Kicking off the new fall season on TEENick, Sunday, September 16 (6:00-9:00 p.m. ET/PT), stars of hit Nickelodeon series will jump and jive in all dance-themed episodes in “TEENick Back-to-School Bash,” a celebration including season premieres of Just Jordan, Zoey 101 and Unfabulous and brand-new, rocking episodes of iCarly and Drake & Josh.
TEENick stars Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly), Lil JJ (Just Jordan), Jamie Lynn Spears (Zoey 101) and Raja Fenske (Unfabulous) will host the night from a dance party marking the start of the new season and featuring some eye-popping moves. In wraparound segments, they’ll share behind-the-scenes secrets to mastering the dances from their respective series. Kid viewers who glimpsed the snappy routines — ranging from hip-hop and jazz to swing and The Highland Fling — in preceding weeks at nick.com, may vote online for their favorites, rating them for Fanciest Footwork and Superb Style and determining who gets the ultimate prize at night’s end: the Back to School Bash trophy.
Getting the party started and laying the footwork for the evening, at 6 p.m. the teen tipster of Ned’s Declassified (Devon Werkheiser) lends advice on how to succeed at school dances by really trying in an episode titled “Dances.” Nonetheless, Unfabulous’ Addie (Emma Roberts) stumbles a bit in her adorable fashion at 6:30 p.m., in that series’ fabulous third-season premiere, “The Auction,” as she tries to make her dream dance with Jake come true via the First-Ever Rocky Road Middle School Bachelor Auction
Next at 7 p.m., outspoken, ultra-confident 10th grader Jordan (Lil JJ) proves his dancing prowess while aiming to pledge a high school fraternity with his pals. as Just Jordan’s “Dancing King.” Choreographer Chuck Maldonado (Stomp the Yard) lent his expertise to the episode that commences that series’ second season.
At 7:30 p.m., in the second week of TEENick’s brand-new series iCarly, Carly (Miranda Cosgrove), Sam (Jennette McCurdy) and Freddie (Nathan Kress) receive a boatload of cool dance videos from fans for their web show – and then show off their moves in production numbers spotlighting each of them and a diversity of styles — jazz, tap, Scottish and more — within crazy musical dreams in the episode titled “iDream of Dance.”
Competition heats up with a pair of premiering episodes — each titled “Dance Contest”– from mega-hit series Drake & Josh and Zoey 101. First up at 8 p.m., kids’ favorite stepbrothers, teen odd couple Drake (Drake Bell) and Josh (Josh Peck), face off on the dance floor with deft moves — and Drake rumbas off with Josh’s partner. Then capping the night, in Zoey 101’s momentous season starter at 8:30 p.m., when Zoey’s (Jamie Lynn Spears) contest partner breaks a leg, left-footed Chase (Sean Flynn) steps in after a bit of coaching from Michael (Christopher Massey) and Logan (Matthew Underwood).
Dance instructor/choreographer Lane Napper, who has trained youngsters in Broadway’s Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, choreographed the dance episodes of iCarly, Drake & Josh and Zoey 101.
Post-season premieres, TEENick’s regular weekend lineup will be as follows: SATURDAYS — iCarly (episode premieres) at 8 p.m.; Just Jordan (episode premieres) at 8:30 p.m.; The Naked Brothers Band at 9 p.m.; Drake & Josh at 9:30 p.m. SUNDAYS — Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide at 6 p.m.; The Naked Brothers Band at 6:30 p.m.; iCarly at 7:30 p.m.; Zoey 101 (episode premieres at 8 p.m.; Unfabulous (episode premieres) at 8:30 p.m. (all times ET/PT). Tween leader Nickelodeon has been number one with that demo (kids 9-14) in total day ratings for 15 years.