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Nickelodeon Starts Production on ‘Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library’

Original Made-For Television Movie to Air in 2017

Nickelodeon has begun production in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on original TV movie, “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library,” based on author Chris Grabenstein’s children’s book of the same name about a group of friends whose overnight stay in their town’s new hi-tech library turns into a daring, dangerous adventure of escape. The 90-minute, live-action TV movie stars Breanna Yde (“School of Rock”), Casey Simpson (“Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn”), Russell Roberts (“The Twilight Saga: New Moon”) and newcomers AJ Rivera and Klarke Pipkin.

“We cannot wait to bring author Chris Grabenstein’s imaginative world to life with kids’ favorite Nick stars at the center of all the fun,” said Michael Sammaciccia, Senior Vice President, Development and Production, Nickelodeon Original Movies. “This is an epic, action adventure story that taps into every child’s passion for books, games and technology. It’s a movie for kids, families and teachers alike.”

Said Grabenstein, “I’m excited to see what Nickelodeon does with Mr. Lemoncello! So many kids, teachers, and librarians have been asking me, ‘Where’s the Lemoncello movie?’ Now I can tell them it will be on Nick!”

The scoop: World-renowned gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello (Russell Roberts) has built his latest creation–a new state-of-the-art library filled with whimsical and eccentric rooms, where hardcover books fly kids to shelves in the sky, and massive doors open into fantastical worlds. Kyle Keeley, Lemoncello’s biggest fan, is chosen to be one of the first to experience the fun, along with his best friend Akimi, a bookworm named Sierra (Klarke Pipkin), a goofball named Peckelman (A.J. Luis Rivera Jr.), his rival Chiltington (Ty Nicolas Consiglio), and others. The kids must use their minds to complete riddles and collect clues that lead them out of this unique playground of imagination. When excitement turns to jeopardy, this world of wonder begins to spiral out of control as literary characters run amok and chaos ensues. It’s up to the kids to make everything right again or else they won’t be the only ones escaping.

“Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library” premieres in 2017.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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