Viacom Bringing New GARFIELD Series to Nickelodeon
Everyone’s favorite lasagna-loving, nap-taking, back-talking, sarcastic orange cat is back! Viacom has acquired the rights to Garfield and has made plans to bring a new series featuring the beloved character to Nickelodeon. The new animated series was announced in a press release from Viacom, where they stated the series would join the super-fun new and returning lineup at the kids cable giant, including SpongeBob SquarePants, PAW Patrol, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the new Blue’s Clues & You!, the first-ever SpongeBob spinoff, Kamp Koral, and a brand new animated Star Trek series.
Sarah Levy, Chief Operating Officer of Viacom Media Networks, had this to say about the acquisition:
“Great content is core to the strength of our brands, and Garfield is a beloved character that continues to be part of the cultural zeitgeist with universal resonance across all ages,” The acquisition of Paws, Inc. provides another opportunity for Viacom to leverage our platforms to extend the global reach of iconic IP.”
And Garfield creator Jim Davis, who will be working closely with the new series, also expressed his excitement:
“I’ve always tried to make people laugh with humor that is classic and appealing to both kids and adults. I’m delighted that Garfield is going to be placed in the capable hands of the folks at Nick. They know how to entertain and will be great stewards for the franchise. I am also excited to continue to do the thing that gets me out of bed every morning…the comic strip!”
I’m actually way more excited about this than I usually am about kids series. I watched Garfield and Friends for years past the time when I was the target audience. It was such a funny show, and I’m excited to share a new version of the beloved series with my kids. Are you a fan of Garfield? Will you be tuning in to this new series?