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[03/13/08 - 10:19 AM]
Nickelodeon Picks-Up Returning Animated Hits Including Seventh Seasons of Spongebob Squarepants and the Fairly Oddparents, Plus More Episodes of New Nicktoon Back at the Barnyard and the Preschool Favorite the Backyardigans
"Our key animated properties continue to be innovative and fresh and feature characters that our viewers have grown to love and really connect with," said the network's Brown Johnson.

[via press release from Nickelodeon]

Nickelodeon Picks-Up Returning Animated Hits Including Seventh Seasons of SpongeBob SquarePants and The Fairly OddParents, Plus More Episodes of New Nicktoon Back at the Barnyard and the Preschool Favorite The Backyardigans

NEW YORK, March 13 -- Nickelodeon, the number-one producer of television animation in the U.S., announced today that it has green-lit 86 all-new episodes of Nicktoon favorites, including the network's top three ranked animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents and Back at the Barnyard and the preschool favorite The Backyardigans. The announcements were made today by Brown Johnson, President, Animation, Nickelodeon & MTVN Kids and Family Group.

"Our key animated properties continue to be innovative and fresh and feature characters that our viewers have grown to love and really connect with," said Johnson. "We are thrilled to be making another season of SpongeBob SquarePants--a series we hope to make for a long time--as well The Fairly OddParents, and adding additional episodes of our newest hit series Back at the Barnyard and preschool gem The Backyardigans."

Picked up for an additional 26 episodes and currently in its sixth season, SpongeBob SquarePants has emerged as a pop-culture phenomenon and one of the most popular series in kids' television history. It has been the number-one animated program with Kids 2-11 for more than six consecutive years, and its Saturday morning airing ranks as the top-rated program on television among Kids 2-11. Adult viewers also continue to tune in and have increased by 85% since the premiere of the show in July 1999. The most widely distributed property in MTV Networks' history, SpongeBob SquarePants is syndicated in 171 markets in 25 languages and is among the top rated kids' shows, across broadcast and cable, in every major television market around the world. SpongeBob SquarePants is executive produced by creator Stephen Hillenburg.

The Fairly OddParents, picked up for an additional 20 episodes, has consistently grown among both kids and adults since its March 2001 launch. It is currently the number-three-ranked animated property on broadcast and cable television among Kids 2-11, only following Nickelodeon's own SpongeBob SquarePants and Back at the Barnyard. The series, currently in its sixth season, is also a solid hit among teens and adults, who make up 57% of its 44.8 million viewers each week. Most recently, a February The Fairly OddParents' special, "Fairly OddBaby", hit a ratings high with an average of 8.8 million total viewers as the year-to-date's number-one entertainment program on all broadcast and basic cable television in all kids' demos, ranking second only to Super Bowl programming among overall TV shows this year with kids and tweens.

Picked up for an additional 20 episodes, Nickelodeon's newest animated hit Back at the Barnyard currently ranks as the number-two animated series on television among Kids 2-11. Created by the Oscar(R)-nominated writer/director Steve Oedekerk (Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective), and based on the hit feature film, the series follows the adventures of a group of party animals who live colorful lives undetected by the humans living around them. Back at the Barnyard chronicles the animal shenanigans that take place in the barnyard when the farmer's back is turned and centers around a carefree party cow named Otis (voiced by Chris Hardwick, Singled Out), who has recently become the patriarch of the farm. The Backyardigans, Nick Jr.'s hit animated preschool series, was picked up for an additional 20 episodes and the series' fourth season. In The Backyardigans, five high-spirited neighbors--Pablo, Tyrone, Uniqua, Tasha and Austin--meet in their adjoining backyards and use their imaginations to transport themselves into different locations for epic adventures. In season four, The Backyardigans will repair futuristic robots, become dragon-riding delivery men, fairytale princess escape artists, Santa's action Elf crew and a flower power superhero on exciting new musical journeys. Preschoolers also will be introduced to a new slate of music genres, including Roller Disco, Strauss Waltzes, Wall of Sound, Stax-Volt, Rembetika and Ragtime. Each half- hour episode of the series features a unique music/dance genre with four original songs, along with real choreographed movements recreated in animation.

SpongeBob SquarePants and The Fairly OddParents are produced at the Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif. Back at the Barnyard is produced at the Omation Animation Studios in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. The Backyardigans is a co-production with Nick Jr. and Corus Entertainment's Nelvana.

Nickelodeon, in its 28th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. 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. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 96 million households and has been the number- one-rated basic cable network for more than 13 consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).

SOURCE Nickelodeon
http://www.nick.com





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[03/30/15 - 01:34 PM]
The Untold Story of the World's Most Famous Sex Symbol Is Revealed in Lifetime(R)'s Miniseries Event, "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe" Premiering May 30th and 31st
Kelli Garner stars in the title role of the four-hour event.

[03/30/15 - 01:29 PM]
ABC Family's "The Fosters" and "Chasing Life" Rise to Season Highs in Finales
ABC Family further spins the numbers for Monday, March 23.

[03/30/15 - 01:03 PM]
Venture to the Great Swamplands of the South with a New Season of "Buying the Bayou" on Destination America
The series returns with back-to-back episodes on Monday, April 13 at 9:00/8:00c.

[03/30/15 - 12:45 PM]
NBC Will Ease on Down the Road with Dec. 3 Live Production of "The Wiz" Featuring Production Partner Cirque du Soleil Theatrical
Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon will stage both the television production and Broadway revival of "The Wiz" in collaboration with Tony winner and Broadway icon Harvey Fierstein, who will contribute new material to the original Broadway book by William F. Brown.

[03/30/15 - 12:16 PM]
Animal Planet Goes Behind the Badge of Wildlife's Last Line of Defense with New Series "Lone Star Law"
Also on tap are new seasons of "North Woods Law" and "Rugged Justice."

[03/30/15 - 12:01 PM]
Oxygen Media Increases Original Programming by 25 Percent with Addition of Eight New Series
The newcomers include "Douglas Family Gold," "The Hustle," "Pretty. Strong.," "Player Gets Played," "Boss Nails" and the third installment of the popular franchise, "Preachers of Atlanta."

[03/30/15 - 12:00 PM]
National Geographic Channel's "Killing Jesus" Nabs 3.7 Million Viewers, Scoring Highest Total Viewership in Network History
National Geographic Channel spins the numbers for Sunday, March 29.

[03/30/15 - 11:55 AM]
Bravo Media Expands Diverse Slate with Addition of 10 New and 4 Returning Series Marking Over 40 High-Quality Original Series
New season orders are set for "Ladies of London" season two, "Don't Be Tardy... " season four, "Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles" season eight and "Manzo'd with Children" season two.

[03/30/15 - 11:46 AM]
"The Walking Dead" Season Five Finale Is Highest-Rated Finale in Series History, Delivering 15.8 Million Viewers and 10.4 Million Adults 18-49
AMC spins the numbers for Sunday, March 29.

[03/30/15 - 11:32 AM]
Esquire Network Unveils 2015 Upfront Lineup Bolstering Original Programming with Five New Series
"This new line-up will present even more of the compelling, dynamic content that is engaging our male audience, setting us up for further momentum," said Matt Hanna.

[03/30/15 - 11:27 AM]
truTV & Top Rank Partner to Exclusively Televise Live Friday Night Primetime Boxing Series
The new boxing series, in association with Turner Sports and HBO Sports, will launch on the eve of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view fight with a card featuring two title bouts inside The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

[03/30/15 - 11:27 AM]
Live + 7 Day Ratings: ABC's "Secrets and Lies" and "Fresh Off the Boat" Post Their Biggest Playback Gains Yet
ABC further spins the numbers for the week of March 9-15.

[03/30/15 - 11:07 AM]
New Discovery Channel Series "Sons of Winter" Answers Call of the Wild in the Ultimate Coming-of-Age Survival Tale
The series, from Gurney Productions, premieres Tuesday, April 28 at 10:00/9:00c.

[03/30/15 - 11:01 AM]
NBC's "American Odyssey" & Google Invite Viewers to Tour Key Cities and Uncover New Clues with "Explore American Odyssey" Companion Site
Beginning March 30, curious minds will be challenged to uncover the truth by immersing themselves in the online experience "Explore American Odyssey" at www.exploreamericanodyssey.com.

[03/30/15 - 11:01 AM]
ABC Family Picks Up "Shadowhunters," a Saga Series Based on the Beloved New York Times Bestselling Book Series The Mortal Instruments
The series follows 18-year-old Clary Fray, who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters - human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons.