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'Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' voice cast talks keeping the series fresh after 34 years

'Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' cast talks keeping the series fresh after 34 years


LOS ANGELES (CIRCA) - The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are rising again.

The 34-year-old comic book series has entertained fans for generations across movies, video games, toys and cartoons. So how does Nickelodeon keep it fresh?

The voice cast and creators of new series "Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" gathered at Stella Barra Pizzeria in Hollywood to answer just that.

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
A still from Nickelodeon's "Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." (Nickelodeon)

Featuring a familiar cast of television actors like Kat Graham ("The Vampire Diaries") and Omar Benson Miller ("Ballers"), this new series strives to satisfy fans of classic iterations while offering something new and exciting.

"You want new fans, but you also want to have the support and the love of the fans that love the classic, so it’s a bit of pressure."
Kat Graham, "April O'Neil"
"If there’s one word I could use to describe this new iteration, it’s groundbreaking."
Brandon Mychal Smith, "Mikey"

Co-creator Ant Ward and "Raph" actor Omar Benson Miller add that the new series strives to transcend being just another kids' show.

"If we succeed at the highest level we’re aspiring to, it’s when it’s not a kids' show anymore, it’s a family show and it’s not just a baby-sitting device for parents …"
Ant Ward, co-creator

"There’s a lot of jokes and references that the people, depending on the age that are recording it, will add that kids will never get until they’re adults."
Omar Benson Miller, "Raph"

The re-imagined series is airing now on Nickelodeon.

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