Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Loungefly Teases Upcoming 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Collection

Loungefly has teased plans on Twitter to launch a new collection inspired by Nickelodeon's beloved animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender featuring starring Aang, Momo, and Appa later this year! Additionally, Loungefly has revealed that Funko are celebrating Avatar: The Last Airbender all month long at the Funko Hollywood store!:



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More Nick: Nickelodeon to Release 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Cookbook in August 2021!


Originally published: Saturday, February 06, 2021.

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VIS Distribution Adds Ananey Studios Content to Portfolio

Following its parent company’s April 2020 acquisition of leading Israeli media company Ananey Communications Group (Ananey Studios), ViacomCBS International Studios (VIS) Distribution has augmented its sales catalogue with over 750 episodes of content including teen live-action series, entertainment formats and kids’ and pre-school shows.


Ananey Communications owns and operates six local pay TV channels for which it produces a broad range of youth, children’s, lifestyle and entertainment content. Ananey also manages and operates under license local versions of VCNI’s flagship pay-TV brands, including Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TeenNick, MTV, and Comedy Central, as well as representing an additional seven VCNI channels for affiliate sales in Israel. In addition to producing content for its own and VCNI’s channels in Israel, Ananey also produces for third parties both in Israel and internationally. The acquisition followed ViacomCBS’s previous purchase of a minority stake in the company in December 2016.

Amongst the titles being newly distributed by VIS Distribution as finished tapes or available as format for adaptation are recently launched kids’ sitcom Unsupervised, about four spoiled siblings left home along; and teen adventure series Rising; set at a training and recruitment center for kids in 1946, two years before the State of Israel was founded; and The Hood, a teen drama set in a low-income neighborhood in a wealthy Israeli district. Also part of the portfolio are Greenhouse Academy, a US-English remake of Nickelodeon Israel's hit series The GreenhouseCraft Party (Hebrew and English versions) and Rescue Team.

“We are thrilled to be expanding our VIS catalogue with Ananey’s complementary range of content,” commented Lauren Marriott, senior vice president, VIS Distribution. “Israel is renowned as a hub for high-end productions and Ananey is equally recognised as a well-established and prolific producer of local and global scripted and entertainment content, which we’re confident new audiences around the world will find irresistible.”

“We can’t wait for viewers outside of Israel to fall in love with more of our content,” added Orly Atlas-Katz, CEO, Ananey Communications. “The inclusion of our titles in the ViacomCBS International Studios Distribution catalogue is a great show of confidence in kids’ series coming out of Israel and we couldn’t be more excited to get them to new audiences around the world.”


Originally published: Tuesday, February 09, 2021.


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JoJo Siwa Reveals Who Her Girlfriend Is On 1 Month Anniversary

JoJo Siwa just gave fans the first look at her with her girlfriend!


The 17-year-old Nickelodeon superstar and social media phenomenon went public she had a girlfriend last week on The Tonight Show, and now we know her name is Kylie, and they’ve been together for a month.

“After being my best friend for over a year, January 8th 2021 I got to start calling this exceptional human my Girlfriend… and Since then I’ve been the happiest I have ever been!” JoJo sweetly wrote on Instagram.

“She seriously is the most loving, supportive, happiest, protective, and just the most beautiful perfect person in the world. And I get to call her mine! Happy one month to my girl! I love you more and more everyday!❤️” she added.


The photo shows Kylie and JoJo inside an oversized box for a Funko Pop! The Office figure.

Update (2/9) - Kylie also shared an Instagram post to celebrate her anniversary with Siwa. She geotagged the location as "Heaven on Earth" and also posted a series of sweet photos of the pair. "[F]all in love with your best friend, guys. it's THE BEST feeling in the entire world. here's to one month with my favorite human  i love you sharky," Kylie captioned her post. JoJo replied saying "The best ever. I’m so lucky you’re my human. I love you forever and ever❤️"

We’re talking, two Disneyland dates with the pair dressed in fuzzy animal-themed onesies, posing with matching tie-dye jumpers, and an adorable clip of the pair singing the hook to Justin Bieber’s As Long As You Love Me in the backseat of the car, presumably after one of their adorable trips to the Mickey Mouse amusement park.

JoJo came out as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community just a couple of weeks ago, and recently revealed that her girlfriend helped encourage her to publicly come out.

JoJo is currently in Vancouver, Canada getting to work on her new musical Nickelodeon movie The J Team. The entertainer was spotted just outside her new hotel today (Monday, Feb. 8) after completing the required quarantine period, as she prepares to start work on the film. Find out more about The J Team here.

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JoJo and her family caught COVID last last year.

JoJo was seen wearing an all black look, including facemask, with pops up neon yellow on her hoodie and with the big bow in her hair, as she was carrying a sparkly microphone stand in her hands while leaving her hotel.

Siwa, who has a younger fanbase, has received praise for her decision to come out despite potential backlash from parents.

Traci Gillig, a Washington State University assistant professor, who studied the impacts of LGBTQ+ representation on young people told CNN that Siwa’s decision to come out was important and unprecedented.

 “JoJo’s pride in her identity and her confidence in shrugging off negative responses indicates that her social media presence will foster a sense of supportive community for LGBTQ youth,” Gillig said.

“She’s one more voice -- and a big one -- communicating to young LGBTQ people that they are loved.”

Siwa has a history of being transparent with her social media followers.


Originally published: Tuesday, February 09, 2021 at 03:09 GMT.

Original sources: Just Jared Jr. (II); Additional sources: The List, girlfriend, International Business Times.

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'iCarly' Revival Producer Answers Fan Questions About Missing Cast Members Jenette McCurdy and Noah Munck

Are we gonna see Sam and Gibby back?

iCarly fans are still freaking out over the news that the show will be coming back for a brand new revival on Paramount+. However, they couldn't help but notice that two of the original cast members were missing from the big announcement.


Jennette McCurdy and Noah Munck, who played Sam and Gibby, respectively, have not been confirmed to return to the brand new series. While there are hundreds of questions swirling on whether or not we will see them again, the producer of the new series, Jay Kogen, reassured fans about their possible returns.

He confirmed that both Jennette and Noah have both been asked to return. According to Jay, Noah has been approached with the opportunity, while "it's her call" in terms of Jennette.




Update (12/14) - Kogen has confirmed that the reboot will not recast Sam if McCurdy decides to not reprise the role:



There's no word as to why the cast members haven't officially decided to return to the series, but they have been keeping busy lately. Jennette just wrapped up the first season of her podcast, Empty Inside. Meanwhile, Noah Munck has been reoccurring in the hit ABC series, The Goldbergs, since 2014. His former iCarly co-star Miranda Cosgrove also guest starred in a recent episode of The Goldbergs.

Meanwhile, Jay also revealed some brand new details about the series, which is being produced by Nickelodeon Studios for Paramount+, and what fans could expect. He confirmed that the show will be for adults, so don't expect it to be the same Nickelodeon jokes that you're used to.


Jay also confirmed that filming is set to start in March 2021, so hopefully, this means we'll get the reboot by the end of the year.


So wake up the members of iCarly nation, your time is almost here!


'iCarly' Reboot: Where's Jennette McCurdy?

Nickelodeon fans were thrilled to hear that iCarly was the latest beloved show getting the revival treatment, with a new series headed to the upcoming Paramount+ streaming service. Most of the original main cast is set to return, with Miranda Cosgrove, Jerry Trainor, and Nathan Kress posing together on set to confirm their involvement. However, one significant person is noticeably absent: Jennette McCurdy. McCurdy played Carly's best friend and sidekick, Sam, and eventually got her own spin off, Sam & Cat.

McCurdy so far has not commented on the upcoming revival and appears to not be involved in any capacity. However, if you know a little bit of McCurdy's life as a child star and beyond, this isn't that surprising.

After Sam & Cat ended in 2014, McCurdy acted on and off in small roles. Her mother died in 2013, she turned to alcohol to cope. In a 2020 interview with Elite Daily, McCurdy admitted that her time as a child star left her without the emotional tools to cope with her grief in a healthy way. She quit acting altogether in 2016. "I had to kind of fight the demons on my own time," McCurdy said. "I went dark. I went off of social media. I quit acting. I had to make these pretty big life decisions in order to deal with my stuff, my life."

McCurdy revealed in a personal essay on Huffington Post in 2019 that her time on Nickelodeon caused her to develop an eating disorder and that she resented a lot of her time on iCarly and Sam & Cat. McCurdy wrote in the essay that she was uncomfortable with the idea that she was considered a "role model" and didn't love the fact that her "great contribution" to society was "walking onto an over-lit Nickelodeon set shouting lines about fried chicken."

McCurdy explained to Elite Daily that "a lot of therapy" has gotten her to a much better place, but that her memories about her time as a child actress are complex, to say the least. "I'm not fully there yet," McCurdy admitted. "I still have complicated feelings toward my past from my experience with Nickelodeon. It's something that I work on. I'd like to get to a place of peace with my past. That would be great."

Still, McCurdy credits iCarly for bringing her "lifelong" friendships with the main cast and crew. "I would not have such an enjoyable life if these people weren't in it," she said. "The human connections you have with people is always what determines whether, ultimately, something is a good or bad experience."

McCurdy may have quit acting in the traditional sense, but she is still creative. She wrote a one-woman show called I'm Glad My Mom Died that got postponed by COVID that she has plans to perform once it's safe to do so. She also hosts a podcast called Empty Inside.

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Originally published: Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 23:24 GMT.

Original source: Seventeen; Additional sources: elite daily, HITC.

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Netflix Adds Irish Language Version of 'The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on The Run'

Cé a chónaíonn in anann faoin bhfarraige?


The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on The Run, the brand new film based on Nickelodeon's beloved animated series, SpongeBob SquarePants, is set to become the first ever Irish language movie to be made available on Netflix!

While the film is voiced in English by Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Keanu Reeves (Sage) and Matt Berry (Poseidon), well-known Irish actors Marcus Lamb, Lochlainn O’Mearáin, Brian Thunder, Carmel Stephens and TV presenter Daithí Ó Sé have taken on the roles in the Irish language version of the film.

The U.S.-English audio track of the movie sees 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) - as features 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).

However, in the Gaeilge (Gaelic) dub of the film, locally titled Spongebob an Scannán: Rith, Spúinse, Rith, well-known Irish actors Marcus Lamb, Lochlainn O’Mearáin, Brian Thunder, Carmel Stephens and TV presenter Daithí Ó Sé take on the roles.

Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies partnered with TG4 and Macalla to create the Irish language version of the recently released film.

SpongeBob SquarePants, his best friend Patrick Star and the rest of the gang from Bikini Bottom star 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.

Cúán Mac Conghail, executive producer from Macalla said: “It’s a pleasure for Macalla to work on SpongeBob, a character we have been re-voicing for TG4 since 2006.

“We were excited to work with TG4 and Paramount Pictures to create the Irish language version for the movie, Spongebob an Scannán: Rith, Spúinse, Rith. It’s fantastic that the Irish language version of the movie is now available on Netflix and accessible as Gaeilge to young and old.”

TV Presenter Daithí Ó Sé who voices King Poseidon in Irish said: “King Poseidon is an exuberant character who is somewhat full of himself.  Thankfully, not like me at all, so I had to dig deep to act the part!

“He was a fun character to play. Because of Covid 19 restrictions, we recorded the character voice from home, and my young son was eavesdropping for some of the recording. He is delighted his Dad has a starring role in the movie!”

For parents who may only have a ‘cúpla focal’ and need a refresher, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on The Run can be watched as Gaeilge with Irish voices and English subtitles to help. The settings can be changed easily in the Audio and Subtitles settings on Netflix.

Originally slated to be released in cinemas, Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies moved the release of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on The Run to streaming services due to the on-going COVID-19 (coronavirus) health emergency.

Internationally, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on The Run was released on Netflix in November 2020.

In Canada, the movie was released in theaters in August 2020, and is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

In the U.S., The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on The Run will debut on the Paramount+ streaming platform (currently name CBS All Access), along with SpongeBob spin-off Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years, on Thursday, March 4, and will also be available on VOD services for a limited time.

More Nick: 'Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years' and 'The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run' to Debut on Paramount+ on Thursday, March 4!

Original source: Kildare Nationalist; Additional source.

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Nickelodeon UK Ratings for Week of Monday 25th - Sunday 31st January 2021

Nickelodeon UK Network Ratings for week of Monday 25th - Sunday 31st January 2021.


Ratings across the Nickelodeon UK Network were a bit of a mixed bag again this week compared to the previous week (Jan. 18-24), according to BARB data, with Nickelodeon and Nicktoons reporting games reporting increased viewership and Nick Jr. and Nick Jr. Too reporting decreases.

Nickelodeon Total:

1. SAM & CAT (WED 12:00) - 82,700
2. SAM & CAT (THU 11:31) - 72,500
3. HORRID HENRY (SAT 09:43) - 66,200
4. HENRY DANGER (SAT 10:31) - 58,600
5. SAM & CAT (FRI 11:30) - 46,900
6. ICARLY (SUN 17:59) - 42,900
7. HORRID HENRY (SAT 09:31) - 42,300
8. THE THUNDERMANS (SUN 24:00) - 42,100
9. HENRY DANGER (SUN 16:59) - 41,800
10. HENRY DANGER (SUN 17:30) - 41,800
11. THE THUNDERMANS (WED 17:00) - 36,200
12. THE THUNDERMANS (TUE 12:31) - 36,200
13. THE THUNDERMANS (WED 17:31) - 36,100
14. FIND ME IN PARIS (THU 19:00) - 35,300
15. HENRY DANGER (SUN 10:31) - 35,200

NickToons Total:

1. HORRID HENRY (SAT 12:59) - 89,600
2. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (SAT 18:30) - 85,800
3. HORRID HENRY (SAT 12:45) - 77,200
4. HORRID HENRY (SAT 14:00) - 75,700
5. HORRID HENRY (SAT 13:14) - 74,600
6. HORRID HENRY (SAT 12:29) - 74,400
7. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS - 73,900
8. HORRID HENRY (SAT 14:15) - 72,400
9. HORRID HENRY (SAT 13:29) - 69,400
10. HORRID HENRY (SAT 13:45) - 69,400
11. HORRID HENRY (SAT 12:15) - 68,900
12. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (SAT 18:45) - 58,600
13. HORRID HENRY (THU 14:45) - 58,500
14. HORRID HENRY (THU 14:30) - 58,500
15. HORRID HENRY (SAT 14:30) - 56,400

Nick Jr. Total:

1. PEPPA PIG (SAT 13:15) - 156,500
2. PEPPA PIG (THU 14:34) - 138,300
3. PEPPA PIG (THU 14:00) - 131,100
4. PEPPA PIG (SAT 13:20) - 127,500
5. PEPPA PIG (SAT 12:04) - 126,600
6. PEPPA PIG (SUN 13:30) - 123,400
7. THE ADVENTURES OF PADDINGTON (SAT 17:00) - 119,400
8. PEPPA PIG (TUE 11:15) - 119,200
9. THE ADVENTURES OF PADDINGTON (SAT 17:14) - 117,200
10. PEPPA PIG (SUN 14:20) - 115,300
11. PEPPA PIG (THU 14:29) - 113,800
12. PEPPA PIG (SAT 11:59) - 112,600
13. PEPPA PIG (SUN 13:35) - 112,600
14. PEPPA PIG (SUN 12:44) - 112,300
15. PEPPA PIG (THU 14:15) - 112,100

Nick Jr. Too:

1 PAW PATROL (SAT 12:30) - 109,000
2 PAW PATROL (SAT 11:15) - 107,100
3 PAW PATROL (SAT 10:29) - 103,800
4 PAW PATROL (SAT 06:44) - 99,200
5 PAW PATROL (SAT 11:00) - 94,600
6 PAW PATROL (SAT 12:14) - 92,500
7 PAW PATROL (SAT 11:59) - 92,200
8 PEPPA PIG (TUE 09:45) - 89,800
9 PAW PATROL (SUN 06:59) - 89,000
10 PAW PATROL (TUE 16:45) - 82,800
11 PAW PATROL (SAT 10:44) - 82,700
12 PAW PATROL (SAT 11:45) - 77,900
13 PAW PATROL (SAT 12:45) - 75,800
14 PEPPA PIG (MON 09:45) - 72,800
15 BLUE'S CLUES & YOU (WED 17:00) - 72,600

Note: Nick Jr. Too is listed as Nick Jr 2 on BARB.

Nickelodeon Network:

1. PEPPA PIG (SAT 13:15) - Nick Jr Total - 156,500
2. PEPPA PIG (THU 14:34) - Nick Jr Total - 138,300
3. PEPPA PIG (THU 14:00) - Nick Jr Total - 131,100
4. PEPPA PIG (SAT 13:20) - Nick Jr Total - 127,500
5. PEPPA PIG (SAT 12:04) - Nick Jr Total - 126,600
6. PEPPA PIG (SUN 13:30) - Nick Jr Total - 123,400
7. THE ADVENTURES OF PADDINGTON - (SAT 17:00) - Nick Jr Total - 119,400
8. PEPPA PIG (TUE 11:15) - Nick Jr Total - 119,200
9. THE ADVENTURES OF PADDINGTON - (SAT 17:14) Nick Jr Total - 117,200
10. PEPPA PIG (SUN 14:20) - Nick Jr Total - 115,300
11. PEPPA PIG (THU 14:29) - Nick Jr Total - 113,800
12. PEPPA PIG (SAT 11:59) - Nick Jr Total - 112,600
13. PEPPA PIG (SUN 13:35) - Nick Jr Total - 112,600
14. PEPPA PIG (SUN 12:44) - Nick Jr Total - 112,300
15. PEPPA PIG (THU 14:15) - Nick Jr Total - 112,100

Ratings data provided by BARB.

Programmes of less than 5 minutes duration are excluded from these reports.

Linear TV viewing only; Data for viewing programming on PC/laptops, Tablets and Smartphones is currently unavailable.


Originally published: Tuesday, February 09, 2021
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CBS All Access Adds 'Instant Mom' and 'Ryan's Mystery Playdate'

CBS All Access, the soon-to-be rebranded streaming service from ViacomCBS, today (Feb. 9) added two more fan-favorite Nickelodeon shows to its programming library: Instant Mom (seasons 1, 2 & 3) and Ryan's Mystery Playdate (season 1)!

About Instant Mom


Stephanie is a former party girl who trades in her cocktails for carpools when she instantly adds three children to her life by marrying their father, Charlie. Needless to say, she struggles to find a balance between her fun-loving and slightly irresponsible lifestyle with being a full-time stepmother. As she learns what being a mother is about, partially with help from her own mom, Stephanie tries to do things her own way. Among the motherly experiences she has are being on the parents' dance committee and planning a "staycation" for her family. Stars Tia Mowry-Hardrict (Sister Sister) as Stephanie, Michael Boatman (Spin City), Sydney Park (The HALO Effect, CSI: NY) as Gabby, Tylen Jacob Williams (Everybody Hates Chris, Parks and Recreation) as James, Damarr Calhoun as Aaron, and Sheryl Lee Ralph (Moesha) as Maggie.

Additionally, Jackée Harry, who played Tia's Mom Lisa in Sister, Sister guest stars in the series Mother's Day special, "Not Your Mother's Day".

Originally aired as part of Nick Jr.'s NickMom late-night programming block for moms.

About Ryan's Mystery Playdate


This live-action series stars 7-year-old internet sensation Ryan Kaji, whose YouTube channel has grown to become one of the world's largest with videos that feature him and his family playing with toys for kids. The Nickelodeon program sees the unboxing phenom tackle a series of imaginative, physical challenges and solve puzzles to reveal the identity of his play dates. Co-starring are Ryan's parents, and proprietary animated characters, including Gus the Gummy Gator and Combo Panda, also make appearances. The series encourages physical play, models positive family relationships and features a creative problem-solving curriculum.

CBS All Access will become Paramount+ on Thursday, March 4! Click here to find out how you can get a 50% discount!


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LEAKED EASTER EGGS: Behind The Scenes of Danger Force! | Danger Force

LEAKED EASTER EGGS: Behind The Scenes of Danger Force! | Danger Force


Nickelodeon has received more leaked videos and photos from the set of Danger Force before the new episode, 'Monsty" goes live! Nick even has some secret Easter Eggs they found, too!

Catch more Henry Danger & Danger Force everywhere Nickelodeon is available!

Make sure to subscribe to the brand-new Henry Danger YouTube channel! Up the (You)Tube!: https://at.nick.com/HenryDangerYouTube

Vote for Henry Danger and Danger Force in the 2021 Kids' Choice Awardshttps://www.kidschoiceawards.com!


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Henry Danger or Danger Force? | KCA 2021 | Cooper Barnes

Ray (Cooper Barnes) and Schwoz (Michael D. Cohen) argue about which show fans should vote  "Favorite Kids TV Show" in Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2021: Henry Danger or Danger Force? Luckily, you can vote for both at https://www.kidschoiceawards.com and via Twitter! Now that that's sorted, let's sit down and enjoy some Frittles. Blue or red?


Don't forget to vote for Jace Norman as your "Favorite Male TV Star" and Ella Anderson as your "Favorite Female TV Star", and if you're in Germany, Austria or Switzerland, Captain Man as your favorite Nickelodeon Character!

Hosted by actor, comedian and Saturday Night Live legend Kenan Thompson (All ThatKenan & KelGood BurgerKenan), Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2021 will air live in the U.S. on Saturday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT), simulcast across Nickelodeon, TeenNick, Nicktoons and the Nick Jr. channel. Following it's U.S. debut, the special will roll out onto Nickelodeon channels internationally.

Click here for a list of global KCA 2021 nominees and here for a list of country-specific 2021 KCA nominees!

Catch more Henry Danger & Danger Force everywhere Nickelodeon is available!

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Meet the Midnight Society | Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Curse of the Shadows | Nickelodeon

Meet the new Midnight Society in Nickelodeon's latest promo for Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Curse of the Shadows, premiering Friday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nick!


Produced by ACE Entertainment, Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Curse of the Shadows is a six-part limited series based on the beloved horror anthology series based on the '90s kids' cult classic. The miniseries will premiere on Friday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon, with new episodes airing every Friday night.


Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Curse of the Shadows follows an all-new Midnight Society group of kids who learn of the terrifying curse cast over their small seaside town, and are haunted by a mysterious creature known as the Shadowman. In the just-released trailer, viewers are introduced to the new Midnight Society members and get a glimpse at the horrors that await them in the shadows.


The new members of the Midnight Society are: Luke, played by Bryce Gheisar (The Astronauts, Wonder); Jai, played by Arjun Athalye; Hanna, played by Beatrice Kitsos (Child's Play, iZombie); Gabby, played by Malia Baker (The Baby-Sitters Club); Seth, played by Dominic Mariche (The Christmas Yule Blog, A Gift to Cherish); and Connor, played by Parker Queenan (Party of Five, Andi Mack).


Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Curse of the Shadows is produced by ACE Entertainment (To All The Boys I've Loved Before, The Perfect Date) with ACE founder Matt Kaplan and Spencer Berman serving as executive producers and Paul Kim as co-executive producer. Jeff Wadlow (Fantasy Island, Truth or Dare) serves as executive producer and the primary director for the series. JT Billings (Beware That Girl, Charming) serves as showrunner and executive producer.


Production of Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Curse of the Shadows for Nickelodeon is overseen by Shauna Phelan, Senior Vice President, Live-Action Scripted Content; and Zack Olin, Senior Vice President, Live Action. Brian Banks serves as Nickelodeon's Executive in Charge of Production for the series.


One of the Nickelodeon's most iconic series from the '90s, the original Are You Afraid of the Dark? delivered riveting stories of horror to young audiences, all from a kid's perspective. Are You Afraid of the Dark? is owned by DHX and was created by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel, who are also executive producers on the project.




Originally published: Thursday, January 28, 2021.

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15 Secrets About 'iCarly' Revealed

Shoosh Yeah, the beloved Nickelodeon series iCarly is iFinally on Netflix. Before you binge, find out what the Miranda Cosgrove-led show was initially supposed to be about.


iFinally, one of our favorite Nickelodeon series is on Netflix!

The first two seasons (well, three combined into two) of iCarly, which starred Miranda Cosgrove, Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Kress and Jerry Trainor, are finally available on the streaming giant. Say it with us: Shoosh yeah!

After its premiere in 2007, the sitcom, created by Drake & Josh and Zoey 101 executive producer Dan Schneider, went on to become one of Nickelodeon's biggest hits, welcoming a line-up of guest stars that rivaled the Oscars and launching two spinoffs.

But the initial concept for the show was very different—and so was Carly's name. iJosie just doesn't have the same ring to it, right? 

While iCarly ended its run in 2012, it was recently announced that three of the original stars will be reuniting for a revival series, set to premiere on Paramount+ in 2021. Will Carly be on TikTok now?!

In honor of the show's Netflix debut and upcoming revival, here are 15 behind-the-scenes facts you might not know about iCarly's original run...

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1. After she spent three years as mischievous younger sister Megan on Drake & Josh, Nickelodeon wanted to give Miranda Cosgrove her own show. And the initial conceit might sound surprising to loyal viewers.

"My original idea was that she play a 'normal' girl who, in a twist of fate, gets cast to star in her favorite TV show," creator Dan Schneider revealed on his blog in 2009. "I even wrote the script. I called it Starstruck. The pilot I wrote (and turned in to Nickelodeon) was about Carly, a regular girl who gets cast to star in her favorite TV show."

2. While the network loved the idea for Starstruck, Schneider's plot for the show shifted after a conversation with his wife and his good friend, The Big Bang Theory executive producer Steven Molaro.

"I decided that it would be MUCH COOLER for Carly to create HER OWN show," he explained, "a show she could run herself, her own way, and do whatever she wanted to do -- A WEB SHOW."

3. Carly was not the first name Schneider had in mind for the main character.

It was actually Sam, while the original name for Sam's character was Kira.

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4. The name changes went down after Schneider discovered the URL iSam.com was already taken. He also tried the name Josie—even buying the URL before deciding he "didn't like it" and  settling on Carly. "So, back in 2007, if someone hadn't already owned the URL iSam.com, then iCarly would likely have been called iSam," he explained on his blog.

"I came up with the name iCarly while filming on the set of Zoey 101," Schneider continued. "My friend Steve Molaro...was working with me, and we were trying to think of a good title for my new series about kids who start their own web show."

5. The character of Sam Puckett was written with Jennette McCurdy in mind after she guest-starred on Zoey 101.

"I loved her and thought she was a major talent," Schneider wrote in another 2009 blog post. "So when I was creating Carly's best friend Sam, I knew that Jennette would LIKELY play that role."

6. Nathan Kress revealed on Throwback With Nickelodeon of nearly almost quitting acting before landing the role of Freddie, Carly's BFF and technical producer.

"I wasn't doing enough where I felt like I wanted to stay involved in the industry," said Kress, adding "I was on my way out when that audition happened." Then he beat out upwards of 200 actors for the role."

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7. The series most-watched episode—2010's "iSaved Your Life"—attracted 11.2 million viewers, making it, at the time, the second most-viewed telecast in Nickelodeon's history.

8. In 2012, Cosgrove was listed as the "Highest Paid Child Actress" by the Guinness World Records, earning $180,000 per episode.

9. After Carly's zany older brother and legal guardian Spencer (Jerry Trainor) cooked "spaghetti tacos" for dinner on the show, the meal went viral, even landing the cover of the Food & Wine section of The New York Times.

"It was just a little joke I came up with for one episode," Schneider told the publication in 2010. "Then it turned into a running joke. And now it's this thing people actually do."

10. Throughout its five-year run, iCarly welcomed a list of high-profile guest stars, including Michelle Obama, One Direction, Emma Stone and Jimmy Fallon.

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11. While it was never stated on the show, Spencer became Carly's legal guardian when she was 12 years old.

And their father made his only appearance in the series finale, with David Chisum playing Colonel Steven Shay. 

12. McCurdy revealed what was actually in Sam's infamous "butter sock" during a 2015 interview with the Huffington Post.

"Although I am tentative to crush any person's childhood dreams, it was not filled with butter. It was batteries to give it some weight, with Styrofoam around them, wrapped with duct tape," she revealed. "I feel like Nathan [Kress] was probably the receiver of a few accidental butter-sock whacks."

13. After iCarly ended in 2012, Nickelodeon ordered a spinoff centering on fan-favorite side character Gibby (Noah Munck).

The sitcom would follow the oft-shirtless character after he gets a gig at a recreational center where he winds up as a mentor to four offbeat middle-school students. While the pilot was filmed, Nickelodeon didn't order Gibby to series.

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14. Another spinoff, however, did make it to air: Sam & Cat, which starred McCurdy and Ariana Grande as their respective iCarly and Victorious characters, premiered in 2013 and became an instant hit for Nickelodeon.

But the show never returned for a second season after reports of "discord" on the set and rumors about salary disputes. Season one was extended to 40 episodes, with 36 of those produced.

15. Last December, it was announced that iCarly is being revived by Paramount+ (currently known as CBS All Access), with Cosgrove, Kress and Trainor all reprising their roles.

The new series is being developed by Jay Kogen (School of Rock the series) and Ali Schouten (Diary of a Future President, Champions, Merry Happy Whatever). McCurdy isn't expected to reprise her role, however.

Bonus Fact 1: Cosgrove's Drake & Josh co-star Drake Bell (The Amanda Show) can be heard on the iCarly theme song, "Leave It All To Me"! Not only that, the song was written by Michael "Backhouse Mike" Corcoran, one of Bell's band members, who married to Victorious star Liz Gillies during summer 2020!

Bonus Fact 2: Following its original run, Nickelodeon gave fans the chance to win iconic props and items from the set of iCarly!


iCarly seasons one and two are available on Netflix, whilst all seasons are available on CBS All Access.


Based on an article originally published by E! News.

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Pantochino Summer Teen Theatre Now Registering for 'The SpongeBob Musical'

Pantochino Summer Teen Theatre Now Registering for The SpongeBob Musical


The beloved Nickelodeon series comes to life in this 2-week immersive program where young actors 12 to 18 years old learn, rehearse and perform!

Milford, CT - Award-winning Pantochino Productions Inc has announced registration for its Summer Teen Theatre production of The SpongeBob Musical. The immersive two-week program allows young actors 12 to 18 years old the opportunity to learn, rehearse and perform a full-scale musical working with professional directors, choreographers and designers. Dates for the program are July 26-August 8, 2021.

The SpongeBob Musical is based on the Nickelodeon series by Stephen Hillenburg and features book by Kyle Jarrow. Original songs are by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Barielles, Jonathan Coultron, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeors, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic At The Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T. I. and songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny &Andy Paley. Additional lyrics are b Jonathan Coulton and additional music is by Tom Kitt. The musical was conceived by Tina Landau. The show is presented with special arrangement with Concorde Theatricals.


The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world!

The SpongeBob Musical will be directed by Bert Bernardi with musical direction by Justin Rugg. Becki Walter Arena will choreograph. Rehearsals will take place Monday-Friday 9am to 3pm at Pantochino Studios in the Connecticut Post Mall. The location for performances on August 6-8th will be announced pending updated COVID-19 protocols.  The program is limited to 30 participants, first come first served. 

Registration form and details are available at www.pantochino.com.

The SpongeBob Musical: Live On Stage! was broadcast in December 2019 across Nickelodeon platforms and featured much of the original Broadway company reprising their performances, including Tony nominee Ethan Slater as the high-energy title sponge, Tony nominee Gavin Lee as Squidward Q. Tentacles, Danny Skinner as Patrick Star, Brian Ray Norris as Eugene Krabs, and Wesley Taylor as Sheldon Plankton. The TV event is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video and now available on DVD.

The Original Cast Recording is available now from Masterworks Broadway wherever music is sold and streamed: https://spongebobmusical.lnk.to/SpongebobMusicalRecording

More Nick: Concord Theatricals Acquires Licensing Rights for Nickelodeon's Broadway Hit 'The SpongeBob Musical'!

Additional source: Patch.

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