Nick’s Summer 2002 Programming Highlights

Author: Nickandmore!

via Nickelodeon press release:

Nickelodeon Sizzles All Summer With New Series, Specials, Sneak Peeks And Programming Blocks

The Adventures Of Jimmy Neutron’s “When Pants Attack” Special Zips Onto Airwaves, July 20, Paving Way For Title Hero’s Fall Series

Santa Monica, CA — June 3, 2002— Nickelodeon serves up a sizzling summer blend of new series, specials, sneak peeks and programming blocks to flavor kids’ viewing throughout their favorite season, including The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius’ “When Pants Attack.” The hotly anticipated special zips onto airwaves Saturday, July 20, paving the way for the Oscar-nominated title hero’s series in September.

As temperatures soar, Nickelodeon adjusts its schedule to reflect the best time in a kid’s life: summer! Nicktoons Summer Beach House programming block opens its doors weekdays, May 27-August 30 (2-5 p.m. ET/PT), to cool marathons of animated hit series with wraparounds hosted by Nicktoon characters in live-action settings. The high-velocity SLAM! block premiering Sunday, August 25 (4-6 p.m. ET/PT) turns up the heat with live-action Robot Wars and animated alien escapades of Invader Zim and Butt-Ugly Martians. Nick rocks, raps and hip-hops Sundays, June 23-August 25 (8:30 p.m. ET/PT), with TEENick concerts spotlighting tween stars including Lil Romeo, Usher and B2K. And Nick’s funny and physical game show, Wild and Crazy Kids, premiering Monday, July 29, offers incomparable action-packed team competition. Nick Jr. also treats tots to primetime specials of Blues Clues — 100th episode celebration, Monday, June 10 and “Joe’s Surprise Party,” Monday, August 5 — Little Bill, Monday, July 8 and Oswald, Monday, July 22.

Following are details of Nickelodeon’s summer programming highlights:

  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius/”When Pants Attack” — Sneak Peek Primetime Special, Saturday, July 20 (8 p.m.) — After shooting to stardom on the big screen, Oscar nominee Jimmy continues his adventures in this special leading to a September-slated TV series premiere. Always looking for a shortcut, Jimmy inserts a “smart chip” into his pants so that they will fold and put themselves away. But his pants develop a mind of their own, and before long an army of pants threatens to enslave the citizens of Retroville! It’s up to the boy genius to use whatever cranial and laundry-related resources he can to defeat this pleated menace.
  • Wild and Crazy Kids – Nickelodeon brings back its big, physical outdoor game show — premiering in primetime Monday, July 29 and airing thereafter in its regular 6 p.m. ET/PT time period – that goes anywhere and does anything to make sure that kids are having fun. Each week, two teams of real kids compete head-to-head in crazy combustible combinations of favorite sports — e.g., slam dunk skateboarding; human foozball, sumo bungee paintball and bumper car piñta smashing.
  • TEENick Summer Concert Series – Music will fill Nick’s airwaves on Sundays, June 23-August 25 (8:30 p.m. ET/PT), when tween superstars including Lil Romeo, Usher, B2K, Mario, O-Town, Lil Bow Wow and Avril Lavigne perform their greatest hits in new and “Best Of” concerts.
  • SLAM! — A new high-velocity programming block launching Sunday, August 25, will feature the high-tech action of a kid-friendly adaptation of Robot Wars along with the hip, humorous animated alien escapades of Butt-Ugly Martians and Invader Zim. The newly produced Robot Wars, based on the original high-octane robotic action series, features amateur teams who design and build radio-controlled fighting machines to battle it out in gladiatorial style. Slime Time Live’s Dave Aizer and Nick Games and Sports’ Vivianne Collins host the show.
  • Nicktoons Summer Beach House – This breezy, fun-filled programming block opens its doors Mondays-Fridays, May 27-August 30 (2-5 p.m. ET/PT), to marathons of animated hit series with wraparounds hosted by Nicktoon characters in live-action settings. The daily lineup is as follows: Mondays – SpongeBob SquarePants; Tuesdays – Rugrats; Wednesdays – Rocket Power; Thursdays – Hey Arnold!; and Fridays – The Wild Thornberrys.

Nick Jr. Primetime Summer Specials:

  • Blue’s Clues — 100th Episode Special Celebration premieres June 10 (8 p.m. ET/PT) – Amid cheers and roving spotlights, a band plays, and a tuxedoed Joe takes the stage for a gala variety show celebration with a surprise guest: Steve! He and Joe introduce a video montage of “The Places We’ve Been” and Sock Puppet presents “The Laughs We’ve Had.” Blue intros “The Clue’s We’ve Found,” and musical guest, Sidetable Drawer, gives us a glimpse into “The Songs We’ve Sung.” When Steve heads back to college, Joe and the rest of the gang marvel at how much more there is to do: places to go, laughs to have, things to learn, clues to find and songs to sing.
  • Little Bill/””Little Bill’s Giant Space Adventure” (Captain Brainstorm 2) premieres Monday, July 8 (8 p.m. ET/PT) – When Little Bill’s spaceship toy stops flashing and beeping, Big Bill says it needs a new battery, but Little Bill is too little to go to the store himself. Drifting into fantasy, Little Bill and his alien friend, Max set off for Planet Blee Blop, where they stumble upon the trapped Captain Brainstorm, who explains that the friendly Burples were changing the battery in their space ship and dropped it in the vent. Luckily, Little Bill is just the right size to grab it and save them! When he does, it’s back to reality where he teams up with Big Bill to play basketball against Bobby and April and finds he’s not too small to play a great game.
  • Oswald/”Saves the Day” premieres Monday, July 22 (8 p.m. ET/PT) – Oswald gives a balloon to Catrina, and a strong wind carries her off into the sky. Oswald and Weenie commandeer the Hot-Air balloon and finally rescue her. But now, how do they get back?
  • Blue’s Clues/”Joe’s Surprise Party” premieres Monday, August 5 (8 p.m. ET/PT) — Shh! It’s Joe’s surprise birthday party, and there’s so much to do: set the table, put up the balloons, get the cake ready – and a game of Blue’s Clues will reveal what else. Once all three clues have been found, Periwinkle, Slippery and Tickety sit in the Thinking Chair and solve Blue’s Clues. Then it’s time for the party. Joe is completely surprised!

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