Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, kids all around the United States are home from school for the foreseeable future. But some of the younger ones may not fully understand exactly why they’re home, and some parents may not be sure how to best explain it to them. Nickelodeon wants to help with #KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall, an hour-long special offering “a kid’s-eye view of life today amid the COVID-19 outbreak.” We’re not sure how you’ll get kids to sit still for an hour to watch something like this, but maybe having Frozen star Kristen Bell hosting the special will help. Read More »
When Avatar: The Last Airbender debuted on Nickelodeon in 2005, there were no signs to indicate it was anything other than a silly kid’s cartoon beyond its richly imaginative world and the painstaking research that went into preserving the east and southeast Asian cultural influences. It was goofy, wacky, with a broad humor and even broader characters that were easy to categorize: the mother figure, the kid, the comic relief. The low-stakes adventures that the main trio went on were often neatly wrapped up in a bow by the end of the first episode, despite the looming presence of the great evil represented by the conquering Fire Nation.
But then, everything changed.
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Long ago, Nickelodeon debuted a little animated series called Avatar: The Last Airbender. And everything changed. Avatar: The Last Airbender debuted in 2005 and quickly captured the imaginations of audiences with its richly inventive world, compelling characters, and a classic story of a fight between good and evil. Created by Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino, Avatar: The Last Airbender drew its influences from anime, Chinese martial arts, and East and Southeast Asian imagery, resulting in one of the most striking animated series on the air. But it was its lovable, complex characters that kept audiences tuning in, as Konietzko and DiMartino proved that their little kids’ show could have some of the best character writing on TV.
Now, on its 15th anniversary, Avatar: The Last Airbender is back to save the world with its first ever Blu-ray SteelBook collection. The Avatar The Last Airbender SteelBook, which contains all three seasons and a slew of special features and new artwork, arrives today.
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When CBS All Access launched in the fall of 2014, it was created as a way for audiences to access libraries of current and old shows from CBS. Eventually, it expanded to include original programming like Star Trek: Discovery, the reboot of The Twilight Zone, and The Good Fight. Despite having a limited selection of library titles and original programming, the service has racked up over 4 million subscribers as of spring last year. But CBS All Access is about to get a makeover.
The newly merged ViacomCBS is considering combining the CBS All Access streaming service with a slew of Viacom’s content creators in order to launch a new streaming service. The yet-to-be-named (or officially announced) ViacomCBS streaming service would merge everything available on CBS All Access with more assets from the likes of cable channels like Nickelodeon, BET, MTV, and Comedy Central, the streaming channel Pluto TV, and the film library of Paramount Pictures. Read More »
One of these days, we’re all going to have to face reality and come to grips with the fact that Quibi is a real, actual thing and not just an elaborate joke. Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman‘s mobile-only platform, which will distribute “quick bites” of entertainment in episodic chunks that don’t run longer than ten minutes each, already has the support of every major Hollywood studio, but now might have the support of ’90s kids who grew up watching Nickelodeon.
That’s right: a Legends of the Hidden Temple Quibi revival is coming, and this time, the game show is being geared toward adults. Here’s what we know.
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If anyone knows about going on an arduous journey after losing something they love, it’s Keanu Reeves. So it’s fitting that Reeves, who has been on that particular journey in the John Wick movies for five years now, will be giving sage advice to SpongeBob SquarePants, who has lost his beloved pet snail Gary…again. Yes, the newest SpongeBob movie is basically a feature film version of that episode where Gary ran away, but listen, Keanu Reeves is here. That’s all you need to be excited for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run. Watch The SpongeBob Movie Sponge on the Run trailer below.
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Following the commercial boom of horror movies during the 1980s, the ‘90s are widely regarded as a bad decade for horror, being stuck between the golden age of the ‘80s and the reinvention during the 2000s that reflected the dark times the world was experiencing. But the 1990s was a great decade when it came to horror aimed at a younger audience.
With Scholastic becoming a staple of horror literature, movies like The Witches and Hocus Pocus, and shows like Goosebumps, Courage the Cowardly Dog, the kid-friendly version of Tales from the Crypt flooding our TV sets, the decade turned millions of kids into horror fans. Arguably, the TV side of things started with the horror anthology Are You Afraid of the Dark? Nearly 30 years later, Nickelodeon just finished airing a revival of Are You Afraid of the Dark? and it not only succeeds at updating the scares of the original show while appealing to a new audience, but it serves as a great reminder of the importance of horror aimed at kids.
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A rebooted version of the fondly-remembered 1990s kids horror series Are You Afraid of the Dark? premieres on Nickelodeon this week, but the first episode has dropped online a couple of days early. Join the new iteration of the Midnight Society and check it out below. Read More »
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Hot on the heels of last weekend’s debut of the Nickelodeon special Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling on Netflix (which was one of the best nostalgic revivals I’ve ever seen), this weekend, another Nicktoon gets a revival on Netflix with a special of their own.
Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus brings back the invading alien from the Nickelodeon animated series, but this time Zim has learned the secret of his journey to Earth and finds out no one will be following him to Earth. With his confidence crushed, Zim becomes vulnerable to his human nemesis Dib, and there’s no telling if he has the gumption to survive. Watch the Invader Zim Enter the Florpus trailer below. Read More »
“Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society…”
Those words may cause an involuntary chill from kids who grew up in the ’90s and had a fondness for Nickelodeon shows, because it was the catchphrase for the anthology horror series Are You Afraid of the Dark? The fondly-remembered show is getting the reboot treatment, and the first teaser for it has found its way online – check it out below…if you dare. Read More »