Sunday, August 21, 2011

Nickelodeon UK Unveils Autumn/Winter 2011 Slate

From Broadcast Now:
Nickelodeon unveils autumn slate

Nickelodeon is premiering a range of shows, including Blue Zoo’s Olive The Ostrich, as part of its autumn/winter slate of programmes.

A 52 x 5 min run of Olive The Ostrich, which is voiced by Rolf Harris, will air on pre-school channel Nick Jr. The show will feature artwork from children, which viewers can submit via a dedicated website.

Blue Zoo took on 40 new staff in June to manage the order.

Tina McCann, managing director of Nickelodeon UK said, “Olive is an imaginative new series for parents and younger children to enjoy and we hope the creativity behind the show will be inspiring for our Nick Jr. audience.”

There will also be further new episodes of Bubble Guppies, Dora The Explorer, Peppa Pig, Poppy Cat and Team Umizoomi.

Nickelodoen will air 2D animation T.U.F.F. Puppy, an adventure following a secret agent dog which is created in-house by Butch Hartman.

It will also feature new comedy adventure series Supah Ninjas featuring three unsuspecting high school students drafted into help with crime fighting by Star Trek star George Takei.

Hannah Montana producers Steven Peternamn and Douglas Lieblien have created Life With Boys following the exploits of a teen girl in a house full of men.

The broadcaster is also pairing the stars of US sitcoms iCarly and Victorious for a 90 minute TV special dubbed iParty.

Also, from
Nickelodeon reveals UK autumn/winter line-up

Season welcomes some of the strongest content in recent years, says network.

A raft of new content has been revealed for the autumn/winter 2011-2012 season by Nickelodeon UK.

The network believes that it has some of the strongest content seen on Nickelodeon in recent years.

This includes a creative crossover iParty, which sees the casts of iCarly and Victorious combine for the first time ever on screen. The 90-minute special TV event also guest stars Kenan Thompson from Saturday Night Live and Kenan & Kel.

Original movie, The Boy Who Cried Werewolf is due in the autumn and stars Victoria Justice from Victorious.

New episodes of Big Time Rush will also be screened, along with Spongebob Squarepants, Power Rangers Samurai and iCarly.

New shows will include comedy adventure series Supah Ninjas, which premieres in September. 2D animation T.U.F.F Puppy has been created by the team behind The Fairly Odd Parents, while Life with Boys follows the life of 14 year-old Tess Foster.

Over on Nick Jr, meanwhile, the channel has seen its audience increase 72 per cent year on year, with over 2.5 million children and two million parents having tuned in.

Autumn/winter 2011-2012 sees new episodes of Dora the Explorer, Bubble Guppies, Team Umizoomi, Peppa Pig and Poppy Cat.

In November, Dora the Explorer stars in new three-part special Dora's Enchanted Forest Adventure.

New series Olive the Ostrich also debuts in the autumn. The show is narrated by Rolf Harris and is created in partnership with The Prince's Foundation for Children and Arts, with a remit to develop art and storytelling skills while inspiring creativity.

Each episode features artwork created by six to nine year olds from schools across the UK.

Finally, new animation Matt Hatter will debut on Nicktoons.

"Autumn/winter 2011-2012 sees some of the strongest content we've had on the Nickelodeon network in recent years, including the eagerly anticipated iParty mash-up special, an appointment-to-view television event," said Tina McCann, MD of Nickelodeon UK.

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