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'Bubble Guppies' take on new mythical adventure in 'The Puppy and the Ring' special -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The hit animated preschool series Bubble Guppies is going on a whole new magical adventure in the one-hour holiday special The Puppy and the Ring, airing Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET.

In anticipation of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and inspired by The Lord of the Rings franchise, the special welcomes young viewers to Bubbledom, a land of secrets and sorcery where the magical Ring of the Sun has always kept night and day in perfect balance. But when the evil Night Wizard, voiced by Jeffrey Tambor, takes the Ring from the benevolent Sun King, Bubbledom could be thrown into darkness forever! It’s up to Molly and Gil as they accompany their puppy on a quest through three magical realms so they can return the Ring of the Sun to its rightful owner by sundown.

“I am going to be a hero in my own household,” Tambor said. “My twin boys will go ballistic when they hear Daddy. Ah, to be ‘cool’ in one’s own living room.”

Families can get more involved at NickJr.com with printable Bubble Guppies games and activities. Additionally, the special will be available for download beginning Friday on iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, Playstation, Vudu, Target Ticket, Samsung, and VDIO.

Check out this exclusive clip below:
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Bad luck follows 'Big Time Rush' star Ciara Bravo in Nickelodeon's 'Jinxed' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

In Jinxed, Nickelodeon’s latest original TV movie, Big Time Rush star Ciara Bravo faces a villain that just won’t go away: bad luck. Bravo plays Meg Murphy, a girl whose family is cursed with being unlucky forever. In other words, if something can go wrong, it will go wrong for her and her family.

And in an exclusive clip from the film, Meg explains exactly what that entails: a drinking fountain that works just fine for others malfunctions for her, her classmates fear her every move, and even a cheerleading tryout goes awry because of a flying shoe. To the happily un-cursed, accidents like these are simply accidents. For Meg, her entire life revolves around such mishaps, and she’s on a mission to end them.

Check out the clip below. Jinxed airs Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. ET on Nickelodeon. READ FULL STORY

'Big Time Rush' star Ciara Bravo talks Nickelodeon's original TV movie 'Jinxed'

Your worst day has nothing on the Murphys — bad luck follows them everywhere.

In Jinxed, Nickelodeon’s new original TV movie, the Murphy family suffers from a 100-year-old curse that’s made them unlucky for generations. They get sick all the time, trip and fall over anything in their way, and are endlessly pelted with zany hijinks. But instead of going along with the curse for another century, they’ve grown tired of their bad luck and seek to turn that around. READ FULL STORY

Fifth Harmony, Cody Simpson celebrate launch of Nick Radio

Nickelodeon celebrated the launch of its online music streaming platform Nick Radio Thursday night with stars, screaming fans, and — what else? — slime.

Hosted by the station’s DJs and Big Time Rush actress Ciara Bravo, the event, which was also streamed online, drew fans (and their parents) to New York’s iHeartRadio Theater for performances from girl band Fifth Harmony and singer Cody Simpson. Both artists have been mainstays on the station’s playlist since it began streaming Sept. 30.

For Simpson, the event meant an opportunity to showcase his acoustic set, crooning five songs including his 2010 debut single “iYiYi,” as well as tracks from his album Surfer’s Paradise.

“[Nick Radio] is a really great outlet for me to be at and share my music with my fans,” said the 16-year-old singer. “I’ve been in a really different mindset…. I’ll be turning 17 at the top of the year, and I’m really looking to make something that’s gonna surprise people, that’s a little more timeless. It’s the album I’ve been waiting to create. I want to branch off into my own sound and show people my voice.” READ FULL STORY

'SpongeBob Squarepants' Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon gets a makeover -- EXCLUSIVE

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Who lives in a pineapple under the sea, except when he’s floating in the sky high above New York City?

That’d be this 44-feet-tall, 41-feet-long, 34-feet-wide SpongeBob SquarePants balloon, which will make its debut at the 87th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Nov. 28. Nine years after SpongeBob first appeared at the parade, the flying sea-dweller will enjoy a new holiday-themed look — though his fundamental SpongeBob-iness remains intact.

“It’s not very often that the term ‘square and ‘balloon’ are used together, but for nearly a decade the SpongeBob SquarePants balloon has been one of the many highlights of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Amy Kule, Executive Producer of the yearly special, in a statement. “With his animated persona and super-sized Santa hat, this second iteration of this irascible character will float down the Parade route to the continued delight of the millions of fans lining the streets of New York and the many millions more watching on television across the country. This Thanksgiving, SpongeBob once again takes his rightful position squarely in the sky.”

Need more F-U-N in your life? Find out when SpongeBob is playing next on Nick.com.

'It's a SpongeBob Christmas': Go behind the scenes -- EXCLUSIVE

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How did the makers of It’s a SpongeBob Christmas transform the two-dimensional world of Bikini Bottom into a three-dimensional, stop-motion wonderland? Simple: Patience, precision, and a big dash of the yellow guy’s famous optimism.

Learn more about the making of this Rankin/Bass-inspired special by checking out It’s a SpongeBob Christmas on DVD and Blu-ray, where you’ll find fun extras including a behind-the-scenes featurette and a spongetastic Yule Log. Get a glimpse at the doc below:
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Get a glimpse at 'The Thundermans,' a superpowered Nickelodeon series -- EXCLUSIVE TRAILER

It’s a bird! It’s a plane!

No — it’s The Thundermans, a new Nickelodeon comedy about a family that’s just like yours… plus superpowers. The series stars Kira Kosarin and Jack Griffo and Phoebe and Max Thunderman, a pair of 14-year-old fraternal twins who couldn’t be more different. She’s a by-the-books overachiever; he’s a mischievous future supervillain. There’s some major firepower behind the scenes on The Thundermans as well: The show was created by three-time Emmy winner Jed Spingarn of Big Time Rush and Jimmy Neutron fame.

Check out the trailer below.

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'Legend of Korra' at NY Comic-Con: New 'Spirits' arc revealed, plus a live-action 'Avatar' movie starring Steve Yeun?

The Project: The Legend of Korra

The Panel:  Co-creator/executive producer Bryan Konietzko, co-executive producer Joaquim dos Santos, Janet Varney (Korra), PJ Byrne (Bolin), Steve Yeun (Wan)

Footage screened: After introducing the cast — and special guest Yeun of The Walking Dead — to a roaring packed crowd, Konietzko screened the first half of the upcoming one-hour episode, “Beginnings Part 1,” ahead of its Oct. 18 air date. The panel ran off the stage to watch the episode from the audience. (Yeun sat on the floor near my seat!) “Beginnings Part 1″ starts off where the last episode left off — Fire Sages whisk an injured, amnesiac Korra off the shore. She mumbles the name “Rava” over and over again before a Fire Sage elder starts to heal her using fire in a similar way to waterbending healing. Within herself, Korra struggles to connect her two sides — the physical and the spiritual. Her spiritual self cycles through some notable past Avatars (Adult Aang! Roku!) before settling on Wan. Wan, the first Avatar, promises to help Korra find the mysterious Rava, once he shows her his origins. The rest of the episode continues in a vastly different time, before the Avatar brought balance between the spiritual and physical worlds. I won’t spoil Wan’s journey — at least the first part of it — but I can say some old fan favorites make appearances–including a closer look at the Lion Turtle. Some new characters introduced are sure to be popular. Hint: One might be a human-size carrot spirit, accompanied by a tiny radish companion with a fondness for tea.

Snap judgment: If you thought the animation of Avatar and Korra is beautiful, then prepare yourself for the epic artistry in “Beginnings Part 1.” Inspired by Chinese ink wash and Japanese woodblock, the art of Wan’s time period suggest the “mythical” vibe the creators envisioned for their story. The admitted nods to Spirited Away are evident — and welcome — for they bring back the charm and whimsy fans loved in Avatar: The Last Airbender to the newer, darker series. While fan reactions to this season so far have been mixed, the introduction of Wan clarifies and centers Korra’s story and hints at new challenges to come. Think less politicking and more communing and battling with spirits.

Best movie pitch from the pre-panel interview: The producers and voice cast spoke very highly of Yuen’s dedication and execution of his performance. On Yeun as Wan, Konietzko raved, “He just knocked it out of the park. I love it. I want to do the live-action movie with him starring Wan. He didn’t just do it like ‘Oh yeah, sure.’ He embodied it so well.” Maybe an Avatar Wan movie would ensure that no one will ever remember the train wreck that is The Last Airbender.

Most incisive Korra Nation question: Instead of taking queries from the audience, Konietzko and dos Santos read questions sent in from the Korra Nation Tumblr to the cast. Yuen addressed his previous animation background. Although this is his first animated series work, Yuen has contributed voices for video games. “All I did was like Choke No. 5, Choking 7. How many different ways can you choke?” Yuen said.

Funniest line of the panel: Byrne and Yeun discussed knowing each other prior to working together, having met through mutual friends. Byrne quipped, “The world is tiny. We’re all ‘Wan.'”

The biggest revelations: Besides hinting at new goals and future storylines for the rest of the season, the panel also gave an illuminating behind-the-scenes look at the complex process of creating The Legend of Korra. Konietzko and dos Santos took the audience through the creative process of a scene snippet from episode 10 featuring Korra and Jinora (Kiernan Shipka). The process goes through writing, dialogue recording, design, storyboard, animatic, color and background painting, lighting imageboards, layout, key animation, color animation, sound design, music, and final mix. Konietzko stated each episode of Korra includes an average of 15,000 drawings — emphasizing that such attention to detail is why fans should be less impatient for new episodes.

The Legend of Korra airs Fridays at 8:30 p.m. on Nickelodeon. “Beginnings Part 1 and Part 2″ premieres Friday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m.

Steve Yeun of 'The Walking Dead' to join 'Korra' panel at NY Comic-Con, plus look at first Avatar -- EXCLUSIVE

UPDATE (10/12): Read our report from the Legend of Korra panel at N.Y. Comic Con.

ORIGINAL POST: In an exclusive announcement, EW has learned that Steve Yeun (The Walking Dead) will join cast members Janet Varney and PJ Byrne, co-creator/executive producer Bryan Konietzko, and co-executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos on The Legend of Korra panel at New York Comic -Con. This season, Yuen joins the Korra voice cast as Wan, the very first Avatar.

Panel attendees will get an early peek at Wan in an early screening of the upcoming episode, “Beginnings Part 1.” In the two-part episode “Beginnings Part 1 and 2,” premiering Friday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m., Korra discovers the origins of the first Avatar and learns what she must do to restore the balance between the spirit and physical worlds.

Check out Wan doing some very un-Avatar-like things in this exclusive first look: READ FULL STORY

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' deal with a 'Situation' in season two premiere -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Cowa-uh oh, dude. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles returns to Nickelodeon with a bang this Saturday, Oct. 12 at 11 a.m. for its second season. But before the second season ninja kicks off, TMNT fans at New York Comic Con can check out the show’s jam-packed panel. Featuring appearances from the voice cast and executive producers and never-before-seen art, the panel will also give a sneak peek at the season two premiere, “The Mutation Situation.”

Watch this exclusive first look at the premiere where the Turtles get a little too cocky for their own good: READ FULL STORY

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