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'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' producer: How 'booyakasha' became the new 'cowabunga'

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Old-school fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise may have noticed something interesting in the run-up to Nickelodeon’s upcoming animated reboot: the lack of cowabungas.

The Turtles’ standby catch phrase — first introduced in the ’50s by The Howdy Doody Show and later popularized by TMNT‘s Michelangelo – has so far been conspicuously absent from the new series. Meanwhile, another four-syllable exclamation has appeared in its stead: booyakasha, a word strongly associated with Sacha Baron-Cohen’s Ali G character.

What, we wondered, is up with that? Ciro Nieli, executive producer of Nickelodeon’s TMNT update, had some answers for us.

“There was a lot of talk about what the new ‘cowabunga’ was, or whether it should even remain ‘cowabunga,’” Neili tells EW. “We hadn’t initially come up with anything yet because we didn’t really necessarily need it [at the time].”

“But then when we were at the record, one of the actors — Greg Cipes, who actually plays Michelangelo — just kind of went for it,” Nieli explains. “When he said it in the room, there were a lot of executives there. I think it was our first record. And it was that moment when he said it — I think he just really pulled it off and kind of won everybody over in the room. And it stuck.”

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'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles': New clip shows off updated weapons and sensei Splinter -- EXCLUSIVE

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Bust out some pizza slices (no anchovies!), because the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are finally back!

You’ve already been treated to trailers and teasers from the rebooted cartoon, which premieres this Saturday on Nickelodeon, but now you can watch a scene from the series exclusively here.

Each Turtle gets to show off their weapon of choice in the clip, but since these guys are as Teenage as they are Ninja, they also have to sit through a lecture with their sensei, Splinter. Take a look below:

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'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles': Newest trailer showcases some mean baddies

As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the special one-hour premiere of Nickelodeon’s animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot is set for Saturday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m. But two months is a long time to wait, so the cable network’s whipped up a brand-new trailer for the series. While the trailer we debuted last month focused on the Turtles’ origin story, the latest 45-second spot emphasizes their ninja qualities. The gang gets a chance to show off their weaponry, martial-arts skills, and mad ups while fighting some intriguing new villains, including menacingly red-eyed robots, psychedelic-looking little blobs, and a pants-wearing mutant monkey. Needless to say, ample screentime is also given to the franchise’s chief baddie Shredder, who looks meaner than ever. Watch below. READ FULL STORY

Nickelodeon sets premiere date for 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' -- EXCLUSIVE

Two weeks ago, EW premiered the trailer for Nickelodeon’s reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series, and now we’ve got some more exclusive information for you: The children’s cable network will premiere the show on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m. in a one-hour special event. Nickelodeon will officially announce the premiere date on the network on Saturday.

The half-hour action series is set to consist of 26 episodes about the four, butt-kicking turtles who rise from the sewers: Leonardo (American Pie‘s Jason Biggs), Raphael (Lord of the Rings‘ Sean Astin), Michelangelo (Teen Titan‘s Greg Cipes), and Donatello (Planet Sheen‘s Rob Paulsen, who voiced Raphael in the original animated series during the ’80s and ’90s). The network describes the series as: “Funnier and with more Ninjutsu than ever before, the show will explore the companionship of four teenage brothers learning to rely on themselves and one another as they unravel the mystery of their existence and grow to become the heroes in a half-shell that they are destined to be.”

Rounding out key roles in the series include Mae Whitman (Parenthood) as the boys’ pal April O’Neil; Hoon Lee (Royal Pains) as the Turtles’ sensei and father figure Master Splinter; and Kevin Michael Richardson (Penguins of Madagascar) as nemesis Shredder.

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Nickelodeon's 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' reboot: See the show's trailer here! -- EXCLUSIVE

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EW gave you an exclusive first look at Nickelodeon’s new and improved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series last year. But now, as the series’ TBD fall launch nears, we’ve got another special treat for you: an exclusive look at the show’s official trailer.

Natch, the trailer quickly goes into the origin story of the Turtles. “They were created by accident,” the voice in the trailer tells us. “They were kept a secret. They were trained for battle. And now, when their city is under siege, the fate of humanity is in the hands of these four…turtles!” And it continues: “When evil threatens our universe, these four brothers are destined to save the world!” Then it takes a few moments to introduce each of the four green guys: Leonardo, “the leader”; Donatello, “the brains”; Raphael, “the muscle”; and Michelangelo, “the wild one.” However, there seems to be no sign of Splinter or April in this trailer, unfortunately.

EW recently spoke with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles executive producer Ciro Neili, who explained how this iteration of the characters fits into the Turtles universe. “I tried to boil it down and get to really what’s at the core of it,” Neili says, “which is this sense of brothers and camaraderie. Everything grew out of that. It’s like a band. You want a Beatles thing.”

The trailer — which you can find embedded below — will premiere on Nick.com tomorrow and Nickelodeon this Saturday, June 23, during the season 1, book 1 finale of Legend of Korra, which is an hour-long TV event featuring two back-to-back episodes.

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