Nickelodeon’s TMNT Officially Renewed for Fourth Season
A few months ago, a reliable source indicated that there would be a fourth season of Nickelodeon’s new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. Recently, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that this is in fact happening. With the third season starting up later this year, the fourth season is set to begin in the fall of 2015. In other words, there is a lot more TMNT to come in the next year or two, and we now know for sure that the series will run into late 2015-early 2016.
Nickelodeon has ordered 20 episodes for the newly confirmed season, which would make it a bit shorter than the first two. Seasons 1 and 2 are both 26 episodes long, making them slightly longer than the plans for the fourth season. Before you take this as cause for concern, consider that the first two seasons of the original animated series crafted in the late 80’s didn’t even total 20 full episodes. The loss of 6 episodes in one season is no reason to worry, and if anything it only suggests that Nick is wondering what kind of longevity they can expect from the recent spat of Turtle Fever a year or two from now.
Needless to say, with only a slightly shorter season planned for a year from now, I think it’s safe to say that they have enough faith in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to give the show plenty of room to breathe. And after all, why wouldn’t they? The show has been a ratings bonanza for the channel over the past two years, almost single handedly reviving the TMNT for a new generation. I, for one, am very happy to see that the series will be getting yet another season, and I hope to see the success of Nickelodeon’s series continue for many years to come.
In addition to the news of the series’ renewal, it was also revealed this week that voice actor Jason Biggs (playing Leonardo) is going to be replaced during Season 3 by Seth Green. Many will be familiar with Green from his work on shows like Robot Chicken, although he is also very well known as a traditional actor in many films. This move was apparently made after Biggs made some supposedly uncouth statements on his Twitter account.
Nickelodeon, being a company that sells content to a family audience, probably didn’t want to associate with Biggs after this controversy. Although they never explicitly stated that there was a link between this event and their decision to remove Jason Biggs as Leonardo, the timing seems a bit convenient. Regardless, one has to wonder who thought it would be a good idea to make Seth Green the replacement, as he is well known for his crude humor and tends to be less likely than most to censor himself.
Jason Biggs did a great job as Leonardo, but it looks like we’ll soon be hearing a slightly different leader of the group nonetheless. I’m sure he will be missed, but thankfully the series isn’t going to be stopped by such a silly controversy.
What do you think? Are you excited about another season of Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Do you think Seth Green will pull off a good Leonardo? Let us know what you think in the comments below or feel free to sound off in our forums!