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Nickelodeon to Premiere Prank Series on April Fools’ Day


Nickelodeon is set to debut its new prank series, The Substitute, on April 1, to coincide with April Fools’ Day.

The Substitute, from the producers of Undercover Boss, is a hidden-camera show in which celebrities will go undercover as substitute teachers. Disguised with the help of a team of special effects artists, the celebrities lead a classroom with the students none the wiser until the prank is revealed and their true identity exposed.

Henry Danger’s Jace Norman will surprise a class at Luther Burbank Middle School in The Substitute‘s premiere episode, which will air as part of Nickelodeon’s April Fools’ Day marathon at 2 p.m. There will be encore airings of the new series at 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The marathon coincides with the 40th anniversary of Nickelodeon, which launched on April 1, 1979.

The Substitute is produced by Industrial Media’s The Intellectual Property Corporation. Mike Harney serves as showrunner on the series.

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