Sunday, May 16, 2021

'Extra Crunchy' Promo | Side Hustle | Nickelodeon

Munchy (Isaiah Crews) becomes the new school mascot, Luna the Tuna, and will be making his big debut at the halftime show of a major school basketball game and will end with an epic dunk! Tuna into the brand new Side Hustle episode "Extra Crunchy" (#122), premiering Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, followed by a all new spooky Drama Club at 8:30, only on Nickelodeon! Check out the promo below!:

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Nickelodeon to Premiere 'Drama Club' Season 1 Finale on Saturday, May 22, 2021

It's all been leading up to this! Catch the one-hour season finale of Drama Club, premiering Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT, following a all new Side Hustle at 8, only on Nickelodeon! Check out the promo below!

In "Stress Rehearsal," the club has trouble getting through the final dress rehearsal before Bench (Chase Vacnin) drops some big news - the school's football team has reached the playoffs - Go Gobblers!

Then in "The Show Might Go On," the drama club’s performance of Minnesota: The Musical is finally ready to hit the stage, but just about everything that can go wrong, does! (#109/10; #999)

Originally published: Sunday, May 16, 2021.

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'The Backyardigans’ Trends on Social Media Thanks to Gen Z

We're your backyard friends, 'The Backyardigans.'

The internet can be a fun and surprising place nowadays, thanks to Generation Z folk. People born between 1997 and 2012/15 have a knack for making the most obscure things go viral. Often thanks to their use of TikTok and the endless creativity they have. The latest “where did this come from” trend is the reappearance of Nickelodeon's popular CG-animated preschool series The Backyardigans.

The Backyardigans is a musical-adventure series featuring a group of five friends - Pablo, a blue penguin; Uniqua, a pink character that sort of looks like a bug; Tyrone, an orange moose; Tasha, a yellow hippo, and Austin, a purple kangaroo - who rely on their vivid imaginations to transform their backyard into a fantastical 3-D landscape, where together they embark on amazing epic journeys and solve problems. Each episode always comes with a lesson that the kids watching can take away.

They infuse the message with lots of catchy songs. Years later, kids and parents still find themselves singing (“hiya pie-ya, I make pie like a samurai,” is a popular earworm). Each episode starts with the theme song where each character introduces themselves, and ends with a catchy song about snack time.

Airing for 80 episodes across four seasons between October 11, 2004 and July 12, 2013, it’s one of the shows that the Gen Z people grew up watching and will forever love, it seems. And maybe it’s because of the pandemic, or it’s more a nostalgia factor for when problems were far simpler; the Backyardigans are listening to the theme song, causing it to go viral on TikTok and hit the US Spotify Viral 50 chart.

According to Chart Data, The Backyardigans’ “Castaways” song, which is a song in a episode from the show’s first season, has hit the number one spot on the Viral 50 chart. The crew finds themselves on a deserted island. Now castaways, they talk about being stuck on their own, which, to be honest, sounds a lot like quarantine. “On a lonely little island where it’s just us three” is something we can relate to a lot more now than when we were kids.

On TikTok, though, it’s the show’s theme song getting all the views. Gen Z is creating their own openings to the show, highlighting each character’s personality. Again, because The Backyardigans make grand adventures from their imagination while stuck in their backyard, it feels very fitting today.


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♬ The Backyardigans Theme Song - The Backyardigans

And others are recreating the excitement they had when they were younger, and the show was on. Sitting anxiously at the TV while the theme song plays, wondering what adventures the group of friends would find themselves on.


if y’all didn’t vibe to the backyardigans you can’t vibe with me #fyp #childhoodmemories #backyardigans

♬ The Backyardigans Theme Song - The Backyardigans

So, while we’re not totally sure why The Backyardigans are a hit thing again, the songs are catchy, the show is all feel-good adventures, and well, we could all do for more of that these days.

The Backyardigans is available to stream on Paramount+ and Noggin!

Original source: Fatherly; Additional source: Hopster.

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Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America Reopens to Guests

Update (5/16) - As Minnesota ends its state mask mandate, which required the wearing of masks in public spaces, Mall of America has issued the following statement:

"We are strongly encouraging all Mall of America guests to wear a face covering. At this time, we continue to require MOA team members to wear masks. Nickelodeon Universe guests will also be required to wear masks. Select tenants, restaurants and attractions may require guests to wear masks or follow other COVID-19 safety guidelines.

"We will continue evaluating the impact of this new guidance to make thoughtful decisions for the safety of our team members, guests, and tenants."

Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minneapolis has announced that, following having to close in November 2020 due to the on-going COVID-19 (coronavirus) health emergency, the Nickelodeon amusement park has once again reopened to visitors!

"The sign says it all! We’re back open + ready to see you! 💚 Keep in mind, at this time, Two-Hour Unlimited ride passes can be purchased on a first come, first served basis at our North entrance with a 150 capacity limit," Nickelodeon Universe announced on Facebook.

New protocols are in place to help keep everyone safe at Nickelodeon Universe.  Right now:


Tickets are available for purchase on-site only at the Nickelodeon Shop, located on the North side of Nickelodeon Universe. All guests entering the Park need to have a ticket. Previously purchased or promotional tickets can be exchanged for one of the above, but Nickelodeon Universe strongly encourages guests to save these tickets for when they fully reopen with a larger capacity.

Current Ticket Options:

- Two Hour Unlimited Ride Wristband – $19.99+tax on non-peak days, $24.99+tax on peak days**

- Non-rider ticket – $4.99+tax

- Annual Passholders can get one, Two-Hours unlimited Rides Pass per day


To align with state requirements and assure safe distancing, Nickelodeon Universe has been limited to a guest capacity of 150. The only entrance into Nickelodeon Universe is on the North side underneath the Ferris Wheel through the Nickelodeon Shop. Entrance into the park is on a first come, first serve basis. Once capacity is reached, guests will be entered into a virtual queue line and texted to return when a spot is available.

For more information and the latest news and updates for Nickelodeon Universe at MoA, visit

Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream in New Jersey is also currently open to visitors.

What's your favorite ride at Nickelodeon Universe? Let me know in the comments!

Originally published: Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

Original source: Y.105 FM.

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Miranda Cosgrove Reveals New Details About 'iCarly' Revival, Including the Return of Fan-Favorite Characters

Miranda Cosgrove received the best birthday gift on Friday (May 14) — the news that the iCarly revival series will premiere June 17 on Paramount+!

The actor' iCarly castmates Jerry Trainor, Nathan Kress, Laci Mosley, and Jaidyn Triplett were on set to celebrate Cosgrove turning 28 with a cake, which then revealed the announcement.

Along with this news, Cosgrove chatted with EW about what viewers can expect from the upcoming series, and gave us details about some awesome set reveal photos. And make sure to check out the video of Cosgrove and Trainor giving a tour of the set, which should look very familiar to fans of the original series. In the video, Trainor teases that, as the show is aimed towards an older audience, it'll feature swearing, although it's unclear whether the actor was joking or not.

The 13-episode season will pick up nearly 10 years after the Nickelodeon series, which ran from 2007 to 2012. The core cast are all reprising their roles, with Cosgrove once again embodying Carly, while Trainor and Kress are returning as Carly's brother Spencer and her friend Freddie Benson, respectively.

And because it's been a while since we've seen the cast, "Carly has gone through a lot over the last 10 years — all the characters have," Cosgrove told EW.

"With the Freddie character, he's gone through a couple divorces," the actress reveals. "Spencer has become very wealthy, so there's a lot of different dynamics and different things going on."

As for Carly, she went to college and is pretty successful, Cosgrove continues, but she's "kinda in between" where Freddie and Spencer are at.

Spencer, who's "the most successful of all" the characters, still resides in the original loft he and Carly lived in, though he's remodeled it a bit. Cosgrove says she and Trainor worked with the set designer to keep some of the flair from the old series in the new set.

For instance, you can see below the bottle bot, a sculpture Spencer made that was a fixture on iCarly. Though they couldn't track down the original, the team asked the artist who made it to build one as identical as possible to be in Spencer's living room. Similarly, the designers had the same couch from the original reupholstered and updated.

"They tried to do a lot of cute, little things for the fans from the original that stayed the same," Cosgrove says.

You can also see that the loft's upstairs, which Carly used as a studio to film "iCarly," has been updated but looks pretty similar to the original.

The new show will catch up with Carly, who's now in her 20s and hasn't kept up with her "iCarly" web show that she hosted with her friends Freddie and Sam (Jennette McCurdy) as teens.

"She hasn't done 'iCarly' in a long time, and she decides to start it up again in the pilot," Cosgrove says. "So we're exploring what her new show is. And even though it's 'iCarly,' it's not the same as it was before. So we've been exploring a lot of different things with that, just like what a 26-year-old would really be doing if they had a YouTube channel nowadays."

Cosgrove, who's also an executive producer on the show, says she's excited to see how Carly will navigate YouTube and Instagram given how much the internet has grown since iCarly went off the air.

Not revealed yet is Carly's apartment, which is also at Bushwell Plaza, the same building in Seattle that Spencer's apartment is in. In the upcoming project, she lives with her roommate and best friend Harper (Mosley). And it wouldn't be iCarly without Freddie nearby, though this time around it may not be great news for the character.

"He's gone through a divorce and he's moved back in with his mother," Cosgrove says. "So Mary [Scheer], who played his mom on the show is back and we all are living in the same apartment building together."

Another new addition to the show is Triplett, who plays Millicent, Freddie's snarky and social media-savvy stepdaughter whom he adopted.

"It's funny because it's a lot of the old because we do have like the little studio we used to film in and we have Spencer's apartment, but then we have a lot of new sets and new characters, so it's like half and half," Cosgrove notes.

The revival will explain everyone's backstory in the pilot, and she says it was exciting to think about what all the characters would have been doing over the last decade. Cosgrove doesn't answer whether the show will address Sam's absence on the show, but she does promise the return of some fan-favorite recurring characters. Nevel Papperman (Reed Alexander), Carly's pretentious nemesis is slated to return, and they recently did an episode featuring Nora Dershlit (Danielle Morrow), the stalker "iCarly" fan who appeared in the original.

Currently halfway through filming, Cosgrove says she doesn't know how the last four or five episodes will play out yet. She has her own curiosities she wants the show to address, like what happened with Spencer and Carly's mom. And she says Trainor is dying for Spencer's unseen friend Socko to finally appear.

What Cosgrove is clear on, however, is what kind of show she wants iCarly to be, especially since it took the team "a really long time to figure out."

"We really tried to make this show, along with the showrunner Ali [Schouten], as much for the fans of the original as possible, because it's not really a kid show anymore," Cosgrove says. "It's mainly made for the people who watched when they were little, they're now more in their 20s."

"We're getting to explore different things with [what] the characters go through that we would never have been able to do before, that's a lot more like stuff that's happened in our real lives and things that people in their 20s and 30s go through," she adds. "It's just been a fun reunion getting to see everybody, and I'm really excited for people to see it."

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Originally published: Friday, May 14, 2021.

Additional source: VarietyVailskibum94.

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