×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Nick nabs more ‘Ninjas’

'Supah' gets series order

Nickelodeon has given a series order to “Supah Ninjas,” a new live-action comedy from Varsity Pictures’ Brian Robbins.

The kids cabler picked up 26 episodes of the single-camera series, which reps a bit of a departure from the multi-cam sitcoms that currently make up much of the live-action fare on Nick and rival Disney Channel.

“Supah Ninjas” centers on Mike Fukanaga (played by Ryan Potter), a high schooler who discovers that he actually descends from a line of ninjas. He soon forms a secret team of ninja crime fighters — the “Supah Ninjas” — with his friends (Carlos Knight and Gracie Dzienny).

George Takei starred in the pilot as Mike’s grandfather, who gives the team guidance.

Eric Garcia and Leo Chu, who were behind Spike TV’s “Afro Samurai,” created the show with Robbins. Garcia, Chu and Robbins will exec produce with Sharla Sumpter-Bridgett.

Deal extends Robbins’ relationship with Nickelodeon, where he recently sold the hit telepic “Fred: The Movie.” “Fred” attracted 7.6 million viewers in its bow; Robbins and Nick are currently discussing how to proceed with a sequel.

Just as Robbins first discovered the Internet sensation “Fred Figglehorn” via his kids’ Internet habits, the idea for “Supah Ninjas” first came about after Robbins’ children began searching for ninja videos on YouTube.

“They got obsessed with Googling ‘ninja,’ and said, ‘Dad, you’ve got to make a ninja show,'” Robbins said. “Even before that, I had been wanting to do a balls-out action show for boys. There hasn’t been one in a long time, not since ‘Power Rangers’ and ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.'”

Robbins said technology has finally advanced to the point where the special effects necessary for “Supah Ninjas” is affordable. The pilot to “Supah Ninjas” cost around $1.4 million — on the high end for Nickelodeon, but inexpensive for the kind of theatrical-style effects that Robbins plans to employ.

Marjorie Cohn, Nickelodeon’s president of original programming and development, said Robbins and company “delivered on the action-adventure piece.

“This show will take us to another level,” she said. “We’re always trying to stretch our genres and still deliver on core kid entertainment.”

Beyond the TV series, Robbins hopes to expand “Supah Ninjas” into other platforms, including games and comic books.

Robbins began his production career at Nick in the mid-1990s, where his credits included “All That” and “Kenan and Kel” as a partner in Tollin/Robbins Prods. Varsity’s TV credits also include “Sonny With a Chance” at Disney and Spike’s “Blue Mountain State.”

More TV

  • 'SNL' Turns the Impeachment Hearings into

    'Saturday Night Live' Turns the Impeachment Hearings into a Soap Opera (Watch)

    “Saturday Night Live” kicked off its Nov. 16 episode with a take on the biggest news story of the previous week (and foreseeable future): the impeachment hearings. But another big story of the week, especially in Hollywood, was how NBC’s last remaining daytime drama, “Days of our Lives,” had let its actors out of their [...]

  • Andy Cohen attends BravoCon's "Watch What

    'The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City' to Debut in 2020

    Bravo announced Saturday during its first annual BravoCon that a tenth “Real Housewives” series, “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City,” will debut in 2020. Bravo host and “Real Housewives” executive producer Andy Cohen made the announcement during a panel titled “Ask Andy” at the NYC convention. “We’ve always tried to choose a city that [...]

  • The Simpsons

    Disney Plus Will Make 'The Simpsons' Available in Original Uncropped Format in Early 2020

    Eep! After an outcry from “The Simpsons” aficionados, Disney has decided to offer classic episodes of the iconic animated sitcom on Disney Plus in their original 4-by-3 aspect ratio early next year. The streaming service launched Nov. 12 in the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands with the full batch of “Simpsons” episodes in 16-by-9 HD [...]

  • Sterling K. Brown on His Oscar

    Sterling K. Brown on His Oscar Buzz for 'Waves': 'Kind of Surreal'

    Sterling K. Brown can’t quite comprehend the awards attention he’s receiving for his work in the A24 drama “Waves.” “If the Academy sees fit to put me in a category with people who I absolutely adore, I will pee all over myself, dude” the Emmy winner says on the latest episode of “The Big Ticket.” [...]

  • TV News Roundup: 45th Annual Humanitas

    TV News Roundup: 45th Annual Humanitas Nominees Announced

    In today’s TV news roundup, Humanitas has released the finalists for the 45th Annual Humanitas Prize, and YouTube announced a new beauty competition series hosted by James Charles.  CASTINGS Jason Kennedy has been named as the host of E!’s new series “In The Room.“ The “E! News” host will bring viewers inside celebrity homes for [...]

  • Editorial use only. No book cover

    Viacom Extends 'The Office,' 'Parks and Recreation' Syndication Deals

    “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” reruns will continue to air on Viacom linear networks for the foreseeable future. The company announced that it has reached a new deal with NBCUniversal to keep “The Office” on Comedy Central through 2021. The series will then air in a non-exclusive window on Viacom Media Networks through 2025. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content