Nicktoons Greenlights Rob Dyrdek’s Wild Grinders for 2012

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Wild Grinders

Wild Grinders

Pro­fes­sional skate­boarder Rob Dyrdek will bring the fun, fast-paced world of skate­board­ing to Nick­toons with an orig­i­nal, ani­mated series, Wild Grinders, it was announced today by Keith Dawkins, Senior Vice Pres­i­dent, Gen­eral Man­ager, Nick­toons and Teen­Nick. Inspired by Dyrdek’s real-life expe­ri­ences, the half-hour com­edy fol­lows the car­toon adven­tures of a group of friends bonded by their love of skateboarding.

The 26-episode series is pro­duced in part­ner­ship with Home Plate Enter­tain­ment, Moon­scoop and Dyrdek’s Wild Grinders LLC, and will pre­miere on Nick­toons in 2012, pre­ceded by a num­ber of some shorts and other orig­i­nal multi-platform dig­i­tal con­tent launch­ing this fall. Agogo Cor­po­ra­tion, Tel­egael Teo­ranta and Coper­ni­cus Stu­dios are also co-producers on the HD production.

Wild Grinders is a great fit for Nick­toons because it has the com­edy and adren­a­line boys love,” said Dawkins. “Rob Dyrdek brings an authen­tic look at the skate­board cul­ture and a diverse cast of char­ac­ters who reflect our audi­ence. We think they’ll enjoy this dynamic jour­ney of a 12-year-old skater and his friends.”

I wanted to make a car­toon that made me laugh. I have always tried to cre­ate pro­gram­ming that was funny. Skate­board­ing is a back­drop to our main char­ac­ters comedic sit­u­a­tions, but not nec­es­sar­ily our pri­mary focus,” stressed Dyrdek, who also is voic­ing the lead char­ac­ter and Exec Producing.

Rooted in fun, humor and a gen­uine take on the atti­tude and spirit of today’s skate­board­ing, Wild Grinders fol­lows a quick-thinking skater kid, Lil Rob, his right hand dog, Meaty, his nerdy inven­tor buddy, Gog­gles, and his mid­dle school friends, known as the Wild Grinders. Lil Rob and his thrill-seeking crew, who come from all walks of life, find them­selves amid many zany skate­board­ing adven­tures in and around their home­town of Sprawl City, from shrink rays that make “get­ting through the liv­ing room” an imag­i­na­tive adven­ture to a story about cursed pump­kin zom­bies, the show fea­tures the bright appeal­ing look of orig­i­nal artwork.

Dyrdek will be sign­ing exclu­sive Wild Grinders posters at San Diego Comic Con at the Nick­elodeon booth on Fri­day, July 22, at 11 a.m. (PT). Addi­tion­ally, Wild Grinders shorts, behind-the-scenes videos, char­ac­ter descrip­tions and more will be avail­able on Nicktoons.com/wildgrinders begin­ning this September.

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