NEW YORK, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Nicktoons Network, Nickelodeon's 24-hour animation network, delves into the sci-fi realm for the first time with Skyland, a beautifully designed animated adventure series that will premiere Saturday, November 18 at 9:00 p.m. (ET). The visually impressive series employs the latest in animation technology by using motion capture, CGI, 2D and key frame animation to create cutting-edge television. The premiere of Skyland will kick off with the hour-long special (that sneak-peeked globally in January) followed by an all-new, half-hour episode at 10:00 p.m. (ET) during the "3 Headed Monster" programming block. Season one, which consists of 13 episodes, will air Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. (ET) on Nicktoons Network. "Nicktoons Network continues to be the hub for animation fans to tune in and find unique, diverse and technically advanced shows like Skyland," said Keith Dawkins, Vice President and General Manager, Nicktoons Network. "In addition to its rich visual style and stunning imagery, Skyland is an epic, sci-fi action adventure of good verses evil -- universal story lines kids have loved for ages." Skyland, produced by Method Films and created by Emmanuel Gorin, Alexandre de la Patelliere and Matthieu Delaporte, follows a heroic brother, Mahad, and his telekinetic younger sister, Lena, as they search for their parents in a new world order. The year is 2251 and the Earth has been shattered into millions of blocks that now drift aimlessly in orbit around the Earth's core known as Skyland. The Sphere, led by a power-mad ruler with telekinetic powers named Oslo, has installed a dictatorship that controls water distribution, now a precious resource. Skyland's young heroes along with the pirate resistance, try to free their mother from Oslo's evil grasp and destroy the dreaded Sphere. The hour-long special, "Dawn of A New Day," introduces Mahad and Lena as they are faced with their biggest challenge yet when their mother is forced to sacrifice herself and be captured by the evil Sphere in order for her children to run to freedom. Directed to seek out protection from their mother's friend, the children join up with rebel pirates and begin the adventure of a lifetime. In the premiere episode "Manipulations," the sibling duo fights against the enemy when a solar phenomenon has unusual effects on Seijin powers. This allows a sect of the Sphere to take control of Dahlia, a strong member of the pirates, in effort to learn the coordinates of the pirate hideout. Nicktoons Network is the fastest growing kids' network* and offers a 24- hour schedule featuring programming such as the Nicktoons Network Animation Festival, Kappa Mikey, Thumb Wrestling Federation, Corneil and Bernie and Martin Mystery, as well as a roster of hits that have defined kids' and animation lovers' TV, including The Angry Beavers, Yakkity Yak, Invader Zim, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents and Jimmy Neutron. Nicktoons Network is a part of the MTV Networks expanded suite of channels available for digital distribution. The new channels include MTV Hits, MTV Jams, Nicktoons Network and VH1 Mega Hits, expanding and strengthening MTV Networks' digital offerings to thirteen services. Nicktoons Network currently reaches 41 million homes via cable, digital cable and satellite, and can be seen on Cablevision, Charter Communications, Comcast Cable, Cox Communications, DirecTV, DISH Network and Time Warner Cable. Nicktoons, and all related titles and logos are property of Viacom, Inc. * Source: * Nielsen Media Research, 8/29/05-8/27/06 vs. 8/30/04-8/28/05 (Live+SD) AA(000). NKTNS Selling Daypart: Mon-Fri/2-11p; Sat-Sun/9a- 11p. K6-11 & K9-14 Nick & Toon Tot Prg Day. DSNY, FAM, TDSNY (M-Su 6a- 11p) CBS, WB, FOX, NBC based on Kids Type Codes. Tribune; DIC Kids thru 8/13/06.
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