Nickelodeon is doubling its preschool-targeted programming as part of the network’s multi-year plan to bolster its presence in the pre-Kindergarten market. It’s latest slate of series, including channel 5 co-production ‘Nella the Princess Knight,’ 9 Story co-production ‘Top Wing,’ Spin Master Entertainment’s ‘Abby Hatcher’ and Brown Bag Films’ ‘Butterbean’s Café,’ as well as new specials for ‘Blaze and the Monster Machines’ and ‘PAW Patrol’, will begin to debut on-air this summer.
The studio has 15 preschool properties currently in development, including 10 shows in production, and six new series set to premiere in 2018. According to Hollywood Reporter, Nick has ordered four new series, now in production: ‘Nella the Princess Knight’, ‘Top Wing’, ‘Abby Hatcher’ and ‘Butterbean’s Cafe’.
‘Nella the Princess Knight’, Nick’s first co-production with U.K.’s Channel 5, follows an unconventional heroine who goes on incredible quests and redefines traditional roles. The show is created by Blaze and the Monster Machines and Team Umizoomi curriculum consultant Christine Ricci, and features a social-emotional curriculum highlighting relationship development and positive messaging.
‘Top Wing’, is created by PAW Patrol's Matthew Fernandes with fellow PAW-mate Scott Kraft executive producing. The series is about a team of young birds who flock together to help their community and strive to become fully-fledged rescuers. The action-adventure series teaches teamwork and models problem solving skills, and is co-produced with 9 Story.
‘Abby Hatcher’, from Spin Master Entertainment, is about a top-notch monster-catcher who helps friends and monsters solve their problems.
‘Butterbean’s Cafe’ takes place in a neighborhood eatery run by a fairy and her friends. The series incorporates creative cooking, farm-to-table philosophy and social-emotional curriculum focused on leadership skills. Produced by Brown Bag Films, the show is created by Bubble Guppies duo Jonny Belt and Robert Scull.
This summer will also see Nickelodeon launch two previously announced new series - ‘Rusty Rivets’ on August 22, and ‘Sunny Day’, with a premiere date still to be announced -- and the new version of Teletubbies on May 30. Audiences can also enjoy two new ‘Blaze and the Monster Machines’ specials and a ‘PAW Patrol’ special this summer. The Blaze adventures,airing May 30 and June 2, sees the monster machine transform into a race car and visiting VelocityVille, and guest stars NASCAR drivers Danica Patrick, Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott and Kasey Kahne. The two-part PAW Patrol: All Star Pups/Pups Save a Sports Day special premieres August 22 on Nickelodeon.