EXCLUSIVE: Nickelodeon is betting big on Lucas Cruikshank. In a pretty quick turnaround, I’ve learned that the network has picked up comedy pilot Marvin, Marvin toplined by Fred star Cruikshank to series with a whopping 26-episode order. The network is expected to make the announcement at its upfront presentation later today. The series order comes four weeks into the run of Fred: The Show, a live-action, short-form comedy series created by and starring YouTube standout Cruikshank as his signature character Fred Figglehorn. I hear that Nickelodeon is extending that series of 11-minute segments with a new 28-episode order on top of the original 21-episode pickup. Additionally, the network is working on a third Fred movie with Cruikshank following the success of the first two.
Marvin, Marvin, created by Jon Ross (10 Things I Hate About You), stars Cruikshank as a alien teen living with a human family, while trying to fit into life on earth. It is being executive produced by showrunner Jeff Bushell (Beverly Hills Chihuahua) and Evan Weiss and Gary Binkow of The Collective.