Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Asking the Experts: Kids Explain 'SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake'

Asking the Experts: Kids explain SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake

MEDIA ALERT: THQ Nordic talked to the experts on SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake and asked for their verdict: "It feels like a video game and a movie combined!". In this new trailer, kids explain what they love about the upcoming game and why making "silly wishes" leads to SpongeBob and his trusty friend Balloon-Patrick embarking on a magical quest to save Bikini Bottom.


Pre-Order SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake!

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake is ready for pre-order now, at an SRP of € 39.99 / $ 39.99 / £ 34.99. When pre-ordered, the game will include the Costume Pack for free. The Costume Pack will also be available for purchase at an SRP of € 9.99 / $ 9.99 / £ 7.99 on launch day.

Included in the Costume Pack:
 
  • RoboBob SteelPants
  • Mermaid Man Bob
  • JellyBob
  • Primitive Sponge
  • Dried Sponge
  • Opposite Day
  • Band Geek

Links & Info:


The BFF Edition Overview

The “BFF Edition” for SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake is ready for pre-order now, at an SRP of € 249.99 / $ 249.99 / £ 219.99.

Included in the collector’s edition:
 
  • Cosmic Victory Statue - 25cm / 9.8"
  • Inflatable Patrick - 50cm / 19.7"
  • BFF Amulet with Necklace
  • 4 Costume miniature bouncing balls
  • 4 placemats
  • Standard copy of the game on the chosen platform
  • Costume Pack DLC

Links & Info


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SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake is in development for Nintendo Switch™, PC, PlayStation®4, and Xbox One and will be out January 31st, 2023.

Since its launch in July 17, 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants has reigned as the most-watched animated series for 22 consecutive years, while generating a universe of beloved characters, pop culture catchphrases and memes, theatrical releases, consumer products, a Tony award-winning Broadway musical and a global fan base. SpongeBob SquarePants is one of the most widely distributed properties in Paramount International history, seen in more than 170 countries, translated in 29+ languages, and averaging more than 100 million total viewers every quarter. SpongeBob SquarePants was created by Stephen Hillenburg and produced by Nickelodeon in Burbank, Calif. The character-driven cartoon chronicles the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurable optimistic and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends.

About SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake

Wish-granting Mermaid’s Tears in the hands of SpongeBob and Patrick… What could possibly go wrong? Sure, the very fabric holding the very universe very together could come very undone, opening up portals into Wishworlds full of knights, cowboys, pirates, and prehistoric snails. But that’s nothing everyone’s favorite sponge can’t handle - with the right cosmic costume! Everybody do the Cosmic Shake!

Features:
 
  • Unlock classic and new platforming skills like the Fishhook Swing and Karate Kick
  • Don more than 30 F.U.N.tastic costumes like SnailBob and SpongeGar
  • Travel to 7 distinct Wishworlds like Wild West Jellyfish Fields and Halloween Rock Bottom
  • Experience all the buddy movie banter with SpongeBob’s permanent companion Balloon-Patrick
  • Meet all your favorite Bikini Bottomites from the series, voiced by their original actors
  • Enjoy the in-game soundtrack featuring 101 songs from the series, including Sweet Victory

Watch SpongeBob SquarePantsKamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years and The Patrick Star Show on Nickelodeon, and 200 episodes of SpongeBobThe SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run and The SpongeBob Musical on Paramount+! Try it FREE at ParamountPlus.com.


Listen to The SpongeBob Musical here!

CALLING ALL GOOFY GOOBERS! (ROCK!) Are ya ready for a deep dive into the world of SpongeBob SquarePants? The SpongeBob YouTube channel is THE PLACE for all fan-favorite SpongeBob moments! We’re serving up everything from legendary scenes to remixes of classic songs to deep dives into Bikini Bottom lore. Be sure to check back every week for Music Mondays, Wumbo Wednesdays, and Flashback Fridays! Subscribe now at https://www.youtube.com/SpongeBobOfficial!

Shop SpongeBob!: https://www.spongebobshop.com - SpongeBob face masks now available, with ALL proceeds going to charity!


Originally published: January 17, 2023.

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Mission Log: Prodigy - The Hageman Brothers & Ben Hibon | Roddenberry Entertainment

Mission Log: Prodigy - The Hageman Brothers & Ben Hibon | Roddenberry Entertainment


With the first season’s story now told, Char and Norman have more questions for Prodigy creators Dan and Kevin Hageman and director Ben Hibon. From Murf changes to merch challenges to movie ambitions, get another peek behind the curtain of Star Trek: Prodigy.

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Tiny Chef | Tiny Vision Board | The Tiny Chef Show

Tiny Chef | Tiny Vision Board | The Tiny Chef Show


#shorts #tinychef #dadjoke | The Tiny Chef Show


#shorts #tinychef #diy | The Tiny Chef Show


Tune into The Tiny Chef Show, only on Nick Jr. on Nickelodeon!


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Celebrate Chinese New Year w/ Ni Hao, Kai-Lan | Noggin

Celebrate Chinese New Year w/ Ni Hao, Kai-Lan | Noggin


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Funny Woman | Streaming 10 February | SkyShowtime

Funny Woman | Streaming 10 February | SkyShowtime


Are you ready? Watch the trailer for Funny Woman.

A comedy series based on Nick Hornby’s bestselling novel Funny Girl, which tells the story of Blackpool beauty queen Barbara Parker (Gemma Arterton) as she tries to make it in London at the height of the swinging 60s. Parker’s humour turns out to be her greatest asset and she redefines what it means to be a funny woman. Streaming across all live markets from 10 February. https://www.skyshowtime.com


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'SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake' | Nintendo Switch and PC Trailer | Korean Version | H2 Interactive

'스폰지밥 네모바지: 코스믹 셰이크' 닌텐도 스위치 및 PC 한국어판 출시 예정 트레일러 | H2 Interactive


'스폰지밥 네모바지: 코스믹 셰이크' 한국어판, 닌텐도 스위치 및 PC로 2023년 1월 31일 정식 출시! 닌텐도 스위치 패키지 1월 18일부터 예약 판매 시작!

모든 소원을 들어주는 인어의 눈물이 스폰지밥과 뚱이의 손에 들어가고 말았습니다.

우주의 구조는 크게 뒤틀렸고, 기사와 카우보이, 해적, 선사 시대 달팽이로 가득한 소원 세계로 통하는 문이 열려버리게 되었죠.

우리의 즐거운 친구 스폰지밥은 이 사태를 해결할 수 있을까요?

*H2몰 바로가기: https://h2mall.net/

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Listen to The SpongeBob Musical here!

CALLING ALL GOOFY GOOBERS! (ROCK!) Are ya ready for a deep dive into the world of SpongeBob SquarePants? The SpongeBob YouTube channel is THE PLACE for all fan-favorite SpongeBob moments! We’re serving up everything from legendary scenes to remixes of classic songs to deep dives into Bikini Bottom lore. Be sure to check back every week for Music Mondays, Wumbo Wednesdays, and Flashback Fridays! Subscribe now at https://www.youtube.com/SpongeBobOfficial!

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Did you know in Avatar: The Last Airbender... (PART 4) | Avatar #Shorts | Avatar: The Last Airbender

Did you know in Avatar: The Last Airbender... (PART 4) | Avatar #Shorts | Avatar: The Last Airbender


Did you ever wonder what the Blue Spirit's Wanted Poster says in Avatar: The Last Airbender?

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South Park Season 26 Teaser | South Park Studios

South Park Season 26 Teaser | South Park Studios


The all-new South Park Season 26 will premiere in February on Comedy Central.

About South Park:

South Park is the Emmy and Peabody-award winning animated series co-created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone about four boys living in one screwed-up Colorado mountain town. Between local and global tragedies, as well as parental and celebrity interference, Kyle, Stan, Cartman, and Kenny manage to have themselves a time.

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Next On Episode 2 | Your Honor Season 2 | SHOWTIME

Next On Episode 2 | Your Honor Season 2 | SHOWTIME


Michael Desiato discovers a secret while Olivia seizes an opportunity to push him to make a dangerous decision. Meanwhile, a desperate business deal threatens Eugene. Elizabeth shelters Michael while Big Mo’s big plans place her in Gina’s crosshairs. Stream new episodes of Your Honor Fridays on SHOWTIME.

Bundle up Paramount+ and SHOWTIME and stream it all in one place at ParamountPlus.com!

Big Mo Meets with Mayor Charlie | Your Honor Season 2 Episode 2 | SHOWTIME


Big Mo meets with Mayor Charlie Figaro (Isiah Whitlock Jr.) to discuss buying a property. Stream new episodes of Your Honor Fridays on SHOWTIME.

Elizabeth’s secret is safe with us. #Showtime #YourHonor #Shorts | SHOWTIME


About Your Honor:
Bryan Cranston stars as a New Orleans judge who is forced to confront his own deepest convictions when his son is involved in a hit and run that embroils an organized crime family. As a storm of vengeance, lies and deceit threatens to engulf the entire city, Michael Desiato faces a series of increasingly impossible choices and discovers just how far an honest man will go to save his son’s life. From the producers of The Good Wife and The Night Of.

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Behind the Your Honor Season 2 Premiere: Rodeo Prison | SHOWTIME

Behind the Your Honor Season 2 Premiere: Rodeo Prison | SHOWTIME


Go behinds scenes with Bryan Cranston and Director, Peter Sollett as they talk about shooting the prison rodeo scene in the premiere of Season 2. Stream new episodes of Your Honor Fridays on SHOWTIME.

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Attorney Olivia Delmont visits Michael | Your Honor Season 2 Episode 1 | SHOWTIME


Attorney Olivia Delmont (Rosie Perez) pays Michael (Bryan Cranston) a visit to attempt to extract vital information from him that can bring down the Baxter family. Stream new episodes of Your Honor Fridays on SHOWTIME.

Attorney Olivia Delmont visits Michael | Your Honor Season 2 Episode 1 | SHOWTIME


Attorney Olivia Delmont (Rosie Perez) pays Michael (Bryan Cranston) a visit to attempt to extract vital information from him that can bring down the Baxter family. Stream new episodes of Your Honor Fridays on SHOWTIME.

Big Mo and Jimmy Baxter exchange words. #showtime #shorts #Yourhonor #bryancranston | SHOWTIME


About Your Honor:
Bryan Cranston stars as a New Orleans judge who is forced to confront his own deepest convictions when his son is involved in a hit and run that embroils an organized crime family. As a storm of vengeance, lies and deceit threatens to engulf the entire city, Michael Desiato faces a series of increasingly impossible choices and discovers just how far an honest man will go to save his son’s life. From the producers of The Good Wife and The Night Of.

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Kid-E-Cats Happy Birthday Celebrations. Educational mobile games for kids | Kid-E-Cats

Kid-E-Cats Happy Birthday Celebrations. Educational mobile games for kids | Kid-E-Cats


Kid-E-Cats: Happy birthday (iOS): https://apps.apple.com/app/id1660585202

Welcome to our new funny exciting game for toddlers Kid-E-Cats: Kids birthday from the collection of our kids educational games. Little players will take part in holiday adventures of Cookie, Pudding and Candy. Our favourite cartoon characters like to have fun. Are you ready to take part in a celebration with a cake and a lot of funny tasks? 

Kids love their birthdays more than anything in the world. So there will be a huge noisy kids party in the house with a lot of presents, surprises, fun, congratulations and a big birthday cake with candles. It will be a party for everybody: for all girls and boys, and not only for our favourite characters from Kid-E-Cats.

Prepare your presents and let’s go to a funny kids party! Kid-E-Cats will bake a cake, draw, colour pictures, play hide and seek and find objects, cook and collect puzzles. There will be a real sea adventure too.

Kid-E-Cats invite you to their world full of exciting tasks and interesting mini games. It is easy to play these educational games for kids from 2 to 5 years. Colourful interface and easy gameplay are suitable even for the smallest boys and girls. Our educational games are aimed at overall development of toddlers and their creativity. They will help kids spend their time usefully and funny. Have fun with all your family.

Let’s celebrate with funny costumes, colorful balloons and yummy cake! Blow up candles and make up a wish! Make a party with kittens and have a lot of fun!

Watch Kid-E-Cats on Nick Jr. channels internationally!

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Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for January 17, 2023 | Nickelodeon

Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for January 17, 2023 | Nickelodeon


Stream the classic and the all new CG-animated Rugrats series on Paramount+! Try it FREE at ParamountPlus.com!

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.

Read more Rugrats comic strips!: https://www.creators.com/features/rugrats

More Nick: Paramount+ Renews 'Rugrats' For Season 3; Season 2 to Premiere in 2023!

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Nickelodeon Unveils First Look at 'Bossy Bear'

Nickelodeon has unveiled a first look at Bossy Bear, the network's brand-new animated preschool series from husband and wife team David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim (UglyDolls) and based on the popular book series by Horvath!










Set to premiere in 2023, the series (30 episodes) follows the misadventures of Bossy Bear, an overly-enthusiastic extrovert, and Turtle, a thoughtful introvert--unlikely besties who make the perfect team for navigating silly childhood adventures in their Koreatown-inspired city of Pleasantburg. Paramount Consumer Products will lead consumer products licensing for the Bossy Bear property worldwide in partnership with Imagine Kids+Family. Bossy Bear is slated for a 2023 premiere on Nickelodeon in the U.S. and Nick Jr. channels internationally. The series was announced in March 2022 by Brian Robbins, President & Chief Executive Officer, Paramount Pictures & Nickelodeon, and Chief Content Officer, Movies and Kids & Family, Paramount+, at Nickelodeon’s annual upfront presentation held at New York City’s Palladium Times Square.


Bossy Bear is incredibly funny with a confidence and passion for life that knows no bounds,” said Ramsey Naito, President, Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Animation. “Everyone on the preschool animation team, led by Eryk Casemiro, is looking forward to collaborating with our creative partners at Imagine Kids+Family to bring these relatable characters and authentic stories of family, friendship, and community to our audience.”

Said Stephanie Sperber, President, Imagine Kids+Family: “I’ve known David and Sun-Min for years and have been a huge fan of their unique and fresh graphic content. Bossy Bear was the first IP we optioned when we started Imagine Kids+Family a few years ago and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with Nickelodeon in bringing these funny and vibrant characters to kids around the world.”


The voice cast for Bossy Bear features: Jayden Ham (Sea of Lights, Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge) as Bossy, an extroverted bear whose big imagination and endless enthusiasm lands him in hilarious situations; Jaba Keh (Sesame Street) as Turtle, Bossy’s patient, pure-hearted and empathetic best friend; Claudia Choi (Her, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) as Bossy’s Mom, the funny and athletic mother who has eyes in the back of her head and Gran-Gran, Turtle’s wise, loving grandmother who knows how to have a good time; and Shaun Baer (Chicago PD) as Bossy’s Dad, the store manager of an electronics shop who has a PhD in Dad jokes. Additional talent will be announced at a later date.

Bossy Bear Nick Junior Bumper (Nickelodeon U.S.)


David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim are the creative minds behind the UglyDolls and Tea Time Cats franchises. Horvath also penned the Bossy Bear book series (Hyperion), inspired by a blend of Korean and U.S. pop culture.

Bossy Bear is executive produced by: Imagine Kids+Family president Stephanie Sperber and Elly Kramer; David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim; Bob Mittenthal (It’s Pony, The Loud House) for Nickelodeon Animation; and Ashley Postlewaite (Tom and Jerry in New York, The Mr. Men Show) for Renegade Animation. Jeff D’Elia (Captain Underpants, Doug Unplugs, Rugrats) serves as story editor and Chil Kong is consulting producer.

Bossy Bear marks Nickelodeon’s third project with Imagine Kids+Family, following live-action adventure series The Astronauts and the previously announced preschool series The Tiny Chef Show, which is currently in production and set to premiere later this year. Production of Bossy Bear for Nickelodeon Animation Studio is overseen by Eryk Casemiro, Executive Vice President, Nickelodeon Animation, Global Series Content. Max Goodman serves as Nickelodeon’s Executive in Charge of Production for the series.

Imagine Kids+Family has revealed that they are working with Paramount Consumer Products to build the property into a global franchise. In a recent press release, the studio said: "IKF is also producing Bossy Bear for Nickelodeon, co-developing consumer products with Viacom and with an eye towards a global franchise build."

About Imagine Kids+Family
Imagine Kids+Family was formed in 2019 by Imagine Entertainment Chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard with a focus on developing and producing premium kids and family entertainment with capabilities in consumer products and franchise building. Imagine Kids+Family is run by President Stephanie Sperber, a veteran kids entertainment executive with a successful career in building kids and family businesses, IP, and franchises. IKF is currently producing The Tiny Chef for Nickelodeon and acquired an equity stake in the popular The Tiny Chef Show to develop the original short-form stop-motion animation Tiny Chef character across all platforms including short-form, tv series, and digital, as part of a strategic global franchise plan which also includes consumer products. Previous productions included the live-action series The Astronauts, also for Nickelodeon. IKF has a partnership with James Patterson’s’ kid imprint Jimmy Books and a first-look partnership with Academy Award-winning animation company Lion Forge (Hair Love) around its existing IP of both licensed and original ideas.

About Paramount Consumer Products
Paramount Consumer Products oversees all licensing and merchandising for Paramount (Nasdaq: PARA, PARAA), a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide. Driven by iconic consumer brands, Paramount Consumer Products’ portfolio includes a diverse slate of brands and content from BET, CBS (including CBS Television Studios and CBS Television Distribution), Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and Showtime. With properties spanning animation, live-action, preschool, youth and adult, Paramount Consumer Products is committed to creating the highest quality product for some of the world’s most beloved, iconic franchises. Additionally, Paramount Consumer Products oversees the online direct-to-consumer business for CBS and Showtime programming merchandise, as well as standalone branded ecommerce websites for Star Trek, SpongeBob, South Park, and MTV.

About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 42nd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The brand includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, location-based experiences, publishing and feature films. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon is a part of Paramount’s (Nasdaq: PARA, PARAA) global portfolio of multimedia entertainment brands.

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Originally published: December 26, 2022.

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Nickelodeon To Premiere New 'SpongeBob' Episode 'Abandon Twits/Wallhalla' On January 20

An upcoming brand new episode of SpongeBob SquarePants has been revealed!


In "Abandon Twits," the Krusty Krew builds a boat for their penny-pinching captain. Then in "Wallhalla," SpongeBob discovers a crazed castaway living in his walls.

Update (1/8/23) - Nickelodeon will premiere the brand new SpongeBob episode "Abandon Twits/Wallhalla" on Friday, January 20, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT)!


Minions + SpongeBob SquarePants Promo - January 20, 2023 (Nickelodeon U.S.)


SpongeBob SquarePants + Minions + Rugrats Promo - January 20, 2023 (Nickelodeon U.S.)


Update (11/1) - Unfortunately Nickelodeon has postponed the episode until a later date.

Update (10/30) - Nickelodeon will premiere the all-new SpongeBob episode "Abandon Twits/Wallhalla" on Friday, November 18, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT!

It all leads up to "The Tidal Zone," the first-ever SpongeBob Universe crossover special, premiering November 25 on Nick! In the one-hour special, Nickelodeon will take viewers on a multidimensional adventure deep below the ocean's surface throughout Bikini Bottom. The special encompasses all three animated series within the SpongeBob Universe, SpongeBob SquarePants, the Paramount+ original series Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years and The Patrick Star Show, and follows GrandPat (The Patrick Star Show) as he makes his way through each dimension. Find out more and get a spongeriffic sneak peek here!

"Abandon Twits/Wallhalla" has the production code #280, and forms part of season 13 of the beloved Nickelodeon animated series.

Watch SpongeBob SquarePantsKamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years and The Patrick Star Show on Nickelodeon, and 200 episodes of SpongeBobThe SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run and The SpongeBob Musical on Paramount+! Try it FREE at ParamountPlus.com.


Listen to The SpongeBob Musical here!

CALLING ALL GOOFY GOOBERS! (ROCK!) Are ya ready for a deep dive into the world of SpongeBob SquarePants? The SpongeBob YouTube channel is THE PLACE for all fan-favorite SpongeBob moments! We’re serving up everything from legendary scenes to remixes of classic songs to deep dives into Bikini Bottom lore. Be sure to check back every week for Music Mondays, Wumbo Wednesdays, and Flashback Fridays! Subscribe now at https://www.youtube.com/SpongeBobOfficial!

Shop SpongeBob!: https://www.spongebobshop.com - SpongeBob face masks now available, with ALL proceeds going to charity!


Originally published: August 29, 2022.

H/T: Special thanks to @KeydalisColon for the update!

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Paramount Channel Withdrawn From Ukraine; New Languages Added to Nickelodeon Global

The Ukrainian regulator National Council has removed the Paramount Channel from the list of foreign channels allowed to be distributed in the country. According to the regulator, this was done at the request of the licence holder, Paramount Global. The regulator has also expanded the number of languages Nickelodeon Global can be broadcast in Ukraine.


In other changes, the National Council has added four channels – T.TV.I, T.TV.I HD. OstWest24 and GAGSNETWORK to the list of permitted foreign channels, bringing the total to 109. TV.I and T.TV.I HD are documentary channels registered in Bulgaria, while news and documentary-based OstWest 24 is licenced by the Media Authority of Berlin-Brandenburg, Germany. Entertainment-based GAGSNETWORK is registered in California.


Originally published: January 17, 2022.


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'Avatar Generations' Artwork Sparks Speculation Over the Next Avatar in the Cycle

Official artwork for the upcoming game Avatar Generations causes fans to speculate if they just revealed the silhouette of the next Earth Avatar.


Official artwork from the mobile RPG Avatar Generations may have teased the next Earth Avatar.

As reported by Avatar News, an image of a medallion includes the profile of Korra and a mysterious second person. On Twitter, @AirSpeedPrime claimed the picture was one of the Summon Ticket Icons in Avatar Generations, the upcoming mobile RPG. Another Avatar: The Last Airbender fan, @redbluesapphic, suggested the second unidentified profile beside Korra resembled Jet, the former leader of a group of rebels in the original Nickelodeon series.


On Jan. 10, the first gameplay trailer launched for Avatar Generations. The short clip shows that the RPG features a turn-based system with Aang and Zuko at the forefront. Later, characters like Master Pakku, Jeong Jeong, Sokka and Suki appear. In addition to basic combat mechanics, the trailer also showcases Generations' open-world mechanism with a map of the Four Nations. The upcoming game largely follows Aang during the Hundred-Year War. Still, developer Navigator Games has promised future content based on The Legend of Korra and "brand new avatars."

A new series following the events of The Legend of Korra is reportedly in development at Avatar Studios and Paramount. Expected to premiere sometime in 2025, the untitled show may feature a new Earth Avatar, who could receive an animated movie after the series' release date. Alongside the mysterious project showcasing the next Avatar cycle, ATLA will air its first animated movie in the same year. The Gaang film will mark the beginning of Avatar Studios' plans to work on an animated movie and TV series on Paramount+ starting in 2025.

In addition to animated material, Netflix has its live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender in the works. The streaming service has cast several key players in its upcoming ATLA series, including Elizabeth Yu as Princess Azula and Maria Zhang as Suki, a Kyoshi warrior and Sokka's love interest. Additionally, Netflix recruited Raya and the Last Dragon's Thalia Tran to play Mai and Momona Tamada for Ty Lee. Other announced cast members include Casey Camp-Horinek as Katara and Sokka's Gran-Gran and Yvonne Chapman as Avatar Kyoshi.

While the jam-packed ATLA film and television schedule will introduce many new faces, some original actors will also return. James Sie, the original voice actor for the Cabbage Merchant, confirmed his casting in Netflix's live-action adaptation. "Fans will be very, VERY happy," Sie wrote alongside an image of himself wearing a shirt with the caption, "World Famous Ba Sing Se Cabbage." Dante Basco, the voice of Zuko, will reportedly also reprise his role in the upcoming Gaang film.

Avatar Generations is set to launch in early 2023 and will be available on iOS and Android devices as a free-to-play title.

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'SpongeBob SquarePants' Nearly Cast Bruce Willis as Plankton

SpongeBob SquarePants has made Plankton a consistent presence for decades, but the fan-favorite character was almost a one-off voiced by Bruce Willis.


Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants has been going strong for over two decades now thanks to its characters and stories. The colorful cast of Bikini Bottom presents a variety of comedic avenues, with Patrick, Sandy, Squidward and Mr. Krabs all bouncing off SpongeBob in fun, unique ways. The best contrast to his high energy is the duo of Plankton and Karen, whose repeated failures to turn their Chum Bucket into a viable rival to the Krusty Krab have fueled plenty of SpongeBob storylines.

Plankton and Karen have become fundamental parts of the SpongeBob SquarePants Universe. They've appeared in most iterations of the franchise in some capacity, even the upcoming SpongeBob video game The Cosmic Shake. But that wouldn't have been the case if series creator Stephen Hillenburg had agreed with Nickelodeon's original idea for the character, which would have turned the role into a one-off guest appearance for... Bruce Willis.

How Plankton Originated on SpongeBob SquarePants


Plankton has been arguably the closest thing SpongeBob SquarePants has to a recurring villain since his debut in Season 1, Episode 3, "Plankton!" The hated rival of Mr. Krabs and the Krusty Krab as a whole, Plankton is a technically brilliant but hilariously inept super-genius, whose attempts to steal the Krusty Krab secret formula always end in disaster. Alongside his long-suffering computer wife Karen, Plankton's exploits have made up many storylines in the long-running show's history -- and the character was also the villain in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.

That's why it's shocking that Plankton started as a far more throwaway character. According to excerpts from the book The SpongeBob SquarePants Experience: A Deep Dive into the World of Bikini Bottom by Jerry Beck, Hillenburg didn't initially consider Plankton a member of the main cast. Instead, it was Douglass Lawrence -- a voice actor and writer on the show -- who saw his potential. Utilizing the same deep voice he'd used for bit characters in previous Nicktoon Rocko's Modern Life, Lawrence quickly became synonymous with the character. He pitched new ideas that eventually picked up steam and led to more episodes centering around Plankton. But that also wasn't in Nickelodeon's original plans.

How Bruce Willis Almost Played SpongeBob SquarePants' Plankton

Since Plankton was conceived as a one-off character, Nickelodeon saw the potential to stunt cast the part. According to Lawrence's appearance on Nerdist podcast Big Pop Fun, the network suggested bringing in a big-name celebrity to make that single appearance. The actor suggested was Bruce Willis, who could have embodied Plankton's frustration well. But Hillenburg -- despite still being unsure of the character's long-term viability -- fought for Lawrence to stay in the role. He argued that the character worked incredibly well with Lawrence's voice -- something he and the rest of SpongeBob's creatives would further embrace over time, as Plankton became a more consistent presence in the main cast.

Still, it's interesting to consider how SpongeBob SquarePants might have been different if Plankton had only appeared once. Getting extra eyes on the show with a big celebrity casting wouldn't have been necessary, as the franchise later featured A-list stars like Scarlett Johansson and David Bowie. Plankton grew into a constant source of comedy and if Willis had come to Bikini Bottom, then all of that would have been negated. The show -- and the greater franchise -- would have been lesser for the lack of Plankton and Karen's relationship and storylines. And although Willis hasn't appeared on SpongeBob just yet, he is a big fan of the series.

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'Fantasy Football', 'That Girl Lay Lay' and 'Rugrats' Receive Nominations in 54th NAACP Image Awards

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has announced the fantastic news that Nickelodeon's hit CG-animated Rugrats reboot, live-action comedy series That Girl Lay Lay and Paramount+ Original movie Fantasy Football have received nominations in the 2023 NAACP Image Awards!


In the "Television + Streaming Categories" of this year's NAACP Image Awards, Alaya “That Girl Lay Lay” High has been nominated for the "Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited-Series)" award for portraying That Girl Lay Lay in her self-titled sitcom; and actor and voice actor Cree Summer has been nominated for the "Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television)" award for reprising her beloved character Susie Carmichael in Nickelodeon and Paramount+'s Rugrats reboot.

Meanwhile, Nickelodeon's Paramount+ Original movie Fantasy Football has been nominated for two awards: Anton Cropper has been nominated for the "Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie or Special" award in the "Directing Categories" portion of the awards for his directorial work on the film; and Tracey Moss, Jerome Allen, Tamika Dixon, Lawrence “Jigga” Simmons, and Jason Simmons have been nominated for the "Outstanding Hairstyling (Television or Film)" award in the "Costume Design, Make-Up & Hairstyling Categories" portion of the awards.

The public can vote to determine the winners of the 54th NAACP Image Awards by visiting www.naacpimageawards.net. Voting closes on February 10, 2023. Winners will be revealed during the 54th NAACP Image Awards telecast on February 25, 2023, on BET. NAACP will also recognize winners in non-televised Image Awards categories February 20-24, which will stream on www.naacpimageawards.net. For all information and the latest news, please follow NAACP Image Awards on Instagram @NAACPImageAwards.

The winners will be revealed during the two-hour LIVE TV special, airing Saturday, February 25th, 2023 at 8:00 PM ET on BET and 8:00 PM PT on delay. The show will be in front of an audience for the first time in three 

“This year’s nominees have conveyed a wide range of authentic stories and diverse experiences that have resonated with many in our community, and we’re proud to recognize their outstanding achievements and performances,” said Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP.

“We take pride in recognizing the trailblazing achievements and artistry of this year’s esteemed nominees and celebrating the powerful legacy of the NAACP,” said Connie Orlando, EVP of Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy, BET. “We look forward to bringing the Image Awards back to Pasadena in front of a live audience and delivering unforgettable moments that epitomize the brilliance of the Black community.”

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'Snow Day' and 'Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island' Receive Nominations in 2023 DGA Awards

The Directors Guild of America has announced the exciting news that Dean Israelite and Michael Lembeck have received nominations in the "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs" category of the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television, Commercials and Documentary portion of the 75th Annual DGA Awards for their directorial work on Nickelodeon's Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island mini-series Snow Day musical movie, respectively!


The winners will be announced at the 75th Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, February 18, 2023 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. A full list of nominees can be found here.

Dean Israelite has been nominated for his directorial work on the Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island episode “The Tale of Room 13, the season three premiere of Nickelodeon's revival of the iconic '90s horror anthology series. In the episode, four best friends get more than they bargained for and encounter genuine terror locked away in one of the rooms after checking into a hotel on a resort island. The episode premiered July 30, 2022 on Nickelodeon.

Meanwhile, Michael Lembeck has been nominated for his work on Nickelodeon's Paramount+ Original movie Snow Day. A musical reimagining of the beloved comedy classic film, Snow Day follows a group of kids who are determined to achieve their dreams when their school closes for a snow day. The film made its debut on December 16, 2022 on Nickelodeon and Paramount+.

A huge congratulations and good luck to Dean Israelite, Michael Lembeck, Nickelodeon and Paramount Plus!

Full details for each nomination can be found below:

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs

DEAN ISRAELITE
Are You Afraid of the Dark?, “The Tale of Room 13”
(Nickelodeon)

Mr. Israelite’s Directorial Team:

First Assistant Director: Sinan Saber
Second Assistant Director: Ashley Bell

MICHAEL LEMBECK
Snow Day: The Musical
(Paramount+)

Mr. Lembeck’s Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Jules Kovisars

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