Nickelodeon, dubbed as the leading platform when it comes to kid’s entertainment, is a platform that houses a wide range of diverse programs for its audience. Ranging from television shows, consumer products, digital, and location-based experiences to publications and kid-centric feature films, it is the go-to brand for children. However, with an ambition to widen its audience reach, it also offers titles that can appeal to both kids and their parents alike. After all, spending time with families is of the utmost importance among the current generations. Hence, to contribute to such shared experiences and promote more co-viewing opportunities, ‘The Substitute’ is an intelligent addition to the existing, exhaustive catalog of Nickelodeon’s shows.
Produced by Industrial Media’s The Intellectual Property Corporation, Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman, ‘The Substitute’ has Mike Harney as its showrunner. It is an unscripted, hidden camera, prank show where renowned celebs are given a full facial makeover by a team of special effects artists. Disguised to the limit that they are completely unrecognizable, these celebrities then go undercover, posing as substitute teachers in front of a class of unsuspecting students. Toward the end, each featured school also receives a donation of $25,000.
‘The Substitute’ premiered an inaugural episode on April 1, 2019, on Nickelodeon, as a part of the channel’s April Fool marathon. This date also marked Nickelodeon’s 40th anniversary, after its launch in 1979.
The Substitute Cast: Who is in it?
‘The Substitute’ stars a diverse cast of celebrities who disguise themselves to prank innocent kids. For example, the premiere episode features Jace Norman, who is dressed in prosthetics and a fool-proof costume, making him completely unrecognizable. He goes undercover to LUTHER Burbank Middle School, poses as a substitute teacher, and pranks students in several subjects, ranging from gymnastics to science. Packed with surprises and special reveals, this episode is successful in generating quite some doses of laughs. After he takes off his disguise and reveals himself, he also makes a donation of $25,000 to the school.
Jace Norman is already a well-known celeb on Nickelodeon, starring in ‘Henry Danger’, the channel’s longest-running, live-action sitcom. The co-founder of Creator Edge Media has also appeared in a TV movie, named ‘Bixler High Private Eye’. Each subsequent part features a different artist, the names which are revealed as you progress with the episodes.
The Substitute Plot: What is it about?
By now, you must already be familiar with the plot of the show. ‘The Substitute’, as evident from its name, is a themed hidden camera show where various celebs pose as substitute teachers. And it is indeed a wonderful concept, as far as the target audience is concerned. Parents, students, and teachers from all age groups can enjoy a few laughs and some good, enjoyable, together-times. Moreover, there are so many different, crazy, and creative pranks showcased on the series, that they keep us intrigued.