Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Add a New Member to Team

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are no longer only Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael, as the heroes in a half-shell have just inducted a new member into their family! The Turtles have gone through a period of change in the most recent issues of the IDW Publishing ongoing series. They lost their father, gained a sister, and now there's an entire community of mutants living openly in New York City. In issue #105, the Turtles give a longtime ally official entry into the newly-formed Splinter Clan. Longtime readers may feel this induction is long overdue. SPOILERS follow for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #105 by Sophie Campbell.

Following Splinter's death in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #101, the Turtles have been fractured. Most of them holed up in Northampton while Jennika tried to help the new mutant community in the city, and Raphael worked through his anger in more violent ways.

It took some doing, but the wounds are beginning to heal. With the help of new ally Mona Lisa, the Turtles got back together and talked through their issues. They've agreed that they can't keep acting as before, but they also can't sit around and do nothing either. They decide to leave Clan Hamato behind, letting it die with their father and sensei. Instead, they form a new clan named in his honor, Clan Splinter.

During this healing process, Raphael made amends with Alopex. Alopex is a mutant snow fox that, under Kitsune's influence, was a Foot Clan assassin (and the first new Turtles character designed by co-creator Kevin Eastman in 15 years, debuting in 2011). Freed of Kitsune's control, Alopex became an ally to the Turtles and something more to Raph. In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #105, the two of them come back together and share a kiss outside of a club concert.

Alopex attends the formation of Clan Splinter. Though an ally, she's not been a part of the core Turtles family. That changes here. The Turtles offer Alopex full membership in Clan Splinter. To seal the deal, they present her with a colored bandana-mask like the ones the Turtles all wear. Alopex's is colored green.

(Photo: Sophie Campbell, IDW Publishing)

The ranks of the Turtles and Clan Splinter have grown. The family now consists of Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo, Jennika, and Alopex. Together, they're nourishing the mutant community in New York City while protecting it from future threats and, if this issue's last page is anything to go by, threats from the future.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #105 is on sale now.

Below is the official synopsis for the issue:

"Music, mayhem, and most importantly: family. The TMNT all return to NYC and begin to see a path forward for themselves in Mutant Town. The conclusion to Sophie Campbell's first ongoing story arc ends with heart and isn't to be missed! (W) Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman, Sophie Campbell (A/CA) Sophie Campbell."

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'Rugrats' Voice Actor Melanie Chartoff Gives Virtual Commencement Address for West Haven High School Seniors

An actress most famous for being the voice of a popular television and big screen mom, and is a 1966 graduate of West Haven High School in West Haven, Connecticut, sent an uplifting virtual message to the class of 2020 - and it has become part of a special senior memories video distributed to students.

Actress Melanie Chartoff, 71, of Los Angeles, holds two Rugrats characters that she helped make famous with her voice, Didi Pickles on the left and Didi's mother, Minka, on the right.

Actress Melanie Chartoff, 71, of Los Angeles, holds two Rugrats characters that she helped make famous with her voice, Didi Pickles on the left and Didi's mother, Minka, on the right.Photo: Contributed photo / Contributed photo

Melanie Chartoff, who despite a storied career on stage, television and movies, is most popularly known as the voice of Didi Pickles and Didi’s old school Jewish mother Minka Kropotkin in Nickelodeon's beloved '90s animated series Rugrats and its spin-off, All Grown Up!

Chartoff, 71, who now lives in Los Angeles and married for the first time six years ago, didn’t hesitate when a friend asked her to give a boost to the class of 2020 that has missed so much because of the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

“I thought I would do what I can. I guess West Haven has had a harder run than when I was a kid,” she told the New Haven Register in an interview from her home in Los Angeles. “There’s not a lot of wealth, so it’s understandable.”

She moved to West Haven when she was about 6, attending local schools through high school.

Chartoff begins the video by introducing herself, then breaking into her Didi Pickles voice with a Didi figure in her hand and telling students they might know her better as the mom on Rugrats. She then holds up dolls of the other characters, doing their voices — and describing that she’s married to "handsome inventor" Stu Pickles and is mother to Dil Pickles, whom she gave birth to in the first Rugrats movie.

“All my dreams started in drama classes of Mr. Albright’s in West Haven High School,” Chartoff says in the video.

Chartoff, who this year also gave a virtual commencement address at her alma matter Adelphi University, tells fellow Westies that even though their commencement is virtual this year, “your dreams and your accomplishments and your diplomas are very real.”

Chartoff first attended the school in its current building as a sophomore, the year it opened and gave graduates a first-hand history lesson on the swamp it used to be.

“You know West Haven was built in a marshland and before it was solid cement and buildings it was just a swamp where all these creatures would come crawling out during a hurricane,” including sea fowl, snakes, toads, opossum and rats.

“But somebody had a dream to build a high school there and over a three or four-year period we saw that dream become a reality,” she continues in the video.

Chartoff also tells graduates: “Over the years other people who have walked in these hallways just like you have accomplished a great deal of what they dreamt up when they were at West Haven High School.”

Rugrats has won a daytime Emmy and the cast has a star on the Hollywood Walk of fame.

In auditioning for the voice role of Didi, a character who is often anxious and nervous sounding, Chartoff said she channeled her own loving mother, Frances Chartoff, who is now 96 and lives in Hamden.

“Mom loved it — especially when I told her I was using her voice,” Chartoff said of the show. “It was a very fortunate casting call.”

The first episode was created in 1989 and Minka joined the show in 1993. Chartoff auditioned on the telephone for the Minka role — conjuring memories of her two grandmothers.

Chartoff was asked to send a message to graduates by her friend Phil Liscio of West Haven. Liscio, a well-known Westie, along with his wife, Janet, are the founders of Westies Care, a public charity that gives scholarships and aids the community. They founded the organization in summer of 2009, beginning a scholarship program in memory of Daniel L. Liscio, their late, beloved son.

Liscio and Chartoff met when he sent her a friend request on Facebook, knowing of her local roots. Chartoff came to love the Liscios, the organization and told the Register she will be make a donation and encouraged others to do so as well.

“I’m a huge Rug Rats Fan and of hers,” Liscio said. “We wrote back and forth via Facebook and email, I asked her to do something as this class lost their principal recently, the school construction and of course COVID-19, no prom, last season, concerts, etc.”

Liscio envisioned Chartoff’s message would be part of the virtual commencement exercises, but West Haven High School Principal Dana Paredes said they put it in a less formal senior video that included goodbyes from teachers, and pictures of the seniors growing up from Kindergarten to the present. Chartoff’s message appears at the end of the senior video.

“I think the kids got a kick out of it since Rugrats made a return last year,” Paredes said. “The videos (commencement ceremony and senior video) contrasted nicely since the graduation was very emotional for many, while the senior video was upbeat and light hearted.”

A storied career

Chartoff, actress, comedian, voice actress and singer, first became famous for her comedy work on the ABC series Fridays, and in the sitcom Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, in which she co-starred for three seasons as the high-strung Principal Grace Musso.

She has performed on Broadway and other big stages — continuing her career today — and in the 1978 motion picture American Hot Wax, as well three Rugrats movies.

On ABC’s Fridays she became popular as the anchor on the show’s fake newscasts, and known for her comedic skills, including an impression of Nancy Reagan.

Through the 1980s Chartoff appeared in many television shows, including recurring role on Newhart and made two appearances on Seinfeld. She appeared in the 2006 season finale of Desperate Housewives.

Today she continues her acting career, writes for The Huffington Post, The Jewish Journal, Defenestration Magazine, and The Funny Times. She also performs her original material at comedy clubs.

Her signature line in emails reads: “With cellular brevity and eternal levity, Melanie.”

Cover photo of Melanie Chartoff's upcoming book, "ODD WOMAN OUT," to be released in 2021.

In an interview this week, Chartoff said she has a book of essays coming out in 2021 called, “Odd Woman Out.” The book also has a West Haven angle, as the stories begin around Edith Mackrille, Harry Bailey, WHHS and Savin Rock Amusement Park.

A Westie

Chartoff said growing up a few blocks from that marshland that became the high school was like living on a “wildlife preserve.”

“We played and dreamed outside in our yards, now kids play and dream inside their computers,” she said.

Chartoff said she may never have become an actor if not for a high school summer theater camp and teacher Frank Albright.

She was writing plays at a young age and performed in school plays at Mackrille Elementary School, Bailey Middle School and WHHS.

She got her first early paying gig as a teen in the New Haven area.

She delivered a commencement address virtually at Adelphi this year and told them in part what she told Westies — that their “accomplishments are real.”

Coincidentally the university didn’t hold commencement when she graduated in 1970 because of the unrest on college campuses caused by the Kent State shootings. On May 4, 1970, members of the Ohio National Guard fired into a crowd of Kent State University demonstrators, killing four and wounding nine students.

At the time she would have been graduating, Chartoff was leading a sit in, she said.

It’s not lost on Chartoff that although she’s classically trained in Shakespeare and Moliere, and has had a great career, that she is best known as a cartoon character.

But it’s rewarding when parents tell her the show was always on after school and kept the kids busy.

“It’s so nice to have that kind of impact,” for so little output, she said.

She said Rugrats was “hip” show with lots of double entendre.

In the virtual message to the Westie graduates of 2020, Chartoff also tells them: “I look forward to seeing all the things that you’ll make a reality out of the dreams that you started at West Haven High School.”

And she wraps it up with: “So go Westies, very proud to be a fellow graduate and I’ll look forward to all you accomplish.”

Nickelodeon is currently in the midst of reviving Rugrats for a new generation of audiences, with some of the original voice cast returning to reprise their respective roles, including Nancy Cartwright as Chuckie Finster.

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'Power Rangers' Sees Uptick in Interest on TV Time Tracking Platform

Power Rangers was one of the most in-demand TV series for the week beginning Monday, June 15, 2020, seeing an interest increase of 58% over the previous week, according to TV Time’s "Shows on the Rise" index.

Update (6/24) - Power Rangers was the ninth most in-demand TV series for the week beginning Monday, June 15, 2020.

TV Time is a tracking platform for TV and movies on iOS, Android, and web. Every week, millions of viewers around the world use TV Time to track their favorite series. “Shows on the Rise” is calculated by determining the week-over-week growth in episodes watched for a given program.

It's hard to say whether if it was a particular Power Rangers season that saw an uptick in interest, or whether it was the franchise as a whole.

It's also currently unknown which country Power Rangers garnered the most interest. TV Time lists Nickelodeon, however, Power Rangers Beast Morphers, the current iteration of the long-running franchise, is currently on its season two (season 27 overall) mid-season hiatus, however, Pop in the U.K. is currently premiering new episodes of Power Rangers Beast Morphers that are still yet to air in the U.S. - including an epic team-up special featuring Rangers from Mighty Morphin, Dino Charge and Dino Thunder.

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Originally published: Tuesday, June 23, 2020.
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'PAW Patrol' the Most In-Demand TV Show in New Zealand for Week Ending June 13, 2020

PAW Patrol was the most in-demand TV series in New Zealand for the week ended June 13, according to Parrot Analytics, which reports that Nickelodeon's beloved CG-animated preschool series saw a demand 24.1% times higher than that of the average television show.

Joining PAW Patrol in New Zealand's Top 10 Overall TV Shows for that week (Sunday 7th - Saturday 13th June 2020) are SpongeBob SquarePants in fourth place, seeing a demand 21.7% above average, and Peppa Pig in 10th place, with a demand 19.4% greater than that of the average TV show in the country.

The news follows SpongeBob SquarePants being the most in-demand TV series in the U.S. for the week ended June 20, seeing a demand 100.3 times higher than that of the average television show.

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Live-Action ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Series NOT in the Works at CBS All Access

UPDATE - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman has confirmed on Twitter that there are currently NO plans for a live-action TMNT series, saying: "THIS IS NOT HAPPENING. We have spoken with the powers that be, Nickelodeon and this is 100 % fake. Would be cool - but NOT happening"

A new live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series is currently in development for CBS All Access, The Cinema Spot is reporting.

The series is set to adapt The Last Ronin, which is the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles five-issue miniseries from IDW Publishing. The comic series, the first new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from franchise co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in decades, is set to release later this summer.

The synopsis of the comic is listed below:

"In a future New York City far different from the one we know today, a lone surviving Turtle goes on a seemingly hopeless mission to obtain justice for his fallen family and friends."

The series is set to be the result of a massive collaboration between CBS, Paramount, Nickelodeon and other ViacomCBS-owned companies. While it is unclear how far along in development the project is, a series order has not yet been given.

Eastman described the project in a press release from IDW, “About ten years ago, I re-discovered a twenty page outline for a TMNT story that Peter and I wrote together back in 1987. The story was set thirty years in the future, which (as written then) was set in 2017.”

He added, “Reading through it again, I drifted back to a very different time in TMNT history — back when it was all about the comics, mostly just Peter and I writing and drawing the issues, pre-everything the world would soon come to know about these characters that we’d created and called the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

Eastman continued, “A little over a year ago, as the ongoing series headed towards issue one hundred, I showed a rough revised and updated version of the story outline (now set in the year 2040) to Tom Waltz, who equally fell in love with the possibilities of it.”

The Last Ronin is a heartfelt love poem to all the TMNT universes of the past, and offers up an intense look at one possible future — firmly based on and adapted from an original thirty-three year-old idea, from the original creators,” Eastman stated.

Here’s the official description for the first issue:

“It’s the TMNT event of 2020! Springing from the minds of TMNT co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird comes an epic like you’ve never seen before! In a future NYC far different than the one we know today, a lone surviving Turtle goes on a seemingly hopeless mission to obtain justice for his fallen family and friends. Kinetic layouts from Eastman, moody inks from Andy Kuhn and a thrilling script full of surprises from longtime TMNT scribe Tom Waltz all combine to make this one of the most memorable TMNT stories you will ever read!

Oversized in both format and page count, this is a perennial TMNT tale that can’t be missed!”

The last we really heard about a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live-action project was back in January 2019 when A Quiet Place producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form confirmed to Variety on the red carpet at the Critics Choice Awards they were looking at rebooting the Turtles.

When asked what they had in the works they answered, “Jack Ryan Season 2 just wrapped, the sequel of A Quiet Place, and we are doing a reboot of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Paramount.”

When pressed for more details Form stated, “It’s looking like production by the end of the year.” He later added, “We don’t have a director yet. We have dates we’re trying to hit that’s all.”

Then, in November, it was reported that Netflix was planning a live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles adaptation.

The news comes as ViacomCBS is prepping to relaunch CBS All Access in 2021, including more content from networks such as Nickelodeon. The streaming service also recently added the documentary Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Rise of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Nickelodeon's current iteration of the iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, airs on Nicktoons.

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🔴 Tyler Perry's Young Dylan FULL EPISODE | S1E06 "Speechless" | Dylan Crashes a Party 🥳

🔴 Tyler Perry's Young Dylan FULL EPISODE | S1E06 "Speechless" | Dylan Crashes a Party 🥳

Dylan and Charlie just wanted to see a movie, but sometimes life (and Uncle Myles) has different plans! Suddenly they have to write a speech and make all of the party food - what could go wrong?

After going viral last year, rapper Young Dylan is starring in his own Nickelodeon show! Proving to be too much for his grandmother to handle, the rising hip-hop star moves in with his affluent aunt, uncle, and straight-laced cousins, turning their whole world upside down. From Executive Producer Tyler Perry, catch Young Dylan every Saturday at 8:30pm ET/PT on Nickelodeon!

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'Glitch Techs' Live with Ze! | Part 1 | ZeBirdBrain

GT STREAM Part 1 | ZeBirdBrain


It was impossible for me to re record the vocal on my side... i am way overworked with my day job, my youtube tutorials, helping multiple artist dicrods servers and... life!

Sorry! But it will not happen on the next stream! Enjoy the other member's amazing answers !!"

Watch Glitch Techs on Netflix today!

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Nickelodeon Latin America and Nickelodeon Brazil Premiere 'Noobees 2' Part 2 on Monday 22nd June 2020

The wait is finally over! Nickelodeon Latin America (Latinoamérica) and Nickelodeon Brazil (Brasil) will premiere Part 2 of Noobees 2, the second season of Nickelodeon Latinoamérica's hit scripted series which takes viewers inside the high-stakes world of eSports, on Monday 22nd June 2020! New episodes will air weekdays at 20:00 in Brazil. Air times for Chile, Argentina, Colombia, México and Venezuela are still to be announced.

In Noobees 2 (60 x 1 hour episodes), audiences will follow Silvia (Michelle Olvera) and David (Andrés de la Mora) as a couple, oblivious to the fact that Gameover seeks revenge. Gameover’s sole mission is to take control of all players, conquer the real world and turn it into a video game. To execute his plan he needs help from Athina and Rocco, 2 Avatars that he has created, but lies to them about his true intentions, offering them the opportunity to play the best game of their lives and enter the real world to mingle with humans. Do they find out his evil scheme or does Gameover succeed with his takeover?

Alone Together | Pride | ViacomCBS Talent

Alone Together | Pride | ViacomCBS Talent

The ViacomCBS family around the world is celebrating Pride! Hear from some of their employees about what Pride means to them!

Find your perfect job at!

#Alonetogether #pride #loveoutloud #loveislove

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Nickelodeon to Host Animal Crossing x Nick Fashion Show on Twitch on Thursday, June 25

Nickelodeon will be hosting a Animal Crossing x Nick fashion show, featuring Animal Crossing characters wearing bespoke outfits inspired by beloved Nickelodeon characters, including SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star, on Thursday, June 25 at 3p ET on the network's Twitch channel:

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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run | TV Spot #4 (Old Spice) | Nickelodeon Movies

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run TV Spot #4 (Old Spice)

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run swims onto digital platforms during early 2021.

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In The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, when Gary is snailnapped, SpongeBob and Patrick embark on a hilarious adventure to #SaveGary!

SpongeBob SquarePants (Tom Kenny), his best friend Patrick Star (Bill Fagerbakke) and the rest of the gang from Bikini Bottom hit the big screen in the first-ever all CGI SpongeBob motion picture event. After SpongeBob’s beloved pet snail Gary is snail-napped, he and Patrick embark on an epic adventure to The Lost City of Atlantic City to bring Gary home. As they navigate the delights and dangers on this perilous and hilarious rescue mission, SpongeBob and his pals prove there’s nothing stronger than the power of friendship.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run will feature a raft of guest stars, including: Keanu Reeves (as a tumbleweed named Sage), Awkwafina, Reggie Watts and Snoop Dog. Cyndi Lauper (The SpongeBob Musical) has written original songs for the film.

Based on the TV series created by Stephen Hillenburg, The SpongeBob Movie is produced by Ryan Harris, with Stephen Hillenburg exec producing. Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies present, in association with MRC A United Plankton Pictures production. Written and directed by Tim Hill. An actor named Antonio Raul Corbo will be voicing young SpongeBob.

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