John Cena and Nickelodeon team up for Kids Choice Awards, “Turtles” and more in 2018
Nickelodeon has announced that John Cena is returning to host Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards for the second time, while also breaking new ground at the network with two firsts: Cena will get into character by lending his voice to an original villain named Baron Draxum in the brand-new 2D animated series “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” premiering late 2018, and is executive producing the brand-new competition series, “Keep It Spotless,” where teams of kids go head-to-head in a battle to stay clean.
The excitement can NOT be contained!— John Cena (@JohnCena) January 11, 2018
It’s official: It’s slime season and I’m back to host the @Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards for a second time on March 24 at 8pm/7c! #KCA pic.twitter.com/AiCYSYeL1z
“John Cena is one of the biggest stars in the world. Kids just love him, which makes him the perfect partner for these upcoming projects,” said Cyma Zarghami, President, Nickelodeon Group. “His blend of humor and originality brings a fresh voice to Nickelodeon both in front of the camera and behind.”
The 16-time World Champion is excited to join Nickelodeon for the Kids’ Choice Awards and beyond with his new projects.
“I’m thrilled to partner with Nickelodeon on three big projects that run the range of what kids love –slime-filled live events, awesomely cool animation and competition shows where kids take their shot at being the best,” he said.
“It’s an honor to come back a second time to host the biggest, slimiest party of the year, the Kids’ Choice Awards,” Cena added. “Not only do I get to be a cartoon character in the new 'Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' series, but I get to be a villain, too. And to top it all off, I’m stepping behind the camera to executive produce Nick’s new competition series, 'Keep It Spotless,' which gives a whole new meaning to staying clean.”
Nickelodeon’s 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards airs live on March 24, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. ET, and celebrates kids’ favorites from across the worlds of film, television, music, pop culture, animation and more. With stunts and surprises at every turn, the show will return to the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, Calif., and will be seen by kids around the globe on Nickelodeon channels in more than 170 countries and territories.
Baron Draxum, the newest villain on “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” will be voiced by Cena. Draxum is an alchemist warrior mutant who seeks to turn all of humanity into mutants. Cena’s recurring character will appear in the premiere episode and throughout the series, which follows the band of brothers as they encounter new mutants and villains and discover a mystical world they never knew existed beneath the streets of New York City. “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” will debut later this year.
“Keep It Spotless,” Nickelodeon’s new competition series, is executive produced by Cena and features kids competing in a variety of physical and paint-filled challenges designed with one goal in mind – to stay as clean as possible. After each game, a 360-degree scanner will measure each teams’ mess to determine just how spotless they really are. The winning team will face The Gauntlet, a multiple-challenge obstacle course, where they can turn their cleanliness into cold hard cash. “Keep It Spotless” is produced by ITV Entertainment and Hard Nocks South, based on a U.K. format from Possessed, and scheduled to premiere later this year.