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Nickelodeon orders new animation, live-action and digital series

Building on its current ratings momentum, Nickelodeon has ordered a raft of fresh content including 26 episodes of two brand new animated series, Bad Seeds (pictured) and Pig Goat Banana Cricket, as well as four live-action pilots and two digital series.
September 27, 2013

Building on its current ratings momentum, Nickelodeon has ordered a raft of fresh content including 26 episodes of two brand-new animated series, Bad Seeds (pictured) and Pig Goat Banana Cricket, as well as four live-action pilots and two digital series.

Created, written and directed by C.H. Greenblatt (SpongeBob SquarePants, Chowder), Bad Seeds features the forest adventures of unlikely best friends Harvey, a well-meaning bird, and wild kids Fee and Foo.

Pig Goat Banana Cricket, from the creative minds of Dave Cooper, J. Ryan and executive producer David Sacks (Regular Show), features four zany, interwoven stories about four friends and roommates, Pig (the fool), Goat (the artist), Banana (the wise-guy) and Cricket (the brain). Indie animator Nick Cross directed the series’ pilot.

On the live-action front, comedy series Twang (working title), created and executive produced by Andy Gordon (Just Shoot Me, Kirstie), is about a family from Hollywood that winds up moving to Tennessee to run a diner.

Smart Alec (working title), written by Fred: The Show‘s Adam Schwartz, explores the the world of kid geniuses in a humorous way. Meanwhile,  Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Don (working title) from Matt Fleckenstein (iCarly, Victorious) follows the crazy adventures of 13-year-old quadruplets, while new live-action comedy Untitled Cheerleader Project rounds out the new pickups. The series follows the life of a Texas-based head cheerleader named Bella and is written by Fan Boy & Chum Chum‘s Gabriel Garza and Jonathan Butler.

Nick’s two new digital series getting the greenlight for the Nick App are the Billy Lopez-created animated comedy series Welcome to the Wayne and Junior Eye, a show from Will and Aaron Eisenberg (Eric Finley: Comment Counselor) about three junior high school friends who solve the myths of their classmates’ daily lives.

All new series are set for production at Nick’s Burbank, California-based animation studio. Nick has also inked talent deals with three new young actors, Noah Urrea, Jace Norman and Haley Tju.

The slate expansion comes as Nick is tracking to finish this year’s third quarter 13% higher in ratings than it did a year ago, which would mark its best growth for a quarter in 16 years.

About The Author
Jeremy is the Features Editor of Kidscreen specializing in the content production, broadcasting and distribution aspects of the global children's entertainment industry. Contact Jeremy at jdickson@brunico.com.

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