Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Nickelodeon Unwraps Holiday Programming Guide


Holiday-Themed Lineup Includes Season Two Premiere of Original Competition Series Top Elf and Brand-New Star-Studded Special The All-Star Nickmas Spectacular Featuring Gabriel Iglesias, Jay Pharoah, Tisha Campbell, Trevor Noah and Young Dylan with Musical Performances by JoJo Siwa, That Girl Lay Lay and Ne-Yo

Net to Also Air All-New Festive Premieres of Hit Series PAW Patrol, Santiago of the Seas
Blue’s Clues & You!, The Casagrandes, The Substitute, All That, Danger Force and More

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HOLLYWOOD, Calif.–Nov. 12, 2020–It’s beginning to look a lot like “Nickmas”! Nickelodeon is welcoming in the holiday with over 100 hours of seasonal content, featuring 21 holly jolly premieres of its live-action, animation and preschool series beginning Thursday, Nov. 19. Viewers will be treated to a joyous lineup including the season two premiere of original festive competition series, Top Elf; the brand-new star-studded special The All-Star Nickmas Spectacular; and all-new episodes of the net’s hit series PAW Patrol, Santiago of the Seas, Blue’s Clues & You!, The Casagrandes, The Substitute, All That, Danger Force, and more, plus classic fan-favorite holiday episodes of Rugrats, SpongeBob SquarePants and The Loud House.

In the second season of Top Elf, premiering on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT), Santa (Tommy Snider) and Ms. Jingles (Samantha Turret) invite seven talented “Elf-testants” to the North Pole to compete in a series of holiday-themed challenges for the title of “Top Elf” and $25,000 to a charity on their Wish List. Each “Elf-testant” is paired with one of Santa’s elves who are excited to help bring their holiday vision to life. The season will feature even bigger and messier challenges, including building a life size countdown calendar, designing sweet treat carts for the North Pole street fair, reimagining Santa’s style for a high-tech makeover, creating a scenic 3D pop-up experience and producing and starring in their very own holiday-themed music video. 

Each episode of Top Elf features a celebrity guest judge to help decide who will make it on to Santa’s list and continue on in the competition. Joining as judges for season two are social media star Addison Rae, Nickelodeon’s Unfiltered host Jay Pharoah, singer-songwriter Tori Kelly, social media sensation Guava Juice (SpongeBob SmartyPants) and global superstar JoJo Siwa. Top Elf will air regularly Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) through Dec. 17 on Nickelodeon.

On Saturday, Nov. 28, Nickelodeon will celebrate the holidays with a brand-new star-studded special, The All-Star Nickmas Spectacular, premiering at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). Hosted by Nickelodeon’s Lex Lumpkin, the hour-long variety show will include musical performances by JoJo Siwa, That Girl Lay Lay and Ne-Yo, along with appearances by Gabriel Iglesias, Jay Pharoah, Tisha Campbell, Trevor Noah (Kid of the Year) and Young Dylan. The special will also feature comedy sketches from the casts of All That, The Astronauts, Danger Force, Group Chat and Nickelodeon’s Unfiltered—including Darci Lynne with Petunia—as well as special messages from animated stars SpongeBob SquarePants, Lincoln and Lucy from The Loud House, and Ronnie Anne from The Casagrandes.

A complete rundown of the net’s “Nickmas” premieres can be found below. All airings are ET/PT on Nickelodeon, unless otherwise noted. Art can be viewed below:

Top Elf “‘Tis the Season to be Top Elf” (season premiere) – Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7:30pm, with new episodes airing on Thursdays at 7:30pm through Dec. 17

Santa invites seven extraordinary Elf-testants to the North Pole to compete for the title of Top Elf. Social media star Addison Rae joins Santa and Ms. Jingles to judge life-sized countdown calendars.

PAW Patrol “Pups Save a Bah Humdinger!” (30-minute special) – Friday, Nov. 20, at 12pm

Mayor Humdinger is being very naughty on Christmas Eve, and it’s up to the PAW Patrol to help Santa and save Christmas.

Santiago of the Seas “A Pirate Christmas” (30-minute special) – Friday, Nov. 20, at 12:30pm

Santiago and his crew must help Santa save Christmas. Guest Star: Alfred Molina

The Adventures of Paddington “The Lost Letter” (30-minute special) – Friday, Nov. 27, at 8:30pm (Nick Jr. Channel)

Paddington has accidentally sent Jonathan’s Santa letter to Peru by mistake. When he sends Pigeonton to the North Pole with a new list, he goes missing.

The All-Star Nickmas Spectacular – Saturday, Nov. 28, at 9pm

Nickelodeon brings cheer this holiday with star-studded guests and musical performances by JoJo Siwa, That Girl Lay Lay and Ne-Yo as Nickelodeon star Lex Lumpkin journeys to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus before the biggest show of the year. Special appearances by Gabriel Iglesias, Jay Pharoah, Tisha Campbell, Trevor Noah, Young Dylan and the casts of All That, The Astronauts, Danger Force, Group Chat and Nickelodeon’s Unfiltered, including Darci Lynne with Petunia. Special messages from animated stars SpongeBob SquarePants, Lincoln & Lucy from The Loud House, and Ronnie Anne from The Casagrandes

Blue’s Clues & You! “Blue’s Night Before Christmas” – Friday, Dec. 4, at 11am

It’s the night before Christmas and Josh and Blue play Blue’s Clues to figure out what Blue wants for Christmas, decorate with Steve, help Joe wrap presents, and celebrate a night full of holiday traditions. Guest Stars: Steve Burns and Donovan Patton

Ryan’s Mystery Playdate “Ryan’s Christmas Time Special!” – Friday, Dec. 4, at 11:30am

Ryan and his family spend Christmas remembering their messiest memories, coolest challenges and most magical playdates.

Bubble Guppies “The Guppies Save Christmas!” – Friday, Dec. 4, at 12pm

On Christmas Eve, Molly, Gil, and Bubble Puppy discover Santa's lost list in the snow. To return the list safely to the North Pole, they have to keep it out of the hands of the Christmas-hating Humbug.

It’s Pony “Bramley Holiday” – Saturday, Dec. 5, at 11:30am

The Bramleys need to find a way to celebrate their traditions and be together for the holidays. 

The Casagrandes “A Very Casagrandes Christmas” – Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7:30pm *NEW TIME*

Ronnie Anne is excited for the perfect Christmas, but visits from the neighbors put her dream Nochebuena on hold.

The Loud House “Season’s Cheating/A Flipmas Carol” – Saturday, Dec. 5, at 8:00pm *NEW TIME*

Lincoln tries to rig the family gift swap and ends up learning a valuable lesson. Then, a Scrooge-like Flip is visited by three ghosts in a special take on “A Christmas Carol.”

• Abby Hatcher “A Very Fuzzly Christmas” – Sunday, Dec. 6, at 10am (Nick Jr. Channel)

Abby is determined to bring her holiday traditions to the neighborhood when a snowstorm closes the hotel on Christmas Eve.

The Substitute “Gabriel Iglesias” – Thursday, Dec. 10, at 8:30pm

Comedian and actor Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias (Unleashed, All That) brings kids on a hilarious journey to uncover the “true” history and traditions of the holidays.

PAW Patrol “Pups Save the Marooned Mayors/Pups Save the Game Show” – Friday, Dec. 11, at 12pm

While ice fishing in the North Country, Mayor Goodway and Mayor Humdinger get stuck in an ice crevasse. Then, Cowgirl Beryl hosts a game show at the Wingnuts’ farm.

Baby Shark’s Big Show! “Baby Shark’s Big Fishmas Special” (series premiere) – Friday, Dec. 11, at 12:30pm

With Fishmas just around the corner, the season’s hottest toy--Burpin’ Bubbz--is at the top of Baby’s and William’s wish lists and when Santa Jaws goes missing, it’s up to them to save the holiday.

Danger Force “Down Goes Santa: Part 1” – Saturday, Dec. 12, at 8pm

Danger Force learns the real story of Christmas. When Santa’s sleigh comes crashing down, an ancient spell is broken and the fate of Christmas hangs in the balance.  

Side Hustle “Friendiversary” – Saturday, Dec. 5, at 8:30pm *NEW DATE*

Every year Lex and Presley celebrate their Friendiversary by giving each other a thoughtful gift, but this year a blizzard threatens to derail their tradition. The girls venture into the storm, making for a Friendiversary they'll never forget. 

All That “1134” – Thursday, Dec. 17, at 8:30pm

Hit ‘Em With Spanish returns for a holiday edition, Nathan cancels candy canes, All That presents The Remote: A Horror Trailer, and Denzel shows up at a department store to spread unwelcomed holiday cheer advice. Performance by: Pentatonix

ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks “A Very Merry Chipmas” – Saturday, Dec. 19, at 11am

Theodore is mistaken for an elf and whisked off to the North Pole to help build toys in Santa’s workshop. 

LEGO City Adventures “Arrest Ye Merry Gentlemen” – Saturday, Dec. 19, at 11:30am

When Fendrich threatens to ruin Sinclair’s holiday gala, Duke intervenes to save both the party and the holidays.

Danger Force “Down Goes Santa: Part 2” – Saturday, Dec. 19, at 8pm

The fight to save the holidays rages on! Danger Force is forced to square off with Krampus on his own turf to try and save Christmas.

Below is the rundown of Nickelodeon’s “Nickmas” classic holiday episodes, airing (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon, unless otherwise noted.

PAW Patrol “Pups Save Christmas” – Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 8am; Friday, Dec. 4, at 10am

When Santa’s sleigh crashes and the reindeer run off, Ryder and the PAW Patrol have to help Santa finish delivering presents and save Christmas.

The Loud House “11 Louds a Leapin’” Saturday, Dec. 5, at 6:30pm; Saturday, Dec. 12, at 10:30am; Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 1pm

The Louds are getting ready for Christmas when the unthinkable happens to Lincoln - his sled goes in their neighbor’s yard! Lincoln and Clyde attempt to pull off a sled rescue mission and end up finding out secrets about Mr. Grouse.

SpongeBob SquarePants “It’s A SpongeBob Christmas!” – Saturday, Dec. 5, at 11am; Saturday, Dec. 12, at 12pm; Monday, Dec. 21, at 1pm

SpongeBob inadvertently helps Plankton enact his plot to put all of Bikini Bottom on Santa’s naughty list, and now has to stop Plankton before he gets his Christmas wish—the Krabby Patty secret formula.

SpongeBob SquarePants “Patchy the Pirate Presents the SpongeBob SquarePants Christmas Special” – Sunday, Dec. 6, at 1pm; Saturday, Dec. 12, at 10am; Monday, Dec. 21, at 1:30pm

Nobody in Bikini Bottom has ever heard of Christmas or Santa Claus until Sandy lets them in on this surface tradition. SpongeBob wants to bring Christmas to Bikini Bottom this year and his enthusiasm is infectious.  Everyone gets into the spirit, waiting for Santa to arrive on the big day, except Squidward, who has scoffed at SpongeBob the whole time.

Rugrats “Rugrats Chanukkah” – Thursday, Dec. 10 – Thursday, Dec. 17, at 10pm

Tommy leads the babies into another adventure to save Grandpa Boris from the "Meany of Chanukah"- Grandpa’s childhood rival, Schlomo.  While the Rugrats learn about Chanukah from the Seniors' play entitled "The Meaning of Chanukah," Angelica is determined to find a TV to watch the "Cynthia Christmas Special."

Fans can head to the Nick and Nick Jr. apps, and to view holiday-themed episodes and short-form content. Noggin, Nickelodeon’s interactive learning service for preschoolers, will continue to spread cheer this season with a holiday hub featuring over 50 pieces of festive long and short-form content, including: holiday-themed shorts; full-length episodes of hit series PAW Patrol, Bubble Guppies, Peppa Pig and more; games; play-along videos; and e-books. 

Top Elf’s original concept was created by Mike Duffy and Tim Duffy of Ugly Brother Studios, who executive produce the series along with Jimmy Fox of Main Event Media, an All3Media America company.  Lisa Fletcher (The Titan Games, Project Runway) serves as executive producer and showrunner.  Nickelodeon’s Unscripted Content executives Rob Bagshaw, Paul J Medford, Mandel Ilagan and Stacey Carr also serve as executive producers.  The season is directed by Gary Shaffer (Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge, The X Factor). 

The All-Star Nickmas Spectacular is produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment (BET Awards, The New Edition Story, Black Girls Rock!). Jesse Collins, Jeannae Rouzan-Clay and Dionne Harmon serve as executive producers along with Heath Seifert and Kevin Kopelow (All That, Austin & Ally), who also serve as showrunners and head writers. Nickelodeon’s Unscripted Content executives Rob Bagshaw and Paul J Medford are also executive producers. The special is directed by Sandy Restrepo (Grammy Awards, American Music Awards).

Production of Nickelodeon’s Top Elf and The All-Star Nickmas Spectacular is overseen by Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content.

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Originally published: Friday, October 30, 2020 at 18:19 GMT.

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