New York -- Nickelodeon has seven new series in the hopper, including a
Rugrats spinoff and a live-action hip-hop comedy starring father-and-son
artists Master P and Lil' Romeo.
Nick officials unveiled the network's new programs for the 2003-2004 season
during an upfront presentation here Wednesday.
The roster of new programming includes Romeo!, which features hip-hop
mogul Master P and his son, 13-year-old hit recording artist Lil' Romeo. Nick
has ordered 20 episodes of the show, which is about a music-industry executive
who tries to maintain a normal life for his kids while managing the family
Romeo! will premiere this fall on "Snick," Nick's Saturday-night
All Grown Up will star the Rugrats as tweens, with Nick ordering
13 installments of it as well as My Life as a Teenage Robot, about a
superpowered robot with a sensitive teen-age heart.
In Drake and Josh, Nick alumni Drake Bell of The Amanda Show
and Josh Peck of The Amanda Show and Snow Day are reunited as
an odd couple of teen stepbrothers.
Danny Phantom is an animated action-comedy from Butch Hartman, creator of
Nick hit The Fairly OddParents.
Nick also has two new preschool shows: The Backyardigans,a 3-D
animated series, and Rubbadubbers,a stop-frame series about a
group of bath-toy friends.
And Whoopi Goldberg will do three live-action half-hour specials for
preschoolers under the moniker Whoopi's Littleburg.
Nick will also be mounting a search for the funniest kid in America, which
will have its first casting call April 5 in Los Angeles. There will also be
auditions in New York, Chicago and Atlanta. And contestants can mail in