Nickelodeon has announced the new additions to its lineup at its upfront meetings in New York City.
MAKING FRIENDS is a new Flash series developed from Nickelodeon's TurboNick broadband platform. The series centers on two girls, Charlotte and Vendetta, who are two polar opposites. MAKING FIENDS was created by Amy Winfrey and is based on her popular MAKING FIENDS online films. The network has order six episodes to launch in 2008.
Nickelodeon also picked up new seasons of some if its most popular series, including SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (13), THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS (20) and DORA THE EXPLORER, which includes 14 new episodes and three hour-long television movies.
Nickelodeon Preschool will add to its lineup THE UMIZUMIZ, an interactive series set in a global urban city brought to life in a fusion of animation, photography, origami patterns and preschool punk music; and BUBBLE GUPPIES, an interactive, animated variety show for preschoolers set in a 3D, CGI-animated underwater classroom.
"Our goal is always to give preschoolers, kids and tweens the very best programming in television, and to combine fresh new creative ideas with enduring hits that kids love," said Tom Ascheim, evp/gm of Nickelodeon Television. "SPONGEBOB is #1 with kids and DORA is tops with preschoolers, so we're going to give them more, as well as new episodes of their favorite live-action and animated shows. And we are very excited about the new shows that will be joining the lineup this year."
The 2007-08 animation slate will also feature previously announced series MIGHTY B, TAK AND THE POWER OF JUJU, BACK TO THE BARNYARD and the newly launched EL TIGRE: THE ADVENTURES OF MANNY RIVERA.