Thursday, 14 February 2019

Nickelodeon Embarks On New Direction With Its Biggest, Most Wide-Ranking Content Slate Ever

Nickelodeon is unveiling a new content slate created for today’s kids who are multicultural, family-focused, and in control of their entertainment choices across platforms. With a foundation of supercharging its globally powerful original franchises like SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and PAW Patrol, and welcoming new, acquired properties into its ecosystem, Nickelodeon’s new slate represents a renewing of its commitment to serve all kids, through a multicultural lens; bringing in talent kids love from other platforms and formats; and opening up its demo to capture kid and parent co-viewing, to satisfy this generation’s demand for shared family time.
The slate, announced today by Nickelodeon President Brian Robbins, was put into development in October at the beginning of Robbins’ tenure and will begin to debut on Nick’s platforms this summer.
“We have a laser focus on who kids are today, and what they want, so we are making a wider variety of shows and series for them, and we’re working with brand-new kinds of talent and producers,” said Robbins. “We have a new creative team in place and a renewed energy that we’re harnessing to bring the buzz back to Nick.”
Nick’s new direction was developed against the network’s defining research insights into today’s kids, who: are the most diverse generation ever, with the fastest growing segment being Hispanics; who cite shared experiences with their parents and family as their top priority; and who are in near-total control of their entertainment choices, enabled by any one of the 12 connected devices found in today’s average household.
Robbins: “Kids today are their own programmers, so we have been working very fast to transfer our expertise as television content makers to all the new places and platforms kids are going to,” said Robbins.
“Our vision for a new Nickelodeon is to fill up every screen, of every size, to make an impact on as many consumers as we can and to be at the forefront of conversation for today’s kids and families.”
Highlights of the new slate include: the return of Nick’s iconic All That sketch-comedy series, showcasing a whole new set of kids alongside members of the original cast, with Kenan Thompson serving as an executive producer; a reimagined version of Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader, hosted by John Cena; an all-new unboxing adventure series starring Ryan of Ryan Toys Review, titled Ryan’s Mystery Playdate; America’s Most Musical Family (working title), a nationwide search and competition to crown the next big family musical act; The Casagrandes, the animated spinoff from The Loud House, featuring a multigenerational Mexican-American family; an untitled scripted music-based series set in a boarding school for the performing arts, produced by Simon Fuller and One Republic’s Ryan Tedder, and featuring original songs and performances in every episode; and ideas in development to spin off the characters from SpongeBob SquarePants into their own stand-alone series, specials and feature-length movies.
Robbins continued: “Everything we’re making will have different formats, for all platforms, so we can travel the audience back and forth from one to the other, while being home base for all the shows, the biggest franchises, the characters and talent they love.”
Details of Nickelodeon’s New Content Slate:
Today’s kids represent the most diverse generation ever. Joining Nick’s diverse programming slate is content to super-serve Hispanic viewers, including:
-The Casagrandes – Premiering in October, this companion to the animated hit The Loud House follows 11-year-old Ronnie Anne after she moves to the city 3 with her older brother Bobby and her mom, where they now live with their big, loving and chaotic multigenerational Mexican-American family, the Casagrandes.
-Santiago of the Seas (formerly The Swashbuckling Adventures of Capitán Calavera) – This interactive animated series follows the adventures of 8-year-old Santiago Montes, a brave and kind-hearted pirate, and features a Spanish-language and Latino-Caribbean culture curriculum.
-The Dora the Explorer Theatrical Release – Paramount Pictures, Paramount Players and Nickelodeon Movies present in association with Walden Media the Dora the Explorer live-action movie, opening in theatres this August. Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing could prepare Dora (Isabela Moner) for her most dangerous adventure ever–high school. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots (her best
friend, a monkey), Diego (Jeffrey Wahlberg), a mysterious jungle inhabitant (Eugenio Derbez), and a ragtag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents (Eva Longoria, Michael Peña) and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost Inca civilization.
Nickelodeon is working with talent kids love from other platforms, while also creating content featuring their favorite formats and genres.
-Ryan’s Mystery Playdate – Created and produced by, this brand-new live-action preschool series follows YouTube superstar Ryan, of Ryan Toys Review, his parents and animated friends Gus the Gummy Gator and Combo Panda as they work together to tackle a series of imaginative, physical challenges and unbox puzzles to reveal the identity of his mystery playdate.
-Simon Fuller/Ryan Tedder-Produced Untitled Project – A scripted music series set in a boarding performing arts high school, with original music in every episode. A nationwide search will be conducted to cast the show. Simon Fuller is a legendary, multi-hyphenate creator, producer and manager behind iconic franchises such as the global Idol phenomenon and Spice Girls. Grammy Award-winning Ryan Tedder is the frontman of OneRepublic and writer behind countless hit songs from artists ranging from Beyoncé and Adele, to Camila Cabello, Ed Sheeran and Kelly Clarkson, among others.
Nick’s insights reveal that family time is the most important passion point for kids and parents today, with their top priority being to spend time together and look for opportunities through shared experiences.
Today’s families state that watching TV together is their favorite activity, corresponding to the current 10-year high in co-viewing, where 44% of kids’ viewing is with an adult. To capture co-viewing opportunities, Nick is producing shows with built-in appeal to every family member, including:
-Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader – The iconic family game show will return with all-new episodes hosted by John Cena, who will also serve as an executive producer. Mark Burnett, Chairman of Worldwide Television, MGM (Survivor , The Voice) and Barry Poznick, President, Unscripted Television, MGM (Beat Shazam , The World's
Best) will return as executive producers of the reboot, which places kids squarely in the center of the action. The series is slated to premiere this year.
-The Substitute – In this new hidden camera prank show, celebrities are transformed by a team of special effects artists to go undercover as substitute teachers to surprise a class of unsuspecting students. A $25,000 donation will be made to each school. The Substitute is produced by The Intellectual Property Corporation, and Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman (Undercover Boss ), with Mike Harney serving as showrunner.
-America’s Most Musical Family (working title) – This brand-new competition series, produced by The Intellectual Property Corporation, and Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman (So You Think You Can Dance), follows the nationwide search for the most talented family in America.
-Are You Afraid of the Dark? – The beloved anthology series will return this October as a brand-new miniseries and follow new members of the Midnight Society as they gather around a campfire in the woods to share scary stories. The miniseries will coincide with the upcoming Are You Afraid of the Dark? theatrical movie from Paramount Pictures, Paramount Players’ and Nickelodeon Movies, in theaters October 2019.
-All That – Pop-culture phenomenon All That is returning for a new generation of kids. The new weekly sketch-comedy series will showcase an all-new cast of kids, with cast members through the years making special appearances during the season. Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live) and Kevin Kay (All That, SpongeBob SquarePants, Lip Sync Battle, Lip Sync Battle
Shorties, Yellowstone) will executive produce, with comedian Jermaine Fowler (Super Donuts, Sorry to Bother You) serving as consulting producer on the series slated to premiere this summer.
Nickelodeon is home to some of the biggest
franchises kids love, and the network is
taking steps to increase these properties’
reach and grow their footprint, as well as
welcome in new franchises, to ensure Nick is the top destination for everything kids want:
-SpongeBob SquarePants – Nick is commemorating the 20th anniversary with the “Best Year Ever,” a tribute that includes an original one-hour special, “SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout,” premiering Friday, July 12. Additionally, plans are in place to expand the SpongeBob SquarePants universe with spinoffs focused on the core characters into formats such as new series, specials and feature-length movies. The anniversary will culminate with the May 22, 2020 release of the new SpongeBob theatrical, It’s A Wonderful Sponge, from Paramount Pictures, Paramount Players’ and Nickelodeon Movies.
-Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Season two of the 2D-animated series will premiere this fall, and follow the Turtles as they continue to hone their ninja skills, uncover new, powerful weapons and encounter a world beneath the streets of New York City. The franchise is also being expanded with an original, feature-length animated movie being produced by Nickelodeon Studios for Netflix.
-Blue’s Clues & You! – This remake of the groundbreaking, curriculum-driven interactive series Blue’s Clues brings back beloved puppy Blue for an all- new generation of preschoolers. Premiering in November, the series features all-new CG animation, updates to favorite characters and stars Broadway actor Joshua Dela Cruz as the new live-action host.
-Paddington (working title) – Actor Ben Whishaw (Paddington 1 & 2) will reprise his role as the beloved voice of the title character in the new CG-animated series, which follows a younger Paddington and his adventures in London with the Brown family and their friends. Paddington is a Heyday Films and STUDIOCANAL production in association with Copyrights, helmed by Adam Shaw of Blue Zoo (Go Jetters, Digby Dragon, Miffy, Q Pootle 5), and developed for television and written by Jon Foster and James Lamont (The Amazing World of Gumball, Cuckoo, Paddington 1 & 2). The series will be produced by multi-award-winning David Heyman (producer of all eight Harry Potter films, Gravity, Paddington 1 & 2), Karen Davidsen (formerly with Disney and HIT Entertainment) and Simon Quinn (Isle of Dogs , Fantastic Mr. Fox). Paddington is executiveproduced by Rosie Alison (Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Paddington 1 & 2 ) and co-produced by Rob Silva.
-LEGO® CITY – The all-new high-stakes CG-animated comedy, created and produced by LEGO Group, depicts the funny, smart, and dynamic slices of life within the sprawling and diverse LEGO CITY community. Set to debut this year, the series follows the intertwining paths of the city's everyday heroes as they work together to stop a mysterious master criminal who begins to wreak havoc on their town.


18 MARCH AT 14:55 CAT
Nick Jr. is bringing brand-new episodes of everyone’s favourite bunny siblings, Max & Ruby.

17 MARCH AT 17:00 CAT
Ryder and the pups are back for all-new adventures and rescue missions.

3 MARCH AT 13:10 CAT
Spend a weekend with your favourite monster trucks as Nick Jr. brings you a marathon of episodes with Blaze and AJ in Axle City.
Blaze and his driver AJ are introduced to a world of racing Monster machines. But when a truck named Crusher uses dirty tricks to try and win the Championship Race, Blaze will do everything he can to help his friends and beat Crusher to the finish line.

Get an early start and let mom and dad sleep in a bit by spending time with your favourite Nick Jr. friends every Sunday from 08:05 CAT. Hang out with special episodes of Dora the Explorer, Team Umizoomi and Wallykazam.
Dora the Explorer: Dragon in the School - Sunday 3 March
Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom - Sunday 10 March
Team Umizoomi: The Shape Bandit - Sunday 17 March
Wallykazam: The Big Goblin Problem - Sunday 24 March
Dora in Wonderland - Sunday 30 March

Tom Cruise Festival Coming In April 2019 On TNT Africa With A Selection Of Movies For The Whole Family

On the 22nd of April South Africa celebrates Family Day. We all know that watching a good movie is great opportunity to share time with your loved ones, but choosing what to watch can be an endless task. In April, TNT makes the job easier by proposing an excellent selection of tender, sweet and funny movies - a list that is sure to give every family member something to take away.
Saturday 20th of April
12:50 – The Blind Side (2009)
14:55 – Back to the future II (1989)
16:40 – Teen Wolf (1985)
18:10 – Billy Elliot (2000)
20:00 – The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Sunday 21th of April
13:10 – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
14:50 – Field of Dreams (1989)
16:35 – Patch Adams (1998)
18:30 – Jurassic Park III (2001)
20:00 – Back to the future III (1990)
Monday 22th of April (Bank Holiday)
13:10 – Back to the Future (1985)
15:05 – Madea’sFamily Reunion (2006)
16:55 – Liar Liar (1997)
18:20 – 3 Ninjas (1992)
20:00 – E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

How many times have we heard: “The book is better than the movie!” Although some
people prefer the written versions, some great very popular films have their origin in less known novels. This month, TNT proposes a list of stories that became big screen hits, but weren´t hugely successful in their written form; you may have seen the movie, but probably never read or heard of the book.
Tuesday 2nd of April
18:05 – Blade Runner (1982)
20:00 – First Blood (1982)
Tuesday 9th of April
18:10 – Pitch Perfect (2012)
20:00 – Jurassic Park (1993)
Tuesday 16th of April
17:45 – Apollo 13 (1995)
20:00 – Scarface (1983)
Tuesday 23th of April
16:55 – The Green Mile (1999)
20:00 – Carrie (1976)
Tuesday 30th of April
18:15 – Misery (1990)
20:00 – The Thing (1982)

Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, also known as Tom Cruise, is one of the most famous actors of all times. He has worked in more than 40 films and has had leading roles in legendary movies such as Born on the Fourth of July, The Outsiders or Rain Man. He has won the Golden Globe on three occasions and has been nominated to the Oscar three times. In April, during every Thursdays, TNT will rediscover some of the key movies from his career. Thanks to these titles he became one of the most talented and valued stars in the industry.
Thursday 4th of April
20:00 – Far and Away (1992)
Thursday 11th of April
20:00 – Rain Man (1988)
Thursday 18th of April
20:00 – Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
Thursday 25th of April
15:30 – Far and Away (1992)
17:30 – Rain Man (1988)
20:00 – The Outsiders (1983)
22:15 – Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

There are some movies that make history. They leave a legacy, discovering new ways of making and watching films. Among these iconic titles is the Mad Max franchise, not only for its high quality and undeniable originality with which it was made, but also for the great devotion of its fans, who have been (and still are) decisive in its huge success. The 12th of April marks the 40th anniversary of the premiere of this iconic title and TNT honors its legendary franchise by broadcasting the original trilogy during this weekend.
Friday 12th of April
20:00 – Mad Max (1979)
Saturday 13th of April
20:00 – Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
Sunday 14th of April
20:00 – Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
21:45 – Mad Max (1979)
23:15 – Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
00:50 – Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

Have A Look At What's Heading Your Way On Real Time Africa In April 2019

Married by Mum and Dad
From Tuesday 2 April at 20:00
A modern day take on an old school tradition, this series looks at voluntary arranged marriages to see if they can make a real world success. Men and women who have been unlucky in love agree to put their love lives and their future in the hands of the people who know them best: their parents. Former NFL player, and self-described 'player', Devin doesn't trust himself to pick the right partner. Meanwhile Marissa's parents have never agreed with her choices in boyfriends. Can their parents make better choices for their children's romantic lives? In this fascinating social experiment parents will go in search of a future spouse and arrange the wedding - all without the future spouses meeting until they walk down the aisle!

Our Little Family
From Wednesday 3 April at 20:00
The Hamill family is like any other family, except for the fact that they're all little people! Dan and Michelle Hamill and their three children, Jack and twin girls Cece and Cate, all have Achondroplasia; a rare form of dwarfism. This series, Cece and Cate enroll in dance class, but their individuality shines when they realize Cece is much more of a girlie girl than Cate. Dan also shares his love of golf with Jack, and together they prepare for an annual little people golf tournament. Season two is packed with celebrations, including Mother's and Father's Day, birthdays and family vacations, but amidst all the parties, Michelle decides to embrace a healthier lifestyle. Together, she and Dan learn how to cook and be more active as a family, which means training for a 5K, strawberry picking and preparing for a Maryland crab festival. The action-packed summer is all about friends, family and celebrating each other in the Hamill household.

Reasonable Doubt
From Saturday 6 April at 20:00
In criminal cases the law states that the defendant's guilt must be established beyond a reasonable doubt - but are convictions always so clear cut? In this true- crime series, retired homicide detective, Chris Anderson, and criminal defence attorney, Melissa Lewkowicz open controversial murder cases and re- examine the evidence. Working together and employing their years of experience in criminal cases, they advise the desperate families of those convicted whether it's time to appeal or to accept the verdict, once and for all.

Amanda To The Rescue
From Sunday 28 April at 21:00
Animal rescue heroine, Amanda Giese, is on a mission to help the most hopeless cases with her in- home animal rehab and rescue facility, Panda Paws Rescue, in rural Washington. Along with her family, she takes in and treats major medical and special needs and hospice animals from around the world. With her partner G, son Beast and daughter Jade, and her furry family - a 2-legged boxer dog and trio of spaniels - she cares for animals that deserve a second chance. In this heartwarming series, Amanda launches large-scale rescue missions across the US to save dozens of animals with major medical or special needs from being euthanized. From California to Puerto Rico to Hawaii, no distance is too great for Amanda to rescue vulnerable animals. Where others see no hope and a lost cause, Amanda sees opportunity and an animal in need of love. She strongly believes that just because an animal isn't perfect doesn't mean that they are not the perfect pet.

Discovery Family Africa Sizzling Lineup For April 2019

Tricks on the Street
From Friday 12 April at 18:30
In this unique series, street magician, illusionist and mentalist Ryan Tricks uses his mind-blowing abilities to brighten up people's lives. Featuring a collection of exclusive tricks specially commissioned for this series, social media sensation Ryan travels around London - and his stage is wherever the mood takes him. From performing tricks to a group of young mums to soup kitchen staff, he works his own unique brand of magic on a diverse range of young people who really deserve a little lift to their day.

Chopped Junior
From Monday 1 April at 15:10
Little chefs with big culinary ambition are taking over the kitchen in this flavoursome series as ambitious children seek to make unforgettable meals from mystery ingredients under a ticking clock. Throughout the series, talented young chefs open their baskets to find mandatory mystery ingredients ranging from beef tongue to gummy candy and are challenged to create appetizers, entrees or desserts before the time runs out! Over the course of the season, the junior chefs show their incredible culinary skills as they transform their basket ingredients into masterpiece dishes, for a panel of celebrity judges. They'll bring their unbridled energy, big personalities and unstoppable originality, but only one can be the champion!

Serial Killer Sundays Are Headed Your Way On Investigation Discovery Africa In April 2019 Alongside One Of America's Best Moments That End In Tragedy

Serial Killer Sundays
Sunday April 7 and Sunday April 14 at 22:00 America’s most horrific serial killers go under the spotlight with a series of documentaries exploring their stories – and how events unfolded. BTK: The Hunt For A Killer examines the longest-running serial killer in history whose 30-year reign of terror began in 1974 with one of the most brutal murders Wichita, Kansas had ever witnessed. The programme recounts the investigation and the impact on those affected. In Deadly Legacy, detective Jason Moran reopens the case of one of America's most notorious serial killers, 'Killer Clown' John Wayne Gacy, to finally identify the eight victims who have gone without a name for decades. Bad Henry recounts how detective Garry McFadden beat the odds to find and capture serial killer, "Bad" Henry Louis Wallace. And, Atlanta Child Murders explores a tragic chapter in the city’s history, where over a two-year period at least 29 black children and young adults from low income neighbourhoods were murdered in 1980s Atlanta.

Hometown Homicide
From Wednesday 10 April at 23:00
Using the urgency and intimacy of local news footage, this powerful series tells the stories of murder investigations that turned small towns and communities upside down. Through TV news reports, family photos, and police archive, TV reporters, family, friends, and investigators recount the stories of families and communities affected by shocking crimes. From a possible serial killer on the loose in a small southern US town after a teenage girl was found dead in her home in broad daylight, to the disappearance of a popular high school teacher in southwestern Michigan, these chilling cases proved that sometimes the smallest towns are the settings for the most horrendous crimes.

American Nightmare
From Saturday 20 April at 22:00
From weddings to graduations, the best times of our lives normally go hand in hand with our warmest memories; they are moments to cherish for a lifetime. But, as this chilling series reveals, the all-American dream can become an unspeakable nightmare. Real-life home movies and photos of joyful moments and family events lie in stark contrast to the real crime scene video and 911 calls as they become tragic murder mysteries. Featuring first- person accounts from detectives investigating the crime, as well as the victims' family and friends, the series peels back the layers of each case to reveal how the horrific events unfolded.

From Friday 26 April at 22:00
This series follows the lives of apparently normal people who aren't aware their days are numbered. The clock ticks on their lives, as family, friends, and lovers start to reveal hidden jealousies and wicked secrets, all leading to the ultimate betrayal - murder. Narrated from the perspective of the victims and featuring dramatic reconstructions, this series reveals how these devastating cases unfolded. The shocking murder of beautiful actress Pasinetta Prince by an obsessive and controlling ex-lover and waitress Corey Parker's death at the hands of her neighbour are amongst the chilling cases this season. Nothing is as it seems in these tragic and shocking cases of betrayal; and what the victims don't realise is the decisions they make lead them to a tragic end.

Coming Up In April 2019 On TLC Africa

Counting On
From Monday 1 April at 21:00
The lives of the next generation of Duggars are full of surprises, emotion and milestone moments - and this series is following them every step of the way! There have been wedding bells ringing for Josiah and Lauren, John David and Abbie, and Joe and Kendra. How have the new spouses been adjusting to married life in the larger-than- life family? And, of course, these being the Duggars, there have been new additions with Jinger and Jeremy's baby girl, Felicity; Kendra's little boy, Garrett; and Joy giving birth via C-section to the 'biggest Duggar yet', Gideon! Will the Duggars be counting even more babies this series?

While You Were Out
From Wednesday 10 April at 20:00
Everyone has a dream project for his or her home, most of which never get done - until now. Whether it's an idea for inside the house in the basement, bedroom, kitchen, or den, or even in the yard, this series sees those renovation dreams come true. In each episode two neighbours send their significant others away on a three-day trip. While they are away, a pair of designers and a crack team of renovators descend on each house and help the homeowners completely makeover a room to surprise their loved one upon their return. Working against the clock, the team battle to finish the work on schedule; will they complete their transformations on time, and most importantly of all, will the homeowners' vision impress their loved-ones?

Little People, Big World
From Tuesday 23 April at 20:00
For the Roloffs, America's favourite family of little people, change is on the horizon as Zach and Tori gear up for a busy year. Their son Jackson is about to turn one and they've bought a new house; but will they manage to sell the old house where they're currently living? Meanwhile, after dating for almost a year, Amy is hoping to integrate her boyfriend Chris more into her family's lives. Matt's relationship with Caryn grows stronger by the day, but tensions build with Amy as he struggles to maintain a working relationship with her. And, sport is on the agenda as Zach prepares to compete in the World Dwarf Games! But has he made a mistake leaving Tori on her own for the first time as a mother?

Say Yes To The Dress UK
From Sunday 28 April at 18:10
Royal wedding dress designer, David Emanuel, is ready to work his fashionista magic on the Confetti & Lace bridal store in Essex, England, as he and the consultants help brides find their dream gowns. Every appointment has its challenges. There's the picky bride for whom nothing is good enough, the mum who wants to live vicariously through her daughter, the entourage who think they know better than the bride herself; the brother who's paying for the dress and wants to have input, or the bride who wants to show off a little more than her friends and family would like. Whatever the story, there are always laughs and drama to be had in this high-stakes environment. Will they leave the shop satisfied or even more confused?