Nickelodeon’s Fall Programming: The Troop, BrainSurge, iCarly, True Jackson

Author: Nickandmore!

via Nickelodeon press release:


NEW YORK—Sept. 10, 2009 – Nickelodeon, the number-one network for kids, packs its new fall schedule with laughs, adventures and slime, premiering two new series — The Troop (Sept. 18), a new original, live-action series that blends comedy with sci-fi adventures and CG animation and BrainSurge (Sept. 28), a new game show filled with fast-paced, mind-bending games and iconic green goo.

In addition, Saturdays on Nick will continue to reign as the funniest night on television with a star-powered comedy hour featuring teen queens Miranda Cosgrove and Keke Palmer in new back-to-back episodes of hit series iCarly and True Jackson, VP. New episodes of iCarly will kick off Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) beginning Sept. 12 and new episodes of True Jackson, VP will premiere at 8:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 19.

iCarly returns on Sept. 12 at 8:00 p.m. with “iThink They Kissed,” when Carly (Cosgrove) discovers that Sam (Jennette McCurdy) is actually afraid of something – visiting the dentist. So Carly accompanies Sam to her appointment, and while Sam is under the influence of laughing gas, she accidentally reveals to Carly that she and Freddie (Nathan Kress) shared a secret kiss. Carly is crushed that her best friends have been keeping secrets from her and finally decides to confront them about why they never told her. Meanwhile, Spencer (Jerry Trainor) goes to prison to teach art to convicts and is oblivious to the motives behind their participation in the class.

On Sept. 19 in “iCook,” Carly and her friends are challenged to a cooking contest by a famous chef, Ricky Flame. But when they defeat Ricky on his own reality TV show, the chef takes his first loss very hard – he quits his show and refuses to leave his bedroom. Carly, Sam and Freddie must hatch a plan to bring the chef back into the kitchen. Meanwhile, Spencer has a vision of the future so he tries to make that vision a reality.

On Sept. 26, in “iSpeed Date,” Carly doesn’t know who to invite to the upcoming Girls’ Choice Dance so Sam takes matters into her own hands and announces a “Take Carly to the Dance” contest on iCarly. When hundreds of guys show up at the Groovy Smoothie, Carly, Sam, Freddie and Spencer hold a speed-dating session to meet all of them and choose the best date. However Spencer’s bizarre workout regiment from a new application on his Pear Phone is complicating matters.

True Jackson, VP returns on Sept. 19, at 8:30 p.m. with “Fashion Week,” as True (Palmer) is really excited about her upcoming chance to present her dream dress in the Young Designers Showcase during Fashion Week. But when the chairman of the Fashion Week selection committee dismisses True and Mad Style from the show, True is upset by the news and is determined to stop at nothing to have her dress shown at Fashion Week. Along the way, True encounters some problems while scheming to get into the show.

On Sept. 26, at 8:30 p.m., Victoria Justice (Victorious, Zoey 101) guest stars True Jackson, VP on “True Crush” where True gets two tickets to The Last Minute Ball, Lulu and Ryan compete to be her date, but True has another date in mind. True wants to ask Jimmy to The Last Minute Ball, but when he gets his own tickets to the ball, True gives her tickets to Lulu and Ryan then tries to get him to ask her. But when a new model named Vivian (Justice) begins working at Mad Style, True realizes that she needs to step it up to get Jimmy to ask her.

Typical teenage life collides with fantastical escapades on Nickelodeon’s new live-action original series, The Troop, premiering Friday, Sept. 18 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) with three back-to-back episodes. The series will air regularly on Fridays at 8:00 p.m. and centers on three ordinary high school students who are members of a secret society and faced with the extraordinary task of managing their town’s paranormal population. The series follows Jake (Nick Purcell), a typical teenager struggling through adolescence, who suddenly discovers a whole new existence when school counselor Mr. Stockley (John Marshall Jones) reveals that he unknowingly aced an aptitude test for admittance into this secret, underground Troop – a centuries-old, international society that protects the world from the supernatural beings that walk among us. With the ultra high-tech Troop headquarters hidden under the school and equipped with the latest paranormal-fighting weapons and technology, Jake and his newfound crime-fighting companions – smart, strong and pretty Hayley (Gage Golightly) and socially-challenged paranormal expert Felix (David Del Rio) – battle supernatural disturbances — like a tree monster out to seek revenge on the student council or a giant Mongolian worm attack on the senior dance.

BrainSurge, premiering Monday, Sept. 28, at 4:30 p.m., (ET/PT) builds on Nickelodeon’s successful game show legacy. Energetic and comedic host, Jeff Sutphen, guides the action as kids compete to win while avoiding being sucked into the “Face Wall” or sliding down the “Brain Drain.” As kids are eliminated from the game, they leave with fun prizes while the final winning contestant gets the ultimate prize… a giant, messy, celebratory sliming! In two special episodes, Nickelodeon stars, including Miranda Cosgrove, Keke Palmer, Jerry Trainor, Nat Wolff and Victoria Justice, among others, join in the fun as they play the game, answer the difficult questions and compete to become champion. To help viewers prepare for the games on the show, they can go online to and play a series of “Brain Training” mini games.

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