Nickelodeon’s new, live-action School of Rock TV series premieres Saturday, March 12, 2016, at 9:30pm ET/PT, after which it will move to Saturdays at 8:30pm. Watch a preview, below. Among its executive producers is Eli Bush. Bush co-produced The Newsroom TV series, which was cancelled by HBO after three seasons.
The cast of School of Rock includes Lance Lim, Aidan Miner, Ricardo Hurtado, Jade Pettyjohn, Breanna Yde, and Tony Cavlero. The first season of School of Rock features guest spots from Pete Wentz, Kendall Schmidt, and Kira Kosarin. Much like Glee, episodes will include musical performances by the cast covering hit songs.
Here is more information, including songs featured in season one, from a Nickolodeon press release:
CLASSMATES BAND TOGETHER IN NICKELODEON’S NEW LIVE-ACTION SERIES “SCHOOL OF ROCK” PREMIERING SATURDAY, MARCH 12, AT 9:30 P.M. (ET/PT)
Produced with Paramount Television and Based on the Feature Film, the Comedy Series Airs Regularly on Saturdays at 8:30 P.M. (ET/PT)
Santa Monica, Calif. (Feb. 23, 2016) – A group of overachieving prep school students band together and learn to rock out when they meet their new, unconventional substitute teacher in Nickelodeon’s highly anticipated live-action comedy series School of Rock, premiering Saturday, March 12, at 9:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The series, produced with Paramount Television, will air regularly on Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
School of Rock follows a group of rule-abiding students — Zack (Lance Lim), Lawrence (Aidan Miner), Freddy (Ricardo Hurtado), Summer (Jade Pettyjohn) and Tomika (Breanna Yde) — who learn to take risks and reach new heights thanks to substitute teacher Dewey Finn (Tony Cavalero), a down-on-his-luck musician who uses the language of rock ‘n’ roll to inspire his class to form a secret band. Throughout the school year, these middle-school classmates find themselves navigating relationships, discovering their unknown talents and learning lessons on loyalty and friendships.
The series features guest appearances from Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy), Kendall Schmidt (Big Time Rush) and Kira Kosarin (The Thundermans). Episodes will include musical performances by the cast covering hits “What I Like About You” (The Romantics),”Lips Are Movin” (Meghan Trainor), “The Kids Are All Right” (The Who), “We’re Not Gonna Take It” (Twisted Sister), “Shut Up and Dance” (WALK THE MOON), “Heart Attack” (Demi Lovato) and more.
Fans can access additional content such as musical games, activities and more at Nick.com.
School of Rock is developed by Jim and Steve Armogida (Crash & Bernstein, Grounded for Life), who also serve as Executive Producers with Jay Kogen (The Simpsons, Henry Danger). The 2003 movie of the same name was written by Mike White. Its director Richard Linklater and producer Scott Rudin serve as series Executive Producers, along with Eli Bush (The Newsroom, Ex Machina).
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What do you think? Is the School of Rock TV show music to your ears? Do you plan to tune into Nickelodeon for the series premiere?