Nickelodeon's 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Set to Premiere Saturday, Sept. 29

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July 6th, 2012

via press release:



Mae Whitman, Hoon Lee and Kevin Michael Richardson Join the Cast

Los Angeles, CA - July 6, 2012 - Nickelodeon will debut the all-new, CG-animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with a one-hour special event on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 11:00 a.m. (ET/PT). The 26-episode, half-hour action-comedy series breathes new life into the wildly popular band of reptile brothers played by Jason Biggs (American Pie) as "Leonardo," Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings) as "Raphael," Greg Cipes (Teen Titans) as "Michelangelo" and Rob Paulsen (Planet Sheen) as "Donatello" (Paulsen also voiced the original "Raphael" from 1987-1996 in the very first TMNT series).

Rounding out the cast in the series' key roles are: Mae Whitman (Parenthood) as "April O'Neil," a gutsy and independent sixteen-year-old who befriends the Turtles after they save her from an alien attack; Hoon Lee (Royal Pains) as "Master Splinter," the Turtles' sensei and father figure and Kevin Michael Richardson (Penguins of Madagascar) as "Shredder," the commander of an evil ninja army called the Foot Clan and one of the deadliest martial artists in the world.

Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles begins as the turtles emerge from their hidden lair in the sewers for the very first time, ready to confront the wondrous and hostile world of New York City and face enemies more dangerous and pizza more delicious than anything they could have imagined. Funnier and with more Ninjutsu than ever before, the show will explore the companionship of four teenage brothers learning to rely on themselves and one another as they unravel the mystery of their existence and grow to become the heroes in a half-shell that they are destined to be. The premiere episode was executive produced by Ciro Nieli, Joshua Sternin & Jeff Ventimilia and Peter Hastings.

Considered one of the most popular kids' television programs of the 1980s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a classic, global property created in 1984 by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. It first debuted as a successful comic book series and then became a hit animated TV show, a live-action television series and later spawned four blockbuster theatrical releases. The property also has translated into a significant consumer products business - with DVDs, video games, toys and more--that has generated billions of dollars at retail.


  • Tony

    really nickelodeon?? this is a new low.

  • Jeff (Canada)

    More like a new high. This will be a ratings hit.

  • Ivan

    Jeff speaks the truth. The show hasn’t even premiered yet and already Nick has costume characters, a ride at the Mall of America, merchandising deals, and of course the new toy line, which is already showing up in stores.
    TMNT is definitely going to give Nickelodeon a much needed boost, particularly with boys 6-11.

  • Jon23812

    I wish they would stick with 2D animation, or at least make the 3D animation look like it’s not cheap.

  • Mike

    those 3d look horibble

  • tony

    i was kinda hoping it was gunna premiere on on september 8th instead of the 29th

  • Nathan (NR2012)

    I read in a article that Nickelodeon has a lot of stuff planned for this fall, (spongebob specials, movies, new icarly episodes, victorious/episodes/specials and they’re going to air over 100 new episodes (I think) of their animation programs! This will surely help nickelodeon “bump” disney out of the K6-11 demo, and continue their winning streak in K2-11, AND total viewers. :)

  • Tony

    I just think the 3d looks terrible like Jon and Mike. but I do think this could be good in the ratings similar to Legend of Korra. but I wish Nick would go back to nicktoons. Come out with new nicktoon shows!!

  • Jamey

    Nickelodeon feels like the rerun network more than Disney does. Hopefully their plans to put more originals will help them.

    I really wish Nick would reboot their classic Klasky Csupo cartoons like Doug, Rugrats, Rocket Power, and others.

  • disney rocks

    @Nathan, can you share the link of the article?

  • disney rocks

    This fall on Nick I know-

    -iCarly will air its final 9 episodes

  • Neil

    Kevin Michael Richardson will never go without a job.

  • Nathan (NR2012)

    @Disneyrocks Actually, @Danwarp, iCarly/Victorious creator tweeted to a fan that iCarly will air new episodes throughout the fall/winter, implying that iCarly may stick around with us throughout 2013 (Winter 2013) And I also didn’t save the article, sorry. But maybe Nickelodeon is doing what Disney did with the Wizards finale.

  • Nathan (NR2012)

    But hey, Nickelodeon may just stick with the original plan to air the finale in November. :P

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