Nickelodeon announced this afternoon that they’ve greenlit two new series: Bad Seeds (above) by C. H. Greenblatt (Chowder) and Pig Goat Banana Cricket from the team of illustrator/comic artists Dave Cooper and Johnny Ryan. Twenty-six episodes of each show will be produced out of Nick’s animation studio in Burbank, California.
Online reaction may have played a role in Nick’s decision to greenlight Pig Goat Banana Cricket for series production. The teaser pilot for the show was posted online in August 2012, a couple years after it had been made, and the positive response led to renewed interest from the network, according to co-creator Ryan.
Here are the official descriptions of the shows:
Harvey, a sweet and well-meaning bird, makes two new best friends, Fee and Foo, the wildest kids in the forest. Although their friendship seems unlikely, their connection only grows as they push each other out of their comfort zones and into endless adventures. Created, written and directed by C.H. Greenblatt (SpongeBob SquarePants, Chowder).
PIG GOAT BANANA CRICKET
This show features a series of absurd interwoven stories about four friends and roommates, Pig (the fool), Goat (the artist), Banana (the wise-guy) and Cricket (the brain). Created by Dave Cooper and J. Ryan and executive produced by David Sacks (The Simpsons, Regular Show) who co-writes with J. Ryan. Dave Cooper also art directs the series and the pilot was directed by independent animator Nick Cross.
In addition, Nick announced two new animated series pickups for its Nick app:
WELCOME TO THE WAYNE—An animated comedy about two adventurers set in the lobby of the weirdest apartment building on the planet. Created and written by Billy Lopez (The Wonder Pets!).
JUNIOR EYE—Three junior high school friends are committed to solving the myths that plague their classmates’ daily lives. Created by Will and Aaron Eisenberg, whose previous project (Eric Finley: Comment Counselor) won Ashton Kutcher’s “Dream Bigger” filmmaking competition.
[UPDATE—Thurs, 11:55pm ET]: A source at Nickelodeon tells Cartoon Brew that Bad Seeds and Pig Goat Banana Cricket were in the running against four other series pilots, including two by Butch Hartman (creator of The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom) and one by Jorge Gutierrez (co-creator of El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera). The source made clear that though those other shows weren’t greenlit, some of them may still be pushed into series at some point in the future. Here’s a look at the six shows that were being developed internally at Nick. Click for bigger image: