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Nickelodeon Studios as viewed from the Hard Rock Cafe in March 2004 before they moved

A now defunct Nickelodeon Studios
as seen from the Hard Rock Cafe
in March 2004

Nickelodeon, often simply called Nick and originally named Pinwheel, is an American cable channel owned by MTV Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom International. The channel is primarily aimed at children ages 9–16, with the exception of their weekday morning program block aimed at preschoolers ages 2–8. Since 2006, it has been run by MTVN Kids & Family Group President Cyma Zarghami. It is ranked as the #1 cable channel as of 2011, and had been promoted as "The First Kids' Network," as it was the first American television network aimed at children since the Pinwheel days.

Nickelodeon broadcasts day runs on Sunday-Thursdays from 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Fridays from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. (Eastern and Pacific Time). Since 1985, it shares its channel space with Nick at Nite, a night time channel that airs sitcom reruns during the interim hours. It is treated as a separate channel by A.C. Nielsen Co. for ratings purposes. The two services are sometimes referred to under the collective name "Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite", due to their association as two individual channels sharing the same channel space.

The network's pre-history began on December 1, 1977 when QUBE, the first two-way interactive cable TV system was launched in Columbus, Ohio by Warner Cable (owned by Warner Communications, and an ancestor of Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment). One of the specialized channels available to subscribers of the QUBE system was Pinwheel, a cable channel offering children's programming. Pinwheel was re-launched as Nickelodeon on April 1, 1979, and despite its prior history on the QUBE system under the Pinwheel name, it has declared that 1979 is the network's official launch year. It began airing on various Warner Cable systems, beginning in Buffalo, New York and quickly expanded its audience reach.

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Sozin's Comet: The Final Battle is the series finale for the Nickelodeon television series Avatar: The Last Airbender. It was directed by Ethan Spaulding, Giancarlo Volpe, and Joaquim Dos Santos, and written by Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko, and Aaron Ehasz. Though intended to be split into three parts, the finale aired as a two-hour four-part movie on July 19, 2008. Prior to the week of July 14–19, no episodes had been shown since November 30, 2007. The Saturday airing of Sozin's Comet acted as a climax to a week of ten new episodes that concluded Avatar's third season. The finale focuses on series protagonist Aang's non-violent personality and his reluctance to kill Fire Lord Ozai. The finale also follows the exploits of many of Aang's friends and allies, including Sokka, Toph and Suki's struggle to destroy a Fire Nation airship armada, Zuko and Katara's battle against Zuko's sister Azula, and Iroh, King Bumi, and the Order of the White Lotus' attempt to reconquer Ba Sing Se. Sozin's Comet received positive reception from critics and fans alike. The initial showing averaged 5.6 million viewers, a 195% increase in ratings compared with ratings from mid-July 2007. The premiere of episodes 52–61 throughout the week of release received over 19 million views, of which 5.6 million were from the premiere. At the 2008 Annie Awards, the director of the third part won an award for "Best Directing in an Animated Television Production".

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An entrance to Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast at Universal Studios Florida.
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Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast was a simulator ride at Universal Studios Florida that replaced The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera. The story line revolved around Ooblar, (brother to King Goobot who is an enemy of Jimmy's) from the Yolkian planet has stolen Jimmy's newest rocket creation, the Mark IV. Jimmy, along with his best friend Carl and robotic canine, Goddard, invite the audience to give chase in other rockets through the worlds and sound stages of the Nicktoons.


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Dan Castellaneta in 2004

Daniel Louis "Dan" Castellaneta (born October 29, 1957) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, singer and television writer. Noted for his long-running role as Homer Simpson on the animated television series The Simpsons, he voices many other characters on The Simpsons, including Abraham "Grampa" Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, Mayor Quimby and Hans Moleman. Born in Chicago, Castellaneta started taking acting classes at a young age. He would listen to his father's comedy records and do impressions of the artists. After graduating from Northern Illinois University, Castellaneta joined Chicago's Second City in 1983, and performed with the troupe until 1987. He was cast in The Tracey Ullman Show, which debuted in 1987. The Tracey Ullman Show included a series of animated shorts about a dysfunctional family. Voices were needed for the shorts, so the producers decided to ask Castellaneta to voice Homer. His voice for the character started out as a loose impression of Walter Matthau, but later evolved into a more robust voice. The shorts would eventually be spun off into The Simpsons. Castellaneta has won four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for his work on the show as well as an Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in the Field of Animation in 1993. Castellaneta has co-written four episodes of The Simpsons with his wife Deb Lacusta.

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Bryan Konietzko, co-creator and executive producer of the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra.

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Nicktoons: Rugrats (1991–2004) • Doug (1991–1994) • The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991–1996) • Rocko's Modern Life (1993–1996) • Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (1994–1997) • KaBlam! (1996–2000) • Hey Arnold! (1996–2004) • The Angry Beavers (1997–2001) • CatDog (1998–2004) • Oh Yeah! Cartoons (1998–2001) • The Wild Thornberrys (1998–2004) • SpongeBob SquarePants (1999–) • Rocket Power (1999–2004) • Pelswick (2000–2002) • As Told by Ginger (2000–2003) • The Fairly OddParents (2001–) • Invader Zim (2001–2006) • Action League Now! (2001-2002) • ChalkZone (2002–2008) • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2002–2006) • All Grown Up! (2003–2008) • My Life as a Teenage Robot (2003–2009) • Danny Phantom (2004–2007) • Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005–2008) • Catscratch (2005–2007) • The X's (2005–2006) • Mr. Meaty (2005–2010) • El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera (2007–2008) • Tak and the Power of Juju (2007–2009) • Back at the Barnyard (2007–2011) • Angelica and Susie's Pre-School Daze (2008) • The Mighty B! (2008–2011) • Making Fiends (2008) • The Penguins of Madagascar (2008–2015) • Random! Cartoons (2008-2009) • Fanboy & Chum Chum (2009–2014) • Planet Sheen (2010–2013) • T.U.F.F. Puppy (2010–2015) • Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (2011–2016) • The Legend of Korra (2012–2014) • Robot and Monster (2012–2015) • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012–2017) • Monsters vs. Aliens (2013–2014) • Sanjay and Craig (2013–2016) • Rabbids Invasion (2013–2017) • Breadwinners (2014–2016) • Harvey Beaks (2015–2017) • Pig Goat Banana Cricket (2015–) • The Loud House (2016-) • Bunsen Is a Beast (2017-2018) • Welcome to the Wayne (2017-) • The Adventures of Kid Danger (2018-) • Pinky Malinky (2017-) • Super Macho Fighter (2018-) • Glitch Techs (2018-) • Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2018-) • Cupcakery of Doom (2018-) • Amusement Park (2019-)

Nick Jr.: The Adventures of Little Audrey (1988–?) • Eureeka's Castle (1989–1995) • Gullah Gullah Island (1994–1997) • Allegra's Window (1994–1996) • Little Bear (1995–2003) • The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss (1996–1997) • Blue's Clues (1996–2006) • Franklin (1997–2004) • Phred on Your Head Show (1999-2002] Little Bill (1999–2004) • Dora the Explorer (2000–2014) • Maggie and the Ferocious Beast (2000–2006) • Oswald (2001–2004) • 64 Zoo Lane (2001–2003) • The URL with Phred Show (2001-2002) • Max & Ruby (2002–) • Maisy (2002–2007) • Play with Me Sesame (2002-2007) • Oobi (2003–2006) • Miffy and Friends (2003-2007) • Moose and Zee (2003-2012) • Whoopi's Littleburg (2004) • The Backyardigans (2004–2010) • Cooking for Kids with Luis (2004-2005) • LazyTown (2004–2009) • Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends (2004–2009) • Curious Buddies (2004-2005) • Blue's Room (2004–2007) • Go, Diego, Go! (2005–2011) • Pinky Dinky Doo (2005–2009) • Jack's Big Music Show (2005–2007) • Wonder Pets! (2006–2015) • Toot & Puddle (2006–2009) • The Upside Down Show (2006–2008) • Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! (2006–2010) • Yo Gabba Gabba! (2007–) • Ni Hao, Kai-Lan (2008–2011) • Olivia (2009–2011) • The Fresh Beat Band (2009–2013) • Team Umizoomi (2010–2015) • Dino Dan (2010–) • Bubble Guppies (2011-) • Peppa Pig (2011-) • Franklin and Friends (2011-) • Mike the Knight (2011-2013) • Tickety Toc (2012-) • Peter Rabbit (2012-) • Lalaloopsy (2013-2015) • PAW Patrol (2013-) • Julius Jr. (2013-2015) • Wallykazam! (2014-) • Zack & Quack (2014-) • Mia and Me (2014-) • Dora and Friends: Into the City! (2014-) • Blaze and the Monster Machines (2014-) • Shimmer and Shine (2014-) • Little Charmers (2015-) • Nick Jr. Puppies (2015-) • Fresh Beat Band of Spies (2015-2016) • Mutt & Stuff (2015-) • Teletubbies (1997-) • Rusty Rivets (2016-) • Nella the Princess Knight (2017-) • Sunny Day (2017-) • Rainbow Rangers (2017) • Butterbean's Café (2017) • Top Wing (2017) • Abby Hatcher (2017)

Nickelodeon Movies: Harriet the Spy (1996) • Good Burger (1997) • The Rugrats Movie (1998) • Snow Day (2000) • Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000) • Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001) • Clockstoppers (2002) • Hey Arnold!: The Movie (2002) • The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002) • Rugrats Go Wild (2003) • The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004) • Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) • Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) • Yours, Mine and Ours (2005) • Nacho Libre (2006) • Barnyard (2006) • Charlotte's Web (2006) • The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008) • Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2009) • Hotel for Dogs (2009) • Imagine That (2009) • The Last Airbender (2010) • Rango (2011) • The Adventures of Tintin (2011) • Fun Size (2012) • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) • Monster Trucks (2017)

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