The heroic pups of preschool toon PAW Patrol are set to bound into new adventures in a third season, which has just been greenlit by Nickelodeon.
A co-pro with Toronto, Canada’s Spin Master Entertainment, the show stars a pack of pups—Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma, Everest and Skye—whose alpha male is actually a tech-savvy human boy named Ryder.
Set to debut later this year, the 20-episode third season will see the pups take to the sky with new vehicles, equipment and characters added to the mix. PAW Patrol currently airs every weekday on Nickelodeon in the US, featuring a curriculum that focuses on citizenship, social skills and problem-solving.
Nick Jr. is also adding the upcoming Teletubbies reboot to its 2016 lineup, thanks to a deal with DHX Media for exclusive US broadcast and on-demand rights to the new 60 x 12-minute preschool show, as well as all 365 original Teletubbies eps for Noggin, Nickelodeon’s preschool-focused mobile subscription service.
Teletubbies brand owner DHX Media has lined up UK prodco Darrall Macqueen to produce the series, which was commissioned by CBeebies, and will see the classic Tubbies get a more contemporary CGI makeover.
DHX Television will broadcast the show in Canada, and Spin Master has signed on to distribute new Teletubbies toys from master toy partner Character Options.
The original Teletubbies launched in March 1997 and has entertained more than a billion children to date, in 120-plus territories and 45 different languages. It was also the first Western children’s series to air on China’s CCTV, reaching an audience of 300 million kids in that country alone.