Monday, December 28, 2020

Nickelodeon Orders Pilot for New Comic Book Store Comedy ‘Warped!’ From ‘All That’ EPs Kevin Kopelow & Heath Seifert, Kevin Kay

Kevin Kopelow & Heath Seifert, Executive Producers/showrunners of Nickelodeon’s All That and creators/EP of the network’s Cousins For Life, are making another comedy for the ViacomCBS network.

Cousins for Life

Deadline understands that the pair have scored a pilot order for Warped!, a comedy set in a popular comic book store.

Update (12/28) - It looks like Nickelodeon may have greenlit Warped! to series! ViacomCBS has applied to register the title with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) under Education & Entertainment: "Entertainment services in the nature of continuing program series, featuring live action, comedy and drama provided through cable television, broadcast television, internet, video-on-demand, and through other forms of transmission media; providing online information in the field of entertainment concerning television programs". The trademark, filed on December 14, is currently pending.

Kopelow and Seifert, who also created Austin & Ally for the Disney Channel and wrote on Kenan & Kel, starring a young Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, are writing and exec producing the project, with former Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT President Kevin Kay also exec producing. Kay left Viacom in 2018.

It follows Milo, the beloved head geek and manager at a popular comic book store whose microcosm is disrupted when his boss hires the loud and excitable, Ruby. Despite their differences, the two form an unlikely alliance when they team up to create the next great superhero franchise.

It is the latest project for the kids’ network; its animated Star Trek spin-off Star Trek: Prodigy, from Kevin and Dan Hageman, is expected to launch in 2021, it recently handed a 13 episode order for live-action puppet comedy series Brendar The Barbarian and just launched Unleashed, a pet talent competition format hosted by comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias. Nickelodeon is also set to premiere new comedy Side Hustle on November 7 and new sci-fi series The Astronauts from November 13.

Originally published: Friday, October 23, 2020 at 18:21 BST.

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