Nickelodeon Greenlights Second Season of Nick At Nite’s Original Series, Glenn Martin, DDS
Top-Ranked Series from Michael Eisner’s Tornante Animation Renewed for 20 Episodes
NEW YORK, Oct. 6 — Nickelodeon has ordered a second season of 20 episodes of stop-motion animated series Glenn Martin, DDS, the first television series from Michael Eisner’s Tornante Animation, it was announced today by Marjorie Cohn, Executive Vice President, Development and Original Programming of Nickelodeon. The comedy series chronicles the offbeat adventures of the Martin family as they criss-cross America in their tricked-out RV, encountering an array of bizarre situations and colorful locals. Ranked as the number-one program on Nick at Nite last quarter, the show features an all-star voice cast that includes Kevin Nealon (Weeds, Anger Management) as Glenn Martin, Catherine O’Hara (For Your Consideration, Chicken Little) as Jackie Martin and Judy Greer (27 Dresses, Arrested Development) as Wendy Park.
“Glenn Martin, DDS is an irreverent twist on the classic family sitcom, told in the style of Nickelodeon with a kids’ point of view at the center,” said Cohn. “We are excited to continue our partnership with Michael Eisner’s Tornante Animation and to bring even more Martin family adventures to our audience.”
“Glenn Martin, DDS has clearly resonated with families in its first couple of months,” added Michael Eisner, The Tornante Company. “The series is a great fit for Nick at Nite’s new evening programming, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.”
Glenn Martin, DDS ranks as Nick at Nite’s number-one program among persons 2+ with 2.1 million total viewers each week, in third quarter 2009. In its first week, Glenn Martin, DDS reached a total of 11.3 million viewers and averaged 2.6 million (P2+) viewers per telecast (Monday-Thursday, Aug. 17-20, 8 p.m.-8:30 p.m. [all times ET/PT]), according to Nielsen. The series also ranked as ad-supported cable’s number-one co-viewed entertainment series in prime time for the week with 40% of Adults 18-49 watching with at least one kid per household. Forty percent of Adults 18-49 watched with at least one kid 2-11 per household. (source: NPower 8/17/09-8/20/09)
In addition to the series’ regulars, who include Peter Oldring (Total Drama Island) as 13-year-old Conor Martin and Jackie Clarke (Starveillance) as 11-year-old Courtney Martin, season one has featured celebrity appearances, including Wendie Malick and Betty White, and will soon feature Bret Michaels, Chrissie Hynde, Gene Simmons, Sean Hayes, Jim Parsons, Estelle Harris and Don Johnson, among others, voicing some of the characters the Martins encounter through their travels. Eric Fogel (MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch) is an executive producer overseeing animation and Sivert Glarum and Michael Jamin (King of the Hill, Just Shoot Me) serve as executive producers and show runners.
Recently, Nick At Nite added hit series Everybody Hates Chris and Malcolm in the Middle, strengthening its slate of popular hit family comedies including the Emmy Award-winning series George Lopez, Home Improvement, The Nanny and Roseanne.
Glenn Martin, DDS was developed for Nick at Nite by Michael Eisner, who co-created the series along with Alex Berger and Eric Fogel. The show is being produced by Steven Cohen and Noel Bright for Tornante Animation, a division of The Tornante Company LLC.
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About The Tornante Company
Founded in 2005 by Michael Eisner, The Tornante Company is a privately held company that invests in and incubates companies in the media and entertainment space. Tornante’s companies and investments include Tornante Animation, The Topps Company, Inc., and Vuguru. In the summer of 2008, Tornante Animation was launched to produce animation for television and multi-media platforms.