- Oct 23, 2014
Nick announcing spin-offs means exactly that: they'll do SpongeBob spin-offs. You are just assuming they had some clear ideas ready, but nobody knows that.
But you don't just come to a decision like that on the spot. If they already announced multiple ones were in production, then they definately had already been presented a few pitches by that point. That's the point.
A concept can be greenlight immediately. It doesn't necessarily take a week, let alone three months. Think of Scooby-Doo and Guess Who being announced in August 2017. Be Cool Scooby-Doo wasn't over yet. They did some new pitches in early 2017 and were already recording episodes by August.
Not sure that's a good example given what you laid out. If they did some pitches in early 2017, and was fully announced in August, then they clearly had enough time to draw out a pitch for a new series. Thus proving my point, you don't just cobble together a series pitch from nothing in just 2 months, you need time to write out your vision for the show, outline characters, settings, and episode concepts to be presented. Yes, Spin-offs and franchise shows typically take less time to develop a pitch for, but not 3 months worth of development.
If you want an example of a similar case, try All Grown Up, another spin-off of a popular Nick series. The Rugrats episode of the same name was aired in July 2001, but the full series wasn't officially picked up until 2002. And considering that much like SpongeBob, Multiple Rugrats spin-offs were proposed to Nick prior to it, shows that this was a decision made a while ago.
Who says they have all of that finished already? You're just assuming things.
Nick announced the existence of multiple SpongeBob spin-offs in Febuary, if there were multiple ones in development, then they already received a few proposals for series concepts. How is that hard to understand? Networks typically hold back on announcing decisions to the public, so by the time Nick announced that Spongebob spin-offs were coming, then they already have been thinking about it since at least last year.
ToonJay723 said they erhaps didn't do a pilot. They straight went to the production phase. Things can be adjusted along the way if necessary, like with American Dragon: Jake Long, which had lots of changes during the production phase.
Even without a pilot, it still doesn't mean you can just develop a pitch for a series on the spot. Networks can request producers to develop a series, but nothing is set in stone until they see what they have in mind for the show. And according to the official announcement, Production of Kamp Coral doesn't begin until next month, if that's the case than this really was a decision in the works for a while.
Nickelodeon is officially a terrible company. I thought things would change.
Again, there really isn't much of anything to suggest this was a malicious decision. If anything its more incompetent timing on Nick's part regarding announcement.