At TCA today, Nickelodeon confirmed our story from December about a new installment in the network’s Fred franchise, a series of 11-minute self-contained episodes. Nickelodeon announced that it has ordered 21 episodes of Fred: The Show, a live-action, short-form comedy series created by and starring YouTube standout Lucas Cruikshank as his signature character Fred Figglehorn. Additionally, Nickelodeon has given a pilot order to Marvin, Marvin starring Cruikshank as a quirky, intergalactic new kid in school who clumsily tries to adapt to his new life as a human teenager. The project, created by Jon Ross (10 Things I Hate About You), had been in development at Nickelodeon since the summer of 2010. It is being executive produced by showrunner Jeff Bushell (Beverly Hills Chihuahua) and Evan Weiss and Gary Binkow of The Collective. Set to premiere in early 2012, Fred: The Show follows Fred on his latest adventures at home and in school. Production on the series, executive produced by Cruikshank, Brian Robbins, Sharla Sumpter Bridgett, Binkow and Weiss, has recently started. “Lucas is an immensely talented actor and comedian whose unique brand of humor is a proven winner with our audience,” said Nickelodeon’s president of original programming Marjorie Cohn. The cable network has had ratings success with the original movies Fred: The Movie and Fred: Night of the Living Fred. Also today, Nickelodeon announced that its new comedy series How to Rock starring Cymphonique Miller will premiere Feb. 4 and its original movie Big Time Rush, featuring covers of Beatles classics, will debut March 10.
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