-For the first time, Nickelodeon held an Upfront Presentation in Los Angeles. The event was held at The Music Box at the Fonda in Hollywood.
Big Time Rush, Victoria Justice, & Josh Duhamel were all on hand to talk about their shows. Also, it was announced that six new series and new seasons of 16 returning hits such as top-ranked iCarly, SpongeBob SquarePants and Team Umizoomi, Nickelodeon also will premiere three new TV movies, including: Fred: The Movie, starring Lucas Cruikshank as online sensation Fred Figglehorn; Boy Who Cried Werewolf, starring Victoria Justice and Brooke Shields; and Best Player starring iCarly’s Jerry Trainor and Jennette McCurdy. Nickelodeon also has acquired My Wife and Kids (123 episodes), starring Damon Wayans (In Living Color, Major Payne), which will debut on Nick at Nite this fall.
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– Fred: The Movie — Inspired by the Fred Figglehorn character created by Lucas Cruikshank and featured on the record-breaking Fred Channel on YouTube, the film stars Cruikshank as Fred, iCarly’s Jennette McCurdy as Bertha, WWE’s John Cena as Fred’s dad and British teen sensation Pixie Lott as Fred’s long-time crush, Judy. The movie focuses on Fred as he finally succeeds in making it to Judy’s house, only to discover she has moved. He embarks on a journey to find her and hatches a grand scheme that makes him cooler than his classmates could ever imagine. Fred: The Movie is written by David A. Goodman (Family Guy), directed by Clay Weiner and produced by Brian Robbins and Sharla Sumpter Bridgett of Varsity Pictures and Gary Binkow and Evan Weiss of The Collective.
– Boy Who Cried Werewolf, stars Victoria Justice (Victorious, Zoey 101) and Brooke Shields (Lipstick Jungle). The TV movie follows Jordan Sands (Justice), who along with her younger brother is relocated to Wolfsberg, Romania, by her father David, who hopes to sell the castle their Great Uncle Dragomir Vucovic left them. However, things in Wolfsberg are a bit strange, especially the steely caretaker, Madam Varcolac (Shields), who discourages the family from selling the manor. When an accident in the castle’s secret lab causes Jordan to transform into a werewolf, they discover just how strange Wolfsburg is. Boy Who Cried Werewolf is written and executive produced by Doug Sloan and Art Brown. Executive Producers also include Lauren Levine and Marjorie Cohn. Eric Bross directs and Scott McAboy is producer.
– Best Player, starring Jerry Trainor and Jennette McCurdy (stars of Nickelodeon’s hit live-action series iCarly), follows thirty-something Quincy (Trainor) who delivers Chinese food by day and is an online video game master (known simply as “Q”) by night. Quincy is perfectly happy to live in his parents’ tricked-out basement and dedicate his life to being the best cyber multi-player athlete online, until his world gets turned upside down when his parents decide to move to Florida. His only chance to maintain his “perfect” life is to enter a gaming tournament and win the prize money to buy his parents’ house. As the current multi-player champion, Quincy thinks it’s a done deal, until he encounters “Prodigy” (McCurdy), who threatens to annihilate him. Best Player is executive produced by Jessica Horowitz, Lauren Levine and Marjorie Cohn. Damon Santostefano directs from Rich Amberg’s screenplay, which includes a rewrite from Justin Ware. Scott McAboy serves as Producer. Executive Producers also include Sandy
Climan and Christine Foy.
– House of Anubis (working title) will debut in fall 2010. From Nickelodeon, in partnership with Belgium-based Studio 100, House of Anubis is a long-form mystery series and the first-ever Nickelodeon live-action show produced in Europe. Originally made for Nickelodeon in Holland, this new global version follows eight students trying to solve a hidden mystery at an English boarding school while dealing with the highs and lows of their teenage years. House of Anubis is produced in the UK by Lime Pictures.
– Victorious, starring Victoria Justice (Zoey 101), co-produced by Sony Music and created and executive produced by television hit-maker Dan Schneider, follows Tori Vega (Justice) as she unexpectedly finds herself navigating life at an elite performing arts high school. Featuring an ensemble cast of teens who act, sing, dance and perform to original music, Victorious will premiere on Nickelodeon on Saturday, March 27, right after the 23rd annual Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards.
– Kung Fu Panda: The Series, Nickelodeon’s second collaboration with DreamWorks Animation, chronicles the further adventures of Po, the energetic, enthusiastic, always hungry martial arts panda as he protects the Valley of Peace from threats of all kind. Based on DreamWorks Animation’s hit feature film Kung Fu Panda, the Nick animated series is executive produced by Cheryl Holliday (King of the Hill, Still Standing, Father of the Pride) and produced at Nickelodeon’s Burbank, Calif. Animation Studios.
– Planet Sheen, executive produced by Steve Oedekerk, Keith Alcorn (The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius) and Jim Hope (The George Lopez Show), is the intergalactic tale of Sheen Guevera Estevez–the hyperactive, attention span-challenged kid from Nickelodeon’s hit Jimmy Neutron–who crash lands on Zeenu and deals with bizarre customs and strange-looking creatures as he tries to return home. Planet Sheen is produced by O Entertainment for Nickelodeon.
– T.U.F.F. Puppy, created and executive produced by Nickelodeon hit-maker Butch Hartman, follows the gung-ho, dim-witted dog named Dudley Puppy who is thrust into the role of “hero” when recruited by the super secret crime fighting organization, T.U.F.F. (Turbo Undercover Fighting Force) to protect his hometown against the evil animal organization, D.O.O.M. (Diabolical Order of Mayhem). T.U.F.F. Puppy is produced at the Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif.
– Bubble Guppies is a new interactive, animated variety show for preschoolers set in a vibrant 3D, CG-animated underwater classroom. Bubble Guppies–created by Robert Scull and Jonny Belt (The Backyardigans)–has an emergent curriculum: ideas that emerge from preschoolers’ own discoveries. Each episode will delve into a preschool topic from a variety of angles as the cast and viewers explore the swaying