Crew Interviews | Nickelodeon

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie leaps from the shadows and onto Netflix on August 5, and to celebrate, below is a hand-picked selection of interviews with the cast and crew of the film! COWABUNGA!

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Nickelodeon Releases 'Avatar: Braving the Elements' Season Two Trailer

NICKELODEON RELEASES AVATAR: BRAVING THE ELEMENTS
SEASON TWO TRAILER

Fan-Favorite Podcast, Co-Produced by iHeartMedia, Set to Debut Tuesday, May 3


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Nickelodeon and iHeartMedia today released a trailer for the second season of its fan-favorite original podcast, Avatar: Braving the Elements, the official companion podcast for Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra. In season two (40 episodes), hosts Janet Varney (the voice of Korra) and Dante Basco (the voice of Prince Zuko) move on to re-watch Book 2 of Avatar: The Last Airbender, which sees the introduction of beloved characters including Azula, Toph, Ty Lee, and Mai. Co-produced by Nickelodeon and iHeartMedia, the second season of Avatar: Braving the Elements will be available on iHeartRadio and wherever else podcasts are heard starting Tuesday, May 3.


Joining Janet and Dante this season as guests are Jack De Sena (the voice of Sokka), Grey DeLisle (the voice of Azula), Cricket Leigh (the voice of Mai), and James Sie (the voice of Cabbage Merchant). Original series creators and co-chief creative officers of Avatar Studios Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko return to share how they felt when the original series was renewed for a second season. Additional guest stars will be announced in the coming months. 

Avatar: Braving the Elements extends the Avatarverse for loyal fans who grew up with the beloved franchise. In this weekly podcast, hosts Janet Varney and Dante Basco continue to re-watch every episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender and break down key themes, notable battles, and behind-the-scenes trivia. Special guests from cast members to producers to superfans drop in to explore elements of Book 2 and reveal secrets behind the making of the series.

About Avatar: The Last Airbender

Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender emerged from its three-season run (61 episodes), from February 2005 to July 2008, as one of the most beloved animated properties in history. Honored with a Peabody Award and Primetime Emmy, along with multiple Annie Awards and Genesis Awards, the series follows the adventures of the main protagonist Aang and his friends, who must save the world by defeating Fire Lord Ozai and ending the destructive war with the Fire Nation.

In addition to the series’ success, the property has spawned into several bestselling book series, which continue to roll out new original stories. The graphic novel series most recently spent two months on the New York Times Graphic Books Bestseller list in 2020, and the young adult novels have spent 22 cumulative weeks on the New York Times Young Adult Bestseller list and have shipped over a quarter million copies. The DVD and Blu-rays are also incredibly successful, with the “Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Complete Series” generating nearly $38MM in retail sales since its 2015 release.

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Avatar: Braving the Elements’ Janet Varney Previews the Podcast’s Season 2

Janet Varney, co-host of the Avatar: Braving the Elements podcast, dives into the show’s upcoming second season with her iconic enthusiasm.

Nickelodeon's Avatar: Braving the Elements podcast takes a look back at the iconic series through episode recaps and interviews. Hosted by Dante Basco, the voice of Avatar: The Last Airbender's Prince Zuko, and Janet Varney, the voice of Avatar Korra in The Legend of Korra, the podcast is now gearing up for its second season covering Book 2: Earth. Varney and Basco bring a camaraderie and delightful sense of humor to the series, sharing behind-the-scenes info and digging up previously unknown facts but also debating the best hybrid animals. With tons of guests from the series and even the occasional quiz show or live episode, Avatar: Braving the Elements is the perfect podcast for the Avatar fan.

Ahead of the release of Season 2 of Avatar: Braving the Elements, Co-Host Janet Varney spoke with CBR about the fan-favorite podcast. She dove into how she got involved with the podcast and how she and co-host Dante Basco established their friendship and rapport over the years. Varney also previewed some of what fans can expect in this second season, including returning segments and brand new guests.

CBR: I'm so thrilled to talk with you today. I'm a huge fan of Korra and also a fan of Escape!, so it's just a delight to talk with you.

Janet Varney: Oh, excellent. Well, that's great because this is gonna turn into an Escape This Conversation. You're gonna have to solve several puzzles. We're not gonna have time to talk about Avatar at all. [laughs]

So you are an obvious choice to host a podcast about Avatar with your association with the series as Korra, but also your work on tons of other podcasts. Can you tell us a little bit about how you did get involved with Braving the Elements?

Yeah, I mean, I gotta be honest, it was something that has been in my wheel of dreams -- that's not a thing, but it is now -- for quite some time. It was something that I casually talked to Mike [Dante DiMartino] and Bryan [Konietzko] about years ago because they were on my other podcast, The JV Club. They knew that I was just a giant ball of enthusiasm about all things Avatar-verse.

When the pandemic happened, even before that, it was something that I was sort of trying to edge towards. It just worked out that my availability and passion for it, revisiting that with Nickelodeon at the perfect time where they were just getting into the podcast space. It was one of those serendipitous, meant-to-be, "Oh my gosh, this is so great that this is happening!" [things]. I've kind of been giddy about it ever since.

It actually is very reminiscent of when I got cast as Korra because it's the same bubbly feeling of like, "I can't wait to talk to everyone about this. I can't wait for people to see it or hear it," and feeling almost like it's too good to be true. In Hollywood, sometimes those things are too good to be true. Time and again, things that I've done with Nickelodeon have been, "Oh my gosh, this is happening!" and it continues on. It's such a light in my life. So it's such a great way for me to continue being a part of this community just on a fan level. It's like, what are my two favorite things? Avatar [and] podcasting. Great, let's put them together.

That's perfect. Can you talk a little bit about how your rapport with Dante Basco has developed over the time recording with him?

Oh, sure. Well, you know, Dante and I have known each other for years. We started meeting when we were doing Comic-Cons maybe a decade or more ago. We always just got along so well. We have such different energies, but we both have such an enthusiasm, not just for the shows but for the fans, because that's the experience that you keep running into over and over again when you do these Comic-Cons.

One of the things that we always would joke about, especially when we would do panels together, is when people would talk about the first show, Avatar: The Last Airbender, I hadn't watched it in a while, and Dante hadn't watched it in a very long time. We were so intimidated and impressed by just the depth of knowledge that people would bring to these panels. So we would joke like, "Oh no, we're learning so much about our own careers from these people who are smarter and brighter and more terrific than we are."

When it became clear that Braving the Elements was going to happen, having that conversation internally with Nickelodeon was like, what a no-brainer to ask Dante to be a part of it. He is such an ambassador for the show and is such a positive influence not just in the Avatar-verse but in Asian filmmaking and in so many other avenues. So I'm so happy that he was into it.

I wasn't super surprised, again, because of so many conversations that he and I had had, and it's been so wonderful to stay connected to him. The pandemic, for so many of us, we just weren't able to see all the people we love to see. We weren't able to do traveling. Dante and I weren't able to do Cons. So having this thing in place where I was constantly seeing him, albeit across a type of Zoom, was really lovely. When we got to see each other for the first time in person, it was very much like, "Oh, you have legs! Of course, we have legs. Why would I have forgotten that?"

You introduce so many different segments during the first season of Braving the Elements. So I'm curious are some of the fan favorites -- Animal Crossing or Share Me the Details -- coming back for the second season? Do you have new ones planned?

Yeah, they are definitely coming back. We haven't dug that deep into recaps yet. We're very much in the beginning of recording Season 2, and we have so many special episodes we wanted to get recorded with new cast members that we've been desperately waiting to have on the podcast when certain ones of them were introduced -- [fake coughs] Toph [fake sneeze], excuse me, and many, many others. We really have gotten some of those locked in, and we haven't done a ton of recaps.

That being said, not to worry -- I always have to have some animal crossing in there. I just need a reason to always talk about those hybrids and non-hybrids. We feel like we got so much... The Most Valuable Bending and Non-Bending is such an integral part of the podcast now because it is this kind of wonderful way of... It's a lens that I especially love looking back at the episode [through]. So there [is] going to be stuff like that. I don't know if there's anything brand new.

To your point, I've really just shoved a lot into that first season. There were definitely moments where it was like, "Okay, we've trimmed down on that." When you start a podcast, you don't know how long it's gonna take to record an episode. You have a sense that you're going to be able to talk about an episode forever, but what if you can't? So we wanted to have a lot of fun avenues into talking. It turns out, it's Avatar, so you don't need a lot of help. That stuff's gonna come up organically.

At the same time, I would welcome people to write me on social media and say, "Hey, I've listened to the podcast. I have a great idea for a segment. Here's the thing: I think you can you have an opportunity to really zero in on every episode or every other episode." The podcast is better because of the people who listen to it and because of the interaction that we've been able to have. So that offer is also out there.

That's wonderful. In addition to the voice actor for Toph, whom I know everyone is eager to hear from, your promo also says you have the voice actor for the Cabbage Merchant, which I think is a huge get.

Yes!

Are there any actors or creators or people involved with this series that you haven't had a chance to talk to?

Oh, for sure. I think just scrolling through social media, you'll kind of see who they are, based on [that] we want the same thing that the fans want, you know? It's a matter of scheduling or a matter of... It's absolutely never a matter of we don't want them on the podcast when people ask about Mai, when people ask about having Jason Isaacs on, or they want to see Mark Hamill. Everyone should know, that is always an open door. We would love to have our heroes on the podcast.

In many cases, they're off directing movies, or they live in a different country, or they're focused really hard on the project they're working on. They're really in that space. People should definitely know, it's never for lack of inviting. It's also no, we're not mad at anybody who hasn't been able to do it yet, or who won't do it. It's just the fandom knows because they're asking for the people that we're like, "No, don't worry, we definitely want them to come on. They're always welcome."

That's excellent. Now that you're branching into a second season, are you planning any additional live shows with Braving the Elements?

Absolutely. I can't tell you exactly where or when yet, because that's something that we're very much figuring out with scheduling and trying to get all the right people in the right room at once. We loved the stuff that we've done live, and I know we absolutely want to do more of it. So now it's just a matter of how and when.

Season 2 of the Avatar: Braving the Elements podcast premieres May 3.

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From The Beat:

INTERVIEW: Dante Basco travels to the Earth Kingdom for new season of AVATAR: BRAVING THE ELEMENTS podcast

"There are things during certain scenes that come back to mind but also things I don’t ever remember saying."

Earlier this year, the second season of the fan-favorite original podcast, Avatar: Braving the Elements, the official companion podcast for Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra, launched from Nickelodeon and iHeartMedia. The latest season of the series sees hosts Janet Varney (the voice of Korra) and Dante Basco (the voice of Prince Zuko) continue their examination of the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender with Book Two: Earth.

During SDCC ’22, The Beat had the chance to chat with Dante Basco about working on the podcast, teasing what’s to come, as well as the emotional passing of Uncle Iroh voice actor Mako.

Taimur Dar: I was able to interview both you and Janet Varney at NYCC last year right before you hosted the Braving the Elements podcast for the first time in front of a live audience. Now that you’ve done the podcast live a few times since then, how would you describe the experience?

Dante Basco: I love the energy of the live audience. Janet and I have been having such a great time doing the podcast at home in our studios. But when you do it front of the fans, they really get engaged. We’re fans of the show too as we’re rewatching the show. So it’s really great to connect with the bigger fanbase and dive into some of the questions we all have about the show.

Dar: It’s been more than 15 years since Book Two: Earth aired, so was there anything that surprised you or that you completely forgot during your rewatch?

Basco: So many memories come flushing back in. Like you said, it’s been so long since we did the show. There are things during certain scenes that come back to mind but also things I don’t ever remember saying. It’s a very unique experience for me as an actor to go back and rewatch a project like this and really go through with a fine-tooth comb. Me and Janet get to investigate everything about the characters and themes and be assisted by people like Michael [Dante DiMartino] and Bryan [Konietzko] or the voice actors or musicians. It’s been wild.

Dar: Toph is a character fans have been eagerly awaiting so how has it been to reconnect with the voice actress of Toph?

Basco: I love it! Jessie Flower a.k.a. Michaela Murphy is a dear friend. It’s great to have her on the show because we’ve kept in touch over the years and she’s grown up. When she did the show she was a very young girl like 12-13 years old. For her to go back and relive those days and talk about what that character has meant to her has been wonderful. Toph is the G.O.A.T.!

Dar: Who are some of the other actors whose characters are introduced in this season that will appear on the podcast?

Basco: We have a few people coming up like Phil LaMarr. Of course we have some fan favorites like Jack De Sena. Also Jennie Kwan. Special guest this season is fan-favorite Azula voiced by legendary Grey DeLisle who joins us on the podcast. There are a lot of great guests as far as voice actors. Also not only people who worked on the show but also getting the fans involved in the podcast.

Dar: Were there any guests you had on the podcast who stood out?

Basco: The music is so important so talking with the musicians like Jeremy Zuckerman has been amazing. He was brand new to doing music for television at that time so he explained how he came up with the sounds. I love getting that behind-the-scenes information. As actors we do our thing but to see other people in their respective art add to the show is so fascinating.

Dar: The relationship between Zuko and Iroh in Book Two really grows and develops in ways that pull at the heartstrings. One specific episode “Tales of Ba Sing Se”—

Basco: One of my favorite episodes of the show!

Dar: —Iroh’s segment always brings tears to my eyes.

Basco: You’re giving me all the feels! I think it’s a tearjerker for everybody. That’s one of the great moments and of course the dedication to Mako who originally played Iroh and passed during Book Two. It was an emotional time for us when we were doing the show and it’s an emotional time when you watch the episode. It’s such a beautiful part of the story. It gives everybody the feels for so many reasons.

Dar: Actor Greg Baldwin had the unenviable task of taking over the role of Iroh after Mako’s passing.

Basco: Amazing.

Dar: He knocked it out of the park. Is he someone you’re hoping to get on the podcast?

Basco: Of course. I would love to have Greg on the show. I look forward to talking to him about the character. We’re waiting for him to come onto the show when he actually gets to voice Uncle Iroh. I have so many really great tender moments and memories of him coming onto the show and being so respectful to Mako and Mako’s life and legacy even before he did Avatar. Mako was such a prolific and important actor in the Asian American community. For Greg to come in and voice match him, it was almost emotional the first time we heard him do Uncle Iroh.

Dar: This being the midpoint of the series, it’s always the point in narrative storytelling where the heroes are at their lowest. Look no further than Empire Strikes Back. I think everybody can probably relate to Book Two: Earth more than ever, especially in these last few months. Has the second season resonated with you in any way?

Basco: Like you said with Empire, it’s the middle chapter and it’s so poignant for the days and times we’re living in. I think that’s one of the reasons for the resurgence of Avatar during the pandemic and when it came on Netflix it really hit hard and impacted everybody.

Dar: Finally, I know you still have to finish Book Two but when Braving the Elements gets to Book Three: Fire, are there any episodes you’re eager to examine and watch again.

Basco: The episode “The Beach.” I can’t wait to get to “The Beach!”

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Spin Master Games Sets Up Motorway Gaming Pit Stops at Welcome Break Motorway Service Areas

Spin Master Games has partnered with motorway service provider Welcome Break to keep families entertained during the summer holidays.


Spin Master Games has partnered with motorway service provider, Welcome Break, to provide a series of fun games at UK services to keep families entertained during long car journeys in the summer holidays.

With millions of Brits hitting the roads for the summer holidays, Spin Master has partnered with Welcome Break for a special roadside treat. Just in time for the big getaway, travellers will be able to relax and have fun with a range of games at motorway pit stops. Spin Master games will be set up in various food courts in Welcome Break motorway service areas across the UK for families to enjoy as they break up long trips.

Games on offer include the all-new survival game, Sink ‘N’ Sand, featuring the iconic and popular Kinetic Sand, which traps characters on a wild jungle adventure. Families can also dream up the next hit show by combining their favourite Netflix content with hilarious plot twists with the Netflix Game. Brothers and sisters can have fun trying to guess what animal or object is on their heads through a series of questions in the Hedbanz game.

Families can also battle for household (or car passenger) bragging rights in Beat the Parents, while solo travellers will be able to test their patience and persistence as they make it through 70 obstacles with Perplexus Rebel. Paw Patrol Puzzles will also be available to give younger passengers a much-deserved break on long car journeys.

Hedley Barnes, SVP International at Spin Master Toys, commented on the partnership: “We know that travelling around the UK with children in tow can be difficult. By adding some of our much-loved games to Welcome Break service areas, we’ll be able to help with some well needed respite on long journeys. From fun challenges and brainteasers to quick question games and puzzles for little ones, there is something for everyone.”

The following service stations will be providing Spin Master Games pit stops in their food halls:

  • Birchanger Green, Bishops Stortford – M11
  • Fleet – M3
  • Gordano – M5
  • Hopwood Park – M42
  • Leicester Forest East – M1
  • Membury – M4
  • Oxford – M40
  • South Mimms – M25/A1(M)
  • Warwick – M40

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Original source: Toy World Magazine.

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SpongeBob SquarePants Cast Discuss Bikini Bottom's Legacy & Future | SDCC

Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, and Jill Talley chat about the legacy of SpongeBob SquarePants and the future of the franchise.


Premiering in 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants was an instant hit for Nickelodeon. It was successful beyond the wildest dreams of the show's dearly departed creator, Stephen Hillenburg. With a consistent main cast that has remained a part of the series since the beginning, the show has evolved over the last two decades to become a cultural touchstone for countless viewers around the world -- and one of the most successful cartoon creations of the 21st century. In recent years, the franchise has continued to expand with new feature films like The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, spinoffs like The Patrick Star Show, and Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years, while the original series quietly approaches 300 episodes.

The three are even set for a crossover, the upcoming "Tidal Zone" special. As stars of a genuine multi-generational hit, the voices of SpongeBob SquarePants have become some of the most iconic in modern animation. Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick), and Jill Talley (Karen/Squidina) visited the CBR media room at San Diego Comic-Con 2022 to discuss watching the series become a cultural phenomenon. The group dove into finding new layers to their well-worn characters and looked ahead to what the future holds for the citizens of Bikini Bottom.

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Transformers Earthspark Cast and Crew : SDCC Interview | The Illuminerdi

Transformers Earthspark Cast and Crew : SDCC Interview | The Illuminerdi


Transformers Earthspark Cast and Crew : SDCC Interview

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Originally published: July 29, 2022.

H/T: Anime Superhero Forum /@JoeMabbon.

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