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BELLA AND THE BULLDOGS
January 17, 2015  | By David Bianculli

Nickelodeon, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

SERIES PREMIERE: Nickelodeon can be accused, and arguably is guilty, of generating its TV series by formula, and by farm system – but it’s a method that works. This new series has a premise that’s perfectly suited to the network’s young, female viewers: It stars a spirited and attractive middle-school head cheerleader who steps in to become the quarterback of her school’s otherwise all-male football team. The creators of this new series, Jonathan C. Butler and Gabriel Garza, both emerged from the internal talent-development engine known as Nickelodeon Writing Program. And the star of this new series, Brec Bassinger, emerges from Nickelodeon as well – from a recurring role on The Haunted Hathaways. Now, she’s ready for her closeup – and Nickelodeon, like The Disney Channel, has groomed another possible future star.

 
 
 
 
 
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