Nickelodeon has unveiled its biggest content pipeline ever, with new series and content planned in every genre including more than 100 hours of new preschool content alone.
The network will premiere more than 100 episodes of new educational preschool series in the 2014-2015 season. Joining the just-launched “Wallykazam!” and the upcoming “Dora and Friends: Into the City!” and “Blaze and the Monster Machines,” Nickelodeon has greenlit two additional series–“Shimmer & Shine,” an animated show starring twin genies-in-training and “Fresh Beat Band of Spies,” an animated version of the live-action series “The Fresh Beat Band.”
"This season, we are introducing Nickelodeon's biggest pipeline of content for every demo and in every genre," said Cyma Zarghami, president, Nickelodeon Group. "Our preschool slate reinforces Nickelodeon's standing as the best place for shows that are both smart and fun, powered by great stories, relatable characters and a meaningful curriculum that has been our hallmark."
The network has also greenlit three new live-action series for its comedy slate, all of which will begin production this summer and premiere later in the year:
- “Henry Danger” follows 13-year-old Henry who lands a part-time job as Kid Danger, a sidekick-in-training to super crime fighter Captain Man;
- “Bella and the Bullfrogs” follows a perky head cheerleader named Bella whose life in Texas takes an unexpected twist when she becomes the new quarterback for her school team, the Bullfrogs; and
- “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn” is the story of a 10-year-old girl Dawn Haley whose sibling rivalry with her three brothers is heightened by the fact that they are quadruplets.
"Each of these projects brings fresh humor and relevancy to our kid audience, and each has a unique voice and point of view that is exciting," says Russell Hicks, president of content development and production, Nickelodeon. "Our greatest hits have always been creator-driven kid stories told with humor and heart."
Finally, Nickelodeon also announced that it will launch the “Nick Jr.” app, a branded platform for preschoolers, this spring. The follow up to the “Nick” app will be populated by characters from the network’s preschool shows including “Dora the Explorer,” “Bubble Guppies” and “PAW Patrol.”
The app will be available free for iPad devices this spring and will roll out on additional platforms in the following months.
"Like the ‘Nick’ app, our ‘Nick Jr.’ app creates an entirely new platform for our preschool content and is literally designed to put characters like Dora and Peter Rabbit at preschoolers' fingertips," says Cyma Zarghami, president, Nickelodeon Group. "The ‘Nick Jr.’ app offers a broader content experience unlike anywhere else, along with deep interactivity and educational elements to keep preschoolers engaged and learning."