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‘100% Wolf – Legend of the Moonstone’ Leads Most Viewed Show at MipJunior

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Animated series “100% Wolf – Legend of the Moonstone” from Germany’s Studio100 Media topped the poll of most-watched shows at MipJunior, the children’s content market in Cannes, which wrapped Sunday.

The series follows the adventures of Freddy Lupin, a young werewolf who has been accidentally turned into a poodle, but is determined to prove he’s a match for the others in the werewolf academy. The show was ordered by ABC in Australia and Super Rtl in Germany.

The top 20 shows were all animated series, and this reflects data on viewing trends. Animation is still the most popular genre among those under the age of 15. The genre accounts for an average of 78% of the 20 best-performing children’s shows in the five countries studied by research group Glance. This is higher than it has been over the past five years.

The second position in the most viewed shows at MipJunior was
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Time Travel, Child Hosts, Diversity Build in Kids Shows, Says Glance Study

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Time Travel, Child Hosts, Diversity Build in Kids Shows, Says Glance Study
Cannes — More or less the only thing that hasn’t changed in Avril Blondelot’s MipJunior presentation of Kids Audience Successes Around the Globe was Blondelot herself.

As well as, which she began by reporting, that “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “Miraculous Ladybug” – in that order – still dominate the rankings for the top three programs watched by children in Europe.

But Eurodata TV Worldwide, which Blondelot has represented over the last few years, has been rebaptized from this month as Global Audience and Content Evolution (Glance), a change reflecting in part the enhanced now often highly global reach.

The rebranding also underscores vertiginous change in content markets. One case in point, said Blondelot. Over the first six months of 2019, half of 2019, 18 new launches figured in the top 20 best-performing programs in Europe’s Big Five territories of France, U.K. Germany, Italy and Spain, according to Glance’s Kids TV Report,
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Robot Chicken Season 10: Gordon Ramsay Grills Celebs in an Exclusive Clip

Joseph Baxter Oct 9, 2019

Check out this exclusive clip from Robot Chicken Season 10, showing a celebrity edition of MasterChef gone insanely awry.

Robot Chicken continues its wanton ridicule of any and all things in the currently-running tenth season, and the Adult Swim stop-motion series, which launched back in February 2005, continues to prove that hasn't run out of steam, or action figures, with which to parody with perfection.

Pertinently, Den of Geek has an exclusive preview clip for you, showcasing a celebrity edition of MasterChef, in which the notoriously harangue-hurling host, Gordon Ramsay, handles a bizarre lineup of celebrities. – That is, if Bob’s Burgers’ Bob Belcher, Ratatouille’s Alfredo Linguini, SpongeBob SquarePants himself and South Park‘s long-departed soul-singing cafeteria cook, Chef, qualify as “celebrities” in the conventional sense.

Video of Celebrity Master Chef | Robot Chicken | adult swim

Of course, for those who might not have gotten the joke about Chef
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Viacom Launches Paramount Plus, Noggin on Amazon Prime Video in Mexico

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Continuing Paramount’s immersion in a Svod world, Viacom International Media Networks (Vimn) has confirmed a agreement to add two Svod services – Paramount Plus and Noggin, Nick Jr.’s learning service – to Amazon Prime Video’s lineup in Mexico.

The move comes as, in a separate announcement, as Paramount Channel Latinoamerica confirmed all on Tuesday that its first original series commission, teen sci-fi thriller ”Dani Who?” will bow its pilot episode on Amazon Prime Video on Nov. 8.

The Vimn-Amazon deal will see Viacom finding a powerful Ott outlet in Mexico, currently the most vibrant of Svod markets in Latin America.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer Paramount Plus and Noggin through Prime Video Channels in Mexico,” said Rita Herring, senior vice president of content distribution for Viacom International Media Networks Americas. “Both of these premium services offer extensive, curated content for the whole family and are a perfect
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‘Freaks and Geeks’ at 20: How Paul Feig and Judd Apatow’s Cult Hit Launched the Careers of Seth Rogen, Jason Segel and More

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‘Freaks and Geeks’ at 20: How Paul Feig and Judd Apatow’s Cult Hit Launched the Careers of Seth Rogen, Jason Segel and More
In the TV world, 1999 was a pretty important time. The multi-Emmy Award-winning drama series “The Sopranos” and “The West Wing” premiered that year, as did Nickelodeon’s beloved “SpongeBob SquarePants,” which has spawned two movies and even a Broadway musical, and Seth MacFarlane’s raucous Fox animated “The Family Guy.”

But one of the most fondly remembered series — which kicked off the careers of actors including James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini, Busy Philipps and John Francis Daley — didn’t even air its complete season. NBC’s high school dramedy “Freaks and Geeks” premiered Sept. 25, 1999, created by a pre-“BridesmaidsPaul Feig and executive produced by Judd Apatow. The producing talent also included “School of Rock” writer Mike White and “Bad Teacher” director Jake Kasdan, and the show also featured guest stars including Ben Foster, Rashida Jones and a baby-faced Shia Labeouf. But after only averaging 6.8 million total live viewers for the season,
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‘Abominable’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

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In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the always-on TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, DreamWorks Animation claims the top spot in spending with “Abominable.”

Ads placed for the animated film had an estimated media value of $5.97 million through Sunday for 1,543 national ad airings on 40 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Sept. 16-22. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) DreamWorks Animation prioritized spend across networks including Fox, Nick and NBC, and during programming such as the 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards telecast, “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “America’s Got Talent.”

Just behind “Abominable” in second place: MGM’s “The Addams Family,” which saw 681 national ad airings across 31 networks, with an estimated media value of $4.19 million.

TV ad placements for Twentieth Century Fox’s “Ad Astra” (Emv: $4.09 million), Paramount Pictures’ “Gemini Man” ($3.5 million
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Viacom Inks Major Deal With Russian Online Video Service ivi

Major Russian online video service ivi has concluded a licensing deal with Viacom, covering 75 seasons of children's television series, including SpongeBob SquarePants and Paw Patrol in one of Russia's largest online video content deals.

Among other titles included in the deal are Dora the Explorer, Blaze and the Monster Machines and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

As part of the deal, the Russian video service will also broadcast Viacom's 10 TV channels, including Paramount Comedy, Nickelodeon and MTV Hits, becoming the only online platform in Russia where all Viacom franchises are available.

The agreement, the value of which has not been disclosed,...
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2019 Creative Arts Emmy winners (Saturday): Full list of nominees and winners in all 48 categories

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2019 Creative Arts Emmy winners (Saturday): Full list of nominees and winners in all 48 categories
The Primetime Emmy telecast will take place on Sunday night, September 22, but die-hard Emmy connoisseurs know most of the awards are handed out the weekend before. On Saturday, September 14, and Sunday, September 15, the television academy held its Creative Arts Awards, honoring the best behind-the-scenes artists as well as achievements in animation, documentaries, reality TV, variety, short form programming and more. Scroll down for the complete list of nominees and winners on Saturday night.

Don’t look for a “Game of Thrones” stampede to start here. Saturday’s awards focused on achievements like Best Animated Program, Best Documentary Series and Special, and Best Structured and Unstructured Reality Program, to name a few. These races are where RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) might have taken home a fourth Best Reality Host award to tie “Survivor” emcee Jeff Probst for the most ever.

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SpongeBob SquarePants: 10 Worst Things The Gang Did To Squidward

Throughout the entirety of the Spongebob Squarepants series on Nickelodeon, one character has taken the brunt of suffering and the butt of the jokes: Squidward Tennisballs, er, we mean, Tentacles. He's the grumpiest, saddest, and most disillusioned character in the show or probably in all of television.

As a result, billions of millennials can now relate to Squidward after having grown up with the unhappy cephalopod. He's almost the patron saint of yuppies these days, even. In any case, some of Squidward's misery is not entirely his fault. In fact, every other character in Spongebob Squarepants has collectively chimed in on ruining his life; here are 10 of the worst things they did to Squidward.

Related: 10 Best Pop Culture References Created From SpongeBob SquarePants
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The Krabby Patties Are Vegan... And 9 Other SpongeBob Fan Theories That Will Make You Say "Barnacles!"

Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants has been through a whirlwind since premiering in the late '90s. From movies to renewals to merchandise — SpongeBob has generated billions of dollars in revenue. Who knew the life of a Krabby Patty-making sponge would connect with kids so much?

After kicking off its 12th season last year, SpongeBob was renewed for its 13th season this past summer and has a movie (It's a Wonderful Sponge) premiering in May 2020. As you can see, we may have grown up with SpongeBob SquarePants but Bikini Bottom isn't going away anytime soon.

Related: 5 Couples That Hurt Teen Nick Shows (And 5 That Saved Them)

No matter how many times we watch SpongeBob and scratch out heads at the silly things he and his Bikini Bottom friends do, we still come back for more. Over the years, however, fans started coming up with their own theories as to why some
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‘The West Wing’ vs. ‘Freaks and Geeks’: TV at a Crossroad in 1999

The geek anxiously leads the cheerleader across the gymnasium floor, not quite believing she’s agreed to spend a few minutes with him at homecoming, even less sure of what to do when it’s time to stop walking and start dancing. They begin to sway to “Come Sail Away” by Styx, but just as he’s getting comfortable with the rhythm, the guitars come crashing in, the song speeds up, and he stands in slack-jawed terror, without the first clue how to fast dance…


The President’s aides are
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‘Ring Of Honor/Cmll Espectacular 3′ Review

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Welcome to this review of Ring Of Honor/Cmll Espectacular 3, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and I wish I could meet Spongebob Squarepants. I wonder what his Spongebob Squarecrotch looks like. Yeah, I think this might be the only place where you’ll get a review of wrestling that has the attention span of a chicken at a tennis match. Okay, let’s jump right into the final show of the Espectacular trilogy.

Match #1: Villain Enterprises (Pco and Body King) beat The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brawler Milonas) The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Four of the biggest men in Roh were in this match, and they were flying around the ring like men half their size. Bruiser hit a crossbody off the top rope onto all three guys on the floor. He also hit a cannonball off the apron onto Pco. The Bouncers set up for Last Call,
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Awkwafina: 'Growing up, I latched on to strong Asian-American idols'

Nora Lum is the comic-turned-star of The Farewell. She talks China, family and diversity in the film industry

Nora Lum’s voice is deep and distinctive – a husky New York drawl that rings with both world-weariness and barely constrained mirth. That voice, which Lum – who goes by the name of her outlandish rap alter ego Awkwafina, a moniker inspired by her general awkwardness – has said makes her sound like a “58-year-old divorce attorney” or “Satan”, is now her calling card.

It is the connective tissue that runs through her decidedly scattershot career. You can hear it on the 30-year-old’s comedy-rap records, in her stint as a talkshow host, during her winningly bonkers turn in Crazy Rich Asians and her poignant performance in this summer’s Us box-office hit The Farewell. Soon, it will be reaching millions more ears thanks to her lead roles in blockbuster Disney property, the new SpongeBob SquarePants movie,
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Invader Zim: 10 Things Only Fans Of The Series Noticed In Enter The Florpus

If you grew up watching Nickelodeon's Invader Zim, chances are you're a cool person with a twisted sense of humor... and repressed trauma. That's because Invader Zim, despite being a kids' show, is absolutely morbid and dark even compared to the likes of Cow and Chicken, Samurai Jack, or the first three seasons of Spongebob Squarepants. It's no wonder Invader Zim only lasted two seasons in Nick.

Related: The 10 Best Classic Cartoon Network Shows, Ranked

Still, the utterly insane kids' cartoon gained a cult following which even warranted a belated Netflix film, Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus. It was a dream come true for us fans of the screechy evil green alien. Creator Jhonen Vasquez even included some homages to the canceled cartoon, something only fans could've chuckled at. Here are 10 of those moments in Enter the Florpus.
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Aliens, Clowns & Geeks to Premiere at Morbido Film Fest

Tony Sokol Oct 9, 2019

Scifi comedy Aliens, Clowns & Geeks release date set for Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos celebration.

A cult classic in the making will debut at a tribute to a horror classic during a celebration of the dead. The upcoming science fiction comedy Aliens, Clowns & Geeks, which features Verne Troyer in his last role, will premiere at the Morbido Film Fest, Latin America’s premiere genre film festival. The festival takes place in Mexico City from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3 and includes immersive events that intertwine with Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos celebration.

Aliens, Clowns & Geeks is directed by Richard Elfman, who helmed the cult classic Forbidden Zone. Elfman's live theatrical pre-shows for that film are legendary and the tradition will continue. His wife Anastasia Elfman, who plays five roles in Aliens, Clowns & Geeks, will perform horror/burlesque at Morbido’s tribute to the 25th anniversary of Alejandro Jodorowski's horror classic,
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Invader Zim: The 10 Weirdest Characters On The Show

Back when Nickelodeon preferred making cartoons over making overworked child stars, they produced some really impressive titles. These went down in pop culture as some of the most timeless and relevant kids shows ever. Among those once-in-a-decade gems are Spongebob Squarepants and Fairly Odd Parents, and then there's Invader Zim.

Related: The 10 Best Nickelodeon Cartoons, Ranked

One could often wonder how this insane cartoon was greenlit as a kids' show given how dark and horrific it can be. It only lasted two seasons but garnered a cult following-- enough to get a belated Netflix movie just recently: Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus. Fun fact: the TV series is even darker than the film. So before you dive into a show marathon, here's a refresher on Invader Zim's most bizarre characters.
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Nickelodeon's The Casagrandes Are Getting A Spinoff Series

Chris Longo Sep 4, 2019

The Loud House characters are ready to star in their own series on Nickelodeon.

Nickelodeon’s The Loud House is getting a spinoff.

Titled The Casagrandes, the animated series follows Ronnie Anne, an 11-year-old girl who moves to the city with her mom and older brother to live with their extended multigenerational Mexican-American family.

The series will reintroduce characters first seen in the 2017 special, “The Loudest Mission: Relative Chaos.” The characters have since appeared in other episodes of The Loud House. Animated spinoffs are new territory for Nickelodeon. Earlier this year, the network announced that potential spinoffs of SpongeBob SquarePants are in development. The Loud House has been a hit for the network. In addition to the spinoff series, a movie version of The Loud House is in development and will stream on Netflix.

Nickelodeon released the full logline and cast for The Casagrandes:

Starring Izabella Alvarez
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‘Odd Squad’ Deploys New Team for Old Mission: Getting Kids to Tune In

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The kid cast of the PBS series “Odd Squad” is gearing up for its usual challenge, teaching kids about math and science. While the four new members of the team tape scenes in New York’s Central Park, however, a bigger threat looms.

Viewers of “Odd Squad” will not be all that familiar with Valentina Herrera, Jayce Alexander, Alyssa Hidalgo and Gavin MacIver-Wright when they take to the PBS Kids schedule sometime in 2020 for the third cycle of this popular kids’ program. Producers are betting fans of the program and others who have yet to sample it will embrace them quickly. A cast shake-up is not the norm for most series, but for “Odd Squad” it has fast become de rigueur.

Across kids’ TV, most favorites rarely change. Curious George looks almost the same now as he did when he debuted in 2006. The same is true for Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants.
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The Banana Splits Movie Review

Unless you really think Danishka Esterhazy’s The Banana Splits Movie is going to mimic the kid-friendly environment of the 1960s Hanna-Barbera series, it won’t come as too much of a shock to learn that these are not the same Fleagle, Bingo, Drooper, and Snork of your childhood. No, in their big screen debut and faint rebirth back into the social stream, these four splits’ goal is to simply split you. And with this bloodthirsty reincarnation comes one of the strangest and, not speaking to its quality, welcomed films of the year.

With fans from all boroughs of pop culture demanding neatly packaged nostalgia trips, this picture mangles the memory of a kid’s pop-rock band and turns it into a gruesome pack of furry killing machines. Its premise is bold, radical, and, in terms of branding, everlasting. While the idea of The Banana Splits has been left on
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Watch two clips from Lego Batman – Family Matters animated movie

Coinciding with its release on Blu-ray and DVD this week, Warner Bros. has debuted two new clips from the animated feature film Lego Batman – Family Matters; check them out here…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Lego Batman – Family Matters

In Lego DC: Batman – Family Matters, “suspicion is on high after Batman, Batgirl, Robin and other Super Heroes receive mysterious invitations. However, family values must remain strong when Batman and his team encounter the villainous Red Hood, who is obsessed with destroying the Bat-family and all of Gotham City.”

Lego Batman – Family Matters sees Troy Baker (Batman: Arkham Origins), Alyson Stoner (Phineas and Ferb) and Scott Menville (Teen Titans Go!) leading the cast as the voices of Batman, Batgirl and Robin respectively, with Jason Spisak (Young Justice) as Red Hood (and Jason Todd), Steve Blum (Star Wars Rebels) as Scarecrow, Zach Callison (Steven Universe) as Billy Batson, Cam Clarke (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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