Nickelodeon has unveiled its 2014-15 programming line-up, with greenlights for a trio of animated toons and new live-action shows.
The network plans to launch one of the animated series, Welcome to the Wayne, on a new digital Nick Jr. App, and also unveiled the creation of a My Nick Jr. app for spring.
On the animation front, Wayne is a six-part comedy series following two young boys who live in a crazy apartment block called the Wayne. Billy Lopez (Wonder Pets!) is series creator and writer.
There are also two 26-episode toons, Bad Seeds and Pig Goat Banana Cricket. The former comes from C.H. Greenblatt (SpongeBob SquarePants) and follows a well-meaning bird and his new best friends, who are imps. The latter, from Dave Cooper and J. Ryan with David Sacks (The Simpsons, Regular Show) as executive producer, is billed as “absurd interwoven stories about four friends and roommates”.
Returning toons include SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sanjay and Craig, Breadwinners, Rabbids, The Fairly OddParents, SpongeBob SquarePants, Sanjay and Craig and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
On the live-action front, iCarly’s Dan Schneider has created Henry Danger, billed as a “crime-fighting comedy”; while Bella and the Bullfrogs is a 12-episode show about a perky high school cheerleader who becomes the school team’s quarterback. It comes from Gabriel Garza and Jonathan Butler (The Haunted Hathaways, Fanboy & Chum Chum), who were discovered through the Nickeldoeon Writing Programme. Jeff Bushell is executive producer.
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, meanwhile, was created by Matt Fleckenstein (iCarly), who executive produces and Michael Feldman. The half-hour comedy follows a 10 year-old, who is the only girl of a quadruplet of squabbling siblings.
For preschool, Nick is launching Dora the Explorer spin-off Dora and Friends: Into the City, CG-animated Blaze and the Monster Machines, Nickelodeon Animation Studios-produced Shimmer & Shine and Fresh Beat Band of Spies, which will launch in 2015.
Dora the Explorer, Wallykazam!, Bubble Guppies, PAW Patrol, Team Umizoomi and Peter Rabbit all return.
“Our mission has been to create and deliver funny content that will resonate with today’s kids, and we are well-positioned to do that through our schedule of fresh hits, a deep pipeline of new series, tent-pole events, ratings momentum and innovation on all platforms,” said Cyma Zarghami, president of Viacom-owned Nick Group.
The interactive Nick Jr. App launches next month, offering shortform and educational content, full-length programmes such as Wayne and a live-stream of the linear Nick Jr. channel.
My Nick Jr., meanwhile, rolls out in the US this spring and will allow parents to customise their child’s programme playlist by age, gender and education and allows viewing to be placeshifted across platforms. It has already launched in France.