'Ninja Turtle' returns to TV

The "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle" returns to TV on Sept. 29. (QMI AGENCY FILES)

The "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle" returns to TV on Sept. 29. (QMI AGENCY FILES)

Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.comTheWrap.com

, Last Updated: 5:16 PM ET

While Michael Bay tries to quell the masses of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” fans who are enraged with his big-screen tinkering, Nickelodeon will bring Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo back in a to the small screen in the fall.

Nickelodeon will unleash the latest animated iteration of the TMNT saga on Sept. 29, the network announced Friday.

The CG-animated series, which will be voiced by Jason Biggs, original “TMNT” voice talent Rob Paulsen, “Lord of the Rings” actor Sean Astin and “Teen Titans” star Greg Cipes, will debut with “a one-hour special event” starting at 11 a.m.

The cast is filled out by “Parenthood” actress Mae Whitman, as April O’Neil, a gutsy teenager who befriends the turtles after they save her life; “Royal Pains’” Hoon Lee as the Turtles’ sensei Master Splinter; and Kevin Michael Richardson as Shredder, the head of the evil ninja army the Foot Clan.

The Nickelodeon series will mark the third time that the quartet of anthropomorphic, martial arts-trained turtles, who made their initial splash as comic-book characters, have taken animated form on the small screen. The first, syndicated series ran from 1987 to 1996, with a second incarnation airing on Fox and, later, the CW from 2003 to 2009.

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is slated for 26 half-hour episodes.


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