Nickelodeon To Drum Up 'School Of Rock' Series
Nickelodeon will team with Paramount Television to produce a new live-action, musical-comedy series School of Rock, the network said Monday.
The 13-episode series, which is based on the 2003 hit film from Paramount Pictures of the same name (pictured), will premiere in the spring of 2015. School of Rock will follow the adventures and misadventures of Dewey Finn, a down-on-his-luck rocker who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school as he teaches his eccentric, unconventional and overachieving students to play and love rock ‘n’ roll.
“School of Rock is one of those great movies that always felt quintessentially Nickelodeon in its tone and humor, and we jumped at the opportunity to partner with Paramount Television and bring it to life as a TV series,” said Russell Hicks, President, Content and Development, Nickelodeon in a statement. “Once again, kids will be able to laugh and rock!”
School of Rock will be written by Jim and Steve Armogida (Crash & Bernstein, My Family), who will also serve as executive producers and show runners. The movie’s director Richard Linklater and producer Scott Rudin will executive produce the television series, said Nickelodeon.
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