UPDATED 9/4/2020: Nickelodeon has issued a response to concerns raised about similarities between Made by Maddie and the Oscar-winning short film, Hair Love.
“Made by Maddie is a show we acquired several years ago from Silvergate Media, a renowned production company we have previously worked with on other series. Since announcing the show’s premiere date this week, we have been listening closely to the commentary, criticism, and concern coming from both viewers and members of the creative community.”
“In response, and out of respect to all voices in the conversation, we are removing the show from our schedule as we garner further insight into the creative journey of the show. We are grateful to Silvergate Media for all of their work. And we hold Matthew A. Cherry and the wonderful and inspiring Hair Love in the highest regard.” — Nickelodeon
Original story follows:
In the heart of New York City, 8-year-old Maddie lives with her fashion designer mom and musician dad. This creative bunch supports each other through everything — even when Maddie gets into a bit of comedic trouble.
In the new cartoon series Made by Maddie — premiering on Nick Jr. at 11 a.m. on Sept. 13 — Maddie uses her imagination and ingenuity to turn every problem into a positive moment. In the first episode, she gets her hand stuck in a pair of shoes her mom designed, and when she gets them unstuck, she has to come up with a new shoe to save the day.
Maddie often enlists the help of her friends, who are always up for an adventure. She embraces her own unique style, celebrates the differences between people, and encourages others to take risks and always stay true to themselves.
The series will run every Sunday at 11 a.m. and the first season consists of 22 half-hour episodes. Parents may recognize some of the guest stars sprinkled within the season, including Karamo Brown (Queer Eye), Joey Fatone (*NSYNC), Nina Garcia (Project Runway), Al Roker (TODAY), and much more.