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Nickelodeon Unveils Plans 650 Hours Of New And Returning Programming

By | Wednesday March 14, 2012 @ 2:45pm PDT

The kids and family-focused cable channel laid out an aggressive plan of original and returning series, movies and more today as part of its advertiser update in New York. Highlights include a new music-themed series, Rags, debuting this spring; a revival of the 1990s game show Figure It Out that will air later this year; an animated series — The Legend Of Korra — based on the Avatar: The Last Airbender animated franchise that debuts April 14 as part of the channel’s Saturday morning kids block; 26 episodes of the new CG-animated series Raving Rabbids, based on the video game of the same name; and, as revealed first by Deadline earlier today, the pickup of the 26-episode comedy series Marvin, Marvin, starring Internet celebrity Lucas Cruikshank (his Fred shorts are popular among kids).

The network also confirmed that Nickelodeon is developing a new series about Rachel Crow, one of the stars from the first season of The X Factor

Also announced: Hollywood Heights (formerly known as Reach For The Stars), based on a Televisa telenovela format; a show in development for Brit Pop band One Direction, which gets to make some noise locally when it performs on Nick’s Kids Choice Awards on March 31; and two new animated series, Monsters & Aliens, based on the DreamWorks Animation feature, and Robot & Monster. Nickelodeon also announced new episodes of such hits as iCarly, Big Time Rush and The Fairly Odd Parents, among others. Here’s the release: Read More »

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‘X Factor’s Rachel Crow Signs Talent Deal With Nickelodeon To Star In Comedy Series

By | Wednesday February 22, 2012 @ 7:10am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fourteen year-old The X Factor finalist Rachel Crow, whose shocking elimination created one of the biggest controversies on the Fox series’ first season, has signed an overall talent deal with Nickelodeon. Under the pact, the network is developing a comedy series for Crow to star in, which will shoot a pilot. Additionally, she will recur on Nickelodeon’s upcoming short-form series Fred: The Show opposite star Lucas Cruikshank, playing Starr, an imaginative, confident but awkward teenager. “Rachel is an original,” said Nickelodeon’s EVP Paula Kaplan. “She’s funny, genuine and has raw talent and a passion for performing. On the music side, Columbia Records/Syco has exercised its option to sign her. “This girl has it,” X Factor and Syco’s Simon Cowell said. “We saw her potential at the first audition and Nickelodeon and Columbia are the right homes for her.”

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