GLENN MARTIN, DDS HITS THE ROAD MONDAY, AUGUST 17, AT 8:00 P.M. (ET/PT) ON NICK AT NITE
New Stop Motion Original Comedy Series Stars
Kevin Nealon, Catherine O'Hara and Judy Greer in First Television Series from Michael Eisner's Tornante Animation
Pasadena, CA� July 29, 2009� Nickelodeon, the number-one ranked cable network for 15 consecutive years, will debut Glenn Martin, DDS, the first television series to come from Michael Eisner's Tornante Animation, on Monday, August 17 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) in its Nick at Nite primetime daypart. A contemporary comedy offering relatable characters and identifiable family situations, the stop-motion primetime series features an all-star voice-over cast that includes Kevin Nealon (Weeds, Anger Management) as Glenn Martin, Catherine O'Hara (For Your Consideration, Chicken Little) as Jackie Martin and Judy Greer (27 Dresses, Arrested Development) as Wendy Park. The Martins embark on the ultimate family getaway that hits every obstacle in their path � sometimes literally. Eric Fogel (MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch) is an executive producer overseeing animation and Sivert Glarum and Michael Jamin (King of the Hill, Just Shoot Me) serve as executive producers and show runners.
Following the series' August 17 premiere, all-new episodes of Glenn Martin, DDS will run that week, August 18-20, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT). The series will then move to its regular timeslot on Mondays at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) beginning August 24.
"This collaboration with Michael Eisner offers a new twist on the classic family sitcom that tweens and their parents can both enjoy," said Marjorie Cohn, Nickelodeon's Executive Vice President, Development and Original Programming. "We look forward to debuting this groundbreaking and much-anticipated series and introduce viewers to Nick at Nite's new evening line-up."
"Glenn Martin, DDS is a one-of-a kind series that re-envisions the classic family sitcom," added Michael Eisner, The Tornante Company. "It's a perfect addition to Nick at Nite as it delivers humor in a mature, sophisticated manner."
Glenn Martin, DDS follows the offbeat adventures of beleaguered dentist, Glenn, and his family � earnest yet slightly cynical wife, Jackie; hormone-addled son, Conor; power suit-wearing daughter, Courtney; her subservient assistant, Wendy; and family dog, Canine � who trade in the suburbs for a life on the road. Yearning for a deeper connection with his family, Glenn has packed up the Martins in an RV, which doubles as his dentist office, to go cross-country. They are beset by an array of colorful locals and crazy situations on this journey, taking them to places like Las Vegas, the Amish Country, the White House, Atlantic City and Hollywood. The Martins, who put the "fun" in dysfunctional, are a family who loves and can depend on one another, despite all the mayhem.
In addition to the series regulars, who include Peter Oldring (Total Drama Island) as 13-year-old Conor Martin and Jackie Clarke (Starveillance) as 11-year-old Courtney Martin, season one will feature celebrity appearances from Chrissie Hynde, Betty White, Gene Simmons and Wendie Malick, among others, who voice some of the many colorful characters the Martins encounter through their travels.
In the premiere episode, "Amish Anguish," Glenn realizes his family, consumed by their cell phones, PDA devices and Game Boys, failed to appreciate the beauty of Niagara Falls and teaches them a lesson by stopping for a few days in an Amish village. Unfortunately, his plan backfires when his family enjoys the village more than he does. Glenn must learn to overcome his own fear of technology to save Conor from getting married and escape the Amish country with his family still intact. Additional episodes will chronicle the Martin family adventures as they continue their cross-country journey.
Prior to the August 17 television launch, viewers may visit the series website, GlennMartinDDS.com, which features original content, message boards, video clips, downloadables and actor bios.
Year-to-date, Nick at Nite is the number-one ranked cable network in total day among both Adults18-49 and Women18-49 and is on track to be the number-one ranked cable network with Women 18-49 for the sixth consecutive year. In 2009, Nick at Nite is delivering year-over-year double-digit growth of 14% among Women 18-49.* Additionally, Nick at Nite finished May as the number-one basic cable network among Women 18-49 and the number-two network among Adults 18-49, only behind TNT (source: NMR, 4/27/09-5/31/09).
Recently, Nick At Nite added the hit series Malcolm in the Middle, strengthening its slate of popular hit family comedies including the Emmy Award-winning series Home Improvement, George Lopez, and Family Matters, as well as The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Roseanne. Also coming in September is the hit comedy Everybody Hates Chris, from co-creator and narrator Chris Rock and inspired by his real-life childhood experiences.
Glenn Martin, DDS was developed for Nick at Nite by Michael Eisner, who co-created the series along with Alex Berger and Eric Fogel. The show is being produced by Steven Cohen and Noel Bright for Tornante Animation, a division of The Tornante Company LLC.
Nickelodeon, now in its 30th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, magazines and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 99 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 15 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).
About The Tornante Company
Founded in 2005 by Michael Eisner, The Tornante Company is a privately held company that invests in and incubates companies in the media and entertainment space. Tornante's companies and investments include Tornante Animation, The Topps Company, Inc., and Vuguru. In the summer of 2008, Tornante Animation was launched to produce animation for television and multi-media platforms.
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*(Source: Nielsen Media Research 12/29/08-5/31/09 (Live+7 through 5/17/09, Live+Same day 5/18/09-5/31/09).