Nickelodeon has announced plans to expand beloved franchises through spinoffs, theatrical film releases, and additional seasons, for “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “PAW Patrol,” “Blue’s Clues,” “Baby Shark,” and “The Loud House,” plus new titles such as “Monster High” and “Transformers.”
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“We didn’t stop doing everything we could these last two years to keep moving forward with this beloved brand and strong business and to make sure we were giving kids and families the very best stories and most relatable characters during such a hard period of uncertainty,” said Brian Robbins, Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon president & CEO and Paramount+ chief content officer, Movies and Kids & Family.
Nickelodeon’s far-reaching approach for the 2022-23 season includes animation, preschool, and live-action content across streaming, linear and digital platforms, at the box office, and through innovative location-based experiences like live tours and family festivals.
“As consumer behaviors and the family dynamic shifted, we went all-in on meeting kids on every platform they’re embracing, especially streaming on Paramount+, where our considerable library and originals like ‘Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years,’ ‘Star Trek: Prodigy,’ and ‘Big Nate’ drive significant audiences to the platform,” Robbins said. “At the same time, we’ve kept a strong focus on linear, where longstanding favorites like ‘Danger Force’ and new hits like ‘The Patrick Star Show’ have kept us owning the top shows and the overall kids 2-11 space for nine years and counting.”
Nickelodeon is expanding its popular franchises, including:
- “SpongeBob SquarePants” – The most-watched kids’ animated series for the last 20 consecutive years has been picked up for its 14th season (26 episodes). Nickelodeon is also adding more episodes of the first two spinoff series, “Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years” and “The Patrick Star Show,”which was recently picked up for a second season. In addition, three character-driven SpongeBob movies will launch exclusively on Paramount+, and a fourth theatrical release from Nickelodeon Animation is currently in development.
- “Blue’s Clues & You!” – Following the milestone 25th anniversary of the original series, a fifth season (26 episodes) of “Blue’s Clues & You!” will follow Josh (Josh Dela Cruz) and Blue as they skidoo into brand-new adventures, including visits from fan-favorite characters Rainbow Puppy, Periwinkle, and Magenta. Fans of the popular franchise can also look forward to “Blue’s Big City Adventure,” an original movie for Paramount+.
- “PAW Patrol” – The top-rated preschool series is renewed for a 10th season (26 episodes) that will follow Chase, Marshall, Rubble, Skye, Rocky, Zuma, Everest, and Tracker on new action-packed adventures. Coinciding with the property’s 10th anniversary in 2023 will be the series’ first-ever spinoff centering on Rubble and the release of the movie sequel “PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie.”
- “The Loud House” – The hit animated series “The Loud House” is renewed for a 7th season. Following the success of the 2021 live-action movie “A Loud House Christmas,” Nickelodeon Studios is set to begin production on a brand-new original live-action series (10 episodes) premiering later this year on Paramount+.
- “Big Nate” (Season 2, 10 episodes) – The debut of the Paramount+ original series last month was the service’s biggest original kids’ animation launch to date. Season two of the series adapted from the best-selling children’s books and comic strip will dive deeper into the backstories of Nate’s friends, introduce Nate’s grandparents, and more.
- “Baby Shark” – A feature-length “Baby Shark” movie is in development for Paramount+ plus Grammy Award-winning, multiplatinum superstar Cardi B and her family, Offset and Kulture, will lend their voices to a special episode of “Baby Shark’s Big Show!,” “The Seaweed Sway,” premiering April 15, 2022.
- “Transformers” – Set to premiere globally on Paramount+ in November, “Transformers: EarthSpark” is an all-new animated action-comedy series that introduces the first Transformers robots born on Earth. The blockbuster franchise will continue to expand next with Paramount Pictures’ “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” next summer and an untitled animated Transformers film debuting July 19, 2024.
- “Blaze and the Monster Machines” (Season 7, 26 episodes) – The all-new season for preschoolers features themed storylines, epic special missions, mighty mechanical rescues with Robot Riders, and high-flying adventures with Super Wheels.
- “Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island” (Season 3, 4 episodes) –The horror anthology miniseriesreturns for a third season with all-new members of the Midnight Society as they gather around the campfire to share spooky stories.
- “Middlemost Post” (Season 2, 13 episodes) – Season two will see Parker, Angus, and Russell set sail for their most turbulent adventures. As they deliver the mail to the unusual inhabits of Mount Middlemost, the friends will also enter Greenwood’s secret wrestling competition, discover one of Burt’s new talents, befriend a mysterious mountain recluse, and meet Lily’s family.
Nickelodeon’s 2022-23 original premium content includes:
- “Face’s Music Party” (Season 1, 13 episodes) – A brand-new interactive music variety show that combines animation and live-action and features a reimaged version of ‘90s Nick Jr. mascot, Face Face (voiced by Cedric Williams) as host and VJ, playing modern pop hits and revamped nursery school classics.
- “Bossy Bear” (Season 1, 30 episodes) – A brand new animated preschool series based on the popular Ugly Dolls children’s books. The series follows Bossy Bear (an “overly-enthusiastic extrovert”) and Turtle (a “thoughtful introvert”) who team up for adventures in their Koreatown-inspired city of Pleasantburg.
- “HexVet” (Season 1, 20 episodes) – The magical world of Willows Whisper comes to life in a new CG and 2D-hybrid adventure-comedy series based on the BOOM! Studios graphic novels featuring unlikely best friends Nan and Clarion, who are apprenticing to be magical veterinarians for fantastical creatures.
Nickelodeon is also expanding its real-world extensions to provide even more ways to connect with favorite franchises:
- Avatar: Braving the Elements (Season 2, 40 episodes) – Hosts Janet Varney (the voice of Korra) and Dante Basco (the voice of Prince Zuko) return for a second season of the official companion podcast for “Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra” (produced in partnership with iHeartRadio). Cast members, producers, and superfans will join the conversation to explore elements of the Avatarverse and reveal secrets behind the making of the show.
- Blue’s Clues & You! Live Tour – This fall, Blue, Josh, Magenta, Rainbow Puppy, and others will take center stage in a brand-new interactive live U.S. tour, “Blue’s Clues & You! Live on Stage.” Cities, dates, and exclusive pre-sale ticketing opportunities will be announced in July.
- NickFest– A two-day slime-filled festival in Los Angeles Oct. 22-23, 2022, will feature music performances by top stars and one-of-a-kind moments with beloved Nickelodeon characters.
- Nickelodeon music label – Nickelodeon is launching a new music label to build and develop musical talent for modern kids. Already announced is a new girl group, Good NEWZ Girls (in collaboration with Ty Ty & Jay Brown Productions), with additional projects to be revealed soon.
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