Nickelodeon Greenlights Third Season of Newest Animated Hit, "T.U.F.F. Puppy"
20 New Episodes from Creator and Hit-Maker Butch Hartman to Roll Out in 2012
Burbank, Calif., July 29, 2011 - Nickelodeon, the number-one kids' brand and largest producer of
television animation in the world, has picked up a third season of T.U.F.F. Puppy, the newest hit
animated series from Nicktoon hit-maker Butch Hartman (The Fairly OddParents), it was announced
today by Brown Johnson, President, Animation, Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group.
The network is adding 20 episodes to the series, bringing the total number to 60. T.U.F.F. Puppy,
starring iCarly's Jerry Trainor as Dudley, currently ranks as the number-two animated program with
kids 2-11, only behind SpongeBob SquarePants.
"Currently our second highest rated animated series, T.U.F.F. Puppy has been a huge success on
Saturday mornings right out of the gate, which is no surprise coming from the incredibly talented
Butch Hartman, the only creator at Nick with three shows under his belt -- The Fairly OddParents,
Danny Phantom and now T.U.F.F. Puppy," said Johnson. "The show is laugh-out-loud funny in no
small part due to iCarly's Jerry Trainor, who brings his incredible comedic sensibility to the role."
"I am truly thrilled to be able to make a brand-new litter of T.U.F.F. Puppy episodes," said Butch
Hartman. "I love working on the show and I'm looking forward to expanding the world of Dudley
Puppy with more villains, more gadgets, and even some surprises from Dudley and Kitty's past."
A hit since its October 2010 premiere, T.U.F.F. Puppy ranks as the number-two animated program on
television with kids 2-11 (behind only SpongeBob SquarePants) year to date. The series currently
averages 3.6 million total viewers (source: Nielsen Media Research, Live + 7 Day data 12/27/10-
6/19/11, Live + Same Day data thru 7/3/11).
T.U.F.F. Puppy will be launching internationally on Nickelodeon Australia later this month with all
other international channels premiering the series in August.
T.U.F.F. Puppy follows Dudley Puppy (voiced by iCarly's Jerry Trainor), a gung-ho, dim-witted dog
who finds himself accidentally thrust into the role of secret agent when he's recruited by the supersecret,
crime-fighting organization, T.U.F.F. (Turbo Undercover Fighting Force). He partners with
Kitty Katswell, a feline superspy who is an amazing kung-fu and weapons expert. Naturally, they
don't get along, but together they protect their hometown of Petropolis and the rest of the world against
the evil animal organization, D.O.O.M. (Diabolical Order of Mayhem).
In addition to Trainor as Dudley, the T.U.F.F. Puppy cast features Grey DeLisle (The Fairly
OddParents) as Kitty Katswell, Jeff Bennett (The Penguins of Madagascar) as Keswick, Daran Norris
(The Fairly OddParents) as Chief and Matthew Taylor (Open Season) as Snaptrap.
Butch Hartman began his animation career as an assistant animator on An American Tail. He directed
cartoons and created his own shorts for What a Cartoon!, and also wrote and directed episodes of
Dexter's Laboratory, Cow & Chicken and Johnny Bravo. Hartman joined Nickelodeon in 1998 where
he created and produced several cartoon shorts for the Oh Yeah! Cartoons series, including the Emmy
Award-winning The Fairly OddParents, which is celebrating it's 10th Anniversary this year with a
live-action/CG animated movie A Fairly Odd Movie, Grow Up Timmy Turner! that premiered on July
9. Hartman also created Nickelodeon's Danny Phantom and is the only creator in Nickelodeon's
history who has had three hit animated shows on the network.
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