Nickelodeon unleashes new unscripted show

Featuring water-skiing squirrels and cheerleading goats, animal talent show Unleashed will premiere on October 22.
October 5, 2020

Nickelodeon is hoping audiences sit and stay for its new live-action competition show Unleashed. Hosted by comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, the 10-episode series will feature animal acts competing on stage to impress a jury of kids and celebrity judges.

Contestants include a water-skiing squirrel, a cheerleading goat and a horse that plays soccer. At the end of each episode, the judges and kid jury will crown the night’s “Most Entertaining Pet.”

The first two episodes of Unleashed will premiere back to back on October 22. The series is produced by FremantleMedia, with Jayson Dinsmore and Joni Day as executive producers. Nikki Varhely-Gillingham as showrunner and executive producer, and Ivan Dudynsky directing. Nickelodeon’s VP of unscripted content, Mandel Ilagan, will also executive produce, and production for Nick will be overseen by unscripted content EVP Rob Bagshaw.

This pet-focused competition show joins several other unscripted shows Nickelodeon has picked up recently. In May, the kidcaster greenlit two filmed-from-home series from social media influencers—Group Chat: The Show and Game Face. A month later in June, Nick News returned with Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special, an hour-long special highlighting the voices and experiences of Black children across the US. And then in July, Nick turned up the heat with its new baking special Cake My Day.

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