His real name is Lucas Cruikshank, but fans of his Internet videos know his as “Fred Figglehorn.” Now Nickelodeon has ordered two comedy pilots based on characters he created.
Nickelodeon has licensed 21 episodes of “Fred: The Show,” a new live-action, short-form comedy series created by and starring Cruikshank. The network has also ordered a new pilot, “Marvin, Marvin,” as a starring vehicle for Cruikshank.
Fred: The Show episodes build on the network’s hugely successful Fred television movies, “Fred: The Movie” and “Fred: Night of the Living Fred.” Set to premiere in early 2012, Fred: The Show follows the character on his latest hilarious adventures at home and in school. Production on the series has begun in Los Angeles.
A multi-camera, half-hour comedy, the Marvin, Marvin pilot stars Cruikshank as a quirky, intergalactic new kid in school who clumsily tries to adapt to his new life as a human teenager.
“Lucas is an immensely talented actor and comedian whose unique brand of humor is a proven winner with our audience. The 11-minute format of Fred: The Show will be a great showcase for more of his signature adventures,” said Marjorie Cohn, President, Original Programming and Development, Nickelodeon.
The projects come on the heels of the success of Cruikshank’s most recent original television movie for Nickelodeon, Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred, which debuted on October 22 and delivered 5.7 million total viewers for its primetime premiere, ranking as that week’s number-one telecast with kids 6-11 and kids 2-11.
Fred: The Show is created and executive produced by Cruikshank. Brian Robbins and Sharla Sumpter Bridgett of Varsity Pictures and Gary Binkow and Evan Weiss of The Collective also serve as executive producers.
Marvin, Marvin is created by Jon Ross and is being executive produced by show-runner Jeff Bushell. Evan Weiss and Gary Binkow are also executive producing through their company, The Collective.