Keke Palmer gets own Nickelodeon show

Oct. 27, 2008 at 4:48 PM
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SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Film actress Keke Palmer has signed on to make her U.S. television series debut as teenager-turned-fashion executive True Jackson, Nickelodeon said Monday.

The 15-year-old actress has starred in "The Wool Cap," "Akeelah and the Bee" and "The Longshots."

Her new, original comedy series, "True Jackson, VP," is scheduled to premiere Nov. 8.

The series is about a teen tapped to head the youth division of Mad Style, a major fashion label.

"'True Jackson, VP' is the perfect partnership of terrific talent, larger-than-life fantasy-fulfillment, fashion and comedy," Marjorie Cohn, Nickelodeon's executive vice president of development and original programming, said in a statement. "With sit-com veteran (writer-producer) Andy Gordon working his magic off-screen and the charismatic and supremely talented Keke Palmer working hers on-screen, we think kids are going to be engaged in a big way."

"'True Jackson, VP' is a show I'm tremendously proud of," added Gordon. "With two young Nickelodeon fans of my own at home, I am inspired to make 'True Jackson, VP' a show that's not only funny and irreverent, but with positive values and characters my kids can look up to. Working for Nickelodeon has been a dream come true, and has elevated my status from 'not-too-cool' to 'really-cool' dad."

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