NEW YORK, Jan. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- No longer classified information, Nicktoons Network, Nickelodeon's 24-hour animation network, reveals 13 original half-hour episodes of The Secret Show, it was announced today by Keith Dawkins, Vice President and General Manager of Nicktoons Network. The new series, which is packed with covert missions, layers of secrecy and original storylines, will premiere Saturday, January 20 at 8:30 p.m. (ET). The series will air regularly Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. (ET) on Nicktoons Network. Commissioned by the BBC and produced by Collingwood O'Hare Entertainment, The Secret Show is a fast-paced, animated secret agent series about secret people doing secret things. Best described as Get Smart meets Monty Python in retro-styled animation, it's a show within a show masked behind a fictional onscreen series, 'The Fluffy Bunny Show'. Special agents Victor Volt and Anita Knight work for U.Z.Z protecting the world against the evil forces of T.H.E.M. Victor and Anita manage to save the world, once or sometimes even twice a week with the help of their boss whose name is literally changed daily and his technical egghead Professor Professor. Not only do they work for a secret organization, but the show itself is full of secrets. "We love to super-serve our viewers with diverse styles of animation, themes and characters and The Secret Show is a great addition to our line-up," said Dawkins. "The show feels fresh. Everything from the fictional 'Fluffy Bunny Show' to the super secret agents makes us laugh out loud. We think our audience will find the show's mix of wit, humor and retro style animation as exciting as we do." In the first part of the premiere episode, "The Secret Thing," the Impostors, creatures capable of replicating humans as "hard copy holograms," try to steal The Secret Thing. Victor and Anita must protect The Secret Thing at all costs. But what is The Secret Thing? And how can Victor tell the difference between the real Anita and the villainous Impostor? The second part of the premiere episode, "Who Stole Switzerland," follows Martian gravity thieves who are sucking up the Earth's gravity into trucks and flying it off to planet Mars so they can have 'falling down parties.' Entire countries are floating around, weightless. Mars, however, is becoming so gravitational that all the Earth's countries are slowly being sucked towards it on a collision course. Victor and Anita must get the Earth's gravity back before the two planets collide. BBC Worldwide owns the global cross-media rights for The Secret Show, including program distribution, merchandising and DVD rights. BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to maximise the value of the BBC's assets for the benefit of the licence payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has seven core businesses: Global Channels, Global TV Sales, Magazines, Content & Production, Home Entertainment, Children's and Digital Media. In 2005/06, BBC Worldwide generated profits of 89 million pounds Sterling on sales of 784 million pounds. Collingwood O'Hare Entertainment Ltd is one of Europe's leading producers for children's entertainment. Established in 1988 by Tony Collingwood (Writer/Director) and Christopher O'Hare (MD/Producer) the company has earned a prestigious international reputation for award-winning, high-quality animated series, specials and television features. This year Collingwood O'Hare Entertainment first series of Gordon The Garden Gnome premiered on CBeebies/CBBC, starring much loved TV personality Alan Titchmarsh. In 2001, 2002 and 2004 Collingwood O'Hare won BAFTA Awards for Best Pre-School Animation for Animal Stories, Eddy & The Bear and Yoko! Jakamoko! Toto! respectively. COE's other production credits include their multi-award winning debut film Rarg, Emmy nominated/CableACE winner Dr. Seuss's Daisy- Head Mayzie, BAFTA nominated Dennis & Gnasher from The Beano, The Magic Key, Oscar's Orchestra, Pond Life and The King's Beard. http://www.collingwoodohare.com Nicktoons Network is the fastest growing kids' network* and offers a 24- hour schedule featuring programming such as the Nicktoons Network Animation Festival, Skyland, 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 42 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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