NICKELODEON 2014 UPFRONT
With rumors swarming about the future of Sam and Cat, and the networks decision to end Victorious last year, Nickelodeon is in despite need of some live action original programming to add to its lineup. Nickelodeon has a history of being the most watched children’s network on TV, and they have no plans on changing that anytime soon. In keeping with the times, Nickelodeon this season is green lighting some original programming just for their digital platforms. This season Nickelodeon has added 10 new series to the schedule with Content Spanning Every Genre, Every Platform. There is currently no plans to expand Nick at Nite instead their original programming will be moving to Thursday nights this quarter, to provide a family hour of viewing, are the network’s two original sitcoms: Instant Mom and See Dad Run. These two popular shows are among a hit lineup of Modern Family sitcoms like My Wife and Kids, The Nanny, George Lopez and Yes, Dear.
Upcoming original series:
Bad Seeds (26 episodes) –
Harvey, a sweet and well-meaning bird, makes two new best friends, Fee and Foo, the wildest imps in the forest. Although their friendship seems unlikely, their connection only grows as they push each other out of their comfort zones and into endless adventures.
Pig Goat Banana Cricket (26 episodes) –
This show features a series of absurd interwoven stories about four friends and roommates, Pig (the fool), Goat (the artist), Banana (the wise-guy) and Cricket (the brain).
Welcome to the Wayne (6 episodes) – Launching on Nick App,
Welcome to the Wayne, is a comedy following the adventures of two 10-year-old boys Olly Timbers and Ansi Molina as they explore their crazy apartment building, the Wayne.
Henry Danger (20 episodes) –
Created and written by hitmaker Dan Schneider (iCarly, Sam & Cat) and Dana Olsen (George of the Jungle, Inspector Gadget), this brand-new crime-fighting comedy features 13-year-old Henry (Jace Norman) who lands a part-time job as Danger Boy, a sidekick-in-training to super crime fighter Captain Man (Cooper Barnes, The Perfect Host). Their colorful adventures throw Henry's otherwise ordinary life absurdly out of balance, yet he must keep his new job a secret from his best friends Charlotte (Riele Downs, The Best Man Holiday) and Jasper (Sean Ryan Fox).
Bella and the Bullfrogs (12 episodes) –
This new live-action comedy follows a perky head cheerleader named Bella (Brec Bassinger, The Haunted Hathaways) whose life in Texas takes an unexpected twist when she becomes the new quarterback for her school’s team the Bullfrogs. Bella is joined by “The Troy” (Coy Stewart,Are We There Yet?), the Bullfrogs’ dethroned quarterback along with his pint-sized sidekick, Newt (Buddy Handleson, Wendell & Vinnie). Rounding out the cast are Lilimar Hernandez as Bella’s cheerleader best friend, Sophie, and Jackie Radinsky as true southern cowboy, Sawyer.
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn (13 episodes) –
this new half-hour comedy is the story of a 10-year-old girl Dawn Haley (Lizzy Greene) whose sibling rivalry with her three brothers is heightened by the fact that they are quadruplets. Aidan Gallagher (Modern Family) plays the germaphobic Nicky, joined by Casey Simpson (The Goldbergs) as the overachieving, Ricky; and Mace Coronel (Bold and the Beautiful) as the pint-sized ladies’ man, Dicky. Brian Stepanek (Two and a Half Men) and Allison Munn (What I Like About You) star as the Haley parents.
Dora and Friends: Into the City! (20 episodes) – Premieres Summer 2014
Dora and Friends: Into the City! is a brand-new animated preschool series featuring the iconic character Dora in new adventures, with new friends and a new interactive curriculum. The series is set in a fictional, pan-Latino city, where Dora is 10 years old, in school and at the center of a peer group that works together to give back to the community—having both real-life and magical adventures along the way. As always, Dora is an adventurer, a good friend and problem-solver. Dora and Friends helps teach Spanish and introduces new educational areas to the curriculum, including social-emotional skills like community service and peer relationships.
Blaze and the Monster Machines (20 episodes) – Premieres Fall 2014
This original CG-animated series, introduces preschoolers to the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This is the first preschool show that features a curriculum dedicated to all areas of STEM. Viewers will join an eight-year-old boy named AJ and his incredible monster truck Blaze on super-sized adventures. AJ and the viewer help Blaze as they explore the physics of how things move, master mathematics and discover how everyday technologies work.
Shimmer & Shine (20 episodes) – Premieres in 2015
This brand-new animated series follows the magical adventures of fraternal twin genies, Shimmer and Shine, who unintentionally create chaos while attempting to grant wishes for their human best friend, Leah. The new series features an emotional-intelligence curriculum that highlights mistakes as an important avenue to learning and doing better next time.
Fresh Beat Band of Spies (20 episodes) – Premieres in 2015
In this brand-new animated series based on the hit live-action show, The Fresh Beat Band, the four best friends -- Kiki, Marina, Twist and Shout – are also a group of undercover spies. The pop band uses their individual talents and the coolest transforming spy gadgets to outwit a goofy cast of bad guys and solve an endless series of wild and wacky mysteries. The series, which teaches problem-solving to preschoolers, is created by Nadine van der Velde and Scott Kraft, the same duo behind The Fresh Beat Band.
Returning Scripted Series
- The Thundermans (renewed for season 2 to air 2014-2015)
- Breadwinners (Renewed for a 20 episode 2nd season)
- SpongeBobSquarePants (Renewed for season 10 to air 2014-2015)
- Dora the Explorer (Renewed for season 9)
Fate Yet to be determined
- The Haunted Hathaways ( Renewed for season 2 Nov. 2013)
- Rabbids Invasion ( Renewed for season 2 Dec. 2013)
- Sam & Cat (More episodes to air, waiting for news on Season 2)
- Sanjay and Craig (Renewed for season 2 Sept. 2013)
- The Fairly OddParents (More episodes to air, waiting for news on Season 10)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (More episodes to air, waiting for news on Season 3)
- Wallykazam!, (More episodes to air, waiting for news on Season 2)
- Bubble Guppies (More episodes to air, waiting for news on Season 4)
- Team Umizoomi (More episodes to air, waiting for news on Season 4)
- PAW Patrol ( Renewed for season 2 Nov. 2013)
- Peter Rabbit ( Renewed for season 2 Oct. 2013)
- See Dad Run (to end after remaining episodes)
EVENTS: KIDS’ CHOICE SPORTS 2014:
The creation of Kids’ Choice Sports 2014 adds to Nick’s schedule a fourth live tent pole that presently includes TeenNick HALO Awards, Worldwide Day of Play and Kids’ Choice Awards, which is now in its 27thyear. Live from LA this July, Kids’ Choice Sports 2014 is the first-ever expansion of its iconic Kids’ Choice Awards franchise and will be one big, slimy sports celebration from a kid’s point of view. Onstage at the upfront presentation, Legendary Super Bowl Champion and host of top-rated Emmy-winning morning talk show LIVE with Kelly and Michael, Michael Strahan highlighted his role as the show’s host and executive producer, and detailed that this new addition will honor kids’ favorite athletes, teams and sports moments. In true Nickelodeon spirit, Kids’ Choice Sports (KCS) will also feature a daring, slime-filled sports stunt performed on a star athlete’s home turf, a special halftime live musical performance and top athletes competing outside their sports realm for a KCS trophy.
I know I am supposed to be an adult and all but i am actually looking forward to some of the live action scripted series that Nick just picked up. I am a big fan of Sam and Cat, and the new shows seems like series that adults and tweens can all watch together. That being said, if the issues with the production of Sam and Cat are not fixed and therefore the series is cancelled I am going to be highly upset. All in all i am impressed with the direction that Nick has taken with its series and it leap on to digital platforms. So what do you think of all the new shows? Let us know in the comments!