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Nickelodeon Orders Live-Action Buddy Comedy 'Cousins for Life' (Exclusive)
Nickelodeon has greenlighted a live-action series.
The young-skewing network has ordered 20 episodes of Cousins for Life, a buddy comedy from Austin & Ally creators Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert. The show will begin production in Los Angeles this summer, with the series set to air later this year.
Cousins for Life centers on 12-year-old cousins Stuart (Dallas Young) and Ivy (Scarlet Spencer), best friends who come from very different backgrounds and learn to navigate life under one roof with their families. After Stuart's mom is deployed overseas, his fun-loving dad, Clark (Ishmel Sahid), decides to move the family to Portland.
There, he lives with his uptight brother Lewis (Ron G.) and his family, which includes Stuart's confident, socially active cousin Ivy and her younger, overly curious brother, Leaf (Micah Abbey). Now living in a brand-new city, Stuart embarks on a variety of adventures with Ivy. Although the cousins do not always see eye-to-eye, Ivy and Stuart learn they are better together, and when they team up, they are unstoppable.
"Cousins for Life features new, young talent that our audience can grow with. It's relatable to kids and families and full of heart with a positive, empowering message," said Bronwen O'Keefe, executive vp live action and movies. "What makes this series so unique is the aspirational relationship that unfolds between the cousins, combined with the funny situations that emerge from these opposite personalities living together."
"We began our careers at Nickelodeon, and we couldn't be more excited to be back," said creators and executive producers Kopelow and Seifert, whose other credits include All That and Kenan & Kel. "We have an amazing cast, and we can't wait for the audience to meet them."
Nickelodeon has been one of Viacom's most stable brands of late. While the network ratings were flat this past year, competition like Disney Channel saw a 24 percent drop in viewers in 2017. In an effort to lure more viewers, the children's network recently announced at its upfronts that it would be reviving its popular '90s kids show Blue's Clues.