Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Power Rangers | Ninja Steel Exclusive Official Clip - Drive to Survive

To celebrate Nickelodeon USA premiering the next brand-new episode of Power Rangers Ninja Steel, "Drive to Survive", on Saturday 25th February 2017 at 12:00pm ET/PT, the official Power Rangers YouTube Channel has unveiled a fantastic sneak peek preview from the brand-new PRNS episode, which you can watch in the super video clip below!:

In the brand-new Power Rangers Ninja Steel episode "Drive to Survive" (#705), when the Power Rangers are caught in the spiderweb prison of Galvanax’s (Richard Simpson) latest monster Tangleweb, Calvin (Chantz Simpson) must conquer his fear to unlock a new power and save them!

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More Power Rangers: Fisher-Price Celebrates Power Friendships With All-New "Thomas & Friends" MINIS Train Mash-Ups, Including "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" And "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers"!
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Kuu Kuu Harajuku | "Trust Your Inner Uniphant" Sneak Peek | Nickelodeon USA

To celebrate Nickelodeon USA premiering the brand-new Kuu Kuu Harajuku episode "Trust Your Inner Uniphant"/"Starr Power" (#115) on Saturday 25th February 2017 at 8:00am, Nick USA has unveiled a super sneak peek preview of the all-new episode, which you can watch in the fantastic online streaming video clip here on!

In the brand-new Kuu Kuu Harajuku episode "Trust Your Inner Uniphant", to get a gig, Rudie tells Zookeeper Smythe the girls are experts in the handling the Uniphants. Then, in "Starr Power", a big time manager wants to sign HJ5! In Nick's new super sneak peek, "Baby's Favorite Animal", Baby's favorite animal is a Uniphant! It seems like they have a few things in common too!

More Nick: Shout! and DHX Media Strike Home Entertainment Deal for "Kuu Kuu Harajuku"!

Additional source: Screener TV Listings.
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ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks | "Snake Charmer" Sneak Peek | Nickelodeon USA

To celebrate Nickelodeon USA starting to premiere more brand new episodes of ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks season two Saturdays at 11:00am ET/PT from Saturday 25th February 2017, Nick USA has unveiled a super sneak peek preview from the first all-new episode, "Snake Charmer"; "Blabber Mouth" (#219), which you can watch in the fantastic online streaming video clip here on!

In the all-new ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks episode "Snake Charmer", Alvin and Simon create a fake snake to help Dave get over his fear of snakes. Then, in "Blabber Mouth", Alvin is convinced that Theodore cursed him so that he can never lie again and can not help himself from blabbing the truth! In Nick's fantastic sneak peek, "Rosie the Snake", who will be the lucky student to take home the class pet... Rosie the Snake!

More Nick: Ultimate Rhymes Sing-A-Long with Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks | Nickelodeon!

Additional source: Screener TV Listings.
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Meet And Greet Chase From "PAW Patrol" At Woburn Safari Park On Sunday 26th February 2017 | Nick Jr. UK

For the first time this year, Chase the Police Pup, star of Nick Jr. UK's action packed preschool series PAW Patrol, will be appearing at Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire on Sunday 26th February 2017!

Visitors can enjoy a wild safari adventure and discover the park’s majestic animals on the Road Safari, before heading down to the decking of the Mammoth Play Ark in the Foot Safari to meet Chase. The heroic pup will be appearing at 1.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm - Don’t forget to bring your cameras!

Nickelodeon's PAW Patrol CG-animated preschool series stars a pack of heroic rescue pups - Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma, Skye, Everest and the newest pup Tracker, who are led by a tech-savvy boy named Ryder. With a unique blend of problem-solving skills, cool vehicles and lots of cute doggy humour, the PAW Patrol team works together on high-stakes rescue missions to protect the Adventure Bay community. Together, they work hard to show the people of Adventure Bay that "no job is too big, no Pup is too small!" Produced by Spin Master Entertainment, the series features a curriculum that focuses on citizenship, team building, social skills and problem-solving. PAW Patrol airs everyday on Nick Jr. UK and Ireland/HD.

Visitors can meet Chase at no extra cost to standard Park admission on a first come, first served basis. By purchasing a Special Event ticket, visitors can also benefit from an allotted time to meet Chase and enjoy all the Safari fun at the Bedfordshire Park. Woburn Safari Park is now open daily between 9:30am and 4:30pm (last entry 3:30pm).

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More Nick: PAW Patrol Live! "Race to the Rescue" Heads To UK, Ireland!

Original source: Bedford Today.
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Nickelodeon News Bytes - Wednesday 22nd February 2017

NickALive!'s pick of Nickelodeon news, highlights and more from around the internet!:

- Matalan will introduce PAW Patrol and Peppa Pig branded swim lines in early March 2017!

- Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB, VIA) today announced that Bob Bakish, President and Chief Executive Officer, will present at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in San Francisco, California on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 10:25 a.m. PT (1:25 p.m. ET). A live webcast of the session will be available to the general public through a link on the Investor Relations homepage of Viacom’s website ( A replay of the audio webcast will be available in the “Events / Webcasts” section of this site.

- Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA) also announced today that Brad Grey will step down from his role as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Paramount Pictures. The company is commencing a comprehensive search to identify a successor, and Grey will remain at Paramount for a period to support the transition.
See also: Paramount’s Brad Grey sends his exit memo as Viacom makes it official

- Do you remember Sheila from "The Girls' Room" on The Amanda Show? See what actress Raquel Lee looks like now!

- Meet, greet and take your picture with The Thundermans star Jack Griffo at Kidabaloo, being held at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City on Saturday, Feb. 25.!

- TV execs dish on the state of kids TV.

- Lisa Silverman Meyers, Senior Vice President, operations and business planning at Nickelodeon Viacom Consumer Products, will be taking part in the "Location-Based Entertainment and Licensing" panel of the NYC Summit on Thursday 2nd March 2017!
Also see: European Companies Head to NYC Summit.

- Viacom posts the largest share of C3 impressions among all TV network groups in January 2017 with a 15.5% in adults 18-49 share, up from 15.2% a year ago -- the highest among all national media owners. Viacom’s Nickelodeon, TV Land, and CMT also had gains.

- Australia: Aeroplane Jelly and Nickelodeon Australia partner for Nickelodeon Sponsorship program as part of Aeroplane Jelly's ‘Swinging Celebration’ campaign to celebrate the brands 90th Birthday program.

- Nick Cannon and Brittany Bell welcome baby boy; name baby Golden Sagon Cannon. Congratulations Nick and Brittany!! :)

- Jamie Lynn Spears' daughter Maddie Aldridge is on the mend and back to her sporty self following an ATV accident earlier this month!

- Drake & Josh star Yvette Nicole Brown debuts an animated new look in Crackle’s SuperMansion! Yvette will play Portia (formerly known as the superhero Zenith).

- Then/Now: Former child stars, featuring Clarissa Explains It All and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch star Melissa Joan Hart!

- The Happy Meal toy people were obsessed with the year you were born (featuring 'Nickelodeon Game Gadgets' from 1992)!
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Skylar Diggins Teams Up With Nickelodeon For "Little Ballers Indiana" Docu-Series

Skylar Diggins has all the accolades fans could want as a world-class athlete: she left Notre Dame as the all-time leading scorer, is a five-time USA Gold Medalist, and is now a two-time WNBA All-Star with the Dallas Wings. It wasn’t always easy for the 574 native, coming from humble beginnings. Now as a role model for women everywhere, the 26-year-old wants to give back to the community and show the world what “the process” of getting to the top was like.

CREDIT: Roy Rochlin

Nickelodeon Russia Announces Polina Grents As Special Correspondent For The 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards

Nickelodeon Russia has announced the exciting news in the following press release that popular actress Polina Grents, star of P. E. Teacher, will be a Nickelodeon Russia's (Россия) special correspondent for Nickelodeon’s 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards!

As Nickelodeon Россия's special correspondent for KCA 2017, Polina will release a brand-new entry to her KCA Diary vlog on each week leading up to Nickelodeon's annual slimefest, in which Polina will report all the latest Kids’ Choice Awards news, and talk about about all the categories and nominees of this years KCA. In addition, the actress meet with this years Russian contenders vying for a prestigious orange blimp, asking them interesting questions for the audience.

Polina has won the affections of her audience thanks to her starring role in the popular youth television series 2015, in which she was also nominated for a Kids’ Choice Awards for "Favorite Russian actress".

The first episode of Polina's Kids’ Choice Awards 2017 vlog is already available to watch online. In this edition, Polina talks to rapper and "Favourite Russian Music Artist" nominee ST, and the creators of the Cut the Rope mobile game, which is nominated for "Favourite Russian Mobile App". In the third episode, Polina will tour the animation studio that created the Jingliks, which is nominated for "Favourite Russian Cartoon". In the near future, Polina will meet with popular blogger Mary Senn.

Don't miss an episode of Polina's KCA Diary vlog, and don't forget to support your favourite nominees from the worlds of film, television, music and pop culture by voting online at and via social media!

Nickelodeon’s 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards will take place in Los Angeles on Saturday 11th March 2017. Hosted by WWE superstar John Cena, Nickelodeon’s 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards will air on Monday 13th March 2017 at 19:00 MCK on Nickelodeon Россия.

Original Nickelodeon Russia (Россия) press release via Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Russia's official Press Office:

Nickelodeon Russia To Premiere "Legends Of The Hidden Temple" On Friday 24th February 2017

Nickelodeon Russia (Россия) will premiere the highly anticipated Legends of the Hidden Temple original TV movie, inspired by Nick USA's iconic '90s game show of the same name, on Friday 24th February 2017 at 18:50 МСК! Locally titled Легенды затерянного храма, Isabela Moner (100 шагов: успеть до старших классов, Transformers 5), Colin Critchley and Jet Jurgensmeyer (Гуппи и пузырики, Шиммер и Шайн) join original TV show host, Kirk Fogg, and voice of Olmec, Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad!, Губка Боб Квадратные Штаны), in the 90-minute action-adventure movie, which tells the story of three siblings who embark on a high-stakes, life-or-death mission.

The Legends of the Hidden Temple TV movie follows three siblings, Sadie (Moner), Noah (Critchley), and Dudley (Jurgensmeyer), who break away from a lackluster tour in a jungle, finding themselves immersed in a high-stakes adventure comprised of obstacles that they must complete in order to escape alive. The TV movie will feature elements from the original game show including: Olmec, a talking stone head who greets anyone who dares to enter the temple; The Steps of Knowledge, the entrance to the temple and launching pad for the mission; and cameos from a green monkey, red jaguar, and silver snakes, among others.

Legends of the Hidden Temple is executive produced by Scott McAboy and Michael Sammaciccia, and produced by Amy Sydorick. The TV movie is directed by Joe Menendez (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) and written by Jonny Umansky & Zach Hyatt, and Alex Reid.

Nickelodeon Africa & uShaka Marine World to make a splash with SlimeFest 2017

Original Nickelodeon Africa Press Release via MyNewsroom:

Nickelodeon & uShaka Marine World to make a splash with SlimeFest 2017

Durban: Nickelodeon (DStv channel 305) and uShaka Marine World are to make a great big splash with the first ever African edition of SlimeFest (8-9 April 2017)!

A spectacular celebration of music, stars, Nickelodeon TV characters and – of course – lots and lots of SLIME, Nickelodeon’s SlimeFest brought to you by uShaka Marine World will see Africa’s number one marine theme park transformed into a green and orange paradise for an unforgettable weekend of epic entertainment and slimy silliness.

Hosted by Joey Rasdien and Nomzamo Mbatha, SlimeFest 2017 will see kids and families flocking to Durban to bask, battle and slither around in glorious green slime, while enjoying singalongs from beloved Nickelodeon TV stars SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora & Friends, Chase & Marshall from Paw Patrol, and amphibious heroes, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Rounding off each day will be an out-of-this world concert featuring high octane performances from stars such as Cassper Nyovest (8 April) and Mafikizolo (9 April), and many more.

Commented Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, “SlimeFest is one of Nickelodeon’s most engaging event franchises around the world, and we are delighted to partner with uShaka Marine World to bring SlimeFest to African shores for the first time. Combining Nickelodeon’s kids and family friendly ethos with our beloved TV characters, great music, star power and a host of slime-oriented activities, SlimeFest is sure to be a huge success.”

uShaka is a trendsetter when it comes to providing entertainment that appeals to a wide range of people and this will be no exception. In fact, we are looking forward to adding a whole new dimension to our fun in the sun offering in April,” said Stella Khumalo, CEO of uShaka Marine World.

Visitors will be able to enjoy a range of slime-related activities and games all day long in the Interactive Slime Zone, featuring a host of slime related activities from a Slime Blaster Battle to a Slime Shower, a Zorb Ball Slime Pool and Slime Sumo, while character singalongs start at the Dolphin Aquarium from 9 am. Each day is rounded out with an awesome 3-hour concert at Wet ‘n’ Wild, kicking off at 3:00 pm, and blending contemporary music and stars with – you got it – lots and lots of slime.

Tiny tots can look forward to games, treasure hunts and soft play in the Pre School Zone at uShaka Kids World. Tweens and teens can enjoy skateboard workshops with professionals in action or even try themselves. To complete the fun, there’ll also be plenty of SlimeFest branded clothes, toys, posters, stickers and glow wear – and, of course, slime – plenty of it!

Tickets for SlimeFest are available for sale at Computicket and uShaka Marine World’s online ticketing service from 21 February priced from R 250 for a single ticket and R 230 per ticket for a family of 4 (R 220 for groups of 10 or more). Group tickets only available from Computicket. Entry is free for children under 3 years. Children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Nickelodeon SlimeFest is brought to you by uShaka Marine World.

For more information on SlimeFest 2017, please go to, like NickelodeonAfrica on Facebook, or follow @NickAfrica on Twitter and @Nickelodeon_Africa on Instagram using the hashtag #SlimeFestSA.


In additional news, Nickelodeon Africa has launched a aweslime competition in which one lucky winner will win a family trip to LA to watch Nickelodeon’s 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards LIVE! Simply visit and answer the easy question! Good luck! The 2017 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards premieres across Africa on Nickelodeon (DStv channel 305) and NickToons (DStv channel 308) on Wednesday 15 March 2017 at 15:40 CAT.

More Nick: Minnie Dlamini Joins NickFest 2017 Line-Up | Nickelodeon Africa!

Additional source: Media Update.
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"Bunsen Is a Beast" Theme Song (HQ) | Episode Opening Credits | Nickelodeon Animation

Watch the original theme song and opening credits of Nickelodeon's newest animated show, Bunsen Is a Beast, from Butch Hartman, the creator of Danny Phantom, The Fairly OddParents and T.U.F.F. Puppy!:

7 Fast Facts About Bunsen Is A Beast | New Nickelodeon Show 2017:

Tune into Bunsen is a Beast, weekdays at 5:30 p.m. ET/PT between Tuesday 21st - Friday 24th February 2017, then Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. ET/PT, only on Nick USA! Visit, Facebook, Instagram and the Nick App to learn more about Bunsen is a Beast.

More Nick: Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom, T.U.F.F. Puppy & Bunsen is a Beast | The Fairly Odd Phantom Short | Nickelodeon!
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Runaway Melon w/ PAW Patrol, Shimmer and Shine, Blaze & Rusty Rivets | Block Party | Nick Jr.

If your preschooler loves surprise eggs and other toy videos, they'll love joining in on the block party fun with beloved Nick Jr. characters Shimmer and Shine, Rubble, Chase, Blaze, and Rusty. Watch as these cute versions of your kid’s favorite characters learn how to work together in clever ways to stop a runaway melon before it goes splat! Your preschoolers can watch more videos just like this - for FREE - in the Nick Jr. App. Watch PAW Patrol, Shimmer and Shine, Blaze and the Monster Machines, Rusty Rivets and more weekdays on Nickelodeon USA or all week long on the Nick Jr. Channel:!:

Preschoolers can watch more videos like this and play preschool games in the free Nick Jr. App or at iTunes
Google Play

Stream full episodes for FREE in the Nick Jr. App on Roku and Apple TV or download full episodes for offline viewing on iTunes and Google Play:

Download premium apps featuring your favorite show on iTunes | Google Play | Amazon.

More Nick Jr.: Happy Valentine's Day | ‘Buddy Like You’ Song w/ PAW Patrol, Shimmer and Shine & More! | Nick Jr.!
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SpongeBob SquarePants | 'I Love Krabby Patties' Ultimate Love Song Music Video | Nickelodeon

Do you love Krabby Patties as much as SpongeBob does? Prove it by singing along to this ultimate Krabby Patty love song – and catch brand-new episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants Saturdays at 10am ET/PT, only on Nickelodeon USA!:

More Nick: SpongeBob SquarePants | Krabby Patty Love | Valentine’s Special | Nickelodeon!
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Spell Keepers | Episode 4 In Full | Nickelodeon Israel

Watch the fourth episode of Nickelodeon Israel's brand-new drama series Spell Keepers in the magical video below!:

Kids' Choice Awards 2017 | Scopri i candidati italiani | Nickelodeon Italia

Vota i tuoi preferiti su:!:

More KCA: Kids' Choice Awards 2017 | Vota la star globale | Nickelodeon Italia!

More Nick: Nickelodeon's International Channels Announce Their Local 2017 Kids' Choice Awards Nominees!
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles | Evil April | Nickelodeon UK

April becomes possessed, is unable to control her actions, and turns against her friends. Can Splinter and the turtles help change her back?

Catch the epic conclusion of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles season four, Saturday 25th February 2017 at 5:00pm, only on Nicktoons UK & Ireland!

More Nick: Nicktoons UK To Premiere Brand-New "SpongeBob SquarePants" Episodes From Tuesday 28th February 2017!
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"Mimic Madness" Sneak Peek | SpongeBob SquarePants | Nickelodeon

To celebrate Nickelodeon USA premiering the brand-new SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Mimic Madness"/"House Worming" (#207) on Saturday 25th February 2017 at 10:00am (ET/PT), Nick USA has unveiled a Sponge-Tastic sneak peek preview from the all-new episode, which you can watch in the super online streaming video clip here on!

In the brand-new SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Mimic Madness", SpongeBob learns that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery; Then, in "House Worming", when Worms move in to SpongeBob's holes, he has to hide his disgusting new friends from everyone else! In Nick's fantastic sneak-peek, "The Imitation Game", who knew that SpongeBob can change his shape to other people! His imitation game is SO on point! Wonder if Squidward would agree, though?

In related news, Vincent Waller, the Creative Director on SpongeBob SquarePants, has announced in a Tweet on his official Twitter profile page, @VincentWaller72, that Zeus Cervas has just started on a script for a upcoming season 11 episode of SpongeBob SquarePants!

Additional sources: Screener TV Listings, ToonZone Forums member fsaenz0125.
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India: Courtyard by Marriott Gurugram Downtown Brings You the Best of Nickelodeon Cartoons

Original Courtyard by Marriott Gurugram Press Release via Business Wire India:

Courtyard by Marriott Gurugram Downtown Brings You the Best of Nickelodeon Cartoons

Be a Part of the Cartoon Themed Sunday Brunch!

New Delhi, Delhi, India

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:22AM IST (5:52AM GMT)

Motu Patlu at the Nickelodeon Sunday Brunch

Courtyard by Marriott Gurugram Downtown is all set to bring to you the much loved fictional characters from Nickelodeon at their Sunday Brunch at Downtown Kitchen & Bar from 19th February to 12th March 2017. Right from characters like SpongeBob and Dora to the latest loved ones like Motu & Patlu, the brunch will be themed on the basis of these characters.

Meet your favorite characters and enjoy their company while they entertain you every week with their adventurous and funny stories. Not to miss the buffet spread which features favorite dishes of your toons, like an array of sea food for SpongeBob & elaborate Spanish dishes for Dora! Sweeten your experience with a plethora of desserts specially handcrafted by our team of chefs. To keep the entertainment alive, there will be creative activities like treasure hunt, face painting competition, tattoo fair, balloon painting and a lot more.

Dessert spread at the Nickelodeon Sunday Brunch

While the kids feast on the extensive brunch and enjoy the activities under the professional care of well-trained hotel staff, parents too have a perfect opportunity to unwind with unique crafted cocktails, delectable food and soothing music adding to their relaxation.

Speaking on this occasion Anuj Soin, F&B Manager, Courtyard by Marriott Gurugram Downtown said, “We want to give the little ones this unique experience which will entertain them immensely along with their parents. The entire team and myself have studied each character in detail to incorporate their likes & dislikes in the Sunday Brunch making it even more authentic. We really hope all the kids and their parents have a wonderful time at our brunch.”


Venue: Downtown Kitchen & Bar, Courtyard by Marriott Gurugram Downtown
Time: 12:30 – 4:00 PM
Availability: 19th February to 12th March 2017 (Every Sunday)
Pricing: INR 1945 ++ Mocktail Brunch per person
             INR 2895++ Cocktail Brunch per person
             INR 1000++ for kids 6-12 years of age
             Kids below 5 years of age dine free

Address: Plot no B, 27, Sector Road, Block B, Sushant Lok Phase I, Sector 27, Gurugram

For reservations, call: 9717015950 / +91 124 488 8444 / Ext 8245

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Could This Charlotte-Area Teen Be The Next Big Superstar? | Game Shakers

Madisyn Shipman could so easily pass for a typical 14-year-old girl from Kings Mountain.

Went target shooting for the first time last week, with a friend of her mom’s. Uses the word “whenever” instead of “when”; as in, “I got my first four-wheeler whenever I was 5” (which, in her case, is a true story). Could live off the food at Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge in Shelby and Love’s Fish Box in Kings Mountain.

This particular teen, though, has spent as much of her life living in New York City as she has in Cleveland County and, since age 12, Shipman has been a southern California girl – as well as one of the top-billed stars of the Nickelodeon’s hit original comedy series Game Shakers.

The final three episodes of the second season of the network’s popular sitcom will air over the next month on Nick USA.

As Nick shows have a history of paving the way to prosperous entertainment careers for their stars, from Ariana Grande to Alanis Morissette, the future looks very bright for Madisyn. Even if Madisyn doesn't continue in the entertainment industry, she may wind up top of her field as a neurosurgeon, operating on your brain someday!

“I love acting so much,” says Shipman, who stopped by The Charlotte Observer last Thursday during one of her annual-ish trips home to visit extended family in North Carolina. “If acting does work out, great. But neurosurgeon is always my backup plan. ... My mom’s a nurse, so that kind of contributed to wanting to be in a hospital, and I got hooked on ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ I watched all 13 seasons in a couple months; it was bad. And I saw that Derek was a neurosurgeon, and I’m like, ‘That would be fun.’ So I started researching and researching – I mean, working on people’s brains, that’s pretty cool.”

Here are eight other things The Charlotte Observer learned about Madisyn Shipman during their recent interview:

1. Her first acting job was in a Blue Cross Blue Shield commercial. She learned about the opportunity via a radio ad, and her mother, Jennifer, actually told Madisyn no the first time. “‘You’re just a normal kid, we live in Kings Mountain, no one knows this town,’” is what Madisyn recalls her mom telling her. “And I just kept on bugging her and she’s like, ‘OK, fine, we can try it.’” After several other commercials and a trip to an Actors, Models & Talent for Christ convention in Florida, the family hired an agent and moved to New York City, where Madisyn successfully booked a couple of brief appearances on “Saturday Night Live” and a small role in the 2010 Broadway play “Enron.”

2. Her big break didn’t come easily. Over the course of several months, Nickelodeon rejected Madisyn multiple times, most notably because the producers felt she looked too much like Game Shakers’ other female lead, Cree Cicchino. In fact, Nick originally shot the series’ 2015 pilot with a blonde-haired actress in the role of Kenzie Bell, before replacing her with Madisyn.

3. Game Shakers centers around two girls who write code for video games. Madisyn’s Kenzie is a brainy techie who – along with Cree Cicchino’s Babe Carano – started a multimillion-dollar gaming company after a video-game app (Sky Whale) they created for their school science project became a phenomenon. “Our show,” Madisyn says, “is all about girl power.”

4. But personally, she wouldn’t be able to code to save her life. “Whenever I booked the show, I was like, ‘I need to learn a little bit about coding!’ ” Madisyn says. “So I Googled and Googled and Googled, and then I read this story about this one woman in 2013 who used to collect cigarette butts and stuff, and then she would get people’s DNA and make 3D faces from coding. It’s crazy what all coding can do, because it can make computers and laptops, but it can also make 3D models of people’s faces that you’ve never even seen before. Which is cool, but a little creepy at the same time. ... Anyway, I don’t wanna be full-out coding, but I wanna learn a little bit.”

5. Or, she’d also be content to just keep playing video games. Her and her three younger brothers’ current obsession is challenging one another in any of the retro titles on the new Nintendo NES Classic Edition console; but against older friends, it’s “Grand Theft Auto” all the way. If you need proof of how much she loves video games, just consider her pet hedgehog – which she got just so she could name him Sonic. She also has a chameleon, Tails (named for Sonic’s best friend in Sega’s “Sonic the Hedgehog” series), and a Teacup Yorkie that she named Willow, who tips the scales at 1 pound 3 ounces.