Nickelodeon plans more than 650 new episodes

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Nick­elodeon, at its annual upfront pre­sen­ta­tion held Wednes­day at Jazz at Lin­coln Cen­ter in New York, unveiled plans for an unprece­dented 650 new episodes — the top-ranked network’s most ever — of both brand-new con­tent and return­ing hits, as well announc­ing pre­miere details for the highly antic­i­pated ani­mated series The Leg­end of Korra, a stop-motion Sponge­Bob SquarePants Christ­mas spe­cial, and an orig­i­nal ani­mated series based on the Rav­ing Rab­bids video games.

Nick­elodeon, the top pro­ducer of tele­vi­sion ani­ma­tion in the United States, will roll out a new ros­ter of over 300 new ani­mated episodes in 2012, which includes:

* New episodes of return­ing hit series, includ­ing Sponge­Bob SquarePants, T.U.F.F. Puppy, Kung Fu Panda: Leg­ends of Awe­some­ness, The Pen­guins of Mada­gas­car, The Fairly Odd­Par­ents and The Winx Club.

* The Leg­end of Korra, in which the mythol­ogy of the beloved ani­mated fran­chise from Avatar: The Last Air­ben­der cre­ators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Koni­et­zko con­tin­ues. The series cen­ters around a new Avatar named Korra, a 17-year-old head­strong and rebel­lious girl who con­tin­u­ally chal­lenges and bucks tra­di­tion on her quest to become a fully real­ized Avatar in a world where ben­ders are under attack. The half-hour series will debut on Sat­ur­day, April 14 at 11 a.m. (all times ET/PT) as part of Nickelodeon’s Sat­ur­day morn­ing block (8 a.m. to noon). The Leg­end of Korra will air reg­u­larly Sat­ur­days at 11 a.m.

* Rav­ing Rab­bids, which will join the net’s ani­ma­tion lineup next spring, brings to tele­vi­sion the hys­ter­i­cal phys­i­cal com­edy that has become so pop­u­lar in Ubisoft’s Rav­ing Rab­bids video games. Nick­elodeon has secured global broad­cast rights for 26 new CG episodes of Rav­ing Rab­bids, which will be pro­duced by Ubisoft.

* Mon­sters vs. Aliens, the all-new ani­mated tele­vi­sion series mark­ing the third part­ner­ship between Nick­elodeon and Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion. Green-lit for 26 episodes and based on the pop­u­lar char­ac­ters from the 2009 block­buster hit fea­ture film ($383 mil­lion world­wide gross), the new series will con­tinue to fol­low the funny escapades of the beloved, well-meaning monsters.

* Robot & Mon­ster, which will also be hit­ting Nickelodeon’s air for a 26-episode run for the 2012–13 sea­son. Cre­ated by Josh Sternin, Jeff Ven­ti­m­ilia and Dave Pressler, this CG-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.

* It’s A Sponge­Bob Christ­mas! Nickelodeon’s first full-length stop-motion ani­mated spe­cial is inspired by the clas­sic Rankin/Bass (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Rein­deer, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town) spe­cials, and the pop­u­lar Sponge­Bob song released in 2009, “Don’t Be a Jerk, It’s Christ­mas,” writ­ten by Tom Kenny (voice of Sponge­Bob) and Andy Paley. In It’s A Sponge­Bob Christ­mas!, Plank­ton vows to get his Christ­mas wish – the Krabby Patty for­mula – by turn­ing every­one in Bikini Bot­tom bad by feed­ing them his spe­cial jerktonium-laced fruit­cake. The spe­cial fea­tures John Good­man as Santa Claus, and will air in December.

* Seven new ani­ma­tion pilots picked up for the 2012–13 sea­son, includ­ing four helmed by hit-maker Butch Hart­man (The Fairly Odd­Par­ents, T.U.F.F. Puppy).

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