Nickelodeon Announces 2001-02 Programming Pick-Ups
via Nickelodeon press release:
NICKELODEON PICKS UP NEARLY 120 EPISODES OF NEW FALL SERIES AND RETURNING HITS
New York, NY -July 25, 2001- Affirming its ongoing commitment to original programming, Nickelodeon has picked up 13 episodes each of the brand-new comedy series The Nick Cannon Show and the newly cast All That, both set to launch Saturday, Sept. 29, in prime time in SNICK (Saturday Night Nickelodeon). The network also has renewed five hit freshmen shows for their second seasons beginning in fall 2001, including As Told By Ginger (20 episodes), The Fairly OddParents (14), Invader ZIM (20), Pelswick (13) and Taina (13). The Nick Jr. preschool favorite Maggie and the Ferocious Beast also has been renewed for 13 episodes.
Nickelodeon’s new and returning series for its fall kids include:
The Nick Cannon Show –Nick Cannon, the 20-year-old host of TEENick and former All That cast member, will executive produce and star in his own series, The Nick Cannon Show, premiering Saturday, Sept. 29, at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT) in SNICK (Saturday Night Nickelodeon). From Washington, D.C., to Hollywood, Calif., and Europe, Cannon will unleash his unpredictable brand of humor into everyday settings and “take over” ordinary situations to create extraordinary comedy. Anything goes in Cannon’s new series, whether he is disguised as a substitute teacher, invading a family dinner or assuming control of a major league baseball stadium (or even the nation’s capitol). The show will tape in various locations as Cannon mixes it up with real people and celebrity guests such Eddie Murphy, Joe Pantoliano, Chris Tucker, Master P and Lil’ Romeo.
All That –Nickelodeon’s longest-running live action series revs up for its seventh season with an all new format, including a weekly celebrity co-host and an all new teen cast. The sketch-comedy series will feature a fresh-faced new cast performing original, over-the-top sketches and musical performances by today’s hottest young hip-hop, rap and pop artists. All That is created by former Head of the Class star Brian Robbins and partner Michael Tollin and is taped before a live studio audience. The fun begins Saturday, Sept. 29, in SNICK at 8 p.m. (all times ET/PT).
As Told by Ginger — This humorous and heartfelt comedy from Klasky Csupo (Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys and Rocket Power) airs Sunday nights at 7:30 p.m. in TEENick and follows 12-year-old Ginger Foutley as she crosses the shaky bridge between childhood and adolescence, tiptoeing bravely into an exciting, scary new world of junior high. Creator Emily Kapnek delves into friendship, cliques, first romance and junior high anxiety.
The Fairly OddParents — Once a powerless kid at the mercy of every adult in his life, 10-year-old Timmy Turner figures he finally has the upper hand when two fairy godparents, Cosmo and Wanda, appear unexpectedly on the scene. Throughout his magical misadventures, Timmy explores the big issues of being a kid–growing up, gaining independence, fitting in, being respected and finding the courage to do what’s right. Created by Butch Hartman, The Fairly OddParents airs Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
Invader ZIM –A hopeless failure on his home planet, ZIM is ordered to Earth by his superiors, The Almighty Tallest, who hope to get rid of him once and for all. ZIM prepares to deploy his mission of destruction on the hapless planet, but ZIM is as hapless as Earth itself. To better study the planet’s weaknesses, he goes undercover and enrolls in elementary school. Though his disguise consists of a pair of contact lenses and a bad wig, no one seems to notice. Invader ZIM, created by Jhonan Vasquez, airs Fridays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).
Maggie and the Ferocious Beast — Based on the successful books by mother-and-son authors Betty and Michael Paraskevas, Maggie and the Ferocious Beast, is a funny, animated series about three best friends: Maggie, a sweet and smart little girl; the Ferocious Beast, a red polka-dotted creature who’s anything but ferocious; and Hamilton Hocks, a cautious pig with a love for music and singing. In each episode, Maggie and her friends explore the vibrant world of Nowhere Land where they go on adventures, solve problems and learn about the true meaning of friendship. Maggie and the Ferocious Beast, a Nelvana co-production, airs weekdays on Nick Jr. and Saturdays on CBS.
Pelswick —Pelswick follows the daily life of a fearlessly funny 13-year-old boy, who happens to be in a wheelchair. Despite being a quadriplegic (paralyzed below his armpits), Pelswick demands to be treated like everyone else. The Nelvana co-production, which airs Saturdays at 4 p.m. (ET/PT) and was created by John Callahan, presents a contemporary look at the everyday dilemmas of being a modern kid.
Taina –This multi-generational series chronicles the life of Taina Morales, a 15-year-old girl who attempts to balance the expectations of her traditional Puerto Rican family and her friends at the Manhattan School of the Arts with her own dreams of being a star. Airing Sunday nights in TEENick at 7 p.m., Taina was created and is executive produced by Gullah Gullah Island‘s Maria Perez-Brown, President of Dorado Entertainment, and stars Christina Vidal (Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher; Life With Mikey) in the title role.
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