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Nickelodeon greenlights new series

'Legend of Korra' to continue "Last Airbender" saga

NEW YORK -- Nickelodeon has greenlit a new series from Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko that is a continuation of their animated hit show "Avatar: The Last Airbender."

Tentatively titled "The Legend of Korra," the animated series will premiere in 2011 and focus on the next Avatar, a young female called Korra.

"Mike and Bryan have imagined a compelling new story inspired by the Airbender mythology that they so brilliantly crafted when the TV series began," said Brown Johnson, president, animation, Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group. "This new avatar is not only a girl, but also hot-headed, independent and ready to take on the world."

"Korra" is set 70 years after the events of "Airbender" and sees Korra moving to Republic City to master her final element - air. With the guidance of the previous avatar Aang's son Tenzin, she has to fight crime and face a growing anti-bending movement that threatens to rip the metropolis apart. 

The new show will be produced at Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank.