Saturday Night Live star Amy Poehler will join SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly Odd Parents, Jimmy Neutron and the rest of Nickelodeon's pantheon of animated superstars with her own animated series she created and will voice titled, Mighty B, driving a 2007/2008 animation slate on Nickelodeon that will feature 125 new episodes overall. Additionally it was announced that SpongeBob SquarePants and all his pals will be back for a sixth new season of animated hilarity from Bikini Bottom surpassing the 100 episode mark, and that additional episodes have been ordered of two new Nicktoons El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera and Tak and the Power of Juju. The announcements were made by Tom Ascheim, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Nickelodeon Television.
"Mighty B is a quintessential Nicktoon," Ascheim said. "It comes from the incredible comedic minds of Amy Poehler, Cynthia True and Erik Wiese, and is a fresh, creator-driven series about a hilarious character Amy created that we think kids are going to really love and connect with. And we are equally thrilled to be making another season of SpongeBob SquarePants -- a series we hope to never stop making -- as well as adding additional episodes of our upcoming series El Tigre and Tak."
"Bessie represents the ever-optimistic spaz, who believes she can grow up to be a rock star, actress, politician and brain surgeon all at the same time," said Poehler. "And as a person who knows absolutely nothing about animation, I am thrilled to be in such great hands over at Nickelodeon. I can't wait to find out how they make those cool little people move around."
Mighty B, picked up for 20 episodes, stars Amy Poehler as the voice of Bessie Higgenbottom, the world's most ambitious and lovably unhinged 10-year- old "Honeybee" scout. As a member of the Honeybees, Bessie wears her uniform every single day, leads her troop with a zeal General Patton would have admired and has earned more Bee Badges than any Honeybee in history. But a bunch of badges still elude her, and Bessie's not stopping until she has every last one. The series is co-created by inventive sketch comedian Amy Poehler, Cynthia True, a recent staff writer for Nickelodeon's The Fairly OddParents and Erik Wiese, the Emmy and Annie-nominated storyboard artist and writer who has worked on SpongeBob SquarePants. Mighty B will premiere in 2008.
Picked up for a sixth season of 13 new episodes, SpongeBob SquarePants launched in July 1999 and has since emerged as a pop culture phenomenon and one of the most popular series in kids' television history. The series will continue to feature the original voice cast including Tom Kenny as SpongeBob, Bill Fagerbakke as Patrick, Rodger Bumpass as Squidward, Clancy Brown as Mr. Krabs and Carolyn Lawrence as Sandy Cheeks. SpongeBob SquarePants has held rank as the number one animated series among kids 2-11 on all of TV for the past five years. It is the most widely distributed property in MTV Networks history and is syndicated in 171 markets in 25 languages and consistently rates in the top three series among kids in every major market it currently airs in across Europe, Asia, Australia, Latin America and the United States. SpongeBob SquarePants is executive produced by creator Stephen Hillenburg, who previously worked as a writer, director and creative director on Nickelodeon's animated series Rocko's Modern Life. Hillenburg created and executive produced The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, which hit theaters in November 2004. Paul Tibbitt served as a director and writer on SpongeBob SquarePants for its first three seasons and is currently co-executive producer.
El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, picked up for seven episodes bringing the order through 20, stars Alanna Ubach (Meet the Fockers, Legally Blonde) as Manny and Carlos Alazraqui (Happy Feet, The Fairly OddParents) as Granpapi. El Tigre is the story of 13-year-old Manny Rivera who must choose to become a great superhero like his father, or a feared super-villain like his grandfather. As El Tigre, Manny has inherited the power, both good and bad, that runs through his family. But Manny is at a difficult age and has some difficult choices to make -- he wants to be good, but being bad is so much fun! Manny finds himself stuck in the middle; will he be good or evil? Only Manny can figure out what it really means to be El Tigre. Mexican-born husband and wife team Jorge Gutierrez and Sandra Equihua created the unique animated world of El Tigre, which is inspired by a striking color palette where the spaghetti western meets Latino folk art. El Tigre will premiere March 2, 2007.