Nickelodeon Pulls ‘Made by Maddie’ Animated Series After Backlash To ‘Hair Love’ Similarities

Nickelodeon has opted to pull their new animated series, Made By Maddie, after receiving backlash.

The network debuted the premiere date and first look earlier this week, which featured a Black lead cast and characters about the title eight-year-old girl from New York City who “uses her imagination and design ingenuity to turn every problem into a positive with the perfect fashion fix.”

After the first look at the show, many fans noticed similarities to Matthew A. Cherry‘s Hair Love, which won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in 2020.

The movie is now in development for a television spin-off on HBO Max.

Made by Maddie is a show we acquired several years ago from Silvergate Media, a renowned production company we have previously worked with on other series,” a spokesperson for Nickelodeon shared with Entertainment Weekly about the issue.

They added, “Since announcing the show’s premiere date this week, we have been listening closely to the commentary, criticism and concern coming from both viewers and members of the creative community. In response, and out of respect to all voices in the conversation, we are removing the show from our schedule as we garner further insight into the creative journey of the show. We are grateful to Silvergate Media for all of their work. And we hold Matthew A. Cherry and the wonderful and inspiring Hair Love in the highest regard.”

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