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Netflix to Debut 'Pinky Malinky' Soon [Updated]

Netflix will premiere Nickelodeon's brand-new animated series Pinky Malinky on Friday 17th August 2018! The news - announced on National Hot Dog Day follows the subscription video-on-demand (SVoD) service acquiring the rights to the series as part of Viacom's initiate to identify intellectual property within it vaults that could be an ideal fit for a digital or linear programmer outside of Viacom.

Update (8/17): Unfortunately, it seems like Pinky Malinky's debut on Netflix has been delayed for the foreseeable future. Stay 'tooned for more updates!


Netflix will debut the Complete First Season of Pinky Malinky at 3:01am ET/PT on the day. Although currently unconfirmed, it's expected that Netflix will roll the series out on its global platforms on the same day. The series has been slated to bow on Netflix in Brazil on the same day.

Pinky Malinky is a brand-new fly-on-the-wall reality show that follows the everyday life of Pinky, an infectiously positive hot dog living in a human world. With his best friends Babs and JJ by his side, Pinky reaches for the stars in the small town of Sackenhack. Through his good spirits and sausage sensibilities, Pinky proves that a "wiener" is only one small letter away from being a "WINNER!"


Using the tropes of a mockumentary and reality show format, Pinky and his friends will talk directly to the camera and the audience to share their absurd and silly take on real life. At times, all children feel like they don't fit in and Pinky's undeniably unique point of view as a literal wiener amongst humans will allow kids to laugh at his familiar struggles and enjoy his unusual perspective on the challenges of being a school-aged kid. By always reaching for the stars, Pinky pushes himself further than anyone could imagine. Pinky and his friends' humorous experiences will also be shared across social media and Nickelodeon's digital platforms.

Co-created and co-executive produced by Chris Garbutt and Rikke Asbjoern (The Amazing World of Gumball) and executive produced by Scott Kreamer (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness), the trio are a part of the Artist Collective, an internal diverse group of experienced creators who mentor and support up-and-coming talent while also collaborating to cultivate, challenge and inspire Nickelodeon's development pipeline.

Pinky Malinky will star Lucas Grabeel (Glenn Martin DDS, I Kissed A Vampire) as Pinky Malinky, Diamond White (The Haunted Hathaways) as Babs Buttman, and Nathan Kress (iCarly) as JJ Jameson.

Under the deal with Netflix, Nickelodeon is producing two seasons — 59 episodes — of Pinky Malinky for the streaming service. Although bowing on Netflix, Pinky Malinky will feature Nickelodeon branding at the show open.


Update (7/22): iCarly star Nathan Kress just can’t resist working with Nickelodeon! The 25-year-old frequent Henry Danger and Game Shakers director has teamed back up with Nickelodeon Animated Studios for a brand new Netflix series.

Pinky Malinky is fly-on-the wall reality show follows the life of Pinky, an infectiously positive hot dog living in the human world. Kress voices JJ, one of Pinky's best friends.

“YEEEEEEESSSSSS!!!!! It’s been too many years!” Nathan tweeted, after the news was announced. “Cannot wait for everyone to see what we’ve been cooking up. It’s madness.”

He adds, “But there’s also, like, good life-lessons, and friendship, and stuff. It’s gonna be a blast you guys. Check it out!!! Netflix, Aug 17th!”

Produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif., the animated series is produced as part of the network's pipeline of content driven by creators discovered all over the world.

Follow Pinky and his pals on social media:

Pinky Malinky - Instagram | Twitter | Vimeo

Babs Buttman - Instagram | Twitter

JJ Jameson - Instagram | Twitter

And don't forget to follow the Pinky Malinky production team on Tumblr and Instagram!

More Nick: Episode 48: Chris Garbutt & Rikke Asbjoern | Nickelodeon Animation Podcast!

Originally published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

Additional sources: TheFutonCritic.com, Just Jared Jr.; H/T: Huge thanks to PinkiePie97 for alerting me to the schedule change!
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