March 13, 2014

Nickelodeon announces its 2014-15 season lineup

Nickelodeon announces its 2014-15 season lineup

nickelodeonA few days ago, we heard what’s coming out in 2014-15’s TV season from Cartoon Network. Now, it’s Nickelodeon’s turn, as Nick makes similar schedule news. I’ll just touch on the animation entries here, though three new live-action series have been ordered.

Animated programs

Bad Seeds

This program features the adventures of Harvey, a sweet, well-meaning bird, and his two friends, a pair of imps named Fee and Foo. The trio engage in various adventures in their forest. The show’s created by C.H. Greenblatt, the creator of Cartoon Network’s “Chowder.”

Pig Goat Banana Cricket

The misadventures of a quartet of roommates: Pig (a fool), Goat (an artist), Banana (a wise-guy), and Cricket (a brain).

The description for Pig and Goat’s names/personalities remind me of the comic strip “Pearls Before Swine,” where Pig’s a naive but kindly idiot, Goat is well educated and high-brow, and Rat is a cynical smart-aleck and, well, a rat. I’d assume we won’t see any crocodiles with bizarre unidentifiable accents, however…

Welcome to the Wayne

A six-episode series of shorts produced for Nickelodeon’s apps/website, this show features the adventures of a pair of boys and their crazy apartment building.

Online and mobile

Various animated shorts are also being created for Nickelodeon’s online and mobile app arms.

Returning series

  • SpongeBob SquarePants
  • The Fairly OddParents
  • Rabbids
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Breadwinners
  • Sanjay and Craig

Preschool programs

Dora and Friends: Into the City!

While “Dora the Explorer” continues to be a mainstay for Nickelodeon’s preschool lineup (and Nick Jr. sister channel—Nickelodeon proper dropped the “Nick Jr.” branding several years ago), she’s being aged-up into her pre-teen years in this spin-off. In this show, Dora’s hanging out with what looks to be mostly human friends, and living in/having adventures in a city, rather than a jungle.

Plans were announced as far back as 2009 to age-up Dora into a pre-teen, but I guess it didn’t get fully going until now. I wonder if kids who like kindergarten-age Dora will like her 10-year-old version, which from the description/picture seems slightly less whimsical/talking-animal filled. I wonder what happened to Swiper…

Blaze and the Monster Machines

The CGI animated adventures of an 8-year-old boy named AJ and his monster truck, Blaze. The series is designed to teach kids STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

Blaze looks like he might be a cousin of Speed Buggy (or Lightning McQueen from “Cars”).

Shimmer & Shine

The adventures of a pair of fraternal-twin genies and their attempts to grant wishes for their best human friend, Leah.

It sounds like a preschooler-friendly variation on Nick’s own “The Fairly OddParents,” though presumably Leah’s parent(s) will actually care about their offspring, unlike Timmy’s parents. The press release mentions that the genies will “unintentionally create chaos”… maybe they’re related to “OddParents”‘s Cosmo…

Fresh Beat Band of Spies

A spinoff of one of Nick’s live-action series (“The Fresh Beat Band”), this show sees its characters go on light-hearted spy adventures and solve mysteries. It’s set to debut in 2015.

Online and mobile

A Nick Jr. app will be released for iOS devices; no sign of when an Android version will be released besides “in the coming months.”

Other

A spinoff of Nick’s “Kids Choice Awards” will debut in July as a sports-centered “Kid’s Choice Sports Awards,” hosted by NFL star Michael Strahan.

Conclusion

I hope that the new shows will lessen Nick’s rather heavy reliance on SpongeBob. Whether any of these shows will succeed remains to be seen, though some of their newer shows (the current TMNT, “Sanjay”) seem to be doing well enough so far to get renewed.

Tags: animationDora the ExplorerMediaNick Jr.NickelodeonSpongeBob SquarePants