Nickelodeon to Launch First New On-Air Look in More Than a Decade

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Nickelodeon to Launch First New On-Air Look in More Than a Decade

Nick’s New On-Air Presentation to Coincide with New Programming Timed
To Back-to-School Season

Network to Extend Kids Programming into Friday-Night Prime Time
By a Full Hour with Interactive Programming Line-Up

NEW YORK, Aug. 29 — Timed to kids’ back-to-school season, Nickelodeon will launch its first new on-air look in more than 10 years, beginning Monday, Sept. 4. The new look will feature a brand-new color palate exclusively of black, white, butter yellow and mint green augmenting the network’s signature orange “splat,” along with still images of Nick’s signature characters and humorous sound effects. Utilizing an economy of images and graphics to convey the network’s signature irreverence, style and wit, Nick’s new look will appear first in show teases, credit rolls and show bumpers and then will be followed later in packaging across the entire Nickelodeon brand.

Following the debt of Nick’s new look, the network will launch a new programming schedule for the back-to-school season that will bring more interactivity and diverse programming to the network. The new Nick schedule includes: the move directly into ABC’s recently cancelled Friday-night “T.G.I.F.” timeslot with a completely interactive program schedule from 8-10 p.m. (ET/PT); new animated and live-action series for the fall; and new characters featured in some of the network’s most popular programs.

“Using the momentum from our summer ratings success, our new network-wide look coincides with the roll out of our new programming schedule created for kids’ back-to-school season,” said Cyma Zarghami, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Nickelodeon. “In designing our new look, we decided to simplify in a way that speaks directly to kids while further distinguishing us from everything else out there in the market. The new look is in step with our programming in that it’s high quality and there’s nothing else like it on t.v.”

Featured highlights of Nickelodeon’s new programming schedule include:

— The one-hour extension into prime time on Friday nights with U Pick Nick, beginning Friday, Sept. 15, and airing from 8-10 p.m. (ET/PT). As part of Nick’s commitment to interactivity and convergence, U Pick Nick Fridays will fill the void left from T.G.I.F.’s cancellation, allowing kids to decide what they want to watch by letting them go online to and vote for the programs they want each Friday night. U Pick Nick Fridays will be hosted by Dave Aizer and Vivianne Collins of Nickelodeon GAS, Games and Sports for Kids.

— Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky & The Brain, which will make its cable television debut on Nickelodeon on Monday, Sept. 4, and air Monday- Saturday from 6-6:30 p.m. (ET/PT). Nickelodeon has licensed all 78 episodes of the Emmy award-winning animated Pinky & The Brain and Pinky, Elmyra & The Brain, along with the 99 episodes of Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs, which will air in spring 2001, and Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toon Adventures, which will be available in September 2002.

— Nickelodeon’s new live-action series Noah Knows Best, which centers on the smart, charming and sometimes manipulative 14-year-old Noah Beznick (Phillip Van Dyke), an Upper West Side Manhattanite. Created by executive producer Ken Lipman (The Secret World of Alex Mack) of Tested Ladder Entertainment, the series will premiere in SNICK on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

— The fearlessly funny Pelswick, which focuses on a 13-year-old boy in a wheelchair who refuses to let his disability define him. This groundbreaking series from syndicated cartoonist John Callahan, who himself is a quadriplegic, will premiere on Nickelodeon in prime time on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

— The humorous and heartfelt As Told by Ginger from Klasky Csupo, Inc.- the creators of Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys and Rocket Power. This animated program follows 12-year-old Ginger Foutley as she tiptoes bravely between two worlds at Lucky Junior High: the cool and the uncool. The show, created by Emily Kapnek, will debut on Nickelodeon in prime time on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

— Playful Periwinkle the kitten, the newest castmember of Blue’s Clues. Hailing from the big city, Periwinkle joins the cast of the most-watched pre-school show on television, debuting in “Blue’s Big Mystery” on Monday, Sept. 25, at 9:30 a.m. (ET/PT). Blue’s Clues, which airs weekdays at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nick Jr., was created by co-executive producer/director of design Traci Paige Johnson, executive producer Todd Kessler and co-executive producer/head writer Angela C. Santomero.

— Actor Jonathan Taylor Thomas, who will lend his voice to the character of Tyler Tucker on The Wild Thornberrys for five consecutive episodes beginning Monday, Oct. 2, at 6:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The character of Tucker, who never faced an animal wilder than a squirrel back home in Kansas City, will join the Thornberrys as they travel the world from Africa to the Amazon in search of exotic, endangered and mysterious animals. Now in its third season, the series ranks among the top five on TV among kids ages 6-11. Executive producers of this Nickelodeon Production in association with Klasky Csupo, Inc. are Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo. Creators are Klasky, Csupo, Steve Pepoon, David Silverman and Stephen Sustarsic.

Nickelodeon, now in its 21st year, is the number one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the U.S. and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, publishing and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 77 million households, and has been the number one rated cable network for three consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.

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