Nickelodeon bears up with 'Panda' series


Nickelodeon has ordered "Kung Fu Panda: The Series," a new CG-animated comedy for 2010 based on last year's boxoffice hit.

The kids network has ordered 26 episodes of the series, Nick's second co-production with DreamWorks Animation. The companies also partnered on "The Penguins of Madagascar," which debuted March 28 on Nick and ranked as the most-watched series premiere in the network's history (6.1 million viewers). Since then, "Penguins" has become the second-most-popular program among kids 6-11 on television, behind only "SpongeBob SquarePants."

"Our seamless collaboration with DreamWorks Animation has now reached an anticipated 78 half-hours of unparalleled television CG animation," said Brown Johnson, president of animation at Nickelodeon. "We are thrilled to be bringing to our audience the rich stories and energy-packed character and action sequences Po the panda delivered on the big screen."

DreamWorks' film grossed more than $630 million worldwide. (partialdiff)