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Scott Baio to Star in Nick at Nite's First Sitcom

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 24th 2011 6:05PM
Scott Baio, Daddy's Home'Charles in Charge' star Scott Baio will star in Nick at Nite's first original live-action comedy pilot, 'Daddy's Home.'

"It's nice to be back home in an arena where I'm completely comfortable and with a show idea that I love," Baio said in a statement.

The multi-camera comedy stars Baio as David Hobbs, an actor who played America's favorite TV dad for 10 years. The character becomes a stay-at-home father as part of a deal he made with his soap opera actress wife so that she can reclaim the spotlight.

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Is Watching 'SpongeBob' Bad for Young Kids?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 12th 2011 6:45AM
SpongeBob SquarePantsMost parents who allow their young children to watch TV spend a lot of time fretting over issues such as which shows are age-appropriate, which ones are educational or improving, and which ones could be harmful.

The latest kids' show to be called into question is Nickelodeon's long-running cartoon series, 'SpongeBob SquarePants.' According to The Wrap, a study due to be published online Monday by the journal 'Pediatrics' found that watching just nine minutes of 'SpongeBob' had a negative effect on four-year-olds' attention spans.

Nickelodeon questioned the validity of the findings, criticizing the small size of the control group and pointing to the fact that 'SpongeBob' is targeted at children aged six to eleven, not four.

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Rejoice! 'Rocko's Modern Life' & 'Hey Arnold' Join TeenNick's Nostalgia Programming

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 24th 2011 1:50PM
Rocko's Modern LifeThe wallaby is back! Well, sort of. 'Hey Arnold!' and 'Rocko's Modern Life' have been added to TeenNick's The '90s Are All That programming block.

'Hey Arnold!' and 'Rocko's Modern Life' join the schedule starting Sept. 5 with back-to-back episodes from 12-1AM.

The shows join the regular line-up on Sept. 6 at 1AM and 1:30AM, replacing 'Clarissa Explains It All' and 'Doug' on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

You can also catch replays of these classic adventures of the yellow-haired city-dweller and the wallaby in a party shirt and his dog Spunky at 2-4AM.

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Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of 'Doug' With the Best Tribute Videos on the Web

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 11th 2011 9:30AM
DougWhile you're feeling old as you realize today is the 20th anniversary of the premiere of 'Doug' -- it's OK, we've all been there -- take a walk down memory lane with us.

'Doug' debuted alongside 'Rugrats' and 'Ren & Stimpy' as part of Nickelodeon's NickToons block. Created by Jim Jinkins, the series followed 11-year-old Doug Funnie over seven seasons, two networks and 117 episodes. Set in the fictional town of Bluffington, Doug pals around with his best friend Skeeter, avoids bully Roger and tries to woo Patti Mayonnaise.

After being canceled in 1994, the series moved to Disney and aired on ABC as part of Disney's One Saturday Morning schedule.

The title character was voiced by TV veteran Billy West until 1994. West is known for his work as Fry on 'Futurama' as well as providing the voices of both Ren and Stimpy in the original cartoon. Thomas McHugh took over the role when the show moved to ABC. Besides giving the world Quailman, the fictional band The Beets and their hit song "Killer Tofu," the series is perhaps best-known for its infectious theme song.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of 'Doug' premiering on Nick, check out the best tribute videos found around the web.

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'Rugrats' 20th Anniversary: Where Are They Now?

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 11th 2011 9:15AM
Here's something to make the millennials in the crowd feel positively ancient: Today marks the 20th anniversary of the day 'Rugrats' first premiered on Nickelodeon.



Don't pretend you don't remember the misadventures of Tommy, Chuckie, Phil and Lil, and Angelica -- 'Rugrats' ran for 14 years (the longest-lived Nicktoon to date, premiering alongside 'Doug' and 'Ren and Stimpy'), spawned three movies, countless video games, an 'All Grown Up' spin-off, and remains the only Nickelodeon show to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In a 1995 TV Guide interview, Steven Spielberg described the show as "sort of a TV 'Peanuts' of our time," and IGN ranked it #92 in their list of Top 100 Animated Series. Not bad for a bunch of babies who can't even talk, right?

We at AOL TV are big fans of Where Are They Now? retrospectives, and we didn't want to let a little thing like fictional characters stop us from imagining where our favorite small-screen toddlers might have ended up twenty years down the line. Join us after the jump for our take on what the gang might be doing now that they really are all grown up.

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Happy Happy Joy Joy! 'Ren & Stimpy' is 20

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 11th 2011 9:00AM
Ren & StimpyThis might make you feel supremely ancient, but Aug. 11, 2011 marks the 20th -- yes, as in two decades -- anniversary of the debut of 'The Ren & Stimpy Show' on Nickelodeon. The beloved animated series followed the tense friendship between chihuahua Ren Hoek and Stimpson J. Cat.

It's hard to believe that the gross, black humor of 'Ren & Stimpy' was able to pass as a children's cartoon, alongside the other first Nicktoons, 'Rugrats' and 'Doug,' but five years on Nickelodeon doesn't lie.

Without 'Ren & Stimpy,' we wouldn't have 'Beavis and Butt-head' or 'South Park,' nor would the 'Log' song get stuck in our heads for days at a time.

Frequently straddling the line between disgusting and fun -- well, actually, make that crossing the line -- there are plenty memorable moments from the series, which was revived on Spike in 2003 to poor reviews and we're just going to pretend that didn't happen. Below, AOL TV relives some of the grossest scenes -- and a couple of just plain fun ones too.

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Michelle Obama Books 'iCarly' Guest Role

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 8th 2011 11:40AM
Michelle ObamaFirst Lady Michelle Obama will appear on Nickelodeon's hit tween series 'iCarly.'

According to the Associated Press, Obama will promote Joining Forces, the initiative focused on increasing awareness and support for military families.

In the episode, Carly (Miranda Cosgrove) and her friends break some rules to set up a web chat so Carly can speak with her father -- who is serving overseas -- on his birthday.

After the rule-breaking, "the first lady discovers it and comes to have a chat with them in the most positive way possible," Nickelodeon president Cyma Zarghami told AP.

The episode was written specifically for Obama and the Joining Forces program and will likely air in January. Zarghami said the Obama children are fans of the 'iCarly.'

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Johnny Depp Thanks, Then Slimes, the Crowd for his 'Kid's Choice' Win (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 4th 2011 4:08AM
Johnny Depp, 'Nickelodeon's 2011 Kid's Choice Awards'One thing's for certain if you attend 'Nickelodeon's Kid's Choice Awards' (Sat., 8PM ET on Nickelodeon). There will be slime!

Johnny Depp took home the prize for Favorite Movie Actor, and he was both humble and gracious in his acceptance speech, thanking the kids.

"You guys are the future," he told them. "Take good care of us."

But then he noticed the hose near the podium. "What's that?" he asked before pulling out the slime gun.

Click through for a complete list of the night's winners!

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The 2011 Kids' Choice Awards: A Primer

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 2nd 2011 9:00AM
Jack Black, Kids Choice AwardsTonight marks the 24th annual Kids' Choice Awards on Nickelodeon. As usual, it's going to be packed with movie, television and music luminaries you normally wouldn't think would appear on a kids' award show. But that's the exciting thing about it -- it gives kids a chance to see people up-close who normally don't interact with people their age.

Here's what to look forward to -- in addition to several important Hollywood people getting slimed -- when the award show airs at 8PM ET on Nick.

The Host: Jack Black will be officiating this year's ceremony; the third time the 41-year-old actor has hosted the show since 2006. Jack really gets into his duties with his usual amped-up, kid-at-heart attitude, as seen in this clip from his "press conference" about the awards show.

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Melissa Joan Hart on the 'Clarissa' Sequel That Never Was

by Breia Brissey, posted Mar 15th 2011 2:00PM
Melissa Joan HartFashion icon. Sister. Best friend. Daughter. Explainer of it all. Nickelodeon's Clarissa was every one of those things. When the Melissa Joan Hart–fronted 'Clarissa Explains It All' ended in 1994, the title character went off into sunset to become a journalist in New York City.

But that wasn't exactly the end of Clarissa -- Nickelodeon and CBS planned 'Clarissa Now,' a new show that would have seen Hart play the title character as she interned at a busy New York newspaper. The pilot aired on Nickelodeon, but never made it to series. Thanks to the Internet, the show was uploaded to YouTube and made the rounds last week.

TV Squad caught up with Clarissa herself, Melissa Joan Hart, at the ABC Family Upfront where she reflected on what happened to 'Clarissa Now.'

"I thought it was a fun show, although I don't remember it very well," Hart said. "But it skewed a lot older because it was a different time. CBS was very much an older-demographic network back then.

"They tried to age the show up a little bit, but the thing is, the 'Clarissa' audience was so young and hip. I just think it didn't work. It's not what people wanted to see."

For those still hankering for even more 'Clarissa,' TeenNick will air the original series starting in the fall as part of a new programming block called 'The '90s Are All That.' Watch the full 'Clarissa Now' pilot after the jump.

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Children of the '90s: 'Clarissa Explains It All,' 'Pete & Pete' and More to Air on TeenNick

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 10th 2011 1:15PM
All That, NickelodeonBust out your orange soda and touch up your mermaid tattoo, children of the '90s: Nickelodeon has finally gotten hip to the fact that the nostalgia factor of its revered shows of the early-to-mid-'90s has reached critical mass.

In response, TeenNick has announced that it will start airing those beloved series from midnight to 2AM this fall in a new programing block called 'The '90s Are All That,' Entertainment Weekly reports. Hey, cool!

Among the high-quality shows included are 'Clarissa Explains It All,' 'The Adventures of Pete & Pete,' 'All That,' 'Kenan & Kel' and 'The Amanda Show.'

"At the time, we were completely devoted to that audience ages 9, 10 and 11," TeenNick general manager and senior vice president Keith Dawkins told Entertainment Weekly. "It was ground-breaking and for the young viewers, a powerful and pivotal time in their lives. Those kids who are now 22, 23 and 24 want to bring that back."

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Family TV Round-Up: 'Dora the Explorer' Primetime Special and More

by Rich Keller, posted Mar 4th 2011 4:30PM
Dora is off on another adventure March 14. This time it's to find her ballet shoes.Welcome to the Family TV Roundup, a recap of all kid-friendly programming across the television universe. We'll sum up all the news related to children's programming, as well as profile the people and shows that your kids, tweens and teens are talking about.

Dora the Explorer
and her menagerie of helpers continue their preschool domination with a new primetime special airing on Monday, March 14. In 'Dora's Ballet Adventure,' the pint-sized explorer is frantic after the ballet shoes she needs for her recital go missing. In their place is a pair of scuba flippers presented by the delivery duck. The rest of the 30-minute episode deals with Dora and Boot's quest to find the missing ballet shoes.

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Family TV Roundup: Remembering Dwayne McDuffie, Disney Junior Ratings and More

by Rich Keller, posted Feb 25th 2011 4:30PM
'Static Shock,' based on the late Dwayne McDuffie's comic book 'Static,' aired in Kids' WB! for 4 seasons.Welcome to the Family TV Roundup, a recap of all kid-friendly programming across the television universe. We'll sum up all the news related to children's programming, as well as profile the people and shows that your kids, tweens and teens are talking about.

Not many folks are very familiar with the name Dwayne McDuffie, but you might know his television work. Especially if you were a regular viewer of shows like 'Justice League Unlimited' and 'Ben 10: Alien Force.' On Tuesday, one day after his birthday, McDuffie died at the age of 49 due to complications from emergency heart surgery.

In this week's column, we take a brief look at McDuffie's impact on animated television.

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Family TV Roundup: Jack Black Is Back to Host the Kids Choice Awards and More

by Rich Keller, posted Feb 18th 2011 4:00PM
Jack Black will host 'Nickelodeon's 2011 Kids Choice Awards,' will will air in April.Welcome to the Family TV Roundup, a recap of all kid-friendly programming across the television universe. We'll sum up all the news related to children's programming, as well as profile the people and shows that your kids, tweens and teens are talking about

It's three times the slime for kid-at-heart Jack Black. After taking a few years off, the actor and musician will return to host Nickelodeon's 2011 Kids Choice Awards, airing Saturday, April 2, at 8PM from the University of Southern California's Galen Center.

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Exclusive 'Power Rangers Samurai' Photo: First Look at the Rangers Unmasked

by Kelly Woo, posted Feb 2nd 2011 2:30PM
Power Rangers Samurai
The Power Rangers are back, with a new look, a new cast and on a new network. 'Power Rangers Samurai' debuts on Nickelodeon Monday, Feb. 7, at 8PM ET. When the series, now in its 19th season, made the jump from Disney to its new home, it got a shiny, martial-arts-influenced reboot.

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