Friday, April 22, 2022

When Worlds Collide: Nickelodeon Stars From Six Hit Shows Converge in A Special Crossover Event Premiering April 21


Crossover Event to Feature Frankie Grande From Henry Danger; Jules LeBlanc, Jayden Bartels, Isaiah Crews, Mitchell Berg and Jacques Chevelle From Side Hustle; Havan Flores, Terrence Little Gardenhigh, Dana Heath and Luca Luhan From Danger Force; That Girl Lay Lay and Gabrielle Nevaeh Green From That Girl Lay Lay; Young Dylan From Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan; and Kate Godfrey and Anton Starkman From Warped!

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Stars from six of Nickelodeon’s hit live-action series converge in one special crossover event titled “When Worlds Collide.” In the event, Henry Danger villain Frankini (Frankie Grande) tracks a powerful mind-controlling device to Altoonisburg, with the goal of world domination. When he gets his hands on it, the stars of Side Hustle, Danger Force, That Girl Lay Lay, Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan and Warped! must work together to defeat him or be brainwashed forever. “When Worlds Collide” premieres Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT) as part of Side Hustle on Nickelodeon.

“When Worlds Collide” stars Jules LeBlanc, Jayden Bartels, Isaiah Crews, Mitchell Berg and Jacques Chevelle (Side Hustle); Havan Flores, Terrence Little Gardenhigh, Dana Heath and Luca Luhan (Danger Force); That Girl Lay Lay and Gabrielle Nevaeh Green (That Girl Lay Lay); Young Dylan (Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan); and Kate Godfrey and Anton Starkman (Warped!). It also features Side Hustle recurring cast members Kurt Ela, Matte Martinez and Reyn Doi.

During the event, Jules LeBlanc, Jayden Bartels, That Girl Lay Lay and Gabrielle Nevaeh Green will perform an original song titled “Worlds Collide,” which will be released on all major streaming platforms on Friday, April 22.

Following the crossover, Nickelodeon will also treat viewers to a special look at the new Paramount+ original series The Fairly OddParents: Fairly Odder, which premiered on the streaming platform on March 31.

“When Worlds Collide” was written by Dave Malkoff (Henry Danger, Sam & Cat, Victorious), who created Side Hustle and serves as executive producer and showrunner alongside John Beck & Ron Hart (Fuller House, Liv and Maddie). The crossover is directed by Adam Weissman (Henry Danger, Danger Force). Production of Side Hustle for Nickelodeon is overseen by Zack Olin and Shauna Phelan, Co-Heads of Nickelodeon & Awesomeness Live-Action. Omar Camacho serves as Nickelodeon’s Executive in Charge of Production for the series.

Season two of Side Hustle returns with new episodes on Thursday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

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From Kidscreen:

Live-Action Crossover Event Signals A Bigger ‘Nickelodeon World’

The co-heads of Nick and Awesomeness live action discuss why they believe cross-pollinating characters works so well for today's audiences, and why we're likely to see more of it in the future.

Nickelodeon is testing out an all-encompassing “Nickelodeon World” this week, where live-action shows are not strictly siloed, and characters join forces across timeslots.

Ahead of the kidsnet’s new When Worlds Collide crossover event, Shauna Phelan and Zack Olin, co-heads of live action at Nickelodeon and Awesomeness, tell Kidscreen what inspired them to look at the bigger picture. The special episode of Side Hustle will also feature characters from Danger Force, That Girl Lay Lay, Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan and Warped! when it debuts tonight (April 21).

Phelan and Olin say crossovers work particularly well for kids shows because of the malleability in how young viewers perceive fictional worlds and their characters. “We believe audiences, more than ever, have a deep relationship with the characters that extends beyond the individual shows. Our audience’s lives aren’t siloed, so why should their shows be?”

Although the shows deal with different subjects—from crime-fighting superheroes, to creative money-making schemes—their shared foundation as comedies helped maintain consistency in the creative development of the special episode.

“You need to pair reverie for the brands with a worthy story, which Dave Malkoff, Ron Hart and John Beck have done,” say Phelan and Olin, highlighting the complementary overlap of creative talent involved. “Dave created Side Hustle but also worked on Henry Danger and Danger Force.  Ron and John both executive produce on Side Hustle and That Girl Lay Lay, where Young Dylan has also guest-starred.”

The popularity of each of the Nickelodeon live-actioners involved inspired the net to consider a strategy for bringing the shows together with a more ambitious scope than a typical crossover, which usually involves only two to three shows, they explain. “We reframed [our thinking] from looking at individual shows to a view where we can realize the opportunities of one big ‘Nickelodeon World’ and thus deliver fans a uniquely epic experience.”

Nick has promoted the stunt on air as well as on social platforms like Twitter and Instagram, with behind-the-scenes candids of the cast becoming friends on set and teaser videos where the cast lets fans know what to expect. This making-of approach was the whole focus of the campaign, feeding social platforms with insider content as opposed to focusing on clips of interactions between each show’s characters, which is the more traditional strategy.

As for whether Nickelodeon is preparing to launch more crossovers in the near future, Phelan and Olin say it’s too early to comment. “But we have some exciting things in the works that we’re looking forward to sharing soon.”


Originally published: April 14, 2022 at 22:02 BST.

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