Nickelodeon has renewed the hit animated series The Mighty B! for another season. The network has ordered 20 new half-hour episodes of the comedy created by Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live, Horton Hears a Who!, Shrek the Third, Baby Mama) and Nick animation vets Cynthia True and Erik Wiese. Poehler, who provides the voice of series star Bessie Higgenbotton, will continue to serve as exec producer with True and Wiese. Andy Richter also be back as Bessie’s brother, Ben.
Bessie Higgenbottom is the world’s most ambitious and loveably unhinged member of the Honeybee troop for girls. She wears her uniform every single day, and has earned more badges then any other Honeybee in history. Her adventures often include her ever-loyal younger brother Benjamin, her very opinionated and somewhat reluctant dog Happy (Dee Bradley Baker), her imaginary friend Finger and Rocky Rhodes (Kenan Thompson) and the cool, older skater kid who works part-time at the counter at Bessie’s mother’s cafe
‘The Mighty B!, has become a break-out hit for Nickelodeon, complementing and strengthening our powerhouse Saturday morning line-up,’ says Brown Johnson, president of animation for Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group. ‘Fans can look forward to more of Bessie’s dare-to-be-different attitude this season as she chases new badges and comes closer to her dream of becoming The Mighty B.’
The Mighty B! airs Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. Since its debut, the show has attracted an average 3.1 million total viewers. In the second quarter of 2008, the series ranked among the top five animated properties on all of television: third among kids 2-11 and second among kids 6-11 and tweens 9-14. The series is produced at the Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif.
Poehler is currently in her eighth season of Saturday Night Live, and has been the co-anchor of the show’s popular Weekend Update segment going on five seasons. She will star in a new NBC comedy from King of the Hill co-creator Greg Daniels and Mike Schur, and is launching a digital TV program for kids titled Smart Girls at the Party. Poehler and her husband, actor Will Arnett (Blades of Glory, Arrested Development) are expecting their first baby in October.