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Nickelodeon orders Lincoln Peirce adaptation, first Intergalactic Shorts series

Max & the Midknights is the second Peirce adaptation from Nickelodeon

US kids’ network Nickelodeon has ordered two animated series, one based on children’s books by Lincoln Peirce and the other the first show to come from its Intergalactic Shorts initiative.

Both shows will be produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Burbank. The Peirce adaptation is 20-episode series Max & the Midknights, which follows a girl named Max who voyages to a fantasy realm and becomes a knight.

Peirce executive produces alongside Jane Startz, with Amy McKenna producing. Sharon Flynn and David Skelly are co-exec producers and showrunners, while Nathan Schram is overseeing development and production for Nickelodeon.

The series builds on the commission of upcoming animation Big Nate, which Nickelodeon has also adapted from Peirce’s work.

Also comprising 20 episodes, Rock, Paper, Scissors personifies the three hand signals from the well-known game as a trio of roommates who are always at odds but come together when it counts. Robot Chicken alumni Kyle Stegina and Josh Lehrman have created the show and exec produce alongside Bob Boyle and Conrad Vernon.

It started life as part of Nick’s Intergalactic Shorts Program, which it launched in 2019 to to nurture upcoming animation talent.

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