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Nickelodeon Renews 'SpongeBob SquarePants' for Season 9, John Roberts Joins Fox News and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 3rd 2011 6:00PM
SpongeBob Squarepants'SpongeBob SquarePants' will hit the 200th episode milestone thanks to a ninth season pickup by Nickelodeon.

According to Deadline Hollywood, 'SpongeBob' has been renewed for a 26-episode season 9 that will begin in 2012. The series has been Nickelodeon's top series among children ages 2-11 for 10 years.

"We never imagined we would be on for that long but we're going to keep going," executive producer Paul Tibbitt said. "The trick is to try to keep the episodes funny and simple and press from there."

The 'SpongeBob' special, 'Mystery with a Twistery,' brought in 6.6 million viewers in November. The next special, 'Legends of Bikini Bottom,' premieres Jan. 28.

In other TV news ...

Dina Manzo, former star of Bravo's 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' is returning to TV. However, the former reality star said it won't be a reality project. [PopEater]

A 14-year-old boy who was stranded on a mountain in Oregon said he survived by using tactics learned on TV. Jake Denham said tips from 'Man Vs. Wild' and 'Survivorman' kept him alive on New Years Eve. [ABC News]

John Roberts is leaving CNN and heading to Fox News. Roberts will act as a senior national correspondent. Roberts formerly anchored CNN's 'American Morning.' [Deadline Hollywood]

USA Network has officially revived 'WWE: Tough Enough.' The reality series is the first in five years for USA. The 10-episode series debuts April 4. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Family TV Round-Up: 'Sesame Street' goes back to China, A New Nickelodeon Series and More

by Rich Keller, posted Dec 17th 2010 4:30PM
Big Bird returns to China in a new set of shows spoken in Mandarin ChineseWelcome to the Family TV Round-Up, 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.

Back in 1983, the Children's Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) and China Central Television worked in conjunction to produce 'Big Bird in China,' a primetime special that aired on NBC.

In the special, Big Bird and the big dog known as Barkley travel through the country to find the Phoenix bird. Highlights of the show featured Big Bird walking across the Great Wall of China as well as strolling around the city of Beijing.

Twenty-seven years later, Big Bird is making a return to the country and bringing some new friends to boot.

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PTC Slams Sexualization of Teen Girls, Justin Timberlake Says He'd Join the 'SNL' Cast and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 16th 2010 1:30PM
'The Vampire Diaries'The Parents Television Council is stirring up controversy again -- this time it's targeting the sexualization of teen girls on TV.

According to a Los Angeles Times report, "The results from this report show Tinseltown's eagerness to not only objectify and fetishize young girls, but to sexualize them in such a way that real teens are led to believe their sole value comes from their sexuality," PTC President Tim Winter said in a statement.

Among the shows the PTC examined are 'Two and a Half Men,' 'The Vampire Diaries,' 'Glee' and 'The Big Bang Theory.'

In other TV news ...

Justin Timberlake said he'd "absolutely" join the cast of 'Saturday Night Live.' The singer/actor said he'd love to sign a one- or two-year contract if someone offered. The star has frequently popped up in skits over the past few years. [Splitsider]

Leighton Meester clarified her statement that she'd leave 'Gossip Girl' in two years. "I honestly don't known what's going to happen. I love being on the show, so I can't predict the future," she said. [Access Hollywood]

Matthew Morrison is heading on tour -- without the rest of his 'Glee' castmates. The recent Golden Globe nominee will tour in support of his upcoming solo album once his Fox hit wraps filming on the second season. [Music Mix]

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Family TV Round-Up: More Charlie Brown for ABC, 'Harry Potter' Marathon & More

by Rich Keller, posted Nov 5th 2010 2:00PM
Charlie Brown will celebrate Thanksgiving once again when 'A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving' airs on ABC later this month.Welcome to the Family TV Round-Up, a recap of all kid-friendly programming across the television universe. We sum up all of the news related to children's programming, as well as profile the people and shows that your kids, tweens and teens are talking about.

ABC Family is going Harry Potter crazy prior to the release of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1' on Nov. 19. From the 11th through the 14th, the network will air the first five movies in the franchise, from 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' to 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.'

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'Dora the Explorer' Actress Sues Nickelodeon

by PopEater Staff, posted Oct 7th 2010 7:30PM
Dora and CaitlinThe 14-year-old actress who voiced the popular character 'Dora the Explorer' is suing Nickelodeon for allegedly cheating her out of millions of dollars.

Caitlin Sanchez, who became the voice of the adventurous cartoon character in 2007, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday claiming Nickelodeon and its parent companies exploited her with a dubious contract that made millions for the network, but little for her.

In an official statement, a Nickelodeon spokesperson said that the claims were baseless.

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Noah Munck Promoted to Series Regular on 'iCarly'

by Jean Bentley, posted Jul 28th 2010 1:35PM
Noah MunckAfter three years as a recurring character on Nickelodeon's 'iCarly,' 14-year-old Noah Munck has been promoted to series regular.

As Carly's strange friend Gibby, Munck has perfected his character's odd trademark move: a shirtless dance. The actor, who has been shedding his clothing for Nickelodeon's tweens since age 11, told TV Guide that tearing his shirt off is not a skill that came naturally.

"I was weirded out by it at first, and I was really nervous about doing it," he said. "But then it became a regular daily activity ... I can't go anywhere now without people yelling 'Gibby! Take your shirt off!'"

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Katy Perry Gets Slimed at the 'Kids' Choice Awards' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 28th 2010 9:37PM
Kids' Choice Awards 2010, Katy PerryYou just never know when that slime is going to hit you at the 'Kids' Choice Awards 2010' (Sat., 8PM ET on Nick), but there's a pretty good chance that it WILL hit you. It's still a shock, though, as Katy Perry can attest to when she got slimed while announcing the favorite movie actress winner.

Green goes good with her blue hair, though, doesn't it? Even if it does taste like "boogers"! Miley Cyrus, who won the award, was very, very grateful that Perry didn't try to hug her and mess up her gorgeous white top.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Kids Choice Awards 2010 Winners: A Fine Slime Time

by Meg Prossnitz, posted Mar 27th 2010 10:01PM

It was all slime and smiles at Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards 2010, with plenty of celebrities getting the green goo treatment, including host Kevin James. Even Tina Fey and Steve Carell, co-stars in the upcoming 'Date Night,' came out for the very purpose of getting super-slimed.

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'Justified' Creator Also Wrote for Nickelodeon's 'Hey Dude'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 25th 2010 7:30PM
Graham Yost may have brought the noir western back to television with the hit FX series 'Justified,' but it's not his first foray into the wild west. That is if you can actually call his first western "wild."

According to his IMDB page, Yost's first writing job was for the short-lived Nickelodeon series 'Hey Dude' in the late 80s and early 90s, an afternoon sitcom about the day in the life of an Arizona dude ranch. He wrote 13 episodes of the series, the most of any other writer on the staff.

He went on to write a number of screenplays for hit action movies such as 'Speed' and 'Broken Arrow,' and even contributed to critically acclaimed mini-series including 'From the Earth to the Moon' and 'The Pacific.' Still, it just amuses me to know that such a storied and impressive career all started on Mr. Ernst's ranch. It also shames me a little bit to admit that I remember watching that show.

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Six New Shows Coming to Nickelodeon

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 12th 2010 3:02PM
NickelodeonI left the Nickelodeon demographic many, many (too many) years ago, but I'll admit that there are still some shows on the cable channel that I watch. They're mostly in the nighttime schedule though: some 'Fairly OddParents,' some 'SpongeBob,' maybe an episode of 'George Lopez' or 'Malcolm in the Middle' once in a while. So there aren't a lot of shows on the list of new shows coming to the channel that I'm interested in seeing (well, maybe one...)

'Victorious' sounds a lot like 'High School Musical,' as its about a teen girl who goes to an elite arts school where everyone sings and dances; 'Kung Fu Panda' is based on the movie; 'Planet Sheen' has a character from 'Jimmy Neutron' stuck on another planet; 'T.U.F.F. Puppy' is about a group of superhero dogs; and 'Bubble Guppies' (which sounds like a medical problem) is an animated show for kids set in an underwater classroom.

The only show I might be interested in is 'House of Anubis,' since it's about a group of people who go around Europe looking for clues to a mystery and sounds a little like 'National Treasure' or 'The Da Vinci Code.' It's produced in Europe.

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Nickelodeon Picks Up Two Comedy Pilots

by Aimee Deeken, posted Mar 10th 2010 10:51AM
Brian RobbinsNickelodeon has given the greenlight to two comedy pilots: 'Supah Ninja' and 'Everyday Kid.'

Producer Brian Robbins (pictured), a Nickelodeon stand-by, is behind 'Ninja,' which follows some high school kids who also happen to be ninjas. The pilot was written by Eric Garcia and Leo Chu, with contributions from Andy Bobrow (ABC's 'Samantha Who?').

Robbins is well-known to the network, having partnered with Michael Tollin to create Nickelodeon's sketch comedy series 'All That,' which launched the careers of Jamie Lynn Spears, Kenan Thompson and the central stars of 'The Amanda Show' and 'The Nick Cannon Show' (series they also fronted).

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Ever wondered what happened to the cast of Salute Your Shorts?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 22nd 2010 7:28PM
Me neither.

But that still didn't stop the folks from Celebuzz from compiling a "Where Are They Now?" list of the Nickelodeon summer camp comedy's principle cast from bad Bobby Budnick all the way to Z.Z. Ziff.

The tales of the cast post kiddie-cable stardom range from the barely out of work to busier than you or I will ever be. I won't spoil anything for you, but let's just say that Ug became the most successful person to ever come out of Camp Anawanna.

[via Buzzfeed]

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Sorry, Snooki: the Obamas Don't Watch 'Jersey Shore'

by Gary Susman, posted Jan 13th 2010 12:00PM
It's been weeks now, and still, President Barack Obama has had nothing to say about two of the greatest threats to American security.

We're speaking, of course, about Snooki and The Situation, from MTV's new series 'Jersey Shore.' Alas, according to First Lady Michelle Obama, it's a show the First Family does not watch. "I've heard about it," Mrs Obama tells People, in an interview all about the Obamas' TV viewing preferences. "Not seen it."

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Nickelodeon Signs Deal With Cymphonique

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Dec 18th 2009 11:40AM
Look out, Miley: Cymphonique Miller is coming to a small screen near you.

The Hollywood Reporter
confirms the network has just signed a deal with the 13-year-old entertainer to star in her very own musical or comedy series. Nick will also work her into existing projects, as evidenced by her appearance in 'Just Jordan.'

And if that wasn't enough good news for one day, network partner Sony Music has also signed her to a record deal.

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Nick orders more SpongeBob

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 16th 2009 1:00PM
Are you ready kids? (Aye, aye captain!) I can't hear you! (Aye, aye captain!)

Oooooooooo...

Guess who's been asked to do 26 episodes for TV?

(SpongeBob SquarePants!)

Nickelodeon submitted the order for more hilarity!

(SpongeBob SquarePants!)

The show that Stephen Hillenburg helped create

(SpongeBob SquarePants!)

Now has episodes that total 178!

(SpongeBob SquarePants!)

Ready?

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