Sunday, June 30, 2024

Exclusive Interview With 'Dora' Composer Bobby Villarreal

Dora's back in a brand new CG-animated series, streaming now on Paramount+, and to celebrate the return of Nickelodeon's iconic heroine, NickALive! had the wonderful opportunity to interview Bobby Villarreal, who serves as a composer on the new series of Dora!


Bobby's work on the Paramount+ reboot of the iconic children’s series is among the most innovative and dynamic musicianship in TV today. His work features several authentic Latin styles of music, ranging from reggaeton to bachata to salsa to banda and cumbia. Like the show itself, the score is filled with action, humor, and heart.

A Houston native, Bobby graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2013. He is no stranger to the children’s entertainment space, as he also writes additional music for Netflix’s Gabby’s Dollhouse and Nickelodeon’s Blues Clues & You.

Bobby Villarreal

In addition to scoring to picture, Bobby has produced songs for such iconic artists as Post Malone, Sirah, and 24hrs. His score for Dora marks undoubtedly the most personal project of his career, incorporating his Latin roots and establishing a forward-thinking vision for the entirety of the series.

Aside from its traditional Latin influences, Bobby’s Dora score draws inspiration from several modern Latin artists taking over the music industry today. Elements of Bad Bunny, Peso Pluma, Karol G, and J. Balvin can be heard throughout Bobby’s many themes. The LA-based composer utilized organic Latin instruments such as the Puerto Rican Cuatro, Timbales, Congas, and more, while also blending in Latin pop beats programmed with 808’s, trap drums, and modern synths. Fans of Dora the Explorer will recognize longstanding elements of the show’s musical palette, but will also be treated to the entirely new themes that Bobby wrote for the show’s colorful cast of characters.

Check out NickALive!'s exclusive interview with Bobby below!:

NickALive!: What was the collaboration process like with the showrunners and directors on Dora? Do they give you any interesting instructions or feedback to help you create the show’s musical palette?

Bobby Villarreal: Yes! I find myself incredibly lucky to be part of such a collaborative team on Dora! When I was first brought on board the new series, I met with the creators, and co-executive producers Chris Gifford and Valerie Walsh Valdes, who spoke to the heart and central themes that embody who Dora is as a character: loving, brave, heroic, empowering, a leader, friend to all. Getting to hear from the creators of the iconic and beloved series themselves was incredibly inspiring!


Before scoring each episode, I’ll sit down with music supervisor Holly Gregory where we discuss themes, and creatively brainstorm ways we can make the most authentic and intentional choices with the Latin underscore that best support the story. It might be a region in the rainforest Dora and her friends find themselves in that inspire a specific Latin genre, or perhaps they meet an Alebrije (a folkloric Mexican animal often carved out of wood) where I might want to use regional Mexican instruments with added magical layers to plant some organic roots in the musical storytelling. Discovering creative and intentional ways to honor Latin cultures and traditions through the music of Dora is one of my favorite parts of crafting the score. 

NickALive!: Was there a particular scene you felt was musically key in your work?

Bobby: There’s a couple scenes in episode 7 “Big Red Chicken Wake Up!” that will forever be close to my heart as they were the first scenes I scored. When I first watched those scenes without music, I imagined what Dora might sound like in today’s most diversified and musically colorful world. I thought, what if Dora’s rainforest included the vibrant colors and modern palette of today’s Top Billboard Latin artists? I approached those scenes more as a producer might approach a hit Latin Pop / R&B record and included sounds you might not expect in a preschool show: 808s, trap snare drums, and Reggaeton beats. I had a blast… I’m still pinching myself that it worked!

NickALive!: Were there any character or emotional themes that you created and reused throughout the show?

Bobby: Yes! I composed new character themes for Swiper, Benny, Tico, Isa, Val, The Grumpy Old Troll, and used signature solo instruments for Boots (harmonica) and The Big Red Chicken (trumpet) that you’ll often hear on screen moments. Dora's theme is based on her brand new theme song, “¡Exploradora!” 

NickALive!: Your Dora score seems to draw inspiration from Reggaeton and other popular Latin music genres. Did you have any specific artists in mind while composing for the show, and how did they inform your approach?

Bobby: As a third-generation Latino who grew up in Houston, Texas, my house was filled with music from Juan Gabriel, Luis Miguel, Rocío Dúrcal, Elvis Crespo, and Celia Cruz to name a few. At the time, this was just music in my house. I wasn’t thinking, “Gosh, I’m going to grow up and become a film composer,” much less reimagine the score to Dora, but these became sounds in my DNA.

Now I’m married with a wife and two kids, and we often listen to current crossover Latin artists. We listen to Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Natalia Lafourcade, Karol G… I enjoy so many different Latin genres and I found creative freedom in allowing myself to get inspired from all the different sounds that shaped me in my childhood and the modern Latin music that inspires me today. Bad Bunny inspired reggaeton beats might not be something you envision for a pre-school show, but it’s the unexpected that makes the score feel fresh!

NickALive!: Did you use any interesting or unusual instrumentation on the show?

Bobby: The score includes a variety of regional Latin American instruments such as the Puerto Rican Cuatro, a 10-stringed guitar that’s also the national instrument of Puerto Rico. Every two strings are tuned to unison pitches an octave apart from one another, that give the guitar a gorgeous melodic richness in tone. I also had the privilege of working with Lorena Perez Batista, a Venezuelan percussionist and additional composer on my team who recorded incredible performances on Timbales and Dominican Tambora to the score.


NickALive!: Were you familiar with the original Dora the Explorer series? How did the original series influence your work on the new series?

Bobby: Yes! I grew up a huge fan of the original Dora the Explorer series. Understanding Dora, the fearless leader who’s a friend to all, and a champion of empowerment really gave me a solid foundation when first approaching the score on the new series. I wanted to make sure I kept the spirit of the original Dora character and her friends strong in the new series, while also bringing a fresh Latin musical perspective with the new stories being told in the new show. 

NickALive!: Do you have a favorite character on the show?

Bobby: I’ve already become bonded to all the characters and their fun and unique personality traits, it would be really difficult to choose just one favorite, but I will say, Boots definitely has a silliness and approaches his world with a childlike wonder I can definitely relate to!

About Dora:

Produced by Nickelodeon Animation, Dora made a triumph return on Friday, April 12 on Paramount+. In the U.S., the first season of Dora (26 x 11-minute episodes) streams exclusively on Paramount+, with select episodes also available to stream on the official Dora & Friends YouTube channel. Internationally, the series streams on Paramount+ in most regions the service is available and also airs on Nick Jr. channels and branded programming blocks. A second season of Dora was ordered shortly after the show's debut.

With all-new CG animation and imaginative character-driven storylines, the new Dora series follows everyone’s favorite bilingual explorer, Dora (Diana Zermeño), and her best monkey friend, Boots (Asher Colton Spence), as they embark on epic adventures in a fantastical rainforest. Guided by trustworthy Map (Anairis Quiñones), Dora and her friends must work together to overcome many obstacles while being challenged by the sneakiest fox, Swiper (Marc Weiner). Kathleen Herles, the original voice of Dora the Explorer, returns to the new series as Mami, and Mike Smith Rivera joins the cast as Papi.

In addition to Zermeño’s breakout role as Dora, previously announced cast members joining Dora include Maria Canals-Barrera as Abuela; Danny Burstein as Grumpy Old Troll and The Fiesta Trio’s Frog and Marmoset; Katarina Sky as Backpack; Donovan Monzon-Sanders as Tico; Tandi Fomukong as Isa; Quintún Muñoz as Benny; Chris Gifford as Big Red Chicken; and Quiñones as The Fiesta Trio’s Armadillo. Featured guest stars this season are Taboo as Quickatoo and Kate del Castillo as Ale the Alebrije.

Dora is produced by Nickelodeon Animation in Burbank, California, and created by Chris Gifford and Valerie Walsh Valdes. Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh Valdes and Rich Magallanes serve as executive producers. Henry Lenardin-Madden serves as co-executive producer, and Alejandro Bien-Willner serves as story editor. Marielle Kaar is Nickelodeon's Executive in Charge of Production for the series. Dora the Explorer was created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh Valdes and Eric Weiner.

Leading up to the debut of her all-new series, Dora made her big screen debut with the launch of the all-new animated short film, Dora and the Fantastical Creatures, which was available to watch exclusively in theatres screening next to PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie. A special, titled Dora: Say Hola to Adventure, also debuted on Paramount+.

In addition to the new series, Nickelodeon has also launched Dora’s Recipe for Adventure, a brand-new podcast for preschoolers and families, which centers on Dora and celebrates culture, food, family and the importance of embracing oneself. Featuring all-new music, the 10-episode audio series follows Dora and Boots on their exciting expeditions through the rainforest as they search for the missing ingredients for some of her family’s favorite dishes, such as caldo de piedra (stone soup), arroz con huevos (rice with eggs) and maduros (fried sweet plantains). Dora’s Recipe for Adventure is available today wherever listeners get their podcasts.

Since its launch on Nickelodeon on August 14, 2000, Dora the Explorer quickly emerged as a global pop culture phenomenon, and nearly 25 years later, it’s still one of the most-watched preschool shows of all time. Dora has crossed social, racial and language boundaries and stands as a hero and friend to millions of children around the world. The series currently is seen in more than 150 countries and territories and translated in 32 languages through Nickelodeon channels, Paramount+ around the globe and syndication. Over its eight-season run, which is currently available to stream in full on Paramount+, Dora the Explorer received countless accolades, including Emmy, Peabody, NAACP, Alma, Imagen, Latino Spirit, Gracie Allen, Parents’ Choice, Common Sense Media and Television Critics Association awards.

A very special thanks to Bobby Villarreal for taking the time to chat with NickALive!, and to Nickelodeon and Paramount+ for this fantastic opportunity!

You find out more about Bobby by visiting his official website,

Make sure to catch Bobby's work on all-new Dora, streaming now on Paramount+! Visit for a free trial!

Join your favorite explorer in NEW and EXCITING adventures on YouTube! Play games, dive into adventures, sing along to songs, solve puzzles and so much more! Subscribe to the OFFICIAL Dora & Friends YouTube Channel! Ready? ¡Vámonos! Let’s go!

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Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for June 30, 2024 | Nickelodeon

Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for June 30, 2024 | Nickelodeon

Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for June 30, 2024 | Nickelodeon

Stream the classic Rugrats series on Paramount+! Try it FREE at!

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!:

More Nick: Paramount+ Renews 'Rugrats' For Season 3!

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Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for June 29, 2024 | Nickelodeon

Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for June 29, 2024 | Nickelodeon

Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for June 29, 2024 | Nickelodeon

Stream the classic Rugrats series on Paramount+! Try it FREE at!

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!:

More Nick: Paramount+ Renews 'Rugrats' For Season 3!

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June 2024 on Nickelodeon USA | Premiere Highlights

Below are Nickelodeon USA's currently announced June 2024 premiere highlights for Nick, Nicktoons, Nick Jr., Nick at Nite, TeenNick and Paramount+:

No Time to Spy: A Loud House Movie

Latest Update: 6/30 (Check back regularly for the latest updates!)

Nickelodeon to Air BET Awards 2024 on June 30











BET Awards 2024

New York, NY – (June 28, 2024) – Today, BET revealed a star-studded lineup of presenters and performers who will take the stage at the BET Awards 2024.  LIVE from the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles. Performances by Childish Gambino, Chlöe, Coco Jones, Keke Palmer, Marsha Ambrosius, and Summer Walker, alongside presenters Andra Day, Colman Domingo, DC Young Fly, Devale Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jessica Betts, Ms. Pat, Niecy Nash-Betts, Saucy Santana and more.  Academy Award® nominated and Golden Globe® winning actor, author, director, producer, and philanthropist Taraji P. Henson will return to host, and GRAMMY® award-winning global entertainment icon USHER will be honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement BET Award.   BET Awards 2024 will air LIVE on Sunday, June 30 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on BET, BET Her, VH1, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV, MTV2, Nick at Night, Pop, and TV Land.

These presenters and artists will join the stage with a notable line-up of previously announced performers, including GloRilla, Ice Spice, Latto, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Megan Thee Stallion, Muni Long, Sexyy Red, Shaboozey, Tanner Adell, Tyla, Victoria Monét, YG Marley, and Will Smith.

BET AWARDS 2024 will kick off with an explosive Red Carpet Live Show at 6:00 pm ET/PT hosted by Terrence J, with performances by Too $hort, Lil’ Mo, Blxst & Bino Rideaux, Connie Diiamond, 4batz, Hunxho, Kalan.FrFr, Mariah The Scientist, October London, Remy Ma, Tee Grizzley, 310babii, and the legendary DJ Quik. Pretty Vee will serve as a correspondent; Tank will host the Style Stage, and Mouse Jones will host the exclusive “BET Awards” live stream, while Jae Murphy will serve as the Red Carpet DJ. Matasa Williams is the Executive Producer of the Red Carpet Live Show.

BET Media Group is also proud to announce enhanced accessibility for this year’s BET Awards. This addition ensures that blind and visually impaired viewers can fully experience the event by providing audio-narrated descriptions of the program’s key visual elements. This enhancement promises a richer viewing experience for all. The audio description will be provided on the Secondary Audio Programming (SAP) channel by industry leaders VITAC and Audio Eyes on BET, TV Land, MTV2 and POP.

BET Awards, has been the #1 cable award show among all adults 18-49 for the last three consecutive years and is the #1 cable award show among Black adults 18-49 for the 22nd consecutive year (CY02-CY23). BET Awards is the ultimate platform to showcase the best, brightest, and most beautiful aspects of the Black experience – honoring the present and future of Black music, creativity, and sportsmanship, by celebrating the culture and being a driving force for social change.

Drake leads BET Awards 2024 nominations with an outstanding seven nods. The official BET Awards 2024 nominees were selected by a voting academy of esteemed music industry insiders, performers, and presenters. Click HERE for the complete list of BET Awards 2024 nominees.

Vote now for BET Awards 2024 Viewer’s Choice Award. Voting ends June 30, 2024, at 6:30 PM PT/ 9:30 PM ET. is the official site for BET Awards 2024 and is the official source for the latest news and updates about this year's show. Follow the team @BET and @BETAWARDS.

Connie Orlando, EVP of Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy, will oversee and Executive Produce the annual show, with Jamal Noisette, SVP of Tentpoles & Music Community Engagement, to also Executive Produce for BET. Jesse Collins Entertainment is the production company for the show, with Jesse Collins, Dionne Harmon, and Jeannae Rouzan-Clay also serving as Executive Producers.

BET is transforming Culture’s Biggest Night into Culture’s Biggest Week with BET Experience 2024, promising the ultimate in Black culture and entertainment. With a lineup of culture’s most influential artists, including Cardi B, Davido, Gunna, Sexyy Red, The Roots, Common, Queen Latifah, Jungle Brothers, and many more electrifying talent, experts, and tastemakers, the week promises to be one to remember.

Attendees will enjoy unforgettable live performances, comedy shows, culture-shifting conversations, immersive workshops, and much more! Anchoring this year’s Experience is fan-favorite BETX 2024 Fan Fest, a free, all-ages two-day cultural festival taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday, June 28, and Saturday, June 29. For more information, visit

For more information about BET, visit and follow @BET on social platforms. For more BET news announcements, visit


The BET Media Group, a unit of Paramount (NASDAQ: PARAA; PARA), is the world’s largest media company dedicated to entertaining, engaging, and empowering the Black community and championing Black culture. Connecting Black audiences through a portfolio of brands including BET, BET+, BET Gospel, BET HER, BET International, BET Jams, BET Soul, BET Studios, and VH1, the BET Media Group is a thriving media ecosystem of leading interconnected platforms across cable TV, streaming, digital, studios, live events and international.

For more information about BET, visit and follow @BET on social platforms. For more BET news announcements, visit


BET Awards is one of the most-watched award shows on cable television according to the Nielsen Company. The BET Awards franchise remains the #1 program in cable TV history among African-Americans, and it is the #1 telecast for BET every year. It recognizes the triumphs and successes of artists, entertainers, and athletes in a variety of categories.

About Jesse Collins Entertainment

Founded in 2012, Jesse Collins Entertainment (JCE) is a full-service Emmy winning production company that has played an integral role in producing many of television's most memorable moments in music entertainment.  JCE's award-winning and critically acclaimed television includes programming from its three divisions.  From the scripted division: scripted series—Real Husbands of Hollywood, American Soul and miniseries—The New Edition Story and The Bobby Brown Story.  From the unscripted division: unscripted series – Gabrielle Union: My Journey to 50, Oh Hell No! With Marlon Wayans, Cardi Tries, My Killer Body with K. Michelle, DJ Cassidy's Pass the Mic and Forward: The Future of Black Music, competition/game shows—Celebrity Squares, Becoming A Popstar, Rhythm + Flow, Sunday Best, Hip Hop Squares and Nashville Squares, talk shows – Yara Shahidi's Day Off and Face to Face with Becky G, and children's series—Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices (Daytime Emmy Award winner).  From the specials division: award shows—The Emmy Awards, The American Music Awards, BET Awards, Soul Train Awards, BET Hip Hop Awards, Black Girls Rock!, BET Honors, UNCF's An Evening of Stars and ABFF Honors, specials—The Super Bowl Halftime Show (Primetime Emmy Award winner), The Light We Carry: Michelle Obama & Oprah Winfrey (Primetime Emmy® Award nominee), A GRAMMY Salute to 50 Years of Hip Hop, Lil Rel Howery: I said it. Y'all thinking it., CNN's Juneteenth: A Global Celebration of Freedom, Martin: The Reunion, John Lewis: Celebrating A Hero, Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration, Change Together: From The March On Washington To Today, A GRAMMY Salute to the Sounds of Change, Stand Up for Heroes, Dear Mama, Amanda Seales: I Be Knowin', Def Comedy Jam 25, Leslie Jones: Time Machine, The All-Star Nickmas Spectacular and Rip the Runway.  Emmy winner Jesse Collins, Founder and CEO, is the executive producer of all JCE programming.  He is also an executive producer for the annual Grammy Awards and the 75th Annual Emmy Awards.  Collins also produced the 2021 Oscars and 2022 Golden Globes.

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Originally published: June 30, 2024.

H/T: Special thanks to @kancsn01 for the news!

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What's New on Paramount+ UK in July 2024 | Release Schedule

Here's your guide to what's new on Paramount+ UK & Ireland in July 2024! Try Paramount+ for FREE at!

Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years

Please note that this is for Paramount+ in the UK & Ireland. For Paramount+ USA's highlights, click here!

July is upon us, bringing with it sun, sea and streaming! Alongside continuing new episodes of Mayor of Kingstown season three, July will see the release of Mean Girls: The Musical (July 16), medical drama Code Black (July 15) and, just in time for the summer holidays, Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years season two (July 7).

It's SpongeBob SquarePants' 25th anniversary, and to celebrate, Paramount+ is inviting you to Binge Like a Sponge! Stream all things SpongeBob, including the iconic series, spin-offs Kamp Koral and The Patrick Star Show, plus SpongeBob movies and specials!

Here’s a look all the titles joining the service in July:

July 1, 2024
Mayor of Kingstown – Season 3, episode 4

July 4, 2024
Murdaugh Murders: The Movie – Parts 1 & 2

July 8, 2024
Mayor of Kingstown – Season 3, episode 5

July 10, 2024
Kamp Koral – Season 2 box set (13 episodes)

July 15, 2024
Code Black – Box set
Mayor of Kingstown – Season 3, episode 6

July 16, 2024
Mean Girls: The Musical

July 17, 2024
Quantum Leap – Season 2 part 1

July 22, 2024
Mayor of Kingstown – Season 3, episode 7

July 29, 2024
Mayor of Kingstown – Season 8, episode 8

Paramount + is available to UK consumers via the Paramount+ app. Users are able to sign up to the service for £6.99 per month/ £69.90 per annum in the UK and €7.99 per month or €79.90 per year in Ireland after a free seven-day trial. Additionally, Paramount+ is available on Sky platforms in the UK. Sky Cinema subscribers earn the bonus of Paramount+ with no extra cost. For more information, visit

Paramount+ UK & Ireland is HERE! Stream a Mountain of Entertainment, including your Nickelodeon favourites! Try it FREE at!

Paramount+ is also available with Sky Cinema at no extra cost.

Originally published: June 30, 2024.

Original sources: Get Your Comic On.

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July 2024 on TeenNick Europe: KCA 2024 | Paradise Run | True Jackson, VP

Below is a round-up of TeenNick Europe's programming highlights for July 2024!

Paradise Run

More Highlights:
About TeenNick Europe and this guide: Although TeenNick Europe is not the official name of this channel, it's the name I've given it as it broadcasts primarily in Europe. There are a couple of pan-regional versions of TeenNick: TeenNick Comm (aka TeenNick Europe), which broadcasts in France (under the name Nickelodeon Teen), Hungary and Poland; and TeenNick Global, which is available in Latin America and Romania. All times CET, please check local listings for localised air times. Unless otherwise noted, localised episode titles are Hungarian (Magyar). Most of the premieres listed only apply to TeenNick Hungary (Magyarország). ** This area is currently under review for updating.

NickALive! has a active Mapping Planet Nickelodeon side project, which aims to detail which country gets what feed. If you can help, let me know!

--- This July, Teen Nick Europe will be airing:

- 2024-07-17 20:30 - premiere
- 2024-07-18 19:00 - encore
- 2024-07-20 17:35 - replay

-- The brand new show Paradise Run:

- 2024-07-29 15:30 2x01 It's All About the Thunder-man! - series premiere
- 2024-07-30 15:30 2x03 Thundermans in Paradise
- 2024-07-31 15:30 2x05 A Nick Showdown In Paradise

"Paradise Run" is locally titled "Hawaii futam" in Hungary.

-- A new episode of True Jackson, VP:

- 2024-07-07 01:20 1x26 The Dance (A bál) - series finale

Originally published: June 30, 2024.

Original source: Mentrum.

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