PARAMOUNT+ CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAYS WITH FESTIVE COLLECTIONS, SEASONAL SPECIALS AND MORE





PARAMOUNT+ CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAYS WITH FESTIVE COLLECTIONS, SEASONAL SPECIALS AND MORE

The Streaming Service Lines Up Hours of Holiday Merriment for Kids, with the Premiere of “A Loud House Christmas,” an All-New “Rugrats” Holiday Episode and Seasonal Episodes from Beloved Series Including “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “iCarly,” “Dora the Explorer,” “Peppa Pig” and More

Festive Fun for the Whole Family Includes Christmas Classics Such as “A Christmas Carol,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Serendipity” and More, Plus Iconic Holiday Episodes of “Cheers,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “Frasier,” “Happy Days,” “The Brady Bunch” and More

Gift Yourself Paramount+ with a Special Black Friday Deal Offering New Customers One Month Free, Using Code PEAKSALE

Nov. 22, 2021 – Paramount+ is celebrating the holidays with a seasonal spectacular that includes new festive titles and episodes for kids, plus a curated selection of classics for the whole family. The service will also be streaming new live and on-demand holiday movies from CBS, as well as must-watch specials such as “One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.” The rotating collection of feel-good holiday content can be streamed here.

For kids, Paramount+ has rounded up a sleigh-load of festive programming, including “A Loud House Christmas,” an original live-action holiday movie based on Nickelodeon’s Emmy Award-winning animated series, premiering on Nov. 26, and an all-new special “Rugrats” episode that debuts on Dec. 2. In the multi-denominational special episode titled “Traditions,” Tommy’s first Chanukah falls on Christmas Eve, and the Pickles family must juggle their family traditions to make sure each feels important, while also celebrating Las Posadas with Betty and her family. The episode features guest stars Raini Rodriguez as Gabi, Swoosie Kurtz as Minka, Henry Winkler as Boris, and Tata Vega as Tia Esperanza. This new episode joins “Rugrats’” growing slate of holiday episodes on the service, which includes “A Rugrats Kwanzaa,” “Rugrats Chanukah” and “The Santa Experience.”

This season, pint-sized viewers will also jingle all the way to “SpongeBob’s Winter Wonderland” selection, which includes beloved episodes from the hit-animated series such as “Patchy the Pirate Presents the SpongeBob SquarePants Christmas Special,” “It’s a SpongeBob Christmas!” and “Frozen Faceoff.” The streaming service’s family-friendly offering is rounded out with a collection from Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. that includes holiday episodes from hit kids’ series, such as “Bubble Guppies” (“Happy Holidays, Mr. Grumpfish”), “iCarly” (“iChristmas”), “Dora the Explorer” (“A Present for Santa”), “Henry Danger” (“Holiday Punch”), “PAW Patrol” (“Pups Save Christmas”), “Peppa Pig” (“Santa’s Grotto/Santa’s Visit”) and “The Fairly OddParents” (“Merry Wishmas”), as well as specials such as “Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas,” “All Star Nickmas Spectacular,” “Top Elf” and “Sonic the Christmas Blast.”

Also sliding down subscribers’ chimneys this holiday season are Christmas classics such as “A Christmas Carol,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Happy Christmas,” “Serendipity” and “Surviving Christmas,” plus fan-favorite episodes from iconic series such as “Beverly Hills, 90210” (“Christmas Comes This Time Each Year”), “Cheers” (“Christmas Cheers”), “Everybody Hates Chris” (“Everybody Hates Kwanzaa”), “Frasier” (“Frasier Grinch”), “Happy Days” (“Guess Who’s Coming to Christmas”), “Taxi” (“A Full House for Christmas”) and “The Brady Bunch” (“The Voice of Christmas”).

In addition, Paramount+ will be the streaming home for new live and on-demand holiday movies from CBS, including “A Christmas Proposal,” which follows a down-on-her-luck chef, Maria Winters (Jessica Camacho), as she agrees to pose as the girlfriend of a hotshot Seattle attorney, Julian Diaz (Adam Rodriguez), for the holidays; and “Christmas Takes Flight,” a holiday battle of wills between pilot Jenny Beckett (Katie Lowes) and Matt Hansen (Evan Williams), a number-crunching CEO who purchases Jenny’s family-owned, regional airline. Additional can’t-miss events streaming on the platform include: “One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga,” a new live concert special honoring the musical legacy and enduring friendship between the two musical icons, and “New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash,” a star-studded special featuring country music’s hottest superstars ringing in the new year from downtown Nashville.

Consumers can enjoy the streaming festivities, plus binge the service’s expansive slate of original series, movies and live sports during the holiday break, by taking advantage of Paramount+’s special Black Friday deal that gives new customers one month free when they use the code PEAKSALE. This season’s Watchlist musts include “Clifford the Big Red Dog,” “Ghosts,” “Mayor of Kingstown,” “Star Trek: Prodigy,” “SOUTH PARK: POST COVID,” which premieres exclusively on Paramount+ on Nov. 25, and “The Real World Homecoming: Los Angeles,” debuting Nov. 24.

About Paramount+

Paramount+, a direct-to-consumer digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service from ViacomCBS, combines live sports, breaking news and a mountain of entertainment. The premium streaming service features an expansive library of original series, hit shows and popular movies across every genre from world-renowned brands and production studios, including BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel. The service is also the streaming home to unmatched sports programming, including every CBS Sports event, from golf to football to basketball and more, plus exclusive streaming rights for major sports properties, including some of the world’s biggest and most popular soccer leagues. Paramount+ also enables subscribers to stream local CBS stations live across the U.S. in addition to the ability to stream ViacomCBS Streaming’s other live channels: CBSN for 24/7 news, CBS Sports HQ for sports news and analysis, and ET Live for entertainment coverage.



THE BABIES ARE BACK…FOR MORE! PARAMOUNT+ RENEWS THE ALL-NEW “RUGRATS” FOR A SECOND SEASON





THE BABIES ARE BACK…FOR MORE! PARAMOUNT+ RENEWS THE ALL-NEW “RUGRATS” FOR A SECOND SEASON

From Nickelodeon Animation Studio, the First Batch of Season One Episodes

Are Available to Stream Now

Eight All-New Episodes from the First Season Drop Thursday, Oct. 7

Exclusively on Paramount+

Paramount+, the streaming service from ViacomCBS, today announced the renewal of the original series RUGRATS for a second season (13 episodes) in the U.S., Latin America, Australia and Canada, with more adventures from the colorful imaginations of Tommy, Chuckie, Angelica, Susie, Phil and Lil. The all-new RUGRATS first premiered on Paramount+ in May and the next eight episodes of season one will be available to stream exclusively on the service beginning Thursday, Oct. 7.

“Kids series are a key driver of engagement for Paramount+,” said Tanya Giles, Chief Programming Officer, Paramount+. “With the renewal of RUGRATS for a second season, we look forward to bringing even more adventures with Tommy, Chuckie, Angelica and the rest of the Rugrats for kids and families to enjoy.”

“This next season of RUGRATS will dive even deeper into the secret life of babies and their unsuspecting parents, while continuing to highlight the main themes of friendship and family,” said Ramsey Naito, President, Nickelodeon Animation. “For 30 years, the Rugrats have resonated with fans around the globe and we can’t wait to continue telling original and fresh stories with these beloved characters.”

From Nickelodeon Animation Studio, the brand-new RUGRATS series is a reimagining of the classic ‘90s hit that features rich and colorful CG-animation and follows the babies—Tommy, Chuckie, Angelica, Susie, and Phil and Lil—as they explore the world and beyond from their pint-sized and wildly imaginative point-of-view. Following the season one run on Paramount+, the series will air on Nickelodeon at a later date to be announced.

In the all-new season one episodes, the babies will continue to find themselves in a variety of situations by using their wild imaginations, including defeating an “outer space villain,” traveling through Chuckie’s dad’s body, embarking upon a daring mission to break Angelica out of preschool and more. The new batch of episodes also includes a half-hour, Halloween-themed special where Tommy needs his friends’ help to save Angelica after she turns into a werewolf at a scary Halloween party as their parents seem to disappear one by one.

The series stars EG Daily (Tommy Pickles), Nancy Cartwright (Chuckie Finster), Cheryl Chase (Angelica Pickles), Cree Summer (Susie Carmichael), and Kath Soucie (Phil and Lil DeVille), all of whom are reprising their iconic roles in this new series.

The original adventurous babies’ voice cast is joined by new voices, including Ashley Rae Spillers and Tommy Dewey (Tommy’s parents, Didi and Stu Pickles); Tony Hale (Chuckie’s father, Chas Finster); Natalie Morales (Phil and Lil’s mother, Betty DeVille); Anna Chlumsky and Timothy Simons (Angelica’s parents, Charlotte and Drew Pickles); Nicole Byer and Omar Miller (Susie’s parents, Lucy and Randy Carmichael); and Michael McKean (Grandpa Lou Pickles).

Produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio, the all-new RUGRATS is based on the series created by Arlene Klasky, Gabor Csupo, and Paul Germain. Kate Boutilier (“Rugrats”) and Casey Leonard (“Breadwinners”) are executive producers and Dave Pressler (“Robot and Monster”) and Rachel Lipman (“Rugrats”) serve as co-executive producers, with Kellie Smith (“The Fairly OddParents”) as line producer on season two. Charlie Adler (“Rugrats”) serves as the voice director. Production is overseen by Mollie Freilich, Senior Manager, Current Series Animation, Nickelodeon.

Today’s “RUGRATS” renewal news comes as the iconic series celebrates 30 years since the original launch. The original “Rugrats” series launched August 11, 1991 and instantly became a groundbreaking phenomenon, spawning consumer products and three hit theatrical releases, cementing its place in pop culture history through its iconic characters, storytelling and unique visual style. “Rugrats” was in production for nine seasons over the course of 13 years. The series earned four Daytime Emmy Awards, six Kids’ Choice Awards, and its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

About Paramount+

Paramount+, a direct-to-consumer digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service from ViacomCBS, combines live sports, breaking news, and a mountain of entertainment. The premium streaming service features an expansive library of original series, hit shows and popular movies across every genre from world-renowned brands and production studios, including BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures, and the Smithsonian Channel. The service is also the streaming home to unmatched sports programming, including every CBS Sports event, from golf to football to basketball and more, plus exclusive streaming rights for major sports properties, including some of the world’s biggest and most popular soccer leagues. Paramount+ also enables subscribers to stream local CBS stations live across the U.S. in addition to the ability to stream ViacomCBS Streaming’s other live channels: CBSN for 24/7 news, CBS Sports HQ for sports news and analysis, and ET Live for entertainment coverage.

For more information about Paramount+, please visit www.paramountplus.com and follow @ParamountPlus on social platforms.

About Nickelodeon:

Nickelodeon, now in its 42nd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The brand includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, location-based experiences, publishing, and feature films. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC).



PARAMOUNT+ REVEALS OFFICIAL TRAILER AND KEY ART FOR ALL-NEW “RUGRATS” SERIES





PARAMOUNT+ REVEALS OFFICIAL TRAILER AND KEY ART FOR ALL-NEW “RUGRATS” SERIES

“Rugrats” Premieres May 27 on Paramount+

From Nickelodeon Animation Studio, the Emmy Award-Winning Series Returns

with Brand-New Adventures Following the Secret Life of Babies

May 5, 2021 – Paramount+, the streaming service from ViacomCBS, today revealed the trailer and key art for the all-new RUGRATS, following the even bigger adventures born from the colorful imaginations of Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Susie, and Angelica. Premiering exclusively Thursday, May 27 on Paramount+, and produced by the Nickelodeon Animation Studio, the reimagined babies continue to explore their world in brand-new adventures that will both complement and evolve the original series’ beloved stories.

Beginning May 27, the first set of episodes of the RUGRATS debut season will be available on Paramount+, with the rollout of additional episodes to be announced at a later date. In the one-hour premiere episode, “Second Time Around,” Tommy leads the babies on a daring adventure to help Chuckie after his big attempt to be brave goes horribly wrong. Warning: dinosaurs are involved. Following the season’s run on Paramount+, the series will air on Nickelodeon at a later date to be announced.

The series stars E.G. Daily (Tommy Pickles), Nancy Cartwright (Chuckie Finster), Cheryl Chase (Angelica Pickles), Cree Summer (Susie Carmichael), and Kath Soucie (Phil and Lil DeVille), all of whom are reprising their iconic roles in this new series.

The original adventurous babies’ voice cast is joined by new voices, including Ashley Rae Spillers and Tommy Dewey (Tommy’s parents, Didi and Stu Pickles); Tony Hale (Chuckie’s father, Chas Finster); Natalie Morales, (Phil and Lil’s mother, Betty DeVille); Anna Chlumsky and Timothy Simons (Angelica’s parents, Charlotte and Drew Pickles); Nicole Byer and Omar Miller (Susie’s parents, Lucy and Randy Carmichael); and Michael McKean (Grandpa Lou Pickles).

Produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio, the all-new RUGRATS is based on the series created by Arlene Klasky, Gabor Csupo, and Paul Germain. Eryk Casemiro (“Rugrats”) and Kate Boutilier (“Rugrats”) are executive producers and Dave Pressler (“Robot and Monster”) and Casey Leonard (“Breadwinners”) serve as co-executive producers, with Rachel Lipman (“Rugrats”) as co-producer and Kellie Smith (“The Fairly OddParents”) as line producer. Charlie Adler (“Rugrats”) serves as the voice director. Production is overseen by Mollie Freilich, Senior Manager, Current Series Animation, Nickelodeon.

The original “Rugrats” series launched in August of 1991 and instantly became a groundbreaking phenomenon, spawning consumer products and three hit theatrical releases, cementing its place in pop culture history through its iconic characters, storytelling, and unique visual style. “Rugrats” was in production for nine seasons over the course of 13 years. The series earned four Daytime Emmy Awards, six Kids’ Choice Awards, and its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

About Paramount+

Paramount+, a direct-to-consumer digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service from ViacomCBS, combines live sports, breaking news, and a mountain of entertainment. The premium streaming service features an expansive library of original series, hit shows and popular movies across every genre from world-renowned brands and production studios, including BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures, and the Smithsonian Channel. The service is also the streaming home to unmatched sports programming, including every CBS Sports event, from golf to football to basketball and more, plus exclusive streaming rights for major sports properties, including some of the world’s biggest and most popular soccer leagues. Paramount+ also enables subscribers to stream local CBS stations live across the U.S. in addition to the ability to stream ViacomCBS Streaming’s other live channels: CBSN for 24/7 news, CBS Sports HQ for sports news and analysis, and ET Live for entertainment coverage.

For more information about Paramount+, please visit www.paramountplus.com and follow @ParamountPlus on social platforms.

About Nickelodeon:

Nickelodeon, now in its 42nd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The brand includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, location-based experiences, publishing, and feature films. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC).



Upcoming DVD Releases





COMING ON 5/4:
* Hemingway – A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (PBS)
$39.99 SRP DVD; 49.99 SRP Blu-ray

—–HEMINGWAY examines the visionary work and turbulent life of one of the greatest and most influential American writers: Ernest Hemingway. Intimate and insightful, the series weaves together Hemingways biography with excerpts from his work. The film penetrates the myth of Hemingway to reveal a deeply troubled and ultimately tragic figure. Producer: Sarah Botstein, Lynn Novick, Ken Burns. Author: Geoffrey C. Ward. Narrator: Peter Coyote. 3-disc set in either format.

* Atlantic Crossing (PBS)
$44.99 SRP DVD

—–Inspired by true events, this is the untold story of the Norwegian Crown Princess becoming an influential figure in world politics during World War II, depicting the tragic events of the war from a unique and unseen perspective. Starring Sofia Helin and Kyle MacLachlan. Author: Alexander Eik, Linda May Kallestein. Producer: Moa Westeson, Silje Hopland Eik. 3-disc set.
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COMING ON 5/18:
* Rugrats – The Complete Series (Nickelodeon/ViacomCBS)
$55.99 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: Runaway Reptar; All Growed Up; Babies in Toyland; Tales from the Crib: “Snow White”; Tales from the Crib: “Three Jacks & A Beanstalk”
—–This must be your ducky day! The whole world is a big adventure waitin’ to be ‘splored with all 9 seasons of Rugrats, the classic Nickelodeon TV show, in a 26-disc complete series collection! Baldly go where no baby’s every gone before as the Rugrats turn the ordinary into the extraordinary every day! Rugrats follows the secret life of babies Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Kimi, and Dil, plus toddlers Angelica and Susie, as they embark on misguided adventures (in reality and their vivid imaginations), right under the noses of their unsuspecting parents and grandparents. Featuring the voice talents of E. G. Daily (“The Powerpuff Girls”) as Tommy, Tara Strong (“The Fairly Odd Parents”) as Dil, Nancy Cartwright (“The Simpsons”) as Chuckie, Kath Soucie (“Danny Phantom”) as Phil and Lil, Cree Summer (“Robot Chicken”) as Susie, Cheryl Chase (“All Grown Up!”) as Angelica, and more, this collection is perfect for both “growed up” long-time fans and today’s generation of kids to enjoy!
NOTE: seasons 5-9 have previously been available as manufacture-on-demand (MOD) titles, but are “going wide” at retail for the first time in this release
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COMING ON 5/21
* Baywatch – Remastered: All 9 Seasons (VEI)
$109.99 SRP Blu-ray

EXTRAS: Includes Pilot, Limited Edition Poster, and Fun Facts Booklet
—–First airing in 1989, Baywatch broadcast into over 200 different countries, was translated into 48 languages, reached an estimated audience of 1 billion viewers worldwide according to TV Guide, and was awarded a Guinness World Record for having the largest global TV audience in history. Described by Entertainment Weekly as ‘the most popular show in the history of the planet’, Baywatch spawned a legion of international stars including David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra, Gena Lee Nolan, and Yasmine Bleeth. All episodes are now available in High Definition, at 16:9 cinematic widescreen. In addition, 350 songs have been re-created to score the iconic Baywatch montages.
NOTE: this is the Blu-ray version of the title; the DVD format version was announced in last week’s Roundup: https://www.facebook.com/tvshowsondvd/posts/10159018812051063
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COMING ON 6/29:
* His Dark Materials – The Complete 2nd Season: New Worlds Await (Warner)
$24.98 SRP DVD; $29.98 SRP Blu-ray

EXTRAS: Noble Rogue: The Legend of Lee Scoresby [This documentary will explore the DNA of Lee Scoresby’s character (Lin-Manuel Miranda) and the aspects of the cowboy, outlaw or rogue, who through bravery, loyalty, and rebelliousness are willing to stick up for the underdog and fight for justice]; Exploring His Dark Materials: Panserbjørne; Exploring His Dark Materials: Daemons; Exploring His Dark Materials:Portals & The Multiverse; Exploring His Dark Materials: Witches; His Dark Materials: Bringing Daemons and Bears to Life; His Dark Materials: Exploring Cittàgazze; His Dark Materials: Worlds Collide; The Powerful Mrs. Coulter; Lyra; The Subtle Knife
—–His Dark Materials follows young orphan Lyra (Dafne Keen) on a journey through a parallel world, where a human’s soul exists outside one’s body – in the form of a talking animal called a daemon. Season Two begins as Lyra, distraught over the death of her best friend, embarks upon a journey in a strange and mysterious abandoned city. There she meets Will (Amir Wilson), a boy from our world who is also running from a troubled past. Lyra and Will learn their destinies are tied to reuniting Will with his father, but find their path is constantly thwarted as a war begins to brew around them. Meanwhile, Mrs. Coulter (Ruth Wilson) searches for Lyra, determined to bring her home by any means necessary. Season Two series regulars include stars Dafne Keen (Logan), Ruth Wilson (The Affair), Amir Wilson (The Secret Garden), Ariyon Bakare (Life), Andrew Scott (Sherlock, Fleabag), Will Keen (The Crown), Ruta Gedmintas (The Strain) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton). Joining the cast this season are Terence Stamp (Superman), Jade Anouka (Cleaning Up) and Simone Kirby (Notes on Blindness). 2-disc set in either format.
NOTE: we are aware that the attached cover art does NOT match the artwork seen at various pre-order listings for this title. We are using the box art which the studio provided to us as part of the title announcement/press release they emailed us.
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I Dream of Jeannie – The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
$85.99 SRP Blu-ray

—–Your Wish is Our Command! All 139 episodes debuting in HIGH DEFINITION! With the blink of her eyes and a nod of her head, Barbara Eden will make your wishes come true in I Dream Of Jeannie: The Complete Series. Larry Hagman is Captain Anthony Tony Nelson, an astronaut who finds himself Master to a beautiful and crafty genie (Eden), whom he unknowingly releases from a bottle. Together, he and Jeannie are a magical match. Packed with some of television’s brightest guest stars, I Dream Of Jeannie is the beloved must-own comedy series that will have you dreaming of TV’s Golden Age. 12-disc set.
NOTE: this is a high-def Blu-ray Disc release; the title was released on DVD format by Sony in 2008, and then again by Mill Creek in 2015



Nickelodeon Taps All-Star Voice Talent Lineup for Iconic Grown-Up Roles in Brand-New “Rugrats”





Nickelodeon Taps All-Star Voice Talent Lineup for Iconic Grown-Up Roles in Brand-New “Rugrats,” Debuting Spring 2021 on Paramount+
The latest additions include Nicole Byer, Anna Chlumsky, Tommy Dewey, Tony Hale, Michael McKean, Omar Miller, Natalie Morales, Timothy Simons and Ashley Rae Spillers.
[via press release from Nickelodeon]
NICKELODEON TAPS ALL-STAR VOICE TALENT LINEUP FOR ICONIC GROWN-UP ROLES IN BRAND-NEW RUGRATS, DEBUTING SPRING 2021 ON PARAMOUNT+

Joining Members of Original Voice Cast are: Nicole Byer, Anna Chlumsky, Tommy Dewey, Tony Hale, Michael McKean, Omar Miller, Natalie Morales, Timothy Simons and Ashley Rae Spillers

BURBANK, Calif.-March 18, 2021-Nickelodeon has tapped an all-star roster of voice talent to round out the cast of its new upcoming Rugrats series, a reimagining of the classic ’90s hit. Joining the original voice cast of the adventurous toddlers are: Ashley Rae Spillers (Vice Principals) and Tommy Dewey (The Mindy Project), as Tommy’s parents; Tony Hale (Arrested Development), as Chuckie’s father; Natalie Morales (Dead to Me), as Phil and Lil’s mother; Anna Chlumsky (Veep) and Timothy Simons (Veep), as Angelica’s parents; Nicole Byer (Nailed It!) and Omar Miller (Ballers), as Susie’s parents; and Michael McKean (Better Call Saul), as Grandpa Lou Pickles. Produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio, the all-new Rugrats, a Paramount+ Original Series, is set to debut on the streaming service this spring.

“This incredibly talented group of actors provides a fresh and very funny take on these iconic roles, combining humor with heart to bring the characters to life in a whole new way,” said Liz Paulson, Senior Vice President, Talent and Casting, Nickelodeon.

“The all-new Rugrats is packed with comedy, music and adventures that only babies can embark upon, and the role of the grown-ups is an essential piece of the series,” added Ramsey Naito, President, Nickelodeon Animation.

Rugrats features: Spillers and Dewey as Tommy’s parents, Didi, a passionate artisan and blogger, and Stu, an optimistic inventor; Hale as Chuckie’s father, Chas, a neurotic musician; Morales as Phil and Lil’s mother, Betty, Didi’s best friend and coffeehouse owner; Chlumsky and Simons as Angelica’s parents, Charlotte, a busy city councilperson, and Drew, a successful pharmaceutical representative; Byer and Miller as Susie’s parents, Lucy, a fun and generous physician, and Randy, an affable and good-natured science teacher; and McKean as Grandpa Lou Pickles, an active senior who enjoys yoga.

The new voice actors join previously announced cast members E.G. Daily (Tommy), Nancy Cartwright (Chuckie), Cheryl Chase (Angelica), Cree Summer (Susie) and Kath Soucie (Phil and Lil), who are all reprising their iconic roles.

The all-new Rugrats is based on the series created by Arlene Klasky, Gabor Csupo and Paul Germain. Eryk Casemiro (Rugrats) and Kate Boutilier (Rugrats) are executive producers and Dave Pressler (Robot and Monster) and Casey Leonard (Breadwinners) serve as co-executive producers, with Rachel Lipman (Rugrats) as co-producer and Kellie Smith (The Fairly OddParents) as line producer. Production is overseen by Mollie Freilich, Senior Manager, Current Series Animation, Nickelodeon. Casting is overseen by Paulson.

The original Rugrats series launched in August of 1991 and instantly became a groundbreaking phenomenon, spawning consumer products and three hit theatrical releases, and cementing its place in pop culture history through its iconic characters, storytelling and unique visual style. Rugrats was in production for nine seasons over the course of 13 years. The series earned four Daytime Emmy Awards, six Kids’ Choice Awards and its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

About Paramount+

Paramount+, a direct-to-consumer digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service from ViacomCBS, combines live sports, breaking news, and a mountain of entertainment. The premium streaming service features an expansive library of original series, hit shows and popular movies across every genre from world-renowned brands and production studios, including BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel. The service is also the streaming home to unmatched sports programming, including every CBS Sports event, from golf to football to basketball and more, plus exclusive streaming rights for major sports properties, including some of the world’s biggest and most popular soccer leagues. Paramount+ also enables subscribers to stream local CBS stations live across the U.S. in addition to the ability to stream ViacomCBS Streaming’s other live channels: CBSN for 24/7 news, CBS Sports HQ for sports news and analysis, and ET Live for entertainment coverage. For more information about Paramount+, please visit www.paramountplus.com and follow @ParamountPlus on social platforms.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 41st year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The brand includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, location based experiences, publishing and feature films. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC).



The Nickelodeon Virtual Upfront Show: Bring Your Kids!





The Nickelodeon Virtual Upfront Show: Bring Your Kids!
“We’re applying our commitment to creating relatable characters and content to our upfront presentation so our partners can experience Nickelodeon exactly the way kids do, with surprise, humor and relevance,” said Brian Robbins, President, ViacomCBS Kids & Family.
[via press release from Nickelodeon]
THE NICKELODEON VIRTUAL UPFRONT SHOW: BRING YOUR KIDS!

ANIMATED AND LIVE-ACTION CO-VIEWING PRESENTATION DETAILS NICK’S DRIVE TO EXPAND ITS REACH WITH KIDS AND FAMILIES ON EVERY PLATFORM THROUGH ITS FRANCHISE POWER AND LARGEST CONTENT SLATE EVER FOR 2021-22 SEASON

Biggest Animation Slate in 40+ Years Powered by Its Iconic Franchises, New Original Series and New Greenlights, Including: The Patrick Star Show, Middlemost Post, Big Nate, The Smurfs, Star Trek: Prodigy, The Hamster Show, ZJ Sparkleton, The Tiny Chef Show, Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years, Monster High, Transformers, Baby Shark’s Big Show! and Rugrats

Brand-New Live-Action Series That Girl Lay Lay Produced by Will Packer Media and Warped! from Co-Creators Kevin Kopelow & Heath Seifert Added to Lineup; Production Set to Begin on The Loud House: A Very Loud Christmas! Live-Action Holiday TV Movie

Nick Renews Top-Rated Live-Action Comedy Danger Force and Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan, Along with Top Preschool Titles Santiago of the Seas, Blue’s Clues & You! and PAW Patrol; Net Orders Additional Episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants and Side Hustle

HOLLYWOOD, Calif.-March 18, 2021-Nickelodeon today put its own stamp on upfront season with a uniquely original brand immersion, The Nickelodeon Virtual Upfront Show: Bring Your Kids!–a specially produced live-action and animation presentation offering a co-viewing experience for clients and (their) kids alike. Literally told from a kids-eye point of view, the Upfront Show is a quick trip across the brand’s expansive universe, using its talent, characters and content to outline Nickelodeon’s strategy to: expand its reach across its own and third-party platforms; grow the footprint and influence of its global franchises; and launch its massive content pipeline–including its biggest animation slate ever–for the 2021-22 season and beyond.

“We’re applying our commitment to creating relatable characters and content to our upfront presentation so our partners can experience Nickelodeon exactly the way kids do, with surprise, humor and relevance,” said Brian Robbins, President, ViacomCBS Kids & Family. “The fragmentation across linear only accelerated these past 12 months, so this year’s format literally illustrates our strategy to marshal our global franchises, co-viewing strengths and our new content slate across all available platforms.”

Also providing a host of information and extended plans for each of its franchises, The Nickelodeon Virtual Upfront Show: Bring Your Kids! features full-episode sneak peeks of new series, and activities and prizing for adults and kids. The presentation, which begins as a video conference and then glitches into an alternate animated universe of surprise and informative fun, features appearances by: Brian Robbins, President, ViacomCBS Kids & Family; Jo Ann Ross, President and Chief Advertising Revenue Officer, ViacomCBS Domestic Advertising Sales; Pam Kaufman, President, ViacomCBS Consumer Products; Nick stars from iCarly (Miranda Cosgrove); Unfiltered (Gabrielle Nevaeh Green, Lex Lumpkin), Side Hustle (Jules LeBlanc, Jayden Bartels, Isaiah Crews), Danger Force (Terrence Little Gardenhigh) and Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan (Young Dylan); Asher Bishop, voice of Lincoln Loud from top-rated The Loud House; and Evan, the bridge troll from the forthcoming The Barbarian and the Troll.

The Nickelodeon Virtual Upfront Show: Bring Your Kids! outlines Nickelodeon’s commitment to expand its reach through investment in and production of content for every key platform that is important to kids, including: linear, where Nick dominates the top 10 across every kids’ demo; Paramount+, which houses 7,000+ episodes of Nick’s library and a growing slate of all-new original shows; Pluto TV, which programs Nick content across its kids’ channels; YouTube, with five new Nick channels launched this year; and SVOD, where viewers can sample key content offerings.

Added Robbins: “While linear is still the largest reach vehicle for kids and our ubiquity there remains strong, our strategy to have Nick content across platforms outside of our own allows us to meet kids wherever they are, fill their increasing demand for more content, and ultimately bring them back to our brand for more.”

Nickelodeon is also growing the power of its iconic global franchises–including SpongeBob SquarePants, PAW Patrol, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Blue’s Clues, Rugrats and Star Trek: Prodigy–further across linear, digital, theatrical films, games, stage productions and also consumer products for every age and in every aisle around the world.

For its 2021-22 season, Nick’s slate is filled with co-viewing opportunities and includes its largest animation lineup in its history, multiple theatrical movies, new live-action series and live appointment-viewing TV events.

Details of Nickelodeon’s New 2021-22 Content Slate:

Animation:

Nickelodeon has doubled down on original animation, with its Burbank-based Animation Studio helmed by Animation President Ramsey Naito hiring over 500 people in the last year alone, and putting over 50 projects in development across series, Studio business and theatricals. Nick’s new content slate teed up for this season includes 15 new preschool and kids’ series.

· Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years (available now on Paramount+; premieres September 2021 on Nickelodeon) – This CG-animated prequel marks the first-ever SpongeBob SquarePants spinoff and follows 10-year-old SpongeBob SquarePants and his pals during summer sleepaway camp where they spend their time building underwater campfires, catching wild jellyfish and swimming in Lake Yuckymuck at the craziest camp in the kelp forest. Nick has picked up an additional 13 episodes of the series, bring the total season one order to 26.

· Rugrats (premieres spring 2021 on Paramount+, followed by a later premiere on Nickelodeon) – This reimagining of Nick’s iconic ’90s hit will reunite members of the original voice cast and follow the iconic crew of toddlers–Tommy Pickles, Chuckie Finster, Angelica Pickles, Susie Carmichael, and twins Phil and Lil DeVille–throughout their day-to-day lives that become adventures in their minds.

· The Patrick Star Show (premieres July 2021 on Nickelodeon) – The second spinoff of the number-one animated series SpongeBob SquarePants is a family sitcom starring Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke) and the rest of his family, as they are constantly disrupted by Patrick’s wild whims and surreal imagination.

· Middlemost Post (premieres July 2021 on Nickelodeon) – Combining quirky characters with hilarious adventures and unwavering friendship, this 2D-animated series follows Parker, a former rain cloud; Angus, a brawny mailman; and Russell, their magical pet walrus, as they deliver packages to the unusual inhabitants of Mount Middlemost.

· Big Nate (premieres September 2021 on Nickelodeon) – Based on the best-selling children’s books, written and drawn by acclaimed author and cartoonist Lincoln Peirce, this new TV series will feature brand-new original storylines centered on Nate, a precocious 11-year-old boy, and his mischievous shenanigans that usually result in disaster, detention or both.

· The Smurfs TV series (premieres October 2021 on Nickelodeon) – Based on the iconic property and in partnership with LAFIG Belgium and IMPS, The Smurfs is a brand-new original CG-animated TV series following Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Brainy, Hefty, Clumsy and others, on all-new adventures, packed with humor, heart and high-stakes action.

· Star Trek: Prodigy (premieres 2021 on Paramount+) – An expansion of the Star Trek Universe, the new CG-animated series follows a motley crew of young aliens who must figure out how to work together while navigating a greater galaxy, in search for a better future. Star Trek: Prodigy is from CBS’ Eye Animation Productions, CBS Studios’ new animation arm; Nickelodeon Animation Studio; Secret Hideout; and Roddenberry Entertainment.

· Monster High TV series (premieres 2022 on Nickelodeon) – Mattel, Inc. and Nickelodeon are producing a brand-new animated series based on Monster High, the iconic franchise about the children of famous monsters and creatures. The series, which will be available globally across Nickelodeon platforms, follows fan-favorite characters Clawdeen Wolf, Draculaura, and Frankie Stein as they navigate the hilarity of high school in the hallowed halls of Monster High.

· Transformers (premieres 2022 on Nickelodeon) – Based on Hasbro’s iconic global property, the original animated series co-produced by Nickelodeon and Hasbro’s entertainment studio eOne will follow a new species of Transformers who must find their place and purpose among Autobots, Decepticons, and the human family that adopts them.

· **NEW** ZJ Sparkleton (working title, premieres 2022 on Nickelodeon) – This buddy comedy, produced by Nelvana, follows quirky 10-year-old vlogger Ruby and her space alien best friend ZJ Sparkleton. Along with their pal Earl, a talking con-man squirrel, Ruby teaches ZJ about her version of Earth, while ZJ learns to control his unpredictable powers.

· Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (theatrical release in 2023) – Nickelodeon and award-winning Point Grey Pictures’ (Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver) are in production on an all-new CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theatrical motion picture, distributed by Paramount Pictures.

· Avatar Studios – Nickelodeon Animation Studio’s new division, helmed by original creators and co-chief creative officers Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, will create original content spanning animated series and movies based on the beloved world of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. The Studio’s output will bow on platforms including Paramount+, ViacomCBS’ subscription video on-demand service; on Nickelodeon’s own linear and digital platforms; as well as on third-party platforms and in theaters. The first project, an animated theatrical film, is set to begin production later this year.

Preschool:

Nickelodeon’s power in creating content for Kids 2-5 has moved from strength to strength, with its Nick Jr. channel growing over the last year into the number-two position on all kids’ TV, second only to Nickelodeon itself. The new season features more of Nickelodeon’s biggest hits, plus brand-new titles based on some of the most popular preschool characters ever.

· Baby Shark’s Big Show! (premieres March 26, 2021 on Nickelodeon) – Based on the world-famous pop culture phenomenon, this brand-new series centers on Baby Shark and his best friend William as they journey on fun-filled comedic adventures in their community of Carnivore Cove, make new friends and sing original catchy tunes along the way. Baby Shark’s Big Show! is co-produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio and SmartStudy, the global entertainment company behind the beloved children’s brand Pinkfong.

· PAW Patrol: The Movie (premieres August 20, 2021 in theatres) – A Spin Master Entertainment production in association with Nickelodeon Movies, this major motion picture animated feature film is based on the award-winning preschool series PAW Patrol and will be distributed by Paramount Pictures.

· The Tiny Chef Show (working title; premieres 2022 on Nickelodeon) – Herbivore social media sensation The Tiny Chef is bringing his culinary adventures to Nickelodeon in a brand-new series, produced in association with Imagine Kids+Family, Tiny Chef Productions, and Nickelodeon Animation Studio, that will follow the talented chef as he whips up tasty ‘weshipees’ and the world’s tiniest plant-based dishes from his tree-stump home.

· **NEW** The Hamster Show (working title; premieres 2022 on Nickelodeon) – This series, produced by Nelvana, follows a motley crew of hamsters, the heroic protectors of their 8-year-old owner Harry, who they mistake as their King and beloved ruler of their elaborate colorful-tubed kingdom.

· Nickelodeon is also doubling down on its preschool slate with renewals of top hits from its powerhouse portfolio–Santiago of the Seas, the number-one preschool series across all TV year to date, for a second season (26 episodes); Blue’s Clues & You! for a fourth season (26 episodes); and PAW Patrol for season nine (26 episodes).

Live Action:

Drawing from the talents of a wide range of creators and up-and-coming stars, Nickelodeon is working with caliber talent ranging from Will Packer, Tyler Perry and Mike Mitchell behind the camera, to JoJo Siwa debuting in her first feature-length film.

· Drama Club (available now on Nick App and Nick.com; premieres March 20, 2021 on Nickelodeon) – This mockumentary-style comedy that recently debuted follows a group of middle schoolers as they shine a light on the inner workings of their school’s overlooked drama club.

· The Barbarian and the Troll (premieres April 2, 2021 on Nickelodeon) – This all-new live-action puppet comedy series follows Evan, a bridge troll in search of adventure, and Brendar, a fierce female warrior on a quest to defeat the evil demon who has imprisoned her brother.

· iCarly (premieres summer 2021 on Paramount+) – Nickelodeon Studios and Awesomeness have started production on a new series based on the iconic iCarly. The new show picks up nearly 10 years after the original series ended, and finds Carly Shay, the original influencer, and her friends navigating work, love and their family in their twenties.

· The J Team (premieres summer 2021) – Starring and executive produced by pop star and social media sensation JoJo Siwa, the 90-minute feature-length film from Awesomeness and Nick’s Live-Action Film Studio follows a young girl who is kicked out of her dance troupe and forced to rediscover what dance and friendship mean to her while finding her true “sparkle” in the process.

· **NEW** That Girl Lay Lay (working title; premieres summer 2021 on Nickelodeon) – Teen sensation and hip-hop artist Alaya “That Girl Lay Lay” High stars in this new comedy series as Lay Lay, an avatar from a personal affirmation app that magically comes to life. The series follows Lay Lay and her best friend Sadie as they navigate life as teenagers and discover who they truly are. That Girl Lay Lay is produced by Will Packer Media (Little, Girls Trip, Ride Along, What Men Want), with Will Packer serving as executive producer.

· **NEW** Warped! (premieres fall 2021 on Nickelodeon) – This new buddy comedy, from co-creators Kevin Kopelow & Heath Seifert (All That, Good Burger), follows Milo, the beloved head geek at popular comic book shop Warped!, who forms an unlikely alliance with his new quirky and excitable co-worker Ruby to create the world’s greatest graphic novel.

· The Loud House: A Very Loud Christmas! live-action TV movie (working title; premieres November 2021 on Nickelodeon) – Production is set to begin in April on this original live-action holiday TV movie based on the Emmy Award-winning animated series, The Loud House. Casting is currently underway, with Wolfgang Schaeffer (Criminal Minds) tapped to play 11-year-old Lincoln Loud and Jahzir Bruno (The Witches) as Clyde McBride, Lincoln’s best friend.

· Monster High live-action TV movie (premieres 2022 on Nickelodeon) – Mattel, Inc. and Nickelodeon are producing an original live-action TV movie musical based on Monster High, the iconic franchise about the children of famous monsters and creatures. The movie musical event, which marks the first time Monster High will be brought to life in live action, will be available on Nickelodeon platforms globally next year.

· In an expansion of its hit live-action lineup, Nickelodeon has also renewed Danger Force, TV’s number-one live-action kids show with Kids 6-11, for a second season (26 episodes) and Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan for season two (20 episodes). The net has also ordered six additional episodes of buddy comedy Side Hustle, bringing the first season to 26 total episodes.

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Upcoming DVD Releases





NOW AVAILABLE:
* Austin City Limits – Country (Time Life)
$119.95 SRP DVD (“4 Easy Payments of $29.99”)

EXTRAS: see contents listed below
—–Austin City Limits is the longest-running music show in television history, and since the beginning it has held a special connection to country music. Beloved by artists and fans alike, Austin City Limits is known for authentic music presented in live and uncut performances. This collection has been hand-selected from over 40 years of Austin City Limits archives to find the greatest country performances. Austin City Limits Country brings together 5 decades of country’s greatest artists from legends like Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Marty Robbins and Buck Owens to superstars like Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, and Randy Travis plus today’s greats including Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, and Brad Paisley. Plus, Austin City Limits Country includes once-in-a-lifetime collaborations like Sheryl Crow and Kris Kristofferson singing “Me and Bobby McGee” and Emmylou Harris singing “Crazy” along with Willie Nelson who wrote the song. 164 live, uncut performances from 1974-2018 featuring country legends and superstars performing their biggest hits including Willie Nelson’s “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain,” Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” George Strait’s “Amarillo By Morning”, Reba McEntire’s “Whoever’s In New England”, Vince Gill’s “Whenever You Come Around”, Alan Jackson’s “Livin’ On Love”, and Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying.” Unforgettable collaborations including Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson performing “Crazy”, Vince Gill and Patty Loveless singing “After The Fire Is Gone”, and Sheryl Crow and Kris Kristofferson performing “Me And Bobby McGee.” Special moments including Roger Miller singing “Old Friends” with Willie Nelson, Vince Gill singing “Amie” with Pure Prairie League, and Dwight Yoakam and Buck Owens performing “Streets of Bakersfield.” Bonus interviews with the stars including Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Keith Urban, and more! FREE Bonus DVD: The Austin City Limits 1974 pilot episode featuring a complete Willie Nelson concert! Collectible Memory Book. 10-DVD set.
NOTE: our thanks to longtime reader John Cerone for bringing this release to our attention

* Austin City Limits – Country: Deluxe Edition (Time Life)
$239.92 SRP DVD (“4 Easy Payments of $59.98”)

EXTRAS: see contents listed below
—–Austin City Limits is the longest-running music show in television history, and since the beginning it has held a special connection to country music. Beloved by artists and fans alike, Austin City Limits is known for authentic music presented in live and uncut performances. This collection has been hand-selected from over 40 years of Austin City Limits archives to find the greatest country performances. Austin City Limits Country brings together 5 decades of country’s greatest artists from legends like Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Marty Robbins and Buck Owens to superstars like Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, and Randy Travis plus today’s greats including Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, and Brad Paisley. Plus, Austin City Limits Country includes once-in-a-lifetime collaborations like Sheryl Crow and Kris Kristofferson singing “Me and Bobby McGee” and Emmylou Harris singing “Crazy” along with Willie Nelson who wrote the song. 164 live, uncut performances from 1974-2018 featuring country legends and superstars performing their biggest hits including Willie Nelson’s “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain,” Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” George Strait’s “Amarillo By Morning”, Reba McEntire’s “Whoever’s In New England”, Vince Gill’s “Whenever You Come Around”, Alan Jackson’s “Livin’ On Love”, and Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying.” Unforgettable collaborations including Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson performing “Crazy”, Vince Gill and Patty Loveless singing “After The Fire Is Gone”, and Sheryl Crow and Kris Kristofferson performing “Me And Bobby McGee.” Special moments including Roger Miller singing “Old Friends” with Willie Nelson, Vince Gill singing “Amie” with Pure Prairie League, and Dwight Yoakam and Buck Owens performing “Streets of Bakersfield.” Bonus interviews with the stars including Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Keith Urban, and more! FREE Bonus DVD: The Austin City Limits 1974 pilot episode featuring a complete Willie Nelson concert! Collectible Memory Book. Upgrade to the Deluxe Edition! Upgrade your order to the Deluxe 20-DVD collection and receive 10 more live country music DVDs featuring CMA Awards LIVE! You’ll get 127 additional live performances including Loretta Lynn’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Merle Haggard’s “Okie from Muskogee,” Crystal Gayle’s “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” Taylor Swift’s “Fifteen,” and Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).” Plus you’ll see famous country duets and collaborations including “Jackson” by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man” by Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, “Cowgirls Don’t Cry,” by Brooks & Dunn and Reba McEntire, and “Islands In The Stream” by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.
NOTE: our thanks to longtime reader John Cerone for bringing this release to our attention
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COMING ON 3/16:
* Dracula – The Complete Miniseries (BBC Archives)
$24.99 SRP DVD MOD

—–English lawyer Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania to meet a new client…and a legend is about to get fresh blood! From the snow-capped Carpathians to a death-haunted ship to the beating heart of London, the makers of ‘Sherlock’ bring you a brand new take on the most famous vampire of them all: the magnificent, brooding, deliciously deadly Count Dracula. Cast includes Claes Bang, Dolly Wells, John Heffernan, Morfydd Clark, and Sacha Dhawan. 2-disc set.
NOTE: back in December we reported this title with a mid-January release schedule, but that was a preliminary date; the title was evidently delayed until March 16. If you can wait an additional week, this item will also be available directly from the BBC Shop on 3/23: https://shop.bbc.com/products/dracula-22966

* Moone Boy – The Complete Series (BBC Archives)
$29.99 SRP DVD MOD

—–Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, Girls) stars in the hilarious, semi-autobiographical tale of Martin Moone, the youngest boy in a loud, large Irish family, and his imaginary friend Sean Murphy (O’Dowd). Between Martin’s unique view on life and Sean’s not-always-helpful advice, the pair find themselves thrown into one ridiculous scheme after another. Revel in this hilarious, award-winning hit show, now together in one complete collection for the first time! 3-disc set.

* Chef! – The Complete Collection (BBC Archives)
$29.99 SRP DVD MOD

—–Meet Britain’s finest – and most ill-tempered – chef, Gareth Blackstock, of the prestigious Le Chateau Anglais restaurant. Each meal is a masterpiece. Just don’t ask for salt. Chef Blackstock (Lenny Henry; Broadchurch, Doctor Who, Amazon’s upcoming The Lord of the Rings series) rules his kitchen with an iron ladle, and puts up with no slacking. The trouble is that his underpaid and overworked kitchen staff is littered with slackers. Tuck in and prepare to double over in laughter with this hilarious and much-loved comedy series from the BBC! 3-disc set.
NOTE: this title was originally released into stores in 2005 but was eventually discontinued; it is now being re-released with the same content as an MOD (manufacture on demand) item.

* Talking Heads {2020 series, aka Series 3} (BBC Archives)
$24.99 SRP DVD MOD

—–New versions of Alan Bennett’s much loved monologues, with some of the best known British performers of their time. Jodie Comer, Monica Dolan, Martin Freeman, Tamsin Greig, Sarah Lancashire. 2-disc set.
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COMING ON 5/11:
* Man With A Camera – The Complete Series (MPI)
$19.98 SRP DVD

—–In 1958 a young Charles Bronson came to ABC-Television in the fast-paced action drama “Man With A Camera.” Bronson played Mike Kovac, a former WWII combat photographer now freelancing in New York City, who specialized in getting the photographs that other lensmen couldn’t. His assignments came from newspapers, insurance agencies, the police, and private individuals, all of whom wanted a filmed record of an event. His cases always lead to danger, usually involving a good-looking damsel in distress. Kovac’s police liaison was Lieutenant Donovan, well-played by James Flavin, who looked to the freelance cameraman for help with the cases the cops couldn’t handle. To the viewer’s delight, Kovac employed the latest photographic technology to solve a case, including a Minox III mini-camera fastened to his belt; fisheye and telephoto lenses; and various other cutting-edge technologies; even converting the trunk of his car into a portable darkroom where he could develop his negatives on the spot. Character actor Ludwig Stossel starred as Kovac’s immigrant father Anton, to whom Kovac frequently came for advice. Guest stars included: Angie Dickinson, Yvonne Craig, King Calder, Ruta Lee, Harry Dean Stanton, Joe di Reda, Gavin Macleod, Howard McNear, Sebastian Cabot, Norma Crane, Bill Erwin and Grant Williams. 2-disc set.
NOTE: this show was originally completely released on DVD in 2011 by another studio, and since then by other studios, but all are discontinued; MPI is now bringing the show back to DVD with this new re-release.
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COMING ON 5/18:
* Star Trek: Lower Decks – Season 1 (ViacomCBS)
$25.99 SRP DVD; $31.99 SRP Blu-ray; $37.99 SRP Blu-ray Limited Edition Steelbook

EXTRAS: Includes nearly 2 Hours of EXCLUSIVE special features: Deleted & Extended Scenes, short ‘Decktionary’ featurettes for each episode, two full-length featurettes that explore Easter Eggs and canon throughout the series, an in-depth look at the crew of the U.S.S. Cerritos, and a trailer for Crisis Point: The Rise of Vindicta
—–Series creator Mike McMahan, writer and executive producer of “Rick and Morty”, takes you where no Star Trek series has gone before: to the lower decks! Join rule-breaker Beckett Mariner, aspiring captain Brad Boimler, rookie D’Vana Tendi, and part-Cyborg Sam Rutherford as they attempt to navigate the most mysterious corners of our universe with very little experience…and even less authority. Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 1 cast stars Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid, Noël Wells, Eugene Cordero, Dawnn Lewis, Jerry O’Connell, Gillian Vigman, Fred Tatasciore and includes guest appearances by Paul Scheer (“The League”), Jonathan Frakes (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”), Marina Sirtis (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”), and more! 2-disc set in either format.

* Rugrats – The Complete Series (Nickelodeon/ViacomCBS)
$79.99 SRP DVD

—–This must be your ducky day! The whole world is a big adventure waitin’ to be ‘splored with all 9 seasons of Rugrats, the classic Nickelodeon TV show, in a 26-disc complete series collection! Tommy, Chuckie, Angelica, Phil & Lil and Susie find themselves in a slew of adventures…both real and imaginary. Baldly go where no baby’s every gone before, as the Rugrats turn the ordinary into the extraordinary every day!
NOTE: seasons 5-9 have previously been available as manufacture-on-demand (MOD) titles, but are “going wide” at retail for the first time in this release

* Loud House – Season 3, Volume 1: Road Tripped (Nickelodeon/ViacomCBS)
$16.99 SRP DVD

—–Life’s a trip when the Louds depart on a family vacation! But while road tripping to their destination, everything that can go wrong for the family…does. A family fridge territory war breaks out, Lori and Lincoln go to the big city to visit Ronnie, Anne and Bobby, and Mom and Dad build a secret bathroom! Join in on all the laughs with The Loud Family! 2-disc set.
NOTE: we had previously given our readers some heads-up info about this item, on our 2/19 Roundup post, but now the studio has officially announced this title

* CSI: NY – The Complete Series (ViacomCBS)
$139.98 SRP DVD

—–Follow the evidence to New York City’s top crime lab in CSI: NY: The Complete Series. Shadow Lead Detective Mac Taylor (Academy Award Nominee and Emmy Award Winner Gary Sinise) as he guides his renowned team of criminalists on the brutal, relentless hunt for the truth. This 197-episode, 55-disc collection includes over 9 hours of special features and combines all nine years of every mind-boggling, genre-twisting case tackled by Taylor’s dedicated squad, including Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes), Don Flack (Eddie Cahill), Aiden Burn (Vanessa Ferlito), Danny Messer (Carmine Giovinazzo), Sheldon Hawkes (Hill Harper), and Lindsay Monroe (Anna Belknap), Sid Hammerback (Robert Joy), Adam Ross (A.J. Buckley), and Jo Danville (Emmy Winner Sela Ward). Under this crew’s steady watch, getting away with murder is not an option. Notable guest stars include Edward James Olmos (Stand and Deliver), Peter Fonda (Easy Rider), John Larroquette (“Night Court”), Robert Forster (The Descendents), Cassidy Freeman (“Smallville”), Aly Michalka (Easy A), Scott Lowell (“Queer as Folk”), Robbie Amell (Revenge), Ted Danson (“Cheers”), Recording Artist Josh Groban, and more!
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COMING ON 5/25:
* Infinity Train – Book 2 (Cartoon Network/Warner)
$14.98 SRP DVD

—–The mind-bending mysterious and critically acclaimed series first introduced fans to Tulip’s harrowing journey. This second installment, aptly titled Book 2, follows Mirror Tulip, an escaped reflection from the mirror world, and Jesse Cosay, a 14-year-old jock from Arizona. As the pair finds themselves on the run from the mirror police, themes of identity, friendship and peer pressure arise. Voice cast includes Ashley Johnson, Robbie Daymond, Ben Mendelsohn, Bradley Whitford, Owen Dennis, Kate Mulgrew, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, and Kyle McCarley. 10 episodes.
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DATE NOT YET ANNOUNCED:
* Josie And The Pussycats In Outer Space – The Complete Series (Warner Archive)
Blu-ray MOD
(pricing, release date, and pre-order listing have not been finalized yet)
—–Rock stars Josie and the Pussycats are out of this world…literally! When the bumbling Alexandra accidentally launches Josie and the gang into outer space, they travel through the galaxy searching for a path back to Earth. Along the way, they meet cat people, robot monsters, evil dictators, space pirates and plenty of strange creatures, including their new companion Bleep, voiced by Hanna-Barbera legend Don Messick. Fortunately, everyone’s a fan of Josie and the Pussycats, including aliens! Rocket through the universe with your favorite superstars as they save the day, sing a song and have a hip-happenin’ good time that hits all the right notes!
NOTE: this was released on DVD as a manufacture-on-demand (MOD) title in 2010; now the Warner Archive is releasing it as a 1080p High-Def Blu-ray Disc MOD title for the first time; stay tuned for updates



Nickelodeon’s All-New Animated “Rugrats” Reunites Members of the Original Voice Cast to Reprise Roles





Nickelodeon’s All-New Animated “Rugrats” Reunites Members of the Original Voice Cast to Reprise Roles
Produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio, the series is set to debut this spring on Paramount+, the highly anticipated streaming service from ViacomCBS.
[via press release from Nickelodeon]
NICKELODEON’S ALL-NEW ANIMATED “RUGRATS” REUNITES MEMBERS OF THE ORIGINAL VOICE CAST TO REPRISE ROLES

CG-Animated Series to Debut on Paramount+ in 2021

BURBANK, Calif. – (February 24, 2021) – Nickelodeon is reuniting members of the original voice cast behind iconic toddlers Tommy Pickles, Chuckie Finster, Angelica Pickles, Susie Carmichael and Phil and Lil DeVille in the upcoming all-new Rugrats animated series. A reimagining of the classic ’90s hit, the CG-animated series stars E.G. Daily (Tommy), Nancy Cartwright (Chuckie), Cheryl Chase (Angelica), Cree Summer (Susie) and Kath Soucie (Phil and Lil), all of whom are reprising their iconic roles in this new series. Produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio, the series is set to debut this spring on Paramount+, the highly anticipated streaming service from ViacomCBS.

“Rugrats is one of the most iconic cartoons recognized by fans around the globe, and this original version is one we are taking great care and pride in creating for a brand-new audience,” said Ramsey Naito, President, Nickelodeon Animation. “Having the voice cast behind these special characters come together is one of the essential pieces to making the show recognizable and we can’t wait to watch this talented group bring them to life again.”

The brand-new series features rich and colorful CG-animation and follows the toddlers as they explore the world and beyond from their pint-sized and wildly imaginative point-of-view.

The all-new Rugrats is based on the series created by Arlene Klasky, Gabor Csupo and Paul Germain. Eryk Casemiro (Rugrats) and Kate Boutilier (Rugrats) are executive producers and Dave Pressler (Robot and Monster) and Casey Leonard (Breadwinners) serve as co-executive producers, with Rachel Lipman (Rugrats) as co-producer and Kellie Smith (The Fairly OddParents) as line producer. Production is overseen by Mollie Freilich, Senior Manager, Current Series Animation, Nickelodeon.

The original Rugrats series launched in August of 1991 and instantly became a groundbreaking phenomenon, spawning consumer products and three hit theatrical releases, and cemented its place in pop culture history through its iconic characters, storytelling and unique visual style. Rugrats was in production for nine seasons over the course of 13 years. The series earned four Daytime Emmy Awards, six Kids’ Choice Awards and its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

About Paramount+:

ViacomCBS’ existing subscription video-on-demand and live streaming service, CBS All Access, will be rebranded as Paramount+ on March 4, 2021 as part of the service’s expansion to feature content from ViacomCBS’ leading portfolio of broadcast, news, sports and entertainment brands. ViacomCBS will also bring Paramount+ to international markets with an initial debut in Australia, Latin America and the Nordics in 2021.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 41st year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The brand includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, location based experiences, publishing and feature films. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC).