MUMBAI: Viacom kids' channel Nickelodeon
rolls out new live-action and animated series designed
for 2005-06 season in the US. The kid's channel is slated
to introduce 248 episodes of 18 returning hit Nick and
Nick Jr. series. The season will also showcase a programme
created by Whoopi Goldberg.
Totaling 124 hours of original programming, the line-up
includes 20 new episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants, 24
new episodes of preschool series Dora the Explorer as
well as new seasons of Nickelodeon's live action Zoey
101, Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, Unfabulous,
Drake & Josh and Romeo.
The new programmes, which Nickelodeon is adding to its
programming schedule will introduce Catscratch, in the
month of September.
Power Strikers, a live-action comedy executive produced
by Whoopi Goldberg about a girl's soccer team and The
X's to telecast from November is about a family spies
living in the suburbs, informs an official communiqué.
Meanwhile, Nick Jr. roster with three new play-to-learn
series; Go, Diego, Go! to air in October an animated
spin-off of the Dora the Explorer. The Wonder Pets,
Wubby Widegt and Walden will beam from 2006.
Launched in May 2002, Nicktoons targets kids and tweens
and beams as a commercial-free television network.
Meanwhile, come August, Nicktoons, which features animated
favorites from the past, will become ad-supported in
Nicktoons will also add three new series to its line-up
in 2006; Skyland, Shuriken School and Kappa Mikey.
Earlier this year an announcement was made from the
channel that it would cease advertising junk food products
on kids' television, one media buyer doesn't think Nickelodeon
will suffer much.