Valentine’s Day is celebrated with love, compassion, and friendship. For most kids, of course, it is also celebrated with candy. But Nickelodeon’s Not So Valentine’s Special presents a Valentine’s Day that has gone very wrong. The special, which airs February 12 at 7pm ET/PT on Nick, is about a group of stars from Nickelodeon TV shows who get to tour Cupid’s headquarters. When they encounter an evil being who wants to destroy Valentine’s Day, they spring into action to restore love and friendship around the world, with comedy sketches and music as part of the adventure.
TFK attended an advance screening of the show in Los Angeles, California, on February 6, and spoke to several of the actors. They talked about working together on the project, and what Valentine’s Day means to them.
A Gathering of Stars
“It was great working with my co-stars at Nickelodeon because we always hang out together outside of the set,” Casey Simpson, who stars in Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, & Dawn, told TFK. “We are like a family.”
“[The special] is very colorful, bright, and funny, and I can’t wait for [everyone] to see it,” Lizzy Greene says. She and Simpson are used to working together, since they’re both part of the Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, & Dawn cast.
For Sean Ryan Fox, who stars in Henry Danger, one of the highlights of the Valentine’s Day special was that it gave him a chance to play a bad guy.
“There was a skit I did where I was the worst guy at the beach,” he says. “And I got to ruin a bunch of stuff and I thought that was fun.”
Jojo Siwa, who found fame through her appearances on Dance Moms and her hit song “Boomerang,” previously appeared in Nickelodeon’s Ultimate Halloween Haunted House special, in October 2016. She describes her experience working on the Valentine’s Day show as “really exciting. Everyone from Nickelodeon was so nice to me and so welcoming.”
Meaning and Memories
Some of the cast members described the special meaning that Valentine’s Day has for them, and fond memories that the day brings back.
“It’s a great time to get together with friends, or with a date,” Thomas Kuc says. He is best known for his role as Hudson on the series Game Shakers. “But,” he adds, “it’s also about eating chocolate.”
For Fox, Valentine’s Day “means spending time with someone special, whether that be family, a crush, or friends.”
Looking back on his favorite Valentine memory, Aidan Miner, who stars in School of Rock, focused more on candy than on romance.
“I loved when everyone would bring candy to school,” he says. “I would put mine in a giant bag, go home, and eat it all.”
Ricardo Hurtado, who also stars in School of Rock, has a Valentine memory that stretches back to third grade.
“I got a rose and some chocolates for this really cute girl that I liked, and she was really happy when I gave them to her,” he says.
For Lizzy Greene, Valentine’s Day conjures memories of a favorite gift.
“I came downstairs and my parents gave me a pair of cat leggings,” she says with a laugh. “There were cats all over them. That’s probably the best gift I’ve ever gotten.”
For those with a sense of humor about the holiday, like Greene, the Not So Valentine’s Special could be a great way to celebrate with friends.
“People are going to get a lot of laughs,” Kuc says. “They’re going to get a lot of excitement and a lot of cliffhangers. It’s a really cool show.”