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The N, a digital spinoff channel of Nickelodeon targeting tweens and teens, has greenlighted a new unscripted series. Twelve episodes of the half-hour dating series Best Friend's Date were ordered from de Oliveira Entertainment Group (Making the Band 2). Rick de Oliveira and Adam Tobin will produce Date, which begins shooting in Los Angeles this month. Date allows a teenage contestant to have his best friend pick a blind date from a selection of potential mates. "We are making a dating show for this particular age group," said Tom Ascheim, executive vp and general manger of Nickelodeon Digital Television. Ascheim has also ordered a third season for the N's Girls v. Boys franchise, from Dancing Toad Prods., to be shot in Montana. The current season takes place in Hawaii. Girls pits a team of three girls against three boys in a series of physical and mental challenges. Both Date and Girls will premiere Dec. 3. Available in 40 million homes, the N is the evening half of the digital channel known as Noggin during the daytime, when it targets preschool viewers.

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