Saturday, February 27, 2021

Nickelodeon to Premiere 'The Barbarian and the Troll' on Friday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT)


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HOLLYWOOD, Calif.--Feb. 26, 2021--The quest is yet to come in Nickelodeon’s all-new live-action puppet comedy series, The Barbarian and the Troll (previously Brendar the Barbarian), premiering Friday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT).  The series follows Evan, a bridge troll in search of adventure, and Brendar, a fierce female warrior on a quest to defeat the evil demon who has imprisoned her brother.

In the premiere of The Barbarian and the Troll, Evan the troll decides to burn his bridge and venture out into the world of Gothmoria for the first time to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a singer.  He soon meets Brendar, who had been expelled from the Royal Order of Warrior Princesses and is now known as a “feared and revered” barbarian.  After Evan convinces Brendar to bring him on her quest to vanquish the evil demon, they cross treacherous terrain to confront bizarre and magical creatures and encounter an eclectic puppet cast of wacky characters.

The series stars Spencer Grammer (Rick & Morty) as the voice of Brendar, Gothmoria’s most feared and revered warrior; and Drew Massey (Mutt & Stuff, Sid the Science Kid) as Evan, a bridge troll with a dream of becoming a singer.  Joining Massey as puppeteers and voice talent are Colleen Smith, Allan Trautman, Sarah Sarang Oh, Nicolette Santino, Peggy Etra, James Murray and Jeny Cassady.  The series also features the voice of comedian Gina Yashere.

The Barbarian and the Troll is co-created and executive produced by Mike Mitchell (Trolls, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part) and Massey.  Mitchell also serves as the show’s primary director.  Production of The Barbarian and the Troll for Nickelodeon is overseen by Zack Olin, Senior Vice President, Live Action; and Shauna Phelan, Senior Vice President, Live-Action Scripted Content.

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Originally published: Friday, February 26, 2021 at 22:03 GMT.

H/T: Special thanks to What's on Paramount+ for the news!

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Nickelodeon to Premiere 'Drama Club' in March 2021

Nickelodeon is getting ready to premiere a new series, Drama Club, and Just Jared Jr. has revealed the cast!

The upcoming mockumentary-style comedy will premiere digitally on on Saturday, March 13th, followed by the network premiere on Saturday, March 20th at 8:30pm ET/PT.

Drama Club will consist of 10 half-hour episodes and follows a group of middle schoolers as they shine a light on the inner workings of their school’s overlooked drama club.

Starring in the new show include Telci Huynh as Mack, All That‘s Nathan Janak as Oliver, Lili Brennan as Darcy, Kensington Tallman as Bianca, Chase Vacnin as Bench and Artyon Celestine as Skip.

In the premiere episode of Drama Club, the Tookus Middle School Drama Club has a new student director who is excited to take over, change the school’s perception of the club, and earn their new principal’s support.

However, when their choreographer suffers an injury, the kids quickly realize that their only hope to save the situation is to turn to a rival on their school’s beloved football team for help.

Meet the cast and see photos of each star…

Telci Huynh – Mack

Telci is perhaps most known for playing Tiffany on Netflix’s Team Kaylie. She’s also appeared on Just Roll With It, Coop and Cami Ask the World and God Friended Me.

Nathan Janak – Oliver

Nathan is most recognizable from his hilarious characters on All That!

Lili Brennan – Darcy

You may recognize Lili from her time in the Kid Jury on Nickelodeon’s pet talent competition Unleashed.

Kensington Tallman – Bianca

You may recognize Kensington from her recent appearance as Ruby on Side Hustle!

Chase Vacnin – Bench

Chase has appeared most recently on an episode of Ramy, and he played Butch in The Little Rascals Save the Day.

Artyon Celestine – Skip

You may recognize Artyon from his time on Dancing With The Stars: Juniors!

Originally published: Friday, February 26, 2021 at 20:17 GMT.

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Sporix Unleashed | Episode 2 Preview | BRAND NEW | Power Rangers Dino Fury | Power Rangers Official

Sporix Unleashed | Episode 2 Preview | BRAND NEW | Power Rangers Dino Fury | Power Rangers Official

All new season of Power Rangers Dino Fury airs every Saturday at 8:00 a.m. ET/PT on Nickelodeon!

Check out this awesome sneak peek of the Power Rangers Dino Fury episode 2, "SPORIX UNLEASHED"!!!

Ollie (Kai Moya) carries out a plan to catch Sporix without his teammates’ knowledge. When monsters take advantage of his idea, Ollie realizes the benefit of working as a team.

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More Nick: Nickelodeon to Premiere 'Power Rangers Dino Fury' on Saturday, February 20, 2021!

Originally published: Friday, February 26, 2021 at 19:25 GMT.

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'Twin It to Win It' Promo + Sneak Peek | Danger Force | Nickelodeon

Sibling rivalry reaches dangerous proportions, but you've got to be "Twin It to Win It"! Catch the brand new episode of Danger Force, premiering Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT), only on Nickelodeon! Check out the promo below!:

In the all new Danger Force episode "Twin It to Win It," Captain Man (Cooper Barnes) makes ShoutOut (Dana Heath) and AWOL (Terrance Little Gardenhigh) compete over who can catch more criminals using their own ways of crime-fighting. (#117)

Make sure to subscribe to the brand-new Henry Danger YouTube channel! Up the (You)Tube!:

Vote for Henry Danger and Danger Force in the 2021 Kids' Choice Awards!

Originally published: Sunday, February 21, 2021.

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'Karaoke Kick Off' Promo + Sneak Peeks | Side Hustle | Nickelodeon

The brand new Side Hustle episode "Karaoke Kick Off" will be music to your ears! Tune in to the all new episode, premiering Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon! Check out the promo below!:

In the brand new Side Hustle episode "Karaoke Kick Off," Presley (Jayden Bartels), Lex (Jules LeBlanc) and Munchy (Isaiah Crews) are excited when they buy a karaoke machine from the "Karaoke Kickoff" show; however, when the machine breaks, the kids head to the studio to get their money back. (#111)

Originally published: Sunday, February 21, 2021.

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Xbox Offering Players the Chance to Play 'Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix' for Free This Weekend

Nick News Brief: Xbox are currently offering players the chance to play Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix for free as part of their Free Play Days initiative!

Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix is available for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to play from Thursday, February 25 at 12:01 a.m. PST until Sunday, February 28 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

To start playing, find and install the game here on Clicking through will send you to the Microsoft Store, where you must be signed in to see the option to install with your Xbox Live Gold membership. To download on console, click on the Subscriptions tab in the Xbox Store and enter the Gold member area to locate the Free Play Days collection on your Xbox One.

Players can keep the fun going by purchase the title and other editions at a limited time discount and continue playing while keeping their Gamerscore and earned achievements during the event. Please note that discount percentage may vary by region. Current price: Standard Edition ($39.99 SRP) at 50% off: $20.00

"Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix will be available to play during Free Play Days weekend! Race as 30 different Nickelodeon characters including SpongeBob Squarepants and Patrick, both Aang and Korra from Avatar, members of the Loud family, or any of the four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles among many others. You can also choose from 70 pit crew Nickelodeon characters that give you upgrades like additional boosts or more shield. If you can’t get enough during Free Play Days, the game will be discounted 50% during and the following weekend. Aim for the slime and race to victory for free starting February 25!"

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Hasbro Confirms Plans to Reboot Power Rangers Franchise

Hasbro confirms that a Power Rangers cinematic universe is on the way that will span television, films, and many other forms of entertainment.

Hasbro confirmed during their 2021 Investor Event that they are planning to reinvent the iconic Power Rangers franchise after Power Rangers Dino Fury with a new era that will be “creating a new universe for a broader audience across film, premium TV, animation & kids content”.

It was previously reported back in July of last year that Hasbro would be ending their partnership with Japan's Toei, the makers of the Super Sentai series, of which footage has been used in Power Rangers throughout the years. It was also reported that Paramount was developing a new Power Rangers theatrical film. This would conclude the current iteration of the Power Rangers series as it has been for 28 years with Power Rangers Dino Fury, which was officially confirmed to have two seasons according to the Hasbro Investor Event.

This of course isn’t the end of the world-famous franchise as a whole, because Hasbro plans to completely reinvent the brand with new film and TV content across the same expanded universe.

Further expressed is the fact that End of the F***ing World and I Am Not Okay With This creator and director Jonathan Entwistle will be assuming a creative leadership role in the vein of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Kevin Feige. This was confirmed Hasbro and eOne back in October of last year.

Hasbro acquired the iconic Power Rangers franchise from Saban Brands back in 2018 in the wake of the failed attempt to expand the series into a greater cinematic universe. No doubt a franchise as rich as Power Rangers has the potential to expand. Across comics, series, and action figures, the world of Power Rangers is vast, and with adult fans as well as new generations of little kids coming up every few years, there's an audience for a range of content. Hasbro seems to be addressing the reboot holistically, reinventing the franchise in major ways.

The shift away from Toei could signal a greater detachment from the "tokusatsu" tropes that made the franchise so unique here in the States. It's too early to tell where Hasbro plans to take Power Rangers, but between divorcing the series from its roots in Super Sentai and bringing in a director of more adult content, it seems that the cinematic, multi-platform universe will be quite unlike anything we've seen before.

With Hasbro completely reimagining the franchise, this definitely seems to mean that there will be a lot more content for fans to enjoy once this transition is fully put in place.

As of the writing of this article, there has been no comment for the continuation in their partnership with Boom! Studios for the Power Rangers comics. However, considering Boom! and Hasbro’s strong partnership so far, and with the launch of two new Power Rangers comic series, it's difficult to see Boom! Studios going anywhere in the foreseeable future.

Also not mentioned as of the writing of this article is if they would renew their contract with Nickelodeon for future franchise-related projects after 2021. They did mention frequently that Hasbro is not committed to one network or streaming service and has the ability to go wherever they see fit, however. This comment was meant for Hasbro as a whole, but it could potentially have an effect on the series later down the line. However, Nickelodeon and Hasbro's eOne are currently co-producing a new, currently untitled Transformers animated series.

One thing that will more than likely be unaffected will be the Power Rangers Lightning Collection toyline. The Lightning Collection has been a huge success for Hasbro thus far and therefore there seems to be no reason to discontinue that line. There shouldn’t be any rights issues with Toei, as it is understood that Hasbro will retain the rights to all previously aired Power Rangers seasons that used Super Sentai footage.

Overall, it seems that Hasbro has a decent long-term plan for Power Rangers.

What are your thoughts on the future of Power Rangers? Are you looking forward to what Hasbro has in store for the franchise? Let me know in the comments below!

Power Rangers Dino Fury airs Saturdays at 8:00 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon!

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Nickelodeon Names the Nine Participants Chosen for Annual Writing and Artist Programs

Programs provide an opportunity to develop and hone creative skills, focusing on cultivating talent through hands-on experience.

Nickelodeon has named nine participants for their annual Writing and Artist Programs. The programs are designed to cultivate a new generation of creative and original talent through extensive, hands-on work. Led by the ViacomCBS Office of Global Inclusion, for its 21st annual Writing Program, four aspiring television writers will hone their skills while working at the Nickelodeon studio and five emerging artists will develop their craft during the ninth annual Artist Program.

“These programs are critical to ensuring that underrepresented creators are given the opportunity and the access necessary to launch their careers, including engaging with incredible talent who have a track record of delivering authentic content that is representative of the diverse audiences we serve,” commented Marva Smalls, ViacomCBS’ Global Head of Inclusion.

Throughout 2020, Nickelodeon’s Creative Talent Development & Outreach team pivoted from in-person recruitment to a virtual approach, hosting a series of live webinars called “Knowledge is Power Happy Hour,” in collaboration with diverse professional groups, including Latin in Animation, Black N’ Animated, Coalition of Asian Pacific’s in Entertainment, Women in Animation, and the International Screenwriters’ Association, along with past program applicants. The webinars covered topics including Program FAQs, Inside the Nickelodeon Writers’ Room and Artist Portfolio Dos and Don’ts.

Within the Writing Program, all participants get to network with executives and show creators, gain firsthand experience writing scripts, pitch story ideas, and attend workshops, seminars, classes and experience working writers’ rooms. These writers will develop their skills with hands-on work during the year-long program. The writers will be individually paired with Nickelodeon’s Brian Banks (VP, Live-Action, Current Series), Kelley Gardner (VP, Current Series Animation), Bryan Schwartz (Director, Live-Action, Current Series) and Nathan Schram (Director, Animation Development), who will work with them on professional development, writing and network building at the studio.

The Writing Program participants are:

Angel Hobbs: Born and raised in Los Angeles until her family moved to San Bernardino, California. With her life uprooted, she found comfort watching classic Black television shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Around the house, school and mall, Hobbs pretended to be television characters in her own made-up storylines. Now, an engineer turned television writer, Hobbs loves to write family comedies about flawed characters learning to embrace the things the world told them were weird.

Adam Lujan: A Los Angeles-based television writer, he grew up the son of U.S. Air Force vets in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Growing up openly queer in his conservative town inspired him to tell his own stories with queer people at the center. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Film Production at the University of Denver in 2015 and his Master Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2018.

Hunter Toro: A writer and comedian from a mixed family in Florida - his father is Puerto Rican, and his mother is White. Never quite sure where she fit in, she turned feelings of alienation into a sense of humor and now writes animated and live-action stories depicting what she wishes she could have seen growing up: Latin pride, blended, nontraditional families, and complicated female protagonists. Toro is a graduate of University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and was recently selected for the 2020 Black List x Women in Film Episodic Lab.

Saeed Crumpler: Crumpler’s story begins at San Francisco State University, where he fell in love with screenwriting and the local music scene. As a Black man from Oakland, he had no role models to follow in the film and television industry, so he followed in the footsteps of music role models instead. For 20 years, Crumpler was a local hip-hop star, also gaining fans around the world. Feeling creatively limited by music, in 2018 he decided to fully immerse himself in screenwriting once again.

During the six-month Artist Program, aspiring artists will learn from lead artists and practice their craft as they work on an animated series in various stages of production. This year marks the first time the program offers a CG generalist track, which was opened to service many of the Nickelodeon Animation Studio’s upcoming CG productions.

The Artist Program participants are:

Dominique Evans (General Design Track): Evans’ journey in visual development began when she discovered fanfiction and began to write and illustrate her own stories. By high school, she was weary of the overwhelmingly strife-laden narratives of black characters in stories, especially in her favorite genres of science fiction and fantasy. This led her to draft her own original works. She carried her focus on diversifying storytelling to Moore College of Art & Design, where she majored in illustration. After graduation, Evans dedicated a year of service to the AmeriCorps program, all the while working on two freelance comic projects.

Anh Bui (General Design Track): Born and raised in Haiphong, Vietnam, Bui spent her early days finding entertainment in her everyday surroundings. When her parents finally bought a television, she became enamored with American cartoons, even though she could not understand what the characters were saying. Driven to study art and animation, she emigrated to the U.S. through a high school international student program and went on to earn a scholarship to study animation at Columbus College of Art and Design. She recently relocated to Los Angeles to seek out a career in animation visual development.

Carl Edward Mongan (Storyboard Track): A Los Angeles-based story artist and amateur party clown without makeup, Mongan pursued animation. He graduated from California College of the Arts with a degree and a beret. He worked with a Berkeley non-profit called Avi Health, where his team created short pediatric videos to educate children on their health conditions. As a story artist, Mongan works to make people laugh by bringing his dark humor to life. As a party clown, he just wants to twist a balloon or two.

Jasmine Reyes (Storyboard Track): Reyes was born in the Bay Area and raised by her Filipino immigrant family in a loving, multigenerational home. Since she was a child, Reyes saw storytelling as a way to understand and connect to the world around her. She went on to study animation at De Anza Community College, where she found her passion for storytelling and drawing through storyboarding. She moved to Los Angeles to continue her studies at Art Center College of Design.

Samuel Pagán (CG Generalist Track): Pagán is a Puerto Rican artist who specializes in lighting and compositing. He studied animation at Atlantic University College in Guaynabo, PR and started his career by developing his talents in commercial work and animated series. As an artist and storyteller, Pagán aims to share his passions and experiences in a way that is entertaining and meaningful by combining storytelling techniques with interesting visuals.

Alumni of the programs who have gone on to hold positions on Nickelodeon shows include May Chan (co-executive producer, The Astronauts); Angelica Russell (storyboard artist, Santiago of the Seas); Anna Hill (storyboard artist, The Loud House); Sarah Jaques (art director, Santiago of the Seas); Shannon Parayil (background designer, The Loud House); Marisa Torres (color stylist, The Loud House Movie); and Jonathan Butler and Gabriel Garza (co-creators, Bella and the Bulldogs).

Outside of Nickelodeon, many program alumni have gone on to freelance and staff positions at various networks, including HBO, DreamWorks, Netflix, Comedy Central, Disney Channel, Disney+, Kids’ WB!, ABC, FOX, PBS, Cartoon Network, and the CW.

Original source: Animation World Network.

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Friday, February 26, 2021

Dark Horse Announces 'Avatar: The Last Airbender - Chibi' All-Ages Book Line


Dark Horse Books and Nickelodeon are pleased to reveal a new line of books for the smallest fans of Avatar: the Last Airbender in the upcoming book line Avatar: The Last Airbender—Chibi, launching September 2021!

Avatar: The Last Airbender—Chibi launches with "Aang’s Unfreezing Day". When Aang was frozen in an iceberg for a hundred years, he managed to forget his birthday! Luckily his friends Katara, Toph, Sokka, and Zuko plan to surprise him with a new special day to celebrate. But they’ll have to be careful while they prepare--it’s a surprise!

The title and art style derives from the Japanese term chibi (“small”), often used to refer to small, cute caricature art. Nickelodeon has previously released a series of animated Avatar: The Last Airbender chibi shorts.

Celebrated children’s author and illustrator Kelly Leigh Miller (I am a Wolf; I Love My Fangs) teams with Avatar fandom favorite artist Diana Sim - a Seneca College graduate who has gained an online following for her Avatar/Korra fan art - to bring young Avatar fans and their families this heartwarming tale of love, celebration, and friendship, in collaboration with Nickelodeon and Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series writer Tim Hedrick, who also served as a consultant on several Dark Horse Avatar and Legend of Korra comics.

Avatar: The Last Airbender -- Chibi Vol. 1: Aang’s Unfreezing Day arrives September 7, 2021 and is available for pre-order now through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and your local comic shops. Follow NickALive! for more Avatar: The Last Airbender—Chibi announcements and reveals!

The announcement comes in the wake of this week’s news that Nickelodeon have created Avatar Studios, a division headed by series creators Michael DeMartino and Bryan Konietzko, that will produce new films and TV shows set in the world of Avatar. A theatrical animated film is due to begin production later this year, while other projects are planned for the streaming service Paramount+, and even more platforms.

Watch Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra on Paramount+ and Netflix!

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More Nick: Nickelodeon Establishes Avatar Studios; Announces Animated 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Movie!

Original source: Multiversity Comics.

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Are Blue and Magenta from 'Blue's Clues & You!' a Couple?

After Blue declared that the Letter P stands for Pride in a recent Blue's Clues & You! video, fans have been wondering whether the pup and Magenta were more than BFFs. Although Nickelodeon has yet to confirm or deny the rumors, a recent post on Nick Jr. UK & Ireland's official social media channels to celebrate Valentine's Day does seem to strongly suggest that Blugenta is cannon!

Blue & Magenta (or Blugenta) is the ultimate ship!

Whilst the image doesn't confirm that Blue, who happens to be a girl pup, and Magenta are a couple, it does hint that the pair are part of the LGBTQ+ community. If this is the case, it's fantastic that Nickelodeon are including more LGBTQ+ characters in their programming, which will help teach kids that it's perfectly okay to be part of the LGBTQ+ community! Reprsentation matters!

Broadway actor Joshua Dela Cruz stars as the host of Blue's Clues & You, succeeding original Blue's Clues hosts Steve Burns (Steve) and Donovan Patton (Joe). In the show, Cruz plays Josh, Steve and Joe's cousin. Both Burns and Patton appear regularly in the revival, reprising their respective roles.

Nickelodeon, as a network, voiced support for the LGBTQ community in the past. Last year, Nick Jr. shared a lesson over its social media platforms so kids could understand the meaning of the LGBTQ flag.

Nickelodeon proper also shared a tweet that caught attention as it appeared to confirm SpongeBob SquarePants to be a member of the LGBTQ community with Korra from The Legend of Korra and Schwoz Schwartz from Henry Danger and Danger Force. Michael D. Cohen, who plays Schwartz,  revealed in a interview with Time in 2019 that he had transitioned 20 years ago.

Kids can watch their favorite Nick Jr. shows weekdays on Nickelodeon and all week long on the Nick Jr. channel:

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Play the brand new Blue’s Clues & You! Listen and Play Amazon Alexa Skill today!

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