‘Jimmy Neutron’ Complete Series Available on DVD Oct. 26

Shout! Factory on Oct. 26 will release The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius: The Complete Series, a 10-DVD boxed set featuring all three seasons from the Nickelodeon animated series.

Jimmy is a genius boy who invents gadgets to improve his daily life situations with his robot dog Goddard by his side. The inventions almost always go awry leading to various mishaps for Jimmy and his best friends Carl and Sheen.

Based on the 2001 film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, the series aired on Nickelodeon from 2002 to 2006.

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The show’s voice cast includes Debi Derryberry (Toy Story, “F Is for Family”), Rob Paulsen (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Animaniacs”) and Jeffrey Garcia (Rio, Happy Feet), with guest appearances from Tim Curry, Tom Kenny, Jim Belushi, Christian Slate, Michael Clarke Duncan, Dan Castellaneta, Mel Brooks, Ving Rhames and Jay Leno.

The release features numerous bonus features, including the crossover specials with “The Fairly OddParents,” the “Jimmy Neutron” pilot episode, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and storyboards for select episodes.

‘Paw Patrol: The Movie’ Due on Digital Sept. 21, Disc Nov. 2

The animated family film Paw Patrol: The Movie, from Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies and Spin Master Entertainment, will be available for digital purchase Sept. 21 with exclusive bonus content from Paramount Home Entertainment.  The film will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 2.

In the film, which earned $103 million at the global box office, when their rival, Humdinger, becomes Mayor of nearby Adventure City and starts wreaking havoc, Ryder and the heroic pups kick into high gear to face the most challenging mission of their Paw Patrol careers. Along the way, the team finds help from a new ally, the savvy dachshund Liberty, and together the Paw Patrol fights to save the citizens of Adventure City.

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The digital release features exclusive bonus content, including a look at the team; additional news reports with reporter Marty Muckraker (Jimmy Kimmel); a sing-along with a reimagined Paw Patrol theme song lyric video; bonus television episodes from the Nickelodeon series (produced by Spin Master Entertainment), including one never-before-seen episode; and a never-before-seen episode of “Blaze and the Monster Machines.”

Blu-ray extra features include a look at the team; additional news reports with reporter Marty Muckraker; and a sing-along with a reimagined Paw Patrol theme song lyric video.

Nickelodeon CEO Not Worried About Disney+

In the lucrative battle for children streamers of video content, Nickelodeon features a character line-up (SpongeBob SquarePants, Paw Patrol, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, iCarly) more than capable of competing against Disney and its branded Disney+ SVOD platform, said CEO Brian Robbins, who is also chief content officer of kids and family at Paramount+.

According to Nielsen, children from 2 to 11 years of age are watching 11+ hours of content weekly on connected streaming devices. Speaking Aug. 20 on “CNBC Squawk Box,” Robbins said SpongeBob SquarePants characters are being spun-off in separate series and movies on Paramount+.

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“It’s the gift that keeps on giving,” Robbins said. “SpongeBob is truly ubiquitous. He might be the most popular animated character of all time.”

Robbins said ViacomCBS remains “excited” about the launch of Paramount+, and the Aug. 20 theatrical debut of Paw Patrol: The Movie, which the executive says is a preschool juggernaut.

“It’s the biggest preschool franchise in the world,” he said. “We want to continue to leverage our biggest franchises into direct-to-consumer relationships with our audiences.”

Relationships that include consumer products and amusement rides.

“That’s the case with ‘Paw Patrol,’ it’s not only the biggest preschool show for us, it’s a CPG juggernaut for us,” Robbins said.

When asked about kid-friendly Disney+, which ended its most recent fiscal period with 116 million subscribers worldwide, the executive said the kids market is big enough for multiple players.

“Kids are enormous consumers of content … they seek out what they want,” Robbins said. “Sometimes that’s going to be on Disney+ and that’s OK, a lot of the time it’s going to be on Nickelodeon and Paramount+.”

Nickelodeon’s ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark? — Curse of the Shadows’ Due on DVD Aug. 10

Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark? — Curse of the Shadows, a follow-up to 2019’s reimagined limited series horror anthology, will come out on DVD Aug. 10 from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment.

Based on the ‘90s kids’ cult classic and featuring a  new story, the second season includes six hour-long episodes that follow an all-new group of kids as they tell the tale of a curse that has been cast over their small seaside town, haunted by a villain named the Shadowman. After their leader goes missing, it’s up to the remaining members of the Midnight Society to break the curse and free the Shadowman’s victims, before they too disappear into the shadows.

The members of the newest chapter of the Midnight Society are: Luke, played by Bryce Gheisar (Wonder, Nickelodeon’s “The Astronauts”); Jai, played by Arjun Athalye; Hanna, played by Beatrice Kitsos (Child’s Play); Gabby, played by Malia Baker (“The Baby-Sitters Club”); Seth, played by Dominic Mariche (The Christmas Yule Blog); and Connor, played by Parker Queenan (“Party of Five”). The Shadowman is played by Kyle Strauts (“Flora & Ulysses”).

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Are You Afraid of the Dark? — Curse of the Shadows episodes include “The Tale of the Haunted Woods,” “The Tale of the Night Frights,” “The Tale of the Phantom Light,” “The Tale of the Danse Macabre,” “The Tale of the Midnight Magic” and “The Tale of the Darkhouse.”

ViacomCBS Launching Nickelodeon-Branded Kids SmartWatch

ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI), a division of ViacomCBS, June 29 unveiled the first-ever connected smart “NickWatch” by Nickelodeon at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

This new family-centric wearable device, manufactured by Israeli technology startup Watchinu, offers entertainment and communication safety features. Pricing, retail and distribution partners, as well as market availability, will be announced at a later date by VCNI. The device will be available for purchase in 2022.

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“This strategic product launch will leverage our IP and content to further strengthen our position … with diverse consumer touchpoints creating a new immersive experience,” Raffaele Annecchino, CEO of ViacomCBS Networks International, said in a statement.

The NickWatch aims to provide a direct line of communication to family and friends, promote physical activity, independence and help kids explore their world. Each device comes with the smart watch body, two watch bands (one Nickelodeon band and one more adult, premium band) and a character-led charging base.

The product aims to promote a healthy lifestyle for kids by promoting physical and social play activities. Kids can play alone or with friends who have a NickWatch to set off on the same quest together.

Entertainment based on Nickelodeon IP will include photo filters, motion sound effects and musical instruments that play out according to hand movements. Regular content updates with new games, new stickers, and new sound effects will be added on an ongoing basis.

The platform will allow two primary modes of communication: text and voice. The parent or caregiver can text the child from their phone, and kids can respond with pre-written responses, voice-to-text, emojis, or photos. The child can also call their parents/contacts within their directory, and they can receive incoming calls from pre-selected contacts. Caregivers can create group threads and can also send sticker messages, timers, reminders, photos, voice messages, and create polls.

Kids and parents can stay connected via a map feature that will allow the latter to see the current location of everyone in the family via GPS, Wi-Fi and cellular towers, by downloading the app on their device.

Hulu + Live TV Adds Nine ViacomCBS Networks

Hulu + Live TV is adding nine ViacomCBS networks to its channel lineup, including Comedy Central, BET, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, VH1, CMT, MTV, TV Land and the Paramount Network.

Subscribers will also have on-demand access to TV series titles such as “Freaks & Geeks,” “Moesha” and “Sister Sister.”

Monthly subscription pricing for Hulu + Live TV will remain at $64.99 per month.

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Five ViacomCBS networks — BETher, MTV2, NickToons, TeenNick and MTV Classic — will join Hulu’s entertainment add-on.

Hulu + Live TV offers more than 65 live TV channels, plus the core Hulu on-demand service (normally $5.99 per month as a standalone offering).

Nickelodeon Live-Streaming ‘Paw Patrol’ Stage Show to Preschoolers, Families

Nickelodeon March 31 announced it would live-stream “Paw Patrol Live! At Home,” an interactive streaming event targeting preschoolers April 24-25.  The virtual extravaganza includes: a 45-minute interactive stage show that puts kids at the center of the action; an opportunity to watch the show in a shared viewing room with friends and family; and an immersive pre-show area with games, videos, printable activities and more.

“As we look forward to a return to normalcy and welcoming families back to our live events, we continue to invest in innovative ways to grow our Nickelodeon Experiences business during these unprecedented times,” Amy Hyland, EVP of Nickelodeon strategy, business development and operations, said in a statement.

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The “Paw Patrol Live! At Home” show, which will be available in English and Spanish, was originally conceived for the stage by VStar Entertainment as “Paw Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue.” This reimagined production recreates a communal theater-like experience enhanced by the interactive livestream production.

Accessible immediately following ticket purchase, parents can log onto the “Race Ready Room,” a fully immersive area that features digital games, printable activity sheets, an e-shop, a Pup Pup Boogie dance-along video; a series of ‘how to’ videos to help families navigate the pre-show area and interactive show elements and more.

A fully customizable AR avatar responds to viewers’ participation via motion and sound capture, while a virtual, customizable screen overlay version of Ryder’s communication device allows guests to click on the badge of one of the members of the Paw Patrol and have their virtual pad display in the core colors of that pup. Their selected character will also speak directly to them during select moments in the show.

Purchase options include a single ticket, which allows access on one device; as well as a group ticket which includes a single ticket and three additional access codes that can be shared with friends and family, allowing guests to experience the show in a shared viewing room and communicate through a “watch together” video chat. Guests can also choose from three show times — 7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET, 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET, and 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET. Additionally, beginning April 26, families who purchased a single or group access ticket will be able to log on and re-watch the show through May 2.

Mattel, Nickelodeon to Produce Animated Series, Live-Action Movie Musical Based on ‘Monster High’ Franchise

Mattel and Nickelodeon Feb. 23 announced plans to produce a new animated series and live-action television movie musical based on “Monster High,” the franchise about the children of famous monsters and creatures.

The new series follows characters Clawdeen Wolf, Draculaura and Frankie Stein as they navigate high school at Monster High. The show, which will be available globally across Nickelodeon platforms, including Paramount+, is scheduled to premiere in 2022. Similarly, the movie musical event, which marks the first time Monster High will be featured in a live-action feature film, will be available on Nickelodeon platforms globally next year. Monster High was first introduced in 2010.

“Monster High’s strong message of inclusivity is more relevant than ever,” Fred Soulie, GM of Mattel Television, said in a statement. “Nickelodeon shares our passion for the brand and its purpose having worked on the franchise when it first launched more than a decade ago. They are the ideal partners to bring these beloved characters and their stories to life through episodic television and the live-action television movie.”

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The “Monster High” series and movie musical event join other Mattel Television content in production, including series and specials based on Barbie, Masters of the Universe, Thomas & Friends, Polly Pocket and Fireman Sam, to name a few.

The forthcoming “Monster High” series and movie underscore a key element of Nickelodeon’s content strategy, to build and expand the worlds of enormously popular franchises such as “Star Trek,” “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Henry Danger,” “Big Nate” and “Real Pigeons Fight Crime,” among others.

Nickelodeon’s new content slate is informed by the network’s ongoing research and insights into today’s generation of kids, who, the media company says, are the most diverse generation ever and expect to see themselves authentically represented in media and in the world around them; want to make a positive difference in the world as they grow up; consider social media stars as their top role models, alongside their parents; and increasingly meet their much-desired need for family time by co-viewing entertainment content together.

NFL Wildcard Weekend Broke Broadcast/Streaming Molds

The NFL’s just-concluded busy wildcard playoff weekend saw 12 teams reduced to eight advancing to the divisional round, beginning Jan. 16. Notably, for the first time playoff games were live-streamed (ESPN+, Peacock) and broadcast on a children’s network (Nickelodeon), in addition to the usual TV networks.

During the New Orleans Saints’ win over the Chicago Bears, Nickelodeon viewers got see trademark green slime sprayed virtually into the end zone and across the screen after Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas scored a touchdown. The game drew Nickelodeon’s largest audience in four years with 2 million viewers.

While the simulcast with CBS Sports underscored ViacomCBS’s desire to involve its brands (Nickelodeon) across new markets, for the NFL, the game represented an opportunity to reach a new demo early.

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“Our entire model is based on reach,” Hans Schroeder, EVP and COO of NFL Media, said in an interview Sunday night. “The positive responses have been overwhelming [for the Nickelodeon game], but what we did with CBS was a continuation of what we did across Sunday.”

On Disney-owned ESPN+, streamers saw analytics on steroids with an individual play’s likelihood of succeeding put on display. Indeed, an interception thrown by Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson only had only a 28% chance of being caught by the receiver initially.

Amazon Prime Video and sister company Twitch were the first streaming platforms to offer live NFL coverage through “Thursday Night Football,” featuring the sport’s first female broadcast team.

“When you have as broad appeal as we’re fortunate to have, we want to make sure we’re putting out a broad set of experiences on as many screens as we can, and increase the way our fans engage and enjoy the games,” Schroeder said.

Indeed, ESPN will feature tonight NCAA College Football National Championship Game between The Ohio State Buckeyes and University of Alabama Crimson Tide across 14 separate broadcasts, including streaming.

‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Season 12 on DVD Jan. 12

Paramount Home Entertainment will release Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Twelfth Season on DVD Jan. 12, 2021.

In the 12th season, Gary tries out a new pair of legs to keep up with SpongeBob and Plankton and practice ruling the world in SpongeBob’s aquarium. Plankton as he creates clones of himself and Mr. Krabs, while Squidward tries out another line of work before SpongeBob and Patrick come to ruin it. The newly reformed “Clean Bubble” takes a job at the Krusty Krab, and Mrs. Puff, Karen, and Sandy take Pearl to a cabin in the kelp for a fun weekend.

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The three-DVD set includes the following episodes:

Disc 1:
FarmerBob / Gary & Spot
The Nitwitting / The Ballad of Filthy Muck
The Krusty Slammer / Pineapple RV
Gary’s Got Legs / King Plankton
Plankton’s Old Chum / Stormy Weather
Swamp Mates / One Trick Sponge
The Krusty Bucket / Squid’s on a Bus
Sandy’s Nutty Nieces / Insecurity Guards
Broken Alarm / Karen’s Baby

Disc 2:
Shell Games / Senior Discount
Mind the Gap / Dirty Bubble Returns
Jolly Lodgers / Biddy Sitting
SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout
SpongeBob in RandomLand / SpongeBob’s Bad Habit
Handemonium / Breakin’
Boss for a Day / The Goofy Newbie
The Ghost of Plankton / My Two Krabses

Disc 3:
Knock, Knock Who’s There? / Pat Hearts Squid
Lighthouse Louie / Hiccup Plague
A Cabin in the Kelp / The Hankering
Who R Zoo?
Plankton’s Intern / Patrick’s Tantrum
BubbleBass’s Tab / Kooky Cooks
Escape From Beneath Glove World
Krusty Koncessionaires / Dream Hoppers