Nickelodeon is setting off into new territory with the greenlight of The Astronauts (working title), a brand-new, live-action series following a group of kids who embark on the adventure of a lifetime when they are mistakenly launched into space.  Marking Nickelodeon’s first production with Imagine Kids+Family, The Astronauts (10 episodes) is currently in production in Vancouver, Canada, with a premiere slated for this summer.

The Astronauts stands as one of the most ambitious and cinematic stories Nickelodeon has ever told, and we are so proud to partner with Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, and Stephanie Sperber at their Kids+Family division, on this new series,” said Brian Robbins, President, Kids & Family Entertainment, ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks. “Through Imagine’s ability to create fully relatable characters and put them into big, cinematic adventures, The Astronauts is well positioned to hit home with both kids and parents who want to experience this kind of great storytelling together.”

“Nickelodeon has been the gold standard in kids’ entertainment for a long time, and that’s because they have a natural sense of how to develop talent and nurture ideas to make the best shows possible,” said Ron Howard. “After talking to Brian Robbins about how Imagine’s legacy in space could be brought to Nickelodeon, it was obvious that they wanted to take big creative swings with us on this series and that’s incredibly exciting.”

The Astronauts underscores a key element of Nickelodeon’s content strategy, to create co-viewing opportunities for today’s kids and parents who increasingly use TV time as family time and are looking for entertainment options holding appeal for everyone.  Nick’s new content slate is informed by insights into today’s kids, who: are the most diverse generation ever and expect to see themselves authentically represented in media and in the world around them; want to make a positive difference in the world as they grow up; consider social media stars as their top role models, alongside their parents; and increasingly meet their much-desired need for family time by co-viewing entertainment content together.

The group traveling together through space are: Samantha “Samy” Sawyer-Wei, played by Miya Cech (Are You Afraid of the Dark?Always Be My Maybe); Elliott Combs, played by Bryce Gheisar (WonderA Dog’s Purpose); Martin Taylor, played by Keith L. Williams (Good BoysThe Last Man on Earth); Doria Taylor, played by Kayden Grace Swan (A Black Lady Sketch Show); and Will Rivers, played by Ben Daon (Child’s Play).  Matilda, the ship’s onboard AI system is voiced by Paige Howard (The Employer, Adventureland).

The Astronauts is executive produced by Imagine Entertainment Chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard and Imagine Kids+Family President Stephanie Sperber. Executive producer Daniel Knauf (Carnivàle, The Blacklist) also serves as writer and showrunner. The series is directed by DGA Award nominee Dean Israelite (Are You Afraid of the Dark?Power Rangers movie, Project Almanac) who also serves as an executive producer, Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: DiscoveryStar Trek: PicardThe Orville), and Marcus Stokes (Criminal Minds, The Flash, 911). Will Davis serves as creative executive for Imagine Kids+Family.