Nick@Nite Programme Strand on Nickelodeon

From Monday 1st March 2010 (SKY Digital channel 041)

As part of delivering a diverse range of programmes for kids, Nickelodeon NZ is launching a new early evening programme strand, Nick@Nite targeting 13-16 year olds from Monday 1st March 2010 @ 8pm.

Nickelodeon NZ?s Channel Manager, Lauren Nola explains: “It?s important for us to provide programming for kids of all ages and the time is right to dedicate a regular daily timeslot specifically for of our older viewers. A large part of our audience is moving into their teenage years so it?s only natural that we continue to provide relevant and entertaining programming for them. Once the younger kids have headed off to bed, it?s time for the older ones to watch programmes they can relate to.

“The Nick@Nite programming block will screen weeknights from 8-10pm and will be a clearly differentiated, PG-rated block that focus on topics and issues early teens can encounter as they hit this important stage in their lives – as well as providing some great entertainment of course.”

The Nick@Nite block launches with a hot new selection of shows designed to entertain and challenge teen viewers. From Monday 1st March at 8pm check out:

INSTANT STAR – New Show – Weeknights @ 8:00pm, Sunday omnibus from 8.30pm

Jude Harrison is rockin’ stylish and full of youthful attitude. She?s an ambitious singing sensation who was crowned an “instant” star after entering a nationwide singing competition. Now, desperate to find her own voice and prove to the record company, her manager, her friends, and even herself, that she belongs on top, Jude is constantly adjusting to life after stardom was thrust upon her. She?s wading through a world bigger than her wildest rock n? roll dreams – parties and publicity, groupies and paparazzi, managers, producers, release dates, and concerts. Any way you slice it, normal teenage life is complicated enough without having to worry about where your single charted last week or what the tabloids are saying about you and your hot producer. Luckily for Jude, she always has her music, and deep down inside, she knows she was made for this.

This four-series, Gemini Award-winning series explores the drama, personalities and relationships inside the world of a young songwriter who?s just trying to keep it all together as she faces fame.

DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION – New Show – Weeknights @ 8:30pm, Saturday omnibus from 8.30pm

Degrassi: The Next Generation is a topical and entertaining series that captures the unique world of today?s teens dealing with the big and little challenges of becoming an adult.

Winner of both a Television Critics Association Award and two Teen Choice Summer Series Awards, Degrassi: The Next Generation, is a fictional, dramatic series that follows a group of teens going through the trials and tribulations of adolescence in the 21st century at the newly refurbished Degrassi Community School. Across eight series, the Degrassi kids will deal with tough issues in a realistic way, including broken hearts, deceit and popularity, as well as homosexuality, abuse, drugs, teen pregnancy and cancer. These storylines are blended with school assignments, dating woes, friendship challenges, peer pressure and a healthy dose of fun and laughter.

Through simple yet realistic storytelling, the series offers an underlying message: „you are not alone?. Speaking directly to its young audience, “Degrassi: The Next Generation” explores dilemmas from the point of view of kids in junior high and high school.

BRITANNIA HIGH – Returning Show – Weeknights @ 9pm

Returning to Nickelodeon as part of the Nick@Nite line up is Britannia High, a teen musical drama set in a British contemporary performing arts school. Follow the trials, tribulations, highs and lows of six super young performers who are bursting with talent and vying for centre stage – particularly when it comes to the school?s end-of-term showcase as each of the students will perform for an enthusiastic audience at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Their determination and talent has got them to Britannia High. Have they got what it takes to make it to the top? This teen musical drama is packed with stunning dance numbers, sensational music and unforgettable drama.

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Nickelodeon, now in its 29th year globally and second year locally in New Zealand, is the number one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. Nick NZ airs 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is seen in over 700,000 households on SKY channel 41. On-air, Nick NZ features a wide array of original and acquired programming from animation to comedy, adventure and live action programs for kids aged 3 to 14 years. Nick NZ also owns and operates one of the few dedicated interactive kids websites in New Zealand – www.nicknz.co.nz.
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