Nickelodeon unveils new ‘SpongeBob’ and ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ projects

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Nickelodeon is launching unique new projects for two of its most popular series, Sponge Bob SquarePants and Avatar: The Last Airbender. On Monday, the network announced that it is creating a companion podcast for each of the beloved shows. They will be titled SpongeBob BingePants and Avatar: braving the elements respectively.

Nickelodeon is teaming up with iHeartRadio to create these original new podcasts, which will serve as “companions” to the TV series they are talking about. the Avatar The podcast will feature original vocal talent Dante Basco (Prince Zuko) and Janet Varney (Avatar Korra). Meanwhile, the Spongebob The podcast will be hosted by actors Frankie Grande and Hector Navarro. Nickelodeon director Douglas Rosen expressed hope that these productions would be enjoyed by fans while also pioneering new territory for the podcast medium itself.

“The family podcast market is still nascent and we are excited to be working closely with our good friends at iHeartRadio to produce exciting new content for all audio platforms,” he said. “Not only are we extending our beloved franchises and intellectual property to the audio landscape, but we are also working with creative talents to produce new ideas and concepts for all audiences.”

Will Pearson, COO of iHeartRadio, added: “We are delighted to partner with the team at Nickelodeon to bring some incredibly fun shows to audiences around the world. I’m not sure you can pick two best franchises to launch. things, and there’s a lot more to come. We can’t wait for fans to hear these shows. “

Each of the podcasts will consist of 40 episodes. Brave the elements has a confirmed release date of Tuesday, June 22 while SpongeBob BingePants is expected “later this year”. The partners are also said to have other companion podcasts in the works.

The timing is remarkable for these two projects. While they revolve around the beloved original series in their respective franchises, the two are also actively developing. The Prequel series Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years is streaming now on Paramount + – available here with a free trial for new subscribers – and several Avatar the spinoffs are now in production. Netflix is ​​currently working on a live-action remake of the original series, while ViacomCBS has launched Avatar Studios, an entire division of Nickelodeon dedicated to films and films set in the Avatar universe.

All of this is sure to generate excitement for these beloved series and test the longevity of cartoons among younger audiences in the age of streaming. SpongeBob SquarePants, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Kamp Koral and The Legend of Korra are all now airing on Paramount +.

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