As part of its recent upfront presentation, Nickelodeon released new art from their previously announced series: Pig Goat Banana Cricket, Bad Seeds and Welcome to the Wayne.

If their new slate of shows look comedy-centric, it’s the result of Nick’s market research, which revealed to them that children rank laughter as more important than vacation, family meals and holidays. “Comedy is what today’s kids want above all else, and it’s what they expect from Nickelodeon,” explains Russell Hicks, Nick’s president of content development and production. “We have had a clear goal to let their tastes and preferences inform our creative choices, and we’ve tailored our new content to make the most relevant and funny content just for them.”

Twenty-six episodes will be made of Pig Goat Banana Cricket and Bad Seeds each, which are headed to broadcast, while Welcome to the Wayne got a six-episode order for the Nick App. The latter show is created by children’s show writer/composer Billy Lopez, who is the brother of Frozen co-song writer Robert Lopez.

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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). The series is created by Dave Cooper and J. Ryan, and executive produced by David Sacks (The Simpsons, Regular Show) who co-writes with J. Ryan. Cooper also art directs the series and the pilot was directed by independent animator Nick Cross.

Bad Seeds—Harvey, a sweet and well-meaning bird, makes two new best friends, Fee and Foo, the wildest imps 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).

Welcome to the Wayne—Launching on the Emmy Award-winning Nick App, Welcome to the Wayne, is a comedy following the adventures of two 10-year-old boys Olly Timbers and Ansi Molina as they explore their crazy apartment building, the Wayne. The series was created and written by Billy Lopez (The Wonder Pets!).

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