Nick adding 450 animation episodes over 3 years

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Nick­elodeon will intro­duce 450 episodes of new ani­ma­tion pro­gram­ming over the next three years, with nearly 200 episodes rolling out on Sat­ur­day morn­ings in 2012.

New shows include:

In the fourth quar­ter of 2012, Nick­elodeon will pre­miere a new CG-animated ver­sion of the wildly pop­u­lar Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur­tles fran­chise.

Based on the iconic hit fran­chise, Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur­tles has been green­lit for 26 episodes and will be exec­u­tive pro­duced by Ciro Nieli, Joshua Sternin and Jef­frey Ven­ti­m­ilia. This half-hour CG-animated action-comedy series breathes new life into the wildly pop­u­lar band of rep­tile broth­ers. The new series begins as the tur­tles emerge from their hid­den lair in the sew­ers for the very first time, ready to con­front the won­drous and hos­tile world of New York City and face ene­mies more dan­ger­ous and pizza more deli­cious than any­thing they could have imag­ined. The show will explore the cama­raderie of four teenage broth­ers learn­ing to rely on them­selves and one another as they unravel the mys­tery of their exis­tence and grow to become the heroes they are des­tined to be.

Cre­ated by Dave Pressler, Sternin and Ven­ti­m­ilia, Robot & Mon­ster has been picked up for 26 episodes. The ani­mated buddy com­edy is set in a unique world where gangs of Howl­ing Cyber Mon­keys roam the streets at night, every­body loves bacon, and robots and mon­sters live side by side, but typ­i­cally don’t get along. A self-proclaimed genius and ama­teur inven­tor, Robot is con­vinced he is capa­ble of great things, an opin­ion that is shared by absolutely no one else except Mon­ster. Mon­ster believes good things hap­pen to good peo­ple and that all peo­ple are good. Together, they prove you can han­dle any­thing with your best friend at your side.

Winx Club (52 episodes) is an ani­mated action and fan­tasy series set in the mys­ti­cal dimen­sion of Magix, where three schools edu­cate mod­ern fairies, witches and super­nat­ural war­riors from all over the uni­verse. Bloom, a young fairy in train­ing from Earth, and five of her school­mates form the Winx Club to com­bat their arch ene­mies. Winx Club first debuted in Italy six years ago and quickly became a hit that has gen­er­ated inter­na­tional pop­u­lar­ity, as well as a CG fea­ture film.

Kung Fu Panda: Leg­ends of Awe­some­ness has been picked up for 26 addi­tional episodes (for a total of 52) and will debut later this year. Nickelodeon’s sec­ond col­lab­o­ra­tion with Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion, the series chron­i­cles the fur­ther adven­tures of Po, the ener­getic, enthu­si­as­tic, always hun­gry mar­tial arts panda, as he pro­tects the Val­ley of Peace from threats of all kind. Based on Dream­Works Animation’s hit fea­ture film Kung Fu Panda, the Nick ani­mated series is exec­u­tive pro­duced by Peter Hastings.

From Michael DiMartino and Bryan Koni­et­zko, cre­ators of Avatar: The Last Air­ben­der, The Last Air­ben­der: Leg­end of Korra (picked up for 14 more episodes for a total of 26) con­tin­ues the evo­lu­tion of the ani­mated fran­chise and its mythol­ogy. The Leg­end of Korra takes place 70 years after the events of Avatar: The Last Air­ben­der and fol­lows the adven­tures of the Avatar after Aang — a pas­sion­ate, rebel­lious and fear­less teenage girl from the South­ern Water Tribe named Korra.

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