Thursday, November 05, 2020

Surreal Entertainment Unveils Gnerd Avatar Aang Garden Gnome

Water, Earth, Fire, Air.. these are the four elements every Avatar must master, and this brand new Avatar Aang Avatar: The Last Airbender Gnerd garden gnome from Surreal Entertainment is no exception!

"From Surreal Entertainment. Show off your love for Avatar: The Last Airbender with this new Gnerd Gnome Aang Garden Gnome! This PVC Gnome measures approximately 8" tall," reads the product's description.

This fantastic Avatar Aang garden gnome goes on sale on Wednesday, November 11, and carry's an SRP of $24.99. The Avatar: The Last Airbender gnome can be pre-ordered today at Things From Another World and Westfield Comics.

That's not all! Surreal also plans to release garden gnomes featuring SpongeBob & Patrick and  Michelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Take a closer look at the Avatar Aang gnome below!:

More Nick: Toph Beifong to Feature in Her Own Standalone 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Graphic Novel!

Originally published: Thursday, November 05, 2020.

Additional source: Previews World.

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Surreal Entertainment Unveils Gnerd SpongeBob and Patrick Garden Gnomes


New from Surreal Entertainment, "show off your fandom with these Gnerd SpongeBob Garden Gnomes! These PVC gnomes measure approximately 8" tall."

There are two SpongeBob garden gnomes available: SpongeBob himself and his BFF, Patrick Star!

Both SpongeBob garden gnomes go on sale on Wednesday, November 11, and carry an SRP of $24.99. The SpongeBob gnomes can be pre-ordered today at Things From Another World and Westfield Comics.

Surreal Entertainment is also planning to release a Michelangelo TMNT gnome next year!

Check out a closer look at the SpongeBob and Patrick gnomes below!:

More Nick: Nickelodeon Reveals First Look of Characters in Original 'Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years' Animated Series!

Originally published: Thursday, November 05, 2020.

Additional source: Previews World.

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'The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run' Swims Onto Netflix Globally (Excluding U.S. and Canada)

Mikros Animation is celebrating the global streaming debut of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, available on Netflix on November 5 in every country except the U.S. and Canada.

Canada enjoyed a theatrical run of Paramount Animation/Nickelodeon Movies’ third feature adventure for the absorbent yellow hero (and first using full 3D CGI, courtesy of Mikros) back in August, while U.S. audiences are waiting for a direct-to-digital debut early in the new year through PVOD and CBS All Access (which will be renamed Paramount+).

“We are thrilled that this movie directed and written by Tim Hill will be having a worldwide release through Netflix,” said Simon Vanesse, Managing Director at Mikros Animation. “We are so proud to have been entrusted by Paramount Animation to bring the latest adventures of SpongeBob and its universe to life in the first-ever, all-CGI feature animation.”

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run is all about fun, adventure, inventive environments and lovable characters. It’s the latest chapter in a global phenomenon spanning over two decades, about an incurably optimistic sea sponge and his pals in the magical and delightful world of Bikini Bottom on the seafloor.

“As a first in the series with fully-rendered CG animation, it was quite a challenge for us,” commented Marie Balland, Head of Production, Mikros Animation Montreal. “We worked very closely with Tim Hill and his team to ensure that the translation o the look from 2D to 3D animation would be done in full respect of the franchise, while developing a new and richer look that does really immerse the viewers in Bikini Bottom and the Lost City of Atlantic City.”

To stay true to the TV show, the artists adopted a differentiated style to animate the characters and the environment on twos. Creating the environments in “almost” full CG required a deep stylistic exploration and redefinition of shape language and visual codes. This, in turn, allowed the Mikros teams to create new colorful and contrasted landscapes with a high level of detail:

“In the TV series, the sand in Bikini Bottom has some splotches and splatters of paint. The 3D animation reveals that the splatters are actually little pebbles,” explained Rachel Tiep-Daniels, Animation Production Designer at Paramount Animation. This effect was achieved through an organic mix of high-tech and traditional techniques, combining strong asset building philosophy, workflow flexibility and visual inventiveness.

Preserving the spirit of the original series and the individuality and personality of each protagonist made the design and animation of the character very demanding. The rigging phase was complex and dense, as most of the characters are unique. The team at Mikros Animation had to rethink the crafting of the 3D characters: they used stepped animation to avoid any motion blur and smooth effects, whilst also using movable limbs, 2D shapes, animated FX and shading transfers, so that the characters could act, move, deform and do all kinds of crazy stunts!

“Tim Hill really understands the world of SpongeBob. He has the franchise’s DNA but he still let us, the artists, loose. So we all had the opportunity to propose our own artistic approach, which he and his team would then approve or not,” said Jacques Daigle of Mikros Animation Montreal, who was animation supervisor on the film. “As an animator, this type of movie comes only every five or 10 years in a career. We laughed a lot while working on this visual feast of color, comedy and fun.”

The joy of working on this feature animation was put to the test by the global pandemic. When “safer at home” policies started being implemented in spring 2020, Mikros Animation was able to deploy the necessary solutions within days to allow their artists in both Montreal and Paris to work from home securely. Beyond the technological challenges and the lockdown conditions that evolved over the following weeks, the studio was able to have more than 240 artists in Montreal and in Paris dedicated to the SpongeBob movie and its marketing assets, working from home. The project was fully completed under lockdown conditions, not only in full collaboration with Mikros’ transatlantic studios, but also with Mr. X, which handled VFX, and Technicolor Post-Production for grading.

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Noggin Rolls Out in the Netherlands, Spain and Italy on Amazon Prime Video


Nick Jr.’s top-ranked preschooler video service expands across Europe on Amazon Prime Video Channels


ViacomCBS Networks International announced today the launch of Noggin, the learning subscription service, on Amazon Prime Video Channels as an add-on subscription for Prime members in the Netherlands, Italy and Spain increasing its European footprint.

After launching in the UK, France, Germany and Austria at the beginning of September 2020, Noggin expands its presence to the Netherlands, Italy and Spain, enabling Prime members to watch or download ad-free long and short form Nick Jr. content in their local languages.

Noggin offers preschoolers educational content featuring trusted Nick Jr. characters that kids know and love — developed by curriculum experts. Titles set to be made available include kids’ favourites Dora the Explorer, Shimmer and Shine, PAW Patrol, Blaze and the Monster Machines, Go, Diego, Go! and more.

“We’re delighted to continue strengthening our position across Europe through Amazon Prime Video Channels and give our audiences the possibility to access this high quality service and its fun learning opportunities across these important markets,” said Olivier Jollet, Senior Vice President (SVP), Emerging Business for ViacomCBS Networks Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia (EMEAA). “Within our international streaming strategy, Noggin offers a unique proposition for kids and family audiences thanks to the high quality of the service and the niche content.” 

Noggin is available for Prime members in the Netherlands, Italy and Spain, with an add-on subscription via the existing Prime Video app to watch anytime, anywhere on smart TVs, mobile, Amazon Fire TV Stick, game consoles and through the web. Prime members will be able access the content with the convenience of a single account, login and user experience through Prime Video so there’s no need to jump from app to app.

Noggin launched in the U.S. in 2015 and has consistently ranked at the top of the U.S. charts in the Family and Kids categories. Noggin recently launched on Amazon Prime Video in the UK, France, Germany, Austria and is available across 25 markets in Europe via multiple platforms.

Originally published: Thursday, November 05, 2020.

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That Girl Lay Lay - For Me (Official Video)

That Girl Lay Lay - For Me (Official Video)

Listen to the single "For Me". Out now! Stream:

Official music video by That Girl Lay Lay - For Me © 2020 Fresh Rebel Muzik / EMPIRE

Behind The Scenes- Soul Train Line for "For Me' | THAT GIRL LAY LAY


Originally published: Friday, October 30, 2020.

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'Fan Pony' | It's Pony Sneak Peek | Nickelodeon

OMG! Meet Blake on the brand new It's Pony episode "Fan Pony", premiering Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon! Check out a hoofsome sneak-peek below!:

In the all new It's Pony! episode "Fan Pony," Annie and Pony win a contest to meet a pop star, but he's not a fan of ponies. Then later in "Cop Mom," after Mom joins the neighborhood watch, Annie and Pony think she's a real-life action hero and need everyone to know. (#120)

More Nick:
Nickelodeon Invites Viewers to Spend 'Christmas With The Bramleys' with New 'It's Pony' Holiday Special!

Originally published: Wednesday, November 04, 2020.

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Camp Stories #10 | Creator Camp | Nickelodeon Netherlands


Deze week kregen we een les over acteren met onze emoties, hier zat ook een huiswerk opdracht bij: acteren dat je echt heel erg boos bent op elkaar!

Volg ook @CreatorCampNL op Instagram!

CAMP STORIES zijn extra web-only vlogs van onze getalenteerde kampleden en Vicky. Elke dinsdag en donderdag om 19.30 uur uploaden we een nieuwe video.

In Creator Camp volgen we Felice, Saar, Zef, Asha en Cas. Zij zijn toegelaten tot het exclusieve kamp en hebben alle vijf een ander talent wat zij op het kamp willen ontwikkelen. Dyanthe Willems, leider van het kamp, stoomt samen met haar team van professionals de talenten klaar tot digital creators. Vicky, de dochter van de terreineigenaar, wil zelf ook creator worden en probeert dan ook zoveel mogelijk van het kamp mee te krijgen.

Creator Camp zie je iedere maandag tot en met donderdag om 19:30 op Nickelodeon. 🧡

Meer informatie:

Volg ook @CreatorCampNL op Instagram!

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What Did You Think of 'The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run' | Nickelodeon Fan Poll

What did you think of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run? Vote in the poll and post your review in the comments below!:

Netflix to Bow 'The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run' Internationally on Thursday, November 5, 2020

Netflix is reportedly planning to release The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run on its streaming service internationally on Thursday, November 5, 2020!

Update (10/11) - Netflix has confirmed plans to release The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run on Thursday, November 5, 2020!:

Update (8/25) - It has been confirmed that Netflix is currently planning to debut The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run on Thursday, November 5, 2020. This date may change nearer the future. An interesting tidbit is that Netflix currently lists the expiration date for the movie as 2030. Its unknown whether this is the actual case or just a placeholder date they've put into the system. Time will tell.

The news follows the streaming giant acquiring the international rights to the third theatrical movie inspired by Nickelodeon's beloved animated series SpongeBob SquarePants movie earlier this summer, after the film had to forego its theatrical release in most countries due to the on-going COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

In the U.S., the film will debut digitally via premium video on demand in early 2021 and then move exclusively to CBS All Access. The movie will be joined by SpongeBob prequel series Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years.

The only country where the movie has been released theatrically (so far) is in Canada, where it opened on in 300 theaters on Friday, August 14, pulling in $900,000 for its opening weekend. The film will move to Netflix Canada in the near future.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run sees best friends SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star venture out of Bikini Bottom and head to the Lost City of Atlantic City on a rescue mission to save SpongeBob’s trustee snail Gary. Its the third SpongeBob film, after 2004’s The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and 2015’s The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Those movies were commercially successful, earning over $450 million globally combined.

In Sponge on the Run, 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.

Sponge on the Run will see the cast of SpongeBob SquarePants reprise their respective roles: Tom Kenny (SpongeBob and Gary), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy), Clancy Brown (Mr. Krabs), Douglas Lawrence (Plankton), Jill Talley (Karen), Mary Jo Catlett (Mrs. Puff), and Lori Alan (Pearl). An actor named Antonio Raul Corbo will be voicing young SpongeBob.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run will feature a raft of guest stars, including: Keanu Reeves (as a tumbleweed named Sage), Awkwafina (as Otto), Matt Berry (as King Poseidon), Reggie Watts (as the  Chancellor), Danny Trejo (as El Diablo), Tiffany Haddish (as Master of Ceremonies) and Snoop Dog (as The Gambler; a Zombie Cowboy). 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 written and directed by Tim Hill, and produced by Ryan Harris, with Stephen Hillenburg exec producing. Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies present, in association with MRC A United Plankton Pictures production.

International Titles:

Latin America: Bob Esponja: Al Rescate

The Best Shows and Movies Coming To Netflix in November 2020

More Nick: CBS All Access to Premiere 'Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years' During Early 2021!

Originally published: Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 21:57 BST.

H/T: Anime Superhero Forum /@SweepShop209 for the news!; H/T: Special thanks to Kasey Moore at What's on Netflix!; Additional sources: La Verdad, Decider.
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Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for Wednesday, November 4, 2020 | Nickelodeon

Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for Wednesday, November 4, 2020 | Nickelodeon
Rugrats, provided to Creators Syndicate by Nickelodeon, based off the popular animated television series has been created for children and family's to laugh and enjoy together.

Follow these comics and their take on real episodes of the show and their own spin on hilarious adventures.

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How to Embark on a Zero Waste Life | Planeta Bala Episode #1 | Nickelodeon Latin America

Cómo empezar una vida zero waste | Planeta Bala | Nickelodeon en Español

Por algún lugar debemos empezar a cuidar nuestro planeta y nada mejor que desde lo que hacemos en casa. Aprende a llevar una vida sin residuos y ecofriendly de forma fácil junto a Bala en este nuevo episodio.

¿No sabes cómo cuidar al planeta o qué hacer para protegerlo? Bala te va a explicar semana a semana en esta nueva serie todos los pasos a seguir para cuidar nuestro planeta Tierra. Desde empezar nuevos hábitos en casa hasta conocer a personas que están haciendo cosas increíbles por cuidar nuestra naturaleza.

Más Nick: Nickelodeon Latin America Announces 'Kids' Choice Awards México 2020' Winners!

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ViacomCBS Announces Jarrod Villani As Co-Lead For Combined Operations In Australia And New Zealand

ViacomCBS Announces Jarrod Villani As Co-Lead For Combined Operations In Australia And New Zealand

Jarrod Villani Announced As Chief Operating And Commercial Officer For ViacomCBS Australia And New Zealand.

Sydney, Thursday, 5 November 2020:  ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) has today announced that Jarrod Villani will join Beverley McGarvey, Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President, as co-lead of ViacomCBS Australia and New Zealand.

As Chief Operating and Commercial Officer and co-lead with McGarvey, Villani will be responsible for all the combined company’s commercial activities and operations in both markets.

Most recently, Villani was Queensland’s Head of Restructuring and Brisbane’s Head of Office at advisory and investment firm KordaMentha. He brings to the role a wealth of experience specialising in organisational transformation, business stabilisation and sustainable growth.

McGarvey, who was promoted to the new role of Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President in March this year, led the integration and transformation of ViacomCBS Australia and New Zealand. She is responsible for all content and creative activities related to the company’s networks and digital properties in Australia and New Zealand.

Both McGarvey and Villani report to Maria Kyriacou, President of VCNI’s operations in Australia, Israel and the UK.

Rod Prosser, Chief Sales Officer, ViacomCBS Australia and New Zealand will work closely with McGarvey and Villani to further strengthen revenue growth and strategy while providing oversight and management of the entire 10 ViacomCBS sales team.

Kyriacou commented: “Network 10 has performed very well this year. It is the only commercial network growing its audience and it has also recorded its highest commercial shares in key demographics since 2011. The integration and transformation of Network 10 and ViacomCBS under the leadership of Beverley has been successfully completed. We have launched a new channel, 10 Shake, 10 Play is experiencing its biggest ever digital audience and the MTV and Nickelodeon channels have also grown their share.

“We will continue to build on that momentum, while at the same time leveraging the powerful ViacomCBS brands and assets from both a content and revenue perspective.

“Jarrod is a highly qualified commercial leader with extensive experience in organisational transformation and stakeholder management. Jarrod’s broad commercial knowledge coupled with Beverley’s experience as an Australian media and creative leader ensures the business remains a unique and powerful media group. It is in great hands.

“I would like to congratulate Beverley for her leadership of ViacomCBS Australia and New Zealand since March this year. It is a credit to Beverley and her team that the business has continued to compete and evolve.”

Kyriacou added: “I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the KordaMentha team, led by Henriette Rothschild who has been interim Chief Transformation Officer. Henriette has been instrumental in ensuring the merged Network 10 and ViacomCBS Australia and New Zealand businesses are well positioned for the future.”

McGarvey said: “I am thrilled Jarrod is joining our team and I look forward to working closely with him alongside the existing Executive Leadership Team and the international leadership team as we take ViacomCBS Australia and New Zealand into 2021.

“Next year we will launch premium SVOD service Paramount + whilst growing our existing linear and subscription broadcast and digital assets. Jarrod has worked closely with the team throughout this year and on a project basis in the past and we are thrilled to have him join us on a permanent basis.”

Villani said: “I am delighted to be joining Beverley, Rod and the team at ViacomCBS and continuing the development of the business. The combination of ViacomCBS’ global content portfolio and Network 10’s broad reach and key demographic prominence provides a unique opportunity in our markets for our viewers and partners across multiple platforms.

“It’s a very exciting time for the network and the broader ViacomCBS business and I look forward to joining them in the new year.”

Villani will commence as Chief Operating and Commercial Officer, ViacomCBS Australia and New Zealand in early 2021.

Ten has been on a transformation path since CBS acquired the business in November 2017. Since then, it has ended a sales partnership with Foxtel Media, putting Prosser in the position to build an entirely new sales team to oversee.

More Nick: ViacomCBS Launches New FTA Network 10 Shake in Australia!

H/T: TV Blackbox; Additional source: Mumbrella.

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Emma Roberts Shares Her 'Unfabulous' Audition Tape

Emma Roberts took a trip down memory lane by sharing her audition tape for Nickelodeon's Unfabulous!, which features her younger self auditioning for the role of series lead, Addie Singer.

Watching the two-minute video, it's easy to see why the Holidate got the part right of the bat. She confidently goes through her lines and practically embodies our favorite middle schooler/songwriter.

In the video, she does the reading for the show's pilot episode, "The Party," where her character decides to host a big party in hopes that she will become popular. And of course, fans were quick to freak out in the comments.

One fan gushed, "YESSSS my childhood hero, legendary icon Addie Singer." Another fan wrote, "Brings back memories of my childhood! Thanks for sharing!!" Looks like we're not the only ones who are tempted to re-watch the entire series.

In August, Roberts announced that she's currently expecting her first child with her boyfriend, Garrett Hedlund. She revealed the news in an Instagram post, which featured pictures of her baby bump, and also announced the gender of her child. She wrote, "Me...and my two favorite guys." 

The mother-to-be celebrated the good news with an intimate baby shower in October, complete with a stunning floral dress. She shared a few snaps from the event and captioned the post, "So grateful to my family and pod for making my pregnancy feel so celebrated during such wild times. I love you guys @cadehudson22 @kakeykake @britelkin and thank you to @toryburch & @ericbuterbaugh for the magical garden."

More Nick: Nickelodeon Updates Icons, Sets New Characters for 2021 | Next-Gen Nick!

Original source: PureWow (II).

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Cardi B Visits Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream with Daughter, Friends

Nick News Mini: Cardi B visited Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream on November 3 with her daughter, Kulture and a few friends! The rapper, songwriter and actor posted  several pictures and videos on her Instagram of the group enjoying rides at the Nickelodeon amusement park in New Jersey.

For more information about Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream and Mall of America, visit

More Nick: Nickelodeon Updates Icons, Sets New Characters for 2021 | Next-Gen Nick!

Original source: 94.5 PST.

Cardi B & Daughter Kulture, 2, Twin InMatching Outfits During Cute ‘Playdate’— Pic

Cardi B and Kulture are back with another matching outfit! The rapper showed off her new Reebok collaboration sneakers, which are scheduled to drop on Nov. 13.

Cardi B, 28, is one stylish mama! The Invasion Of Privacy rapper twinned with her adorable daughter Kulture, 2, for an outing on Tuesday, Nov. 3. “No better play date than one with mommy!” Kulture’s caption (written by mom) on the photo read, showing the two both in black fur and a pair of Cardi’s unreleased Reebok sneakers. “Sb- my sneakers are from my mommies collection with Reebok!” the caption added, plugging the highly anticipated shoes.

“Me and my lil cranky baby at @americandream with my Reebok sneakers that premiers again NOV 13th,” Cardi added in her caption, dropping the date for her fans. Cardi had some serious drip with the rest of her outfit, trading in her signature Birkin bag for an Hermès Constance sling in black alligator skin. The rare version of the H-buckle shoulder bag isn’t currently available in stores, but is selling for upwards of $30K on resale sites — comparable to some of her ultra-pricey Birkins.

She also wore a fur trench coat from Lavish, silver hoop earrings and a pair of custom oval bling sunglasses from Rad + Refined that read “Cardi” — while Kulture had her very own pair with her own name. So cute! The little girl looked like she was having so much fun exploring the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey, which includes the DreamWorks Water Park, Nickelodeon Universe, the Angry Birds Mini Golf Club and more kid-friendly attractions.

The “Bartier Cardi” rapper announced that she was launching her own sneakers on her 28th birthday, which was on Oct. 11. Posing in a bedazzled laundry room (that also included blinged out laundry detergent), she slayed in a sexy asymmetrical blue top and white pants. “I’m kicking off my birthday weekend by announcing I am officially dropping my first ever Reebok x Cardi Footwear Collection on 11/13!!” she wrote. “As my birthday gift to my loyal fans I’m dropping limited pairs TONIGHT at MIDNIGHT EST on #ReebokxCardiB,” she added.

Cardi’s latest posts come amidst her divorce drama from husband Offset, 28. After filing papers and announcing she was leaving the Migos rapper in September, she filed new documents to dismiss the split which were obtained by HollywoodLife. Just a month ago, she said the reason for the split was because she was “sick of fighting” with Offset but cleared the air that it was not due to cheating. Offset and Cardi appeared to reconcile around her birthday, where they were spotted kissing and he gifted her with a Rolls Royce.


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‘Side Hustle' Stars Annie & Jayden: How Their New Show Has Taken Their BFF Status To The ‘Next Level’

Social media sensations Annie LeBlanc and Jayden Bartels are taking over Nickelodeon! The BFFs spoke with HollywoodLife about their new show Side Hustle, how they’ve grown even closer, and more.

Nickelodeon’s newest series Side Hustle premieres Nov. 7. The show follows best friends Lex (Annie LeBlanc) and Presley (Jayden Bartels) as they devise a plan to make money after fireworks get them into some trouble. With the help of their neighbor, Munchy (Isaiah Crews, son of acting legend Terry Crews), and Presley’s tech-savvy younger brother, Fisher (Mitchell Berg), they come up with an app to connect with people looking for help with small jobs.

Annie and Jayden also happen to be best friends in real-life and also co-hosted the Nick show Group Chat earlier this year. Going on this Side Hustle journey together has only brought the stars closer. “This show has completely our taken our friendship to the next level. We somehow every month just get closer and closer,” Jayden told HollywoodLife. “We always find something to connect about deeper, and the show has just given us so many opportunities to just connect each other deeper… It has really just shown us how much we love each other and love being around each other.”

Jayden Bartels & Annie LeBlanc star as Presley & Lex in ‘Side Hustle.’ (Nickelodeon)

The BFFs gave HL some scoop about their characters as well. Jayden noted that Presley is “so adventurous and spontaneous.” She added, “I feel like I’m definitely spontaneous but not as much as Presley is. It was cool to tap into that and really just go for it.” As for Lex, Annie said that her character is much more “rule-driven” and “thinks before she does.”

Annie and Jayden are joining an incredible list of Nickelodeon shows led by strong young women. They’re following in the footsteps of shows like Clarissa Explains It All, Taina, The Amanda Show, Zoey 101iCarly, Victorious, True Jackson, VP, and more. Annie admitted that this aspect of the Side Hustle journey has “kicked in” yet. She said it’s “just so crazy to even think we are a part of history, we are a part of a Nickelodeon show and doing it right now.”

Jayden followed Annie by saying, “Knowing that we have this opportunity is mind-blowing. This is what I’ve dreamed of my entire life, and the fact that I can do it with her… Wow, thank you. Universe, thank you.”

Side Hustle will air Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. Click here for all the deets!