A couple of days old news at this point, but the official press release just came out this morning.
NICKELODEON GREENLIGHTS SECOND SEASON OF LIVE-ACTION TELENOVELA-STYLE HIT SERIES
HOUSE OF ANUBIS
Production to Commence on 45 New Episodes Combining Mystery, Comedy, Adventure and Drama in Liverpool, England Beginning July
NEW YORK – June 30, 2011 – Nickelodeon orders a second season of the hit telenovela-style, mystery-adventure series House of Anubis, it was announced today by Marjorie Cohn, Nickelodeon’s President, Development and Original Programming. House of Anubis is a new version of the successful Nickelodeon international series recreated and recast for U.S. audiences. Production will commence on 45 new half-hour episodes in Liverpool, England this July with premieres rolling out in a Monday – Friday daily format in 2012.
“We’re upping the ante from season one of House of Anubis, to bring fresh, spine-tingling episodes to our audience who thoroughly embraced this new genre for Nick,” said Cohn. “Fans can expect even more mystery, comedy and adventure balanced with universal teen issues from this re-imagined daily series that originated from one of our sister networks in Europe.”
House of Anubis follows a group of students who uncover and solve hidden mysteries at an English boarding school, while dealing with the highs and lows of their teenage years. In season two, the teens undertake a series of perilous challenges in order to find a powerful and long-forgotten treasure. This season will also introduce several new characters including series regular Eddie (played by Burkely Duffield), a self-styled punk bad boy from America.
Already an established Nickelodeon hit in Europe, House of Anubis launched in the U.S. and other Nick channels around the world earlier this year. The series is the first-ever Nickelodeon U.S. live-action show produced in the U.K. The first season of House of Anubis (new episodes Mon-Fri at 7 p.m.) averaged a 5.5/1.2 million kids 6-11 rating, 4.7/1.0 million tweens 9-14 rating and delivered an average of 2.9 million total viewers for its first season.
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