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Nick Jr. Starts Production on Backyardigans Season Two

Nick Jr. has commenced production on the second season of THE BACKYARDIGANS, the hit series that takes preschoolers on epic adventures filled with original music. The network has ordered 20 new episodes of the half-hour CGI-animated preschool series. Season two of THE BACKYARDIGANS is slated to kick off in October 2006.

In its inaugural season on Nick Jr., the series ranked among the top 5 preschool shows on all of commercial TV. THE BACKYARDIGANS airs regularly weekdays on Nick Jr. at 10:30 am (ET/PT).

The creators of THE BACKYARDIGANS have spread their imaginative net to include musical genres like Kenyan Highlife, Tango and Jug Band Music. Combined with great storytelling and choreographed dance moves, THE BACKYARDIGANS inspires and enchants our preschool audience and their parents, said Brown Johnson, executive creative director, Nickelodeon Preschool Television. We are excited to be working with Janice Burgess and her creative team on an excellent new set of adventures which encourage preschoolers to stretch their imaginations.

In every episode of THE BACKYARDIGANS, five high-spirited neighbors meet in their adjoining backyards and use their imaginations to transform themselves into different locations for epic adventures. The Backyardigans are: Pablo, an energetic, enthusiastic and excitable penguin; Pablos best friend Tyrone, an easy-going, confident young moose; Uniqua, a one-of-a-kind character with an adventurous nature; Tasha, a deceptively sweet and girlish hippo; and Austin, a resourceful and shy kangaroo.

Each half-hour episode features a unique music/dance genre with four original songs, along with real choreographed movements recreated in animation. The animated dance steps are choreographed by Beth Bogush, a former director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Schools childrens program and performed by real dancers whose movements are then recreated in animation.

THE BACKYARDIGANS was created by Janice Burgess, who joined Nick Jr. in 1995 as a production exec for the award-winning series BLUES CLUES and LITTLE BILL. Burgess also serves as exec producer with Robert Scull. Jonny Belt is co-exec producer and supervising creative director. Scull and Belt also teamed up for LITTLE BILL and WHOOPIS LITTLEBURG, both on Nick Jr. THE BACKYARDIGANS original music is composed by accomplished musician Evan Lurie, one of the original members of the eclectic New York group The Lounge Lizards.

THE BACKYARDIGANS is a co-production with Nick Jr. and Corus Ent.s Nelvana.

Nelvana Ltd. is one of the worlds leading international producers and distributors of childrens programming and products. Nelvana is owned by Corus Ent., a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in both specialty TV and Radio. The companys other interests include music, television broadcasting and advertising services. Corus website can be found at www.corusentertainment.com.

Nickelodeon, in its 26th year, is the #1 entertainment brand for kids. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, magazines and feature films. Nickelodeons U.S. television network is seen in 89 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for more than ten consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.

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