Rich Cats, Singing Pets, Family Spies Added to 05-06 Nick Sked

In addition to a new live-action series from the mind of Whoopi Goldberg, Nickleodeon is adding five toon new series to its 2005-2006 fall line-up.

The new slate includes a series featuring some seriously loaded cats, a gaggle of opera singing superhero pets and a family of suburban spies.

Sked additions include: Catscratch, (debuting in September) which is described by the net as an outrageous animated tale about three wealthy fumbling felines who carry on in a world of humans. It features the voices talents of Wayne Knight (Seinfeld, Jurassic Park), Rob Paulsen (The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius) and Kevin McDonald (The Kids in the Hall).

The X’s, meanwhile (premiering November 2005) features an Incredibles-type family of spies living incognito in suburbia. After years of training with the finest top secret organization, the X’s have been unleashed to protect the world as an undercover family of super spies. They must fight the forces of evil without upsetting the neighbors. Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me) stars as Mrs. X, with Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld) as Mr. X, Lynsey Bartilson (Grounded for Life) as Tuesday X and Stephen Root (NewsRadio) as Homebase. Creator is Carlos Ramos, Annie award-winning designer and creator of the Oh Yeah! Cartoons shorts A Dog and his Boy, Twins Crimson and Those Amazing Robots.

Nick Jr. is expanding its award-winning roster with three new play-to-learn series: Go, Diego, Go!, an animated spin-off of the popular preschool series Dora the Explorer starring Dora’s eight-year-old rough and tumble cousin Diego; The Wonder Pets (set for 2006), a combination live-action/animated series about three, brave opera singing classroom pets who become superheroes after school; and Wubby Widget and Walden (also set for a 2006 debut), an animated series about three indefinable creatures who each approach and solve problems in a different way.

Also for the 2005-06 season, the network will also premiere 248 episodes of 18 returning hit Nick and Nick Jr. series, totaling 124 hours of new, original programming, including: 20 new episodes of the number-one kids series SpongeBob SquarePants; 24 new episodes of the number-one preschool series Dora the Explorer; as well as new seasons of Nickelodeon’s live action hits Zoey 101, Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, Unfabulous, Drake & Josh and Romeo!.