Nickelodeon Greenlights Animated 'Bad Seeds' & 'Pig Goat Banana Cricket' + Four Live Action Series

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September 26th, 2013

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via press release:

NICKELODEON CONTINUES TO EXPAND ITS ORIGINAL CONTENT PIPELINE FOR KIDS AND INTRODUCES NEW CREATIVE TALENT

26 Episodes Ordered of Animated Series Bad Seeds and Pig Goat Banana Cricket for Production at Nickelodeon Animation Studio

Network Also Greenlights Four New Live-Action Pilots, Two Digital Series and Signs Three Young Actors to Talent Deals

LOS ANGELES – (September 26, 2013) – Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids, announced today that is has ordered 26 episodes of two new animated series, Bad Seeds and Pig Goat Banana Cricket, to be produced at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Burbank, Calif. The announcement was made by Russell Hicks, President, Content Development and Production, Nickelodeon.

Additionally, Hicks announced an order for four live-action pilots, Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Don (working title), Twang (working title), Smart Alec (working title) and Untitled Cheerleader Project, and has greenlit two digital series, Welcome to the Wayne and Junior Eye, for the Emmy Award-winning Nick App, which has more than four million installs to date. The network also signed three new young actors (Noah Urrea, Jace Norman and Haley Tju) to talent deals from its recent talent showcase at The Groundlings Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif.

The announcements come as Nickelodeon continues its recent ratings momentum. Nickelodeon is currently pacing to finish the third quarter 13% above last year, representing its best growth performance for a quarter in 16 years (since 2Q, 1997).

“All these projects represent fresh, new creative voices from diverse backgrounds who want to make great, funny content for kids,” Hicks said. “We are very excited about adding two new original animated series to our upcoming slate, and we have very high hopes for these live-action pilots and the new talent we are bringing on board.”

Details of Nickelodeon’s new animation, live-action and digital series are:

NEW ANIMATED SERIES

Bad Seeds (26 episodes)
Harvey, a sweet and well-meaning bird, makes two new best friends, Fee and Foo, the wildest kids in the forest.  Although their friendship seems unlikely, their connection only grows as they push each other out of their comfort zones and into endless adventures. Created, written and directed by C.H. Greenblatt (SpongeBob SquarePants, Chowder).

Pig Goat Banana Cricket (26 episodes)
This show features a series of absurd interwoven stories about four friends and roommates, Pig (the fool), Goat (the artist), Banana (the wise-guy) and Cricket (the brain).  Created by Dave Cooper and J. Ryan and executive produced by David Sacks (The Simpsons, Regular Show) who co-writes with J. Ryan.  Dave Cooper also art directs the series and the pilot was directed by independent animator Nick Cross.

LIVE-ACTION PILOTS

Twang (Working Title)
A comedy series about a family that relocates from Hollywood, Calif to run a diner in Tennessee.  Created and executive produced by Andy Gordon (True Jackson, VP, Just Shoot Me, Kirstie).

Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Don (Working Title)
This series follows the madcap adventures of the thirteen year-old Haley quadruplets -- Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Don.  Created and executive produced by Matt Fleckenstein (iCarly, Victorious, Drake & Josh).

Smart Alec (Working Title)
A comedic look at the world of kid geniuses.  Written by Adam Schwartz (Fred: The Show, So Random, Sonny with a Chance) and executive produced by Tommy Lynch (South of Nowhere, The Troop).

Untitled Cheerleader Project
A comedy about a perky head cheerleader named Bella whose life in Texas takes an unexpected twist.  Written by Gabriel Garza and Jonathan Butler (The Haunted Hathaways, Fan Boy & Chum Chum), who were discovered through Nickelodeon’s Diversity Fellowship program.

 
  • Lyla

    Goodbye Nickeloden.

  • Mike

    What happened to the gibby pilot

  • NickelodeonL

    YAY! Twang and Bad Seeds and Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Don is amazing!

  • Phil

    @Mike: Gibby pilot was turned down, in favor of Sam and Cat

  • JSunkist

    Pig Goat Banana Cricket… that’s random

  • Mark

    I see all of those live action shows being cancelled. The only way they won’t be is if they feature attracted girls.

  • anonymous

    @Mark, attactive girls or not, we know how Nick has done their shows lately. They WILL be cancelled after a season or two, you can bet on that.

  • anonymous

    I miss the good old days of Nickelodeon.
    [www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8S839Qnf0Q]

  • Twist Of Fate

    Bad Seeds is the only interesting thing on this list. Looking at the creators resume (-pre movie SpongeBob, Chowder, Billy and Mandy) I see this doing very well for Nick. PigGoatBannanaCricket could do okay…if the name wasn’t such a turnoff

  • anonymous

    “The announcements come as Nickelodeon continues its recent ratings momentum. Nickelodeon is representing its best growth performance for a quarter in 16 years (since 2Q, 1997).”
    LOL! Nickelodeon’s ratings are at an all time low! The ridiculous fake info and business success lies. I wonder if Bill O’Reilly is working for Nick as well!

  • Random Commenter

    Before you go giving up on Nickelodeon (I have considered it), Look at who is behind these shows. There are some pretty good writers, so I’m going to look with one eye open for now. I’m just hoping for the beat because at this point, Nick is in the dumps.

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