It’s a new season for Nickelodeon. Recently, the network announced this year’s lineup of new live-action series.
Earlier, we posted Nick’s new preschool programming lineup.
Nickelodeon has ordered several new live-action series for this season, including the previously announced sports clip show Crashletes, boarding school series Ride, and The Other Kingdom—a fairy princess show from Thomas W. Lynch.
Additionally, new live-action programming includes a TV show adaptation of the 2003 film, School of Rock.
New episodes of both new and returning series are expected to premiere later this year.
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Nickelodeon currently owns the top live-action series with Kids 2-11 on all TV, led by Game Shakers. The net announced today the renewal of the two series from hitmaker Dan Schneider: Henry Danger, for season three; and Game Shakers, for season two. Additionally, Nick has picked up another live-action hit The Thundermans for season four.
Joining Nick’s live-action lineup are the following new series announced today:
· Jagger Eaton’s Mega Life (working title), picked up for 20 episodes, is an action-packed docu-series that follows 15-year-old skateboarder Jagger Eaton as he skates the world and hangs out with his inspiring idols. Jagger Eaton’s Mega Life, executive produced by Rob Dyrdek and Shane Nickerson of Superjacket Productions (Fantasy Factory, Ridiculousness), will begin production this spring.
· New England Patriots Super Bowl XLIX Champion and Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski will host the previously announced Crashletes, a 20-episode viral sports clip series featuring guest personalities from the worlds of sports and entertainment, along with the funniest, craziest clips and user-generated content. The series is executive produced by Rob Dyrdek and Shane Nickerson of Superjacket Productions.
· Ride, picked up for 20 episodes, follows the adventures of Katherine “Kit” Bridges who relocates to England with her dad who is joining the faculty at Covington Academy, an elite equestrian boarding school. Shot in Canada and Ireland, Ride will be produced by Canada’s Breakthrough Entertainment and Buccaneer Media in the United Kingdom.
· The Other Kingdom, picked up for 20 episodes, follows fairy Princess Astral who takes human form and enters the mortal world for 90 days. The series is created and executive produced by Thomas W. Lynch and produced by DHX Media. Steven DeNure and Anne Loi of DHX Media also serve as executive producers.
As previously announced, Nickelodeon’s slate of new live-action series on deck are:
· School of Rock, picked up for 12 episodes and produced with Paramount Television, follows a group of rule-abiding students who learn to take risks and reach new heights thanks to their substitute teacher, a down-on-his-luck musician who uses the language of rock ‘n’ roll to inspire his class to form a secret band. 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).
· All In with Cam Newton (formerly announced as working title I Wanna Be), picked up for 20 episodes and hosted by Carolina Panthers quarterback and 2016 NFL MVP Cam Newton, takes real kids on the ride of their lives to help make their dreams come true. All In with Cam Newton is produced by Magical Elves with Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz and Newton serving as executive producers.
· The Dudas (working title, formerly announced as Homeroom), picked up for six episodes, follows brothers Sam and Tyler Duda-polar opposites whose worlds are turned upside down after Sam skips a grade and joins his brother in 7th grade homeroom. The show is created and executive produced by Kevin Jakubowski. Sharla Sumpter Bridgett also serves as an executive producer.
· The Ludwigs follows the adventures of five foster children who are on a quest to find out what happened to their foster parents after they mysteriously disappear. Filled with comedy, mystery and adventure, the kids must keep up appearances that everything’s fine at home and fend off the Ludwigs’ greedy and duplicitous heirs. This new project will yield two new series: an English-language, globally commissioned production titled The Ludwigs (20 episodes); and De Ludwigs (20 episodes), a Dutch-language production commissioned by Nickelodeon Netherlands. Both series are produced by Blooming Media and are filmed in Amsterdam.
· I Am Frankie (working title), picked up for 20 episodes, follows the comedic and dramatic adventures of teenager Frankie who has a very big secret-she’s actually an experimental android who must hide her true identity or risk being powered down forever. I Am Frankie is produced in partnership with Nickelodeon Latin America and will be shot in the new Viacom International Studios in Miami, Fla.
Nickelodeon will also air new episodes of returning live-action series Bella and the Bulldogs and Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn.”
What do you think? Would you watch any of Nickelodeon’s new live-action series? What about your kids?