Nickelodeon bowed a new original in India this week and is launching two new IPs in the US this summer, including a reboot of All That and its first partnership with LEGO for LEGO City Adventures.
In India, Viacom18′s Nickelodeon Sonic kids channel premiered Golmaal Jr. (pictured) on May 13. Presented by Nickelodeon and produced by Reliance Animation and Rohit Shetty Picturez, it is a spin-off of the Indian action-comedy franchise Golmaal. The first of the films premiered in 2006, directed by Rohit Shetty and produced by Dhillin Mehta. All four movies have been incredibly popular, with the third (released in 2010) becoming the second-highest-grossing Bollywood offering that year. It is the sixth-highest-grossing film series in Bollywood overall. This animated take on the franchise features a face-off between two fan favorites from the movies.
Golmaal Jr. joins Nickelodeon’s other local content in India, including Motu Patlu, Gattu Battu and Rudra Boom Chik Chik Boom. This is also the kickoff for the regional kidcaster to debut more than 200 hours of additional content this year.
Stateside, Nickelodeon US is preparing to launch LEGO City Adventures on June 22. First announced during its upfronts lineup in February, the new CG-animated comedy series depicts slices of life within the LEGO City community. Created and produced by LEGO Group, the 10-episode series is also produced by Scotland’s Flaunt Animation and France’s Passion Pictures. It is written by Jon Colton Barry (Phineas and Ferb), Steve Banks (SpongeBob SquarePants) and Jamie Moyer (Modern Family). Following the US launch, the series will roll out on Nick’s international channels in the fall.
Also announced during Nick’s upfronts, the reboot of sketchy comedy series All That will premiere June 15. The weekly sketch comedy series will feature legacy cast members Kel Mitchell, Lori Beth Denberg and Josh Server as well as being executive produced by original cast member Kenan Thompson. Kicking off the season, The Jonas Brothers will perform their song “Sucker” at the end of the episode. It is shot in front of a live studio audience and production for Nickelodeon is overseen by Shauna Phelan, the SVP of live-action scripted content.