PRESS TOUR: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' get new Nick series

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- A new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" animated series comes to Nickelodeon on Sept. 29 with a few changes but mostly taking what the producer-fan sees as the best elements of past animated and live action incarnations.

"We tried to get this long view of what it's been and what you think the public really wants and boil it down," said executive producer Ciro Nieli. "One of th ebest things for the franchise going forward was to keep that comedy element a big component of the show. The new show in 2003 was really focused on action primarily and we have a pretty decent blend of both."

One significant change: April is no longer a TV reporter, she's a teenager voice by Mae Whitman ("Parenthood"). Rob Paulsen, who previously voiced Raphael in the original, 1987 animated series, now gives voice to Donatello.

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Beverly Hills, Calif. – August 3, 2012  – Nickelodeon launches an all-new,  CG-animated  Teenage

Mutant Ninja Turtles series on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 11:00 a.m. (ET/PT) in a special one-hour

television event, bringing the turtles up from the sewers with the mythology and comedic sensibility for a

new generation of fans. The series stars Jason Biggs (American Pie) as “Leonardo,” Sean Astin (Lord of

the Rings) as “Raphael,” Rob Paulsen (Planet Sheen) as “Donatello” and Greg Cipes (Teen Titans) as

“Michelangelo.” Additional cast members rounding out this iconic hit franchise include Mae Whitman

(Parenthood) as “April O’Neil,” Hoon Lee (Royal Pains) as “Master Splinter” and Kevin Michael

Richardson (Penguins of Madagascar) as “Shredder.” The half-hour weekly series is layered with action,

fantasy and comedy and draws inspiration from both American  and Japanese animation, showcasing a

stylistic effect of a printed comic.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will air regularly on Saturdays at 11:00

a.m. (ET/PT).

“With its heart, humor and larger-than-life adventures, our new  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series

builds on the legacy of these great characters and moves their story forward for a whole new generation of

fans,” said Brown Johnson, President, Animation, Nickelodeon. “Every episode features non-stop action

and fun from the first frame to the last, and  the gorgeous  CG-animation offers a whole new way to

experience the world of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is  set in present day New York City, from the glittering towers of

Manhattan to the dark depths of the sewers, and follows the adventures of four humanoid turtles and a

six-foot-tall rat, Master Splinter.  One day, while living a life in seclusion with his four pet turtles, the

once human, Splinter, encountered a mysterious green ooze that covered him and his pets. Overcome by

the mutagen,  he  was transformed into a rat  and his four pets  became humanoid turtles.  Fearing

persecution from humans, he brought the Turtles underground and raised them, training them to become

ninjas.   Years have passed since that point and the four turtles, Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and

Michelangelo, are now headstrong teenagers, filled with the confidence of youth and a burning desire to

see the world.

In the one-hour premiere, Master Splinter allows his teenaged sons to visit the surface for the first time,

with strict instructions to remain unseen. But when they spy a group of thugs attempting to kidnap a

teenage girl (April O’Neil) and her father, the Turtles must leap into action. They soon discover that the

surface world isn’t as simple as it first appears, as they find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy

involving alien creatures, robotic droids, missing scientists and come face-to-face with the same glowing

green mutagen that mutated them in the first place.

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