Ninja Turtles back in new Nick series
Posted August 3, 2012
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a 1980s phenom, is back in a CGI-animated series on Nickelodeon, to be followed by a feature film that's been delayed until 2013.
Jason Biggs (American Pie) plays Leonardo, one of four New York crime-fighting brothers, and says he watched the show growing up. Sean Astin is Raphael, Greg Cipes is Michelangelo and Rob Paulsen, who voiced Donatello in the original TV series, is also back. Producers say the new project is a blend of the comedy of the original and action that was the focus of a later 2003 series.
"Everyone has a memory" of the series, says executive producer Ciro Nieli: "We're trying to capture that vibe. If we get the right energy between our brothers...the vibe will be good." And sister. April (Mae Whitman) will now be a teen herself, instead of the grown-up reporter she was in the original. "And she loves pizza now," Whitman says.
Turtles premieres Sept. 29 with a one-hour special.
Separately, Nickelodeon confirmed plans for 14 new series, movie and pilots, including new Nick at Nite series Wendell and Vinnie, starring Jerry Trainor (iCarly) as a "lovable goofball" uncle who becomes a guardian to his "buttoned-up" 12-year-old nephew and an animated spinoff of Monsters vs. Aliens. And Nick ordered a pilot for Sam and Cat, an iCarly spinoff starrring Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande as "best buddies and unlikely roommates."
The stepped-up activity comes as parent Viacom Friday reported lower earnings blamed partly at weaker cable ratings, particularly at the kids channel.
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