Nickelodeon greenlights 14 new productions
Nickelodeon is ramping up its TV offerings this fall and into 2013 by greenlighting 14 new projects covering live-action, animation and TV movies.
Live-action projects added to the slate include 20 episodes of a new Nick at Nite comedy series, Wendell and Vinnie (pictured), starring iCarly’s Jerry Trainor as a goofball uncle who becomes the guardian of his 12-year-old straight-laced nephew (Shake It Up‘s Buddy Handleson).
Also greenlit isYou Gotta See This (20 x half hours), a new live-action series set to premiere this fall featuring web clips, behind-the-scenes footage, celebrity interviews, pranks and bloopers. The series is currently in production in L.A.
In live-action TV movies, two projects based on children’s books are set to begin production in Canada later this year. Swindle (working title) is an original comedy film based on a children’s book by popular Canadian/American author Gordon Korman. Production on the movie will begin in Vancouver this fall.
The second movie, Nicky Deuce (working title), based on a popular children’s book by The Sopranos’ Steve Schirripa and Charles Fleming, is an adventure film that follows the story a nerdy, over-protected teen who transforms into the title character. Production begins this summer in Montreal.
For pilots, two Nick spin-off comedies, Sam & Cat and Gibby, have been greenlit and feature characters from the hit series iCarly and Victorious. Additional pilots include The Haunted Hathaways about a group of siblings living in a house occupied by a family of ghosts, The Thundermans, written by long-time Nick producer Jed Spingarn, about a 13-year-old girl who comes from a family of superheroes, and Instant Mom, a Nick at Nite pilot.
New animation productions include the 20-episode, 2D-animated comedy series Sanjay & Craig, 26-episode, CG-animated series Monsters vs. Aliens (an extension of the hit DreamWorks Animation movie), and Monty and Norville, a new 26-episode preschool series created by Adam Peltzman (Blue’s Clues, The Backyardigans) that focuses on literacy.
Rounding out the new additions are two new animated pilots. Bad Seeds is the brainchild of SpongeBob SquarePants alumnus Carl Greenblatt, while the CG-animated, interactive series Blaze and the Monster Machines targets Nick’s preschool audience and features a STEM curriculum.