Nickelodeon Upfront 2002

Author: Nickandmore!

via Nickelodeon press release:


Number-One Network for Kids Also to Debut New Episodes of Hits SpongeBob SquarePants, Rugrats, Rocket Power and The Fairly OddParents

New York, NY – March 12, 2002 – Two of the most widely anticipated events in kids television, the first Rugrats spin-off series and the TV series debut of the Oscar®-nominated theatrical hit Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, will headline five new animated series to launch on Nickelodeon during the 2002-2003 season, it was announced today by Cyma Zarghami, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Nickelodeon.

For the 2002-03 season, Nickelodeon will expand its number-one kids schedule with a wide-ranging programming slate including the highly-anticipated Rugrats spin-off Angelica and Susie’s School Daze, and the premiere of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. Nickelodeon audiences also will be treated to the comic tales of a ghost-fighting kid superhero (Danny Phantom), a teenage robot’s far-out adventures (My Neighbor is a Teenage Robot) and something new for Nick Jr. viewers (Max and Ruby).

Also for the new season, Nickelodeon is picking up additional episodes of some of the network’s most popular Nicktoons, including the long-time kids’ fave Rugrats (10 episodes); last season’s breakout hit Nicktoon, The Fairly OddParents (20 episodes, including a telefilm), created by Butch Hartman; and The Wild Thornberrys (7 episodes), which, after three years solidly planted in Nick’s top ten shows, will move to the big screen for its first feature-length, globe-trotting adventure. In addition, new episodes of the number-one rated kids show and pop culture phenomenon SpongeBob SquarePants; Klasky–Csupo hits As Told By Ginger and Rocket Power; and acclaimed Nick Jr. series Blue’s Clues, Little Bill, Dora The Explorer and Oswald will premiere in the 2002-2003 season.

‘The theme that runs throughout our new shows is innovation, and we’re coming off of our current season’s performance at the top of our creative game,’ said Zarghami. ‘We feel we know kids and their tastes better than ever before, and our new series are going to register with them and yield yet another round of hits.’

The first-ever Rugrats spin-off, Angelica and Susie’s School Daze (13 episodes), follows the adventures of Angelica Pickles and Susie Carmichael who take their friendly rivalry out of the backyard and into the [pre]schoolyard. The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (20 episodes) follows Jimmy Neutron, his faithful robotic dog, Goddard, and his eclectic friends and family as they experience life in Retroville. Danny Phantom (6 episodes), created by The Fairly OddParents’ Butch Hartman, is an animated action/comedy series about a 14-year-old supernatural superhero and his family. My Neighbor is a Teenage Robot (13 episodes) is an animated comedy spin-off of Oh Yeah! Cartoons about Jenny, a teen robot who must balance the angst of everyday teen life with her responsibilities of saving the world from some rather serious, yet fun-filled, catastrophes. The Nick Jr. preschool program based on the books of Rosemary Wells, Max and Ruby (13 episodes), is an animated show that explores sibling relationships and how to work out problems together.

New Nickelodeon Programs for 2002-03 Season:

Angelica and Susie’s School Daze (13 episodes)

Finally, after a decade of ordering around the Rugrats babies, Angelica Pickles gets to pick on somebody her own size as she begins preschool with Susie Carmichael and meets her new nemesis, Harold. Angelica and Susie’s School Daze will feature the girls and a host of new characters and friends in comic adventures while featuring Rugrats’ trademark verbal misinterpretations and those characters’ ambitions to control the grown-up world around them. Angelica and Susie’s School Daze is co-created and executive produced by Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo, co-founders of Klasky Csupo, Inc.

The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (20 episodes) follows Jimmy Neutron, his faithful robotic dog, Goddard, and his eclectic friends and family as they experience life in Retroville. Jimmy is a typical kid, who just happens to be a genius. He creates gadgets to improve his everyday life, but his inventions often go awry more often then not, and hilarious trouble ensues.

Danny Phantom (6 episodes)

From Butch Hartman, the creator of the hit Nicktoon The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom is the animated action/comedy story of 14-year-old Danny Fenton, who uses his razor-sharp wit and amazing ghost-like superpowers to transform into a teen superhero. As Danny Phantom, he thwarts the misdeeds of menacing ghosts while facing the challenges of everyday life as an otherwise ordinary kid.

My Neighbor is a Teenage Robot (13 episodes)

While most kids think their own problems are the end of the world, there’s one girl whose problems really are the end of the world. My Neighbor is a Teenage Robot is the story of Jenny, a super-powered robot with a super-sensitive teenage heart. Her primary function is to protect the planet from certain disaster, but, like all teenagers, she has her own ideas about how she would like to live. Defending the Earth has become a mundane chore, and she would rather do more exciting things—like go to high school and be allowed to drive the family car. My Neighbor is a Teenage Robot, a spin-off from Nickelodeon’s hit Oh Yeah! Cartoons, was created by Rob Renzetti and is executive produced by Renzetti and Fred Seibert.

Max and Ruby (13 episodes)

The newest addition to the esteemed Nick Jr. preschool block and based on the popular children’s book series by Rosemary Wells about brother-and-sister bunnies, Max and Ruby explores the dimensions and dynamics of sibling relationships through the experiences of the title characters. Max is the younger, preschool-aged brother of the older, slightly bossy Ruby. Max and Ruby is co-produced by Nickleodeon, Nelvana and Silver Lining Productions.

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