This summer, as temperatures soar, Nickelodeon will break out a brisk, bountiful blend of all-new TV movies and series, feature-film blockbusters and daily Nicktoon marathons to spice kids' viewing during their favorite season.
The kid network serves up must-see Friday night movie treats June 9-August 4 (8 p.m. ET/PT), unreeling hot new animated telefilms based on the hit series Danny Phantom, The X's, Avatar and Jimmy Neutron/The Fairly OddParents (crossover), along with Nick network debuts of the theatrical mega-hits Rugrats in Paris and Kangaroo Jack -- and more. A full array of riveting, rollicking adventures and red-letter events will dot the Friday movie-scape.
First up among the original offerings, Danny Phantom/"Reality Trip" (June 9) will propel kids to the edge of their seat when an escaped evil ringmaster with ghostly minions reveals phantom-fighting teen Danny's secret identity. Then, Truman's a turncoat and family menace in The X's/"Truman X, Supervillain" (June 16), after the wayward tween is recruited as an evil agent of SNAFU. The Fury of the Avatar (July 14) finds Aang and the Avatar gang traversing the deadly Serpent's Pass into Ba Sing Se just as a colossal fire nation invention aims to destroy the Great Wall there. An amazing friendship blooms between erstwhile rivals Jimmy Neutron and Timmy Turner in the Jimmy/Timmy Power Hour III: "The Jerkinators" (July 21), as the tween leads of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius and The Fairly OddParents join forces to battle old foes and an evil new one bent on stealing Jimmy's brains and Timmy's magic.
Whisking kids on adventures to Australia and France on June 23 and 30, Nickelodeon premieres big-screen blockbusters Kangaroo Jack and Rugrats in Paris: The Movie and segues to England and Italy for What a Girl Wants starring Amanda Bynes (July 7) and Sabrina Goes to Rome (August 4).
The heat is on with dual series premieres on Sunday, August 20: Fish-out- of-water anime action comedy Kappa Mikey (11 a.m. ET/PT), which launched on the Nicktoons Network in February, chronicles the madcap adventures of once- struggling American actor Mikey Simon as he adjusts to his new role as the biggest anime star Japan has even seen. And Shuriken School (11:30 a.m. ET/PT) is a crazy place in fictional Tokirohama where Eizan and his pals learn how to melt into the walls, fly over rooftops and disappear in a cloud of smoke.
In addition, a June-August slate replete with Sunday episode premieres is on tap for Romeo (7 p.m. ET/PT) and Just for Kicks (8:30 p.m. ET/PT), including respective season finales on July 16 and August 6, amid Saturday- Sunday TEENick lineups also featuring favorite episodes of the live-action hits Drake & Josh, Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, Unfabulous and Zoey 101.
Cool afternoon marathons of animated hits breeze onto the airwaves every weekday in June-August from noon-3 p.m. (ET/PT). Absorbing back-to-back episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants fill the bill on Mondays. The Fairly OddParents wreak Tuesday magic and mayhem. Wednesdays spotlight brainiac Jimmy Neutron's captivating quest for the ultimate invention in The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius. Danny Phantom tackles ghosts and high school hurdles on Thursdays. And rotating episodes of Nicktoon hit series flavor Fridays.
Following are details of Nickelodeon's summer programming highlights (all times ET/PT):
Nick Friday Movie Premieres (8 p.m.):
Danny Phantom/"Reality Trip" - (June 9) - School's out and Danny has nothing on his mind except a relaxing, fun and ghost-free summer vacation. But his dream is destroyed when Freakshow, a villainous ringmaster with ghostly minions, escapes from jail, reveals Danny's secret identity to the entire world and kidnaps his family. On the run Danny must rely on his powers to stay free and fulfill Freakshow's ransom demands. With Tucker and Sam by his side, he travels cross-country to track down three deadly reality gems. As the sun sets in the west, Danny's enemies close in on him, and Freakshow forces the hands of time closer to the fate of doom.
The X's/"Truman X: Supervillain" (June 16): When Truman hotdogs on a mission and blows up the X-Jet, his parents punish him by selling all his spy stuff at a garage sale. The livid, rebellious tween falls into the clutches of Glowface, who convinces him to become a nefarious agent of SNAFU. Naturally Truman first assignment is to destroy The X's!
Kangaroo Jack (June 23): Two childhood friends, a New York hairstylist and a would-be musician get caught up with the mob and are forced to deliver $50,000 to Australia. But things go haywire when the money is lost to a wild kangaroo. This 2003 comic caper starring Jerry O'Connell and Anthony Anderson makes its Nick network premiere. (Repeats July 28)
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (June 30): Wishes come true and love makes its way into the hearts of those young and old when the world's favorite animated babies venture to the City of Lights, where Chuckie's dad starts dating again -- and the red-headed worry-wort Rugrat finds a new mommy. When Tommy's dad, inventor Stu Pickles is summoned to Reptarland, an amazing new amusement park in Paris, the whole Rugrats gang tags along, and their adventure turns out to be more than glamour, fashion and smelly cheese. Chuckie learns that when it comes to princesses and potential mommies, things are not always what they seem. This 2000 box-office smash from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies makes its Nick network premiere.
What a Girl Wants (July 7): Free-spirited American teenager Daphne Reynolds (Amanda Bynes) travels to England to find her father, a wealthy aristocratic politician (Colin Firth) in this 2003 big-screen comic adventure. Daphne then must struggle with a snobby half-sister and with following the social obligations expected of her while maintaining her own identity.
The Fury of the Avatar (July 14): The kids must cross the deadly Serpent's Pass into Ba Sing Se with a family of refugees, just as Aang discovers a colossal fire nation invention heading there and threatening to destroy the great wall that protects the city from invasion.
Jimmy/Timmy Power Hour III: The Jerkinators (July 21): After animated tween heroes Jimmy Neutron (The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius) and Timmy Turner (The Fairly OddParents) bicker again over the affections of Cindy, the erstwhile rivals join forces in this crossover TV movie to defeat Jimmy's old foe, Eustace Strytch, and an amazing friendship blooms. The power pair travel to Dimmsdale and take on Timmy's nemesis, the Negachin, and then conjure up a new villain with the help of Cosmo and Wanda. Ticked off when Jimmy and Timmy abandon him at the Dimmsdale Mall, their odd creation turns utterly evil and schemes to steal Jimmy's brains and Timmy's magic!
Sabrina Goes to Rome (August 4): Sabrina (Melissa Joan Hart) spends an amazing summer in Rome, where she sets out to unlock the secrets of her ancestor's locket. Along the way she meets new friends and finds love, all while attempting to hide her knack for magic.
Romeo!: "Ro Trip" (Sunday, July 16, 7 p.m.): Romeo is ecstatic when Joe Blanchard says he's sending his A&R guy to catch the band's next gig at Club Scrape. But the guy is a no-show, and when Ro calls Joe for an explanation, it's all bad news. Not only is the A&R rep not coming, but Blanchard will be unavailable for six months unless Ro and the gang can make it to L.A. in the next 48 hours. Undaunted, Ro, Louis and Gary head for L.A. After an adventurous road trip with lots of brotherly bonding, they arrive, and Ro gets his meeting with Joe, who has a gig for him to perform as JoJo's opening act at the Greek Theatre. But there's a soul-searching catch: it's a solo job.
Just for Kicks: "The Longest Yarn" (Sunday, August 6, 8:30 p.m.): When a surprised Lauren finds Chris at her first knitting class, the duo ditches the lesson for a day at the Empire State Building. To cap off a great time, Chris buys Lauren a knit scarf -- which mom Kate mistakes for her daughter's handiwork. A guilt-ridden Lauren finally tells Kate the truth and is reminded of their "no boyfriend" agreement. Yet Chris's in-person declaration that he respects Kate's rules and hopes to be able to hang out with Lauren one day turns the tide. Meanwhile, Freddie hurts her knee at practice and Dr. Atwood forces her to stay off the field.