Nickelodeonís Nick at Nite has given a 20-episode order to "Glenn Martin DDS," a stop-motion animated comedy series from former Walt Disney Co. CEO Michael Eisner.
Series reps the first to come out of Tornante Animation, a newly formed part of Eisnerís investment firm, the Tornante Co. Eisner has partnered with "Celebrity Deathmatch" creator Eric Fogel to design "Glenn Martin," which Nick at Nite plans to launch next summer.
"Glenn Martin" revolves around a dentist who persuades his family to embark on a cross-country road trip ó in their toothbrush-topped "dental mobile."
Eisner brought "Glenn Martin" to Nick at Nite after reading how Nickelodeon was readjusting the evening programming service to target young families (Daily Variety
, May 6). For an exec so identified with Disney, Eisnerís decision to take "Glenn Martin" to Nick may be unusual, but Eisner said the channel was a better fit.
"Itís not a Disney Channel show," Eisner said. "This show is not a fit with ĎHannah Montana,í itís not a tween show. I always thought that animation should be made for adults, and then you get the kids automatically.Itís not to say this couldnít have worked on some Disney properties, but I read that article, about how theyíre moving more older-appeal shows earlier in the evening on Nickelodeon, and knew there would be a great flow of kids coming in to this as well.