New Nickelodeon Show Shimmer and Shine Debuts August 17

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Animated Series is Geared at Preschoolers

Shimmer and Shine on a magic carpet
Learn more about the new animated show on Nickelodeon, Shimmer and Shine. With a social-emotional curriculum, it teaches preschoolers about teamwork. Nickelodeon

Take your preschooler on a magic carpet ride with Shimmer and Shine a brand new animated series debuting on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. The series, which premieres Monday, Aug. 17, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) shares the adventures of twins Shimmer and Shine, two "genies-in-training" who help their friend Leah by granting her wishes.

Created by Farnaz Esnaashari-Charmatz, a former post-production supervisor for Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go, Shimmer and Shine features a social-emotional curriculum that teaches preschoolers about "the importance of teamwork, resilience, and overcoming obstacles." Preschoolers learn through easy-to-understand stories, songs, characters they can relate to, and everyday situations with a fantasy twist.

When Leah has a problem she can't solve, she calls on Shimmer and Shine, her two secret genies to help. With the ability to have three wishes a day granted by her friends, you would think that Leah's dilemmas would be solved quickly, but that's not always the case. In fact, more often than not, Shimmer and Shine accidentally get Leah into more trouble. Working together, the trio must figure out a way to solve the problem.

"Shimmer and Shine is a mix of so many things I love--from the bright bold colors, the fun pop songs, to all the glitter," Esnaashari-Charmatz said. "I remember watching I Dream of Genie as a little girl and wanting the ability to do MAGIC!  Now, as a mom, what I really want is to create something special that will stay with my kids and future generations forever--the same way all the things that I grew up with have stayed with me.

“The beautiful fantasy world of Shimmer and Shine offers endless possibilities for magical adventures and preschoolers will love the genies’ playful humor and enthusiasm,” said Russell Hicks, Nickelodeon’s President of Content Development and Production. 

Shimmer and Shine will debut on Nickelodeon’s international channels beginning this fall.

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Characters in Shimmer and Shine

Shimmer and Shine
Shimmer and Shine, premiering Monday, Aug. 17, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nick and the Nick Jr. channel. Nickelodeon

Learn more about the characters in Shimmer and Shine:
Shimmer: (voiced by Eva Bella) Shimmer is bright, cheerful, giggly and an eternally optimistic dreamer. She’s always having the time of her life, and wherever she goes her pet gibbon monkey, Tala, is by her side.

Shine: (voiced by Isabella Crovetti-Cramp) While Shimmer is giggly and innocent, Shine is sassy and confident. Even though they’re twins, Shine comes across as the older sister (only by a minute). She is spunky, bold and witty, with an energy that can’t be tied down. There’s one thing that makes Shine melt—animals—especially her pet Bengal tiger cub, Nahal.  

Leah: (voiced by Alina Foley) Leah is warm, caring and thrilled to have secret genies as her best friends. Sincerely interested in other people’s feelings, she does whatever it takes to make the people she cares about happy. She’s straightforward, honest and the most grounded of the trio. Her natural instinct is to be calm and to think things through before she acts, so having Shimmer and Shine as genies keeps her on her toes.

Zac: (voiced by Blake Bertrand): Sweet, quirky and kindhearted, Zac is Leah’s good friend and next-door neighbor. He is bright and goofy but in an endearing way. Zac has an amazing ability to shrug away the weird genie stuff happening around him, often sharing a ridiculous story from his own experiences to justify the shenanigans Leah finds herself involved in.

All character descriptions courtesy of Nickelodeon.

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Series Premiere of "Shimmer and Shine" Available

The series (20 episodes) follows twin genies-in-training, Shimmer and Shine, who grant wishes for their friend Leah
The series (20 episodes) follows twin genies-in-training, Shimmer and Shine, who grant wishes for their friend Leah. Nickelodeon

If your little one needs a sneak peek of the show right now, there are full-length episodes and other content on NickJr.com, as well as the NickJr. app. On August 18, episodes will be available on Video on Demand.

In the series premiere, "The Sweetest Thing:"

Leah wishes for the genies’ help in making cupcakes for her school bake sale. Through silly misunderstandings, Leah, Shimmer and Shine find themselves stuck with a giant birthday cake, some farm animals and no wishes left. They must work together to fix their magical mistakes without drawing the attention of Leah’s curious (and hungry) neighbor, Zac.

"In each episode, our girls are faced with obstacles that they have to work together to overcome," said Esnaashari-Charmatz. "As a mother of two young kids, I see how important it is to help empower our children with an understanding of resilience. Through the series, we help kids see that even though the outcome may not be exactly what they wished for, there is always a way to figure things out."

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