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Nickelodeon to launch series 'Mighty B'; 'SpongeBob' to return

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MUMBAI: Nickelodeon US has signed on a new animated series titled Mighty B, for which Saturday Night Live's Amy Poehler will lend her voice and be involved in its production.

Roped in for 20 episodes Mighty B will premiere in 2008. "Bessie represents the ever-optimistic spaz, who believes she can grow up to be a rock star, actress, politician and brain surgeon all at the same time," said Poehler. "And as a person who knows absolutely nothing about animation, I am thrilled to be in such great hands over at Nickelodeon. I can't wait to find out how they make those cool little people move around."

The channel has also given the go ahead for the sixth season of SpongeBob SquarePants, for which 13 episodes will be produced. This will thrust the show beyond its 100th episode.

Strengthening the programming for the next year, Nickelodeon has also ordered for new episodes of El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera and Tak and the Power of Juju, which are slated to premiere in March and September 2007 respectively, states an official release.

On making the announcements Nickelodeon Television executive vice president and general manager Tom Ascheim said, "It comes from the incredible comedic minds of Amy Poehler, Cynthia True and Erik Wiese, and is a fresh, creator-driven series about a hilarious character Amy created that we think kids are going to really love and connect with. And we are equally thrilled to be making another season of SpongeBob SquarePants -- a series we hope to never stop making -- as well as adding additional episodes of our upcoming series El Tigre and Tak."

Mighty B, SpongeBob SquarePants, El Tigre and Tak and the Power of Juju are Nicktoons Productions and are produced at the Nicktoons Studios.

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