Nickelodeon (previously known as Pinwheel from 1977 until 1979) is an American cable television channel owned by Viacom. Since the early-1990s and early 2000s, Nickelodeon as a brand has expanded into other territories including Europe, the Middle-East, Russia and Asia.
It is often referred to by its shortened name, Nick, a practice that dates back to the early days of the channel. As of 2009, Nick currently has three blocks: Nick @ Nite, Nick's Play Date, and the Hollywood Hang. Since 2006, Nickelodeon has been run by MTVN Kids & Family Group president Cyma Zarghami. The channel is aimed mostly at children ages 6–12, with the exception of their prime time block that is aimed at teenagers ages 13–17.
The Fairly OddParents
The Fairly OddParents debuted on Nickelodeon in 1998, aired as part of the Oh Yeah! Cartoons short series of cartoons. In 2001, the show was picked up for full-time production for several episodes. Between 2002-2003, The Fairly OddParents challenged SpongeBob SquarePants and other animated programs as the highest rated cartoon of the time. Although The Fairly OddParents popularity has waned in recent years, as of 2010 the series is still airing on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons Network. A live-action movie, "A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!", aired in 2011 as part of the tenth year anniversary of FOP's debut in 2001, and there is still an upcoming season in production, set to premiere in 2013, meaning that it is highly likely the show will continue airing for at least one more year.