Nickelodeon is bolstering its preschool lineup with the July debut of Mutt & Stuff, a new series co-created by children’s TV veterans Sid and Marty Krofft, and a third-season order for Blaze and the Monster Machines.
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Along with greenlighting a third season of CG-animated preschool series PAW Patrol, Nickelodeon has picked up the exclusive US broadcast and on-demand rights from DHX Media for the upcoming Teletubbies reboot.