Nickelodeon developing sitcom with ‘Fred’ star Lucas Cruikshank

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Nickelodeon is developing a show to star Lucas Cruikshank – the 17-year-old Internet sensation who stars as “Fred Figglehorn” in a series of popular YouTube videos.

Cruikshank will star in the half-hour project “Marvin, Marvin,” created and exec produced by Jon Ross (“10 Things I Hate About You”). He’ll play Marvin, a new kid in school who is a bit odd – perhaps because he’s actually not from this world.

New comedy continues Nickelodeon’s relationship with Cruikshank, who stars in the cabler’s upcoming TV movie adaptation of his “Fred” videos.

Cruikshank also guested on a 2009 episode of “iCarly” as both Fred and himself. That episode scored a strong 5.1 million total viewers.

“Marvin, Marvin” is part of a talent deal that Cruikshank has signed with Nickelodeon.

“From his guest appearance on ‘iCarly’ to his upcoming ‘Fred’ movie, Lucas’ comedic chops are evident in everything he does,” said Cohn. “He is an incredibly gifted actor and comedian and we know our viewers will enjoy seeing him in this new role.”

“Fred: The Movie” bows on Sept. 17 on Nickelodeon. Cruikshank’s videos have been seen more than 530 million times online. His “Fred Channel” first bowed on YouTube in 2008, and quickly became the fastest-growing channel in YouTube history.

Variety recently named Cruikshank one of its 2010 “Top 10 Comics to Watch.”
Ross’ other credits include Nick’s “Catdog,” as well as “Andy Barker, P.I.”

— Justin Kroll

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