2:00pm PT by Michael O'Connell
Rob Gronkowski to Host Kids Show for Nickelodeon
Rob Gronkowski is upping his off-season commitments, signing on to host a new clip show for Nickelodeon.
The kid-centric cable network announced Wednesday that it has given series order to Crashletes, which will be hosted by the New England Patriots tight end. It's the first substantial entertainment project for Gronkowski, who has become one of the more colorful and popular personalities in the NFL.
Crashletes, from production partners Rob Dyrdek and Shane Nickerson of Superjacket Productions, is described as a viral sports clip series. It will feature guest personalities, from both sports and entertainment, with Gronkowski offering his own commentary on the clips. Its initial 20-episode order is set to bow later in 2016.
Gronkowski's entertainment outings have been pretty limited, thus far, though the WME-repped athlete did make a cameo as himself in the 2015 Entourage movie.
Additionally, Nickelodeon has also ordered a doc series from Dyrdek and Nickerson. Jagger Eaton’s Mega Life (working title) will follow the titular 15-year-old skateboarding phenom around the world. It also received a 20-episode order.
“Partnering with Nickelodeon allows me to share my passion for sports and pop culture with kids and families in creative and innovative ways,” said Dyrdek, who has placed many TV projects at the network's Viacom sibling MTV over the years. “With Gronk’s fun, big personality and Jagger’s relatable, youthful insight, Crashletes and Mega Life will resonate with sports fans and kids alike.”