November 19, 1993 |
Nickelodeon, the MTV-owned kid-oriented cable network with 16 million subscribers, is possibly the busiest baby sitter in the country. In "The Nickelodeon Collection" ($14.95 each from Sony Wonder), a sort of the best of the baby-sitting channel, choose wisely, concentrating on which age group you're buying for. Unless, of course, it's "The Ren & Stimpy Show" which cuts across most age and taste lines. The little ones love the slapstick sight gags of the asthmatic chihuahua and the catatonic cat, while middle-schoolers up through baby boomers delight in the gross-out - and often witty - humor.
October 31, 1988 |
If you could take any job in the world, it should be programming cable's offbeat Nick at Night channel - the face the Nickelodeon cable channel takes on after the sun goes down. Take tonight, for example. It's Halloween Night, and Nick at Nite will be presenting, between 8 and 10 p.m., "freaky" Halloween episodes of the classic series "Mr. Ed," "The Patty Duke Show," "My Three Sons" and "The Donna Reed Show. " Forget the parties. Camp in front of your TV set eating pumpkin pie and getting hilariously scared out of your wits watching Nick.
May 12, 1989 |
Once Nickelodeon was nicknamed "the green vegetables network" because it was considered to be good for children. Now you could call it "the green slime network" because of the runaway success of its biggest hit series, Double Dare. The green slime that exuberant contestants on Double Dare wallow through is such a trademark of Nickelodeon that when ground was broken May 2 for its new production facilities at Universal Studios Florida in Orlando, a geyser of green slime jetted up as soon as the shovel pierced the ground.
February 6, 2007 |
Throughout February, the children's network Nickelodeon will broadcast short features between programs highlighting African-American traditions and history. These Black History Month vignettes feature kids from across the country and Nickelodeon's own Lil' J.J. sharing stories about family, friends and traditions. In addition, beginning Saturday, Nick Jr. and sister network NOGGIN (the commercial-free station for pre-schoolers) will introduce a series of short programs profiling great figures in African-American history.
March 24, 1996 |
Michael Hyland, a 5-year-old in Center City, likes the red-headed Chuckie, one of four animated babies on Nickelodeon's hot show, Rugrats. "He's a scare-dy cat," explained Michael. Brooke Miller, a 9-year-old from Warminster, likes the character Phil because "he's always up to something. " Her sister Jackie, 11, prefers Angelica "because she's always getting into trouble. " And Sara Langsam, 8, from East Falls, says, "I like Tommy. He's always the one who says, 'come on guys, let's go on an adventure.
January 26, 2000 |
It's hard to imagine how the younger, admittedly more intense Dick Vermeil would have handled the request. A producer from Nickelodeon, the cable channel devoted to children's programming, asked Vermeil to look into her camera and "show the kids your game face. " The older, more mellow Vermeil looked puzzled, smiled briefly, and said, "OK, thank you. " It was one of many surreal moments in the ever more bizarre exercise that is Super Bowl media day. When Vermeil brought the Eagles to the Super Bowl in 1981, there was no World Wide Web, and the game wasn't "covered" by everyone from Nickelodeon to MTV to the Cartoon Network.
September 19, 1990 |
When one thinks of the television networks, the words "virtue," "quality," "trust" and "credible" do not exactly spring to mind. Yet these are words used to describe a network that, at 11 years old, shares the age of many of its viewers. Fortunately, unlike these viewers, this network has no plans to grow up. At the sprawling new Universal Studios in Orlando, where its production facilities are located, Nickelodeon cable television network, with 51.8 million subscribers, is watched by more children than the three networks combined.
March 28, 1996 |
"If they come to the show, chances are they'll be part of it," warns Marc Weiner. "And there's a good chance they'll get messy. Maybe they'd better bring an extra shirt. " Bring an extra shirt? Not the kind of advice you hear from many comedians. But then, they're not inviting you and your youngsters to the weird, wild and often wet world of Weinerville. Never heard of Weinerville? Which, by the way, is pronounced wienerville - like the hot dog. You wouldn't be expected to, unless you were, say, 6 or 7. Because Weinerville, the brainchild of comic Weiner, is a town, a state of mind and a very popular 7 a.m. show on the children's cable network Nickelodeon.
August 27, 2004
On Oct. 2, the Nickelodeon network will go blank for three hours, urging youngsters to go out and play. The turn-off begins at noon, when Nickelodeon says about 1.5 million children, ages 6 to 11, usually are watching it. During that time, a graphic will be shown saying it's time to go outside. At 6 p.m., the network will run a 2 1/2 hour live music-and-sports special on how to stay healthy and active.
December 30, 1993 |
Children watching fairy tales on the Nickelodeon channel will no longer have to ponder which of several bikini-clad women draped around Howard Stern on television is actually a man. That question is posed on a promotional ad that has been airing during afternoon cartoons broadcast through the Suburban Cable Co. The spots were to be pulled from children's programming by early this morning, according to officials at Cable AdNet of Philadelphia, which...