Nick grows with ‘Pete,’ ‘Rocko’

MTV Networks will expand the programming slate of its basic-cable kids network, Nickelodeon, with the addition of two new series this fall.

“The Adventures of Pete & Pete,” which began as a series of 60-second shorts before expanding into half-hour spex, makes the leap to a weekly series revolving around a tattooed 10-year-old, a mom with a metal plate in her head and R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe as a nihilistic ice cream vendor.

Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi created the irreverent series, which will be exec produced by Ken Walz (“Medusa — Dare to be Truthful”). The creators will serve as co-exec producers.

The other series addition is “Rocko’s Modern Life,” which will make its debut at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 before moving to its 11:30 a.m. Sunday slot the next week.

Nickelodeon said the quick-paced cartoon will focus on a “squash-and-stretch world where modern life becomes a twisted caricature and everything is slightly askew”– somewhat like Hollywood. Joe Murray is the show’s creator and producer.

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