8:00am PT by Kate Stanhope
Gwen Stefani Animated Series Heads to Nickelodeon
Gwen Stefani and Nickelodeon are joining forces.
The singer's animated series, Kuu Kuu Harajuku, is set to make its American debut on the Viacom-owned cable network, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Inspired by the Harajuku girls that became a staple of Stefani's solo act in 2004, Kuu Kuu Harajuku is co-created and exec produced by the former No Doubt lead singer. The series first premiered in Australia in November 2015 after Stefani announced the series the year prior.
Like the name of Stefani's 2004 solo album, the series centers on four Harajuku girls named Love, Angel, Music and Baby who form the group HJ5 with their inspirational leader, G. The girls are very talented, but every gig is interrupted by a fantasy-driven wild card before the first note is played. Angry aliens, serious politicians, invading creatures and cute monster pets foil various concert attempts, but G and her friends never give up. The series is described as a "collision of cultures, a kaleidoscope of music, fashion and style."
Stefani created Kuu Kuu Harajuku with Gillian Carr, Steve Aranguren and Madellaine Paxson. Stefani and Carr also exec produce with Low Huoi Seong. Malaysia's Vision Animation and Australia's Moody Street Kids Productions produce.
The 26-episode series will premiere on Nickelodeon on Monday, Oct. 4, through Friday, Oct. 7, at 4 p.m. before moving to its regular time slot on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.
Stefani originally created the Harajuku firl characters based on the Harajuku neighborhood of Tokyo. As she promoted and toured for her first solo album, the Harajuku girls served as the "Hollaback Girl" singer's entourage and backup dancers.
Kuu Kuu Harajuku is Stefani's latest TV venture, following her recent judging stint on The Voice. However, this marks her first producing credit. In addition to her music career, Stefani also has a fashion line called L.A.M.B – short for Love. Angel. Music. Baby. Stefani is currently on a nationwide tour in support of her third solo album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like.
Stefani is repped by Jacobson Brand Management, Azoff MSG Entertainment, Blended Strategy Group and Hertz Lichtenstein.