Nickelodeon greenlights 125 episodes of preschool series

MUMBAI: US kids broadcaster Nickelodeon has ordered 125 new episodes of preschool series.

The network, which is home to four of the top five preschool shows on all TV including top-ranked Bubble Guppies, has ordered new seasons of Yo Gabba Gabba!, Max And Ruby and Olivia. 
Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group president, animation Brown Johnson said, "Over the years, our preschool shows have introduced a wide range of educational concepts, from Spanish and Mandarin language and culture to mathematics and music. All have found that magic mix of educating and entertaining our audience, and we‘re excited to continue creating content with great storytelling, that delivers on our commitment to give kids and parents what they really want."

Nickelodeon, in conjunction with media content company Chorion (Olivia, Max & Ruby) and publisher Frederick Warne & Co. (owners of the Beatrix Potter? property), is in production on 26 episodes of the brand-new animated preschool series, The Tales of Peter Rabbit. Slated to air in 2012 on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr., the series will feature many of the beloved and iconic Beatrix Potter characters, including Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny.

Nickelodeon‘s new preschool episodes rolling out across 2011-12 include Bubble Guppies. It is currently in its first season and picked up for 20 new episodes.

The musical comedy is set in a 3D underwater environment. It follows a group of diverse preschoolers with colorful fish tails who go on adventures discovering their world. Bubble Guppies is set to a soundtrack of catchy pop songs, and the series infuses the core elements of kindergarten readiness, including: math, literacy, the arts, science and socio-emotional development.

Team Umizoomi, picked up for 20 new episodes, is currently in its second season. The show features a tiny team of superheroes who use their mighty math powers to help little kids solve big problems. The series combines action-adventure missions with an interactive math curriculum designed to help kids develop self-confidence in their math abilities and appreciate the many ways in which math shapes their world.

The Fresh Beat Band, picked up for 13 new episodes, is currently in its second season. The Fresh Beat Band centers on four best friends - Kiki, Marina, Twist and Shout - in a band who attend music school together and love to sing and dance. Set to original pop songs, the half-hour series teaches preschoolers about music appreciation and how to express their feelings through movement, song and instrumental music. In each episode, preschoolers sing and dance along as they help The Fresh Beat Band solve everyday challenges.

Yo Gabba Gabba!, picked up for 13 new episodes, is currently in its third season. The critically acclaimed series infuses retro-style and beat-driven music to teach simple life lessons. The series and the live show stars DJ Lance Rock and a cast of colorful characters, including: Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Toodee and Plex. Yo Gabba Gabba! has broad appeal among preschoolers, parents, teens and adults and has featured some of the most popular names in movies, television, music and sports.

Max and Ruby, picked up for 26 new episodes, is currently in its fourth season on Nick Jr. and consistently ranks as one of the top preschool shows on TV. Each half-hour episode of Max & Ruby consists of three stories that celebrate the universal nature of sibling relationships. The series follows Max, an enthusiastic and determined preschool bunny, and his big sister Ruby, a very smart and goal-oriented seven-year-old, through their everyday lives in the village of East Bunnyhop.

Olivia, picked up for 13 new episodes, is currently its second season on Nick Jr. The half-hour series invites children into the life--both real and fantasy--of an adventurous, can-do 6 3/4-year-old girl named Olivia. Based on acclaimed author/illustrator Ian Falconer‘s award-winning titles, Olivia captures the book series‘ trademark humor and the irrepressible personality of its heroine. Olivia‘s confidence and positive nature inspires kids everywhere to think boldly and follow their dreams.

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