Nickelodeon’s new content slate is offering a mix of reboots and exciting new shows. The network is sticking with original franchises like “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” and “PAW Patrol,” but adding a wide array of new series to schedule as well. The slate was confirmed this week by Nickelodeon President Brian Robbins.
One of the highlights from the announcement includes the revival of the iconic “All That” sketch-comedy series. The reboot will showcase new cast members, alongside stars of the original series. Kenan Thompson is serving as an executive producer on the show. There will also be a reimagined “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader,” hosted by John Cena. Nick also confirmed an all-new unboxing adventure series starring Ryan of Ryan ToysReview, titled “Ryan’s Mystery Playdate.”
A show still with a working-title is “America’s Most Musical Family,” which is a nationwide search and competition to crown the next big family musical act. Another untitled show is a scripted music-based series set in a boarding school for the performing arts. Simon Fuller and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder produced the show, and it will feature original songs and performances in every episode.
If you prefer animated series, “The Casagrandes” is a new show that is a spinoff from “The Loud House,” and the series will feature a multigenerational Mexican-American family. Nick is also considering a spinoff with characters from “SpongeBob SquarePants,” giving them their own series and feature-length movies. While we have to wait for more information on that project, but we hope Patrick is involved.
“We have a laser focus on who kids are today, and what they want, so we are making a wider variety of shows and series for them, and we’re working with brand-new kinds of talent and producers,” said Robbins. “We have a new creative team in place and a renewed energy that we’re harnessing to bring the buzz back to Nick.”
Robbins added, “Everything we’re making will have different formats, for all platforms, so we can travel the audience back and forth from one to the other, while being home base for all the shows, the biggest franchises, the characters and talent they love.”
“The Casagrandes” is set to premiere in October, and follows 11-year-old Ronnie Anne after she moves to the city with her older brother Bobby and her mom, where they now live with multigenerational Mexican-American family.
“Santiago of the Seas,” which was going by the name “The Swashbuckling Adventures of Capitán Calavera,” is an interactive animated series that follows the adventures of 8-year-old Santiago Montes. He is a brave and kind-hearted pirate, and the series features a Spanish-language and Latino-Caribbean culture curriculum.
“Ryan’s Mystery Playdate” was created and produced by pocket.watch, and the show is a live-action preschool series that follows YouTube star Ryan, of Ryan ToysReview. The show also features his parents and animated friends Gus the Gummy Gator and Combo Panda as they work together to tackle a series of imaginative, physical challenges and unbox puzzles to reveal the identity of his mystery playdate.
“The Substitute” will be another hidden camera prank show. In the series, celebrities are transformed by a team of special effects artists to go undercover as substitute teachers to surprise a class of unsuspecting students. A $25,000 donation will be made to each school.
“Are You Afraid of the Dark?” is also coming back, and will return this October as a brand-new miniseries. The show follows new members of the Midnight Society as they gather around a campfire in the woods to share scary stories. The miniseries will coincide with the upcoming “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” movie from Paramount Pictures.
“All That” will be a weekly sketch-comedy series that will showcase an all-new cast of kids, with cast members through the years making special appearances during the season. Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live) and Kevin Kay (All That, SpongeBob SquarePants, Lip Sync Battle, Lip Sync Battle Shorties, Yellowstone) will executive produce, with comedian Jermaine Fowler (Super Donuts, Sorry to Bother You) serving as consulting producer on the series slated to premiere this summer.
“SpongeBob SquarePants” is turning 20, and Nick is commemorating the event with a “Best Year Ever” tribute that includes an original one-hour special, “SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout,” premiering July 12th. The anniversary will culminate with the May 22, 2020 release of the new SpongeBob “It’s A Wonderful Sponge,” from Paramount Pictures.
Don’t forget about your favorite TMNTs. “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is coming back with season two this fall, and follow the Turtles as they continue to hone their ninja skills, uncover new, powerful weapons and encounter a world beneath the streets of New York City. The franchise is also being expanded with an original, feature-length animated movie being produced by Nickelodeon Studios for Netflix.
As we mentioned earlier, “Blue’s Clues & You!” is getting a remake. The interactive series brings back beloved puppy Blue for an all-new generation of preschoolers. Premiering in November, the series features all-new CG animation, updates to favorite characters and stars Broadway actor Joshua Dela Cruz as the new live-action host.
A big new addition is Paddington bear, actor Ben Whishaw (Paddington 1 & 2) will reprise his role as the beloved voice of the title character in the new CG-animated series, which follows a younger Paddington and his adventures in London with the Brown family and their friends.
“LEGO CITY” will be a new CG-animated comedy, created and produced by LEGO Group that depicts the funny, smart, and dynamic slices of life within the sprawling and diverse LEGO CITY community. The show will premiere later this year on the network and follows the intertwining paths of the city’s everyday heroes as they work together to stop a mysterious master criminal who begins to wreak havoc on their town.