Web TV: Lucas Cruikshank's YouTube Character Gets Toned-Down for 'Fred: The Movie' on Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon is betting the next character to bridge the gap between cool goofy YouTube videos and profitable television shows will be Fred.

Just don't be surprised if "Fred: The Movie," which will air Sept. 17, looks less like the random goofy things Fred Figglehorn does on YouTube and more like a rom-com for tweens and young teens.

Fred was created four years ago by Lucas Cruikshank, whose ongoing shorts have scored more than 5 million YouTube views.

Cruikshank, now 17, told reporters here that "Fred: The Movie" will be a "toned-down" version of the character.

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