Fred: The Show was a television comedy series that ran on Nickelodeon on January 16, 2012, although the official premiere date was February 20, 2012. The show centered on Fred Figglehorn, the main character and popular YouTube star, portrayed by Lucas Cruikshank, with a high voice and a dysfunctional life, that went viral.After being the first channel to have 1 million subscribers in 2009, Cruikshank filmed the first Fred film, Fred: The Movie. Nick then launched a franchise around Fred and a sequel, Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred, began pre-production. On December 1, 2011, Nick announced planned of a third film, Fred 3: Camp Fred, and a series to air on the channel. On March 14, 2012, less than a month after the series premiered, it was originally expected to be renewed for a 28-episode second season, but due to a drop in ratings throughout each episode, along with negative reviews received, Nickelodeon decided to cancel the show in August 3, 2012.