Compiled By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

Nickelodeon is pulling the ultimate April Fools' Day prank when its brand-new unscripted series “The Substitute” premieres on April 1, at 2 p.m. (ET/PT).

From the producers of “Undercover Boss” comes a new hidden camera show featuring celebrities who are transformed by a team of special effects artists to go undercover as substitute teachers, surprising classes of unsuspecting students.

The premiere episode guest stars Jace Norman (Henry Danger) as he goes undercover at Luther Burbank Middle School to prank students in a variety of subjects ranging from gym to science.

Using full prosthetics and a fool-proof costume, a team of special effects artists transform Norman into a completely unrecognizable substitute teacher who is ready to give his students an unforgettable surprise.
During the reveal, a $25,000 donation is made to the school. Additional episodes featuring different celebrities going undercover will be announced at a later date.

The premiere of “The Substitute” takes place during Nickelodeon's April Fools' Day marathon, with encore airings at 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. (ET/PT). Starting at 2 p.m. (ET/PT), fans will be able to relive some of their favorite episodes including “SpongeBob SquarePants' "Fools in April," and The Loud House's "April Fools Rules," "Fool Me Twice" and "Fool's Paradise."

The premiere of “The Substitute” coincides with the 40th anniversary of Nickelodeon, which launched on April 1, 1979.

Norman currently stars in Nickelodeon's “Henry Danger,” the number-one live-action show on TV with Kids 2-11 and Kids 6-11, and the network's longest-running live-action sitcom. Earlier this year he starred in his fifth role in a Nickelodeon TV movie, “Bixler High Private Eye.” He is also the co-founder of Creator Edge Media, an influencer marketing agency.

“The Substitute” is produced by Industrial Media's The Intellectual Property Corporation, and Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman (“Undercover Boss”), with Mike Harney serving as showrunner. Production of The Substitute for Nickelodeon is overseen by Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content.

The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC) is an Emmy-winning IP creation and production studio based in Van Nuys, California. Founded in 2016, IPC develops and produces a wide range of television, film, documentary, and interactive mobile content.
The company currently has series in production or development with a wide range of US broadcast and cable networks. In 2017 the company was awarded the Emmy and in 2018 a Producers Guild Award for its series "Leah Remini: Scientology & the Aftermath". IPC was acquired by Industrial Media in 2018.

Nickelodeon, now in its 39th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does.
The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated kids' basic cable network for 22 consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).



Showtime recently announced that Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor Josh Charles (“The Good Wife”) will play a recurring role in the network's upcoming limited series “The Loudest Voice.” It’s a drama about Fox News founder Roger Ailes.

The series, led by Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator,” “A Beautiful Mind”) as Ailes, is based on extensive reporting by Gabriel Sherman in his bestselling book, The Loudest Voice in the Room. Production is currently underway in New York City.

Charles will portray Casey Close, husband of former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson (Oscar nominee Naomi Watts) and well-known sports agent, who tries to comfort his rattled wife and reassure her that her situation at Fox isn't as bad as she thinks.

Charles is an Emmy, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and Critics' Choice nominated film, television and stage actor. His most recent films include “Amateur,” “Norman,” “The Drowning,” “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” “Freeheld,” “I Smile Back,” “Bird People” and the upcoming Framing “John DeLorean.”

Other notable film credits include: the Academy Award winning film “Dead Poets Society,” “S.W.A.T.,” “Four Brothers,” “Threesome,” “Pie In The Sky,” “Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead,” “Brief Interviews With Hideous Men,” “Crossing the Bridge,” “Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead,” “Seeing Other People” and “Hairspray.”

On television, he spent five seasons on the award-winning drama “The Good Wife,” for which he received two Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe nomination. Other television work includes “Masters of Sex,” “Sports Night,” “In Treatment,” “Law and Order: True Crime,” “Wet Hot American Summer,” “Drunk History,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “Inside Amy Schumer.”

On stage, Charles most recently co-starred on Broadway in “Straight White Men” and the world premiere of “The Antipodes.”

In today's politically charged media landscape, no figure looms larger, even after his passing, than Roger Ailes, who molded Fox News into a force that irrevocably changed the conversation about the highest levels of government. To understand the events that led to the rise of Donald Trump, one must understand Ailes.

The upcoming limited series takes on that challenge, focusing primarily on the past decade in which Ailes arguably became the Republican Party's de facto leader, while also touching on defining events in Ailes' life, including an initial meeting with Richard Nixon on the set of The Mike Douglas Show that gave birth to Ailes' political career and the sexual harassment accusations and settlements that brought his Fox News reign to an end. The seven-episode series aims to shed light on the psychology that drives the political process from the top down.

In addition to Crowe and Watts, the star-studded cast of “The Loudest Voice” includes: Golden Globe nominee Sienna Miller (Layer Cake) as Ailes' wife Elizabeth, Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) as former Fox News PR chief Brian Lewis, Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Simon McBurney (“The Theory of Everything”) as News Corp leader Rupert Murdoch, Annabelle Wallis (“Peaky Blinders”) as former Fox News booker Laurie Luhn and Aleska Palladino (“Boardwalk Empire”) as Ailes' longtime assistant Judy Laterza. Emmy nominee Kari Skogland (“The Handmaid's Tale”) will direct the first two episodes.

Sherman co-wrote the initial episode of the limited series with Oscar winner Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”). For the primary source material, “The Loudest Voice in the Room” Sherman interviewed more than 600 people.

The project is a co-production from Showtime and independent studio Blumhouse Television (“Sharp Objects” and “The Normal Heart”).

In addition to Crowe, McCarthy will executive produce with Emmy winner Jason Blum and Alex Metcalf, as well as Marci Wiseman and Jeremy Gold for Blumhouse Television, Liza Chasin (“Darkest Hour”) of 3dot Productions and Kari Skogland.


This original “Deadwood” movie is based on David Milch's acclaimed, Emmy-winning HBO series of the same name which debuted 15 years ago. The indelible characters of the show are reunited after a decade to celebrate South Dakota's statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds reopened as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought. “Deadwood” airs May 31 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

Returning cast members include: Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, Paula Malcomson, John Hawkes (HBO's "Eastbound & Down") , Anna Gunn, Dayton Callie, Brad Dourif, Robin Weigert (HBO's "Big Little Lies," "Angels in America"), William Sanderson (HBO's "True Blood"), Kim Dickens (HBO's "Treme"), Gerald McRaney, Sean Bridgers, W. Earl Brown and Keone Young (HBO's "True Blood"), among others. The film will also feature new cast member Jade Pettyjohn.

During its three-season, 36-episode run on HBO from 2004 to 2006, the "Deadwood" series was nominated for 28 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning eight, including Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Walter Hill). The series also received a Golden Globe Award for “Best Performer by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama” (Ian McShane).

“Deadwood” is executive produced by David Milch, Carolyn Strauss, Daniel Minahan, Gregg Fienberg, Scott Stephens, Ian McShane and Timothy Olyphant. The show is co-executive produced by Regina Corrado. Directed by Daniel Minahan and written by David Milch.

Editor’s Note: Information used in this report obtained from publicity department press releases.