Nickelodeon Greenlights Mighty B, a New Animated Series from Saturday Night Live Star Amy Poehler to Premiere on Nickelodeon, Joining 2007/08 Schedule Featuring Over 125 New Animated Nicktoons Episodes

Sixth Season of SpongeBob SquarePants Goes into Production, Plus More

Episodes of New Nicktoons El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera and Tak

and the Power of Juju



Dec 12, 2006, 00:00 ET from Nickelodeon

    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Saturday Night Live star Amy
 Poehler will join SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly Odd Parents, Jimmy
 Neutron and the rest of Nickelodeon's pantheon of animated superstars with
 her own animated series she created and will voice titled, Mighty B,
 driving a 2007/2008 animation slate on Nickelodeon that will feature 125
 new episodes overall. Additionally it was announced that SpongeBob
 SquarePants and all his pals will be back for a sixth new season of
 animated hilarity from Bikini Bottom surpassing the 100 episode mark, and
 that additional episodes have been ordered of two new Nicktoons El Tigre:
 The Adventures of Manny Rivera and Tak and the Power of Juju. The
 announcements were made today by Tom Ascheim, Executive Vice President &
 General Manager, Nickelodeon Television.
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20061212/NYTU121 )
     "Mighty B is a quintessential Nicktoon," Ascheim said. "It comes from
 the incredible comedic minds of Amy Poehler, Cynthia True and Erik Wiese,
 and is a fresh, creator-driven series about a hilarious character Amy
 created that we think kids are going to really love and connect with. And
 we are equally thrilled to be making another season of SpongeBob
 SquarePants -- a series we hope to never stop making -- as well as adding
 additional episodes of our upcoming series El Tigre and Tak."
     "Bessie represents the ever-optimistic spaz, who believes she can grow
 up to be a rock star, actress, politician and brain surgeon all at the same
 time," said Poehler. "And as a person who knows absolutely nothing about
 animation, I am thrilled to be in such great hands over at Nickelodeon. I
 can't wait to find out how they make those cool little people move around."
     Mighty B, picked up for 20 episodes, stars Amy Poehler as the voice of
 Bessie Higgenbottom, the world's most ambitious and lovably unhinged
 10-year- old "Honeybee" scout. As a member of the Honeybees, Bessie wears
 her uniform every single day, leads her troop with a zeal General Patton
 would have admired and has earned more Bee Badges than any Honeybee in
 history. But a bunch of badges still elude her, and Bessie's not stopping
 until she has every last one. The series is co-created by inventive sketch
 comedian Amy Poehler, Cynthia True, a recent staff writer for Nickelodeon's
 The Fairly OddParents and Erik Wiese, the Emmy and Annie-nominated
 storyboard artist and writer who has worked on SpongeBob SquarePants.
 Mighty B will premiere in 2008.
     Picked up for a sixth season of 13 new episodes, SpongeBob SquarePants
 launched in July 1999 and has since emerged as a pop culture phenomenon and
 one of the most popular series in kids' television history. The series will
 continue to feature the original voice cast including Tom Kenny as
 SpongeBob, Bill Fagerbakke as Patrick, Rodger Bumpass as Squidward, Clancy
 Brown as Mr. Krabs and Carolyn Lawrence as Sandy Cheeks. SpongeBob
 SquarePants has held rank as the number one animated series among kids 2-11
 on all of TV for the past five years. It is the most widely distributed
 property in MTV Networks history and is syndicated in 171 markets in 25
 languages and consistently rates in the top three series among kids in
 every major market it currently airs in across Europe, Asia, Australia,
 Latin America and the United States. SpongeBob SquarePants is executive
 produced by creator Stephen Hillenburg, who previously worked as a writer,
 director and creative director on Nickelodeon's animated series Rocko's
 Modern Life. Hillenburg created and executive produced The SpongeBob
 SquarePants Movie, which hit theaters in November 2004. Paul Tibbitt served
 as a director and writer on SpongeBob SquarePants for its first three
 seasons and is currently co-executive producer.
     El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, picked up for seven episodes
 bringing the order through 20, stars Alanna Ubach (Meet the Fockers,
 Legally Blonde) as Manny and Carlos Alazraqui (Happy Feet, The Fairly
 OddParents) as Granpapi. El Tigre is the story of 13-year-old Manny Rivera
 who must choose to become a great superhero like his father, or a feared
 super-villain like his grandfather. As El Tigre, Manny has inherited the
 power, both good and bad, that runs through his family. But Manny is at a
 difficult age and has some difficult choices to make -- he wants to be
 good, but being bad is so much fun! Manny finds himself stuck in the
 middle; will he be good or evil? Only Manny can figure out what it really
 means to be El Tigre. Mexican-born husband and wife team Jorge Gutierrez
 and Sandra Equihua created the unique animated world of El Tigre, which is
 inspired by a striking color palette where the spaghetti western meets
 Latino folk art. El Tigre will premiere March 2, 2007.
     Tak and the Power of Juju, picked up for five episodes bringing the
 order to 20, stars Hal Sparks (Celebrity Duets, Talk Soup) as the voice of
 Tak and Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld, The X's) as Lok. The visually dynamic
 CGI animated series will follow Tak as he uses his Juju staff to perform
 magic and summon the outrageous and colorful Jujus, who always further
 complicate his plight and turn his world upside down. Tak and the Power of
 Juju will premiere in September 2007.
     Mighty B, SpongeBob SquarePants, El Tigre and Tak and the Power of Juju
 are Nicktoons Productions and are produced at the Nicktoons Studios in
 Burbank, CA.
     About Nickelodeon
     Nickelodeon, in its 27th year, is the number-one entertainment brand
 for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in
 everything it does. The company includes television programming and
 production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer
 products, online, recreation, books, magazines and feature films.
 Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in almost 92 million
 households and has been the number-one- rated basic cable network for more
 than eleven consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles,
 characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE:   VIA, VIA.B).
 
 

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    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Saturday Night Live star Amy
 Poehler will join SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly Odd Parents, Jimmy
 Neutron and the rest of Nickelodeon's pantheon of animated superstars with
 her own animated series she created and will voice titled, Mighty B,
 driving a 2007/2008 animation slate on Nickelodeon that will feature 125
 new episodes overall. Additionally it was announced that SpongeBob
 SquarePants and all his pals will be back for a sixth new season of
 animated hilarity from Bikini Bottom surpassing the 100 episode mark, and
 that additional episodes have been ordered of two new Nicktoons El Tigre:
 The Adventures of Manny Rivera and Tak and the Power of Juju. The
 announcements were made today by Tom Ascheim, Executive Vice President &
 General Manager, Nickelodeon Television.
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20061212/NYTU121 )
     "Mighty B is a quintessential Nicktoon," Ascheim said. "It comes from
 the incredible comedic minds of Amy Poehler, Cynthia True and Erik Wiese,
 and is a fresh, creator-driven series about a hilarious character Amy
 created that we think kids are going to really love and connect with. And
 we are equally thrilled to be making another season of SpongeBob
 SquarePants -- a series we hope to never stop making -- as well as adding
 additional episodes of our upcoming series El Tigre and Tak."
     "Bessie represents the ever-optimistic spaz, who believes she can grow
 up to be a rock star, actress, politician and brain surgeon all at the same
 time," said Poehler. "And as a person who knows absolutely nothing about
 animation, I am thrilled to be in such great hands over at Nickelodeon. I
 can't wait to find out how they make those cool little people move around."
     Mighty B, picked up for 20 episodes, stars Amy Poehler as the voice of
 Bessie Higgenbottom, the world's most ambitious and lovably unhinged
 10-year- old "Honeybee" scout. As a member of the Honeybees, Bessie wears
 her uniform every single day, leads her troop with a zeal General Patton
 would have admired and has earned more Bee Badges than any Honeybee in
 history. But a bunch of badges still elude her, and Bessie's not stopping
 until she has every last one. The series is co-created by inventive sketch
 comedian Amy Poehler, Cynthia True, a recent staff writer for Nickelodeon's
 The Fairly OddParents and Erik Wiese, the Emmy and Annie-nominated
 storyboard artist and writer who has worked on SpongeBob SquarePants.
 Mighty B will premiere in 2008.
     Picked up for a sixth season of 13 new episodes, SpongeBob SquarePants
 launched in July 1999 and has since emerged as a pop culture phenomenon and
 one of the most popular series in kids' television history. The series will
 continue to feature the original voice cast including Tom Kenny as
 SpongeBob, Bill Fagerbakke as Patrick, Rodger Bumpass as Squidward, Clancy
 Brown as Mr. Krabs and Carolyn Lawrence as Sandy Cheeks. SpongeBob
 SquarePants has held rank as the number one animated series among kids 2-11
 on all of TV for the past five years. It is the most widely distributed
 property in MTV Networks history and is syndicated in 171 markets in 25
 languages and consistently rates in the top three series among kids in
 every major market it currently airs in across Europe, Asia, Australia,
 Latin America and the United States. SpongeBob SquarePants is executive
 produced by creator Stephen Hillenburg, who previously worked as a writer,
 director and creative director on Nickelodeon's animated series Rocko's
 Modern Life. Hillenburg created and executive produced The SpongeBob
 SquarePants Movie, which hit theaters in November 2004. Paul Tibbitt served
 as a director and writer on SpongeBob SquarePants for its first three
 seasons and is currently co-executive producer.
     El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, picked up for seven episodes
 bringing the order through 20, stars Alanna Ubach (Meet the Fockers,
 Legally Blonde) as Manny and Carlos Alazraqui (Happy Feet, The Fairly
 OddParents) as Granpapi. El Tigre is the story of 13-year-old Manny Rivera
 who must choose to become a great superhero like his father, or a feared
 super-villain like his grandfather. As El Tigre, Manny has inherited the
 power, both good and bad, that runs through his family. But Manny is at a
 difficult age and has some difficult choices to make -- he wants to be
 good, but being bad is so much fun! Manny finds himself stuck in the
 middle; will he be good or evil? Only Manny can figure out what it really
 means to be El Tigre. Mexican-born husband and wife team Jorge Gutierrez
 and Sandra Equihua created the unique animated world of El Tigre, which is
 inspired by a striking color palette where the spaghetti western meets
 Latino folk art. El Tigre will premiere March 2, 2007.
     Tak and the Power of Juju, picked up for five episodes bringing the
 order to 20, stars Hal Sparks (Celebrity Duets, Talk Soup) as the voice of
 Tak and Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld, The X's) as Lok. The visually dynamic
 CGI animated series will follow Tak as he uses his Juju staff to perform
 magic and summon the outrageous and colorful Jujus, who always further
 complicate his plight and turn his world upside down. Tak and the Power of
 Juju will premiere in September 2007.
     Mighty B, SpongeBob SquarePants, El Tigre and Tak and the Power of Juju
 are Nicktoons Productions and are produced at the Nicktoons Studios in
 Burbank, CA.
     About Nickelodeon
     Nickelodeon, in its 27th year, is the number-one entertainment brand
 for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in
 everything it does. The company includes television programming and
 production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer
 products, online, recreation, books, magazines and feature films.
 Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in almost 92 million
 households and has been the number-one- rated basic cable network for more
 than eleven consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles,
 characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE:   VIA, VIA.B).
 
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