Nick Nabs New Shows

Nickelodeon will add a raft of new animated series to its 2003-2004 schedule. Among the six acquired properties are a new show from Fairly OddParents creator Butch Hartman and spin-offs of Rugrats and Oh Yeah! Cartoons.

All Grown Up is a pre-teen version of Rugrats that sees Angelica, Tommy, Chuckie and the rest of the gang out of diapers and into a new kind of mischief. The series, created and produced by Klasky Csupo, is pegged to premiere this fall.

My Life As A Teenage Robot, a spin-off of the hit show Oh Yeah! Cartoons, joins the Nick lineup this summer. The series was created by Rob Renzetti and centers on Jenny, a super-powered robot who has to protect the planet while coping with the trials and tribulations of being a high school student. Renzetti will serve as exec. producer, alongside Fred Seibert.

From Fairly OddParents creator Butch Hartman comes Danny Phantom, a comedy about a 14-year-old who transforms into a ghost-fighting superhero. The series is produced at the Nicktoons Animation Studio in Burbank, Calif.

The 3D animated preschool series The Backyardigans is a music and dance-driven show about three animal friends who embark on fantasy adventures. The series was created by exec. producer Janice Burgess (Little Bill). Co-exec. producer Robert Scull (Little Bill, Littleburg) directs.

This August will see the launch of Rubbadubbers, a stop-motion preschool series about bath toy pals who use the power of imagination to undertake fantastic journeys. It is produced by HIT Ent.

Finally, the Nelvana-produced Miss Spider and the Sunny Patch Kids creeps into the picture with a one-hour animated primetime special. Geared to a preschool audience, the show is based on David Kirk’s best-selling children’s book series Little Miss Spider and features the voice of actress Brooke Shields.