Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Nickelodeon to Premiere 'California Dreaming' on Dec. 16


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Nickelodeon is set to air California Dreaming, a scripted musical event from legendary, multi-hyphenate creator, producer and manager Simon Fuller and three-time Grammy award winning songwriter and producer, Ryan Tedder. The hour-long event follows a group of talented young musicians auditioning to attend an esteemed performing arts boarding school, and features original songs written by Tedder.  California Dreaming airs Thursday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

California Dreaming stars Jenna Raine Simmons (Hyperlinked) as “Jenna,” Liv Simone (Raven's Home) as “Liv,” Angelina Green (America's Got Talent) as “Nina,” Ben Krieger (National tour of “Finding Neverland”) as “Ben” and Max Fincham (Invasion) as “Max.”

California Dreaming is produced by Swirl Films (Saints & Sinners) and is created and executive produced by Fuller (American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance) and Tedder (Songland).  The teleplay is by Genna Ryan (Young Sheldon, The Thundermans) and story is by Janae Bakken (Greenhouse Academy) and Ryan, who are also executive producers.  It is directed and executive produced by Matt Stawski (Side Effects). Marc Dworkin & Sean Cunningham (Julie and the Phantoms) served as consulting producers. Production of California Dreaming for Nickelodeon was overseen by Shauna Phelan and Zack Olin, Co-Heads of Nickelodeon & Awesomeness Live-Action.  Laura Courtie served as Nickelodeon’s Executive in Charge of Production.

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Nickelodeon will premiere California Dreaming, a brand new musical series from multi-hyphenate creator, producer and manager Simon Fuller and OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder on Thursday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT!

First announced at Nickelodeon Upfront 2019 under the working title Simon Fuller/Ryan Tedder-Produced Untitled Project and produced under the title Counting StarsCalifornia Dreaming follows a group of mega-talented young musicians, vying to get into Spark Academy, an esteemed performing arts boarding school in California, who bond during audition week. The series was filmed in Georgia during late 2020.

The directors chairs in Tedder's BTS photos also reveal that Nickelodeon is co-producing Counting Stars with TF Productions LLC and Swirl Films.

Update (12/11) - Tracie Krieger, the mother of musician Ben Krieger, who features in California Dreaming, has revealed that Nickelodeon has decided to not pick up the show for a full series, and that the hour-long episode airing on Nickelodeon is the pilot episode that was filmed. Commenting on Instagram, Tracie said: "Welp! We have good news and bad news and good news again! Ben booked a very big Nickelodeon TV show series about two years ago - originally called ‘Counting Stars’ and produced by Ryan Tedder and Simon Fuller. It was supposed to start filming in April 2020. Obviously that didn’t happen and we were devastated. But we moved on… no big deal… And then about a year ago, we found out that they were going to bring it back! He went to Atlanta in February 2021 and he filmed the pilot episode. He had the time of his life!!! But then the network decided not to pick it up. We were devastated again. And then just a couple weeks ago, they announced that they are going to air the pilot! … So there you go! Please tune in next Thursday night at 7 PM eastern time on the regular Nickelodeon channel for ‘California Dreamin’! Congrats to Ben and the whole team!!!!! (A small promotion for it just aired and I have included it above!) ⭐️⭐️⭐️"

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Untitled Fuller Tedder Pilot Photos: Lindsey Dowell/Nickelodeon. © 2021 Viacom International, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Originally published: December 04, 2021.

H/T: @spongieupdates, @tapmoney1995; Special thanks to @ThePearSource; Additional source: Memorable TV.

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