Nick Upfront 2011: “iParty With Victorious” Premieres June 10; 100 New Eps of Live-Action Hits
UPDATED 5/29/11: The premiere date has since been moved to Saturday, June 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT
via Nickelodeon press release:
Nickelodeon Unites Blockbuster iCarly with Cast of New Hit Victorious in Epic Summer TV Event, ‘iParty With Victorious,’ Premiering Friday, June 10
Original TV Movie Brings Together iCarly and Victorious Casts for First-Time Ever; Guest Stars Kenan Thompson and Features Performance of Theme-Song Mash-up “Leave It All to Shine”
TV Movie Spearheads Season of More Than 100 New Episodes of Nick’s Hit Live-Action Programming
NEW YORK, March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids, will unite the casts of mega-hit iCarly and Victorious for an epic primetime event, “iParty with Victorious,” an original TV movie airing Friday, June 10. The TV movie spearheads a new season of more than 100 new episodes of the network’s live-action hit series, including iCarly, Victorious, Big Time Rush, True Jackson, VP and the daily telenovela-style series House of Anubis, among others. The season also will feature the launch of two new Nickelodeon live-action series, Supah Ninjas and Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures.
“What better way to celebrate summer than a movie mash-up with two of the biggest teen stars, Miranda Cosgrove and Victoria Justice, plus the casts of iCarly and Victorious?” said Marjorie Cohn, President, Development and Original Programming, Nickelodeon and MTV Networks Kids and Family Group. “The special TV event will deliver big comedy, as will the new episodes of iCarly, Victorious, Big Time Rush and House of Anubis, and our two newest series, Supah Ninjas and Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures.”
“iParty with Victorious” brings the casts of Nick’s hit series iCarly and Victorious together for the first time ever. One cheating boyfriend, plus two scorned girlfriends, equals a night to remember as Carly and Tori plot sweet revenge while the rest of the iCarly and Hollywood Arts gang compete in a lyrical battle royale. Culminating in an ensemble performance of the theme song mash-up, “Leave It All to Shine,” the movie also guest stars Nickelodeon alumnus Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live, All That, Kenan & Kel) as himself.
In “iParty with Victorious,” Carly is dating a boy named Steven who divides his time between his divorced parents who live in Seattle and Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Tori is also spending time with her new boyfriend who, unbeknownst to her, is the very same boy Carly is seeing! Elsewhere at Hollywood Arts, Andre is psyched because Kenan Thompson has offered to let him throw a small party in his awesome new house but the party spirals out of control when Rex sends a mass tweet. Back in Seattle, Carly suspects that Steven is cheating on her after seeing a photo of him and Tori together and plans a trip to Los Angeles to catch him in the act. After convincing Tori that Steven is cheating on both of them, Carly and Tori come together to plot their revenge at the party. Amidst all the scheming, Rex challenges the partygoers to a lyrical rap battle.
In 2010, iCarly was Nickelodeon’s number-one show among K6-11, T9-14 and K2-11. Last year, more than 28 million total viewers tuned in to watch the hit series each week, including 10.2 million adults. Since its launch in April 2010, Victorious has been the number-one live-action comedy series in its timeslot on all TV with K6-11, Tweens 9-14, and Teens 12-17, reaching 14.4 million kids, 13.7 million tweens, and 11.4 million teens each quarter. Both iCarly and Victorious are created and executive produced by television hitmaker Dan Schneider.
Nickelodeon will roll out more than 100 new episodes this season of its roster of hit live-action series, including iCarly; Victorious; Big Time Rush; True Jackson, VP; House of Anubis; Nick News with Linda Ellerbee, which is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary on the air; the afternoon game show, BrainSurge; and The Troop.
Nick’s live-action schedule also will include two new series, Supah Ninjas and Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures. Comic book in tone and cinematic in style, Supah Ninjas follows three unsuspecting kids who are drafted into the secret world of crime-fighting after Mike Fukanaga (Ryan Potter), an average high school student, discovers he is descended from a long line of ninjas. He is helped along the way by the spirit of his recently deceased grandfather (George Takei), who appears to him and the team of “Supah Ninjas” as an interactive hologram who offers guidance, wisdom and training. The half-hour, live-action comedy was created by the Emmy-nominated duo Eric Garcia and Leo Chu (Afro Samurai, Afro Samurai: Resurrection) and is executive produced by Garcia, Chu, Mitchel Katlin and Nat Bernstein, Brian Robbins and Sharla Sumpter-Bridgett under the Varsity Pictures production banner.
Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures is a multi-camera, live-action buddy comedy about two surfer dudes on a never-ending quest for awesomeness, from executive producer Tom Lynch (The Troop, South of Nowhere), creators/executive producers Boyce Bugliari and Jamie McLaughlin (Quintuplets, Kid Notorious) and executive producer Jonathan Stark (According to Jim) under The Tom Lynch Company banner. When Bucket (Taylor Gray) attempts to win over the affection of classmate Kelly (Ashley Argota), his best bud Skinner (Dillon Lane) decides to nominate him as class President, inadvertently causing him to run against the super-popular athlete Aloe (Glenn McCuen). Unqualified and totally unfit for student council, Bucket is forced to team up with the Kelly’s younger sister, the precocious Piper (Tiffany Espensen), in order to save face and try to win the heart of his dream girl.
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