May 12, 2009 / 4:46 AM / 10 years ago

Nickelodeon assembles monster comedy "The Troop"

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Nickelodeon has picked up “The Troop,” a new action-adventure comedy series with sci-fi elements and CG animation. The show revolves around three high school students who battle monsters after school.

“With ‘Troop,’ I think I’ve finally found a show where people would laugh and scream and have their heart racing — all on the same show,” said producer Tommy Lynch, who has produced such Nickelodeon series as “Romeo!” and “South of Nowhere.”

To beef up the series’ comedic quotient, Lynch has tapped Emmy-winning comedy writer Jay Kogen (“Frasier”) as showrunner.

“Troop” follows Jake (Nick Purcell), a typical teenager struggling through adolescence who dreams of creating his own comic book. His school counselor (John Marshall Jones) recruits him into the Troop, a secret society that protects the world from the monsters that walk among us. Teaming with the smart, athletic and popular Hayley (Gage Golightly) and annoying paranormal expert Felix (David Del Rio), Jake discovers a whole new existence.

“Troop” was created by Greg Coolidge (“Employee of the Month”), Chris Morgan (“Fast & Furious”) and Max Burnett (“Possums”).

The show, which has received a 26-episode order and is scheduled for a fall premiere, is part of the cable network’s stepped-up efforts to expand its live-action offerings.

Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters

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