Upfronts 2016: 'Gronk' Hosts Viral Clip Show for Nick

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Nickelodeon at its upfront said it was adding two new sports-themed series from production partners Rob Dyrdek and Shane Nickerson: Crashletes, a viral sports clip series hosted by New England Patriots Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski; and Jagger Eaton’s Mega Life (working title), a docu-series about 15-year-old skateboarding phenom Eaton as he skates around the world and hangs out with his idols. Both series will be in production for 20 episodes each and will premiere later this year, the Viacom-owned kids' programmer said.

Nick also said at its Alice Tully Hall upfront presentation, at Lincoln Center, that it will have 650 episodes of new and returning series to work with this year. 

“Nick has a long history in kid reality beginning with game shows like Double Dare and Legends of the Hidden Temple,” Cyma Zarghami, president, Viacom Kids and Family Group, said in a release. “Crashletes and Jagger Eaton allow us to connect the audience via real and authentic people and a different kind of storytelling that is fresh and exciting.” 

“Partnering with Nickelodeon allows me to share my passion for sports and pop culture with kids and families in creative and innovative ways,” Dyrdek added in the release. “With Gronk’s fun, big personality and Jagger’s relatable, youthful insight, Crashletes and Mega Life will resonate with sports fans and kids alike.”

For Nick, Dyrdek and Nickerson previously created and executive produced Wild Grinders, inspired by Dyrdek’s real-life experiences, airing in the NickSports TV block on Nicktoons.