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Nickelodeon packs in three new series

Nickelodeon is adding three new toons to its 2008 schedule – The Umizumiz, Bubble Guppies and Making Fiends – which will be among the 700 new episodes filling the channel’s 2007/08 season.

Premiering on Noggin, The Umizumiz is an animated interactive series for preschoolers about a miniature urban repair squad that solves everyday problems with the help of the home audience.

The Umizumiz, which will feature foundational skills like counting, patterns and measuring, was created by Soo Kim and Michael Smith and is co-created and executive-produced by Jennifer Twomey.

Another new preschool series, Bubble Guppies, meanwhile, is described as “an interactive, animated variety show,” and has been created by Robert Scull, Jonny Belt and Janice Burgess, the trio behind Nick Jr’s The Backyardigans.

Each episode of the show “will delve into a preschool topic from a variety of angles as the cast and viewers at home explore the swaying kelp forests, fantastical coral reefs, and undersea gardens of their aquarium-inspired surroundings,” according to Nick.

The third new programme, Making Fiends, has been developed from Nickelodeon’s TurboNick broadband platform, where it appeared as a series of Flash-animated shorts about two girls.

The show was created by Amy Winfrey (South Park) and the supervising producer is Dave Wasson, creator of Cartoon Network series Time Squad and exec-producer/director of Disney series The Buzz on Maggie.

The three new titles add to the previously announced new series Tak & the Power of JuJu, Back to the Barnyard and Ni Hao Kai-lan, which will be premiering this fall.

“Our goal is always to combine fresh new creative ideas with enduring hits that kids love,” said Tom Ascheim, executive VP and general manager of Nickelodeon Television.

The “enduring hits” to which he referred are SpongeBob SquarePants, tween series Zoey 101 and The Fairly OddParents, and preschool series Dora the Explorer, all of which were renewed for 2007/08 by Ascheim.

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