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Nickelodeon Orders ‘School of Rock’ Series

Nickelodeon has given a straight-to-series order for “School of Rock,” Variety has confirmed. The cable network will partner with Paramount TV for the adaptation, which is based on the 2003 Jack Black comedy of the same name.

The show will focus on Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star who poses as a substitute teacher at an elite prep school and introduces the precocious students to the appeal of rock ‘n’ roll. “School of Rock” has received a 13 episode order in its freshman season, with production slated to commence this fall for a spring 2015 debut. Jim and Steve Armogida will write, executive produce and serve as showrunners, while “School of Rock” director Richard Linklater and producer Scott Rudin will executive produce.

Musical maestro Andrew Lloyd Webber is also developing “School of Rock” for the stage, aiming for a 2016 Broadway bow for his adaptation, which will utilize new material written by Webber as well as songs from the film.

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