At its 2014-15 upfront presentation today in New York, Nickelodeon announced two brand-new animated series, one digital series, 10 domestic and seven international shorts projects, as well as new episodes of returning hit series that will roll out in the coming months.
The first of Nick’s three new animated series is Bad Seeds, a 26-episode series created, written and directed by C.H. Greenblatt (SpongeBob SquarePants, Chowder) about the forest adventures of unlikely best friends Harvey, a well-meaning bird, and wild kids Fee and Foo.
Up next is Pig Goat Banana Cricket, from the creative minds of Dave Cooper, J. Ryan and executive producer David Sacks (Regular Show). The 26-episode series 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.
Newcomer Welcome to the Wayne, meanwhile, will be heading to the Nick App. The six-episode series, created and written by Billy Lopez (The Wonder Pets!), follows the adventures of Olly Timbers and Ansi Molina, two 10-year-old boys who go exploring around their crazy apartment building, the Wayne.
On the shorts front, Nick picked 10 domestic and seven international projects from the more than 1,000 pitches submitted to its third-annual global Animated Shorts Program to be developed into animated shorts that will air across Nickelodeon, www.nick.com and on the Nick App in 2014.
Six new domestic projects, The Loud House by Chris Savino, Bear Wrestler by Deanna Rooney, By Request Pizza by Arica Tuesday and Mick Ignis, Hole by Sam Spina, Matt and Gus by Matt Braunger, and Charlie and Mr. Two by Travis Braun, will join four previously announced domestic projects, Bug Salad by Carl Faruolo, Earmouse and Bottle by Brian Morante, Woodstump by Zach Smith, and Broats by Jack Cusumano.
Representing international projects to be developed are Badly Drawn Animals from Hamish Steele (UK), Louis and Georges by Renaud Martin and Raphaël Chabassol (France), Monster Pack from Pedro Eboli and Graham Peterson (Brazil and Canada), Moosebox by Mike Scott (South Africa), Scoop from The Brothers McLeod (UK), Tech Oddity by Marco Ibarra and Stefie Zöhrer (Mexico), and Tonk’s Island from creator Mel Roach (Australia).
Rounding out the animation lineup are new episodes for returning hit series including SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sanjay and Craig, Breadwinners, Rabbids and The Fairly OddParents.
The new content comes on the heels of Nick adding 100 hours of new preschool content, a Nick Jr. live-streaming app, a Kids’ Choice-inspired sports event and three new live-action series to its upcoming slate.