Nickelodeon is advertising a one-hour premiere event for its new TMNT cartoon. It's all downhill from there.
Source: Press Release
On Saturday, September 29 at 11AM Eastern, Nickelodeon will launch its TMNT remake with a special one-hour premiere. The series, which 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," is the third animated series to star the turtles, whose popularity peaked in 1990.
"Yeah, there are diminishing returns," said Nicholas L. Odeon, the founder and president of Nickelodeon, "but there's only so many times you can show the same Spongebob episodes, you know? Kids are starting to catch on."
According to the official press release the premise of the premiere is as follows:
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.
As this is approximately the 57th time viewers will be seeing some variation of this story, either in TV, movie, comic, or video game form, it is expected that it will not hold the same luster it did the first 56. Indeed, the Turtles, once the most insanely popular franchise in the world, have been less successful in recent years. According to most experts, this is because people back in the 1980s were "much stupider, dude."
The new series uses computer animation, which nobody likes, but which is cheap. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Not This Again?! will air every Saturday at 11AM on Nickelodeon.