Fred Figglehorn, the tantrum-throwing, lovable (and also hatable) character created by YouTuber Lucas Cruikshank in 2006, has seen success after success. Fred was the first YouTube channel to hit the 1-million subscriber mark, has been one of YouTube’s top 10 most subscribed partners since partners were ranked, has gotten a couple of movie deals with Nickelodeon and an animated series with Blip.tv. Now, Cruikshank’s Fred is not only getting a third Nickelodeon movie deal, but is also getting his own 20-episode Fred series on the biggest network for kids and teens.
Nellie Andreeva of Deadline reports that, “Nickelodeon is expanding its Fred franchise…[after] last month’s debut of Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred, which delivered 5.7 million viewers.” Fred 2 was the sequel to the first Fred film, Fred: The Movie. The success of the sequel convinced Nickelodeon not only to sign Cruikshank for a third movie deal, but also for a series.
Varsity Pictures and The Collective, who backed the first Fred movie, will also be producing the new series and film. Brian Robbins of Varsity says that the series “will be a mash-up of the original Fred and what we have done with the movies.”
The series, which will consist of 20-episodes of 11 minutes each, is slated to begin production by the end of this year. It will premiere in early 2012. The Fred 3 movie will be released later in the year.
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