At its 2010 annual upfront presentation which featured top talent across the worlds of television, music and film, Nickelodeon today announced a slate of new programming that will be added to the network’s 2010-11 schedule. Among the announcements are two shows that I am interested in. Voltron Panthera Force and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are both going to premiere on the Nicktoons network, which I am not sure that I have. No big deal, though, as the internet can deliver just about anything that you find on TV. Especially properties as popular as these.
I had heard a rumor from World Events Productions that they were working on a new Voltron cartoon that would be in the style of the original. I’m not sure if that idea is still how it is being done, as no screenshots or artwork of any kind has been released just yet, but maybe soon we’ll know more.
Here’s the only public information so far, from the press release:
Voltron Panthera Force will premiere on Nicktoons this season. The series follows the exploits of a group of five young cadets brought together under trying circumstances to form a newly appointed Voltron Lion Squad dubbed the “Panthera Force.” Voltron Panthera Force is a World Events Productions in conjunction with Kick Start Production.
I hope that a trailer comes out soon for the show. I’m also excited to hear the original theme again.
The other series joining the Nicktoons network line-up is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This one, however, won’t be a new iteration. At least not until 2012, when a new CG-based series will be released. Until that time they will air existing episodes of the earlier series. It is not known if it’ll be the 1987 series or the 2003 series, but it is more likely to be the latter.
Here’s the information given in the press release:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, debuting this season on Nicktoons, is based on four mutant turtles–trained in the art of Ninjitsu–who battle evil from the New York sewers. The animated series was recently acquired by Nickelodeon and is jointly produced by 4Kids Entertainment and Mirage Studios. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is considered one of the most popular kids’ television programs and was created in 1984 by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird as a successful comic book series.
It’s too bad they aren’t launching the new Turtles series for another couple of years, but such is life.