In advance of its 2014-15 upfront presentation set to take place in New York later today, Nickelodeon revealed that three new live-action series, a new Kids’ Choice-inspired sports events, 100 hours of fresh preschool content and a Nick Jr. live-streaming app are on-deck in the coming months.
Nickelodeon’s Nick App is getting a younger sibling, the Nick Jr. App, which will serve as a branded platform for preschoolers and live-stream network shows, offer educational activities and offer up short-form videos. The app was announced today as prior to the official unveiling of Nickelodeon’s 2014-15 programming slate and will be joined by more than 100 hours of new preschool content this season.
The ad-supported iPad app will be largely character-based and Nick heavy hitters like Dora the Explorer, Molly and Gil from Bubble Guppies and Twist from The Fresh Beat Band will be front and center and will respond to users through tap interactions.
Full-length on-demand episodes and the linear feed in the Nick Jr. App can be accessed by households that subscribe to a TV service package with Nickelodeon from any one of its 18 distributors, which collectively reach more than 50 million homes.
Launched February 2013, the older-skewing Nick App has surpassed more than eight million downloads globally.
As for upcoming preschool content hitting linear TV, Nickelodeon’s new 100 hours include four more preschool series, including Dora and Friends, which features a new interactive curriculum; Blaze and the Monster Machines, a CG-animated series featuring a STEM curriculum; Shimmer & Shine, an animated series following twin genies who accidentally create havoc wherever they go; and Fresh Beat Band of Spies, an animated spin-off of Nick’s live-action preschool hit, The Fresh Beat Band.
Meanwhile, older Nick viewers are seeing the 26-year-old Kids’ Choice Awards concept extend to the world of sports with live awards show Kids’ Choice Sports 2014. The event is set to be hosted by NFL star Michael Strahan on July 17 and will be informed by a Council of Influencers that includes Cal Ripken Jr., Misty May-Treamor and Deion Sanders.
In other non-animation Nick news, the network is set to bolster its comedy-driven live-action slate with the pickup of 20 episodes of Henry Danger from iCarly creator Dan Schneider, 12 episodes of Bella and the Bullfrogs (working title) and 13 episodes of Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn.
Henry Danger is created and written by Schneider and Dana Olsen (George of the Jungle, Inspector Gadget) and follows 13-year-old Henry who lands a part-time job as Kid Danger, a sidekick-in-training to super crime fighter Captain Man .
Bella and the Bullfrogs follows a perky head cheerleader named Bella whose life in Texas takes an unexpected twist when she becomes the new quarterback for her school team, the Bullfrogs.
Meanwhile, Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn tells the story of a 10-year-old girl Dawn Haley whose sibling rivalry with her three brothers is heightened by the fact that they are quadruplets. The series is created by Matt Fleckenstein (Wendell & Vinnie, iCarly, Victorious) and executive produced by Fleckenstein and Michael Feldman (See Dad Run).
All three series begin production in L.A. this summer and will premiere later in the year.
The company had yet to reveal its upcoming animation slate for the Nick US channel as of press time.