Nick is opening the door for more Air.
When Avatar: The Last Airbender returns to the network on Friday, September 25, kids will be able to get five times their previous dosage. Nickelodeon will beging airing the show weeknights at 6:30 p.m. instead of once a week, on Friday nights.
Avatar premiered in February of 2005 and became an instant hit. The show averaged almost 8 million viewwers an episode, putting it in the top 10 animated programs on TV and making it Nick's top-rated show on Friday nights.
Nickelodeon has also expanded the Avatar Web site to include more online games, deeper character bios, and more bonus material to keep fans satisfied and to appeal to new seekers of animated action. The network is also using the Avatar revamp to beef up the content of its ...Read more
The Cartoon Network showed off its upcoming offerings for the rest of 2006 to advertisers this morning at the network's annual kids upfront breakfast. The cable net announced plans to air its first original film combining live action and animation, and that it will bring back hit Ben 10, and will premiere Class of 3000, a series created by Andre 3000 of Outkast.
In the original movie Re-Animated, the first Cartoon Network movie to combine live action and animation, a 12-year-old boy needs surgery to receive a new brain. This may sound like a parent's dream come true, but there is a catch: The only brain available is the frozen one of a famous animator. Upon waking up from surgery, Jimmy discovers he can see animated characters that no one else can.
In Class of 3000, Outkast singer ...Read more
Modern love got him to the church on time, but fatherly love gets him to the recording booth.
David Bowie has announced he has voiced a character who will appear on the hit animated kids' show SpongeBob SquarePants next year. The 59-year-old music legend plays the role of Lord Royal Highness for the Nickelodeon series.
Today Bowie blogged that, "I've hit the Holy Grail of animation gigs. Yesterday I got to be a character on...tan-tara...SpongeBob SquarePants. Oh Yeah!!"
Bowie has said before that his six-year-old daughter, Alexandria, is a huge fan of SpongeBob.
"We, the family, are thrilled," he wrote on his Web site. "Nothing else need happen this year, well, this week anyway."
Bowie has starred in a number of interesting films and TV projects. In 1986, he played Jareth the Goblin King in the puppet-filled movie Labyrinth, and in 1996's Basquiat he played the ...Read more
Since March 2006, a contest has been waged in the TV.com forums to decide the best episodes of each season of SpongeBob SquarePants. It started with a list of every episode from the first season. Forum members posted their least favorite episode from the list. Elimination voting continued until there was only one episode left on the list.
Nickelodeon hit SpongeBob SquarePants absorbed its biggest audience ever in a special prime-time episode that aired Monday.
The Lost in Time special drew 8.6 million total viewers and 5.2 million kids ages 2-11, making it the biggest audience of the year to date among children, behind the Super Bowl. The episode was also the highest-rated program on Nickelodeon in about five years.
Another Nick series notched a personal best Monday morning, with preschool series Go, Diego, Go! reaching 1.4 million viewers among kids ages 2-5 and 3 million viewers total.
SpongeBob SquarePants is taking a hint from PBS and getting into the granola game. This June PBS Kids launched its "Happy Healthy Summer" initiative, a campaign that urges children to exercise more and eat healthier foods by offering suggestions through popular kids' TV shows. Blue Sesame Street monster Grover has been making cameo appearances on PBS Kids programs to deliver health messages, and pbskids.org is offering advice to parents on how to keep their kids active and healthy.
Nickelodeon, home to SpongeBob, has been making an effort with its "Let's Just Play" campaign, which encourages kids to get off the couch and live a little. The network is now making licensing deals with produce companies, and its characters will soon endorse fruits and ...Read more
Unveiling marketing research about children aged 6-14, the Nickelodeon cable network suggested Tuesday that advertisers focus more of their marketing efforts on the people kids perceive as the influencers in such categories as music, sports, movies, fashion, video games, and the Internet.
The research, presented to Nickelodeon advertisers and promotional partners at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, also indicated that the kids population is more ethnically diverse than that of the overall US population; that kids today are watching more television and consuming more media overall; that 28 percent of kids own their own cell phones; and that mobile phones, laptop computers, and video game consoles rank at the top of kids' technology wish lists.
Nickelodeon senior vp consumer insights Marsha Williams presented data from the cable network's 2005 US multicultural kids study that indicated that 44 percent ...Read more
SpongeBob SquarePants is one of the highest-rated children's cartoon shows of the era and of all time. It follows a naive and eternally optimistic sea-sponge named SpongeBob SquarePants and his endeavors in the underwater town of Bikini Bottom. Many supporting and equally popular characters tag along with SpongeBob, including a starfish, a squid, a crab, and even a squirrel who lives underwater. The show first aired on May 1st, 1999, and quickly took off with children. The series won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program and Outstanding Sound Editing - Animation. The show is just as popular now as it ever was! Cast of Characters SpongeBob SquarePants - SpongeBob is the main character of the series and, as stated before, is somewhat dim-witted, sometimes to the point of driving his brighter friends up the wall. Despite this shortcoming, SpongeBob is a selfless creature. SpongeBob is a well-known fry cook at the Krusty Krab, Bikini Bottom's premier daytime eatery, and for good reason. No one denies that SpongeBob makes a delicious Krabby Patty, the burger of choice at the restaurant. SpongeBob lives in his pineapple home with his pet snail Gary. Patrick Star - Patrick is SpongeBob's best friend and is not the brightest fish in the sea - he lives under a rock, after all. Usually, SpongeBob and Patrick come up with a clueless idea that they think will be fun, but they usually end up in a lot of trouble for it. Because of his personality and dim-witted antics, Patrick is one of the most popular characters in the series. Squidward Tentacles - Squidward is a snobbish squid who lives in a moai between the houses of the two people he hates the most - SpongeBob and Patrick. He is constantly unhappy, mainly because of their antics. They have somehow been misinformed that Squidward is their friend, so Squidward is always badgered by them both. Squidward also dislikes his job at the Krusty Krab with SpongeBob. The only things that keep Squidward going are his tiki-shaped home and playing his clarinet. Sandy Cheeks - Sandy is a cowgirl from Texas. She is quite powerful and agile, so make sure you don't set her off! She is a very nice person though, and isn't all muscle. In fact, her love of science is what allows her to live underwater. She lives in a tree growing inside a large dome that keeps air in. If she leaves her air bubble, she'll wear a suit that lets her breathe. Mr. Eugene H. Krabs - Mr. Krabs is the owner of the Krusty Krab and is notable for his large cheapskate side. Mr. Krabs is completely in love with his money and lets nothing stand between him and it. He also has a daughter, Pearl the whale, though it is never explained how Pearl is a whale and Mr. Krabs is a crab. Gary the Snail - Gary is SpongeBob's pet snail and is the equivalent of an underwater cat. Although most of his sounds are cat-like mews, SpongeBob can understand exactly what Gary is saying, and Gary understands SpongeBob as well, probably better than SpongeBob understands himself. Sheldon J. Plankton - Plankton is Mr. Krab's arch rival and the not-so-proud owner of the Chum Bucket, the restaurant across the street from the Krusty Krab. Plankton has tried to steal the Krabby Patty secret formula from his rival Mr. Krabs on numerous occasions but has never succeeded. His wife Karen is a computer he built himself. Larry the Lobster - Larry is a macho lifeguard at the Bikini Bottom beach, Goo-Lagoon. He is constantly working out and is often the voice of reason when Spongebob tries something particularly dim-witted at the beach. Mrs. Poppy Puff - Mrs. Puff is the local driving school teacher in Bikini Bottom. She is a good teacher, but just cannot pass one student: SpongeBob SquarePants. SpongeBob has failed her class many times and has gotten on Mrs. Puff's nerves so much that she now has a severe hatred for him and has actually been driven slightly insane by him. Squilliam Fancyson - Squilliam is Squidward's rich and snobbish rival. He boasts about his money and is everything Squidward wants to be. He and Squidward's neighbors are the main reasons for Squidward's bitterness. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy - These two are a retired duo of superheroes that have their own television show. Mermaid Man is portrayed as a senile character, and Barnacle Boy, who is 68 years old, is constantly annoyed by him. Man Ray and the Dirty Bubble - These are a pair of dastardly villains in Bikini Bottom. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy are too old to fight them alone and usually need the help of SpongeBob and his friends to get the job done. The Dirty Bubble is literally a bubble and can be popped by pointy objects. Man Ray wears a mask and has no real face behind it. He has been known to have a bit of a soft side. The Flying Dutchman - The Flying Dutchman lives in his flying pirate ship and haunts Bikini Bottom. His hobby and main reason for existing is simply to scare the citizens of Bikini Bottom. Theme Song Captain: Are ya ready kids? Kids: Aye, aye, captain! Captain: I can't hear you! Kids: AYE, AYE, CAPTAIN! Captain: Ohhh..... who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Kids: SpongeBob SquarePants! Captain: Absorbent and yellow and porous is he! Kids: SpongeBob SquarePants! Captain: If nautical nonsense be something you wish,Kids: SpongeBob SquarePants! Captain: Then drop on the deck, and flop like a fish! Kids: SpongeBob SquarePants! Captain: Ready? Everyone: SpongeBob SquarePants! SpongeBob SquarePants! SpongeBob SquarePants! Captain: SpongeBob... SquarePants!moreless