Migos will perform at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice, because apparently kids are cool now

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Pluto TV CEO on Impact of $340 Million Viacom Deal – and a Possible Premium Streaming Plan

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The demise of traditional, ad-supported TV has been greatly exaggerated, according to Tom Ryan. The CEO of Pluto TV has tried to take the best of what old-school television has to offer — accessibility, quality programming, curation — and use it to power his Los Angeles-based streaming startup that Viacom acquired for $340 million in a deal that closed on Monday.

“We’ve grown fast, but we’re going to grow a heckuva lot faster now that we’re partnering up with Viacom,” Ryan told TheWrap.

At a time when Netflix is reinventing the way viewers watch and pay for content, Pluto TV has doubled down on the sanctity of free, ad-driven entertainment — though Ryan said Pluto TV could consider a paid “premium” option down the line. Ryan, who will remain as Pluto TV’s CEO, also teased that a “significant” portion of Viacom content will migrate to Pluto TV.

Though he declined to detail the exact number or any specific titles that might stream on Pluto, Viacom has held back hit shows like MTV’s “Jersey Shore” and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” from streaming services like Hulu and YouTube TV.

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Viacom chief Bob Bakish, who has spearheaded the company’s digital push since taking the reins two years ago, said last week that Pluto TV will serve as the “cornerstone” of its direct-to-consumer strategy by giving Viacom a free platform to upsell viewers on content from Noggin, Comedy Central and “a new Nickelodeon product.”

Since launching in 2014, Pluto TV has added more than 100 free channels covering movies, TV and news. After doubling its user base last year, the company now boasts more than 12 million monthly viewers who are streaming on mobile, smart TVs and a myriad of devices, including Roku and Apple TV.

TheWrap caught up with Ryan one day after the Viacom deal closed to discuss his new overlords and how much time viewers are spending watching free TV.

You launched Pluto TV as an ad-based video on demand [AVOD] service, just as Netflix was ramping up the SVOD revolution. Why did you pursue that strategy?

When you launch a company, you need to look for opportunities that are unmet customer needs and often times opportunities that are under-appreciated to most players. If you’re building something that everyone already believes is the way things are going to be, even if it scratches a customer itch, then you’re probably already too late to the market.

AVOD has been overlooked and under-appreciated for a very long period of time. We made a bunch of contrarian — or seemingly contrarian — bets whens we launched the business, about the power of linear. At the time we launched Pluto TV, everyone said the world was moving to subscription video on demand, that people won’t watch ads, people want to DJ their way through video experiences and play everything from start to finish on demand. We knew people are creatures of habit and people like to be programmed to.

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What lessons from “traditional TV” has Pluto TV brought to the streaming world?

Traditional TV has done so many things right over the years. It’s given you a great place to go for a wide range of premium content, aggregated into interspace channels and delivered in an easy-to-channel-surf guide. Those are fantastic things that served traditional TV over the years.

But I think, as with any new thing, once there’s a view the world has changed and you see some of the major SVOD players emerge, there becomes a conventional group think that that’s the only way to compete.

Consumers want to have a lot of the things traditional TV has done well over the decades, but they want it on an internet-connected product. They want to watch it over the internet or on their phone.

If we look back over the course of television history, a significant portion of the great content that we’ve known and love has been funded by advertising, so why would that change in the future? A significant portion of television will continue to be funded by advertising, even though we’re in this golden age of television in part because the major SVOD services are investing so heavily [in ad-free content]. That’s great for consumers, but consumers are only going to subscribe to so many subscription services.

A look at Pluto TV

How can Pluto TV alleviate “subscription fatigue”?

Ampere Research said [last June] the average OTT household subscribes to 2.8 subscriptions.

So that’s Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and everyone else fighting for that 0.8, right? So what Pluto allows is we gives you an easy, free and highly-curated way to create your bundle.

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Pluto TV has experienced you’ve called “explosive” growth, doubling monthly viewership to 12 million users by the end of last year. How much time is the average user spending per session on Pluto TV, on both TV and mobile? 

We’ve seen growth on both mobile and connected devices. Our average session duration on connected TVs is over two hours. And our average session duration on mobile is about a half an hour, which is really good when you think about consumption on a small-screen device.

But clearly the session duration on connected TV, which is true lean-back living room viewing, is much longer, which has been so gratifying. We’re looking to be the predominant free-streaming TV app that you engage with in your living room on your connected TV, whether that’s a smart TV, connected video player or a gaming console.

Why was Viacom the right partner for Pluto TV?

They help us accelerate our growth even faster. Our mission has been to entertain the planet, and we want to be a free streaming platform that is entertaining people around the world with the best-in-class free television service.

I come back to the main categories of value that were really driving the decision to do this deal in the first place. They have a massive amount of premium content that they’ve held back from SVOD services that can come to Pluto TV — and that can make our offering that much more premium that much more quickly.

We believe that partnering with a world-class media company like Viacom brings premium content to Pluto, brings a marquee brand to Pluto. [Viacom is a company] that can help us advance our advertising capabilities — I believe they sell $4 billion worth of ads each year — and also has a global footprint. These are all major accelerants to what we’ve already built.

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Is “Pluto TV Premium,” or a paid subscription version of Pluto TV, a possibility?

We’ve always had a vision at Pluto as a standalone company of building a freemium offering over time. And Viacom has also announced since the deal there’s an opportunity for Pluto to serve as that free, highly-engaged OTT audience that can be presented with products like Viacom’s subscription services. So there’s already a shared vision there. How that will manifest itself is not yet fully determined or announced.

But absolutely, when you have a group of highly engaged free users and they’re making your service one of their go-to destinations services for their TV viewing, it absolutely makes sense to look at providing them with additional services and paid services.

What digital trends are you keeping an eye on in 2019?

I do believe you’re going to see an explosive growth in the viewership that comes from connected TVs. Not just from app stores but from an increasingly sophisticated set of services. Because hardware companies want to be in the content and services businesses. Hardware is a low-margin business but they build up very valuable audiences and they want to further monetize what they’ve built by being higher-margin content and advertising based revenue. and I think companies like ours are really well positioned to assist companies get into that.

So I think there’s going to be a lot more that rolls out in terms of built-in television experiences that provide a free and instant out-of-the-box entertainment experience for customers of smart TVs and other products. It’s not an unknown trend, but I think it’s a trend that’s really poised for rapid growth.

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Watch WWE’s Roman Reigns Wear a Pomeranian in a Baby Bjorn on ‘Cousins for Life’ (Exclusive Video)

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Roman Reigns returned to WWE’s “Raw” on Monday, and he’s set to make his live-action acting debut on Nickelodeon’s “Cousins For Life” this weekend. TheWrap’s got an exclusive first look at what kind of chops the wrestler, whose real name is Joe Anoa’i, is working with.

In our sneak peek, Reigns is rocking a completely manly Pomeranian in a badass Baby Bjorn — and dude’s being a total heel to a trio of kids who have a pet pig. We’ll explain.

Reigns plays Rodney, who is really into his vegetable garden. When Leaf’s (Micah Abbey) pet pig Arthur digs it up, Rodney goes HAM on that pig. The kids soon discover there’s more to the story and come up with a plan to save their hog.

Watch our exclusive video above.

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“Cousins For Life” is a new buddy comedy that follows 12-year-old cousins and best friends Stuart (Dallas Dupree Young) and Ivy (Scarlet Spencer) as they learn to navigate life under one roof with their families in Portland, despite being from very different backgrounds, per Nickelodeon. Although the cousins don’t always see eye-to-eye, they learn that they are better together, and when they team up they are unstoppable.

Reigns lent his voice to 2017 cartoon “The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania!” Fans will be able to catch him this summer in “Fast & Furious” spinoff “Hobbes & Shaw,” which stars Reigns real life cousin Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. All of that means “Cousins For Life” is technically his live-action acting debut — you know, unless you count WWE’s “Raw” and “SmackDown” as acting gigs. Either way, it’s his non-WWE acting debut.

On Monday’s “Raw,” Reigns revealed the amazing news that his leukemia is back in remission. Reigns even got back to action a little bit, coming to the aid of former Shield teammate Dean Ambrose.

Reigns’ episode — titled “A Farewell to Arthur?” — airs Saturday, March 2, at 8:30 p.m ET on Nickelodeon.

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DJ Khaled Set to Host Nickelodeon’s 2019 ‘Kids’ Choice Awards’

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DJ Khaled had big shoes to fill, in all ways.

The star DJ and music producer will take over from John Cena as host of the “Kids’ Choice Awards” next month, Nickelodeon announced on Tuesday.

Khaled will bring a party atmosphere to the annual slime-filled awards show for his inaugural hosting gig on March 23, thanks to his signature catchphrases and gregarious personality.

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“Father of Asahd is here to let you know the biggest party of the year is about to go up!  That’s right, March 23 – I’m your host, DJ Khaled for the Nickelodeon ‘Kids’ Choice Awards.’ I’ll see you soon!” the musician said in a statement.

This year’s top nominees include “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Black Panther,” Cardi B and “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.”

First-time nominees include Jason Momoa, Emilia Clarke, James Corden, Noah Centineo, Bebe Rexha, Tyra Banks, Neil Patrick Harris and “Riverdale.”

Khaled himself is nominated for three awards: Favorite TV Judge, Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Collaboration.

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This year’s show also introduces five new categories for voting: Favorite TV Host, Favorite TV Judges, Favorite Superhero, Favorite Gamer, and Vote For A Cause.

Nickelodeon’s 2019 “Kids’ Choice Awards” airs live on Saturday, March 23, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) from the Galen Center in Los Angeles.

See the full list of nominees below.

TELEVISION
Favorite Funny TV Show

The Big Bang Theory

BUNK’D

Fuller House

Henry Danger

Modern Family

Raven’s Home

Favorite TV Drama

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

The Flash

Riverdale

Stranger Things

The Walking Dead

Favorite Reality Show

America’s Got Talent

American Idol

American Ninja Warrior

Dancing with the Stars: Juniors

Double Dare

The Voice

Favorite TV Host*

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen’s Game of Games)

Kevin Hart (TKO: Total Knock Out)

Liza Koshy & Marc Summers (Double Dare)

Nick Cannon & JoJo Siwa (Lip Sync Battle Shorties)

Ryan Seacrest (American Idol)

Tyra Banks (America’s Got Talent)

Favorite TV Judges*

Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel (America’s Got Talent)

Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie (American Idol)

Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba, (Dancing with the Stars)

Sean “Diddy” Combs, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor (THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM)

Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton (The Voice)

Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, NE-YO (World of Dance)

Favorite Cartoon

ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks

The Boss Baby: Back in Business

The Loud House

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

SpongeBob SquarePants

Teen Titans Go!

Favorite Male TV Star

Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair, Stranger Things)

Grant Gustin (Barry Allen/The Flash, The Flash)

Jace Norman (Henry Hart/Kid Danger, Henry Danger)

Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory)

Karan Brar (Ravi Ross, BUNK’D)

Neil Patrick Harris (Count Olaf, A Series of Unfortunate Events)

Favorite Female TV Star

Candace Cameron Bure (DJ Tanner-Fuller, Fuller House)

Kaley Cuoco (Penny, The Big Bang Theory)

Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven, Stranger Things)

Peyton Elizabeth Lee (Andi Mack, Andi Mack)

Raven-Symoné (Raven Baxter, Raven’s Home)

Zendaya (K.C. Cooper, K.C. Undercover)

FILM
Favorite Movie

Aquaman

Avengers: Infinity War

Black Panther

Mary Poppins Returns

The Kissing Booth

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Favorite Movie Actor

Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther, Black Panther)

Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America, Avengers: Infinity War)

Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Avengers: Infinity War)

Dwayne Johnson (Will Sawyer, Skyscraper)

Jason Momoa (Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Aquaman)

Noah Centineo (Peter Kavinsky, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before)

Favorite Movie Actress

Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Returns)

Joey King (Elle Evans, The Kissing Booth)

Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia, Black Panther)

Rihanna (Nine Ball, Ocean’s 8)

Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Avengers: Infinity War)

Zoe Saldana (Gamora, Avengers: Infinity War)

Favorite Superhero*

Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther, Black Panther)

Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America, Avengers: Infinity War)

Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Avengers: Infinity War)

Jason Momoa (Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Aquaman)

Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man, Avengers: Infinity War)

Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Avengers: Infinity War)

Favorite Butt-Kicker

Chris Pratt (Owen Grady, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom)

Danai Gurira (Okoye, Black Panther)

Dwayne Johnson (Will Sawyer, Skyscraper)

Emilia Clarke (Qi’ra, Solo: A Star Wars Story)

Michael B. Jordan (Adonis Johnson, Creed II)

Zoe Saldana (Gamora, Avengers: Infinity War)

Favorite Animated Movie

The Grinch

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Incredibles 2

Peter Rabbit

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Favorite Male Voice from an Animated Movie

Adam Sandler (Dracula, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation)

Andy Samberg (Johnny, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation)

Benedict Cumberbatch (Grinch, The Grinch)

Channing Tatum (Migo, Smallfoot)

James Corden (Peter Rabbit, Peter Rabbit)

Shameik Moore (Miles Morales/Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)

Favorite Female Voice from an Animated Movie

Gal Gadot (Shank, Ralph Breaks the Internet)

Hailee Steinfeld (Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)

Kristen Bell (Jade Wilson, Teen Titans GO! to the Movies)

Selena Gomez (Mavis, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation)

Yara Shahidi (Brenda, Smallfoot)

Zendaya (Meechee, Smallfoot)

MUSIC
Favorite Music Group

The Chainsmokers

Fall Out Boy

Imagine Dragons

Maroon 5

Migos

twenty one pilots

Favorite Male Artist

Bruno Mars

DJ Khaled

Drake

Justin Timberlake

Luke Bryan

Shawn Mendes

Favorite Female Artist

Ariana Grande

Beyoncé

Camila Cabello

Cardi B

Selena Gomez

Taylor Swift

Favorite Song

Delicate (Taylor Swift)

In My Blood (Shawn Mendes)

In My Feelings (Drake)

Natural (Imagine Dragons)

thank u, next (Ariana Grande)

Youngblood (5 Seconds of Summer)

Favorite Breakout Artist

Billie Eilish

Cardi B

Dan + Shay

Juice WRLD

Kane Brown

Post Malone

Favorite Collaboration

Girls Like You (Maroon 5, featuring Cardi B)

Happier (Marshmello, featuring Bastille)

I Like It (Cardi B, Bad Bunny, J Balvin)

Meant to Be (Bebe Rexha, featuring Florida Georgia Line)

No Brainer (DJ Khaled, featuring Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Quavo)

SICKO MODE (Travis Scott, featuring Drake)

Favorite Social Music Star

Baby Ariel

Chloe x Halle

Jack & Jack

JoJo Siwa

Max & Harvey

Why Don’t We

Favorite Global Music Star

Africa: Davido

Asia: BLACKPINK

Australia/New Zealand: Troye Sivan

Europe: David Guetta

North America: Taylor Swift

Latin America: J Balvin

United Kingdom: HRVY

OTHER CATEGORIES
Favorite Video Game

Just Dance 2019

LEGO The Incredibles

Spider-Man

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Mario Party

Favorite Social Star

David Dobrik

Emma Chamberlain

Guava Juice

Lilly Singh

Miranda Sings

Ryan ToysReview

Favorite Gamer*

DanTDM

Jacksepticeye

Markiplier

Ninja

PopularMMOs

SSSniperWolf

How Do You Want to Help?

Help Animals (pet rescue, wildlife preservation, service animals, and more)

Help the Environment (disaster relief, clean water, recycling, and more)

Help People in Need (homes, food, care, and more)

Help Prevent Bullying (positivity, emotional support, respect, and more)

Help Schools (supplies, after-school activities, arts/gym/STEM, and more)

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Hollywood Prospects for New Licensing Opportunities at New York Toy Fair

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Nickelodeon Acquires Rights to Develop TV Series Based on ‘Paddington’ and ‘LEGO’ Movies

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Nickelodeon has acquired the rights to develop two new TV series, one based on the recent “Paddington” movies, and the other based on characters from “The LEGO Movie” films.

Ben Whishaw, who voiced Paddington Bear in each of the live-action films, will return to voice the character on the CG-animated show “Paddington,” which is a working title. It follow the marmalade-loving bear on adventures through London.

Nick is also planning “LEGO City,” a CGI-animated comedy show that follows the original characters from “The LEGO Movie” as they seek to stop a master criminal.

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This “Paddington” will follow a younger Paddington and his adventures in London with the Brown family and their friends, per Nickelodeon. “Paddington” is a Heyday Films and StudioCanal production. Adam Shaw will showrun the series, which is being developed for television and written by Jon Foster and James Lamont.

Dvid Heyman, Karen Davidsen and Simon Quinn will produce. Rosie Alison is executive producer, Rob Silva is co-producer.

“LEGO City,” which is created and produced by LEGO Group, “depicts the funny, smart, and dynamic slices of life within the sprawling and diverse LEGO City community,” per Nick. It will debut this year and follow “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.”

Both TV series will be produced by The Intellectual Property Corporation.

‘All That’ Revival Ready at Nickelodeon, Kenan Thompson to Executive Produce

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Oh, oh, oh, this is some good news: Nickelodeon is reviving “All That” and original cast member Kenan Thompson will serve as executive producer on the updated kids’ sketch series, TheWrap has learned.

Though the show will feature an all-new tween cast — because you know, the original “All That” kids have since grown up — the children’s cable network expects former stars from the first version to make appearances on the revival.

A long-running “Saturday Night Live” staple, Thompson launched his TV career when “All That” debuted in 1994. Along with Thompson, cast members from the OG iteration — which aired on Nick in the ’90s and ’00s — include Kel Mitchell, Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon and Jamie Spears, among others.

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The revival comes under the watchful eye of Brian Robbins, who was named president of Nickelodeon last October and was a co-creator and an executive producer on the original run of “All That.”

Nick is dropping a ton of news this morning. The kids’ network is also planning several “SpongeBob SquarePants” spinoffs and reviving “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” with new host John Cena.

Additionally, Nickelodeon has acquired the rights to develop TV series based on Paddington Bear and the recent “LEGO” movies.

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Nickelodeon in Talks for ‘Star Trek’ Animated Series From ‘LEGO Ninjago’ Writers

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“Star Trek” — now for kids too! Nickelodeon and CBS Television Studios are in negotiations for an animated “Star Trek” series from “Trollhunters” and “LEGO Ninjago” writers Kevin and Dan Hageman.

Even though the project in development is being overseen under Alex Kurtzman’s watchful eye, this will be the first of these new “Star Trek” TV projects not intended for CBS All Access. The series, targeted towards younger audiences, will be a major tentpole series for Nickelodeon, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told us.

The Nick cartoon will piggyback “Star Trek Discovery,” “Picard” (working title), the Michelle Yeoh-led “Discovery” spinoff “Section 31,” and animated series “Lower Decks” from Mike McMahan of “Rick & Morty.”

McMahan’s targets more mature audiences.

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About two weeks ago, Kurtzman talked both “Discovery” and “Picard” at the Television Critics Association press tour. As for the Patrick Stewart-led series, the current king of the Trekkies said that one will take place “20-plus years” after “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

“The question becomes: What has happened to [Picard] in that period of time? Have there been occurrences that force him to reckon with choices that he’s made in his life?” Kurtzman said. “How do you hold on to being the person that everybody loved, when the circumstances around you may have changed so radically? Those are the big questions that we’re asking.”

Read more from Kurtzman here.

Tim Baysinger contributed to this story.

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Nickelodeon, Netflix Partner on ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ and ‘The Loud House’ Animated Films

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In a deal between Nickelodeon and Netflix, Nickelodeon Studios is producing two original, animated feature films based on Nickelodeon TV series, “The Loud House” and “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

Viacom CEO Bob Bakish announced the news on Viacom’s first-quarter earnings call Tuesday. He added that the deal is significant because the deal is only for films and does not involve either TV series.

“This is both incremental business and powerful promotion for the two franchises,” Bakish said on the call.

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“The Loud House” is an animated series created by Chris Savino that has been on air since 2016 about an 11-year-old boy named Lincoln Loud who lives in a house with 10 sisters. Savino was fired from the show back in Oct. 2018 following sexual harassment accusations.

“Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is an action show based on the popular comic book and movie characters. It started in 2018 and features the voice talent of “Parks and Recreation” star Ben Schwartz.

Nickelodeon previously partnered with Netflix on the show “Pinky Malinky,” and Viacom’s Awesomeness also previously announced a follow-up to the Netflix hit movie “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” Netflix also plans to turn Nickelodeon’s animated “Avatar: The Last Airbender” into a live-action series. That show will begin production later this year.

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